Happy New Year!

Give yourselves, and each other, a pat on the back for entering 2021 ready to take on new opportunities! Despite some challenges with showing properties, Canadian real estate activity remained very strong through 2020. Now that we’re moving toward a new era of optimism, 2021 looks like it could be a fun and productive year for real estate. 

Whether you plan to stay put and work from your current home or look for a new one with more square footage (so you can add an even more serious workspace), read on! You’ll love our 10 Tips for an Awesome Home Office. Some of the advice -- lots of light, good storage and some style and personality -- is just as relevant for a personal gym or workout zone. 

If you’re planning to sell or buy soon, check out the 2021 predictions for real estate activity, with percentage price increase expectations for your market. Let’s talk!

I can ensure your property gets strong exposure online and off… and I know what’s out there right now in terms of places that might be a perfect fit for you as you move toward new chapters in your lives. 

Let’s make it happen!

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Wow. There goes 2020. In times like this, it’s sometimes easy to forget that we still have much to be grateful about. If you and your loved ones are safe and well, that’s reason to celebrate! Many people across the planet have been less fortunate. 

This year, our homes became the most important places in the world. Many of us transformed them, adding home offices, personal gyms and comfy zones where we could retreat to relax. In the process of re-imagining the spaces in which we live, many of us have realized how lucky we are. We’ve deep-cleaned, re-organized and re-connected with our homes and the people with whom we share them. Some of you decided this year that it’s time for a change. Despite the difficult circumstances, you started looking for a new home with more space and privacy, somewhere even safer. You’re not alone. 

As real estate agents, we’ve talked to many of you in recent months about your plans for the future. We’ve heard a lot of uncertainty. You asked us to help answer tough questions such as whether you should postpone plans to move… or get out there and go online to keep looking for a new home. You wondered when it would be a good time to list. My response to these questions was that “only you can answer them.” I’m here to help, though! 

As we move toward 2021, I pledge to do that by continuing to listen. I’ll give you my best advice regarding the market, available properties and pricing. And I’ll connect you with the best support professionals to help you buy and sell. 

Please reach out to me for a conversation this holiday season and tell me about your vision for the New Year. 

Happy Holidays!

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As 2020 begins to wind down and winter closes in, many people this year are re-thinking their work and their day-to-day lives. This was bound to happen right about now. There are so many baby boomers exiting the workforce and settling into retirement (early or otherwise), but the trend has certainly been accelerated by this global pandemic we’re in. 

As your agent, I can tell you that many people are re-considering their primary homes and their real estate portfolios at the moment. Because almost everyone has been forced to work from home, you’ve all been spending far more time there than usual and, now, many of you are wondering if this is the way it’s going to stay. As a result, you’re asking: “Is now a good time for us to sell our current property and search for a new one – with more space and more privacy… for health and safety's sake?” You’re not alone. 

This last summer and into the fall, luxury properties (distanced, and with more square footage for home offices and gyms) have been selling extremely well. Check out our first feature article for more details. 

As your agent, it’s my job to help you get the timing right and list your home when there’s a good chance it’ll sell quickly at a decent price. I also see it as my responsibility to help you keep your dreams alive… including finding that perfect property for the next phase of your life. 

I’m here for you -- even (or especially) during these unprecedented times – to help you make the right decisions for you and your family when it comes to one of the biggest investments in your lives: your real estate. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to me this fall.

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As Fall 2020 continues, people are staying close-to-home. You can smell the wood fires burning and we’re looking forward to Halloween (however it looks this year), Thanksgiving and other cozy gatherings with family & friends. 

October can be a great month to search for your dream home. That’s because in Canada we’re blessed with beautiful changes of season. The transition from late summer to the ski & snowboard season can be dramatic. October lets you see what your future property will be like in different weather. We get four seasons in one month, sometimes! 

We hope you enjoy our story about the skyrocketing sales in July (during a pandemic) and how that is even possible! The “Summer of Record Sales” (with a 40-year spike in July) might be over, but you can still expect plenty of real estate activity. Families are looking to improve the stay-at-home lifestyle. They’re in the market for larger homes and renos to accommodate work studios and home gyms. 

As always, I’m here for you with tips, contacts and action to get your home sold or find that new abode.




Highest July sales in 40 years! 
 

For real estate agents and everyone who bought or sold properties during Summer, 2020, the message was clear: It’s always possible to do great real estate deals, even during a pandemicThat’s because in Calgary, Edmonton and Metro Vancouver, combined sales through June, July and August were much higher than they were in 2019. 

In Calgary, there were 5,179 versus 5,002 sales a year earlier. In Edmonton, sales hit 4,146 versus 3,690 the previous year. And in Metro Vancouver, there were 8,618 sales, up from 6,865. Those are all major increases. From coast-to-coast during July, sales hit 62,355, the highest tally in more than 40 years and a 30.5 percent year-over-year increase, according to a Canadian Real Estate Association report. 

Many industry professionals were wondering – and you might still be, too: “How could this happen? What about COVID-19?” Some industry watchers say the sales spike was a “delayed Spring.” 

When everything re-opened in the summer, it prompted an immediate increase in real estate activity, one that usually happens in March, April and May. Others say it was because the home – as a safe haven for families and as a remotely-connected new business location -- is more important to everyone now than it was last year. Some buyers went on an immediate hunt for a larger, more luxurious home, one with extra space for a new or expanded home office and state-of-the-art personal gym. Of course, low mortgage rates can also help to drive higher volumes of sales just about any time. As the summer wound down, five-year fixed-rate mortgages became available at lower than 2 percent. 

While general market indicators are important, to keep your real estate dreams alive, stay connected with your agent. If you’re selling, you’ll get advice on how to price, how to stage for optimal appeal and how to get the deal done on your terms. And you’ll get action, selling the property. 

If you’re looking to buy, agents keep dreams alive because they know about the neighbourhoods (including details on transportation and amenities), the available properties and the comparative pricing in your market.



Selling a home is not always easy if you have pets. In fact, some experts warn that owning a pet can reduce your home's value. Not if you’re proactive. Here are five tips on making the sale while you and your pet are out for walk in the park!

Always leave – with your pets – during showings. Let your agent make the sale and then return with all people and pets refreshed and relaxed.

Hire a handyman to replace structural elements of your home that your pets might have trashed. Start by inspecting baseboards, floors and doors for scratches and bite damage.

Bring in the movers! You might not have sold yet, but you need to get any chewed-up furniture out the door and into storage… pronto!

Replace carpets and subfloors if they’ve been soaked by your pet. Talk to a carpet retailer about replacement solutions.

Paint the place neutral with odor-free primer. Make it look and smell like new, free of any offensive stench!

There’s a nice curve in the North Saskatchewan River that runs through southeast Edmonton, close to ravines. On the south shore of the bend, you’ll find Gold Bar, a residential area named after gravel bars where prospectors panned for gold in the 1800s. Beautiful Gold Bar Park is on the east side of this community, connecting further south with another gorgeous greenspace called Goldstick. 

The community runs east from 50th St. to the ravines of these parks and south to 101 Ave. It boasts off-leash areas for dogs, networks of urban trails and cross-country skiing in the winter. Single-family homes -- many built during the 1950s when the area developed rapidly -- typically run from the 300’s to the 600’s, averaging out somewhere in the middle. It’s peaceful and full of beautiful views. 

For shopping, there are businesses at 50th St and 101 Ave and Capilano Mall is nearby, in the community of Ottewell. There are two schools here: Gold Bar Elementary (run by the Edmonton Public Schools Division) and Mount Carmel Bible School, a private Catholic post-secondary school.

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As this summer winds down and the beautiful fall colours begin, I hope you’ve had an opportunity to find some enjoyment and relaxation. 

It’s been a busy season for real estate, with many buyers and sellers keeping their dreams alive and moving forward into new phases of their lives. That said, there are many new listings continuing to appear daily. If you’re planning to sell, check out our feature article: Hot Market Sales Tips. In order to sell quickly at a good price, be prepared to out-prep the competition. 

Here’s what I mean by that: Deep clean it, stage it and optimize the curb appeal. Paint it, polish the kitchen countertops and appliances, pay attention to the bathrooms and make the master bedroom a showcase sanctuary. Then, with all due respect, please go out for coffee while your agent sells your property! 

If you’re feeling adventurous while we’re busy showing your real estate, you’ll love our Urban Hike planner. We’ve picked a great city hike in each of our markets to motivate and inspire you! 

As always, I’m here to answer any questions you might have regarding how to sell, how to buy, what’s happening in terms of trends and the most recent statistics available. 

In short, I’m here for you and we’re still in this together, so how can I help?

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