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Fall Cleanup in EdmontonNow that we are into the first days of autumn and winter is just peeking around the corner, it’s the perfect time to take care of the yard work one final time before the really cold weather settles in and our flowering, green yards become a not too distant memory. Plus, all of your hard work now gives you something to look forward to after the spring thaw.

Here we’ve offered a few tips for preparing your yard for winter and ensuring a fresh, healthy start to next spring If you’re thinking of selling your Edmonton home this coming fall or winter, these steps will help ensure you don’t have to make the outside presentable in frigid weather.

Lawn Care

Edmonton Yard Care for FallAs your grass becomes dormant preparing for the winter months and growth is significantly reduced,

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When it comes to fantastic events and fabulous festivals, it’s difficult to beat August in Edmonton. There always seems to be something to do in our fantastic city to entertain everyone in the family and this year is no exception. While there’s never a lack of entertainment and activities throughout the summer, August happens to be one of our favorite months for five fantastic festivals that

Edmonton Blues Festival

Now in its 18th year, the Edmonton Blues Festival, scheduled for August 19 – 21 at Heritage Amphitheatre in Hawrelak Park, showcases the best in blues from around the world and was the first Canadian blues festival to receive the “Keeping the Blues Alive” award back in 2008. Featuring newcomers, award winners and blues legends, The

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Once again the streets of Edmonton will be alive with the sounds of brass and woodwinds, pianos, guitars and vocals in improvisation and syncopation as the city comes alive and celebrates jazz music in all of its forms. The 2016 Edmonton International Jazz Festival will be in full swing from June 24th through July 3rd and promises to both enlighten and enthrall audiences with vibrant vocals, passionate performances and intimate instrumentation.

2016 Edmonton Jazz FestivalPresenting Jazz music for those that have appreciated the form for years as well as for those new initiates to the free-form styling and raucous riffs, the 2016 Edmonton International Jazz Festival promises to live up to the fantastic performances of past years that have made this one of the most popular

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When it comes to wear and tear in our homes, it’s typically the flooring that takes the biggest beating. Having the right flooring in the correct room can make all the difference on our comfort level and although the selection of today’s flooring can be a little overwhelming, there’s a few things that can make your choices a little easier and help you to decide what the best solution is for your home.

Whether you’re building your dream home from the ground up or renovating your existing house, choosing the right flooring material can help improve your comfort level and increase the resale value. Here’s a few of today’s most popular flooring choices with the pros and cons of each and the best rooms to use them.


Hardwood Flooring EdmontonOne of the most popular

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2016 Easter in Edmonton

As we roll into spring and the Edmonton Ice Castle slowly melts and fades into fond memories of the winter past, thoughts turn toward the warmer months and the egg-citement of the upcoming Easter celebrations.

Easter 2016 takes place on March 27th and there are plenty of fantastic and fun Easter celebrations to be had all over the fantastic City of Edmonton and surrounding areas. Many communities, churches and local businesses will be hosting Easter events throughout the city (we at Ryan Dutka Real Estate Solutions have even hosted our own Easter Egg Hunt) focusing on fun for the whole family where any-bunny can come out to celebrate and enjoy the (hopefully) spring-like weather and the promise of warmer weather to come. If you are looking for

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renovating a foreclosureWhile it may seem like a great investment to purchase a property that has been, or is in the process of being, foreclosed on, there are some things that potential buyers need to be aware of. The thought of purchasing a house for pennies on the dollar seems like a wise investment, but there can be potential pitfalls with purchasing a house in foreclosure. There can also be, however, fantastic gains to be had by being educated about foreclosures and the foreclosure process and knowing what to look for in and Edmonton foreclosure. Here’s a few things that you need to be aware of if you’re thinking of a purchasing a property that’s been foreclosed on.

What is Foreclosure?

Basically, foreclosure means that the bank or mortgage lender has taken back a

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Farmfair International and CFR in Edmonton

 Looking for something exciting to do this weekend in Edmonton? You’re in luck as two spectacular events are running from November 11 – 15, 2015 that feature fun entertainment for the whole family. Both Farmfair International and the Canadian Finals Rodeo (CFR) are in town and promising a fun filled weekend for area families and visitors alike!

Farmfair International

Farmfair InternationalFor the last 40 years running, Farmfair International has been hosted at the Edmonton Expo Centre at Northlands and has attracted thousands of visitors and buyers alike looking to show and purchase some of the world’s finest livestock at one of the country’s top agricultural shows. Visitors to the show will be both educated and entertained as they wander the grounds looking at a

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halloween pumpkinsIt’s getting to be that time of year when all of Edmonton’s little ghouls, ghosts and witches wander our neighborhoods looking to fill pillowcases with sugary treats. As we carve our pumpkins and decorate the house in preparation for our spooky visitors, there are a few things that we can all do as responsible parents and homeowners to make sure this year’s Hallowe’en focuses on the treats and removes the tricks that can put a damper on the prowl for goodies. Keeping our kids safe, our own and those that visit our homes, is the most important thing we as responsible members of our community can do. 

 Take a quick look at our top tips for a safe Hallowe’en and check out some of our favorite communities to visit for all the delectable, spooky and tasty

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While it may seem like there's plenty of time to prepare your Edmonton home for winter, all too soon those cold dark days of winter will be upon us as we'll be focusing on making it through to another warm Edmonton summer. Making sure that you prepare your home for winter ahead of time ensures that you’re not scrambling in the middle of a blizzard to fix a burst pipe or having to get someone out to fix a faltering furnace. Here are a few things you should be doing to prepare for the coming cold months.

Outdoor Preparation

Raking Fall LeavesNow’s the time to get all that outdoor items sorted before old man winter shows up and puts a blanket of cold white snow all over your backyard. Clean and store any outdoor furniture you may have and bring in all the cushions and

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Looking to satisfy that sweet tooth or just craving some fresh baked bread, handmade sandwiches or tasty pastries? Edmonton has an abundance of fantastic family owned and independent bakeries where you can give in to your yearning for fresh baked breads, homemade pies or mouthwatering tarts. While we at Ryan Dutka Real Estate Solutions support anyone that helps out in our cravings for tasty deserts, here’s a list of our top five Edmonton bakeries.

Italian Bakery (@italianbakeryed)

fresh baguette sandwichFeaturing a scrumptious selection of pastries, deserts and made-to-order sandwiches, Italian Bakery has been adding inches to Edmontonian waistlines for over 50 years with two locations, one in McCauley and the main location in Beacon Heights. Our favorite selection among

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