The Edmonton Real Estate Blog

Do You Need a Home Security System?

If you’ve just purchased a new home, you might be wondering if investing in a home security system is really worth it. Though you might live in very safe neighbourhood, home security is still an important consideration. Home security systems can be monitored by home security companies in Edmonton, ensuring your home is deterring criminals, monitored for emergencies […]

Basement Renovations Pay Off

Basement development in progress. Photo credit: BPI Inc. If you are considering finally finishing your basement or if your basement is in desperate need of an upgrade, you can expect a great return on investment for your basement development in Edmonton. For far less money than other major home addition projects, you can add substantial square footage […]

Legal Suites Coming to Duplexes and Skinny Homes in Edmonton

Many people are not aware that suites in duplexes and townhomes are not legal in Edmonton, and this week City Council voted to prepare the bylaw amendments to allow secondary suites in duplex units and skinny homes. It’s going to take a long time though, don’t expect to see legal suites in duplexes and skinny homes […]

Inman Innovator Awards Finalist

We’re very honoured to be a finalist for “Most Innovative Brokerage” for this year’s Inman Innovator Awards! The are given each year to recognize and celebrate industry innovation and accomplishments. Liv Real Estate is the only Canadian brokerage nominated for most innovative brokerage this year! Finalists can include a specific app, technology or business process or a company as a whole […]

Restrictive Covenants: A Good way to Prevent Skinny Homes?

Last year the City of Edmonton changed zoning by-laws to allow the sub-division of any residential lot that is at least 50′ wide, with the goal of increasing population density in the centre of the city and reducing urban sprawl. Some people were thrilled by the decision while others… well let’s just say they were less […]

Hiring a Masonry Contractor

Photo credit: Stone Solutions Inc. What does a masonry contractor do? Masonry contractors in Edmonton are hired to help complete a wide range of home building projects including building and repairing brick walls, stone patios, fireplaces, chimney and other exterior stone work. Masonry as a trade is one of the oldest construction professions in the […]

Concrete vs. Asphalt Driveways

Photo credit: Con-Tile Industries A brand new driveway will improve the curb appeal of your home, extend your outdoor living space, increase property value and even help with resale. If you’re installing a new driveway for a brand new home or want to replace your current damaged and cracked driveway, there are a few materials […]

Real Estate Careers: Selecting a Brokerage (Your First, or Fifth!)

Whether you’re working in the industry already, or considering getting your real estate license, you’ve probably noticed that real estate agents tend to switch brokerages, sometimes a little, sometimes a lot. For an industry that is heavily regulated, and has fixed requirements on the basic services offered to consumers, there are actually tons of different business models […]

3 Signs Your Parging Needs to be Replaced

Whether or not you’re planning to sell your Edmonton home, the care and attention you pay to the exterior finishes tell the world a story. This guest post from Edmonton parging experts, J and J Coatings, gives you three clear signs that it’s time to replace at least one of those finishes. We all know that Edmonton winters […]

Signs a home needs a new roof

A properly installed and well-maintained roof can last for over 25 years, but bad installation and low-quality shingles might mean you’ll need to replace your roof much sooner. If you’re interested in buying a home, investigate the condition of the roof and ask the seller how old it is. An Edmonton roofing company might have to repair […]

Price Reductions: How to Get Results in Today’s Market

It’s a funny market in Edmonton right now, a lot of listings are not selling, while many others are selling with multiple offers. We’ve seen agents lined up out front of new listings with clients waiting to get in to show them, while other listings get little to no attention. As always, it comes down to […]

And the winner is…

Every now and again we have to share some news with our blog readers and since it was in the Edmonton Journal last weekend why not? Recently the REALTORS® Association of Edmonton held its annual gala to recognize outstanding contributions to the industry and community. Our broker, Sheldon Johnston walked away with two awards. The broker […]

What to Look for When Furniture Shopping

Whether you’re looking to buy fresh furniture for a new home or simply want to replace what you have, furniture shopping is serious business. After all, a good-quality couch or recliner can last 15, 20 or even 30 years. You need to find one comfortable and appealing enough to live happily with over time. In […]

How to Spring Clean & Become a Minimalist

Spring is almost upon us, and with it comes the need to freshen up your home. A good spring cleaning helps you to focus yourself and clear away unnecessary physical and emotional clutter in your day-to-day life. To ensure that your work isn’t for nothing and that everything doesn’t just pile up again, you may […]

Luxury Homes in Windermere Edmonton

If you are looking to buy a luxury home in Edmonton, then Windermere is a neighborhood that needs to be on your checklist. As one of Edmonton’s newest neighbourhoods, Windermere is tucked away in a quiet little corner in southwest Edmonton that feels well away from the noise and bustle of the city. As far away from it all […]

Features That Home Buyers Want in 2016

Buying a home is a big leap, so it is no surprise that buyers can be picky when it comes to their choices. Their desires evolve during the years, alongside their needs, and now a fancy kitchen and hardwood floors are just part of what today’s buyers are looking for. When selling your home, you […]

Your Home Didn’t Sell, Now What?

The real estate market in Edmonton can be a tough one for sellers right now. Consider this, in 2015, only 54% of MLS® listings in the Greater Edmonton Area actually sold! Think about that, almost half of the listings, didn’t sell last year. If you’re among the 46%, what do you do now? If you’re […]

2016 Edmonton Real Estate Forecast: Live Blog

Every year, the REALTORS® Association of Edmonton hosts a very informative housing forecast seminar. Today I’m live blogging at the seminar, summarizing the thoughts from each presenter. Steve Sedgwick, Chair, REALTORS® Association of Edmonton We expect to see a continued decline in sales in 2016, but not a dramatic one (single family homes -2.5% year over year and […]

How to Protect Yourself from Shoddy New Home Construction

A recent article in the Calgary Herald brought up a rather scary situation for some Calgary homeowners. The couple in the article bought a new home, from a builder, and moved in last spring. They decided to move to a new home, on “higher ground” because they were hit by the 2013 floods in Calgary and didn’t […]

If it Seems Too Good to be True, it Probably is

We’ve all heard the old adage a million times, and it’s particularly true when it comes to real estate. If you see a home that’s priced waaaay below everything else that seems “comparable” on the market, there’s a reason; probably a “very expensive” reason. It’s also true when you see unbelievable claims about investments. I […]