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Taken from the Realtors  Association of Edmonton September 2, 2015

 

The average residential price in August for the Edmonton Census Metropolitan Area is up 1%year-over-year and down slightly by 0.2% relative to last month.  A single family home in the Edmonton Census Metropolitan Area sold for an average of $439,829 up 0.7% from July and up 1.0% year-over-year. The average for all residential properties sat at $372,256, down 0.2% from July and up 1.0% over last August.

 

The Edmonton area  continues to experience a relatively stable market with respect to year-over-year prices.  A slower pace of sales combined with growing inventories are creating favourable conditions for entering the Edmonton and area market.  There is a greater selection of homes this year for buyers;   Sellers are experiencing a little longer time to sell their homes, however prices continue to hold well.

 

Geneva Tetreault, Chair of the REALTORS Associaiton of Edmonton states  " While there is no doubt that oil prices and the resulting economic slowdown have impacted the housing market, Edmonton has been able to weather these changes better than other Alberta markets.  New developments and projects both in the city and outlying areas have kept the housing market moving."

 

Sales continue to lag behind last year in all areas except duplex/rowhouses.  An increase in availability of duplex/rowhouses has helped this category over last year in sales - up 1.7% and price - up 1.53%. Condos continue to be the hardest hit with sales down 7.7% and average prices down 2.8% from 2014.

 

Sales of all residential propeties reported last month are down 5.6% from those reported in August of 2014.  Single family home sales of 884 were down 4.3% year over year compared to 1,111 reported last month.  Inventory remains strong at 7,227 for the Edmonton area at the end of August 2015, up 35% from August 2014.  All residentual listings were up year over year by 26.9%, but down by 6.3% from last month.  There is currently just under five months supply of inventory in the Edmoton area.

 

Average days on market for all residential properties were up again this month at 54.  Singe family homes average days on market were up to 52 from 48 ln July.  Condominiums were averaging 56 days compared to 54 in July,  duplex/rowhouses took an average of 53 days to sell in August 2015.   

 

 

 

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        When it comes to selling your home it is so important to be ready for the very first showing with a gleaming uncluttered  home.  When the buyer arrives at your home an appealing exterior will entice them in.  Clean walks, driveways, mowed lawns, weeded flower beds,  a clean painted front door provides your first opportunity for a postive approach as the buyer enters your home.  

 

        Eavestoughs free of debris, exterior siding in good repair, decks, fences  and patios in good condition with well painted surfaces if appropriate adds  dollar value and appeal.

 

        A welcoming atmosphere should greet the buyer upon entrance to your home: fresh clean air, bright rooms well lit even in the middle of the day and window coverings open to allow maximum light in.  Clean sparkling windows, clean appliances, fixtures and flooring will pay off.    Refreshing neutral tones provide a calming environment to which the buyer can visualize their own furnishings in your home.  Put away personal photos and items which some buyers might deem offensive, in other words streamline it to fit almost any taste.  Closets and cabinets should be neat and tidy, providing a sense of space.  

 

         Declutter.  If storage  is a problem consider renting a storage unit to pack away all those unnecessary items.  Remove fridge magnets,  straighten memo boards, empty wasebaskets, tidy toys.

 

         Add a splash of color with fresh flowers,  a few decorative pillows, matching towels in the bathrooms, set the temperture to a comfortable level, a few finishing touches will make your home  memorable.  

 

         A well lit front exterior will enable the buyer to clearly see the access to your home, and provide that so important FIRST impression!!         

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Winter weather can take quite a toll on your house if left unchecked. To prevent permanent, costly damage that could affect your home value or ability to sell, consider these tips for dealing with severe weather.

 

Make Sure Everyone is Safe

 

The first order of business is to ensure everyone’s safety. One of the most important things to check on is that your furnace and chimney exhaust lines are not blocked up with snow or ice. Clear away any debris from these vents as soon as possible to reduce the risk of fumes entering the home.

 

Report any downed power lines, fire hazards or other such emergencies immediately to the authorities. If your home heat has shut off, make sure that everyone is adequately bundled up and protected against the cold. Avoid using space heaters within three feet of flammable materials and keep them out of reach of young children.

 

Assess the Damage

 

Once everyone has been determined to be safe and the storm has passed, you should check for any damage to your home. Snow, ice and winds can damage roof shingles and cause eventual leaks, so look for signs of damage upon your roof.

 

Another common issue after winter storms is fallen branches. Remove any small or medium sized tree limbs unless they are directly on top of power lines. Larger branches may require professional equipment to cut them down to size and make them easier to drag away.

 

Any tree-sized objects that have fallen onto your roof may require an immediate evacuation of the home. The structural stability of the home may have been compromised by the impact, even if the damage merely looks superficial.

 

Clear Away Dangers

 

Remove fallen objects such as branches from your yard and begin shoveling snow off of driveways, walkways and stairs. Use an ample amount of rock salt to help keep traction and melt ice from slick surfaces.

 

As the snow melts, you may have to worry about flooding in your home or yard. A drainage system can be installed in areas where this a regular problem, allowing snow to melt directly into storm drains rather than in pools.

 

Finally, clear out your gutters of snow, leaves and ice to prevent ice dams from forming. These structures are heavy blocks of ice caused by the melting and refreezing of roof snow. They can damage gutters and shingles, as well as divert water towards your home where it will cause foundational issues.

 

While all of these problems may sound intimidating, they are merely a worst case scenario. Most Leduc Remax home owners will never have to face truly worrisome conditions even after the heaviest snowfall. However, precautions should always be taken to prevent injury to yourself or damage to your property, especially when you are trying to sell your home.

 

For more advice to help sell your home during the winter, take a look at our selling page.

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When most people move into a new home, they want to immediately change the flooring. It is rare to find a home with carpeting that is perfect for your needs, or floors that are in perfect shape.

One of the most common questions new homeowners face is whether to install carpet or go with hardwood floors. Each has its own attraction and each has its own downsides.

Benefits of Hardwood

Hardwood flooring is a natural and classic approach to interior design which never seems to go out of style. It has many benefits, including that it is longer-lasting. When it begins to scuff or scratch, it can always be refinished.

 

If your family is very active or you have pets, it can help to hide wear and tear. It is renewable, sustainable and green. If anyone in your home has allergies, you could not ask for a more hypoallergenic material.

Drawbacks of Hardwood

Hardwood is difficult and complex to install when compared to carpet. It must be secured into place using glue, nails or something similar. It can be very hard on your feet.

 

Hardwood is often combined with area rugs to provide not only padding, but to place under furniture to avoid expensive gouges in the material. Finally, hardwood does not help with insulation; this can result in a colder home or higher heating bills.

Benefits of Carpet

Carpet is an easy and quick to install. It requires only an empty room and cutting tools to lay it. While some carpeting is glued or nailed down, this is rarely a necessary step.

 

If carpeting is well-cared for, it can last a long time. Carpets come in a wide variety of patterns, textures and colors to match any sense of aesthetics or taste. It also provides padding that makes it easier on your feet and helps keep your home warm in the colder months.

 

Green carpeting options exist now, which do not exude volatile organic compounds into the air. Some carpeting is made with recycled materials. In this sense, carpeting can be as green as, if not more than, hardwood. Hardwoods are often varnished or stained using materials that are not environmentally friendly.

Drawbacks of Carpet

Carpet requires more care than hardwood. You will need to steam clean the carpet at least annually and vacuum weekly, to keep it in tip top shape. It will stain and show wear and tear far more quickly than hardwood.

 

Both carpet and hardwood carry many benefits and drawbacks. In the end, you must choose which material is right for your wants and needs.

 

If you are ready to team up with a Leduc Remax agent to purchase your new home, we are ready to go. Drop us a line today!

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The holiday season is upon us once more, and with the holidays come the lights, fun and festivals. Part of the tradition in our region is the appearance of the Canadian Pacific Holiday Train.

 

Leduc is excited to once more be a stop on the route of this massive annual undertaking. The train is an attraction all across Canada and the northern United States, visiting over 150 cities and towns along its way. It is a sight not to be missed.

 

What the Train Is

If you have never seen the CP Holiday Train, you are missing out on something very special. The train serves as one of the largest fundraising operations in North America, and the largest food bank fundraiser.

 

At each stop, the train features spectacle and entertainment, and seeks to collect food and cash donations for local food banks in each community that it visits. Over the years, the train has become wildly successful and is a must-visit attraction throughout the region.

 

Manned at each location by a group of dedicated volunteers, the Holiday Train has been hugely successful in raising awareness of hunger in our communities. The program has been going on for fifteen years running. It lasts for three weeks from the end of November until just before Christmas.

 

Attractions

The train features a brightly lit and festive exterior, making it something to behold even if one just watches it pull into the station. It also includes a variety of entertainment options, including a stage featuring musicians that will play free concerts of holiday favorites.

 

The celebratory atmosphere is completely free, though food bank donations of non-perishable food items or cash are encouraged.

 

Entertainers this year on the Canadian Train include Roxanne Potvin, Odds, Jim Cuddy and Tracey Brown, each of whom will deliver an impressive array of classic and modern holiday music.

 

Schedule

The train launches in Quebec on November 26th, and runs all the way through December 16th in the northern United States. It is scheduled to hit Alberta on December 6th and will reach Leduc on December 8th.  Performances scheduled behind the No Frills Store on 50 Avenue at 8:15 PM. Performing in our community will be Odds and Roxanne Potvin.

 

If you have recently purchased real estate in the area or are working with your Leduc Remax agent to buy a home here, you have picked a great time to relocate to this area! If you have not yet begun your search, but are ready to purchase a new Alberta home, give us a call today. There is no time like the present!

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Becoming a homeowner is one of the most exciting times in a person’s life. You cannot wait to dive in and start reworking the rooms to match your personal sense of style and aesthetics. One of the most common and immediate things a buyer will want to do is remodel the kitchen.

 

The kitchen is the heart of the home. It is where people gather for parties, where you enjoy your morning paper and coffee, and where your kids do homework. Remodeling can be both fun and overwhelming at the same time. Here are some tips and tricks for remodeling the kitchen in your new home to keep you on track.

 

Choose a Focus

The first thing you should do is decide what your focal point will be. Will you install a decorative backsplash with fancy glass tile? Will you put in a themed island? How about focusing on a counter that runs under your windows?

 

This focal point will be the eye-catching space around which the rest of the kitchen will revolve and will get you started on a theme.

 

Mind the Pathways

Keep those pathways wide. You should maintain roughly three feet of walkways all around for ease of navigation. This is important for multiple people using the space, and for accessibility concerns.

 

Even if you do not have a disability, designing for accessibility will increase the value of your home if you decide to sell at a later date. If your kitchen is small you may want to avoid using a large furnishing in the middle in favor of space to move.

 

The Island

Islands are popular additions to kitchens. When you design your island remember to keep it to a theme. What will the primary use be? If it will be for work and communications, you should not install storage space for pots and pans, but a charging station for gadgets may be just what you need.

 

Keeping your theme in mind for your island will help you to keep a unified design and avoid excess clutter.

 

Storage and Counters

Make sure that you have enough storage space and counter space for your needs. If you do a lot of gourmet cooking you will want plenty of space for food preparation, and lots of areas to store pots, pans, spices and dry goods.

 

In addition, keep storage in common-sense places. Conserve your movement—do not put pots and pans on the other side of the kitchen from the range. Keep spices in easy reach of your food prep area. Put the stove and refrigerator close to each other.

 

These are just a few ideas to keep in mind as you begin considering your kitchen remodel. If you are looking for a Leduc Remax agent to help buy your new home, give us a call today. We are happy to help!

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Selling your home is an enormous undertaking. Keeping track of everything can be quite difficult, and inevitably some important tasks will fall by the wayside. Some of these mistakes can be more costly than others.

 

To keep focused and have the best possible experience selling your Remax Leduc home, avoid these potentially hazardous pitfalls.

 

Ignoring Defects

 Scaring away a buyer does not take much. Seeing a major problem with the house such as a collapsing rear deck or mildew stains in the laundry room will be taken as a giant red flag. Maintaining the buyer's interest at this point will be incredibly difficult, and he or she will probably use the opportunity for some shrewd negotiation.

 

Expecting them to not notice can be even worse. Often, a savvy buyer will bring in a home inspector who will quickly identify anything you tried to whitewash or sweep under the carpet.

 

Rather than having to explain, “Oh, that will be taken care of in a couple of weeks,” to every single person who views your home, get all major repairs and problems out of the way before listing. If you want to be extra careful, you can ask for your own home inspection to preemptively eliminate any lurking issues.

 

 Pricing too High

 

An old sales tactic is to give yourself a cushion on top of your home's value and let the buyer negotiate you down to your original expectation. That way, the buyer feels the satisfaction of having saved some money while you get to enjoy the intended sale price.

 

Unfortunately, this tactic does not work out as many people hope it will. Many buyers will skip looking at an unrealistically priced house. They will use factors like the average neighborhood home value or comparable property listings to come to the conclusion that your price is just too high.

 

Instead, many realtors actually suggest setting the price enticingly low. With this tactic you can generate more interest and subsequent offers. More people will tour your home and even if they decide it is not their cup of tea, they can pass the information on to someone else and talk up the value. Ideally, you will receive several offers and may find yourself in a bidding war.

 

 Not Hiring an Agent

 

Trying to go at it alone can be one of the biggest possible mistakes when selling your home. An agent can avoid major setbacks that come with the learning experience of selling a home. Often, a buyer's first impression will also be his or her last; a bad experience can send them running for the hills.

 

Instead, an experienced listing agent will have knowledge of the local market as well as general selling strategies. An agent's proven expertise can mean the difference between a house sitting on the market for months on end and an expedient sale.

 

To learn more about what we can do for you to get you the best possible price for your home, visit our selling services page and see what we have to offer.

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When it comes to buying a new home, you want your activities to be local. The greatest towns have tourist attractions, cultural diversity, historic sites, museums, theaters and great local cafés. A new hometown should not only be welcoming, but should appeal to your sense of taste and style. In short: your new neighborhood should fit you like a glove.

 

Leduc Remax is dedicated to finding the perfect home for you. Here are some cultural attractions, parks and outdoor recreational spots, specialty attractions and other areas of interest in Leduc, Alberta.

 

Location

Leduc is just 33 km south of Edmonton and is considered a part of the Edmonton metro area. It is five minutes from the International airport on Highway 2. The town is in close proximity to many natural parks, pathways and lake fronts as well as being accessible to the city.

 

Art and Culture

The region features many museums and cultural centres. Among these are:

 

  • The Leduc #1 Energy Discovery Centre is a celebration of the success through grit and determination of the Alberta Oil Patch. This museum features film festivals, a virtual ride and over 200 exhibits, some of which feature hands-on learning opportunities.
  • Alberta Heritage Exposition Park is an authentic old-time village that exhibits the way of life of early Alberta pioneers. Restored buildings include St. John’s Lutheran Church, the Ohrn home and the Dniester School.
  • The Doctor Woods House Museum, built in 1927, was once the home of a noted local doctor. It features authentic and restored furniture and hosts monthly teas and tours.

 

Performing Arts

In addition to museums and culture, Leduc has a fine tradition of performing arts.

 

  • MacLab Centre for the Performing Arts is a noted local theatre that showcases local and national touring shows, be they dramatic performances, music, comedy or magic.
  • The Leduc Drama Society seeks to present educational and entertaining theatrical productions that encourage artistic and cultural growth.
  • Stageworks Academy of the Performing Arts is a children’s theater company that focuses on theatrical production, dance and acting for kids aged 9-18.

 

Parks and Recreation

Leduc is also home to several parks and recreational attractions. These include:

 

  • Telford Lake is well-known among locals as a destination for recreation and watersports, including canoeing and kayaking. It features a boardwalk which is a popular attraction for romantic strolls or bird watching.
  • William F. Lede Park is situated on the shores of Telford Lake and is the largest park in Leduc. Attractions in the park include rugby and baseball fields, soccer pitches, picnic spots and an off-leash dog park.
  • The Stone Barn Garden, in Leduc’s cultural district, boasts breathtaking landscaped gardens around a historic barn frame.
  • The Leduc Recreation Centre features every kind of recreational activity you could imagine, including NHL-sized hockey arenas and indoor facilities for soccer, lacrosse, basketball, volleyball, and floor hockey, among other sports. It also features indoor pools, a steam room, and a curling rink. It is a premiere facility for trade shows and concerts.

 

If you are looking to buy a home in the Leduc area, drop a line to our Remax Leduc agency today!

 

 

 

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For Sale sign in a patch of green grass


Real estate covers a lot of territory. Homes, acreage, land and lots all fall under the jurisdiction of a real estate agent. 


At Leduc Remax, we have well-crafted strategies for both, and we want our clients to understand how and why the process for selling land and lots differs from standard home sales. Here are some reasons selling land requires a different approach.

A Different Buyer Mentality 

Think about the things you look for when buying a home—area, schools, shopping, square footage, layout- the list goes on. Land buyers, developers or individuals shopping for land are looking for an ideal location ready to accommodate their needs. A real estate professional’s job is to connect the requirements of the land buyer with the land or lots on the market. 

Tailored Sales Techniques

When potential buyers look at land, they operate with a different mindset than that of a homebuyer. Images are minimally helpful, and Open Houses for land are rare. 


Some are searching for a lovely locale for a custom-built home. Developers look for rural land to erect apartments, condos, homes or large manufacturing facilities. Still others only need a parcel of urban or suburban land for homes or a business.


The process really begins when the real estate professional walks the property with the possible buyer. Some things these buyers investigate include:


  • Developed vs. undeveloped land
  • Location and market conditions
  • Available utilities on the property
  • Community amenities 

Your real estate agent works with you before showing the property to buyers, making sure grass, weeds, garbage and any other unsightly factors are eliminated. They will have photos of the property taken for use in listings and all advertising. 


Though it may be just a large expanse of land, think of it as staging a home to make a great first impression. Real estate agents have several methods for presenting a property in the best possible light:


  • Photos and videos are designed to have maximum visual appeal
  • Photos and videos reflect all the positive features of the property and may extend beyond the property to show its surroundings
  • Up-to-date surveys at hand
  • Property boundaries are clearly marked

The last important piece of the property puzzle is pricing. Your real estate agent should know the factors for assessing land to help you determine a fair price. This knowledge will help get your land or lot sold in a reasonable amount of time:  


  • Physical qualities of the property- size, location, topography, utilities, public transportation, noise levels, neighboring land use, convenience to shopping, gas and other amenities
  • Societal circumstances- law and order, population, growth or decline of area
  • Governmental criteria- planning, permits, building laws, zoning and taxes 
  • Economic factors- availability of land, emerging construction, income levels

For you, the seller, there is one more important truth you need to know about land and lot sales.

A Less-Active Market

Compared to homebuyers, far fewer individuals and developers are in the market for vacant land. Even though your real estate agent has done their homework, patience is definitely required. 


For more information on selling land and lots in the Leduc area, contact the Leduc Remax office to land the best real estate respresentation in the business. 

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Selecting a new home is an involved process, purchasing it even more so. Moving forward without the right knowledge could end up setting you back for months.

 

Before you get your heart set on that perfect country cottage or three-story home, you will want to keep some considerations in mind:

 

Remember Your Needs

 

Everyone wants to move into a storybook-worthy house that looks like it belongs on a magazine cover. Just because a property is attractive does not mean that it will be the right home for your family’s needs. Take a thorough account of what you and your family require in a home, and start looking with those criteria in mind.

 

For instance, you may not need a property with an enormous backyard if your family is not interested in outdoor recreation. For someone who does not like yard work, the lawn maintenance may end up being more trouble than it is worth. On the flip side of the coin, if you love being surrounded by nature then do not convince yourself that a townhome in downtown Edmonton could be livable just because it has a gorgeous master bathroom.

 

Keep a blind eye to tantalizing amenities unless the rest of the house is what drew you in first. Be sure to prioritize what matters most for your family.

 

Get Pre-Approved for a Loan

 

Most homeowners did not acquire their properties with piles of cash; they financed it with the best lending options available to them at the time. Knowing how much house you can afford is an important step to take before you start looking at homes.

 

Nothing is worse than preparing to make a bid on a property you had your heart set on, only to be told by a bank that you cannot qualify for a suitable loan. Getting pre-approved will also allow you the chance to thoroughly audit your finances, which can help you assess your savings on hand to begin preparing for closing costs.

 

Learn the Market

 

A home should be a long-term investment. Be sure to look at homes with an experienced real estate agent who is familiar with the local market to help you make a sound purchase. Different neighborhoods will appreciate at different rates, and some properties may require contingencies you did not expect, such as signing a covenant agreement.

 

All of these factors will help you accurately assess the type of home you truly want to buy, rather than one that is alluring but impractical for your needs. Having an experienced agent can also help you navigate the buying process. To learn more about what Leduc Remax can do for you, start by visiting our buying page.

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Sell your Leduc real estate with these selling tips.

Selling your home is an enormous undertaking. Keeping track of everything can be quite difficult, and inevitably some important tasks will fall by the wayside. Some of these mistakes can be more costly than others.

 

To keep focused and have the best possible experience selling your Leduc real estate, avoid these potentially hazardous pitfalls.

 

Ignoring Defects

Scaring away a buyer does not take much. Seeing a major problem with the house such as a collapsing rear deck or mildew stains in the laundry room will be taken as a giant red flag. Maintaining the buyer's interest at this point will be incredibly difficult, and he or she will probably use the opportunity for some shrewd negotiation.

 

Expecting them to not notice can be even worse. Often, a savvy buyer will bring in a home inspector who will quickly identify anything you tried to whitewash or sweep under the carpet.

 

Rather than having to explain, “Oh, that will be taken care of in a couple of weeks,” to every single person who views your home, get all major repairs and problems out of the way before listing. If you want to be extra careful, you can ask for your own home inspection to preemptively eliminate any lurking issues.

 

Pricing too High

An old sales tactic is to give yourself a cushion on top of your home's value and let the buyer negotiate you down to your original expectation. That way, the buyer feels the satisfaction of having saved some money while you get to enjoy the intended sale price.

 

Unfortunately, this tactic does not work out as many people hope it will. Many buyers will skip looking at an unrealistically priced house. They will use factors like the average neighborhood home value or comparable property listings to come to the conclusion that your price is just too high.

 

Instead, many realtors actually suggest setting the price enticingly low. With this tactic you can generate more interest and subsequent offers. More people will tour your home and even if they decide it is not their cup of tea, they can pass the information on to someone else and talk up the value. Ideally, you will receive several offers and may find yourself in a bidding war.

 

Not Hiring an Agent

Trying to go at it alone can be one of the biggest possible mistakes when selling your home. An agent can avoid major setbacks that come with the learning experience of selling a home. Often, a buyer's first impression will also be his or her last; a bad experience can send them running for the hills.

 

Instead, an experienced listing agent will have knowledge of the local market as well as general selling strategies. An agent's proven expertise can mean the difference between a house sitting on the market for months on end and an expedient sale.

 

To learn more about what we can do for you to get you the best possible price for your home, visit our selling services page and see what we have to offer.

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Let me sell your Leduc real estate for you.

Many people come to me asking how I can help them sell their home. In a market where there is plenty of Leduc real estate for sale, and real estate agents hoping to represent these properties, I understand the concern of choosing the right agent to work with and the weight the decision can hold. Let me answer some of your questions and help you better understand my process so that you can feel comfortable in choosing me to sell your home. 

 

How I Make Your Home a Strong Competitor

When selling your home, other properties of similar value stand as your competition. In order to beat out these homes for buyers’ attention, it is important that your home is priced competitively. When pricing your home, my goal is to get you the highest price possible while maintaining a number that accurately represents your home’s value and is attractive to buyers. To do this I generate a Competitve Market Analysis Report, which shows you what other homes are being sold for, so we can determine a realistic price point for your property.

 

How I Put Your Home In Front of Buyers

I use a variety of resources to ensure as many eyes see your home as possible. This includes traditional efforts, such as listing your property in the Multiple Listing Service database, which gives Remax Leduc agents as well as others access to your property’s information. Additionally, I list your home in my personal online database which allows buyers visiting my website to view your listing and also alerts buyers via email that a new listing has gone on the market — yours! While having your information readily available to those seeking it is one step, I go one step further. I utilize different marketing channels, such as local magazines, newspapers and direct mailers, to reach out to the community and keep them aware of what properties are for sale in the area.

 

How You Can Contact Me

I am available to my clients whenever they need me. From getting your property listed to getting it sold, I will be there with you every step of the way. I will keep you updated on the progress and interest of buyers, and let you know immediately if I feel we need to change the course of our selling approach. You will be able to contact me by phone or email, and I always have my pager on me if a client needs to get a hold of me immediately. It will never take me days to respond to your question or return your call, I balance all of my clients needs equally to give them the quick response and fast answers that they deserve.

 

Ready to take the first step in selling your home or acreage? Fill out my Home Evaluation online form. It will only take a few minutes and by doing so I can provide you with an estimate of your property’s market value so we can begin getting your home sold.

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When it comes to Leduc real estate, I will walk you through every step of the home buying process.

I like to think that I am not your typical Leduc real estate agent. My approach to home buying is unique, as I’ll do whatever possible to ensure that my clients find the perfect property to match their family and budget. To make that happen, I offer a full circle approach that includes a variety of tactics and services to supplement the typical home buying process. From finding you the right home to getting you the best home loan to buy it, I will be there every step of the way. Read on to learn what to expect when buying a home with me.  

Step By Step Process for Buying a Home

Finding your future home fast

I know how important your time is and I want to make the home buying process take up as little of it as possible. On my website I offer a comprehensive property search feature, which will allow you to receive a list of properties that fit your criteria right to your inbox. With access to images and property information, we can narrow down your search before it even begins.  When new homes come on the market, I will alert you immediately so you never have to worry about missing out on a great new listing just because you have already begun looking for your new home.

In a community that you love

I’m a long time Leduc resident and I know this area from top to bottom, and left to right. Moving to a new city or neighborhood can be unnerving, but with me on your team you have nothing to fear. I will find you a home in a community that will suit you and your family flawlessly. Customer satisfaction is of the utmost importance to me and I want to make sure that I not only find you the perfect home, but one in the perfect community. By getting to know my clients and their specific wants and needs I am able to find a neighborhood and area that is a great match for them.   

And obtaining a mortgage at the best rate possible

When buying a home, one of the first things you want to consider is how much you can afford to spend. That should include your down payment and your monthly mortgage payment. To figure out exactly how much you’ll be spending, I invite you to test out my mortgage calculator. This easy to use tool will help get you an estimate based on the cost of the home you are interested and the size of your down payment. Clearly this is just a first step and you will want to discuss obtaining a mortgage in more depth with a professional, and I am happy to help with that as well. I can put you in contact with a preferred mortgage lender who will answer any questions you may have, and do everything they can to get you the best rate possible.

 

Ready to start looking for your new home in Leduc? Contact me today and let’s get started!

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Remax Leduc has many wonderful homes for sale for families, large and small.
If you’re looking to make a move sometime soon, you should consider Leduc. This small city on the outskirts of Edmonton is a perfect choice for couples and families. Here are some of the reasons that you should snatch up a piece of Leduc real estate and move to this great city.

Benefits of Living in Leduc

Friendly Neighbours

The residents of Leduc are very caring to each other. The city government even gives out a ‘Good Neighbour Award’ each year. This award is given to a citizen of Leduc who models community spirit, helps their friends, improves the safety of the neighbourhood, and encourages neighbours to connect with each other. Last year, twenty-eight people were nominated. If you want to be a part of a community that cares so much about their neighbours they give them awards, Leduc is for you.

There’s Plenty of Sights to See

Leduc is close enough to Edmonton that you could easily pop by there for a day trip and see all of the sights. Leduc even has a few of its own interesting sights, including the Leduc #1 Energy Discovery Center. You’re also only a few hours away from Calgary, Banff National Park, and Jasper National Park. These famous sights aren’t close enough for a day trip, but you could easily spend a long weekend in any of these places. You’re sure not to get bored when you live in Leduc.

It’s Great for Kids

If you have kids, Leduc is the perfect place for you. There are plenty of parks and playgrounds for them to play in. There are also a wide variety of highly rated schools in the area. Also, there are many activities planned exclusively for kids, including skateboard clean-up day and “Rock the Rails,” a skateboard competition held in Leduc Skateboard Park. Kids are sure to love living in Leduc.

Leduc is a great place for people young and old to both visit and live in. It’s close enough to Edmonton that commuting is easy, and there are lots of activities to do and sights to see. Plus, you’ll be welcomed by neighbours that are known for their friendliness. Everyone’s sure to find something to enjoy about living in Leduc. If you’re ready to move to Leduc, contact me and I’ll be happy to help you start searching for your dream home.

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Leduc offers great selection tourist attractions and real estate options for those looking for a quieter pace of life.
If you just bought Leduc real estate, you might be wondering what there is to see in your new neighborhood. But have no fear; Leduc and the surrounding area are full of interesting sights for locals and tourists alike. Here are some of the best sights around Leduc.

Leduc #1 Energy Discovery Center

This 23,000 square foot museum was voted the 2013 Alberta Rural Tourism Champion award-winner for excellence in leadership, innovation, and accomplishments. It tells the story of oil drilling in the area through two hundred exhibits, a hands on lab, and a drill bit virtual ride. If you’re interested in learning the history of oil in the Leduc area, be sure to check out the Leduc #1 Energy Discovery Center. It’s sure to be a fascinating day.

The Doctor Woods House Museum

This museum showcases the former house of a local physician. It was built in 1927 and is decorated to look like it did originally. Volunteers who have a passion for the history of Leduc run tours and host a monthly tea. This is a great little place to visit to learn more about the 1920s in Leduc.

William F. Lede Park

If it’s a warm summer day, there’s no better place to spend it than William F. Lede Park. This is the most popular park in Leduc. It’s on the shore of Telford Lake, where many people canoe and kayak. This is also a great spot to go if you’re into bird watching. There are also lots of picnic spots and gardens. There’s plenty to do in William F. Lede Park for the whole family.

Old Strathcona

If you want to venture out of Leduc for the day, Edmonton is right around the corner. Edmonton is full of interesting sights, from museums to botanical gardens. But if you want to spend the day shopping and eating at great restaurants, Old Strathcona is the perfect place to head. Take the historic High Level Streetcar from downtown Edmonton, and spend the day marveling at the buildings that date back to 1891. You’re sure to find something interesting in this historic piece of Edmonton.

You’re guaranteed not to be bored as you explore the area around your Leduc real estate. Check out all Leduc has to offer, and then be sure to also venture into Edmonton. From museums that tell the history of the area to parks that offer plenty of recreational activities, you’re sure to find something for everyone in Leduc and the surrounding area. If you have any questions about homes for sale in Leduc or Leduc in general, please contact me.

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If you’ve just bought your Leduc real estate, you’re moving in at the perfect time. Summer is full of events in Leduc. These events take place throughout the summer and include activities for kids and adults. Here are a few of the things to look forward to in the coming months.
 

Go Skateboarding Day

On June 21st, Leduc Skateboard Park will be full of talented skateboarders showing off their best tricks. This event takes place around the globe, but luckily you don’t have to travel far to see some amazing skateboarding. You can even try it out yourself and see if you have any hidden skateboarding talent. There will also be pizza to eat as you watch talented kids, teenagers, and adults skateboarding up and down the ramps of the park.
 

Canada Day

Every year, Leduc celebrates Canada Day in style. There are events and activities throughout the city, starting with a pancake breakfast at Leduc Legion. Throughout the day, you can watch a reptile show, listen to music by Old Tyme Aires, and go to a carnival at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church. The day ends with an outdoor concert and a spectacular fireworks display. Leduc’s celebration is the perfect way to have a fun day and to show off your national pride.
 

Main Street Festival

On July 19th, Leduc will be having its fifth annual Main Street Festival. It’s located, as the name suggests, on Main Street, in Leduc’s downtown core. There will be plenty of food vendors, a farmer’s market, street performers, inflatable amusements for the kids, and an art walk for the adults. This festival shows off the best Leduc has to offer, with almost all of the local businesses coming out to show their wares. If you just moved into your Leduc real estate, this festival will tell you all you need to know about your new home.
 

Party in Alexandra Park

Finally, to end the summer, on September 5th there will be a huge community barbeque and an outdoor movie in Alexandra Park. This party is a great way to end your summer. The movie shown is always family-friendly, so be sure to bring your kids and join the rest of Leduc in wishing summer goodbye.
 

Leduc is full of fun things to do, from events that celebrating skateboarding to events that bring the whole community together. With all of these activities to choose from, you’re sure to have a great summer. If you want to know any more about Leduc or the events happening throughout the summer, contact me and I’ll be happy to help.

 

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Winter has been harsh this year, so we can’t wait to shake off the winter cold and feel the warm days of spring once again. However, it’s only March and winter chill is still in the air. I seem to share everyone’s thoughts, will spring ever arrive?
 

The Weather Network says not just yet. There might be a little delay, so hold on to your coats just a little bit longer, perhaps until mid-April. Meteorologists say that March will still be mostly snowy, although occasionally there will be snippets of warm weather. Thinking of the weather forecast, I’m reminded of the Ian Tyson song, “Springtime in Alberta.” It muses on sunny days, endless sky, spring time, and then without a warning a winter storm.
 

Indeed, spring weather in Leduc County can be quite unpredictable, but Leduc realtors love spring because it brings good things to come, and when the warm weather does come fully, we Leduc people embrace it with full ardor.
 

Leduc also has many spring celebrations, but it’s wonderful to experience what the rest of Alberta has to offer, too. Isn’t it fantastic that our Leduc real estate properties are conveniently located near Edmonton, the City of Festivals, and other key Alberta cities? 
 

I know many several Leduc residents who take a trip to St. Albert during the last week of May to catch bullfighters and steer-wrestlers in action during the Rainmaker Rodeo, and also to delight in sugary donuts and all kinds of stomach-churning rides. As for me, the first day of June, I can’t wait to get to Edmonton for the Heart of the City Festival. It’s basically an art festival, with a focus on local amateur musicians and other kinds of artists. I’m always amazed by the sheer creativity and artistry of our homegrown talents. You’ll find Leduc artists showcasing their talents there, too.
 

I may try to see the Kurimoto Japanese Garden Spring Festival this year, also the first week of June. The Japanese Festival will be held on the grounds of the University of Alberta, at the famous Devonian Botanical Garden specifically, which is in itself a treat. The garden is one of the most beautiful in all of Alberta. I’m always interested in Japanese culture and history, and I’ve heard that the festival’s art displays, dance and music performances, sword plays, Taiko drummer showcase, and martial art demonstrations are impressive.  
 

Mid-June, beer lovers everywhere flock to Edmonton. More than 300 types of beer from over 110 international breweries are available to sample.
 

There are many more festivals to enjoy this year, but if you are planning to invest in a Leduc real estate property contact my office and I can personally help you with that. Many amazing homes await you and your family in the charming city of Leduc.               

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Taken by Sarah Rahman from Twitter @SarahRahmanMD I’m sure you’ve read it in the paper, heard it on the radio, or you’ve seen it on the news by now but Calgary is flooded, big time. Many communities are evacuated and many more are on emergency standby. It’s estimated that over 70,000 people have been evacuated from 25 neighborhoods. 1500 of them are taking refuge in the city’s emergency shelters while the majority of them have found shelter with friends and family.

These 73,500 people that couldn't fit into the emergency shelters were supported by an influx of helpful and caring strangers. Postings from social network Reddit  and online classified site Kijiji displayed numerous postings from Calgarians offering their spare rooms and support to those in need. News like this really warms my heart. I've also read that the Food Trucks in the city are doing what they can to support the flood victims. 

Mayor Naheed Nenshi has told reporters that the flooding is under control for the time being. Even though the Bow River will be flowing steadily for the entirety of Friday and in Nenshi’s words, “it looks like an ocean.” However, Elbow River, one of the two rivers that intersect in this Southern Albertan city has shown signs of cresting and should soon recede.

Disasters like this really bring the people together and from the news I’ve seen optimistic, caring and helpful civilians do their best to ensure everyone is dry and fed. It reminds me of the importance of community and how strong societies can be in times of need. It’s great to hear that no deaths have been reported even though many houses and vehicles have been washed away.

Our hearts at Leduc Remax go out to our friends, family and loved ones in Calgary and the affected areas. Our thoughts are with you and we thank all the brave volunteers, emergency crew and soldiers that are doing their best to bring relief to the disaster. You can stay updated with the latest comments and pictures with the Calgary Herald

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Leduc Realtors attempting to attract new residents into the city have it easy. I’m not referring to the literal sense in that our county is home to the Edmonton International Airport (but it helps). Instead I refer to the fact that as each year passes, our charming community of just above 25, 000 shines a little brighter. The season ending 2012 and now moving into 2013 was no different and I can honestly say it was even more cheerful than usual.

 

Highlights of the season in Leduc included affairs from the MacLab Centre for the Performing Arts and the arrival of the Canadian Pacific Christmas Train. However the most spirited of on-goings involved the anonymous antics of Morton the Monkey. A costumed and caped monkey delivered personalized gifts – Tim Horton’s Hot Chocolate Collection and an electronic board game - to the doorsteps of select Leduc residents with no apparent ties to one another (outside of sharing the same area code). A card was attached with a photo (above) and an inscription indirectly encouraging us to remember to share this special time of the year with friends and family – a reminder we can all use from time to time. Recipients were delighted at the act of giving yet to this day remain perplexed as to the identity of Morton the Monkey. As one of the aforementioned Leduc Realtors I must admit I wish that I could have pulled of such a fun stunt for members of our community but I would fold (blush) under the pressure if I was ever asked if I knew anything about the secret identity of the backwards Grinch. I would make a horrible superhero in disguise. I personally hope we never find out the identity of Morton (more fun that way) and better yet I hope it sparks more of the same giving spirit the following season over 300 hundred days away. Either way, many had us have exclaimed “Only in Leduc!” when we caught wind of the story and that is something to be proud of.

 

I write this as we leave the first week of 2013 and as we move ahead with our New Year resolutions I encourage everyone to take note of the wonderful last few weeks that we’ve enjoyed in our community and to carry forward in that very same spirit for the year ahead. If you are not yet a part of this fine community and have found this blog while searching for Leduc realty I encourage you to contact my Leduc ReMax office or call me directly, anytime, for a casual introduction at 1 (780) 463-5050. I look forward to hearing from you.

 

For more on the Morton the Monkey story visit the Leduc Rep website.

 

Morton the Monkey Leduc

 

Happy New Year! 

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Canadian Pacific Train - Courtesy of Lake Superior News

 

The Canadian Pacific Christmas Train started its trek on the CP tracks two days ago in Quebec and is making its way to Leduc - and a few other places along and beyond the way. The Canadian Pacific Christmas Train stops to say Happy Holidays to over 150 communities across Canada and northern U.S. In addition to the brilliantly illuminated exterior, one of the train’s 14 decorated boxcars serves as a makeshift stage to include a lineup of musicians belting out Christmas tunes. On December 10th the Christmas Train will make its home in Leduc for the day where our city’s residents, including members of the Leduc ReMax family, will be on hand to enjoy the festive affair and to contribute to the food and financial donations associated with the holiday event. The donations collected serve to help families in need within the Leduc community. Be sure to join us and the real polar express this Christmas in Leduc.

 

View the complete Canadian Pacific Christmas Train Schedule

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