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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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If you’re entering the real estate market for the first time or even if you are a seasoned pro at buying and selling homes, the different job titles and categories for real estate professionals can seem a bit confusing. While there’s a more definite difference between real estate brokers and real estate agents, once we drive down a little further, we start to notice even more categories that can get people hung up. 

For example, did you know there’s a difference between a REALTOR® and a regular real estate agent? Today we’re going to look at the differences and find out which one you should choose when entering the Edmonton real estate market: 

First of All, What is a Real Estate Agent 

A real estate agent is a licensed professional who is

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Glossary of Real Estate Terms

AMORTIZATION
The number of years it takes to repay the entire amount of a mortgage.

APPRAISAL
An estimate of a property's market value, used by lenders in determining the amount of the mortgage.

APPRECIATION
The increase of a property's value over time.

APPROVED LENDER
A lending institution authorized by the Government of Canada to make loans under the terms of the National Housing Act. Only Approved Lenders can negotiate mortgages that require mortgage insurance.

ASSESSMENT
The value of a property, set by the local municipality, for the purposes of calculating property tax.

ASSUMABLE MORTGAGE
A mortgage held on a property by the seller that can be taken over by the buyer, who then accepts responsibility for making the mortgage

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Moving with Children in Edmonton

Moving can be difficult for both children and parents. While the challenge for parents is more in the workload and making all the necessary arrangements, for the kids it’s more simply about the distress that comes from moving away from the familiarity and comfort of their home and all that comes along with it. Edmonton is an increasingly popular destination for young families these days, and there are plenty of Edmonton homes for sale.

Experts suggest it takes 6 months on average for children to acclimate to life in a new home, and there’s plenty you can do to both make moving less traumatic for your children AND smooth their transition into the new home.

The first tip is to inform them of the coming move WELL in advance. At least one month

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 Student Housing in Edmonton

The current school year is winding down, but as is always the case it will seem like no time at all before Labour Day is here and another school year is about to begin. Homes near the University of Alberta are just a part of the Edmonton real estate picture, but if you’re a student who doesn’t live at home OR in residence at the school then you should start looking for student housing in Edmonton sooner rather than later.

The neighbourhoods of McKernan, Parkallen, Pleasantview, Queen Alexandra, Walterdale, Mayfair, Strathcona, Windsor Park, Ritchie, Hazeldean, Argyll, and Mill Creek Ravine are all ones that are good choices for homes near the University of Alberta, but like any urban area it’s competitive to find affordable, quality student

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Winter always arrives emphatically in Edmonton, but eventually the old man runs out of steam and Spring squeezes him off the stage. We’re there now, and warmer and longer days are on the immediate horizon! There’s plenty of Edmonton events going on in the city during April and May, and part of the appeal of the changing seasons at this time of the year is getting out and enjoying everything that’s going on.

So without further adieu let’s have a look at what’s going on in Edmonton in the coming weeks, and if there’s anything listed here that piques your interest then we encourage you to get out and attend them.

April 16th - 30th: Edmonton Kiwanis Music Festival

Calling all Edmonton live music fans!

Motivation does wonders for great

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What Can $1m Buy You on the Edmonton Real Estate Market?

Are you looking to buy a home or condo in Edmonton? Not sure how far your budget can stretch? In many cities across Canada, $1 million is a robust budget that can buy a whole lot of house. This is especially true in Edmonton, where many prices are lower than the rest of the country and the value is high. 

So what can you get for $1 million in Edmonton? Let’s take a closer look: 

What is the Average Price? 

In Edmonton, the average price for a home is climbing. Although it’s a slow climb, we’re seeing a slight increase over last year and it’s expected to continue. The average price for a two-story home in Edmonton is $449,234, which is lower than the Canadian average of $748,049. 

Knowing this, let’s take a look at some of the details for

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