The Edmonton Real Estate Blog

Buying a Home With Help From Your Parents

Over the years I’ve been involved in hundreds of sales where parents were helping their kids buy a property, and I’ve seen that “help” come in many different forms. There are some good ways for parents to help their kids by a home, and some things that should definitely be avoided. So, here are my tips for the best ways […]

How do you know if your agent is licensed?

So we have an interesting situation happening at our office at the moment… someone has created a fraudulent company that shares a name with one of our agents. We’ve been contacted by a number of people over the past week about “Mobey Real Estate” or “Moby Real Estate” because one of our associates is named Angel […]

Alberta Building Code Protects New Homes from Radon Gas

What is radon gas? Radon is a cancer-causing, radioactive gas that comes from the ground. You cannot see or smell it. When inhaled, radon breaks down into further radioactive particles, releasing burst of radioactivity that can cause injury to lung tissue. Exposure to high levels of radon causes lung cancer, the second leading cause after […]

Tips for Saving Money on Your Home Insurance

When you’re buying a home, you’re probably thinking about how to best protect your new investment without breaking the bank. A good home insurance policy will not only protect your home. It will also cover damage to the building, your belongings, and your financial wellbeing, should someone suffer an injury on your property. We spoke […]

How to Compare Moving Companies

It’s so vital to choose the right resources for an event as big as moving to your new home. All of us cringe just at the thought of moving our entire life within the time frame of a couple of hours. Although it is not going to take all the stresses out of your actual move, hiring […]

There’s a Ghost in the Room: Do we have to tell anyone?

Do you believe in ghosts? Would you buy a house if you thought it was haunted? What if someone was murdered in the property? What if the former owner was a convicted criminal? The Edmonton Journal posted a great article about stigmatized properties this week that’s definitely worth a read if you’re thinking of buying […]

Bonuses, Kickbacks, and Other Things We Don’t Take

Liv Real Estate agents do not take bonuses from builders or sellers. If a bonus or incentive is offered, we discuss it with our client up front, find out how they want it handled, and either negotiate it off the price or give it to our clients after closing. If you’re not familiar with what […]

7 things you should do when moving into a new home to improve energy efficiency

Congratulations on your new home! Now that you’re all moved in, there are some things you can do to improve your home’s efficiency, save energy and save money on your monthly bills. 1. Inspect your windows and doors for leaks. Your windows are the main culprit for energy loss in your home. Check all the seals […]

The Big Real Estate Debate

I bet you’re thinking the renting vs owning debate, but that’s not the one I’m talking about. I’m talking about the debate within the real estate industry (I can’t even believe it’s a debate) about forced registrations. Forced what??? It refers to websites that require you to register before you get to see what you want […]

Real Estate Prices Stable in Greater Edmonton Area, Despite High Supply & Low Demand

  Based on year over year comparisons, we’ve seen lower sales and higher inventory every month for over a year, and yet, prices are holding relatively stable in the greater Edmonton area. The REALTORS® Association of Edmonton released their monthly report on the real estate market in the Greater Edmonton area today, pointing out the substantial increase […]

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 […]

Update: New Edmonton MLS® Listing Search Site is Here!

Our Edmonton area MLS® Listing Search web site just got a major upgrade. Along with a completely new look and feel, visitors to the site will experience the most powerful MLS® listing search available in the Edmonton area. The new search bar, which appears on almost every page, offers many more detailed search options than were […]

The Case of the Disappearing Fence

“My fence was stolen.” That’s not a call you have to deal with very often, but it’s a call I recently received from a client. It wasn’t April Fool’s Day, my clients weren’t drunk, but they did in fact say: “We woke up this morning, looked out the window, and the fence was gone.” What […]

Construction is Underway at Blatchford

As many are aware, the former downtown Edmonton airport is being transformed into one of the largest sustainable developments in the world. The city of Edmonton recently broke ground in Blatchford, and has begun the first phase of residential development and a section of the central park. Once site grading and excavation for the first stormwater […]

Top 5 Signs of Foundation Problems on a Home You’re Buying

After looking for what feels like an eternity, you’ve finally found the perfect home, in the perfect neighbourhood and at a surprisingly low price. You feel like the luckiest person on earth until that little voice inside reminds you that “if it seems too good to be true, it probably is.” It’s very easy to get caught up […]

How to Achieve Your Dreams with a Custom Home

You’ve owned homes. You’ve lived in them and even loved them, well parts of them. But it’s time to upgrade your surroundings and that means building your dream home. What are your dream home must-haves? Have you thought about what it would be like to have a personal game room or basketball court in your […]

Why a “Subject to Sale” Condition is Rarely Your Best Option

What do you do when you find the perfect home, but you haven’t sold your current home? Most people consider putting an offer on their dream home, with a “subject to the sale of the buyer’s home” condition. However, this scenario is probably not your best option. A “subject to sale” condition means that the […]

9 Must-Have Moving & Packing Tips That Are Needed for Every Move

A successful move has everything and everyone settled within just a day or two. Because moving is such an intricate, stressful process, here are a few tips that will make the situation much easier, whether you’re moving to a new home or packing up a whole office full of furniture. Moving to a New House, Apartment, or […]

Fun Things You Can Do on the Edmonton Maps Web Site

The City of Edmonton has an amazing maps web site, where you can find out all kinds of information about your property, or properties you may be interested in. For example, did you know you can see the assessed values of every property in a neighbourhood with just a few clicks? Just go to maps.edmonton.ca click […]