JUST LISTED : 1313 Lake Fraser Court SE

This one bedroom bungalow style condo is sure to impress! Step in and be greeted with the abundance of natural light and a gorgeous fireplace. The open floor plan living and dining room is spacious and bright. You can easily see all the upgrades in your new home!

The kitchen features warm honey brown shaker-style maple cabinets and plenty of smart storage space. The upgraded granite is almost a piece of artwork with it’s natural beauty and durability. All the appliances are included, even a new garburator.

The master bedroom is a very large space with room for dressers, an armchair and even more. All that space and a dramatic, full-mirrored walk-through closet that brings a touch of elegance and luxury to the master retreat. Your private 4-piece bathroom has a linen closet and lots of additional storage.

Both bathrooms feature contemporary design optimized for style and functionality, and a full stacking washer-dryer set is tucked neatly into powder room.

There is a good sized covered balcony that overlooks a quiet green space and is very private for your barbecuing and summer enjoyment. Also included is a titled parking spot and an assigned separate storage unit.

The entire condo was recently painted a neutral, colour palette which means that it is move-in-ready yet adding personality is easy and fun. Lots of upgrades were added when this condo was purchased and the original owner has maintained this unit with pride.

Bonavista Estates is well known for it’s wide range of amenities, including a theatre room, party room, exercise room, dining space for large functions and even a car wash bay.

Well managed, convenient location and all the comforts come standard at the highly sought-after Bonavista Estates; get all that and more in this unique, attractive, move-in-ready condo.

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FOR SELLERS : Get The House Ready

From experience, REALTORS® also know that a “well-polished” house appeals to more buyers and will
sell faster and for a higher price. Additionally, buyers feel more comfortable purchasing a well-cared for
home because if what they can see is maintained, what they can’t see has probably also been
maintained. In readying your house for sale, consider:

  • how much should you spend
  • exterior and curb appeal
  • preparing the interior

How much should you spend
In preparing your home for the market, spend as little money as possible. Buyers will be impressed by a
brand new roof, but they aren’t likely to give you enough extra money to pay for it. There is a big
difference between making minor and inexpensive “polishes” and “touch-ups” to your house, such as
putting new knobs on cabinets and a fresh coat of neutral paint in the living room, and doing extensive
and costly renovations, like installing a new kitchen. Your REALTOR®, who is familiar with buyers’
expectations in your neighborhood, can advise you specifically on what improvements need to be made.
Don’t hesitate to ask for advice.

Maximizing exterior and curb appeal
Before putting your house on the market, take as much time as necessary (and as little money as
possible) to maximize its exterior and interior appeal. Tips to enhance your home’s exterior and curb
appeal:

  • Keep the lawn edged, cut and watered regularly.
  • Trim hedges, weed lawns and flowerbeds, and prune trees regularly.
  • Check the foundation, steps, walkways, walls and patios for cracks and crumbling.
  • Inspect doors and windows for peeling paint.
  • Clean and align gutters.
  • Inspect and clean the chimney.
  • Repair and replace loose or damaged roof shingles.
  • Repair and repaint loose siding and caulking.
  • In Northern winters, keep walks neatly cleared of snow and ice.
  • During spring and summer months consider adding a few showy annuals, perhaps in pots, near
    your front entrance.
  • Re-seal an asphalt driveway.
  • Keep your garage door closed.
  • Store RVs or old and beaten up cars elsewhere while the house is on the market.
  • Apply a fresh coat of paint to the front door.

Maximizing interior appeal
Enhance your home’s interior by:

  • Giving every room in the house a thorough cleaning, as well as removing all clutter. This alone
    will make your house appear bigger and brighter. Some homeowners with crowded rooms have
    actually rented storage garages and moved half their furniture out, creating a sleeker, more
    spacious look.
  • Hiring a professional cleaning service, once every few weeks while the house is on the market.
    This may be a good investment for owners who are busy elsewhere.
  • Removing the less frequently used, even daily used items from kitchen counters, closets, and
    attics, making these areas much more inviting. Since you’re anticipating a move anyhow, holding
    a garage sale at this point is a great idea.
  • If necessary, repainting dingy, soiled or strongly colored walls with a neutral shade of paint, such
    as off-white or beige. The same neutral scheme can be applied to carpets and linoleum.
  • Checking for cracks, leaks and signs of dampness in the attic and basement.
  • Repairing cracks, holes or damage to plaster, wallboard, wallpaper, paint, and tiles.
  • Replacing broken or cracked windowpanes, moldings, and other woodwork. Inspecting and
    repairing the plumbing, heating , cooling, and alarm systems.
  • Repairing dripping faucets and showerheads. Buying showy new towels for the bathroom, to be
    brought out only when prospective buyers are on the way.
  • Sprucing up a kitchen in need of more major remodeling by investing in new cabinet knobs, new
    curtains, or a coat of neutral paint.

FOR BUYERS : Homebuying for the Win!

It’s sports season! Because in reality, when is it not? Actually, the SuperBowl is this weekend!

No successful athlete would be where they are today without the advice or guidance of a coach. Even athletes who participate in team sports need a coach to help them earn their achievements. If you are buying a home, you should put yourself in the same mentality. As an Accredited Buyer’s Representative (ABR®), I am your advocate and coach in the home buying process. Please let me know if you have any questions!

Here is what Sports Illustrated had to say!

Love your Home!

Love (for your home) is all around. Or, well, it certainly should be!

Ok, Imma tell it to ya straight. At the risk of sounding to “yolo-y”: we only get one life to live, and you’re in your house every. single. day. You better love that place! Your residence is your fortress, your mansion, your den and your pad — all with your personalized touches. If you’re not feeling the vibes of your dwelling, don’t do nothing. Reorganize, redesign, renovate or – you guessed it – get yourself into a new home you love!

I work with clients of all budgets and needs, and it would be my pleasure to help you find your specific style of domestic paradise. Finding a place so “you” it verges on ridiculous comes with a life-changing, and empowering feeling of fulfilment. So, this February definitely show some love to your significant other, but don’t forget to spread the love all around your personal palace. Each mark in the floor should tell a story, each smell evoke a memory, each squeaky stair and settling clack resound in your ears as a comforting purr.

Love – Monique – xoxo

JUST LISTED : #41 1055 72 AV NW

Safe, serene and sunny living comes standard in the excellently maintained and professionally managed Huntington Ridge Complex.

This 3 bedroom and 1 and a half bathroom townhouse boasts a private, west facing back patio, living room balcony with sliding doors, and single attached garage. There is a large living room and an abundance of storage.

Natural light spills into every room and gleams off the bright white kitchen and the golden hardwood flooring. The bright finishes and fixtures throughout the home bring a blissful atmosphere to each room.

Fresh paint and brand new carpets mean you get a bright blank canvas to make your own, and with an unbeatable location, this spot is perfect for first time homeowners, and seasoned investors alike. Walk to the playground across the way in less than a minute, or chill out with the SHAW cable TV package included in your low, $307 condo fee.

Discover ideal family living today in comfortable Huntington Ridge! Welcome Home!

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Romantic, Yet Actually Useful Gifts

Oh wow, it’s a …a heart-shaped candle maker. …Um, thanks!

Forget pink chocolates and cupid-themed cards. This February why not splash out on something charmingly practical for your most favouritest person? Or better yet, something you can both enjoy?

Bring home a:

1. New set of extra soft sheets, pillow cases, and a duvet cover. I don’t know anyone who doesn’t like that brand new, soft cozy feeling.

2. Practical Kitchen Gadget. Like a slow cooker, or a food processor. (Then turn the romance up to 11 by making a fancy dinner with it.)

2b: Or a SODA STREAM! Those things are freakin’ great.

3. Really, really good quality coffee Or hot chocolate, or tea, if that’s your thing.

4. A gift certificate for a cleaning service to come into their/your house. Danger: You’ll never go back.

5. Go practical to the max and get their tires/oil changed. Seriously, though, how nice would that be!?

6. Organize with their friends to give them a fun night out. (With or without you!)

7. Prepare in advance their lunches to take to work for the next week. Go on and stick some cute notes in there too.

8. Clean their bathroom / fridge / garage / whatever they don’t want to do.

9. Repaint the house, up all the weeds, stock the fridge and run the bath.

10. Buy a class! Research suggests (and fear of materiality compels) that we like experiences more than things. Find something awesome for you guys (or just your partner) to try out that may result in an awesome new skill.

January market improves over last year!

For the fourth consecutive month, housing inventory levels have recorded year-over-year declines. At 4,112 total units, January’s inventory was 18 per cent below last year’s levels.

“While housing conditions continue to favour buyers, a slow transition toward more balanced conditions is helping to ease downward pressure on home prices,” said CREB® chief economist Ann-Marie Lurie. “Conditions have improved over last year, but people need to remember that last year’s market was one of the weakest on record. Despite the appearance of a major shift in activity, the transition in the housing market is going to be a slow process.”

January sales totaled 947 units, 24 per cent above last year, but 21 per cent below 10-year averages for the month. Sales activity improved across all product types, but only when compared to the near record lows that occurred in January 2016.

The detached segment of the market is demonstrating the most improvement. Sales activity totalled 584 units in January, a considerable improvement over the 466 sales recorded last year. Inventories have also declined pushing the months of supply to 3.2 months well below the 5.4 months recorded in January 2016.

“This past month showed how the market never stands still,” said CREB® president David P. Brown. “The market isn’t expected to be as unpredictable in 2017, but it’s early in the year and there are still lots of unknowns that will shape decision-making for consumers.”

“Every transaction is a personal decision and anyone going through the process of buying and selling real estate will be trying to make the best decision for their family. They need to consider their long-term objectives and think about the price they are willing to accept or pay for a home.”

City-wide benchmark prices totaled $437,400, 0.16 per cent lower than last month and 2.82 per cent lower than last year’s levels. Since recent highs in 2014, residential prices have declined from a low of 4.9 per cent in the detached sector to highs of 11.5 per cent in the apartment condominium market.

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