Ambergate Edmonton Real Estate Blog

As our team continues to grow and develop, we are focused on bringing in professionals who offer a range of talents and experience to our clients. George Marshall is a welcome addition to our team.

George comes to Ambergate Realty Advisors with over a decade of experience in many facets of real estate including the residential markets, commercial markets and land development. His focus is now buyer representation and our exclusive new home builder program.

Welcome George Marshall.

You can read more about George and contact him by clicking here.

About the author:

You can read more about the author of this blog by clicking this link – Stuart Neal Broker Owner & REALTOR®

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As our team continues to grow and develop, we are focused on bringing in professionals who offer a range of talents and experience to our clients. Freda Wiggs is one such person.

Freda came back to Edmonton from Vancouver Island in August 2018. While on the island she was a REALTOR® for 6 years. Many of her clients were downsizing and she naturally progressed to specialize in helping people transition through this crucial part of their lives. Freda has earned her Seniors Real Estate Specialist (SRES) designation.

Welcome Freda Wiggs.

You can read more about Freda and contact her by clicking here.

About the author:

You can read more about the author of this blog by clicking this link – Stuart Neal Broker Owner & REALTOR®

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If you have lived in your home for several decades, the thought of selling and downsizing into a smaller more suitable home can be daunting.

Like most things in life it helps if you can break the problem down into manageable pieces. It also helps if you can start to sort your material possessions into those things that you must keep for practical and emotional reasons, which possessions you could do without, or no longer need etc.

However, trying to do this alone can be emotionally draining and time consuming. Some folks we know never got around to it and subsequently were not successful in downsizing ever. Why not get some help?

Lynn Neufeld has helped many people who are downsizing with the orderly disposal of possessions, de cluttering and

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The community of Nottingham in Sherwood Park continues to be one of the most popular areas for families and downsizers alike. We are particularly pleased to present this our latest home for sale on behalf of Kathryn and Joan. You can read all of the details for 7 Kirklees Place by click on this link: 7 Kirklees Place for sale.

To find details for ALL homes for sale in Sherwood Park at this time please click here: All Sherwood Park Homes for Sale.

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If you are aged 50 or over, you might be thinking about where you want to make your home as you age. For many people, where they live at 65 years of age is where they settle, for as long as they can live independently. Does this sound like your plan?

However, we see many people make a number of choices between the ages of 50 and 65 years of age. Here are some scenarios:

Stay Put

Perhaps your existing home is just right. For most people thinking longer term, this means few stairs, a master bedroom on the main floor and not too big. If your existing home meets your basic criteria and can be modified as you age, we suggest you don’t move. Here’s a link you may find helpful: 3 Ways to Stay in Your Home

Move Up

If finances allow, we see some

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Situation

Mr. Gulati and his wife Mrignayani had decided to move into the home of their daughter and family. Because the market was tougher for home sellers, Mr. Gulati decided to buy the Comfree (Purple Bricks) program because it was so inexpensive relative to what he perceived as his only other option i.e. a traditional full commission REALTOR®.

It did not take too long for Mr. Gulati to realise that there is more to selling a home than listing it on the Edmonton MLS® System. He found that he was simply not in touch with the market, that it was far too time consuming to show the home and when he did, the quality of the buyer prospects paying visits to his former home was not high.

Mr. Gulati started to look around for an alternative service

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Summary:

The big news story here is that excess inventory is no more. There is now LESS inventory for sale than this time last year and days on market remains stable. Unless lots of new condo units come on stream this year, we expect values will start to recover by the end of the year.

Month End Inventory:

Over the last 2 years we have witnessed a large excess of inventory. That situation we appears to have been remedied. At the end of February 2019 there were only 1938 condo units for sale across Edmonton or 564 LESS units than this time last year. If this pattern continues, then the condo market is on the verge of a turnaround in Edmonton.

Numbers Sold:

217 condos sold in February 2019 compared to 247 units last year, a

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Summary:

For single family homes, sales values are still down, but sales volume is about the same as last year. Now that excess inventory has essentially disappeared, we can expect prices to rise soon.

Numbers Sold:

In total, 502 single family homes sold in Edmonton during February 2019. This compares well with February 2018 when 543 homes sold. A difference of only 41 units. The confirms how robust the Edmonton market is and that when it comes to residential real estate, the market will to a great extent ‘just keep chugging’.

Month End Inventory

Don’t let this graph fool you. At the end of February the excess inventory that we have faced this past 18 months was DEPLETED. At the end of February 2019 there was 3296 homes

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Situation

Liesje & Mike wanted to sell their Cameron Heights home & move to Calgary for Mikes new insurance management job. Mikes company was not assisting with the move & therefore it was critical to create a situation where they sold the home for full market value & at the same time kept their moving costs to a minimum. Due to a lack of experience in marketing & selling homes, plus family commitments, this ruled out trying to sell by owner or an online real estate agent. They also ruled out simple discount REALTORS® as they felt they would not get the level of service & expertise they wanted. They also felt that traditional REALTORS® simply charged too much against the value received. Liesje & Mike started to look around for a smart

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At some point most of us consider our housing options. Should you rent or buy? That depends on your circumstances. For many downsizers renting makes sense. For single people or folks just starting out its also an attractive option. 

First let’s consider the pros and cons of renting.

Pros

  1. Short term fixed costs. You pay the rent and the landlord worries about the mortgage, maintenance and taxes.

  2. Low commitment. Most leases run for one year and in some cases two years or more.

  3. Easy qualification. Provided you have income and a good credit record most landlords will welcome you with open arms.

Cons

  1. Uncertainty. You could be moving in 12 months. If your lease is for only 12 months the landlord has the

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