April 2016

Found 4 blog entries for April 2016.

So, you’ve made the decision to buy a home and now you’re wondering what the next step is. Buying a home is a huge investment (to say the least), so taking all the right steps to make sure you choose the perfect home for you and your family is key. Here are some of the most important things to keep in mind when you are about to make the biggest purchase of your life.

Know Your Budget
A thorough understanding of your financial standing is a crucial first step in the home buying process. Determining your fixed monthly expenses and how much of a down payment you are able to set aside will guide you to defining the appropriate price range for your new home. Using a household budget calculator can help identify the size of a monthly mortgage you will be

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If one of the telltale signs of a bustling central core is the availability of unique, local coffee shops that are hotspots for residents, artists, business meetings, catch-ups, and refuel stations, then Edmonton has definitely started to make Canada-wide waves in the last two years.

Here's my selection for the six hidden coffee gems in Central Edmonton's coffee scene. 

Enjoyed the infographic? Don't hesitate to let me know on my Twitter, Facebook, Contact page, or call me, Chris Proctor, at 780-709-0811!

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Selling your home is a big task, but working with a realtor will make that task a whole lot easier. From accommodating busy lifestyles, to getting through the legalities and paperwork, here are seven reasons why hiring a realtor is the best way to sell your home.

Sell Your Home For The Right Price

There’s more than meets the eye when it comes to understanding the true value of your home. Of course, an appraisal or property value assessment can set you on the right track, but working with a realtor will tell you exactly where your home stands in comparison to the other properties in the market. With an experienced eye, a realtor will identify the key characteristics that determine the overall price, and use that, in conjunction with the best

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The most noteworthy month-to-month change was the difference in sales in the Edmonton CMA: there was a 63% increase in sales, going from 837 homes sold in February to 1364 in March, but down slightly, from 1453 sales, when compared to March 2015. 

“Sales, relative to last month, were consistent with the seasonal trends that we expect,” REALTORS® Association of Edmonton Chair Steve Sedgwick explains. “Inventory is growing, with more than 3,000 properties coming onto the market last month. Despite the inventory growth, prices are holding steady, with median prices on par with last year, and average prices up slightly due to the sale of high-end luxury homes in March.”

The average of all residential sales was 3% higher than in February and 2%

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We recently had the opportunity to relocate to Edmonton from Halifax. We only had a limited amount of time to find a place to live and not knowing the city or the real estate market, we asked for a referral from a colleague who also recently relocated here. They recommend Patti Proctor from Maxwell Devonshire Realty.

Patti quickly arranged a meeting at our convenience to discuss our home preferences, life style expectations, whether to rent or buy, and home wish list. That evening we received an email with a detailed list of homes for us to review. She cleared her schedule and dedicated the next few days to chauffeuring us around the city, while educating us on the nuances of each prospective neighborhood we explored. We viewed quite a few homes in the short period of time and Patti made us feel comfortable and relaxed throughout the entire experience. We purchased a home and it closed on the night before we had to return home. Patti and her team guided us, via long distance, through the purchase process for Alberta quickly and efficiently, helped to arrange a home inspection, and made themselves available to questions and requests from our legal and financial agents.

Patti possesses a vast wealth of knowledge relating to local residential architectural history, home construction, city bylaws and community culture; to name a few. She and her team were always welcoming and helpful. We would be pleased to recommend her and her team to anyone considering buying or selling a home in the area.

Dan & Suzanne

- Dan Myer

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