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CREATE A COLOURFUL OUTDOOR AREA

When you don't have a green thumb but still thrive on colour, there are a lot of options you can consider to bring colour into your outdoor space. Most patio furniture comes in neutral colours, but the fabric covering the cushions can be bright and patterned and changed as often as you desire. Match the furniture with an outdoor rug and coloured umbrella and your space will be much brighter instantly. If you're not sold on using fabric in your particular area, turn to accessories to bring in splashes of colour. Side tables, lanterns, stepping stones, bird houses and vases are a few ideas that when added to a neutral outdoor space can add pops of colour to create a happy, inviting area. Outdoor lighting in the form of LED string lights that allow you to change their colours can help create a warm atmosphere after the sun goes down.

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HOME INSPECTIONS When putting in an offer on a property, more often than not, a home inspection clause is included. This means that before the sales goes through, a home inspector will have the opportunity to walk through the home with the buyer and inspect the property and make note of anything that may be a potential problem. Home inspectors look at everything from the interior to the exterior of the property as well as the electrical, plumbing, heating and cooling systems. They often provide a report of their findings which will help you make an informed decision on whether or not the purchase of the home is right for you. An inspector can climb up into the attic, follow plumbing and pipes along walls in the basement and the like, but they cannot move furniture (rugs, paintings, etc.) that may be hiding something. They also can't cut into the wall or floor or dismantle anything. They can suggest looking further into certain things that may require an expert opinion or further negotiation with your agent and the seller.

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WHY PEOPLE SELL THEIR HOMES As a buyer, you can rest assured there are a number of reasons that every month tens of thousands of Canadians put their homes on the market and will collectively continue to do so regardless of the current market. First up are life-changing situations from marriage to divorce to children moving out to grandparents moving in. These types of situations often call for a change in housing type, style or budget which will result in a property coming to market. Next up is a work-related reason. Whether they have received a promotion or accepted a new job in another part of the city, town, province or even country, Canadians have to move for work and doing so will add to the local real estate market. Financial reasons also motivate a number of real estate transactions, especially when high mortgage rates make a home less affordable and owners downsize to lead a more comfortable lifestyle. Finally, many home owners just want a new place to hang their hat - sometimes there are maintenance tasks that are just too difficult, costly or time consuming to continue; sometimes, a different size yard, kitchen or basement is desired; sometimes mobility issues make a house with stairs inaccessible and a condo with an elevator more appropriate. Whatever the reason, patience is paramount as a buyer. The right property will come on the market soon. And know you can purchase a home for the interim while the right "forever" home comes on the market.

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WATERING CAN 101 A watering can is just a watering can, right? It does have one main function - to help you water your plants, but there are a few nuances to consider when you're shopping for the right tool for the job. A large watering can will help you transport more water and water more plants at once, but how heavy will it be when filled? Are you able to comfortably carry it and pour from it? When carrying the jug, a rounded handle will be more comfortable, and two handles make pouring easier and allow you better accuracy. Look for a wide opening that is easily accessible and not blocked partially by the handle which will allow you to easily fill it via hose or water barrel. A long spout with multiple watering nozzles would be ideal as you can effectively water any size or shaped plant. An attachment that provides a rain-like pour as well as one that allows a direct stream would also meet most watering needs. Finally, the material the watering can is made out of is also important. Plastic cans will deteriorate due to exposure faster than a metal watering can. However, metal watering cans can break and need to be re-welded or repurposed at some point too, so they're not indestructible, but do tend to last longer.

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Housing Market Activity, Prices Continue To Climb in 2024

AVG. SALE PRICE Detached $546,390

AVG. SALE PRICE Apt. Condo $206,591

ACTIVE LISTINGS 5,841

DAYS ON MARKET 33

Edmonton, June 4, 2024: There were a total of 3,220 residential unit sales in the Greater Edmonton Area (GEA) real estate market during May 2024. New residential listings amounted to 4,325. Total residential average prices came in at $441,350, a 2.2% increase from April 2024. Detached homes averaged $546,390, increasing 3.0% from April 2024. Row/townhouse prices remained steady, showing no change from April 2024, selling at an average of $294,742. Apartment Condominium average prices hit $206,591, increasing 2.6% over last month. “We could be looking at the peak of our spring market right now, with 4,325 new listings having just hit the market,” says REALTORS® Association of Edmonton 2024 Board Chair Melanie Boles. “It also appears that current interest rates haven’t put a dent in buying activity this year, with more than 500 additional sales closing this month compared to May 2023. We could potentially be in for an even busier June, as the next Bank of Canada interest rate announcement on June 5th might spark more activity in the market.” Overall, all residential listings averaged 33 days on the market. 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.

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