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The Stories Behind the Stats: November 2019

The Stories Behind the Stats: November 2019

Where does today’s market fit in the “big picture”? In the midst of a market that’s been a bit more challenging than most sellers would like, it can be helpful to pull back and get some perspective. The Housing Price Index (HPI) indicates the benchmark price over time for a “typical” home in an area.  […]

3 things that might surprise you about being a REALTOR®

3 things that might surprise you about being a REALTOR®

Being a REALTOR® is not what most people think … there’s so much more to it than meets the eye! Here are 3 things you may not know about the life of a REALTOR®: 1. It’s not about selling anything. The truth is, you can’t sell someone something they don’t want or need.  Well, maybe […]

The Stories Behind the Stats: October 2019

The Stories Behind the Stats: October 2019

Where is the Edmonton real estate market headed?   While we can’t say for sure, there are some indicators that give us a good idea of what the future might hold… the near future anyway! There are a lot of outside factors to consider, from our new provincial government and the upcoming federal election to […]

You’re waiting to sell in the spring…but should you?

You’re waiting to sell in the spring…but should you?

I think we’ll wait to sell in the spring…  This is a comment I often hear when meeting with clients in the fall.  It’s understandable. Everyone knows that spring is the busiest time of the year for real estate. But, is the busy market always the best market? There are a lot of reasons to […]

Condos vs. Attached Housing…What’s the Difference?

Condos vs. Attached Housing…What’s the Difference?

By Kathy Schmidt One of the things that’s really fun about being a REALTOR® is solving riddles and puzzles!  A frequent one is the puzzle of finding the right house for a family with multiple (and what may seem to be conflicting) needs.  Or the puzzle of finding just the right wording to attract the […]

The Stories Behind the Stats: September 2019

The Stories Behind the Stats: September 2019

At first glance, it appears prices haven’t changed much since last August…   0.01%… That’s how much the median residential selling price for the Edmonton Census Metropolitan Area (CMA) has changed from August 2018 to August 2019! That’s barely measurable!  However, if you made your buying and selling decision on this you’d be missing a […]

The Stories Behind the Stats: August 2019

The Stories Behind the Stats: August 2019

UP + DOWN + DOWN = GOOD NEWS! The numbers don’t lie! Here’s how the math works… The number of homes sold* this July is UP. The number of new listings this July is DOWN. And the total number of homes available for sale is DOWN. All of this equals GOOD NEWS! To watch this […]

Ask Better Questions, Get Better Answers!

Ask Better Questions, Get Better Answers!

By Kathy Schmidt When I was a brand new REALTOR©, I was working with a couple who said they wanted a two-storey house with a double, attached garage.  I was excited to find them a house. Maybe a bit too excited. I didn’t stop to analyze the “why” behind their request. I didn’t stop to […]

The Stories Behind the Stats: July 2019

The Stories Behind the Stats: July 2019

There’s one statistic that REALTORS® know to watch more closely than anything else… Historical results tell us where the market has been. They’re interesting, and important to know and understand. They give us important hints about where the market might be heading in the future. Inventory, the number of homes for sale, tells us more […]

10 Décor and Staging Secrets to Sell Your Home

10 Décor and Staging Secrets to Sell Your Home

By Kathy Schmidt Selling a home takes more than a sign on the front lawn. Buyers want to feel like they can move in tomorrow – and that means clearing the mess and freshening up outdated finishes. We take décor and staging so seriously that have a professional interior designer who works with our clients […]