Dear Prospective Buyers,
Shari is a true professional, warm and shrewd all at the same time. The extent to which she went to capture what we wanted in our ad was inspiring and her negotiating skills are on another level. Choose SHARI LOVE for all your real estate services, we are blessed to know a woman of her caliber!
Jason & Mary Williams
image courtesy of SpruceGrove.org
Last week in the Edmonton Properties blog Team Love communicated our new focus towards smaller family communities within the Edmonton region. Doing so allows us to provide an unprecedented level of personalized service to prospective home buyers and sellers. Two communities in particular, Stony Plain and Spruce Grove, are among the most attractive for families in the Edmonton area and Team Love has taken up residence within these communities, so to speak. With our previous post singing the praises of Stony Plain and its claim to one of the most unique small town attractions in Canada, we thought it only fair to shed some light on the Arts & Culture scene of its sibling – Spruce Grove.
Arts & Culture in Spruce Grove
Edmonton Properties and Team Love have been serving the entire area surrounding Edmonton for many years. In a juxtaposition of sorts, as we’ve grown as a real estate group we have recently narrowed our focus to smaller communities in order to provide an even more personalized service to prospective homeowners. We are a brother and sister team with strong family values and thus we find it a good fit to serve those that are looking for homes in two of the most family oriented communities in this neck of Alberta – Stony Plain and Spruce Grove. You can officially consider us as Spruce Grove and Stony Plain Realtors. Over the next few weeks our blog will dive deeper into these quaint townships and explore all they have to offer. This week, we thought we’d shed some light on one of the most unique attractions in Western Canada – the Stony Plain Murals.
Did that title catch your attention? Who doesn’t want to read about babies, right? No, we’re not luring you in with a catchy title to trick you into reading about Edmonton mortgage rates as we are indeed here to talk about babies on this week’s Team Love blog entry from Edmonton Properties.
Recent reports continue to show that Alberta has the highest birth rate in the country. Apparently all of the young professional couples and families that move here to take advantage of the economic boom are pretty busy during their “leisurely” hours. Love is in the air and with it comes bundles of joy. Nowhere is this more true than right here in our ever-growing metropolis of Edmonton.
One of the biggest bragging rights Edmonton has (and we have many!) is our ownership of the title as Canada’s official Edmonton City. We imagine that real estate website blogs across the country are compiling their lists of the season’s events taking place in their own city but in Edmonton such a task in no easy feat. With so many festivals and events on deck for Edmonton in the summer we’d have to step aside from our Edmonton realty gig and become full time bloggers. Not gonna happen. Instead, we’ll chime in to inform both our valued residents and those considering moving to and buying a home in Edmonton about those “can’t miss” affairs that simply make our city such an alluring place to live amongst all Central Alberta area alternatives. Today, we’d like to draw your attention to one of our favorites – a Taste of Edmonton.
A Taste of Edmonton is an annual celebration of all things culinary in the city. Entering its 29th year, the event playfully takes a shot at its only summer rival with the tag line “Putting picnics to shame for 29 years” and we can agree that during that week long stretch between July 18-27 you’d be crazy not to venture over to a Taste of Edmonton for your daily main course, whether your “main course” involves a late breakfast, lunch, dinner, or in between snack.
As the largest festival of its kind in the country (of course) a Taste of Edmonton delivers something for everyone, regardless how discerning the taste bud. From gourmet foods and international fusion to food trucks, carts, BBQ & comfort foods both budgets and tastes are accommodated. Beverages too take the stage with beer and wine tasting selections abound. Also, don’t let dietary restriction keep you from visiting a Taste of Edmonton as there plenty of gluten free and allergy conscious alternatives available to patrons. This multi-day gathering at Sir Winston Churchill Square in downtown Edmonton will be accented with performances from artists and musicians from across the country so even when your belly is content and full there will be plenty to keep you engaged at this festival.
To view a complete list of activities, vendors, and menus on site for a Taste of Edmonton visit their website at http://www.tasteofedm.ca/
Our entire Edmonton real estate office will be visiting a Taste of Edmonton so be sure to keep an eye out for us and say hello if you see the brother and sister Realtor team of Jay and Shari Love, even if they’re in the middle of stuffing their faces 😉
This week the Journal reported on multi-family housing being back “in vogue” here in Edmonton. For those not as versed in real estate speak the term “multi-family housing” simply refers to property developments such as condominiums, duplexes, townhouses and the like – places of residence that can accommodate more than one family unit. While we find it amusing that the Journal mentions this Edmonton real estate trend as being “in vogue” we can agree that there is a bounce-back pattern developing to compete with the single-detached home sales that have been prevalent for so long in the burgeoning Edmonton realty market.
We had the pleasure of working with Team Love to sell our house as well as purchasing our current home. We would highly recommend Team Love to anyone who would benefit from having an expert in both selling and buying a home. Shari worked with us to evaluate our home, give suggestions on what renovations/improvements we should complete to maximize ROI, staged our home and coordinated viewings. All the hard work paid off. Not only did our home sell in 4 days but it sold for 99% of the list price! Jay worked with us to find the perfect new digs for us. He was very patient in showing us homes that met our criteria, sharing his knowledge on what to look for in a home to maximize our investment. Jay assisted us in negotiating a VERY good price for our present home and we couldn’t be happier! Lastly, my favourite part of Team Love is that they really care about what they do. My family really bonded with Jay and Shari throughout the entire process. It was like working with an old friend. They have kept in touch since our move (Jay even dropped off a housewarming gift). Need I say more?!?
Janice and David Ryan
The Edmonton Journal reported on an interesting statistic coming from a CIBC survey released earlier this week. Apparently Alberta homeowners have big plans for home renovations in the year ahead. Our Edmonton real estate office was not too surprised.
Not to brag about our city and province (wait, yes, let’s brag) but Edmonton (and the province) continues to post higher results for many positive economic indicators than the national average. When we hear that Alberta homeowners planning renovations are investing an average of $22,900 for the year (compared to the national average of $15,300) our Edmonton real estate team is quick to point out that this trend is reflected in another trend evident in Alberta – the rise in sales of existing homes.
While anyone driving through Edmonton can see that new construction homes are popping up in a feverish pace in residential developments throughout the city, the resale market remains strong. The weekly Economic Review from Finance Alberta reports on this continuing trend and as Edmonton Realtors we are quick to take notice. While many Edmonton real estate agents jump on the new construction bandwagon Edmonton Properties remembers where our bread & butter comes from – the beloved homeowners of Edmonton that decide on their terms when it’s time for an upgrade (e.g. for young families) or a transition into something more practical (e.g. empty nesters). Sure, we also accommodate residents and new households moving into the region looking for new construction Edmonton homes but we will always serve to represent our city as the go-to Edmonton real estate team for those looking to sell their existing home, matching them with the perfect buyer at a fair market price.
We’re happy to see homeowners investing in their existing homes with these increases in home renovations. Anything to make your home more enjoyable and livable for generations to come the better. If you do end up selling your home in the near or far off future you will have added to the resale value and increased your chances of turning a nice profit on your home sale, making it that much easier to transition into the next one that then better accommodates your lifestyle.
Again, Edmonton Properties is the real estate team of the entire Edmonton community, so if you are looking for a real estate team to represent you and your home you’ve come to the right place. Contact our Edmonton real estate team today and let’s add you to the existing economic trend of Albertans successfully selling their homes for a fair market value.
I had known Jay Love personally for about 7 years, so when it came time for me to buy a new home for me and my son, the choice for a Realtor was obvious. Jay took the time to explain the market to me, and to build a ‘profile’ for me in his computer system that narrowed down my choices to what was more compatible for my needs and wants. I’m a fairly picky person, and of course, you should be. A home is one of the biggest investments a person will make in their lifetime, so all things must be carefully considered. Jay worked around my schedule and willing went wherever I asked him to show me houses. When we were looking at the houses he gave me the benefit of his knowledge of homes and then just gave me the time I needed to quietly look around and contemplate things. He also worked with me on what I could afford for a down-payment as well as what kind of pricing I should be looking at to stick within my budget. I was a newly single mom of a 2 ½ year old son, and Jay made the home buying process rather stress less for myself and even fun at times.
When I finally did make a purchase, Jay took care of everything for me – he even came out to the house a couple of extra times just to let me measure for appliances and other odds and ends. He was extremely patient with me throughout the whole process, and genuinely seemed to care about my choices and decisions. If I should need a Realtor again, I would DEFINITELY give Jay a call, and I have already been mentioning him to friends that might be considering buying or selling.
Bought my second house in Edmonton area, Jay and Shari took care of me like a close friend would. Looked at numerous properties around Edmonton. Their patience and their good humor made the experience enjoyable. Would recommend this professional team to anyone I know that’s looking to buy or sell in Edmonton. Would definitely use this dynamic duo again in the future!