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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Get the Jump on Spring!

You have probably heard Realtors(R)  say that the best time to sell a home is “Now“. You have probably also thought, “That’s what ALL Realtors say, because they want my listing!” While humorous (and partially correct), there are also some pretty compelling reasons for Listing a home in February as opposed to waiting for the […]

Forecasting the 2015 Housing Market

Forecasting what will happen in the Housing Market in Edmonton and Sherwood Park is a bit like trying to predict the weather.  There are so many variables to consider that affect real estate values.  But, like the weather, we can make some well-educated guesses based on statistical data and the opinions of Economists, real estate […]

Tips for the Festive Season

Sellers consider Christmas to be the LEAST desirable time to list and sell a property. There is so much going on, from holiday preparations, special engagements and cold weather, that it is easy to dismiss that time of year to sell. However, the season DOES have some advantages: fewer sellers to compete with, and a […]

FIVE Tips for Prepping Your House for Sale!

1.) Never Underestimate the Value of a Good Paint Job. Did you know that fresh paint can bring the highest Return on Investment (ROI) provided the colors are neutral? Neutral tones appeal to the largest number of buyers. The opposite is true of strong colors, which can polarize buyers – they either love, or hate […]