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Volume 12 Number 09
HOMEUPGRADESTHATADDVALUE A fresh coat of paint and a curb-appeal makeover are musts when readying a home for sale, but green upgrades are fast becoming hot sell features too. From a large financial investment such as solar panels, to a small one like switching to low-flow faucets, buyers are looking for homes with a reduced environmental – and financial – impact. If you’re considering adding solar to your home, note that it doesn’t have to be all
or nothing. Even subsidizing your electricity with a small amount of solar energy helps decrease natural resource consumption – as well as the home’s power bill. Another power-saving upgrade is energy efficient appliances and lighting. And replacing old windows with
triple-glazed will reduce energy- loss, increase soundproofing and create a warmer, cozier space during the colder months. Plus, save water with low-flow faucets and showerheads,
which – thanks to new technology – use less water while still retaining excellent water pressure.
MINI SANDWICHES Ingredients: Bread, peanut butter (or an alternative), jelly. Directions: Make like a regular sandwich, cut into bite-sized squares, store in fridge overnight. LEMONY PASTA SALAD Ingredients: Cooked orzo, lemon juice, olive oil, frozen spinach. Directions: Combine ingredients in a small container, let cool, store in fridge overnight. NO-BAKE FRUIT AND NUT BALLS Ingredients: 1/2 dried apricots, 1/4 cup prunes, 1/4 cup shredded coconut, 2 tbsp chia seeds. Directions: Combine ingredients in food processor and blend, roll into balls, store in fridge overnight.
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WHATTOLOOKFORWHENVIEWINGAHOME Looking for a new home is exciting and its easy to get caught up on paint colours and flooring. But those features can easily be changed once you’ve made a purchase. Instead, keep an eye out for these five things instead. 1. Is there rust on the HVAC, water heater or other large appliances? If so, this could indicate the home hasn’t been well maintained. 2. Are the roof’s shingles curling or are there any missing? A rough looking exterior roof could mean water has gotten through to the structure or attic below. 3. Do any of the interior doors look tilted? Tilted doors might be a sign of bigger structural issues. 4. Does any part of the home smell musty or are the window sills soft? Moisture damage can be a serious problem – especially if mold has developed. 5. How’s the neighbourhood? Are the other houses well-maintained? Are a lot of other homes in the immediate area for sale as well? You aren’t just going to be living in the house – you’re going to be living in a community as well.
Looking to add more plants to your interior, but lack the extra space? Consider a living wall system, which you can either buy or build yourself. The most common at-home living wall is made of non-toxic felt and contains pockets where you insert plants such as herbs, lettuce and flowers. DIY versions can be constructed out of old pallets or other materials. If you’re in need of inspiration, head to Pinterest and be wowed by the endless ways homeowners have brought a little – or a lot – of green into their homes.
HOTEL FORPEOPLEANDPETS The Best Friends Animal Society recently opened a new hotel in Kanab, Utah – just minutes away from a 3,000 acre animal sanctuary. The sanctuary receives approximately 30,000 visitors per year; visitors who will now have a pet-friendly hotel to stay at while they visit. Each room includes a snuggle space, custom-made platform beds and a two-door entrance. Those travelling without pets can even invite a resident of the sanctuary into their room overnight for a sleepover.
NATURE-INSPIREDFURNITUREANDDECOR If you love nature, you likely love nature-inspired home decor. And there are so many ways to use the materials and colours of the outdoors in your interior living spaces. If you don’t have these items yet, consider incorporating them into your home. A wood- framed chair with the back and seat made out of woven leather or another strong textile brings the right blend of comfort and style. Seagrass baskets add a nice touch to bathrooms, bedrooms and living rooms and are extremely useful for storing odds and ends. And why decide on one shade of blue when you can have several? Nothing says sea and sky like an ombre throw blanket that fades from a navy blue to a blue so pale it’s nearly white.
The four islands in the Tropicana group each produce a different type of fruit. Can you match each island name with the type of fruit produced, the island population (293, 305, 328, 402) and its location (A-D) in the chain? 1. The Kolahani islanders in habit the island west of but no immediately next to Holahu island. Holahu doesn’t produce bananas or pineapples and has a higher population than Wahani island. 2. Molaku island isn’t the one with a population of 293, nor is it the one immediately next to the island with a population of 293. 3. The islanders who grow bananas inhabit the island east of but no immediately next to the island of Kolahani. 4. The island at location D isn’t the one with the highest population. 5. Molaku island (which isn’t the one at location B) is the next island due west of the one where papaya fruit is grown. 6. The islanders who grow coconuts don’t inhabit the island immediately next to the one where bananas are grown.
BRAIN TEASERS - Island Fruits
328 293 402 305
Coconuts Bananas Pineapples
Kolahani Molaku Wahani
D A C
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Unit Sales And Average Prices Up In February Edmonton, March 4, 2019 - When compared to January 2019, unit sales across all categories increased, with single family home sales increasing 23.31%, condo sales increasing 26.05% and duplex/rowhouse sales increasing 17.53%. Average unit prices rose from last month, but are down from February 2018. The average price of a single-family home was $430,000, which was an increase of 6.36 % compared to January 2019. The average price of a condo was $222,267, an increase of 1.64% from January 2019. Duplex/townhouses saw a small decrease from January 2019, with the average price falling 0.24% to $321,288. “February tends to see the start of an increase in unit sales in the real estate market following the sluggish winter months, and this year is no different,” says REALTORS ® Association of Edmonton Chair Michael Brodrick. “Inventory remains high and compared to last year the market is still lagging, but we are hopeful the traditional upward trend for spring holds true this year.”
AVERAGE SALE PRICES
DOWN 6.6% year-over-year
DOWN 2.7% year-over-year
ACTIVE LISTINGS (residential inventory)
SOLD LISTINGS 986
DAYS ON MARKET
SALES TO LISTING RATIO
Stats are Reflective of February 2019 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.
Days on market decreased for all home types compared to January 2019. Overall, the average days on market for all residential properties was 73. Source: REALTORS ® Association of Edmonton