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Dower Rights. Yes, it’s a thing.
August 25, 2020 | Posted in Blog, Our Realtor Tips, This + That

DID YOU KNOW that Dower Rights apply when a couple is legally married, but only one spouse is on the title for the marital homestead? What does that mean? Long story short, HIRE A REALTOR. While we are not experts, we leave that up to Real Estate Lawyers, we have been educated and come with many years of experience to recognize Dower Rights and when they apply. Under the Dower Act, neither spouse may sell or mortgage the homestead without the other’s written consent.

Dower Rights do NOT apply when a couple is not legally married, or if both spouses are on the title for the property. Dower Rights DO apply when only one spouse is on title. What does that mean? The spouse not on title has legal rights to the marital home. This is very important for situations when a couple is separated, but not legally divorced.

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Preserved Wood Foundations, What’s The Deal?
June 23, 2020 | Posted in Blog, Our Realtor Tips, This + That

Preserved Wood Foundations or PWF have sadly be given a poor name when compared to concrete foundations, so we are going to take a closer look. Let’s first begin by stating that in no way are we experts; we are however, realtors who have helped numerous clients buy and sell homes with preserved wood foundations. Preserved wood foundations came onto the scene back in the 60s and were used as a cheaper alternative to concrete. We have scoured the websites of Canadian and American home inspectors to gain first-hand experience with PWFs. Our research shows that there are numerous homes throughout the province with PWFs. Statistics out of Fort McMurray show around 3% of homes have wood basements. Cost is the main driver for the decrease in the use of PWF in and around urban areas, where it is easy to bring in concrete. However, it is still a viable...

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Spring Cleaning
April 14, 2020 | Posted in Blog, This + That

Is it safe to say that Spring may be on its way? It’s starting to feel like Spring cleaning is in the air!

Let’s take a moment to discuss what a deep and thorough Spring cleaning includes. Regular home maintenance is always important, as well as taking this time to ensure your home is market-ready, so you can take advantage of the Spring Market. The Spring Market is typically the busiest time of year for buying and selling, as most people hope to be settled before summer holidays. We do have to add a caveat for the current market. In light of this unprecedented time of COVID-19, our typical real estate market isn’t so typical. The height of the Spring Market may be delayed or even extended due to families staying home.

However, now that the snow is melting, exterior maintenance is very important. Clearing the snow away from your...

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Preparing Your Home to Sell
March 25, 2020 | Posted in Blog, This + That

In the past, we have touched on de-cluttering and de-personalizing your home. It is important to help the buyer picture themselves in your house, and to no longer see it as YOUR home. The best way to do that is to make the space as neutral as possible. What if we look at a more extensive way to do this and ready your home for sale? The before and after WOW when you put up a FRESH (and neutral) coat of paint, and update lighting fixtures is simply amazing. Add a fresh coat of paint to properly staging your home, and you get a 10-fold wow-factor increase. At the end of the day, the investment can do far more to help sell your home faster and closer to asking price.

Below you will see before and after pictures of our office. We did three things: fresh,...

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We Live and LOVE the Hustle
March 4, 2020 | Posted in Blog, This + That

We did it again. And by that, we mean we had another AMAZING year because of YOU, our trusting and always-appreciated clients. Since we joined forces, back in 2017, we have consistently been the #1 team at RE/MAX Elite for Sherwood Park and Edmonton!

We are grateful to also join a small circle of fellow realtors by being awarded the RE/MAX Circle of Legends. It’s that big heavy one we are holding! And even though just the two of us get to have our pictures taken, we simply could not achieve this continued level of service without our amazing team. These awards belong to our entire office.

Real Estate is a demanding job. It is a non-stop hustle to stay on top of our ever-changing market, and ensure we are always providing the best advice, guidance and service to our clients. But we LIVE for this. We LOVE being in...

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Marketing Vacant Homes
October 15, 2019 | Posted in Blog, Inspiring Homes, Our Realtor Tips, This + That

Sometimes houses are vacant when they are listed on the market; it happens for many different reasons.  And sometimes it is difficult for potential buyers to envision the vacant house as a liveable space.  A marketing tool that we have used is virtual staging.  This way potential buyers are better able to see the house as a home.

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The Rundown on Staging Your Home

We are now making our way into the thick of the Spring Market! If you are looking to sell your home, you want to do what you can to increase the number of buyers your home appeals to, sell more swiftly, and of course get as close to your asking price as you can. There are three factors home buyers consider when deciding whether to move ahead on a property: the location, the condition, and the price. While you don’t have control over the location of your home, the price and the condition of your home are in your hands. Discussing correct pricing for listing homes on the market is a whole other article, but this month we want to focus on the condition of your home! One of the best ways to improve the condition of your home is through staging.

What exactly is staging? Staging is depersonalizing your...

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What to Expect When Your Home is on the Market

It’s official, the sign has been placed at the end of your driveway and your home is for sale. What can you expect during this next phase of the selling process? If you read our article from last month, we discussed how it is important at this point that your home be staged, and thoroughly or professionally cleaned, so it is ready for showings. The staging process would have included depersonalizing your home (removing family photos, etc.), as well as organizing small spaces. When potential buyers come through your home, they will be looking in closets and cupboards and pantries. It is important that these spaces be clean and organized to help ensure the appearance of sufficient space for storage. Overfull and disorganized closets may give the impression that there is not enough storage space within the home. It is also important to ensure that any small issues, such as...

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Selling Your Rural Property
March 28, 2019 | Posted in Blog, In The News, Our Realtor Tips, This + That

Selling your acreage or rural property is a major life event that requires planning and forethought. If you are looking to sell your acreage in 2019, NOW is the time to give us a call. This truly is a situation where sooner is better. Sit­ting down with your Realtor and creating a game plan, as well as setting expectations for both you and your Real­tor is a very important first step. Many people think that summer is the best time to list their acreage; yards are in full bloom, manicured, and looking great. Unfortunately, many acreage buyers are out there looking for their new property earlier in the year.

The Spring Market is when the majority of the sales for the year take place. Our Spring Market is typically March through mid-July; however, in some situations waiting to list in June may be too late. A good majority of buyers...

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Why We Work Together
February 4, 2019 | Posted in Blog, Our Thoughts, This + That
Why We Work Together

In Real Estate, one of the most obvious reasons to work as a team is to share the workload. While that is partly true for us, working as a team is so much more. We truly are a partnership. We are best friends. We show up every day striving to be better, personally and for each other, and of course for our clients. Success in life and business is what we want for each other, and we have each other’s backs day in and day out. We joke that we spend so much time together that we are beginning to morph into each other. And this isn’t a bad thing! We are able to disagree without fear of offending the other. Freely bouncing ideas and suggestions off of each other helps us grow, and it helps our clients because they get both of our views.

Our relationship goes...

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