Improvements That Boost the Value of Your Home

boostvalueHomeowners remodel their homes for a number of reasons, but one of the most common is to increase resale value prior to listing. Renovations will improve the style and function of your home and may make it more appealing to potential buyers if you’re thinking of listing your home.

Upgrade Your Kitchen
The kitchen is the heart of the home. A kitchen remodel will not only improve your home’s functionality, it may also become a key selling point if you decide to sell. The average kitchen remodel costs $24,912, with people undertaking a high-end remodel spending an average of $49,495.**
However, if you’re thinking of listing your home soon and your kitchen is in good shape, you may want to rethink a full remodel. A minor upgrade and a coat of paint may be all you need to freshen up the space.

Upgrade Your Bathroom
The bathroom is the place where you get ready to take on the world every day. Show it some love with a makeover. Upgrade your fixtures to reflect your style, or create the spa-like getaway of your dreams.
Canadians spent an average of $10,127 on their renovation, with people spending an average of $21,200 for a high-end remodel.**

Improve Energy Efficiency
Is it time to upgrade your appliances, windows, or other energy-impacting parts of your home? Upgrading your home with energy-efficient features will not only save each month on your utility bill, it may also make the home more attractive to younger or more energy-conscious buyers.

Renovation Facts & Figures**

  • 40% of renovation projects went over budget, while 33% stayed on budget.
  • 40% of home improvement dollars in Canada have gone into kitchen renovations.
  • Top 3 Renovation projects
    Bathroom renovation/ addition
    Kitchen renovation/ addition
    Flooring/ paneling/ ceiling
  • Top 3 Reasons for Renovating
    Improve the design/ look and feel
    Increase resale value
    Improve storage and efficiency

Contact us before undertaking any renovation or improvement project to prepare your home for sale; we’d be happy to provide advice and guidance on how to get the most resale benefit.

**Houzz, Renovation Across Canada


The Gist: September 2016

“The Gist” is adapted from the REALTORS® Association of Edmonton Monthly MLS® Report and Press Release. Every month I summarize and post “the gist” of the MLS® data for Edmonton and area real estate activity.

The average*** single family detached price in the service area of the Edmonton Multiple Listing Service® was down 0.90% to $430,461.
The average condominium price was down 0.06% to $251,365
The average duplex/ rowhouse price was up 4.66% to $360,388
The average days-on-market in September was 57-days.
There were 1,339 reported residential sales and 7,857 residential units for sale at month end.

The REALTORS® Association of Edmonton releases month-end and year-end results for sales through the local Multiple Listing Service® and includes all residential sales for the City of Edmonton and surrounding communities and counties. ***Average prices indicate market trends only. They do not reflect actual prices, which vary from house to house and area to area. Prior period figures have been adjusted to include late reported sales and cancellations and therefore reflect a more accurate view of the period than previously reported at month end. For information on a specific area, contact me directly***
Activity (for all residential sales on Edmonton MLS® System)


Change from

Change from September 2015

SFDaverage selling price – month




SFD median4 selling price




Condominium average selling price




Condominium median selling price




Duplex/ rowhouse average selling price




Duplex/ rowhouse median selling price




All-residential5 average selling price




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# Total6 MLS® System sales this month




$ Value total residential sales this month

$564 Million



$ Value of total MLS® System sales – month

$639 Million



$ Value of total MLS® System sales – YTD

$6.33 Billion



1 Census Metropolitan Area (Edmonton and surrounding municipalities)
2 Single Family Dwelling
3 The total value of sales in a category divided by the number of properties sold
4 The middle figure in a list of all sales prices
5 Residential includes SFD, condos and duplex/row houses.
6 Includes residential, rural and commercial sales



Come Home To: 3931 – 72 Street

Welcome home to this 1,668 sqft bi-level located in the Michaels Park neighbourhood of Mill Woods.

The main floor offers a large living room, dining room, and eat-in kitchen. There are also three bedrooms including the master with 2-piece ensuite bath and there’s a 4-piece main bath.
A massive 500sqft bonus room with stone-facing, wood-burning fireplace is located atop the oversized, attached, heated, double garage.

The basement is fully developed with a fourth bedroom, another 3-piece bathroom, large rec room, a kitchen area, laundry area, and a storage and utility room.

This home is situated on a large 5,900sqft corner lot and offers a 24’x22’ heated garage, potential for RV parking, and a sunroom.
The location on a quiet side street close to schools, shopping, and transportation should put this home at the top of your list.

Come home!

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Address: 3931 – 72 Street NW, Edmonton, AB  T6K 1S7
Style: Bi-Level
Built: 1976
Size: 1,668 square feet
Bedrooms: 4
Bathrooms: 2 Full, 1 Half
Taxes: $3,334 (2016)
 City of Edmonton
Public School: Edmonton Public Schools
Catholic School: Edmonton Catholic Schools
Recreational Facility: Mill Woods Rec Centre
Transit: ETS

Contact us today for more information about this property or to schedule a viewing.


10 Reasons You Need A Real Estate Pro To Sell Your Home

fsbobuffiniIf you’re thinking of selling your home, don’t do it alone. Although some sellers may initially try to sell their home themselves, they soon realize they need an experienced professional on their side to help them through the process.

1. Understand the local market
The internet gives you access to more information now than ever before. An experienced real estate professional, like me, is able to help you understand this information in the context of the local market and interpret what it means to your home sale.

2. Price your home competitively
When you list your home, you want it to sell quickly and for top dollar. Having professional assistance will help you do both, especially in competitive markets.

3. Optimize online marketing strategies
Buyers are savvier than ever. To find the right buyer, we have to go where they are. We’ll do more than put a sign in your yard to attract buyers; we’ll utilize the latest online marketing tools to show your home at its best and entice buyers to learn more.

4. Target the right buyers
A marketing strategy means nothing if you’re not targeting the right buyers. The first few weeks a house is on the market are vital. The longer a home remains on the market, the more likely a seller will have to reduce their listing price and/ or offer incentives, such as gift cards, bonuses or even cars, to attract and find the right buyers for your home.

5. Get more money for your home
All sellers want their homes purchased at the listed price, if not more. Studies show that enlisting the aid of an agent to sell your home will net you more money than trying to sell it yourself.

6. Negotiate in your best interest
Buyers are looking for a deal on a home, and they’ll hire an experienced agent to negotiate the purchase for them. Having a real estate pro on your side will even the playing field and help you negotiate the terms of the sale with your best interests in mind.

7. Spot potential challenges
Every real estate transaction is different. While we hope the transaction goes smoothly, setbacks and other hiccups often occur, and at the most inconvenient time. Sellers who have listed their homes themselves may not have the experience and know-how to deal with these issues as they arise; however, a real estate pro can tap into their experiences to handle potential problems, such as issues with a home inspection or problems with a title, and mitigate their impact.

8. Offer tips to improve your home’s value and make it more attractive to buyers
Sellers typically update their homes before they list. While some simply paint each room a neutral colour and do a thorough cleaning, others may do a kitchen or bathroom remodel to boost their home’s value and/ or help it sell faster in a competitive market. What should you do to boost your home’s value and give it the competitive 10 edge in our market? Ask me!

9. Tap into a network of agents
I work alongside other local real estate professionals who may have clients looking for a home just like yours. Marketing your home to other agents is another way to help us find a qualified buyer.

10. Tap into a rich network of service professionals
Real estate professionals work with a variety of service and tradespeople, including contractors, landscapers, movers and more. There is an average of 26 services involved in a real estate transaction in the 30 days before and after it has closed; however, you may need to tap into these services long after the ink has dried. A real estate pro can refer you to a reputable tradesperson in your local area.

If you’ve been thinking of selling your home, give me a call! We’ll discuss your home’s value, answer any questions you have and give you the scoop on our local market.


Come Home To: 19, 13215 – 153 Avenue — SOLD


Welcome home to this 1,362 square foot, 4-bedroom, 3-bath, 2-storey bareland condominium townhome in northwest Edmonton’s family-friendly community of Cumberland.

The main floor features the living room with electric fireplace, a dining area, and an open-concept kitchen with centre island open to the breakfast nook. There’s also access to a front balcony and rear deck overlooking greenspace and main floor laundry.

The upper level hosts the master bedroom with 4-piece ensuite bath (including a jetted tub) and walk-in closet. Two additional bedrooms and a 3-piece main bath complete the upper level layout.

The basement is fully developed with another bedroom and another 4-piece bath. The lower level offers direct access to the attached double garage with floor drain.

Located minutes from shopping, close to schools and transit, and steps away from the community’s walking paths there’s a ton of potential in this bank-owned foreclosure property.
Property is being sold “As is where is”.

Come home!

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Address: 19, 13215 – 153 Avenue, Edmonton, AB  T6V 0B6
Style: 2-Storey (bareland condominium)
Built: 2008
Size: 1,362 square feet
Bedrooms: 4
Bathrooms: 3
Taxes: $2,465 (2015)
Condo Fees: $232 per month
 City of Edmonton
Public School: Edmonton Public Schools
Catholic School: Edmonton Catholic Schools
Recreational Facility: YMCA – Castledowns
Transit: ETS

Contact us today for more information about this property or to schedule a viewing.