December 2018

Found 11 blog entries for December 2018.

The Best New Years Events in EdmontonNew Year's Eve 2019 in Edmonton will certainly not go by unnoticed, as the community will be ringing in the new year with fun festivals and spectacular fireworks across the city. Here are a few annual traditions that thrill seekers can look forward to in Edmonton.

Downtown Festival and Fireworks—Federal Building and Capital Plaza

This is by far the biggest and best Edmonton New Year's Eve event that brings in thousands of attendees annually. Inside the Federal Building during the day there will be tons of family friendly activities such as games, competitions, crafts, roving performers and live music. Food trucks will also be plentiful all day downtown.

At Capital Plaza, there will be several performances on the main stage alongside fire

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The Best Hotels in Edmonton ABIf you have family coming in from out of town or you just need to take the kids and get away from the house for a while, it's good to know where the best family-friendly hotels are in Edmonton. Here are a few of the top choices to suit your needs.

Fantasyland Hotel & Resort - 17700 87th Avenue

Probably the best choice for families in the city and maybe the top choice in the entire country, the Fantasyland Hotel & Resort is found inside the largest shopping and entertainment complex in the world. This hotel provides access to mini-golf, shopping, restaurants, ice skating, movie theatres, the Sea Life Caverns, an amusement park and more.

If you're looking for a great way to take a vacation without leaving the city, just take the family

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The Best Country Clubs in EdmontonIf you are looking for a place to golf in Edmonton, you certainly have plenty of choices. These are just a few of the great country clubs that Edmonton has to offer. So put on your golfing shoes and gather your gear for a fun, relaxing day of golf.

Edmonton Petroleum Golf & Country Club

Designed by Mark McCumber, a PGA Tour Pro, this course was finished in 1993 and is designed for golfers of all skill levels. It has a Par 72 layout that balances the beauty of the golf course with the surrounding wooded areas. Golfers can enjoy the clubhouse that features a patio, bar, and dining room. You will find showers, lockers, a changing area, and a Pro Shop as well. In addition to superb practice areas, a teaching academy can help the beginner and

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Home Buying During Winter: How You Can Save MoneyMany homeowners question whether they should try to buy a home during the winter or wait until the summer. There are some very compelling reasons why buying during the winter might be a good choice. Here are some of the reasons you may want to consider buying a home in Edmonton during the winter season.

For informational purposes only. Always consult with a licensed real estate professional before proceeding with any real estate transaction.

More Time From Your Realtor

Many realtors find they have more time to dedicate to each client during the winter. With fewer buyers, they can spend more time with you and help get you into the right home. If the market was more active, they may not have as much time to dedicate to your need.

Sellers

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Should You Hire a Real Estate Agent?A first-time homebuyer may not have a lot of experience in real estate, which makes it harder to find the best property. Buying a home is a major investment and losing money because of poor judgment or a hasty purchase could be horrific for any homebuyer. It is a smart move to employ the services of an experienced and ethical real estate agent to assist in making crucial choices along the way.

Experienced real estate agents have been in the business for a long time and therefore provide their time tested skills when it comes to helping homebuyers find and purchase the right property. It is the fiduciary responsibility of a buyer's agent to help their clients out the best they can and to look out for their interests.

For informational purposes

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Think About Layers of Lighting to Create Attractive Room SchemesEvery home needs general illumination for indoor rooms as well as outdoor rooms. General lighting, specific task lighting, and planning for all contingencies when building or remodeling can be difficult. There are basic principles, however, for private and public spaces that will help guide those decisions.

5 Points to Consider:

  • Is the room primarily for daytime activities or evening enjoyment?
  • Is it an active space or one designed for rest, relaxation and privacy?
  • Is the room designed for adults or children?
  • Does the space support multiple uses, or is it meant for specific function?
  • What is the room's orientation? Is there a lot of natural light?

The best lighting solutions for all rooms should include a layered

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Home Winterizing Tips: Enjoy a Comfortable Winter & Protect Your HomeYou likely get your winter clothing out in the fall and perhaps even prepare your car for the colder weather. Your Spruce Avenue new home also should be winterized. Getting your home ready for the winter can keep you more comfortable, potentially save you money on mid-season repairs and protect your investment. Here are some winterizing tips for your home.

Take Care of Your HVAC System

One of the easiest, economical steps you can take is changing air filters for your furnace. Furnace filters are inexpensive and simple to change. Getting a furnace clean and tune-up can also help ensure your heating system is ready for another season of cold weather. Find a reputable HVAC contractor to conduct your furnace clean and tune-up.

Check for Air

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Home Pricing and Affordability in EdmontonGood news for Canada; RBC Economics is reporting that the overall the country’s real estate is becoming more affordable. Despite the fast-growing prices in Toronto and Vancouver, Canada’s still seeing a slight increase in affordability for real estate.

RBC Economics is basing this off of lowered utility costs, lower interest rates and rising household incomes. These factors have made it easier for people to enter the market and Edmonton is one of the city’s seeing real estate becoming easier to afford. Here is a look at the situation in Canada right now.

For informational purposes only. Always consult with a licensed mortgage professional before proceeding with any real estate transaction.

Why Are Homes Becoming More Affordable In Canada

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DIY or Hire a Professional for a Home RenovationMany homeowners enjoy a feeling of satisfaction when planning and completing a home renovation or repair. However, everyone has a different skill set and a homeowner may be unaware of some important considerations when it comes to home repairs or renovations. What should a homeowner think about before taking on a home project?

Talk to multiple contractors about larger home repairs and renovations before getting started on a project without applicable experience. Use these tips to determine whether or not to DIY or hire a licensed contractor for a home repair or renovation.

Are You Experienced?

Watching a project being completed on a home improvement show or Youtube does not make a homeowner an expert. While some projects are simple enough

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How to Avoid Home Closing SurprisesSurprises at closing are never fun to deal with or a good thing. They can actually cause the entire deal to fall apart. However, mortgage surprises can be avoided. Here are a few tips to help you avoid any surprises when you get to the closing table.

For informational purposes only. Always consult with a licensed real estate professional before proceeding with any real estate transaction.

Honesty Only

Don't hide anything from the buyer or the seller. Regardless of which side of the deal you are on, if you are not honest, the truth will come out. This can destroy the deal fast and can cause even bigger issues with trying to get the deal back.

Make Sure you Choose the Right Terms

If you don't choose good terms when buying a home, you

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