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Friday, July 9, 2010 - Capital City Downtown Plan

In the  "Capital City Downtown Plan", Edmonton has a dynamic new Downtown Plan, and it is built in this vision: Sustainable Vibrant Well Designed Accessible Investing in Downtown is appropriate, as a dynamic downtown is is a key ingredient in of a great city. It's importance trancends its borders benefiting all citizens. To view the entire plan go to: http://www.edmonton.ca/city_government/documents/Capital_City_Downtown_Plan_May_27_2010.pdf

posted in News at Fri, 09 Jul 2010 15:13:57 -0600



Wednesday, July 7, 2010 - Organizing your Summer Home for Rent

Summer houses have become more and more accepted, seeing that more people are able and ready to get more holidays. There are several different regions of the country such as the BC coast, where people can possess a vacation or summer home. In countless cases, folks have summer properties that they have invested in, but they are unable to make use of them any longer. This is when people decide that they will rent it or sell it to someone else to use. Try these improvements: Primarily, make sure ... Full Article...

posted in General at Wed, 07 Jul 2010 12:53:17 -0600



Friday, July 2, 2010 - Edmonton Home Prices to Jump

In the article "Edmonton Home Prices to Jump: Report" by Frank Landry, he suggests that it might be a good time to start looking for that new home. With the average home expected to sell for $333,000 this year,  that's a jump of close to 4% from 2009. In 2007, at the height of the boom, the average home sold for $338, 636. As the economy starts to pick up, the CMHC also says vacancy rates will drop this year from 4.5% to 4.0%. To read more about this go to: ...

posted in News at Fri, 02 Jul 2010 17:18:13 -0600



Wednesday, June 30, 2010 - What to do on Canada Day?

July 1 is the day we celebrate our glorious country. With the red and white splashed all around, and maple syrup and poutine in the air, we are amped up to get up and out. So what is there to do on Canada day in Edmonton? How about surrounding areas? There is -face painting  -multicultural dance troupes  - hay rides  - pony rides  - all kinds of singers, dancers and performers   - Check out :http://www.edmontonceleberatecanada.ca/Poster2010.pdf for details

posted in General at Wed, 30 Jun 2010 16:38:10 -0600



Thursday, June 24, 2010 - Top Payback Potentials

When it come to home renovation, it is always worth it when there is payback. According tot he Appraisal Institute of Canada's Home Renovation Survey, the ten average pay back potentials are:  - Roof Shingle replacement (50-80%) -Furnace/Heating replacement (50-80%) -Basement renovation (50-75%) -Recreation room addition (50-75%) -Installing a fireplace (50-75%) -Flooring (50-75%) -Constructing a garage (50-75%) -Window/door replacement (50-75%) -Buildng a deck (50-75%) -Central Air ...

posted in General at Thu, 24 Jun 2010 17:26:31 -0600



Tuesday, June 22, 2010 - Top Trends in Home Renos

When it comes to home renovation, it can be tough to narrow down just one thing you would like to change or improve about your home. Although there are many opinions that may come into the decision making, it is always good to have the knowledge of experts. In the opinion of Canada's prefessional real property valuers, the top trends in home renovation are: - Home theatre room - Hardwood flooring in kitchen  - Main floor laundry room  - Use of non- neutral interior paint colour  - Installing a ... Full Article...

posted in General at Tue, 22 Jun 2010 17:04:22 -0600



Thursday, June 17, 2010 - Fun Father's Day Activities!

This Father?s Day, think of something different to make the day more interesting and eventful! You can select activities that involve both you and your father or those where the entire family can enthusiastically participate. These Father?s Day activity ideas might sound old but will surely make Father?s Day memorable! - Engage yourself in games and sports like basketball, cricket or kite flying, along with your family or your close friends. - Go for a movie with your family and friends. - Time ... Full Article...

posted in General at Thu, 17 Jun 2010 12:35:45 -0600



Monday, June 14, 2010 - Canada's Home Reno Survey Continued...

Whether you are planning to sell your home soon or to stay put for a while, you'd probably rather have any improvements you make to your home add as much value as possible. According to the Appraisal Institute of Canada's Home Reno Survey , here are some projects with their projected average payback value ranges: Top four greatest payback potentials: - Bathroom Renovation (75 -100%) - Kitchen Renovation (75-100%) - Interior Painting (50-100%)  - Exterior Painting (50-100%) To check on your ...

posted in News at Mon, 14 Jun 2010 13:40:49 -0600



Friday, June 11, 2010 - Results of Canada's Home Renovation Survey

Results of the Appraisal Institute of Canada's Home Renovation Survey have been tabulated. Based on the informed opinion of Canada's professional fee appraisers, the three most frequent renovation improvements undertaken by homeowners, which provide the highest payback potential for property owners:  - Bathroom renovation  - Kitchen renovation - Painting - Interior/ Exterior This info is valuable for homeowners to measure what effect home improvment projects have on the resale value of their ... Full Article...

posted in News at Fri, 11 Jun 2010 16:50:42 -0600



Thursday, May 27, 2010 - 8 Must-Have Picnic Items

With summer right around the corner, and the weather getting warmer and warmer by the day, what is better then a Picnic with your loved ones? It is cost effective, and allows for you to eat what ever you are craving that summer day. Fresh air and wide open spaces are great for all age groups and it is a great way to get in some family time. So what kind of gear are we needing to make this event happen? The 8 must haves are: 1. Salad bowl with servers 2. Six-Pack tote 3. Mega Picnic Mat 4. ...

posted in General at Thu, 27 May 2010 12:22:54 -0600



Thursday, May 13, 2010 - Consumers stay at home more, and housewares industry takes note

In the article "Consumers stay at home more, and housewares industry takes note" by Amy Hoak, we take a peek at the top 5 trends that we will be seeing in 2010. Staying in is becoming much more popular, with economic constraints and a movement towards saving money. "If you're staying a home more, you're entertaining more at home. It's a real opportunity for our industry to reconnect," said Tom Mirabile, vice president of global trend and design for Lifetime Brands and a speaker at the ...

posted in General at Thu, 13 May 2010 16:40:09 -0600



Monday, May 10, 2010 - Alberta has largest decrease in number of E.I. recipients

In the article by Bill Mah, ?the number of Albertans receiving regular Employment Insurance in the month totaled 57,600, down 14.8 % from December.? This is likely due to the labour market picking up as well as old claims expiring. With the improvements in the commodity sector, western provinces are poised to lead the improvement in Canada?s job market for the rest of 2010. Read more at: http://www.edmontonjournal.com/business/alberta+largest+decrease+number+recipients/2721326/story.html

posted in News at Mon, 10 May 2010 17:19:13 -0600



Monday, April 19, 2010 - Is wallpaper making a comeback?

Wallpaper used to be considered a no-no in home design, but this old style is making a comeback. In Europe, and slowly making its way to North America, wall paper is now very trendy. It is a very cool way to personalize a home, with all the new and funky designs being manufactured. With the reputation for being hard to put up and take down now a myth, there are new easy ways to make this versatile look for your home come true. If you are curious to see what wall paper can do for your home's ... Full Article...

posted in General at Mon, 19 Apr 2010 16:04:49 -0600



Thursday, April 8, 2010 - Alberta sees big jump in construction permits

In the article "Alberta sees big jump in construction permits" , by Bill Mah, the biggest monthly gain for Alberta is building plans for commercial and multi-family projects. This is among Canadian provinces in the value of construction permits. $1.2 billion worth of permits were taken out by Builders. Overall, the years highlight is the residential sector, which returned throughout the year as builders foresaw low interest rates equaling more demand. To read this article go to : ...

posted in News at Thu, 08 Apr 2010 14:27:18 -0600



Monday, April 5, 2010 - 10 Tips for Keeping Your Home Safe

Your home may not be a safe as you think, so it is important to take steps to secure that it is. Burglars look for empty, unprotected houses, with concealed entrances.  Whether you go away for a day or two, or for a long vacation, follow these 10 tips and you can rest easy: http://slideshow.ivillage.com/home/10_tips_for_keeping_your_home_safe/

posted in General at Mon, 05 Apr 2010 17:11:29 -0600



Monday, March 29, 2010 - Home Organization on a Budget

Wanna create a change in your home for less then $10? Inexpensive home organization is easy and achievable! These 10 home organization accessories ? each less than $10 ? will help you streamline your home and stay on budget. Watch the tranformation of your home from messy to organized, and feel lighter and more carefree! 1. Accordion file folders 2. Hooks 3. File Folders For more check out: http:// http://home.ivillage.com/cleanandorganize/organize/0,,9pz4fcwq,00.html#ixzz0jbHLbNGf  

posted in General at Mon, 29 Mar 2010 14:44:22 -0600



Thursday, March 25, 2010 - Alberta's Energy Sector Set to Bounce Back

In the article "Alberta's Energy Sector set to Bounce Back" in the Financial Post, 2010 is looking to have a growth of 2.5 per cent in Alberta's energy sector. And the provicial economy will continue on this upward swing, with 2011 predicted to jump to 4.1 per cent. This growth was described as "surprisingly strong" and the optimistic forecast of the national growth being 2.8 per cent. To read about how you will be affected go ...

posted in News at Thu, 25 Mar 2010 17:01:24 -0600



Monday, March 22, 2010 - Get your Bathroom to Sparkle

Most of us do our weekly clean of the bathroom: the sink, faucets, mirrors and floors, and it gets us by. Yet, with spring cleaning on the way, it is time for a real scrub down. With these tips to get the real grime out, we will have spring started with a sparkle! For tips for the shower stall and grout, hard water, bath mats, shower liners, heads and medicine cabinet check out: http://home.ivillage.com/cleanandorganize/cleaning/0,,djl79nbz,00.html

posted in General at Mon, 22 Mar 2010 14:55:14 -0600



Thursday, March 18, 2010 - Canadian resale housing market up 58 percent from a year- ago levels

In the article, ?Canadian resale housing market up 58 per cent from year-ago levels? , by Mario Toneguzzi, the Canadian Real Estate Association has said that the average price of all homes sold through the MLS systems of Canadian Real Estate boards last month was $328,537 which was up 19.6 per cent from a year ago. MLS sales in Alberta were up by 34.6 per cent and the average sale price increased by 6.4 percent. As well, the total dollar volume for the month of January was up by 43.2 per cent ... Full Article...

posted in News at Thu, 18 Mar 2010 16:31:52 -0600



Monday, March 15, 2010 - 7 ways to Make your Bedroom more Sleep- friendly!

Looking to make the hours you put in at night worth it? With doctors recommending 7- 8 hours of sleep a night, let's take a look at 7 ways to make your bedroom more sleep friendly: 1. Design your bedroom as a single-purpose space 2. Banish bedroom clutter 3. Control dust mites 4. Use black out window treatments 5.Find the right mattress 6.Find the right pillow 7.Create a restful mood with a bedroom design you love To read in detail how to implement these go to: ...

posted in General at Mon, 15 Mar 2010 15:45:39 -0600



Thursday, March 11, 2010 - Slow and Steady Wins the Race!

In the article, "Top Edmonton Realtor Predicts Steady Growth in 2010", by Bill Mah, Larry Westergard, the president of the Realtors Association of Edmonton is expecting slow and steady to win the race for 2010. Both sales and average home prices are expected to grow moderately, not to mimic the boom of 2007 and crash of late 2008 and early 2009. The strongest will be in the rise in single ? family ? homes and its consumer confidence and low interest rates that will truly drive the market. ...

posted in News at Thu, 11 Mar 2010 17:11:32 -0700



Monday, March 8, 2010 - More Lively Colours are Making a Comeback!

What kind of colours do you associate with optimism? Beiges and browns? No! Bright greens, purples, and yellows! And that is what Canadians are looking forward to for 2010. More lively paint colours are making a comeback for 2010, reflecting the attitude that Canadians want their homes to have. A brighter home equals a brighter future... so check out the new colour trends: http://www.sico.ca/en/couleur_tendances.asp

posted in General at Mon, 08 Mar 2010 16:17:33 -0700



Friday, March 5, 2010 - Home sales surge 33 percent, Prices lag

In the article ?Home sales surge 33%, Prices lag? by Bill Mah, it seem that the increase activity is a good indicator that there is a demand for housing in the Edmonton Area. With an increase in sales in February, both monthly and annually, is encouraging, but could simply be a reaction to chances of interest rates rising come later 2010. With average days on the market down,  it is tempting to sell. Overall, the sales-to-listings ratio, a strong indicator of market conditions, was 47 per cent, ... Full Article...

posted in News at Fri, 05 Mar 2010 11:45:39 -0700



Monday, March 1, 2010 - Modern Cardboard Furniture for your Eco-Friendly Room Design

In this eco-friendly world we live in, what's next... Cardboard Furniture? Looks like it! With these new pieces being solid and 100% recycleable, it is attractive and useful. It's definitely an eye catching piecefor your home! Something to discuss with your friends and family, and something to feel as though you are doing your part!Check out this creative furniture at: www.digsdigs.com/modern-cardboard-furniture-for-your-eco-friendly-room-design/

posted in General at Mon, 01 Mar 2010 16:20:54 -0700



Thursday, February 25, 2010 - Oilsands Stage $8B Rebound in 2010

In the article, "Oilsands Stage $8B Rebound in 2010", Lisa Schmidt emphasizes the revival of the Oilsands, and it's effect on the Canadian Economy. With rising oil prices brings 8 new new major oilsands projects, from Canadian Natural Resources, Husky, Suncor and Imperail Oil. Most of these new projects are steam -assisted projects, "which pump steam underground to liquefy and recover the tar - like bitumen deposits". With this process, production could double to one million barrels a day over ... Full Article...

posted in News at Thu, 25 Feb 2010 16:49:07 -0700



Monday, February 22, 2010 - Top 5 Money-Saving Projects That Pay Off in the Long Run

Investing in your home is one of the smartest things you can do, especially when those investments, in the long run, can save you money. Making inexpensive updates to your home can vastly improve the bills and can make you that much more green. The top 5 money saving projects are:  - installing low-flow showers and faucets  - upgrading old and drafty windows  - Insulating to keep in the heat  - switch out your old light bulbs to new florescent ones  - get programmable thermostats to control ... Full Article...

posted in General at Mon, 22 Feb 2010 17:10:20 -0700



Thursday, February 18, 2010 - Update your Home Design for 2010

Every year, home design is changing, and this year is packed full of excitement for your new place. With turquoise being the colour for 2010, it brings the coolness of the ocean and the warmth of the carribean all in one. And the hottest trends of the home being:  - Lace inspired designs - found in dishes & lanterns  - London style - the union jack & vintage signs  - The Anchor design - pillows & ceramics  - The Jungle - from prints to animals To check out the article on Home Design 2010 go to: ... Full Article...

posted in General at Thu, 18 Feb 2010 11:12:52 -0700



Tuesday, February 16, 2010 - The Strength of the West

In the article "Economic revival sweeping Western Canada", Nathan VanderKlippe zeros in on the kind of strength the west has in rebuilding the country's economy. Although Alberta was deemed the fastest growing in unemployment, it is now a powerhouse in the revival of the economy. With big projects being seen as the gateway to growth, Adam Waterous of Scotia Capital is quoted as saying "there's no question that the West is going to lead the country out of the recession..." Read the article ...

posted in News at Tue, 16 Feb 2010 16:56:36 -0700



Thursday, February 11, 2010 - Why 35 yr Amortizations Can Work for You!

Why 35 year Amortizations can work for you! Written by James Knull   ?I don?t want to be locked into this house for the rest of my life!? and ?I don?t want to pay the bank extra interest!? These are the two common concerns most people have when considering a long amortization like 35 years. I hope to explain here that this concern is merely a misunderstanding of the basic components of a mortgage and that with an intelligent financial plan a 35 year amortization can be the right first ...

posted in General at Thu, 11 Feb 2010 14:34:28 -0700



Monday, February 8, 2010 - How Realtors Help.ca

With the Real Estate industry starting to resume its past success, you might be interested in getting in on the action, and what a realtor can do for you. Whether you are a buyer, seller or investor, the Canadian Real Estate Association wants you to know why using a realtor is the best thing to do in your specific situation. With the most user friendly website, specifically broken down into the user's needs, it answers mortgage questions, calculates a down payment, helps you stage your home and ... Full Article...

posted in General at Mon, 08 Feb 2010 17:20:15 -0700



Thursday, February 4, 2010 - Canadians Optimistic about Housing Markets

Canadians are known for their friendly nature and upbeat attitudes, and now it's showing in their housing markets. In the article "Canadians optimistic about housing markets" by Mario Toneguzzi, it seems that Canadians are confident in the value of their homes going up. As well, the canadian mortgage market is on its way to shooting past the $1 trillion mark in 2010, says the Canadian Association of Accredited Mortgage Professionals. With 40% of Canadians expecting their house value to rise, it ... Full Article...

posted in News at Thu, 04 Feb 2010 17:07:05 -0700



Tuesday, February 2, 2010 - What does a Realtor do for You?

In the article "Why You Need a Realtor on Your Side", by Courtney Ronan, she explains her experiences in using a realtor, versus not. She was almost duped by a "too good to be true" deal, but with her realtor pointing out the flaws in the deal, she was lucky to have declined. The main points she emphasizes that make having a realtor worth it are: - resources to advertise one's property - Strong marketing strategies - open houses - experience in knowledge of neighbourhoods and their history  - ... Full Article...

posted in General at Tue, 02 Feb 2010 16:10:47 -0700



Thursday, January 28, 2010 - Canada's Economic indicators rise for fourth straight month

In the article "Canada's economic indicators rise for fourth straight month", key indicators of Canada's economic performance rose in October of 2009, continuing in the steady rising stream, with a heavy emphasis on the housing market. Also, this happening was a match to the predictions of economists. This is not much of a surprise, as Canada has had a positive aura in the equity markets and the quickening pulse of the residential market. Read the article ...

posted in News at Thu, 28 Jan 2010 16:27:20 -0700



Monday, January 25, 2010 - Social Media in Real Estate

How often do you check your email? Facebook? Twitter? These days, we receive constant updates on the things that interest us. It allows us to know who's interested, and when these events are happening. Social media is quite valuable in real estate, allowing you to see new happenings as soon as they are posted. It keeps us up to date on the changes in the market, whether we are a buyer, seller or investor. Being able to access this info from our phones, laptops and desktops, we are always ...

posted in General at Mon, 25 Jan 2010 16:46:29 -0700



Thursday, January 21, 2010 - Expansion a go in Ft. Saskatchewan

In the article "Upgrader plan calls for 2011 Start: Ft. Sask. Project depends on bitumen supply", by Dave Cooper, looks like there will be progress in the $15 billion North West Upgrader near Fort Saskatchewan. If all goes as planned with the order of Bitumen needed, long term customer contracts and getting the financing solidified, plans should fall into place nicely. With their eyes on the environmental prize, using new, greener ways to fuel the project, they are moving forward in more ways ... Full Article...

posted in News at Thu, 21 Jan 2010 13:44:54 -0700



Monday, January 18, 2010 - New Addition to the Office: Yvonne Valdes

Yvonne Valdes, is the new office manager for James Knull Real Estate. A recent graduate of the University of Alberta, Yvonne has been brought in to expand our services to our clients. With her on the team, James can spend more one-on-one time with our clients. She is an expert in providing complimentary searches for potential buyers, and create Market Valuations for people?s homes. With her on the team, we have room for more new clients. She?ll be able to help deliver complementary services we ... Full Article...

posted in General at Mon, 18 Jan 2010 11:29:10 -0700



Thursday, January 14, 2010 - Market News

Is Edmonton on the Road to Recovery?In the article ?On the Rebound: a road map to recovery in Edmonton housing? by Bill Mah, there seems to be a steady rebound in the Edmonton resale housing market.In the Edmonton area, MLS sales will approach previous peak levels in 2010 after the market hitting bottom in 2008. With increased sales and fewer new listings, it has allowed potential home buyers to re-enter the market. The market is steadily moving towards stability, with being a balance between ... Full Article...

posted in News at Thu, 14 Jan 2010 12:11:37 -0700



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