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Alberta Buyers' Market

Alberta has been hit hard over the last few years with the dramatic decrease in the price of oil. Even though many have lost their jobs, companies have scaled back on projects, and consumers have been very cautious, the housing market seems to be ready for a bit of stability. The Edmonton Journal recently reported that the expectation for housing prices in 2018 is set to decline by 1.5%. Comparable sources commented similarly on the Calgary market as well, which means a slight decrease in prices is expected for the majority of the real estate markets in the province.

Given this tidbit of information, it is a fantastic time for anyone looking to purchase a home! The economic cycle will always continue to rotate between a buyers' market and sellers'

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Edmonton Ice Castle

There's no question that when winter hits Edmonton, it can hit hard and cold. We Edmontonians are constantly looking for ways to make the most of the season and this winter, Hawrelak Park in South Central Edmonton will be turned into a frosty fantasy land with the construction of an ice castle of epic proportions.

Hand crafted using water, icicles, and snow; the ice castle will feature full-sized rooms and corridors where Edmonton families can wander and explore the frosty fortification. Featuring a throne room, internal waterfall, ice maze and a working ice slide; the castle is a walkable attraction that is sure to become a memorable and mesmerizing winter experience.

 Called “Narnia-like” by the castle creators, the ice palace will feature

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Coming Attractions

The real estate industry moves lightning fast, and, in the words of the iconic Ferris Bueller, “If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.” In Edmonton, there are several new and exciting developments that buyers need to know about. 

Whether you’re planning to buy now or later, here are four new developments in Edmonton you should get excited about: 

1 - SKY Residences at ICE District 

This new development is the perfect location for buyers who want to stay right in the middle of the action. SKY Residences at ICE District is a 66-storey building, making it the tallest tower in Western Canada. The building itself is flush with the Rogers Centre, perfect for entertainment and hockey fans. Condos start on the 32st

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Holiday Season

Ah, the holidays… A time when it’s acceptable to drink eggnog, when the shopping centres become a warzone, and the kids are bursting with excitement at the thought of catching a glimpse of old Saint Nick. If you’re a typical Edmontonian, the holidays can also get expensive. And since the days are shorter, you may feel the pressure to pack in as much weekend action as possible to make the most of the season. 

We’ve got you covered. Here are five things to in Edmonton this holiday season: 

1 - Check Out Luminaria 

For a small admission fee, head to the University of Alberta to check out this amazing spectacle. Thousands of candles are lit along the Kurimoto Japanese Garden. The ambiance is further elevated with ice sculptures, carolers,

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5 Tips for Making Your Edmonton Home More Eco-Friendly

Edmonton homeowners are always looking for ways to make their homes more eco-friendly. Going green has serious benefits. Not only could you save money on utilities, but you could also reduce your carbon footprint, waste less, and enjoy that wonderful tingling feeling when you do something good for someone else. In this case, the “someone else” is Mother Nature.

Here are 5 tips for making your Edmonton home more eco-friendly:

1 – Invest in a New Furnace or AC Unit

 Ever hear the saying, “you have to spend money to make money?” That rings true when it comes to your HVAC systems. Modern furnaces, heaters, and air conditioners are high-efficiency units that use less fuel and produce more energy. Using less fuel means you’re spending less on your

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Halloween in Edmonton

For many Edmontonians, Halloween rivals any other holiday throughout the year – even Christmas! Getting dressed up, watching scary movies, and eating copious amounts of candy are just a few activities enjoyed by Halloween lovers of all ages.

Batty the Bat

If you love Halloween but you’re not sure what to do in Edmonton to celebrate this year, check out this list of our top 7 things to do in Edmonton for Halloween:

1 - Combine History and Haunted Walks

There are a couple engaging haunted walks around Edmonton that will thrill, educate, and terrify you and your friends. Edmonton Ghost Tours run two specific tours this time of year. Both the Old Strathcona tour and University of Alberta tour will take you through the specific areas while experienced

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Maximize the Curb Appeal of Your Edmonton Home

Autumn and winter can be a magical time in Edmonton. As the days start to get shorter, you will notice crisp mornings and cool evenings and an explosion of fiery hues taking the place of summer greenery. However, fall and winter can also become a daunting time to sell a home because there are more challenges to face when creating curb appeal. 

Here are a few easy ways you can maintain and maximize your home’s curb appeal in the fall and winter:

Make Sure the Leaves are Raked

Falling leaves are a picturesque and essential part of fall, but a yard covered in thick detritus of rotting leaves may give the wrong impression of your home. Making sure the leaves are tidy and raked into neat piles or removed entirely from the yard will make sure

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Labour Day in Edmonton 2017

Sure, summer is not over for a few more weeks, but for many Edmontonians this coming long weekend represents its unofficial last hurrah. With the kids heading back to school and cooler weather on the horizon, you'll want to make sure you get out and enjoy every last ounce of sunlight you can. The good news is that there's plenty to keep you busy from Friday to Monday. Here are five great activities for you and the family (and one that the kids should definitely skip) this Labour Day long weekend:

Symphony Under The Sky – Thursday, August 31st to Sunday, September 3rd

If you're a fan of classical music and love listening under the stars, you won't want to miss the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra's Symphony Under the Sky at the Heritage Amphitheatre

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5 Backyard Add-ons To Make Your Summer

Stuck with a boring strip of grass to mow? Looking for a chance to spend some more time in the outdoors? Love to entertain? Summer may be well underway, but that doesn't mean it's too late to add a little oomph to your backyard gatherings. If you're looking to make the perfect addition to your backyard before autumn arrives, and to make the most out of summertime, here are five suggestions that are a great fit for many Edmonton homeowners.

Next Level Barbecuing

Love to barbecue? Why not take your grilling game to the next level? Aside from upgrading the BTUs on your grill, additions like wood-fired pizza ovens or smokers can expand your outdoor cooking possibilities immensely. If you're looking for more, consider a full-scale outdoor kitchen,

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 The Big Bang Theory of Edmonton

It's official. According to last year's census data, Edmonton saw an astonishing growth rate of 14.8 percent between 2011 and 2016. More than Calgary, more than Vancouver, more than Toronto, Edmonton is a boom town—the fastest growing city in Canada. At this rate, the population within the city limits will exceed one million people within the next five years.

But which neighbourhoods are witnessing the most growth? And what does this mean for home owners?

Filling a Need

According to the city's most recent Annual Growth Monitoring Report, the city will have to add 150,000 new housing units by 2020 to accommodate the influx of new residents. While new developments on the fringes of Edmonton continue, infill is the city council's current

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