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4 Best Edmonton Communities for First-Time Home Buyers

Searching for the perfect Edmonton community to call home?

Purchasing a home for the first time can certainly be daunting, but with the help of the right agent and a fair amount of research, you'll find that Edmonton offers plenty of options for you, depending on your unique needs and preferences for your first home.

If you're a bit unsure of where to start, here are just a few Edmonton communities that make exceptional choices for first-time homebuyers.

Grovenor, Zone 21

Edmonton Downtown from a distance

Nestled near Glenora and Westmount, Grovenor serves as an excellent solution for those looking to live near these well established areas without the great expense.

Originally called “Westgrove”, this community boasts several smaller homes that currently sell for

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7 Reasons to Live in Strathcona

The charming, residential neighbourhood of Strathcona is one of the most sought-after Edmonton communities for buyers looking for a great home for sale. The community is well-known throughout the city for its artistic flair, safe streets, friendly residents, and amazing amenities. Although, not to be confused with Old Strathcona, this community has a lot to offer and is a great choice for a variety of buyers. However, Old Strathcona is located in Strathcona proper, making it one of the top reasons to explore real estate in the area. 

Here are some of the great reasons to live in Strathcona: 

1 - Old Strathcona 

Although they are technically different, much of Strathcona is located in Old Strathcona. This is a historic neighbourhood with over

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Get Your Yard Ready for Autumn in Edmonton

Fall Cleanup in EdmontonLook, we know you're enjoying summer, but it has to end, right? Now that autumn 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

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Selling Your Edmonton Home

1. How much is my home worth?

Chances are this is a question you’ve already asked yourself—it may even be your motivation for selling if you happened to have discovered you are sitting on a gold mine. But if you haven’t, you should make sure that you determine the value of your home as accurately as possible. 

To begin, we recommend trying out a comparable market analysis tool, which will give you an estimated value based on comparable homes (“comps” for short) in your neighbourhood. By comparing your home type, the number of beds and baths, and total square footage, it can give you an accurate assessment of your home. 

Of course, an experienced agent can do more than just look at these “comps,” so we always recommend talking to somebody who

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Edmonton Dragon Boat Festival

It’s the time of year when dragons are once again free to swim the waters of the North Saskatchewan River. We’re talking dragon boats of course and this year’s Edmonton Dragon Boat Festival is shaping up to be another winner on the water.  Now in its 22nd year, the festival attracts boaters from all over the globe looking to paddle their way to victory on Edmonton’s waterway.  

Founded in 1996, the Edmonton Dragon Boat Festival Association(EDBFA) has organized and hosted this spectacular event each year during the third weekend in august, rain or shine.  The Edmonton festival is just one of many that take place across Canada and the world and many teams will travel to, or have already participated in, other Dragon Boat Festivals including Calgary,

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Tell Your Friends to Take a HIke

With summer in Edmonton hitting full swing, isn't it time you told your friends and family to "take a hike"? Not only is our fair city almost uniquely equipped to provide opportunities for hiking, the benefits of doing so are nothing short of immense. With that in mind, here are 15 big reasons why might want to take a hike yourself, from your friends at the Ryan Dutka team.

A BRISK WALK CAN DEFLECT DIABETES

New research links brisk walking to a significant risk reduction for developing type 2 diabetes. A recent British study found that people with a family history of the disease who walked briskly, on a routine basis, improved insulin sensitivity. Insulin resistance or lack of sensitivity is a predictor of this disease

IT SAVES YOU ON GYM

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7 Reasons to Move to St. Albert

Located mere minutes from Edmonton, St. Albert is known as “The Botanical City,” and for good reason. The city is awash in beautiful colours, lush scenery and fantastic amenities. Currently, the St. Albert real estate market is booming with buyers wanting to make the transition out of the big city and into a city with a wonderful small-town charm. There are countless great reasons to live in St. Albert, but today, we’re going to look at # of them. Here are our top reasons to live in St. Albert:

1 - The Farmer’s Market 

If you dream of spending a weekend day strolling through a market with your reusable bags in tow, soaking up the sun, St. Albert is a great spot to realize that fantasy. The St. Albert Farmer’s Market is not only a city-wide

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Live Near the Edmonton LRT
1 GOOD REASON you might want to sell your home if you live near an LRT Station

If you are planning to move out of the neighbourhood anyway then you are more likely to get top dollar if an LRT station is scheduled to arrive near where you live. Multiple studies have shown that housing values go up when you are located within 1/2 mile near an LRT station. Price increases have been seen to range between 3% and 40%, depending on the different types of housing and socio-economic levels of the neighbourhood. If you want to rent your premise the same studies show,that the rents would be higher, than those farther from the LRT station.

Even announcements of improvements, which will shorten and ease commutes, have resulted, historically, in high-valued

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Edmonton Brunch Places

Everyone gets excited for the weekend. Sleeping in, having no plans, binging your favourite Netflix show, seeing your friends, and heading out for brunch are just a few things that Edmontonions do every Saturday and Sunday. 

While it’s no surprise that brunch has become a popular activity – mimosas and waffles before lunch? Sign us up! – there’s certainly a few spots in Edmonton that are truly the bees knees when it comes to the sacred activity of brunching. Here are our top five picks for the best places to get brunch in Edmonton: 

District Café 

District Café is the top choice among the most discerning brunch goer in Edmonton. The space was once known for its incredible coffee and baked goods but has since been renovated to accommodate

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Owning a home is the Canadian dream for many of us. At some point, we all dream about living in a space that is intrinsically our own. Where we can fully express ourselves without worrying about landlords and the other inconveniences that come with renting. 

Right now, you might be casually looking at Edmonton homes online, browsing through the listings from the comfort of your apartment or rented home. You might be toying with the idea of buying a home. For many of us, we’re heard the advice from friends and relatives, that buying a home is far superior to renting. But why is that the case? Is it simply to have the pleasure of calling yourself an Edmonton homebuyer? 

Let’s take a closer look at the top five reasons to own your own home: 

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