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A New Chapter: Downsizing and Moving Tips for Seniors

  For an older adult who’s looking forward to retirement, downsizing should be a positive, empowering experience that heralds the beginning of an exciting new chapter in life. However, getting rid of old belongings that have been with you for decades is a key part of the downsizing process, and that can be an emotional […]

What is it Like to Work with Me?

I’ve been selling real estate in Sherwood Park and Edmonton for over 11 years now, and a question I often get asked is, “What sets you apart from the rest?” Now, I can tell you how great I am, but I am sure that would come across as being pretty cheesy, not to mention immodest. […]

To Stage or Not to Stage? 5 Great Reasons to Hire a Professional Stager

As a Realtor (R), I often get asked about professional staging services, particularly when a home is vacant. I get asked questions such as “How much does it cost? How much faster will my house sell? Can I get more money for my house if I stage it?” Below are some tips and things to […]

Should your Goals for 2016 Include Real Estate?

As 2016 begins, we often reflect on the successes and failures of the past year and look forward to new beginnings by creating Resolutions as a fresh year unfolds. Typically most people’s goals include getting healthy, travelling more and getting more fun out of life. Sometimes these goals can be financial ones, such as eliminating […]

Will Realtors Ever be Replaced by Technology?

A lot has changed in the last 20 years or so in Real Estate. It used to be that Realtors were the Gatekeepers of Information. Back then, in order to find out which house was for sale, and the details involving that property. the only way to get information on a property was to contact a […]

Understanding Absorption Rate – How Does it Affect You When Selling Your Home?

In Real Estate, statistics are examined monthly, yearly, even daily, in order to determine overall trends and general health of the Real Estate Market. For those of you who know me, I rely a great deal on numbers and statistical data to do my job. Numbers are an objective measure to help determine a house’s value, […]

Are YOUR Financial Ducks in a Row?

Your home is quite likely your most valuable asset. We live in a time where Interest Rates are low, and inventory is (relatively!) high. You might be thinking of buying a home in Edmonton or Sherwood Park for various reasons. It might be due to change in lifestyle, such as the kids moving out of […]

What is it REALLY Like to be a Realtor?

I remember, many years ago, sitting in a classroom with 26 other students working to get my Real Estate Licence. Near the end of the course the Instructor informed us, according to local statistics, that only 1 in 4 of us would still be in Real Estate after about ONE year of working in the […]

The Importance of Curb Appeal

The old adage, “You can’t judge a book by its cover” does NOT ring true in Real Estate! I have had, on occasion, pulled up to a property to show to prospective Buyer clients only to hear, “Sorry, let’s skip this one – I don’t like how it looks on the outside”. While this happens […]

Questions to ask the Realtor BEFORE Listing Your Home!

Now, more than ever, Home Sellers are interviewing agents – sometimes as many as 4- before choosing to list their home. Many agents offer similar services, but what sets apart the excellent from the good? Here are some questions you should ask your prospective Listing Agent BEFORE hiring! 1.) What is your Sales-to-Listing Ratio? Simply […]