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John Wegner
Royal LePage Noralta Real Estate
3018 Calgary Trail, Edmonton, Alberta
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New Listing - E4074399 - Jul 19, 2017

Just added this listing:"Gorgeous condo in a well-maintained complex in sought after Windermerer! ...

Just Sold - E3426671 - Oct 19, 2015

Just sold this listing:"Welcome home to over 1,500 ft2 of upgraded living space. Upgrades include ...

New Listing - E3426671 - Aug 4, 2015

Just added this listing:"Welcome home to over 1,500 ft2 of upgraded living space. Upgrades include ...

Just Sold - E3405686 - Jun 29, 2015

Just sold this listing:"Have a look at this stunning, open-style townhouse in the heart of fabulous ...

New Listing - E3405686 - Mar 11, 2015

Just added this listing:"Have a look at this stunning, open-style townhouse in the heart of ...

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Wednesday, July 19, 2017 - New Listing - E4074399

Just added this listing:"Gorgeous condo in a well-maintained complex in sought after Windermerer! Your new home has 927ft2, 2 bedrooms, 2 baths, a den, is wired for an IPod, has a storage locker and underground parking! The kitchen has been upgraded with a belly-up eating bar, high-end cabinets, tile backsplash and stainless steel appliances. There is an ample-sized dining area and a large living room. The Master has a walk-through closet into your 3pc ensuite, complete with a two-person ...
  
posted in Listings at Wed, 19 Jul 2017 06:00:00 -0600



Monday, October 19, 2015 - Just Sold - E3426671

Just sold this listing:"Welcome home to over 1,500 ft2 of upgraded living space. Upgrades include paint throughout, tile floor in kitchen and bath, laminate on two levels, carpet in the basement, light fixtures, hot water tank, furnace, and deck. Country-style eat in kitchen with new tile floor, a tile backsplash, and newer appliances, offer a cozy feel to the every day meal. Adjacent to the huge living room, you'll find the formal dining room, both rooms over gorgeous laminate. Upstairs you'll ... Full Article...
  
posted in Listings at Mon, 19 Oct 2015 06:00:00 -0600



Tuesday, August 4, 2015 - New Listing - E3426671

Just added this listing:"Welcome home to over 1,500 ft2 of upgraded living space. Upgrades include paint throughout, tile floor in kitchen and bath, laminate on two levels, carpet in the basement, light fixtures, hot water tank, furnace, and deck. Country-style eat in kitchen with new tile floor, a tile backsplash, and newer appliances, offer a cozy feel to the every day meal. Adjacent to the huge living room, you'll find the formal dining room, both rooms over gorgeous laminate. Upstairs ...
  
posted in Listings at Tue, 04 Aug 2015 06:00:00 -0600



Monday, June 29, 2015 - Just Sold - E3405686

Just sold this listing:"Have a look at this stunning, open-style townhouse in the heart of fabulous Terwillegar Towne! Your new home has 2 bedrooms, 2.5 baths (full ensuite included), 9' ceilings on main, and an attached double garage! The kitchen has upgraded stainless steel appliances, ample dark wood cabinets, tile backsplash, and a huge peninsula counter top with a belly-up bar, which is open to your living room, all under 9' ceilings and over a stunning laminate floor! Huge windows, a ...
  
posted in Listings at Mon, 29 Jun 2015 06:00:00 -0600



Wednesday, March 11, 2015 - New Listing - E3405686

Just added this listing:"Have a look at this stunning, open-style townhouse in the heart of fabulous Terwillegar Towne! Your new home has 2 bedrooms, 2.5 baths (full ensuite included), 9' ceilings on main, and an attached double garage! The kitchen has upgraded stainless steel appliances, ample dark wood cabinets, tile backsplash, and a huge peninsula counter top with a belly-up bar, which is open to your living room, all under 9' ceilings and over a stunning laminate floor! Huge windows, a ... Full Article...
  
posted in Listings at Wed, 11 Mar 2015 06:00:00 -0600



Friday, October 10, 2014 - Just Sold - E3383198

Just sold this listing:"Pristine, upper floor carriage style in the heart of a great community! Your new home, built in 2005, has 2 bedrooms, large kitchen, open-style layout, vaulted ceilings, storage, in-suite laundry, laminate throughout and a fantastic balcony for the summer BBQ. Also, a parking stall just 10 feet from your door rather than 10 blocks! The low condominium fees include water and heat. Unlike most low-rise buildings, the heat in your new home is an in floor system, which means ... Full Article...
  
posted in Listings at Fri, 10 Oct 2014 06:00:00 -0600



Thursday, September 4, 2014 - Just Sold - E3374917

Just sold this listing:"Choose your finishes in your new home in Rutherford, which has over 2,150ft2 of elegantly finished space, 3 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, formal dining room, large bonus room and an oversized double garage! From curb appeal to finish, your new home is a winner with stone-accent exterior and an open-concept living space within. Stand-apart upgrades include hardwood and ceramic tile flooring & 9' ceilings throughout the main level, granite countertops, California knock-down ...

posted in Listings at Thu, 04 Sep 2014 06:00:00 -0600



Tuesday, September 2, 2014 - Just Sold - E3376401

Just sold this listing:"Gorgeous condo on the top floor of a well-maintained complex in sought after Windermere with 850 sq ft, 1 bedroom, 1 bath, a den, 9' ceilings, storage locker and underground parking! The kitchen has been upgraded with high-end cabinets, tile backsplash and stainless steel appliances. There is an ample-sized dining area and a large living room. The Master has a walk-through closet into your 4 pc bath. The low condo fees include heat, water, landscaping... better value ... Full Article...
  
posted in Listings at Tue, 02 Sep 2014 06:00:00 -0600



Friday, July 18, 2014 - Just Sold - E3376409

Just sold this listing:"Gorgeous condo on the top floor of a well-maintained complex in sought after Windermere with 810 sq ft, 2 bedroom, 2 baths, 9' ceilings, storage locker and underground parking! The kitchen has been upgraded with high-end cabinets, granite countertops, tile backsplash, tile flooring and stainless steel appliances. There is an ample-sized dining area and a large living room, both over stunning hardwood flooring. The Master has a walk-through closet into your 3 pc bath, ... Full Article...
  
posted in Listings at Fri, 18 Jul 2014 06:00:00 -0600



Tuesday, July 15, 2014 - New Listing - E3383198

Just added this listing:"Pristine, upper floor carriage style in the heart of a great community! Your new home, built in 2005, has 2 bedrooms, large kitchen, open-style layout, vaulted ceilings, storage, in-suite laundry, laminate throughout and a fantastic balcony for the summer BBQ. Also, a parking stall just 10 feet from your door rather than 10 blocks! The low condominium fees include water and heat. Unlike most low-rise buildings, the heat in your new home is an in floor system, which ...
  
posted in Listings at Tue, 15 Jul 2014 06:00:00 -0600



Tuesday, July 1, 2014 - Just Sold - E3376396

Just sold this listing:"Gorgeous condo in a well-maintained complex in sought after Windermerer! Your new home has 927ft2, 2 bedrooms, 2 baths, a den, is wired for an IPod, storage locker and underground parking! The kitchen has been upgraded with a belly-up eating bar, high-end cabinets, tile backsplash and stainless steel appliances. There is an ample-sized dining area and a large living room. The Master has a walk-through closet into your 3pc ensuite, complete with a two-person shower. The ... Full Article...
  
posted in Listings at Tue, 01 Jul 2014 06:00:00 -0600



Thursday, June 19, 2014 - Just Sold - E3370737

Just sold this listing:"Fantastic 2 Storey nestled in a quiet crescent with 1,823ft2, 3 bedrooms, 3.5 baths, finished basement, underground sprinkler system and a double garage! Your new kitchen comes fully loaded with tons of cabinets, huge island with eating bar, large pantry and a tile floor & backsplash. Open to the kitchen, you'll find the dining area with huge windows overlooking the yard and the living room, over hardwood, with gas fireplace. Upstairs, you'll discover the huge bonus ...
  
posted in Listings at Thu, 19 Jun 2014 06:00:00 -0600



Tuesday, May 27, 2014 - New Listing - E3376396

Just added this listing:"Gorgeous condo in a well-maintained complex in sought after Windermerer! Your new home has 927ft2, 2 bedrooms, 2 baths, a den, is wired for an IPod, storage locker and underground parking! The kitchen has been upgraded with a belly-up eating bar, high-end cabinets, tile backsplash and stainless steel appliances. There is an ample-sized dining area and a large living room. The Master has a walk-through closet into your 3pc ensuite, complete with a two-person shower. The ... Full Article...
  
posted in Listings at Tue, 27 May 2014 06:00:00 -0600



Tuesday, May 27, 2014 - New Listing - E3376401

Just added this listing:"Gorgeous condo on the top floor of a well-maintained complex in sought after Windermere with 850 sq ft, 1 bedroom, 1 bath, a den, 9' ceilings, storage locker and underground parking! The kitchen has been upgraded with high-end cabinets, tile backsplash and stainless steel appliances. There is an ample-sized dining area and a large living room. The Master has a walk-through closet into your 4 pc bath. The low condo fees include heat, water, landscaping... better value ... Full Article...
  
posted in Listings at Tue, 27 May 2014 06:00:00 -0600



Tuesday, May 27, 2014 - New Listing - E3376409

Just added this listing:"Gorgeous condo on the top floor of a well-maintained complex in sought after Windermere with 810 sq ft, 2 bedroom, 2 baths, 9' ceilings, storage locker and underground parking! The kitchen has been upgraded with high-end cabinets, granite countertops, tile backsplash, tile flooring and stainless steel appliances. There is an ample-sized dining area and a large living room, both over stunning hardwood flooring. The Master has a walk-through closet into your 3 pc bath, ... Full Article...
  
posted in Listings at Tue, 27 May 2014 06:00:00 -0600



Friday, May 16, 2014 - New Listing - E3374917

Just added this listing:"Choose your finishes in your new home in Rutherford, which has over 2,150ft2 of elegantly finished space, 3 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, formal dining room, large bonus room and an oversized double garage! From curb appeal to finish, your new home is a winner with stone-accent exterior and an open-concept living space within. Stand-apart upgrades include hardwood and ceramic tile flooring & 9' ceilings throughout the main level, granite countertops, California knock-down ...

posted in Listings at Fri, 16 May 2014 06:00:00 -0600



Sunday, May 4, 2014 - Just Sold - E3368424

Just sold this listing:"Situated in sought-after Rutherford, this new home has almost 2,400ft2 of elegantly finished space, 3 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, formal dining room, large bonus room and an oversized double garage! From curb appeal to finish, your new home is a winner with stone-accent exterior and an open-concept living space within. Stand-apart upgrades include birch espresso hardwood & 9' ceilings throughout the main level, granite throughout, California knock-down ceilings, coffered ...
  
posted in Listings at Sun, 04 May 2014 06:00:00 -0600



Tuesday, April 22, 2014 - New Listing - E3370737

Just added this listing:"Fantastic 2 Storey nestled in a quiet crescent with 1,823ft2, 3 bedrooms, 3.5 baths, finished basement, underground sprinkler system and a double garage! Your new kitchen comes fully loaded with tons of cabinets, huge island with eating bar, large pantry and a tile floor & backsplash. Open to the kitchen, you'll find the dining area with huge windows overlooking the yard and the living room, over hardwood, with gas fireplace. Upstairs, you'll discover the huge bonus ... Full Article...
  
posted in Listings at Tue, 22 Apr 2014 06:00:00 -0600



Friday, April 4, 2014 - New Listing - E3368424

Just added this listing:"Situated in sought-after Rutherford, this new home has almost 2,400ft2 of elegantly finished space, 3 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, formal dining room, large bonus room and an oversized double garage! From curb appeal to finish, your new home is a winner with stone-accent exterior and an open-concept living space within. Stand-apart upgrades include birch espresso hardwood & 9' ceilings throughout the main level, granite throughout, California knock-down ceilings, coffered ...
  
posted in Listings at Fri, 04 Apr 2014 06:00:00 -0600



Thursday, April 3, 2014 - Just Sold - E3367374

Just sold this listing:"Here is a wonderful family home situated in the heart of Southeast Edmonton. Your new 1200 sq ft, 5 bedroom, 2 full bath bungalow, has some upgrades throughout including an updated kitchen and bathroom, newer light fixtures, laminate flooring, carpet, tile flooring, baseboards, trim, doors, paint, and so much more. A very well-appointed layout, with 3 large bedrooms, a 5 pc bath, country-style kitchen with an adjoining living room, and the perfect floor plan for a ...
  
posted in Listings at Thu, 03 Apr 2014 06:00:00 -0600



Wednesday, April 2, 2014 - Just Sold - E3367230

Just sold this listing:"Loads of upgrades in this 1230 sq ft, 3 + 2 bedroom, 3 bath family home in, desirable, Brookwood! Recent upgrades include attic insulation ('05), furnace ('05), HWT ('09), fence and deck ('09), shingles ('10), hardwood and tile ('11), paint - walls and ceilings ('14), new light fixtures and switches ('14), countertops ('14) and so much more. Enjoy your eat-in kitchen as well as a formal dining room for entertaining with gorgeous hardwood that extends into the large ...

posted in Listings at Wed, 02 Apr 2014 06:00:00 -0600



Thursday, March 27, 2014 - New Listing - E3367374

Just added this listing:"Here is a wonderful family home situated in the heart of Southeast Edmonton. Your new 1200 sq ft, 5 bedroom, 2 full bath bungalow, has some upgrades throughout including an updated kitchen and bathroom, newer light fixtures, laminate flooring, carpet, tile flooring, baseboards, trim, doors, paint, and so much more. A very well-appointed layout, with 3 large bedrooms, a 5 pc bath, country-style kitchen with an adjoining living room, and the perfect floor plan for a ...
  
posted in Listings at Thu, 27 Mar 2014 06:00:00 -0600



Wednesday, March 26, 2014 - New Listing - E3367230

Just added this listing:"Loads of upgrades in this 1230 sq ft, 3 + 2 bedroom, 3 bath family home in, desirable, Brookwood! Recent upgrades include attic insulation ('05), furnace ('05), HWT ('09), fence and deck ('09), shingles ('10), hardwood and tile ('11), paint - walls and ceilings ('14), new light fixtures and switches ('14), countertops ('14) and so much more. Enjoy your eat-in kitchen as well as a formal dining room for entertaining with gorgeous hardwood that extends into the large ...

posted in Listings at Wed, 26 Mar 2014 06:00:00 -0600



Wednesday, February 5, 2014 - Just Sold - E3360725

Just sold this listing:"Positively pristine property! Built in '09, your new home is 1546 sq ft, has 3 bedrooms, and 2.5 baths, including a full ensuite. The Main floor is wall to wall espresso hardwood, under an island kitchen with espresso cabinets, stainless steel appliances and a belly-up bar, which is adjacent to the large dining area and open to the living room with a corner gas fireplace. Huge windows throughout this home allow for abundant natural light and keeping an eye on the little ... Full Article...
  
posted in Listings at Wed, 05 Feb 2014 05:00:00 -0700



Friday, January 24, 2014 - New Listing - E3360725

Just added this listing:"Positively pristine property! Built in '09, your new home is 1546 sq ft, has 3 bedrooms, and 2.5 baths, including a full ensuite. The Main floor is wall to wall espresso hardwood, under an island kitchen with espresso cabinets, stainless steel appliances and a belly-up bar, which is adjacent to the large dining area and open to the living room with a corner gas fireplace. Huge windows throughout this home allow for abundant natural light and keeping an eye on the little ... Full Article...
  
posted in Listings at Fri, 24 Jan 2014 05:00:00 -0700



Friday, November 29, 2013 - Just Sold - E3357096

Just sold this listing:"Backing onto a treed space in a quiet family community and tucked away in a crescent you'll find your new home! Large windows throughout, rounded corners, laminate flooring, custom blinds, and a double garage, are just some of the wonderful features of this immaculately kept home. With 1,691ft2, 3 bdrms, 3 baths, a bonus room, and a living room, you'll have plenty of space for the family as well as entertaining. Your kitchen has an eating bar for the informal meal, tile ... Full Article...
  
posted in Listings at Fri, 29 Nov 2013 05:00:00 -0700



Saturday, November 16, 2013 - New Listing - E3357096

Just added this listing:"Backing onto a treed space in a quiet family community and tucked away in a crescent you'll find your new home! Large windows throughout, rounded corners, laminate flooring, custom blinds, and a double garage, are just some of the wonderful features of this immaculately kept home. With 1,691ft2, 3 bdrms, 3 baths, a bonus room, and a living room, you'll have plenty of space for the family as well as entertaining. Your kitchen has an eating bar for the informal meal, tile ... Full Article...
  
posted in Listings at Sat, 16 Nov 2013 05:00:00 -0700



Saturday, October 26, 2013 - Just Sold - E3352283

Just sold this listing:"What a gem! Immaculate 1,421ft2, 2 story townhouse backing onto a treed green space! Your new home has 2 bedrooms, 2.5 baths (including a spacious ensuite), breakfast nook AND a dining room, spacious living room with a gas fireplace, finished basement with a family room, and an attached garage. Well-appointed main floor, wonderful for entertaining and with an extension of this space onto a private deck via the breakfast nook sliding doors. Upstairs you'll discover the ... Full Article...

posted in Listings at Sat, 26 Oct 2013 06:00:00 -0600



Wednesday, September 18, 2013 - New Listing - E3352283

Just added this listing:"What a gem! Immaculate 1,421ft2, 2 story townhouse backing onto a treed green space! Your new home has 2 bedrooms, 2.5 baths (including a spacious ensuite), breakfast nook AND a dining room, spacious living room with a gas fireplace, finished basement with a family room, and an attached garage. Well-appointed main floor, wonderful for entertaining and with an extension of this space onto a private deck via the breakfast nook sliding doors. Upstairs you'll discover the ... Full Article...

posted in Listings at Wed, 18 Sep 2013 06:00:00 -0600



Thursday, August 22, 2013 - Just Sold - E3330719

Just sold this listing:"Steps to the LRT! This is the perfect property for a student, downtown professional or investor. Enjoy the morning sun on your East-facing balcony overlooking the legislature grounds and downtown view. Incredibly sought-after building, Westcliffe Arms, has a gym, social room, games room complete with a pool, and a sauna for yours and your guests' enjoyment. Your new home has 2 bedrooms and 2 baths, one of which is an ensuite off the Master, and upgrades include newer ... Full Article...
  
posted in Listings at Thu, 22 Aug 2013 06:00:00 -0600



Thursday, August 1, 2013 - Foreclosure Watch

The current foreclosure total for Edmonton and area is 139 as of August 1. July 1 134 June 5 137 May 8 163 March 28 138 March 1 141 January 31 155 November 6, 2012 228 September 27, 2012 201 August 30, 2012 216 July 26 224 June 28, 2012 262 June 5, 2012 269 May 2, 2012 257 March 29, 2012 249 March 1, 2012 227 January 26, 2012 221 January 3, 2012 221 November 28, 2011 232 October 4, 2011 228 September 1, 2011 226 June 22, 2011 206 March 15, 2011 273 January 29, ...

posted in Real Estate News at Thu, 01 Aug 2013 14:34:19 -0600



Thursday, July 11, 2013 - Another Wave of Buyers?!

The spring rush is just winding up and then banks decide to raise rates... Normally, around this time each year, we start to see a tailing-off of home buyers as the spring markeet comes to a close. That's not going to be the case this year! My experience:I was organizing some viewings for a client of mine this week and upon making the list of potential properties and then attempting to schedule the appointments, I was confronted with 6/8 properties having gone pending (offer accepted) within ... Full Article...

posted in Buyer at Thu, 11 Jul 2013 09:43:44 -0600



Wednesday, July 3, 2013 - June Month-End Real Estate Report

Residential Real Estate activity for the Edmonton area, a few charts and some commentary for you...   Inventory Average sale price     Number of sales by month  Number of sales by year   Where has June left us? In the first six months of the year, housing prices in the Edmonton Census Metropolitan Area (CMA) showed slow, steady increases. According to the REALTORS® Association of Edmonton, the all-residential average price was up 5.6% from the average price on December 31, 2012. ... Full Article...

posted in Real Estate News at Wed, 03 Jul 2013 15:25:48 -0600



Monday, July 1, 2013 - Foreclosure Watch

The current foreclosure total for Edmonton and area is 134 as of July 1. June 5 137 May 8 163 March 28 138 March 1 141 January 31 155 November 6, 2012 228 September 27, 2012 201 August 30, 2012 216 July 26 224 June 28, 2012 262 June 5, 2012 269 May 2, 2012 257 March 29, 2012 249 March 1, 2012 227 January 26, 2012 221 January 3, 2012 221 November 28, 2011 232 October 4, 2011 228 September 1, 2011 226 June 22, 2011 206 March 15, 2011 273 January 29, 2011 258 Foreclosures ... Full Article...

posted in Real Estate News at Mon, 01 Jul 2013 12:32:02 -0600



Monday, June 24, 2013 - Just Sold - E3339184

Just sold this listing:"Executive 2 bedroom/2 bath unit move-in ready and furnished! Island kitchen with a ceramic tile backsplash and tons of cabinets. Open layout from the kitchen to the living room under 9' knock down ceilings and laminate flooring. The Master has a 3pc ensuite and a walk-in closet. There is a HUGE south-facing patio for the summer barbecue and room enough for a nice gathering. in-suite laundry Steps to every imaginable amenity, including the Italian Market. Low condo fees ... Full Article...
  
posted in Listings at Mon, 24 Jun 2013 06:00:00 -0600



Thursday, June 20, 2013 - Houses and More Houses!

It's not your imagination. The City is exploding in every direction. The Canadian Mortgage Housing Corporation (CMHC) has release the most recent date regarding new housing starts for all of Alberta and it shows what we instinctually knew to be the case... more and more housing starts are happening. Housing starts for the month of May '13 compared to May '12 Single Family Edmonton +17% Single Family Edmonton and Area +6% Multiples Edmonton +56% Multiples Edmonton and Area +79% Those are the ... Full Article...

posted in Real Estate News at Thu, 20 Jun 2013 09:50:16 -0600



Friday, June 14, 2013 - Just Sold - E3332983

Just sold this listing:"One block to great Southwest schools in a quiet family community, tucked away in a crescent, you'll find your new home! New paint throughout, granite countertops, huge windows, rounded corners, central AC and a West-facing backyard are just some of the wonderful features of this immaculately kept home. With 1,672ft2, 3 bdrms, 4 baths, a family room, living room and a bonus room - you'll have plenty of space for the family and entertaining. Your kitchen has an eating bar ... Full Article...
  
posted in Listings at Fri, 14 Jun 2013 06:00:00 -0600



Wednesday, June 5, 2013 - May Month-end Real Estate

Residential Real Estate activity for the Edmonton area, a few charts and some commentary for you...   Inventory Average sale price     Number of sales by month  Number of sales by year   Where has May left us? Housing sales activity in the Edmonton Census Metropolitan Area (CMA) slowed in May according to the REALTORS® Association of Edmonton. Housing sales dropped 10% when compared to May 2012. Sales of single family detached homes (SFD) were down 14.4% Y/Y and duplex/rowhouse ... Full Article...

posted in Real Estate News at Wed, 05 Jun 2013 13:07:30 -0600



Wednesday, June 5, 2013 - Foreclousre Watch

The current foreclosure total for Edmonton and area is 137 as of June 5. May 8 163 March 28 138 March 1 141 January 31 155 November 6, 2012 228 September 27, 2012 201 August 30, 2012 216 July 26 224 June 28, 2012 262 June 5, 2012 269 May 2, 2012 257 March 29, 2012 249 March 1, 2012 227 January 26, 2012 221 January 3, 2012 221 November 28, 2011 232 October 4, 2011 228 September 1, 2011 226 June 22, 2011 206 March 15, 2011 273 January 29, 2011 258 Foreclosures are a tricky ... Full Article...

posted in Real Estate News at Wed, 05 Jun 2013 13:05:54 -0600



Monday, May 27, 2013 - New Listing - E3339184

Just added this listing:"Executive 2 bedroom/2 bath unit move-in ready and furnished! Island kitchen with a ceramic tile backsplash and tons of cabinets. Open layout from the kitchen to the living room under 9' knock down ceilings and laminate flooring. The Master has a 3pc ensuite and a walk-in closet. There is a HUGE south-facing patio for the summer barbecue and room enough for a nice gathering. in-suite laundry Steps to every imaginable amenity, including the Italian Market. Low condo fees ... Full Article...
  
posted in Listings at Mon, 27 May 2013 06:00:00 -0600



Thursday, May 23, 2013 - Spring = Barbecue

I love to barbecue

I’ve already had Ingrid fired up more than a dozen times this year. Love it. If you're on my facebook you've seen me post my successes and even some failures.

I've had drunk chicken, pork back ribs, burgers (1/4 pork sausage)... I barbecue tomatoes, zucchini, potato/onion/garlic packets of goodness, corn... and the list goes on. Love it!
And, of course, steak.

Ah, steak.

Steaks fall into one of two categories:
1. Flavourful - The more the muscle is used, the more flavourful (and tough) it is
2. Tender - Less used muscle and more tender

Let’s have a look at the more popular cuts and how they stack up:

  • Sirloin - Cut from the area behind the short loin and in front of the round. Usually well-marbled and flavourful but, lacks depth and not the most tender of cuts
    • Sirloin - Refers to the Bottom Sirloin and Sirloin (see pic here)
    • Top Sirloin - Just below the Tenderloin and the most prized of the Sirloins
       
  • Strip steak - Cut from the short loin area between the sirloin and the fore rib. This is commonly called Strip Loin or New York Strip in North America and Club Steak, internationally. Fairly tender piece of meet with excellent flavour
    • T-bone - Falls into this category as this cut has a Strip Steak and a smaller piece of Tenderloin divided by a bone shaped like a 'T'. Due to this fact, the T-bone has the best of both worlds in that it has flavour from the bone and Strip and a tender side form the Tenderloin. With this comes a difficulty in preparing the meat as the two sides cook at different speeds
    • Porterhouse - Basically, this cut is a T-bone with a larger portion of Tenderloin than the T-bone would have
       
  • Rib eye – Fore rib area in front of the short loin area. Marbled with a central piece of fat, which makes this cut quite tasty and tender, though it won't be melt in your mouth tender
    • Rib eye originally referred to the cut without the bone (eye of the rib cage), while a Rib Steak is with the bone
       
  • Tenderloin - Runs along both sides of the spine, and is usually harvested as two long snake-shaped cuts of beef
    • Fillet - From the foremost tip of the tenderloin. The most tender, and therefore most expensive of cuts but, lacking true beef flavour, which is why we see it paired with a crust or sauce frequently. Also, due to its location on the Tenderloin, the Fillet is an awkward shape and difficult to cook evenly
    • Many butchers (and restaurants) sell the entire Tenderloin as Fillet though truly any Tenderloin except the foremost tip is Beef Tenderloin, while the foremost tip is the Fillet Mignon (cute fillet)
    • Tenderloin, due to its tenderness, is the choice cut to make carpaccio

How to prepare (according to John):

There is only one way to prepare your steak at home unless you have a restaurant-grade oven - Barbecue (of course):

  • Use thick cut steak to create the appropriate texture on the outside while not over-cooking. If this is too large for portions, halve just prior to serving
  • Steak should start at room temperature and that takes at least 30 minutes prior to cooking, from the fridge
  • Pre-heat grill to maximum heat
  • Salt and pepper (lots) on one side, and only salt and pepper. Why take something as beautiful as a nice steak and douse it in spices or drown it in sauces? Unless the cut of beef calls for it so as to tenderise
  • Place on pre-heated grill, seasoned side down, and season the face up side with salt and pepper again.
  • Rotate 45 degrees for the second half of the cooking time for this side
  • The lid should be closed most of the time, but not necessarily all of the time
  • Flip only once. Rotate 45 degrees half way through again
    • My barbecue, for thick cut steak (1" to 1.25"), is about 215 seconds per side
    • Yours may be different and you'll get accostomed to it but, in order to do that you have to use a stopwatch. Seriously, use a stopwatch
  • Remove from grill and place on grate, not a flat surface, and cover with foil for 10 to 15 minutes. This will cause the beef to cook a little further and also retain its juices

Medium rare is the optimum preparation to enjoy all that the steak has to offer. Anything more is just a disappointing end for the cow, not to mention disappointing for you. If you like your meat burned medium or crisp well done, maybe chicken is the way to go for you. Birds have no feelings


posted in General at Thu, 23 May 2013 11:09:43 -0600



Wednesday, May 22, 2013 - Just Sold - E3328231

Just sold this listing:"Fantastic ground floor unit with an open layout from the kitchen to the living room, with ample space for a dining room, if desired. Your new kitchen has white cabinets and appliances, and plenty of counter space with a belly-up bar. You also have a huge Master bedroom, large enough for a King-sized bed, with a double closet. Lots of in-suite storage in the laundry closet. From your living room you'll find the sliding doors to your private patio, West-facing for evening ... Full Article...
  
posted in Listings at Wed, 22 May 2013 06:00:00 -0600



Tuesday, May 14, 2013 - 10 Tips for Water Conservation in the Garden Part 2/2

Saving water in your garden translates to saving money on your water bill. Here?s how to practice garden water conservation and still have a gorgeous yard. 6. Put Thirsty Plants Together To save water, group plants into watering zones. Place the thirstiest plants near the house where they can drink roof runoff. Farther out, make a ?transition zone? for plants that need supplemental drip irrigation. Farther still is a ?natural zone? for native plants that can survive on rainfall alone. 7. Plant ... Full Article...

posted in General at Tue, 14 May 2013 09:44:25 -0600



Friday, May 10, 2013 - 10 Tips for Water Conservation in the Garden Part 1/2

Saving water in your garden and yard trims your water bill and saves an increasingly scarce natural resource. A water-efficient landscape can: Reduce outdoor water use by 20% to 50% Save up to 10,000 gallons a year Shave $30 to $70 off the average annual household water bill Planting drought-tolerant landscaping is one way to turn off the spigot in your garden. Here are other tips for saving water while growing flora. 1. Choose Native Plants Native plants have had eons to adjust to the area?s ... Full Article...

posted in General at Fri, 10 May 2013 13:23:04 -0600



Wednesday, May 8, 2013 - Foreclosure Watch

The current foreclosure total for Edmonton and area is 163 as of May 8. March 28 138 March 1 141 January 31 155 November 6, 2012 228 September 27, 2012 201 August 30, 2012 216 July 26 224 June 28, 2012 262 June 5, 2012 269 May 2, 2012 257 March 29, 2012 249 March 1, 2012 227 January 26, 2012 221 January 3, 2012 221 November 28, 2011 232 October 4, 2011 228 September 1, 2011 226 June 22, 2011 206 March 15, 2011 273 January 29, 2011 258 Foreclosures are a tricky business with ... Full Article...

posted in Real Estate News at Wed, 08 May 2013 11:15:08 -0600



Monday, May 6, 2013 - April Month-End Real Estate Report

Residential Real Estate activity for the Edmonton area, a few charts and some commentary for you...   Inventory Average sale price     Number of sales by month  Number of sales by year   Where has April left us?   With the a later than expected arrival of spring, average prices for housing in the Edmonton Census Metropolitan Area (CMA) decreased month-over-month in April after a surprising uptick in March. The REALTORS® Association of Edmonton reports that the all-residential ...

posted in Real Estate News at Mon, 06 May 2013 10:14:57 -0600



Thursday, April 18, 2013 - Make Your Lawn the Envy of the Block

With the warm weather just around the corner, everyone looks forward to spending time outdoors and in their own backyards with family and friends. However, harsh Canadian winters can leave lawns dry and brittle ? making our favourite haven appear neglected. ?The fluctuating weather patterns we've experienced this winter can result in significant grass damage,? says Mark Cullen, Home Hardware's Gardening Expert. ?Simple steps, such as thorough watering and remembering to fertilize will go a long ... Full Article...

posted in General at Thu, 18 Apr 2013 11:36:48 -0600



Monday, April 15, 2013 - New Listing - E3332983

Just added this listing:"One block to great Southwest schools in a quiet family community, tucked away in a crescent, you'll find your new home! New paint throughout, granite countertops, huge windows, rounded corners, central AC and a West-facing backyard are just some of the wonderful features of this immaculately kept home. With 1,672ft2, 3 bdrms, 4 baths, a family room, living room and a bonus room - you'll have plenty of space for the family and entertaining. Your kitchen has an eating bar ... Full Article...
  
posted in Listings at Mon, 15 Apr 2013 06:00:00 -0600



Tuesday, April 9, 2013 - 4 Reasons the Edmonton Real Estate Market is Climbing and not Booming

REIN, Real Estate Investors Network, recently blogged about why Alberta isn't in a 'boom' even though it would appear we should be... It's no secret that Edmonton is in a sellers market right now and prices are statistically on the rise but, even though we're short of inventory and the buyers are out, why aren't we in a boom market yet? According to REIN, there are 4 reasons: Once bitten, twice shy.The downturn in '07, at the tail end of Edmonton's greatest boom, is still fresh in people's ...

posted in Real Estate News at Tue, 09 Apr 2013 10:03:09 -0600



Friday, April 5, 2013 - National House Price Survey for Q1 2013 and Market Survey Forecast

The Royal LePage National House Price Survey, the oldest in Canada, was released April 4th. The report breaks down major City centres. Here's what has been happening in Alberta: Low inventory also put upward pressure on prices in Calgary, with increases of 5.1 to 6.8 per cent for housing types surveyed. Although they experienced the smallest price increase, standard condominiums were the most active housing category in the first quarter of 2013. In contrast, Edmonton prices remained relatively ... Full Article...

posted in Real Estate News at Fri, 05 Apr 2013 16:18:08 -0600



Thursday, April 4, 2013 - March Month-End Real Estate Report

Residential Real Estate activity for the Edmonton area, a few charts and some commentary for you...   Inventory Average sale price     Number of sales by month  Number of sales by year   Where has March left us? The REALTORS® Association of Edmonton reports that residential property prices in the Edmonton CMA1 were up again in March. The all-residential price (includes single family detached, condominiums, duplexes and row-houses) rose 3.5% in a month and single family detached ... Full Article...

posted in Real Estate News at Thu, 04 Apr 2013 09:55:31 -0600



Thursday, March 28, 2013 - Foreclosure Watch

The current foreclosure total for Edmonton and area is 138 as of March 28. March 1 141 January 31 155 November 6, 2012 228 September 27, 2012 201 August 30, 2012 216 July 26 224 June 28, 2012 262 June 5, 2012 269 May 2, 2012 257 March 29, 2012 249 March 1, 2012 227 January 26, 2012 221 January 3, 2012 221 November 28, 2011 232 October 4, 2011 228 September 1, 2011 226 June 22, 2011 206 March 15, 2011 273 January 29, 2011 258 Foreclosures are a tricky business with many ...

posted in Real Estate News at Thu, 28 Mar 2013 15:45:09 -0600



Wednesday, March 27, 2013 - New Listing - E3330719

Just added this listing:"Steps to the LRT! This is the perfect property for a student, downtown professional or investor. Enjoy the morning sun on your East-facing balcony overlooking the legislature grounds and downtown view. Incredibly sought-after building, Westcliffe Arms, has a gym, social room, games room complete with a pool, and a sauna for yours and your guests' enjoyment. Your new home has 2 bedrooms and 2 baths, one of which is an ensuite off the Master, and upgrades include newer ... Full Article...
  
posted in Listings at Wed, 27 Mar 2013 06:00:00 -0600



Tuesday, March 26, 2013 - Spring is Here! Time to Pretty Up The Exterior of Your Home

Developing a colour scheme will bring the whole package together When our eyes turn to look at the prettiest house on the street, you can bet the owner worked hard to make that happen. The appeal, you may find, is rarely due to just one feature, but rather to several complementary features that create the ?perfect package.? Did you know, for example, that the most attractive home exteriors often use as many as three or four wood stain colour combinations? According to experts, a perfect package ... Full Article...

posted in General at Tue, 26 Mar 2013 15:45:10 -0600



Monday, March 25, 2013 - Just Sold - E3317567

Just sold this listing:"What a gem! Immaculate 1,065ft2, 2 story townhouse backing onto a private walkway! Your new home has 3 bedrooms, a renovated 4-piece bath, breakfast nook AND a dining room, spacious living room, finished basement (family room), and a fabulous kitchen with newer stainless steel appliances. Upgraded top to bottom including newer laminate flooring, neutral paint throughout, trim/baseboards, kitchen counter tops, light fixtures and switches, and a remodelled bathroom. Your ... Full Article...
  
posted in Listings at Mon, 25 Mar 2013 06:00:00 -0600



Wednesday, March 13, 2013 - What Kind of Housing Market is Edmonton Experiencing Right Now?

THE question, it seems. I've been asked that umpteen times a week over the past month and a half. Follow up question: Where are we headed this year? The reason for this is the numerous newspaper articles and telecasts spouting off about the 'boom' we seem to be in, due mostly to the increase in average house price both month-over-month and year-over-year. This hype is greatly thanks to the wonderful world of statistics. Facts are stubborn things, but statistics are more pliable.~ Mark Twain I ... Full Article...

posted in Real Estate News at Wed, 13 Mar 2013 14:41:38 -0600



Saturday, March 9, 2013 - Just Sold - E3327745

Just sold this listing:"From curb appeal to finishing, you'll be impressed with this truly wonderful family home in, exclusive, Brander Gardens! The nuts 'n bolts - 5 bedrooms (all upstairs), 3.5 baths, Master ensuite and walk-through closet, balcony on 2nd floor, formal dining room, both a living room and family room on the main, sauna!, finished basement, double garage, HUGE (1/4 acre) yard with gorgeous mature trees, and all of this backing onto a green space. Upgrades throughout this ...
  
posted in Listings at Sat, 09 Mar 2013 05:00:00 -0700



Friday, March 8, 2013 - Bank of Canada Rate Decision

The Bank of Canada Announced that it is maintaining the overnight rate at 1% - unchanged John's Notes: Global financial conditions remain stimulative, despite recent volatility In the United States, the economic expansion is continuing at a gradual pace and private sector demand is gaining momentum Growth in China has improved Commodity prices have remained at historically elevated levels residential investment is expected to decline further from historically high levels With continued slack in ... Full Article...

posted in Buyer at Fri, 08 Mar 2013 14:15:00 -0700



Tuesday, March 5, 2013 - February Month-End Real Estate Report

Residential Real Estate activity for the Edmonton area, a few charts and some commentary for you...   Inventory Average sale price     Number of sales by month  Number of sales by year   Where has February left us? The REALTORS® Association of Edmonton reports that the housing market in the Edmonton CMA1 remains active. Residential listing activity was up 10% as compared to January and sales increased by 18.2%. The all-residential price (includes single family detached, ...

posted in Real Estate News at Tue, 05 Mar 2013 17:01:11 -0700



Tuesday, March 5, 2013 - New Listing - E3328231

Just added this listing:"Fantastic ground floor unit with an open layout from the kitchen to the living room, with ample space for a dining room, if desired. Your new kitchen has white cabinets and appliances, and plenty of counter space with a belly-up bar. You also have a huge Master bedroom, large enough for a King-sized bed, with a double closet. Lots of in-suite storage in the laundry closet. From your living room you'll find the sliding doors to your private patio, West-facing for evening ... Full Article...
  
posted in Listings at Tue, 05 Mar 2013 05:00:00 -0700



Friday, March 1, 2013 - Foreclosure Watch

The current foreclosure total for Edmonton and area is 141 as of March 1. January 31 155 November 6, 2012 228 September 27, 2012 201 August 30, 2012 216 July 26 224 June 28, 2012 262 June 5, 2012 269 May 2, 2012 257 March 29, 2012 249 March 1, 2012 227 January 26, 2012 221 January 3, 2012 221 November 28, 2011 232 October 4, 2011 228 September 1, 2011 226 June 22, 2011 206 March 15, 2011 273 January 29, 2011 258 Foreclosures are a tricky business with many pitfalls to avoid ... Full Article...

posted in Real Estate News at Fri, 01 Mar 2013 15:06:02 -0700



Friday, March 1, 2013 - New Listing - E3327745

Just added this listing:"From curb appeal to finishing, you'll be impressed with this truly wonderful family home in, exclusive, Brander Gardens! The nuts 'n bolts - 5 bedrooms (all upstairs), 3.5 baths, Master ensuite and walk-through closet, balcony on 2nd floor, formal dining room, both a living room and family room on the main, sauna!, finished basement, double garage, HUGE (1/4 acre) yard with gorgeous mature trees, and all of this backing onto a green space. Upgrades throughout this ...
  
posted in Listings at Fri, 01 Mar 2013 05:00:00 -0700



Monday, February 25, 2013 - Do You Trust Your Bank?

Mark Carney, Governor of the Bank of Canada (BoC), spoke before the Richard Ivey School of Business, Western University, about trust in major banking systems Six years ago, the collapse of the global financial system triggered the worst global recession since the Great Depression Losing savings, jobs, and houses has been devastating for many. Something else was lost - trust in major banking systems. Over the past year, the questions of competence have been supplanted by questions of ...

posted in Economic News at Mon, 25 Feb 2013 15:16:37 -0700



Friday, February 22, 2013 - So You Want to Buy a Condo?

But, you're afraid of the things you've been hearing... There is a great deal of fear surrounding condos today.One reason for that fear is ignorance. People naturally fear what they don't understand. The second reason is the phrase, 'Special Assessment" (SA). All too often we are hearing about condos with SAs on the horizon and the unfortunate folks who purchased a unit in a building and got surprised with this stress on the pocket book a few short months later. Now we feel that this will ...

posted in Buyer at Fri, 22 Feb 2013 14:12:00 -0700



Tuesday, February 19, 2013 - Edmonton's Infill Policies Are Changing... Who's Side Are You On?

The above is an infill property that I sold in 2012 Should there be more flexibility allowed for those who want a home with a modern design in an established, central neighbourhood, or not? This is an issue that has brought about neighbourhood feuds and heated arguments, even more so lately as the City of Edmonton has decided to rewrite the Mature Neighbourhood Overlay (MNO) - for good or ill. One of the largest complaints of the MNO is that it is too restrictive and requires numerous variances ... Full Article...

posted in Real Estate News at Tue, 19 Feb 2013 15:07:26 -0700



Wednesday, February 13, 2013 - Just Sold - E3324619

Just sold this listing:"Welcome home to this wonderful 3 bedroom, 2 bath, 1,212 ft2 half duplex with a finished basement and a double garage! The welcoming entertaining level is well-appointed with modern paint tones and new laminate flooring from the large living room to the country-style eat in kitchen with slate backsplash, pantry, and a huge window overlooking the backyard. Upstairs, the Master Bedroom has a MASSIVE walk-in closet, while the 2nd and 3rd bedrooms are ample-sized. The fully ... Full Article...
  
posted in Listings at Wed, 13 Feb 2013 05:00:00 -0700



Wednesday, February 6, 2013 - January Month-End Real Estate Report

Residential Real Estate activity for the Edmonton area, a few charts and some commentary for you...   Inventory Average sale price     Number of sales by month  Number of sales by year   Where has January left us? Year-over-year average prices and sales were up for most types of residential property in the Edmonton Census Metropolitan Area (CMA) in January. Single Family Dwelling (SFD) average prices were down 1.93% from December but up 7.7% when compared to January 2012. ...

posted in Real Estate News at Wed, 06 Feb 2013 15:46:49 -0700



Wednesday, February 6, 2013 - Just Sold - E3321772

Just sold this listing:"Greet your guests in your 13.5' vaulted foyer & welcome them into your executive-style bungalow. Custom finishes throughout including granite countertops, 9' knock-down ceilings, limestone-composite tile (wow!), stone & slate accents, pot lighting, lighted art niches, amazing custom kitchen with features too numerous to list, huge walk-in closet & ensuite off the Master, huge elevated deck, 'cat's eye' staircase with cherry wood & metal spindles... the list goes on! Your ... Full Article...
  
posted in Listings at Wed, 06 Feb 2013 05:00:00 -0700



Thursday, January 31, 2013 - Foreclosure Watch

The current foreclosure total for Edmonton and area is 155 as of January 31. November 6, 2012 228 September 27, 2012 201 August 30, 2012 216 July 26 224 June 28, 2012 262 June 5, 2012 269 May 2, 2012 257 March 29, 2012 249 March 1, 2012 227 January 26, 2012 221 January 3, 2012 221 November 28, 2011 232 October 4, 2011 228 September 1, 2011 226 June 22, 2011 206 March 15, 2011 273 January 29, 2011 258 Foreclosures are a tricky business with many pitfalls to avoid and nuances ... Full Article...

posted in Real Estate News at Thu, 31 Jan 2013 17:05:35 -0700



Tuesday, January 29, 2013 - New Listing - E3324619

Just added this listing:"Welcome home to this wonderful 3 bedroom, 2 bath, 1,212 ft2 half duplex with a finished basement and a double garage! The welcoming entertaining level is well-appointed with modern paint tones and new laminate flooring from the large living room to the country-style eat in kitchen with slate backsplash, pantry, and a huge window overlooking the backyard. Upstairs, the Master Bedroom has a MASSIVE walk-in closet, while the 2nd and 3rd bedrooms are ample-sized. The fully ... Full Article...
  
posted in Listings at Tue, 29 Jan 2013 05:00:00 -0700



Friday, January 25, 2013 - Bank of Canada Rate Decision

The Bank of Canada today announced that it is maintaining its target for the overnight rate at 1 per cent Status quo is the word from the BOC. Highlights below: Global economic outlook is slightly weaker than the Bank had projected Europe remains in recession Growth in China is improving, though economic activity has slowed Commodity prices have remained at historically elevated levels In Canada, the slowdown in the second half of 2012 was more pronounced than the Bank had ...

posted in Buyer at Fri, 25 Jan 2013 16:11:22 -0700



Thursday, January 24, 2013 - Tired of the Term 'Soft Landing'?

Recent Slowdown in Mortgage Lending and Leading Economists Weigh In While the drop in Canadian house sales that began in the second half of 2012 is likely to continue, the market is headed for a soft landing rather than a crash, one of the country?s largest real estate agencies and a number of bank CEOs predicted Tuesday. Their comments came as the latest data suggest that the steep drop in year-over-year home sales persisted through to the end of the year. ?The number of existing homes sold ... Full Article...

posted in Real Estate News at Thu, 24 Jan 2013 14:39:41 -0700



Thursday, January 17, 2013 - 4 Mistakes to Avoid While Waiting for the Keys to Your New Home

So. You've secured financing and removed conditions. Now all you have to do is wait a few weeks for the keys to your new home. There are still a lot of things that can go wrong at this stage of the game. Here are four mistakes to avoid: Making a big purchase This is not the time to go out and take your credit card out for a spin. That toy you've been dreaming about could throw a wrench on the wroks! A new car, boat, motorhome, or furniture could be just the ticket to brings things crashing ...

posted in Buyer at Thu, 17 Jan 2013 11:56:58 -0700



Thursday, January 10, 2013 - Just Sold - E3321540

Just sold this listing:"This is almost too good to be true... Your new home has 1,180 ft2, 5 bedrooms, 3 FULL baths, vaulted ceilings, finished basement and a double garage! Peace of mind is included in the sale price, as this well built property is practically new - built in 2002. The vaulted ceilings create a feeling of space and openness, while the huge windows throughout are a fantastic feature that you're going to love. The large Master has a full ensuite and vaulted ceilings. Your ...
  
posted in Listings at Thu, 10 Jan 2013 05:00:00 -0700



Wednesday, January 9, 2013 - Builders React to Positive Economic Indicators

Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) released its 2012 year-end report on new housing starts The information is broken down into Edmonton proper and the Edmonton Census Metropolitan Area (CMA). Also, the statistics are categorized into either Single Family Detached (SFD) homes and multi-family construction including duplexes, apartments,  and townhouses. Some of the highlights of the report: SFD new construction starts are up from 2011 figures by 14% in Edmonton and 13% in the ...

posted in Economic News at Wed, 09 Jan 2013 11:17:55 -0700



Tuesday, January 8, 2013 - National House Price Survey for Q4 2012 and Markeet Survey Forecast

The Royal LePage House Price Survey is the largest, most comprehensive study of its kind in Canada, with information on seven types of housing in over 250 neighbourhoods from coast to coast. Released on January 8, 2013, the survey and forecast is abbreviated here. Canada Fewer homes are expected to trade hands in the first half of 2013 By the end of 2013, Royal LePage expects the average national home price to be 1.0 per cent higher compared to 2012 In the fourth quarter, standard two-storey ... Full Article...

posted in Real Estate News at Tue, 08 Jan 2013 17:20:06 -0700



Thursday, January 3, 2013 - 2012 Year End Real Estate Report

Residential Real Estate activity for the Edmonton area, a few charts and some commentary for you...   Inventory Average sale price     Number of sales by month  Number of sales by year   Where has 2012 left us? The local housing market in 2012 ended as it began, with robust sales, slowly increasing prices, stability and an optimistic swagger. The average all-residential price in December was $333,140, up 1.5% from the previous month. The price in December 2011 was $316,020. Sales ... Full Article...

posted in Real Estate News at Thu, 03 Jan 2013 16:08:01 -0700



Thursday, December 20, 2012 - Just Sold - E3314633

Just sold this listing:"Dream location in King Edward Park! Walk to trendy shops, 5 minutes to downtown, and one bus to the U of A. Welcome home to over 1,200ft2 of charming! Inviting curb appeal welcomes you into this semi-bungalow, while the perfect fusion of contemporary finishing and old-world character, begs you to stay. Recent upgrades include neutral paint throughout, new deck, new furnace and duct work ('07), some new windows, new shingles ('10), additional attic insulation ('10), ...
  
posted in Listings at Thu, 20 Dec 2012 05:00:00 -0700



Friday, December 14, 2012 - New Listing - E3321772

Just added this listing:"Greet your guests in your 13.5' vaulted foyer & welcome them into your executive-style bungalow. Custom finishes throughout including granite countertops, 9' knock-down ceilings, limestone-composite tile (wow!), stone & slate accents, pot lighting, lighted art niches, amazing custom kitchen with features too numerous to list, huge walk-in closet & ensuite off the Master, huge elevated deck, 'cat's eye' staircase with cherry wood & metal spindles... the list goes on! ... Full Article...
  
posted in Listings at Fri, 14 Dec 2012 05:00:00 -0700



Wednesday, December 12, 2012 - Just Sold - E3321045

Just sold this listing:"Situated in the heart of St. Albert, close to every amenity, your new condo is a cut above with 1,050ft2, 2 bedrooms, a huge kitchen, 9' ceilings, crown moulding, an open layout, tons of storage, and a garage! If you like to entertain then you'll love the open-concept layout over laminate flooring and under 9' ceilings throughout. The kitchen has loads of cabinets and counter space, upgraded black appliances, pantry, and a raised eating bar. The dining area is large ...
  
posted in Listings at Wed, 12 Dec 2012 05:00:00 -0700



Monday, December 10, 2012 - New Listing - E3321540

Just added this listing:"This is almost too good to be true... Your new home has 1,180 ft2, 5 bedrooms, 3 FULL baths, vaulted ceilings, finished basement and a double garage! Peace of mind is included in the sale price, as this well built property is practically new - built in 2002. The vaulted ceilings create a feeling of space and openness, while the huge windows throughout are a fantastic feature that you're going to love. The large Master has a full ensuite and vaulted ceilings. Your ...
  
posted in Listings at Mon, 10 Dec 2012 05:00:00 -0700



Friday, November 30, 2012 - New Listing - E3321045

Just added this listing:"Situated in the heart of St. Albert, close to every amenity, your new condo is a cut above with 1,050ft2, 2 bedrooms, a huge kitchen, 9' ceilings, crown moulding, an open layout, tons of storage, and a garage! If you like to entertain then you'll love the open-concept layout over laminate flooring and under 9' ceilings throughout. The kitchen has loads of cabinets and counter space, upgraded black appliances, pantry, and a raised eating bar. The dining area is large ... Full Article...
  
posted in Listings at Fri, 30 Nov 2012 05:00:00 -0700



Thursday, November 22, 2012 - Just Sold - E3298223

Just sold this listing:"Wow shop! Only one of these comes available a year, so here's your chance to lock it down. Your new shop has a 16' x 12' door, interior dimensions of 29' x 31', insulated, heated, 6" concrete pad, floor drain, commercial-grade door opener, 220 Volt, 60 amp, overhead exhaust hatch, and a separate phone line. The pad in front of the shop can manage 3 - 4 vehicles as well. The house has had extensive renovations both inside and out, including shingles ('06), fence, eaves ... Full Article...
  
posted in Listings at Thu, 22 Nov 2012 05:00:00 -0700



Friday, November 9, 2012 - Just Sold - E3312955

Just sold this listing:"No condo fees on this one and nothing to do but move in and enjoy the 3-season sunroom and hot tub! Welcome home to this incredibly well-maintained 2 Storey single family home with 4 bedrooms, 3.5 baths (including two 4pc ensuites), a fully finished basement, and an oversized garage! You won't be disappointed with the main floor... Peninsula-style kitchen and black appliances, a large dining area for entertaining, a living room with a corner gas fireplace, and all of ... Full Article...
  
posted in Listings at Fri, 09 Nov 2012 05:00:00 -0700



Tuesday, November 6, 2012 - October Month-End Real Estate Report

Residential Real Estate activity for the Edmonton area, a few charts and some commentary for you...   Inventory Average sale price     Number of sales by month  Number of sales by year   Where has October left us? Even with ghosts, ghouls, and goblins running through the streets, homeowners could find refuge in the local housing market. The REALTORS® Association of Edmonton reports that housing prices in October were up compared to a year ago and are the highest in October in the ... Full Article...

posted in Real Estate News at Tue, 06 Nov 2012 17:24:49 -0700



Tuesday, November 6, 2012 - Foreclosure Watch

The current foreclosure total for Edmonton and area is 228 as of November 6th. September 27, 2012 201 August 30, 2012 216 July 26 224 June 28, 2012 262 June 5, 2012 269 May 2, 2012 257 March 29, 2012 249 March 1, 2012 227 January 26, 2012 221 January 3, 2012 221 November 28, 2011 232 October 4, 2011 228 September 1, 2011 226 June 22, 2011 206 March 15, 2011 273 January 29, 2011 258 Foreclosures are a tricky business with many pitfalls to avoid and nuances that must be ...

posted in Real Estate News at Tue, 06 Nov 2012 17:13:39 -0700



Thursday, November 1, 2012 - The Sky Is Falling!!! Sorry, my bad... wrong again.

CIBC Deputy Chief Economist Benjamin Tal has put things into perspective and silenced the 'Chicken Littles' of Canada in a recent report released by CIBC. The report notes that while there are a number of factors that raise concerns about Canada's housing market, there are fundamental differences between the Canadian and U.S. markets that should see a soft landing for the real estate market here. "To be sure, house prices in Canada will probably fall in the coming year or two, but any ...

posted in Real Estate News at Thu, 01 Nov 2012 18:42:11 -0600



Saturday, October 27, 2012 - Just Sold - E3303195

Just sold this listing:"Welcome home to your very own mini-Jasper with mature trees, both directly behind and right in your backyard, and a private, peaceful setting for you to enjoy! Situated in a quiet cul-de-sac in Bisset with stunning curb appeal and backing onto a park, your new home has 3 bedrooms, 2 full and 2 half baths, vaulted ceilings, wood fireplace, a finished basement, and a double attached garage. The large kitchen has a double pantry, new flooring, a gas stove, and an adjacent ... Full Article...
  
posted in Listings at Sat, 27 Oct 2012 06:00:00 -0600



Sunday, October 21, 2012 - Just Sold - E3299883

Just sold this listing:"Situated two blocks from a future LRT station & an existing bus station, this brand new duplex has so much to offer with almost 1,550ft2 of elegantly finished space, 3 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, huge yard, deck, and an oversized double garage! From curb appeal to finish, your new home is a winner with stone-accent exterior and an open-concept living space within. Stand-apart upgrades include espresso hardwood and 9' ceilings throughout the main level and 9' ceilings in the ... Full Article...
  
posted in Listings at Sun, 21 Oct 2012 06:00:00 -0600



Tuesday, October 16, 2012 - Canadian House Price Survey

Canadian House Prices Edge Up in Third Quarter While the Number of Home Sales Fall First-time buyer activity drops as market adjusts to new mortgage regulations Average price of a home in Canada increased year-over-year between 1.8 and 4.8 per cent in the third quarter of 2012 Fewer homes were sold compared to the same period in 2011?A drop in the number of homes trading hands typically precedes a period of softening house prices." Said Phil Soper, president and chief executive, Royal LePage. ... Full Article...

posted in Real Estate News at Tue, 16 Oct 2012 15:42:06 -0600



Friday, October 12, 2012 - Just Sold - E3316823

Just sold this listing:"Wonderful large family home backs onto Carscadden Park in family-orientated community of Pineview. Open concept layout throughout w/ tons of upgrades including: newer kitchen cabinets, countertops and backsplash, laminate flooring, light fixtures, paint, windows, doors, trim, shingles, and a recently renovated basement. WOW! On the main level you'll discover a contemporary layout perfect for the entertainer - your new kitchen has loads of extended cabinets, tile ...
  
posted in Listings at Fri, 12 Oct 2012 06:00:00 -0600



Friday, October 12, 2012 - Just Sold - E3299892

Just sold this listing:"Situated two blocks from a future LRT station & an existing bus station, this brand new duplex has so much to offer with almost 1,550ft2 of elegantly finished space, 3 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, huge yard, deck, and an oversized double garage! From curb appeal to finish, your new home is a winner with stone-accent exterior and an open-concept living space within. Stand-apart upgrades include espresso hardwood and 9' ceilings throughout the main level and 9' ceilings in the ... Full Article...
  
posted in Listings at Fri, 12 Oct 2012 06:00:00 -0600



Tuesday, October 9, 2012 - New Listing - E3317567

Just added this listing:"What a gem! Immaculate 1,065ft2, 2 story townhouse backing onto a private walkway! Your new home has 3 bedrooms, a renovated 4-piece bath, breakfast nook AND a dining room, spacious living room, finished basement (family room), and a fabulous kitchen with newer stainless steel appliances. Upgraded top to bottom including newer laminate flooring, neutral paint throughout, trim/baseboards, kitchen counter tops, light fixtures and switches, and a remodelled bathroom. Your ... Full Article...
  
posted in Listings at Tue, 09 Oct 2012 06:00:00 -0600



Tuesday, October 2, 2012 - September month-end real estate report

Residential Real Estate activity for the Edmonton area, a few charts and some commentary for you...   Inventory Average sale price     Number of sales by month  Number of sales by year   Where has September left us? The REALTORS® Association of Edmonton reports that residential listings and sales have trended lower in the third quarter after an active start to the year. In September, there were 1,269 residential sales in the greater Edmonton market as compared to 1,442 in ...

posted in Real Estate News at Tue, 02 Oct 2012 16:49:50 -0600



Tuesday, October 2, 2012 - New Listing - E3316823

Just added this listing:"Wonderful large family home backs onto Carscadden Park in family-orientated community of Pineview. Open concept layout throughout w/ tons of upgrades including: newer kitchen cabinets, countertops and backsplash, laminate flooring, light fixtures, paint, windows, doors, trim, shingles, and a recently renovated basement. WOW! On the main level you'll discover a contemporary layout perfect for the entertainer - your new kitchen has loads of extended cabinets, tile ...
  
posted in Listings at Tue, 02 Oct 2012 06:00:00 -0600



Thursday, September 27, 2012 - Foreclosure Watch

The current foreclosure total for Edmonton and area is 201 as of September 27th. August 30, 2012 216 July 26 224 June 28, 2012 262 June 5, 2012 269 May 2, 2012 257 March 29, 2012 249 March 1, 2012 227 January 26, 2012 221 January 3, 2012 221 November 28, 2011 232 October 4, 2011 228 September 1, 2011 226 June 22, 2011 206 March 15, 2011 273 January 29, 2011 258 Foreclosures are a tricky business with many pitfalls to avoid and nuances that must be understood... If you would like ... Full Article...

posted in Real Estate News at Thu, 27 Sep 2012 14:51:03 -0600



Wednesday, September 19, 2012 - Just Sold - E3313992

Just sold this listing:"Gorgeous condo in a well-maintained complex with 1,230ft2, 2 bedrooms plus a den, 2 baths, 1 underground parking stall and 1 above-grade stall! The kitchen has tons of cabinets and countertops, along with a large island with belly-up bar. There is a huge dining area and a huge living room and a California knock-down ceiling. The Master has a walk-through closet into your 3pc ensuite, while the main bath is a full 4pc. The 2nd bedroom is ample-sized and the flex room/den ... Full Article...
  
posted in Listings at Wed, 19 Sep 2012 06:00:00 -0600



Monday, September 10, 2012 - New Listing - E3314633

Just added this listing:"Dream location in King Edward Park! Walk to trendy shops, 5 minutes to downtown, and one bus to the U of A. Welcome home to over 1,200ft2 of charming! Inviting curb appeal welcomes you into this semi-bungalow, while the perfect fusion of contemporary finishing and old-world character, begs you to stay. Recent upgrades include neutral paint throughout, new deck, new furnace and duct work ('07), some new windows, new shingles ('10), additional attic insulation ('10), ...
  
posted in Listings at Mon, 10 Sep 2012 06:00:00 -0600



Wednesday, September 5, 2012 - August Month-End Real Estate Report

Residential Real Estate activity for the Edmonton area, a few charts and some commentary for you...   Inventory Average sale price     Number of sales by month  Number of sales by year   Where has August left us? Residential property sales in August slowed both month-to-month and year-to-year, mirroring a trend that has evolved nationally all summer. Sales of all types of residential properties in August (1,430) were down 17.4% from July and down 10.7% from a year ago. The number ... Full Article...

posted in Real Estate News at Wed, 05 Sep 2012 15:53:44 -0600



Wednesday, September 5, 2012 - Bank of Canada Maintains Overnight Rate

The Bank of Canada today announced that it is maintaining its target for the overnight rate at 1 per cent. The Bank Rate is correspondingly 1 1/4 per cent and the deposit rate is 3/4 per cent. Global growth prospects are unfolding largely as the Bank projected in its July Monetary Policy Report (MPR), with a widespread slowing of activity across advanced and emerging economies. The economic expansion in the United States continues at a gradual pace. Europe is in recession and its crisis, while ... Full Article...

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