Realty Executives Diversified 355 Broad Street Regina, SK S4R 1X2
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 Kitchen remodels usually offer a high return on investment – and an outdated kitchen is a quick way to deter buyers.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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SASKATCHEWAN REAL ESTATE FINISHES 2020 ON A HIGH January 06, 2021 - Regina – Sales in Regina were up 44.9%, going from 138 in December 2019 to 200 in December 2020, and up 48.2% in the overall region, going from 164 to 243. In Regina, sales were 43.9% above the 5-year average (and 32.0% above the 10-year average), while in the larger region, sales were 47.1% above the 5-year average (and 38.7% above the 10- year average). In Regina, the number of new listings in December 2020 rose 48.4%, going from 157 to 233. Active listings fell 23.2% in Regina (down from 1,179 to 905) and fell 27.5% in the region (down from 1,624 to 1,177). Inventory in Regina stood at 4.5 months (which is 47.0% below the level last year and 46.5% below the 5-year average), while the sales to listing ratio was 85.8%, suggesting that market conditions favour sellers. Homes in Regina stayed on the market an average of 58 days in December—down 18.3%
BENCHMARK PRICES $284,700 all property types
UP 6.5% year-over-year
233 NEW LISTINGS
SOLD LISTINGS 200
SALES TO NEW LISTING RATIO
from 71 days last year (but below the 5-year average of 62 days and above the 10-year average of 53 days). MLS® Home Price Index (HPI)—a more accurate measure of house price trends— is up 6.5% from $267,300 to $284,700. Source: Saskachewan REALTORS ® Association
Stats are Reflective of December 2020 Source: Saskachewan REALTORS ® Association
Market values stated are of the average of Regina 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.
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