Edmonton Real Estate Blog

RBC has recently announced a cut in their 5-year fixed term mortgage rate, and with other banks expected to follow suit, now may be a better time than ever to look at locking in that mortgage on a new home.

A mortgage is a loan that is primarily used to buy a home. Lenders will loan you a large sum of money to cover the purchase of a property, using the home as collateral until repayment of the mortgage has been made. Finding the right mortgage to suit your needs may seem daunting at first but with these simple steps you’ll be on your way to home ownership in no time.

Step One: Find a Lender

Apart from the comfort factor, going to a bank where you’re already a customer can make the mortgage application process easier. You can always compare

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If it’s a Saturday or Sunday you are bound to find the Holland family rink-side ready for their next minor hockey game. Jason Holland now coaches for his 6-year-old son Max’s hockey team with the same excitement and passion he had on the ice playing professional hockey in Europe and the NHL for over two decades. After retirement Jason says a whirlwind of change came along with the transition, but it all happened at the perfect time. “I became a dad, which is incredible. We had two kids in two years, Grace and Max, and being a parent is so much fun,” says Holland.

Jason’s passion and past with hockey still weaves its way into day-to-day life at the Holland household, catching Oiler’s games with the family on a regular basis and sharing lessons

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With chilly temperatures and snowfall blanketing our city, it can be easy to just settle in, get cozy and hibernate our way through conditions that can take up more than half of our calendar year. But as Canadians, it’s so important that we take full advantage of the beautiful communities we call home and get out and stay active during every season.

Fitness expert, Trainer and owner of SVPT Fitness & Athletics , Shara Vigeant, says it’s important to avoid inactivity during the long winter months.

“Depression, disease or chronic illness, injury and lack of independence are just a few of the risks. Moving simply makes us healthier and happier,” she says. “The longer you are inactive, the more you are putting yourself at risk for ill health and

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For over a decade the Diamond family have been living the acreage life outside the city limits in Sturgeon County. While they raised their young daughter it was perfect. Lisa and Jerrold Diamond could spend time in their yard and let their toddler run loose without worrying about traffic or noise. They could just live what most would consider a quiet country life.

But as their daughter got older, her own social life was in the city. She was going to a school in the community of Crestwood which was perfect when she was smaller. It was right where both Lisa and Jerrold worked and it was easy to drop her at school on their morning commute. But as time went on the commuting became more than Lisa could handle.

“It was good for a long time.  When

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Snow topped canopied trees, shiny games on the street, twinkling Christmas lights - these are just some of the seasonal sights you’ll see in the charming family neighbourhood of Crestwood.  Situated in west Edmonton, it has schools, shops, the River Valley, ravines and it’s a short bike ride, drive or leisurely stroll to the Edmonton Valley Zoo. While there’s plenty to do and experience all year round, winter is especially welcome in this area of town.  Known for its wooded paths, playgrounds and parks Crestwood is the perfect spot for families who love living their life outdoors.

A Breath of Fresh Air

“We chose this neighbourhood definitely for its walkability,” says Ava Hogle, with toddler Ben, just outside the Crestwood community hall.   “We

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When you think about prime real estate times to buy or sell a home – wisdom would have you thinking spring or summer might be the best seasons.

If you’re a seller - the grass is greener, the flowers are blooming and your curb appeal is at an all-time high!

If you’re buying - you get to see the home and yard in all its glory, looking its best!

But there are a lot of real estate advantages in the winter for both buyers and sellers if you’re willing to step outside the seasonal box!

Here’s some of the advantages to entering into the real estate market in winter if you’re a buyer or seller!

BUYERS

  • Low Inventory- Less Competition

It’s the law of supply and demand. If sellers believe spring and fall are the hot real estate

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Photo: Des Isles Photography


Guest post by Kari Skelton | Lifestylist + Blogger at KariSkelton.com

I love shopping local, and it’s so easy to do so in Edmonton. There are so many talented makers here doing incredible work, and an impressive selection of shops focusing on locally-made ethical fashion and sustainability.

I love promoting Edmonton’s local shopping and culinary scenes. In fact, I’m so passionate about it, I present a weekly feature, the Local Love List, at KariSkelton.com, showcasing what our city offers up.

When we were searching for our first home, my husband Ryan and I knew we wanted to be central, right in the heart of the action, within walkable distance of shops and restaurants.

It makes me SO happy to see an

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Photo Credits: Strathcona Business Association

Strathcona Neighbourhood:  Where Rustic Charm meets Modern Living

Historic Character Homes – Check!

Cool Eats & Boutiques –Check!

Stunning River Valley Views – Check!

If a stroll through the neighbourhood of Strathcona has you thinking, “This place seems to have it all.” You’re right.  It does! Each summer, Edmontonians and tourists flock to the real heart of the city: Old Strathcona - to take part in engaging, entertaining activities like the Strathcona Farmer’s Market, the Edmonton International Fringe Theatre Festival, the Whyte Avenue Arts & Shopping District, or the numerous music, theatre and entertainment venues.  

As well, more and more people are also joining the nearly 10,000

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In an ever competitive Edmonton real estate market and with a record number of options for buyers to choose from, it’s the little things that make the difference when selling a house. Now that the kids are back to school and the holidays aren’t quite yet upon us, if you’ve been considering listing your home, now is a great time. But if you’re looking to attract a homebuyer – there are a few things you can do to make your home appealing in the fall!

Straighten Up the Yard

If you haven’t already, clean up the leaves and yard debris. Trim up dead and dying flowers, perennials and bushes and cut back the vines and any tree limbs that need pruning.  Add some colour! Just because summer is over doesn’t mean your flower pots need to sit empty and

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Thanks to our guest contributor Linda Hoang for writing this blog post. 

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When you’re looking for a new home, there’s a lot of factors to consider. Does the master bathroom have two sinks? Is the basement finished? Is it close to work? But maybe more importantly, is the neighbourhood right for you and your family? What about the neighbourhood matters to you? It might be parks, walkability, nearby grocery stores. It could also be proximity to good, neighbourhood restaurants.

There are some great options for neighbourhood eats in Edmonton, and over the last few years, the number of local restaurants popping up in all corners of the city have been on the rise. While downtown or Whyte Ave are certainly popular centres for delicious food,

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