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Best Neighbourhoods for Retirees

It's hard to believe, but it wasn't that long ago that "retirement" was a dirty word among hard-working Edmontonians, who've always seen the value of keeping busy and scoff at the idea of settling down. Today's seniors, though, are an energetic bunch, the kind of people who might be seen volunteering on Monday, playing hockey or basketball on Tuesday, and then packing their bags for a months-long European tour by the weekend.

But whether you're looking for a launch pad to start your worldly adventures or just a garden to call your own, you've got many options when it comes to the Edmonton real estate market. To help make retirement the best years of your life, it's important that you choose the right neighbourhood. With that in mind, here is a list

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Celebrate Easter in Edmonton

If you're looking to keep your family hopping, you'll love this egg-stra special list of things to do this Easter that will help put a little spring in your steps. There are so many hare-raising Easter events in Edmonton that we’ve boiled this list down to just eight favourites. So cuddle up with some-bunny special, collect your Easter baskets, and get cracking!

March 11 to April 23 - Sweet Smell of Spring at Muttart Conservatory

The lush flora of the Muttart Conservatory is already a popular choice with Edmontonians looking to escape the winter blues, but each year the feature pyramid celebrates the imminent arrival of spring with colourful tulips and other bulbs in full bloom. On Easter Sunday (April 16) the Muttart is also hosting its annual

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2017 Kitchen Trends

At Ryan Dutka Real Estate Solutions, one of the first things we notice when showing Edmonton homes for sale is that prospective buyers often start touring by looking at the kitchen. While you might spend most of your time in the living room or den, the kitchen seems to have a special role in how we think about our domestic spaces, maybe because so much that's crucial to family life happens there. So it shouldn't be a surprise to learn that, if approached carefully, remodeling a kitchen can often be a good way to add value to a home. 

Whether you want to upgrade the kitchen in your newly purchased home, are considering giving your kitchen a face-lift before hitting the market, or are just looking to make your space more liveable, here are five 2017

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“Home is the nicest word there is,” wrote Little House on the Prairie author, Laura Ingalls Wilder. For many first-time home buyers in Edmonton, though, home is more than a word—it’s a hope and a dream, a place where you’ll be investing not only your hard-earned money but your future as well. For some, a first-home may be a stepping stone to greater things, while for others it becomes a place to start a family or a new job. Regardless, though, it’s easy to get swept away.

Young home buyersRemember—alongside the long list of exciting features that you’ll find in the Dutka Team’s real estate listings—all first homes come with pitfalls. When you’re just starting out, it can be difficult to know what’s required of you, and it’s definitely tempting to follow your heart

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Locals are quick to speak with pride about Edmonton’s many great amenities and attractions—from its farmer’s markets to its famously massive shopping mall—but for people outside the city, sometimes the place can seem like a bore. Well, we’re here to tell you that it’s simply not true. Edmonton is as vibrant, bustling, and diverse as any other great Canadian city. If you’re considering a move to Edmonton, or simply looking to visit, these are five facts that may surprise and even entice you about life in E-Town.

1. Edmonton is home to the largest urban park in North America 

With more than 160 kilometers of pathways stretching across 20 major parks, Edmonton’s famous North Saskatchewan River Valley crosses the city in an eye-catching “Ribbon of

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It’s an open secret in real estate that springtime inspires homebuyers—especially first timers—to come out of hibernation. While copious sunlight and chirping birds might seem very far away right now, savvy home sellers in Edmonton will definitely want to start taking advantage of these long winter months to prepare for the busy season. What’s the best way to prepare to sell a home during winter? How can you be ready when the spring market thaws? Here are a few tips to get you started.

Renovate During Winter

Minor improvements in springtimeMany sellers make the mistake of waiting for finer weather to begin improving their home, leaving a mess during the first vital months of the spring Edmonton real estate market. Since your property won’t be looking its best in the muck and gloom

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No matter how much you love the ice and snow, winter in Edmonton can be a real beast. When there's slush piling up along the roads and several feet of the white stuff to shovel in your driveway, it can be hard to find many reasons to get outside. When it's so cold that you have to open your fridge to heat the house, it can even be hard to get out of bed.

Family skiing in Edmonton

But the Edmonton spirit is all about facing wintery adversity with a smile—or without bursting into tears, anyway. We're a city of wintery warriors. It's no wonder we've been dubbed one of Canada's best urban centers to visit during wintertime by Canadian Geographic. Each year in Edmonton, there are tons of activities and attractions that make it easy to embrace the chilly season. So pull on your

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Edmonton low rise condosThere are plenty of reasons why you could choose a condo over a more traditional home purchase like a detached, townhome or duplex and also just as many pitfalls to be aware of. When looking at purchasing a condo, there’s one question you should ask yourself before you start: Is a condo the right real estate choice for me?

Let’s take a quick look at some of the pros and cons of purchasing an Edmonton condo and hopefully we can determine if the condo lifestyle is right for you. Whether you’re a first time home buyer, seasoned homeowner or just curious about condo ownership, you need to know a few of the ins and outs of living the condominium lifestyle.

The Pros of Condo Ownership

Condos are relatively maintenance free. That is someone else usually

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Edmonton has long been considered one of the country’s best destinations for festivals and events as is demonstrated every year around Halloween with a huge number of activities that take place throughout the city. This year is no exception as there are dozens of haunted happenings to choose from that offer tricks and treats for the entire family.

While it’s difficult to choose between all the fabulous frightening festivities that are happening this year in our incredible city, we’ve chosen a few of our favorites that we think will be fang-tastic for the whole family.

Halloween in Edmonton 2016Boo at the Zoo is the premiere family-friendly Halloween event that attracts Edmonton families year after year to the Edmonton Valley Zoo to participate, in costume, in some exciting

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The Ryan Dutka Team Presents:

The Great 2016 Thanksgiving Feast Give-Away!*

In an effort to provide you with a special "Thank-You" this Thanksgiving, Ryan Dutka Real Estate Solutions wants to give you the chance to win an entire Thanksgiving feast! Free!

All you have to do is:

1. Like our page on Facebook here
2. Share the contest on your Facebook wall
3. Comment on our orginal post saying you've liked and shared!

That's all it takes and you'll be entered to win all the fixin's for your very own Edmonton Thanksgiving feast!

Deadline for entry into this contest is October 5th, 2016 at 11:59 pm. One lucky person will be selected at random to win this fantastic prize and will be notified on Facebook.

Ryan Dutka Thanksgiving promo 2016

*must be a resident of Edmonton

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