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Friday, January 30, 2015 - Selling tips! Renovations that add value!

Renovations that add value to your home! Here are some quick and easy renos to aid in the sale of your home! Storage space!  Use it! Ceiling space is often a neglected component within a home, and in the majority of cases there is enough room in the ceiling to create a storage space.  Use your attic!  If you don't have an attic access - make one!   Painting! I show hundreds of homes and buyers cannot overlook bold paint.  Neutral paint is where it is at!  Invest in a can of paint and a roller ... Full Article...
posted in General at Fri, 30 Jan 2015 12:22:02 -0700

Wednesday, July 25, 2012 - How to protect your home when you go on vacation!

Protecting your property while on vacation! When your mailbox is full, it's an indication the house or apartment is vacant.  Consider replacing a small mailbox with a larger one to keep your mail out of sight. If you are going to be away for more than two days, ask Canada Post to hold your mail and call the newspaper office to stop delivery until you return. Have a neighbour hold any free newspapers and junk mail for you. A pile of papers and mail is a clear sign your home is vacant.  Burglars ... Full Article...
posted in General at Wed, 25 Jul 2012 15:46:19 -0600

Sunday, July 8, 2012 - Deciding between buying and renting?

Whether you're looking to buy or rent ... it's important to weigh all of your options before signing on the dotted line. To help evaluate the pros and cons of the real estate market- Bankrate.com talked to a recent buyer and...READ MORE HERE
posted in General at Sun, 08 Jul 2012 11:21:39 -0600

Wednesday, July 4, 2012 - Have a hot tub? Did you get a permit:?

Hot tubs or whirlpools are considered the same as swimming pools under the Alberta Building Code where safety regulations are applied when the depth of water is greater than 600 mm (24 inches). Permanent hot tubs and whirlpools require both a development permit and a building permit regardless of whether they are stand alone or built into a deck. Temporary hot tubs and whirlpools do not usually require a development permit but may still require a building permit. Any mechanical work involved in ... Full Article...
posted in General at Wed, 04 Jul 2012 08:46:48 -0600

Wednesday, July 4, 2012 - Building a fence? Do you need a permit?

Two factors that need to be considered when building a fence are its height and location. Both are regulated by the zoning bylaw. If the height and location guidelines are followed, no development permit is required. Zoning Regulations The height of a fence/wall/gate should not exceed: 1.85m (6.1ft) in any portion of the rear yard1.2m (4 ft) (new height passed as of January 31st, 2011) in any portion of the front yard How to determine the height?  The height of a fence, wall or gate is ...
posted in General at Wed, 04 Jul 2012 08:41:43 -0600

Wednesday, July 4, 2012 - How to Lower Your Tax Bill

Falling prices cause homeowner's to question their tax bills.  If you purchased your home in the peak pricing time period you will want to check this out! Here is a great article on tax assessments and how to appeal them using comparable property sold values!  Click Here to Read the Article The link to the City of Edmonton taxation complaint page is HERE.
posted in General at Wed, 04 Jul 2012 08:31:54 -0600

Saturday, June 23, 2012 - Edmonton Named One of the Best Deals In Real Estate

Where to buy now? Are there are any bargains left in Canadian real estate? You bet there are. Moneysense reveals which cities offer the best value for real estate investors. With the amazing gains enjoyed by real estate investors in the past several years, it?s been easy for prospective home buyers to conclude that investing in real estate is easy?almost a sure thing. All you have to do to make money?or so it would seem?is to pick a property, lock in a low-rate mortgage and wait for the profits ... Full Article...
posted in General at Sat, 23 Jun 2012 10:32:51 -0600

Saturday, June 23, 2012 - Determining An Asking Price

When comparing the homes in your area, you need to take into consideration more than the square footage of the home. For example, if two houses are across the street from one another and both are for sale, most people would assume that they are around the same price. However, it very well could not be the case. Let's say that one home has completed basement, while the other has basement that is not finished. This will improve the asking price of the first home. Furthermore, if some homes have ... Full Article...
posted in General at Sat, 23 Jun 2012 09:55:28 -0600

Saturday, June 23, 2012 - Rental Rates Down 2% From Last Year

According to CMHC's rental market statistics for Spring 2012, Edmonton's vacancy rate for rental apartment structures over 3 units is down from 4.7% in April 2011 to 2.7% in April 2012.  The average monthly rent for a bachelors suite went down from $731 to $725 from April 2011 to April 2012.  A one bedroom increased from $852 to $864 per month.  Two bedroom units went up from $1,029 to $1,306 and three bedroom units decreased from $1,224 to $1,208. For more detailed statistics please visit ...
posted in General at Sat, 23 Jun 2012 09:49:11 -0600

Saturday, June 23, 2012 - Alberta Rates of Inflation Lowest in Canada

Alberta and the Calgary region had the lowest rates of inflation in the country in May, according to Statistics Canada. Statistics Canada reported Friday that in the 12 months to May, consumer prices rose at a slower rate in all provinces compared with April. Newfoundland and Labrador (+2.5%) continued to post the largest increase, while Alberta (+0.4%) continued to record the lowest. Nationally, prices rose by 1.2 per cent. On a monthly basis, prices declined by 0.3 per cent in Alberta and by ... Full Article...
posted in General at Sat, 23 Jun 2012 09:36:48 -0600

Friday, June 22, 2012 - Six Things That Turn Home Buyers Off

Here are 6 big-time homebuyer turn-offs that make buyers cringe at the thought of your home, and action steps you can take to prevent your home from being an offender: 1.  Stalker-ish sellers.  I know you think you?re being helpful, walking the buyer through your home and pointing out the wagon-wheel light fixture you made with your own two hands, the custom mural of a stingray you paid top dollar to have painted across your living room wall and the way the sounds of happy schoolchildren ...
posted in General at Fri, 22 Jun 2012 08:57:04 -0600

Friday, June 22, 2012 - 6 Questions to Ask Your Home's Seller Before Moving In

Half the fun of house hunting is visualizing the fun you?ll have when the seller clears out and the place is yours, all yours. But wait one second, partner ? once the seller is gone, so is a rich repository of information about your new home.  Most sellers know things about their/your home, and the neighborhood, which could make your life much easier, for years to come.  To help you tap into that treasure trove of information, here are 6 questions to ask your home?s seller -- before it?s too ... Full Article...
posted in General at Fri, 22 Jun 2012 08:54:25 -0600

Friday, June 22, 2012 - 5 Questions to Ask Your Home's Inspector

Most home buyers feel like they are bona fide real estate experts after all the studying up on loans and neighborhoods, online house hunting and open house visiting it takes just to get into contract on a home these days. But for all but the most handy of house hunters, getting into contract and starting the home inspection process only surfaces how little you actually know about the nuts and bolts and brick and mortar of the massive investment you?re about to make: a home!  So, you hire a home ... Full Article...
posted in General at Fri, 22 Jun 2012 08:51:19 -0600

Friday, June 22, 2012 - 5 Things Home Buyers Do That Turn Sellers Off (and Kill Deals)

On today?s market, every savvy seller wants to know what turns buyers off, so they can get their homes sold as quickly as possible, for as much as possible.  But buyers, take note ? there is a minefield of seller turn-offs you can trigger that hold the potential to keep you from getting the home you want at the best price and terms, or to unnecessarily complicate dealings with your home?s seller. Lest you think all of today?s sellers are under the gun and will just put up with whatever behavior ... Full Article...
posted in General at Fri, 22 Jun 2012 08:46:33 -0600

Friday, June 22, 2012 - Six Reasons Why you Should Google Your Address

It seems almost negligent these days to go meet with a prospective employer, set your kid up on a sleep-over or even add an old friend on Facebook without first running the company's name, your kid's pal's parents or your old college chum through Google -- just to see. But it's nowhere near as common (yet) to Google your home's address. There are at least six compelling reasons it makes sense to do so, though -- especially if it's an address you're thinking of renting, buying or selling. Smart ... Full Article...
posted in General at Fri, 22 Jun 2012 08:41:20 -0600

Friday, June 22, 2012 - Should I update my home before selling?

Q: I?m thinking of selling my home, and know my carpet and tile need updating. Is it best to do it now or give an allowance on the selling price for these upgrades? The same with appliances? A: The age-old, existential question faced by buyers and sellers since time eternal: update or credit? There are dozens of ways to weigh the pros and cons of this dilemma. Some would have you do some complicated mathematical analyses to calculate whether the return on the investment it would cost you to ... Full Article...
posted in General at Fri, 22 Jun 2012 08:30:22 -0600

Friday, June 8, 2012 - Oops wrong delivery!

A client bought a new home and the broker wanted to send flowers for the occasion. They arrived at the home and the owner read the card; it said "Rest in Peace". The owner was angry and called the florist to complain. After he had told the florist of the obvious mistake and how angry he was, the florist said. "Sir, I'm really sorry for the mistake, but rather than getting angry you should imagine this: somewhere there is a funeral taking place today, and they have flowers with a note saying, ... Full Article...
posted in Real Estate Funnies at Fri, 08 Jun 2012 19:57:29 -0600

Friday, June 8, 2012 - We broke $200,000 in Cash Back!

It is official!  We have given over $200,000 in cash back to our buyers!  Thank you to all our clients.  We would not have hit this milestone without your continued support!
posted in General at Fri, 08 Jun 2012 12:01:03 -0600

Tuesday, June 5, 2012 - A Real Estate Funny

  WHEN the last of their three children was about to leave home, my parents decided to buy a smaller house. The real-estate sign went up. A week later, a second "For Sale" sign appeared two doors away. "Soon you'll have new families on either side of you," my mother remarked to the neighbour whose house was in the middle. "We're thinking of putting up our own sign," she replied wistfully. "It would read: 'Was it something we said?' " 
posted in General at Tue, 05 Jun 2012 22:44:18 -0600

Tuesday, June 5, 2012 - Mastering Your Bathroom Renovation

A bathroom renovation typically offers a 64 to 71 per cent return on your investment by increasing the resale value of your house, according to the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC). Beyond the boost in resale price, a bathroom reno will also help you, your family and guests enjoy your home ? and that can be priceless. Actual price, however, is a key component of effectively planning your bathroom reno. "Before you start renovating, you'll want to think about your bathroom, your ... Full Article...
posted in General at Tue, 05 Jun 2012 14:31:35 -0600

Tuesday, June 5, 2012 - Half Duplexes in Sherwood Park Hot Ticket Items

Half duplexes in Sherwood Park are hot ticket items! In the past 30 days there were 19 half duplexes for sale in Sherwood Park.  Of those 5 have sold and 2 are pending!  The average sale price was 98% of listing price at  $318,060 and the average days on market was 32 days, which is lower than the average for single family homes in Sherwood Park (currently 38 days on the market). Check out this half duplex located next to Lakeland Ridge ...
posted in Listings at Tue, 05 Jun 2012 14:13:39 -0600

Wednesday, May 23, 2012 - Condo Conundrum

Condos appeal to virtually everyone from young urbanites who want to be in the heart of the action to seniors who just want to relax and enjoy their golden years playing tennis and relaxing by the pool.Condos are very low maintenance which means you don't have to spend your weekends cutting the grass and cleaning the gutters.  They also offer enhanced security features which is perfect for those who like to travel.Living in a condo is a lot like living on a resort.  Some condos even offer room ... Full Article...
posted in General at Wed, 23 May 2012 10:08:29 -0600

Tuesday, May 8, 2012 - Are all real estate associates also REALTORS?

Are all real estate associates also REALTORS®? Not every real estate associate is a REALTOR®.  To be a REALTOR® in Alberta, a person must: 1. Be licensed and authorized to trade in real estate by the Real Estate Council of Alberta (the governing body for the real estate industry in the province); and 2. Be a member of the local board of REALTORS® (in the Edmonton area, this is the REALTORS® Association of Edmonton). A person can be licensed by RECA but choose not to belong to their local board ... Full Article...
posted in General at Tue, 08 May 2012 09:58:18 -0600

Tuesday, May 8, 2012 - What is a real estate "brokerage"?

What is a real estate ?brokerage?? The brokerage is the legal entity that is authorized to trade in real estate by the Real Estate Council of Alberta (the governing body for the real estate industry).  The brokerage employs or otherwise engages the services of associates who represent the brokerage to the client.  Although clients most often deal only with their particular associate, the brokerage is actually the agent of the client.  This is why individual industry members are now called real ... Full Article...
posted in General at Tue, 08 May 2012 09:56:17 -0600

Tuesday, May 8, 2012 - How Do Real Estate Commissions Work?

posted in General at Tue, 08 May 2012 09:50:02 -0600

Tuesday, May 8, 2012 - 5 Budget-Friendly Bathroom Spruce Ups

5 Budget-Friendly Bathroom Spruce-Ups You?ve probably heard from friends, real estate professionals, and on television that bathrooms and kitchens sell houses. But what happens if you are preparing your home for sale and you don?t have the money or interest in spending thousands of dollars renovating bathrooms that you won?t be around to enjoy? Many sellers also report that their buyers feel more comfortable when the information from a pre-sale inspection is shared early on, even if the buyers ... Full Article...
posted in General at Tue, 08 May 2012 09:45:10 -0600

Tuesday, May 8, 2012 - Selling? Get a Pre-Sale Inspection!

Selling Your Home? Get a Pre-Sale Inspection. Most people think a home inspection is something that happens somewhere between making an offer and before closing on a home. But for a number of reasons, more homeowners are choosing to have their own home inspected before putting it on the market. The reason is simple: uncovering problems early on enables you to fix them, often making it possible to add value to your sale price. An inspection is designed to reveal any potential problems a house ... Full Article...
posted in General at Tue, 08 May 2012 09:41:36 -0600

Tuesday, May 8, 2012 - Summer Moving Tips

Summer Moving Tips School?s out, the weather?s nice, and home buying season is in full swing. No wonder summer is the hottest time for millions of Americans to make their move. By preparing ahead of time, you can help make this adventure as stress-free as possible. Plan ahead - If you plan to use a mover, shop around to get the best rates?check their credentials and policies, and make sure they have a good rating with the Better Business Bureau. Fill out a change of address form and notify ...
posted in General at Tue, 08 May 2012 09:23:05 -0600

Tuesday, May 8, 2012 - Protect Your Home While You Travel

Protect Your Home While You Travel Planning your next getaway? Unfortunately, an empty house can be a tempting target for would-be burglars. Follow a few simple precautionary measures to secure your home, whether you?re leaving for weeks or just a weekend. Make your home look lived in - Install automatic timer switches on lights, radios, and the TV. They?re inexpensive and many include variable timing schedules to create the appearance of activity in the house. Take extra steps to make your ... Full Article...
posted in General at Tue, 08 May 2012 09:23:05 -0600

Tuesday, May 8, 2012 - Organizing Tips To Remove Closet Clutter

Organizing Tips to Remove Closet Clutter Do you save everything? Are you sentimental about the ill-fitting sweater your aunt knitted five years ago, or your ragged alma mater sweatshirt? If so, your closets may be very full. Fall is an ideal time to clean out your home. Cleaning out your closets regularly will save you time and energy and keep you from feeling overwhelmed by the task later on. Plus, if your closet is packed with old clothes that you don?t or can?t wear anymore, you may hesitate ... Full Article...
posted in General at Tue, 08 May 2012 09:11:30 -0600

Tuesday, April 5, 2011 - Edmonton Housing Boom

EDMONTON - Edmonton is on the verge of another real estate boom, says real estate expert Don Campbell. Eighteen to 24 months from now we?re going to see multiple offers. We?re going to see vacancy rates down as low as 2007, we?re going to see rental increases and we?re going to see the market turn back into a seller?s market. His tip for homebuyers: ?I suggest that you don?t wait until the frenzy is here because then you?ll be frustrated, putting in multiple offers. Right now you can see it ... Full Article...
posted in News at Tue, 05 Apr 2011 08:24:23 -0600

Tuesday, November 9, 2010 - List on MLS® for $1,500!!!

Great news! Get on MLS® for $1,500 plus GST! No hidden fees! This will get your home listed on MLS®, signage, lock box, feature sheets, showing management, and contract negotiation! Call today for more details! (780) 757-5000. 
posted in News at Tue, 09 Nov 2010 16:44:30 -0700

Monday, October 25, 2010 - Competition Bureau Settles!

Real estate deal may make sales cheaper The Canadian Real Estate Association has ratified a deal some say will reshape the way homes are sold.  See Full Article  
posted in News at Mon, 25 Oct 2010 08:47:34 -0600

Friday, October 1, 2010 - Real Estate Listing Deal Opens Door For Sellers

Real estate listing deal opens door for sellersBy CBC NewsCBC News   A deal worked out by the federal Competition Bureau and Canada's real estate industry could mean big changes to the way Canadians sell their homes.   If the agreement is accepted by the members of the Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA), consumers will have a wider choice in the services they purchase. For instance, if home sellers want to list a house on the online Multiple Listing Service, that is all they would have to ... Full Article...
posted in News at Fri, 01 Oct 2010 09:53:19 -0600

Monday, September 27, 2010 - New name makes a solid point!

As of today, our name has changed to Rock Point Realty. Everything else about us is the same ? same great team and the same great commission policies. The new name captures the ?point? of our unique inukshuk logo more effectively, since those iconic stone structures were designed partly to point the way for travellers. We also feel that it conveys a stronger sense of the high quality of our service. We are proud of our brokerage and our identity, and we are proud to continue providing the same ... Full Article...
posted in General at Mon, 27 Sep 2010 09:46:29 -0600

Tuesday, September 14, 2010 - OPEN HOUSE BISSET!

OPEN HOUSE SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 18 2-4 PM AT 2831 - 36 STREET IN BISSET. REDUCED TO $324,999! BASEMENT SUITE! SIX BEDROOMS! COME AND CHECK IT OUT! 
posted in Listings at Tue, 14 Sep 2010 19:57:14 -0600

Thursday, September 2, 2010 -

August Housing Market Quietens Edmonton, September 2, 2010: The REALTORS® Association of Edmonton reports that the average price of single family property in the Edmonton area has softened with a small drop for the second consecutive month. Prices were plateaued at just over $388,000 from March to June. Condominium prices have dropped steadily from their high point of $353,000 in April and are down another 2.99%. ?Despite the two month drop, single family homes are still priced a bit higher ... Full Article...
posted in General at Thu, 02 Sep 2010 11:48:45 -0600

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