Windows and doors are structural elements that we often take for granted— until, of course, one becomes damaged. Then we become painfully aware of how much we depend on them to prevent unauthorized individuals from entering our building or to shield us from harsh weather. But who is responsible for replacing windows and doors in […]
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A recent study by TD Bank found that 64 percent of millennials are now willing to consider moving to the suburbs in search of a home, with affordability being the biggest driving factor. When you combine this stat with the fact that 83 percent of young, urban home buyers would prefer to own and live […]
As of September 2020, there were 2,417 condo listings in the Edmonton area. While this is still a decrease in comparison to previous years, it does show movement in the local real estate market and that there is hope for increased traction over time. If you’ll be looking at condos in Edmonton over the coming […]
COVID-19 has resulted in significant lifestyle changes for families. These changes can be especially difficult for children to adjust to, as they are used to playing outside, visiting parks and playgrounds, and socializing with their friends. With Spring bringing more sunshine and pleasant weather, kids can start to feel confined and develop a severe case […]
We’ve all heard the phrase “adjusting to a new normal”. It has quickly become one of the most prominent catchphrases associated with the coronavirus pandemic— and for good reason. The way we work, socialize, and live our daily lives has drastically changed. We are all redefining our routines and doing our best to grin and […]
Protect Yourself (And Your Neighbours) With These Hygiene Tips Condo owners live within close proximity of their neighbours. They share elevators and other common areas like on-site fitness centres, party rooms, and swimming pools with their fellow residents. This reality has caused some concern in recent weeks as the coronavirus outbreak became more widespread and […]
If there’s one truth to the Edmonton condo market, it’s that it really can be subject to the whims of the Alberta economy at large. However, there’s a big difference between the games that our province’s boom-or-bust economy might play with Edmonton real estate, and the value of your condo (or prospective condo) from an
Ahhh, to live the life of a snowbird. Jet-setting from north to south, enjoying the warmer months here in Canada before heading down to enjoy some more warm months Stateside – that’s the way to do it. About one of the only drawbacks we can see when it comes to snowbirding is the concern about
You’ve made the decision to settle down and buy a condo in the City of Champions – congratulations! Buying a home is a monumental step in anyone’s life, whether it’s your first or your fifteenth time signing those papers. That said, every home purchase is different, and buying a condo in Edmonton is no different.
From Calgary to Red Deer to Edmonton and everywhere in between, Albertans are starting to catch on to what we’ve already known for ages: condo living is where it’s at. Generally speaking, spring is that special time of year for the real estate market when sales typically begin to pick up as people start to
Here in Alberta, we’ve grown accustomed to waiting exceptionally long periods of time for two things: the start of real, honest-to-goodness summer weather, and the arrival of true condo legislation reform. At the time of writing, we’re still waiting for both these things to make their appearance across our province – but the good news
It seems that we’re making a bit of a theme here on this blog lately around answering questions that everybody seems to have, but that nobody wants to admit they don’t know about. For example, our last blog focused on sussing out the different responsibilities and expectations between condo boards and condo management companies.
You’ve finally done it. They say that there’s no investment quite as sound as real estate, and you’ve taken that to heart. Just like a show on the local home and garden TV network, you’ve gone condo hunting, weighed the pros and cons, and signed on the dotted line to purchase a second condo unit
Over the course of the past several years, our economy has undergone an interesting shift, moving away from one based on sole ownership towards one centered around the maxim of sharing. From cars to clothes to cats (yes, even cats!), the sharing economy is shaking things up all over – and nowhere is this more
Happy 2019, everybody! We hope you had a wonderful holiday season and a fantastic time ringing in the New Year. Of course, with any flip of the calendar comes a bevy of New Year’s Resolutions to back it up,
Whether you’re a first-time condo owner or are simply starting out by renting a unit, congratulations! The world of condo living is wondrous and wide (and sometimes even a little bit weird!) – there’s nothing quite like it, and for us, there’s no other way we’d rather do it. That said, if you’ve only ever
If you’ve ever taken possession of a new home, you know that there’s lots to consider – from building inspections to mortgage approvals, the list is a mile long – and that’s just for handing off one solitary dwelling. Now, imagine all the work that goes into turning over not just a single unit,
Can you feel that in the air? No, not smell of pumpkin spice lattes. No, not the chill of snowfall in the early days of autumn. No, not the sound of sleigh bells in the middle of October – Christmas is still two-and-a-half months away, for crying out loud! We’re talking about Halloween!
Condo insurance can be a daunting subject to get familiar with. Between master policies, individual plans, claims processes, deductibles, and everything else involved in understanding and securing coverage, plenty of folks decide to take what we fondly refer to as the “ostrich approach” and just bury their heads in the sand, preferring to simply
If you’ve ever kicked around the idea of investing in a condo, you’ll most likely have noticed a curious thing: everybody around you is secretly a master-level real estate expert. Don’t believe us? Next time you’re hanging out with a group of friends, just casually mention that you’re considering investing in a second property, and
The Canadian government has finally set a date for the nation-wide legalization of cannabis: October 17, 2018. While this soon-to-be-national-holiday for cannabis users across the country
As we go about our lives each and every day, it can become easy to take all the innovative technology that surrounds us for granted. Every once in a while, though, it will hit you as you realize that
For a first-time condo buyer, just simply throwing your hat into the intimidating ring of real estate, mortgage applications and bank meetings can be a stressful proposition.
One of the great things about condominium living and ownership is that your home is your castle. Your sanctuary. Your escape from the rigors and pressures of the outside world. When you come back to your condo at the end of the day, you are the master of your own domain.
If you’ve got some cash burning a hole in your pocket and are on the lookout for sound investment opportunities, then condo real estate could be the right opportunity for you! Putting money down on an investment property is a great way to build some equity,
A new year always ushers in new changes, and even though we’re only a month into 2018, we’re already seeing some key trends emerging within the Calgary condo market. Like all trends,
This is it! The year that you’re going to purchase a condo unit as a rental property and grow your real estate portfolio. And investing in a condominium is a great asset to invest in. Unfortunately, investing in a second property isn’t as simple as purchase and see rewards.
Renovating a condo is unlike renovating most other properties. Renovating a new condo is also different from revamping an old condo. If you are considering condo renovation, you should be aware of the rules governing renovations in the building.
Post tension cables are used in concrete construction to add strength to thin and long slabs. This allows more span lengths between support columns. The cables have steel wires within plastic sheath. They are tensioned after pouring concrete,
The millennials are expected to make one of the biggest impacts on Canadian real estate market in the near future. The impact could in fact be bigger than what their baby boomer parents made. They make up about 25% of the country’s population and