Courtesy of Leah Duvall
780.270.4153 Real Estate Agent, REALTOR ® , ABR ® , SRS, SRES ® LEAH DUVALL
213-10706 124 St NW Edmonton, AB T5M 0H1 CIR REALTY
Volume 16 | Number 3
THE VERSATILITY OF LED LIGHTING
Since the dawn of time humans have struggled to find ways to illuminate their living spaces. Our ancestors used numerous methods from flaming torches to oil and gas lamps, while more recent generations developed and continued to improve on the incandescent electric light bulb. In the 21st Century the LED bulb is quickly becoming the go-to norm when it comes to lighting our world. But what exactly are LED (Light-Emitting Diode) lights? In essence an LED light is a small glass or durable plastic light bulb that shines when an electric current passes through it. Some of the primary advantages of LEDs over traditional incandescent light bulbs are that they last far longer, use much less electricity, come in a variety of different colours, don’t get as hot and some can even be made programmable. LED lights are used in a variety of different applications, not just for household lighting. LED bulbs are found in everything from holiday decorations to flashlights as well as in a host of automotive related uses. As the LED technology continues to improve, innovative designers are expected to find even more uses for these versatile products. For the homeowner LEDs are a lighting option that are useful in several different areas of the home including: Lighting Strips: As the cost of producing LEDs continue to drop consumers can expect to find more LED strips factored into home décor. A lighting strip can add mood and coziness to any room, in addition to added safety, especially around stairways or along steps (inside and out). Smart Lightbulbs: LED smart lightbulbs provide users a variety of different options including the ability to change or adjust the colour, brightness, tint and even the on-off schedule of the bulb – right from your smartphone. Systems of this sort are simple to set up and allow for changes to be made from anywhere – even while away on holiday. An especially important capability when it comes to security of an empty house. LEDs Outdoors: LEDs are not only for the inside of the home – they’re just as effective outdoors. Some exterior applications for LED lighting include illuminating the backyard and walkways/garden paths. The ruggedness of the bulbs coupled with the low energy consumption make them the perfect cost effective way to add exterior security to your home and yard.
Courtesy of www.foodnetwork.com CHICKEN WITH CREAMY MUSHROOMS AND SNAP PEAS
INGREDIENTS : 4 chicken cutlets (about 1 1/4 pounds), patted dry Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper 2 tablespoons vegetable oil All-purpose flour, for dredging
1 tablespoon unsalted butter 2 scallions thinly sliced 8 ounces mushrooms (button, cremini, shiitake or a combination), quartered 1 1/4 cups low-sodium chicken broth
3/4 cup heavy cream 2 cups sugar snap peas stemmed and halved lengthwise
DIRECTIONS: 1. Preheat the oven to 200°F. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Season the chicken with salt and pepper. Add 1 tablespoon oil to the skillet. Dredge 2 chicken cutlets in flour, shake off any excess and place in the skillet. Cook until golden, about 1 1/2 minutes per side; transfer to a baking dish. Repeat with the remaining 1 tablespoon oil and the other 2 chicken cutlets. Cover the dish loosely with foil; place in the oven while you prepare the vegetables. 2. Add the butter to the hot skillet, then add the scallions and mushrooms; cook, stirring occasionally, until the mushrooms brown, about 4 minutes. Pour in the broth and bring to a boil, scraping up any browned bits with a wooden spoon. Cook until the liquid is reduced by half, about 3 minutes. Add the cream and boil until the sauce thickens slightly, 3 to 4 more minutes. Stir in the snap peas and heat through, season with salt and pepper. Serve the chicken topped with the creamy vegetables.
MUSIC COMES FROM AN ICICLE AS IT MELTS, TO LIVE AGAIN AS SPRING WATER. -Henry Williamson
Henry William Williamson (1895 – 1977) was an English writer who wrote novels concerned with wildlife, English social history and ruralism. He was awarded the Hawthornden Prize for literature in 1928 for his book "Tarka the Otter." He was born in London and raised in a semi-rural area where he developed a love of nature, and nature writing.
HIRING AN INTERIOR DESIGNER OR AN INTERIOR DECORATOR
Moving into a new home affords you the opportunity to create spaces that are aesthetically pleasing, make you and your family comfortable and provide functionality. For some, this comes easily and doesn’t require a second thought. For others, it's a struggle that warrants the hiring of a professional. But what professional do you need exactly? If your goal is to have your home look a specific way – minimalistic, country chic, contemporary, rustic – your best course of action is to consult with an Interior Decorator. These experts use décor, paint colour, flooring and furniture to make a space look put together and attractive. Ask for their portfolio with examples of past work as well as references of past clients to ensure their skillset suits your needs. On the other hand, if you want the spaces in your home to function a certain way, you will want to consult an Interior Designer. Designers take a more holistic approach, envisioning and designing the space from scratch. A designer’s focus is more involved with core elements such as architecture, structure and functionality. They often have professional certification and can use knowledge and experience to create living spaces that meet your family’s specific needs.
CHOOSING THE RIGHT NEIGHBOURHOOD FOR YOUR NEW HOME
While it may sound easy, choosing a neighbourhood to live in can be a much harder task than you first imagine. After all, if you buy a house you’re going to be in that area for a long time. Making a commitment like that deserves as much planning and research beforehand as possible. Here are some criteria you might want to consider when settling on a neighbourhood to live in. Safety? You’ll want to know that you and your family are going to be safe in your new home. Check with city hall or the local police department to determine what areas of a community have the lowest crime rates. If you narrow your search to a few select areas do a walk around on your own. Talk to local shopkeepers and others who live and work in the area to get their opinion. They're likely willing to share experiences and thoughts. Noise? You may not think about sound, but background noises can impact the enjoyment of an area. If you like a certain section of
the community, but realize a busy highway, railway tracks, airport or industrial facility are nearby, that could have a very unpleasant influence on your day-to-day existence. You don’t want to move into your new home to only discover that freight trains are at their busiest at 3:00am. Transit? Not everyone owns a car. If going to school or to work requires travel, it’s important to learn beforehand where the local transit routes are. If you're a regular user, ensure you’re comfortable with the distance to connect with your ride. Streetlights? Much like background sound may not be uppermost in your mind when house-hunting, how well an area is served by lighting could be another factor you’ve not considered. Visiting a selected area during the day won’t provide much information about this overlooked feature, but a trip through the neighbourhood at night will.
BRAIN TEASERS Courtesy of www.goodhousekeeping.com
1. What is the longest word in the dictionary? 2. Throw away the outside and cook the inside, then eat the outside and throw away the inside. What is it? 3. What has hands but cannot clap? 4. Four cars come to a four-way stop, each coming from a different direction. They can’t decide who got there first, so they all go forward at the same time. All 4 cars go, but none crash into each other. How is this possible?
2. Corn on the cob. 3. A clock. 4. They all made right
there is a mile between each ‘s’.
Answers: 1. Smiles, because
WORD FIT A word fit is a bit like a crossword, except that instead of clues we give you the answeers, and your challenge is to fit them into the spaces.
WORDS TO FIT
• Badger • Lion • Reindeer • Elephant
• Monkey • Gorilla • Rat
Courtesy of www.freeprintablepuzzles.co.uk
CALGARY STATS Edmonton Statistics
Spring is here and it’s not just our weather that is changing. The last few years have been wild when it comes to real estate. With a pandemic, many interest rate hikes in a row, a foreign buyers ban and a “flipping tax,” to deal with, we were sure to see some changes but there is also the human factor to consider, and that’s the craziest part of all. I don’t know if it’s stress, shorter attention spans, social media, neurological damage from repeated bouts of covid (it’s a real thing) or just our consumer and convenience driven lives eroding some of that sense of “community” and caring for your neighbour while increasing the “every man for himself” vibe, but I don’t know that I’ve ever seen so many weird real estate situations arising. Buyers who have been saving their down payment for years are finding they are qualifying for a smaller budget than they had hoped, and so now they REALLY want to see they’re getting good value for money, and to be clear, buyers have always wanted to get good value for money, but with the shift in market it’s getting harder for sellers to just disclose some things they didn’t want to take care of themselves, and hope that the buyer would accept that. On the flip side, sellers are often being offended by some of the buyer requests. Like asking someone in an immaculate home to have the home professionally cleaned, with proof by way of receipts and a walk through of the property 24-48 hrs before closing to verify it’s been done, and that the property is in substantially the same condition as it was when the contract was accepted. It’s become more important than ever to “keep a cool head,” as my grandmother, Edna would say. It’s not always so easily done, but simply trying to put yourself in the shoes of the person on the other side of the deal can work miracles. For the buyer who wants the professional clean or the walk through before close or both, there is usually a bad experience to blame, they’re not saying your home is filthy (well, sometimes they are if the home is filthy but none of my clients would be listing a filthy home) but they or their agent may have experienced a filthy home, a damaged home, or a yard full of junk to deal with and they don’t want to experience that again. For the sellers, they may have had a friend in the trades install the a/c and the permit was never pulled, or the permit was pulled but the company who installed the a/c didn’t clearly communicate to the homeowners that it’s their responsibility to call the city and request an inspection for that permit to be finalised and not closed, and now the sellers can’t understand why the permit is so important to the buyer. Communication is everything, communication, and preparation. So, if you’re even vaguely considering a move this year, let’s chat sooner rather than later so you are prepared. We’re not anticipating the crazy market we had last year (although some sellers still think their pricing should be there) which means we will likely see less of the crazy multiple offers and more of the longer negotiations with lots of focus on the minutiae. Of course, given how crazy everything is lately, it’s perfectly possible that the market does something no-one was predicting, or aliens land and start protesting the placement of the Talus Dome, (or Talus Balls as they’re more commonly known locally) but even then, a little empathy and clear communication will win the day!! Keep a cool head my friends and I hope you have a lovely spring! Leah
$459,600 detached DOWN 9.0% year-to-year
$187,325 apt./ condo DOWN 0.1% year-to-year
$251,332 row/ townhouse DOWN 4.3% year-to-year
57 DAYS ON MARKET
50.1% SALES TO NEW LISTING RATIO
Statistics reflect market activity in Feb. 2023. 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.
780.270.4153 Real Estate Agent, REALTOR ® , ABR ® , SRS, SRES ®
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