Top 6 Home Design Trends To Watch in 2023

By: Robert Jastrzebski

Top 6 Home Design Trends To Watch in 2023

Tags: Real Estate, Home Design Trends, 2023

Over the past few years, many of us have spent extra time at home—and that means we appreciate the personal design touches that make a house cozy and comfortable more than ever. Some of us have adapted our dwellings in new ways, from creating functional home offices to upgrading the appliances we use most.   But while it’s important to make your home your own, it’s also smar...Read More

2023 Real Estate Market Outlook (And What It Means for You)

By: Robert Jastrzebski

2023 Real Estate Market Outlook (And What It Means for You)

Tags: Real Estate, 2023 Outlook, Edmonton

Last year, one factor drove the real estate market more than any other: rising mortgage rates.   In March 2022, the Bank of Canada began a series of interest rate hikes in an effort to pump the brakes on inflation.1 And while some market sectors have been slow to respond, the housing market has reacted accordingly.   Both demand and home prices have softened, as the primary challenge for...Read More

Home for the Holidays: How To Stretch Your Budget in a Season of Inflation

By: Robert Jastrzebski

Home for the Holidays: How To Stretch Your Budget in a Season of Inflation

Tags: Holiday budget, Christmas season, Home

You don't have to break the bank to celebrate the holidays in style—even in this season of inflation. Prices may be higher on everything from food to gifts to decorations, but there are still plenty of opportunities to eke out extra savings.   For example, you can trim your energy bills by up to 20% just by sealing air leaks in your home.1 Other small fixes—such as swapping ol...Read More

7 Tips to Maximize Your Home’s Sale Price

By: Robert Jastrzebski

7 Tips to Maximize Your Home’s Sale Price

Tags: Real Estate, Home Selling, Sherwood Park

Over the past few years, a real estate buying frenzy bid up home prices to eye-popping amounts. However, as mortgage rates have risen, buyer demand has cooled.1 Consequently, home sellers who enter the market today may need to reset their expectations.   The reality is, it’s no longer enough to stick a “for sale” sign in the yard and wait for buyers to bang down the door. If...Read More

Buy Now or Rent Longer? 5 Questions to Answer Before Purchasing Your First Home

By: Robert Jastrzebski

Buy Now or Rent Longer? 5 Questions to Answer Before Purchasing Your First Home

Tags: First Home, Edmonton, Real Estate

Deciding whether to jump into the housing market or rent instead is rarely an easy decision – especially if you’re a first-time homebuyer. But in today’s whirlwind market, you may find it particularly challenging to pinpoint the best time to start exploring homeownership.    A real estate boom during the pandemic pushed home prices to an all-time high.1 Add higher mortg...Read More

8 Strategies to Secure a Lower Mortgage Rate

By: Robert Jastrzebski

8 Strategies to Secure a Lower Mortgage Rate

Tags: Mortgage Rate, Sherwood Park, Real Estate

Interest rates have risen rapidly this year, triggered by the Bank of Canada’s efforts to curb inflation. And the July MNP Consumer Debt Index found that 59% of Canadians “are already feeling the effects of interest rate increases.”1    Why has the impact been so widespread? In part, due to the rising popularity of variable rate mortgages. According to the Canada Mortga...Read More

10 Pro Tips for a Smooth Home Move

By: Robert Jastrzebski

10 Pro Tips for a Smooth Home Move

Tags: Pro Tips, Moving, Home Buying

The process of buying a new home can be both exhilarating and exhausting. But the journey doesn’t stop when you close on your property. On the contrary, you still have quite a bit to do before you can begin the process of settling into your new place.   Fortunately, you don’t have to do everything in a day. You don’t have to do it all alone, either. When you work with us to ...Read More

7 Costly Mistakes Home Sellers Make (And How to Avoid Them)

By: Robert Jastrzebski

7 Costly Mistakes Home Sellers Make (And How to Avoid Them)

Tags: Home Selling, Real Estate, Costly Mistakes

No matter what’s going on in the housing market, the process of selling a home can be challenging. Some sellers have a hard time saying goodbye to a treasured family residence. Others want to skip ahead to the fun of decorating and settling in a new place. Almost all sellers want to make the most money possible.   Whatever your circumstances, the road to the closing table can be riddled...Read More

Higher Rates and Short Supply: The State of Real Estate in 2022

By: Robert Jastrzebski

Higher Rates and Short Supply: The State of Real Estate in 2022

Tags: Real Estate, Canada, Mortgage Rates

Canada's housing market hit a boiling point last year as homebuyers clambered for real estate in regions with significantly more demand than supply. But now that homeowners and buyers alike are feeling the pinch of rising interest rates and record inflation, the market appears to finally be simmering down.   That, in turn, could create a welcome opening for shoppers to be more selective w...Read More

5 Ways to Write a Winning Offer in Today’s Real Estate Market

By: Robert Jastrzebski

5 Ways to Write a Winning Offer in Today’s Real Estate Market

Tags: Real Estate, Home Buying, Edmonton, Sherwood Park

Our nation is in the midst of a shifting real estate market. But even as the buying frenzy begins to slow, many properties are still receiving multiple offers.1   So what’s the best way to compete as a buyer–especially if you’re wary about overpaying?   While a high offer price gets attention, most sellers consider a variety of factors when evaluating an offer. With tha...Read More

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