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Volume 14 Number 1
MAKING IT THROUGH A KITCHEN REMODEL If you’re thinking of selling, you may also be thinking about remodeling your kitchen. Kitchen remodels usually offer a high return on investment – and an outdated kitchen is a quick way to deter buyers. You may think that because you’re renovating to add value to your home and not just because you want a nicer kitchen, it will be a simpler process. But pros say that usually isn’t the case. Kitchen remodels are notoriously disruptive, because they take over one of the most important rooms in your home for weeks or months on end.
This isn’t to say a kitchen remodel can’t go well. You just have to be prepared – and realistic. If you have the space for it, set up a makeshift kitchenette somewhere else in your home. Include a mini-fridge, electric tea kettle, toaster, slow cooker and portable grill. Also, choose a room and designate it as a “no construction zone.” Somewhere that isn’t near your kitchen, where you can hideaway and pretend the heart of your
home isn’t a mess. And try not to stress. Keep your mind on the end goal – a kitchen so beautiful potential buyers will just have to make an offer.
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INGREDIENTS : 1 pound ground turkey 1/2 medium yellow onion, diced 2 garlic cloves, minced (or 1 teaspoon jarred minced garlic) 1 egg, beaten 1/2 cup breadcrumbs 1 cup Parmesan cheese, divided in half
1 teaspoon dried basil 1 teaspoon dried oregano 1 teaspoon dried parsley 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper 2 cups pasta or marinara sauce 1 cup mozzarella cheese, shredded Butter or olive oil 3 to 4 cups baby spinach
DIRECTIONS: 1. Preheat the oven to 350° F. In a large bowl, combine the ground turkey, onions, garlic, egg, breadcrumbs, spices and 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese. Stir until fully combined. Take care to avoid overmixing, which can dry out the meatballs. 2. Form the mixture into meatballs, about 1 1/2-inches wide. Place in a large casserole dish greased with butter or oil. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until no longer pink, and the internal temperature reaches 165° F. 3. In a skillet over medium heat, warm 1 tablespoon butter or olive oil. Cook the spinach until wilted, about 3 to 5 minutes. 4. Once the turkey meatballs are done baking, top with the sauce and spinach. Make sure all the meatballs are completely covered. 5. Top with mozzarella cheese and remaining 1/2 cup of Parmesan. Return to the oven and bake for another 10 minutes, or until the cheese is melted and bubbly. Garnish with dried or fresh parsley, basil and/or oregano, if desired. Serve with your favorite pasta or bread, or enjoy them as is.
5 STUNNING HOME EXTERIOR COLOUR COMBOS
January might not be the time of year most people think about upping their curb appeal, but if you’re considering selling or just want to give your home a facelift, the winter is a perfect time to start planning. That way, when the weather improves – you’ll be ready to go! Check out these five exterior colour palette ideas to get your creativity flowing. Ivory, white and turquoise. White and ivory may seem like they’re too close in colour to provide any contrast, but they actually work together beautifully. The white will make the ivory seem creamier, while the ivory will make the white shine. Meanwhile, a turquoise front door will provide an unexpected pop of colour and style. Black, white and red. Classic! A white home with black trim and a cherry red door never gets old. If your home doesn’t have a lot of detail on it, consider adding more black trim to create a grid like pattern that will feel cool and contemporary. Green, white and clay. For an earthier look, go for a moss green siding with a red-brown clay-coloured front door. Add white trim to help the look feel fresh and clean. Yellow, white and grey. Who can resist a happy yellow house? Much like with a white and cream combo, the white in this palette will make the yellow truly shine. A dark grey roof and door will add a bit of neutrality – and a little drama. All-white. An all-white home exterior is both classic and daring. And the best way to pull it off is by using different textures to create depth and contrast. Think of both horizontal and vertical siding, white-painted shakes and thick white trim.
DESIGN TRENDS WITH LONG-TIME STAYING POWER
Trends come and go. But every so often something makes such an impression on the world of interior design – you know it isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. Meet three such trends. Their secret? Timelessness. No matter the year. No matter the current popular interior styles. These three trends never fail to delight. White kitchen cabinets. Sure – colourful cabinets have certainly had a comeback. A sunny yellow kitchen island. Deep blue lowers with open shelving above. These newer trends are admittedly beautiful. But time and again, we keep coming back to the simplicity of a white kitchen. Coloured cabinets may look great at the time – but eventually they become dated. But take a look at design magazines from decades past and you’ll notice it’s the white kitchens that stand the test of time. Light blue, grey and off-white walls. Every year design professionals announce the “it” colour. Sometimes it’s a bright red. Sometimes a deep purple. It’s even been black! But when you look to the homes of the majority of people – you aren’t likely to see a jet black living room wall. Instead you’ll see light blue, light grey or off-white. Why? Because these three colours are calming and go with everything. Simple as that! Experimenting with different wall colours can be fun. But at the end of the day most of us don’t want our walls to scream “look at me.” We want them to fade away and become the backdrop for our life. Hardworking storage. You rarely hear a homeowner say “we have too much storage space.” But lack of storage? Now that’s a real problem. The last thing you want is to unplug at the end of a busy day and be confronted with stuff everywhere. Which is why storage that works as hard as we do is a trend that will never go out of style. Whether it’s a closet with multi-level shelving, kitchen drawers with dividers, or furniture that does double duty – we sure love our storage solutions. And we always will.
PUZZLE - MAZE CHALLENGE
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Total Year-to-Date Residential Sales Up to Close Out 2020
AVERAGE SALE PRICES
$428,900 detached UP 4.24 % year-over-year
DOWN 3.68% year-over-year
Edmonton, January 4, 2021- Total residential unit sales in the Greater Edmonton Area (GEA) real estate market for December 2020 increased 31.47% compared to December 2019 and decreased 20.65% from November 2020. New residential listings are down month over month, decreasing 29.59% from November 2020. Overall inventory in GEA fell 17.29% from December of last year and decreased 19.34% from November 2020. All residential average prices are up to $362,447, a 2.61% increase from December 2019, and down 3.77% from November 2020. Single family homes sold for an average of $428,900, a 4.24% year-over-year increase from December 2019, and a 2.32% decrease from November 2020. Duplex prices increased 1.84% from December 2019, selling at $331,034, which was a 2.00% decrease from November 2020. Condominiums sold for an average of $217,843, a 3.68% decrease year-over-year, and prices are down 5.7% compared to November 2020. “The Edmonton market in December saw an increase in year-over-year unit sales, compared to a decrease in month-to-month sales,” says Realtors Association of Edmonton Chair Tom Shearer. Overall, all residential listing averaged 58 days on market, decreasing by 11 days year-over-year and increasing by 4 days compared to the previous month.
5,005 ACTIVE LISTINGS (residential inventory)
SOLD LISTINGS 1,107
DAYS ON MARKET
SALES TO LISTING RATIO
Stats are Reflective of December 2020 Source: REALTORS ® Association of Edmonton Market values stated are of the average of Edmonton and surrounding region. Individual home market values will vary and are affected by factors such as location, size, interior and exterior condition. Please call to get an up-to-date evaluation of your home.
single family detached NEW LISTINGS condo
Source: REALTORS ® Association of Edmonton
Although this will be my last newsletter, I look forward to seeing you in the grocery store, at a festival when we are able, or at a play or concert, or on one of Edmonton’s fine trails. Feel free to call me anytime, always good to hear from you. I want to thank you for all your business, support and friendship over the last 11 years. It has been so enjoyable to help find or sell homes for you and to provide market information and opinions on best options. Thank you! Until we meet again, stay well, Dawn Happy New Year to all of You, and all the best for 2021
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