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6256 - 75 Street, Edmonton, Alberta
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How to Be a Savvy Home Viewer
If you're planning on finding your next dream home, then you're probably
going to view several homes on the market that meet your criteria.
You will want to make the right purchasing decision for you and your family.
So, it's wise to be savvy when viewing properties for sale. Here are some
ideas on how to do that.

• Bring a notepad. Take notes, not only of the home's characteristics,
but also of how you feel. For example, can you imagine yourself
happily cooking up a storm in the kitchen? Do you see yourself
entertaining family on the back deck?

• Bring a measuring tape. Will the furniture you plan to bring fit? Your
dining room suite? Your home fitness equipment?
• Ask about maintenance. Is the property in a good state of repair?
Will anything need to be replaced soon, such as the windows?

• Bring a camera. Take lots of pictures of the home's exterior
features. Don't make the mistake of thinking you'll remember how
everything looked.

• Check out the area. Do other homeowners take good care of their
properties? This shows pride of ownership. How is the noise level? Is
there a playground, or another area feature nearby?

• Make a list of compromises. For example, are there only two
bathrooms instead of three and, if so, can you live with that?

• Make a list of bonuses. What features does the home have that, are
not a necessity, but would be nice to have? For example, an
entertainment bar in the basement recreation room.

• Remember your budget. Is the price within your range? Can you
afford to buy this home?

The savvier you are when viewing properties on the market, the more likely
you will be to find your next dream home.
Blog Article 2
Magnificent Makeovers on a Budget
Have you ever watched those TV shows where some lucky homeowner
gets a room redecorated by a professional? To have something similar done
in your own home you would have to make a serious investment, or become
a TV show guest!
However, there are ways to re-decorate a room and make it look great –
even spectacular – on a budget.
Say, for example, you want a living room makeover. If your sofa is worn you
can buy a fitted sofa cover that will make it look almost new. Table cloths on
worn end-tables and other surfaces can have a similar affect.
Don't forget the most economical redecorating trick of them all: Paint! A
fresh coat of paint can bring a room to life!
Hanging a few new pictures can also have a dramatic impact on the look of
a room. You don't have to buy a Rembrandt. Attractive, simply framed
pictures will also add interest and colour.
With a little imagination, it's amazing how much you can improve a room on
a little or even no budget.

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Tuesday, May 5, 2009 - New Listing - E3184208

Just added this listing:"Wow!! What a find. At just over 1160 sqft this 2 story townhouse has the perfect spacious layout for the small family and young couple alike. When first you walk in you are greeted by a gorgeous dark tile floor through the long hallway, in the half bath to the right and in the open bright kitchen to the left. Do you like to cook? Let's talk about counter space. The kitchen offers everything you need to entertain in style with the 4 newer white appliances and the darker ... Full Article...

posted in Listings at Tue, 05 May 2009 06:00:00 -0600



Wednesday, April 15, 2009 - Just Sold - E3177036

Just sold this listing:"Do you have a growing family? This almost 2100 sqft stunningly developed 1379 sqft bi level offers it all! With 2 bedrooms up and 3 bedroom down your options are endless. 3 full baths including an elegant en suite complete with a spacious soaker tub, pedastal sink and walk in closet. The gourmet kitchen with open concept dining and living area will make entertaining large groups a breeze. This house features so many upgrades, including ceramic tile and hardwood flooring, ... Full Article...

posted in Listings at Wed, 15 Apr 2009 06:00:00 -0600



Thursday, March 5, 2009 - New Listing - E3177036

Just added this listing:"Do you have a growing family? This almost 2100 sqft stunningly developed 1379 sqft bi level offers it all! With 2 bedrooms up and 3 bedroom down your options are endless. 3 full baths including an elegant en suite complete with a spacious soaker tub, pedastal sink and walk in closet. The gourmet kitchen with open concept dining and living area will make entertaining large groups a breeze. This house features so many upgrades, including ceramic tile and hardwood ...

posted in Listings at Thu, 05 Mar 2009 05:00:00 -0700



Thursday, February 26, 2009 - Just Sold - E3174478

Just sold this listing:"Brand New 1441 Sqft 2 story in desirable South Terwillegar!! When first you walk up to this corner lot, you will be invited in by a front wrap around patio surrounding the unique stone front. Walking in the bright foyer you are greeted by light laminate in the large living room and through the dinette and kitchen. This classy kitchen, with tile backsplash, includes brand new stainless Frigidaire dishwasher, oven, fridge and over the range microwave to free up the ample ... Full Article...

posted in Listings at Thu, 26 Feb 2009 05:00:00 -0700



Wednesday, February 11, 2009 - New Listing - E3174478

Just added this listing:"Brand New 1441 Sqft 2 story in desirable South Terwillegar!! When first you walk up to this corner lot, you will be invited in by a front wrap around patio surrounding the unique stone front. Walking in the bright foyer you are greeted by light laminate in the large living room and through the dinette and kitchen. This classy kitchen, with tile backsplash, includes brand new stainless Frigidaire dishwasher, oven, fridge and over the range microwave to free up the ample ... Full Article...

posted in Listings at Wed, 11 Feb 2009 05:00:00 -0700



Thursday, January 15, 2009 - Just Sold - E3162003

Just sold this listing:"The most original decor currently available!! The black, appliances and hardware in the kitchen give this unit a touch of class that is hard to find. With quick access to Anthony Henday, this 909 Sqft, 2 Bdrm 2 bath condo is close to both south & west Edmonton. This meticulously maintained condo has a lady's touch throughout. Included are upgraded black appliances, low condo fees that also cover water & heat, a walk through closet to ensuite, in suite laundry & storage. ... Full Article...

posted in Listings at Thu, 15 Jan 2009 05:00:00 -0700



Wednesday, November 19, 2008 - Just Sold - E3162840

Just sold this listing:"Conveniently located on the south east edge of the city, between the Sherwood Park and Whitemud freeways you will enjoy quick and easy access. Although built in 1981, this 3 bdrm mobile has had many upgrades done within the last 5 years. Including kitchen, bath, exterior siding, and roof. The minute you walk in you see a bright modern open concept dining room and a kitchen complete with newer white appliances, closet pantry, white cabinets with ceramic backsplash, wood ... Full Article...

posted in Listings at Wed, 19 Nov 2008 05:00:00 -0700



Saturday, September 27, 2008 - New Listing - E3162840

Just added this listing:"Conveniently located on the south east edge of the city, between the Sherwood Park and Whitemud freeways you will enjoy quick and easy access. Although built in 1981, this 3 bdrm mobile has had many upgrades done within the last 5 years. Including kitchen, bath, exterior siding, and roof. The minute you walk in you see a bright modern open concept dining room and a kitchen complete with newer white appliances, closet pantry, white cabinets with ceramic backsplash, wood ... Full Article...

posted in Listings at Sat, 27 Sep 2008 06:00:00 -0600



Sunday, September 21, 2008 - New Listing - E3162003

Just added this listing:"The most original decor currently available!! The black, appliances and hardware in the kitchen give this unit a touch of class that is hard to find. With quick access to Anthony Henday, this 909 Sqft, 2 Bdrm 2 bath condo is close to both south & west Edmonton. This meticulously maintained condo has a lady's touch throughout. Included are upgraded black appliances, low condo fees that also cover water & heat, a walk through closet to ensuite, in suite laundry & storage. ... Full Article...

posted in Listings at Sun, 21 Sep 2008 06:00:00 -0600



Tuesday, August 19, 2008 - Just Sold - E3142289

Just sold this listing:"Quality custom built, this 1530 Sqft bi-level in Lewis Estates HAS IT ALL! A beautiful cathedral ceiling in the ceramic tiled entry leads you up the stairs past the upgraded, 4 pce bath & large bdrm on the left to the kitchen complete with granite counter tops, maple cabinets, ceramic tile, & high end LG appliances bathed from above by pot lights & a spacious dining area. The immense great room is accented by the maple hrdwd floors, a vaulted California knockdown ceiling ... Full Article...

posted in Listings at Tue, 19 Aug 2008 06:00:00 -0600



Thursday, July 31, 2008 - Just Sold - E3154366

Just sold this listing:"Check out this large, bright 1543 sqft, 3 bdrm, 2.5 bath 2 storey. Located in desirable Meadowlands, it includes a flex room and partially finished basement. This beautiful home is situated on a larger lot to accommodate a garage of any size and RV/boat parking. The kitchen boasts upgraded appliances including an over the range microwave, glass top stove and garburator. A large corner pantry and ample cupboard space ensures tons of kitchen storage. The living room has a ... Full Article...

posted in Listings at Thu, 31 Jul 2008 06:00:00 -0600



Saturday, July 19, 2008 - New Listing - E3154366

Just added this listing:"Check out this large, bright 1543 sqft, 3 bdrm, 2.5 bath 2 storey. Located in desirable Meadowlands, it includes a flex room and partially finished basement. This beautiful home is situated on a larger lot to accommodate a garage of any size and RV/boat parking. The kitchen boasts upgraded appliances including an over the range microwave, glass top stove and garburator. A large corner pantry and ample cupboard space ensures tons of kitchen storage. The living room has a ... Full Article...

posted in Listings at Sat, 19 Jul 2008 06:00:00 -0600



Tuesday, June 24, 2008 - Just Sold - E3133473

Just sold this listing:"No stairs!! Easy ground floor access!! This 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom condo features a spacious kitchen complete with 5 white appliances, room for a dining room table and open to the living room. The master bedroom offers ample space to fit your bedroom set and a large walk through closet to your own private 4 piece ensuite. Across the suite on the other side of the living room sits the 2nd bedroom, another 4 piece bath with insuite laundry and a decent sized storage room. ... Full Article...

posted in Listings at Tue, 24 Jun 2008 06:00:00 -0600



Friday, May 9, 2008 - Just Sold - E3134757

Just sold this listing:"What a find! This 1770 sqft 2 storey in the prestigeous Lewis Estates community of Breckenridge is nestled into a cul de sac off the beaten path. The minute you walk in the front door you are greeted by a spacious entry way. The large living room, complete with corner fireplace, is bathed in sunlight shining through the expansive south facing windows.The kitchen offers an island, adjacent dining area, walk through pantry with main floor laundry and 4 appliances with a ... Full Article...

posted in Listings at Fri, 09 May 2008 06:00:00 -0600



Tuesday, May 6, 2008 - Just Sold - E3135522

Just sold this listing:"Own your own home!! Big garage and no condo fee's!! This totally upgraded bi level in a prime location of Kiniski gardens has a very unique floor plan with the living area upstairs and the bedrooms below grade downstairs. The side main entrance allows the main floor living room window to have an unobstructed view of the quiet cul de sac location. With the classy new flooring throughout, including ceramic tile, laminate and carpet, combined with new kitchen cabinets & ... Full Article...

posted in Listings at Tue, 06 May 2008 06:00:00 -0600



Friday, May 2, 2008 - New Listing - E3142289

Just added this listing:"Quality custom built, this 1530 Sqft bi-level in Lewis Estates HAS IT ALL! A beautiful cathedral ceiling in the ceramic tiled entry leads you up the stairs past the upgraded, 4 pce bath & large bdrm on the left to the kitchen complete with granite counter tops, maple cabinets, ceramic tile, & high end LG appliances bathed from above by pot lights & a spacious dining area. The immense great room is accented by the maple hrdwd floors, a vaulted California knockdown ...

posted in Listings at Fri, 02 May 2008 06:00:00 -0600



Tuesday, March 25, 2008 - New Listing - E3135522

Just added this listing:"Own your own home!! Big garage and no condo fee's!! This totally upgraded bi level in a prime location of Kiniski gardens has a very unique floor plan with the living area upstairs and the bedrooms below grade downstairs. The side main entrance allows the main floor living room window to have an unobstructed view of the quiet cul de sac location. With the classy new flooring throughout, including ceramic tile, laminate and carpet, combined with new kitchen cabinets & ... Full Article...

posted in Listings at Tue, 25 Mar 2008 06:00:00 -0600



Wednesday, March 19, 2008 - New Listing - E3134757

Just added this listing:"What a find! This 1770 sqft 2 storey in the prestigeous Lewis Estates community of Breckenridge is nestled into a cul de sac off the beaten path. The minute you walk in the front door you are greeted by a spacious entry way. The large living room, complete with corner fireplace, is bathed in sunlight shining through the expansive south facing windows.The kitchen offers an island, adjacent dining area, walk through pantry with main floor laundry and 4 appliances with a ... Full Article...

posted in Listings at Wed, 19 Mar 2008 06:00:00 -0600



Tuesday, March 11, 2008 - New Listing - E3133473

Just added this listing:"No stairs!! Easy ground floor access!! This 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom condo features a spacious kitchen complete with 5 white appliances, room for a dining room table and open to the living room. The master bedroom offers ample space to fit your bedroom set and a large walk through closet to your own private 4 piece ensuite. Across the suite on the other side of the living room sits the 2nd bedroom, another 4 piece bath with insuite laundry and a decent sized storage room. ... Full Article...

posted in Listings at Tue, 11 Mar 2008 06:00:00 -0600



Friday, February 15, 2008 - Just Sold - E3127923

Just sold this listing:"All this and a 42" LCD TV and complete sound system for free!! With almost 900 Sqft this upper level 2 bdrm and 2 full bath condo offers ample space for the small family or young couple alike while having the touch of class desired by the urban professional. The island kitchen boasts upgraded stainless appliances, with an 23cuft double door fridge, over the range microwave, and more. The large master suite, off to one side of the living room offers a very spacious walk ... Full Article...

posted in Listings at Fri, 15 Feb 2008 05:00:00 -0700



Monday, February 11, 2008 - Just Sold - E3119292

Just sold this listing:"Brand New inside. Feels like a showhome! This 1340sqft 2 storey in Breckenridge Greens is ready for you to move in and create your own memories. You walk in the front door to a large ceramic tiled entry, complimented by a double coat cloest. This open concept main floor is accented by a bright & spacious kitchen with washed oak cabinets, hardwood floors & newer appliances. Natural light pours in through the big windows in the living room offering a nice view of the back ... Full Article...

posted in Listings at Mon, 11 Feb 2008 05:00:00 -0700



Monday, February 4, 2008 - New Listing - E3127923

Just added this listing:"All this and a 42" LCD TV and complete sound system for free!! With almost 900 Sqft this upper level 2 bdrm and 2 full bath condo offers ample space for the small family or young couple alike while having the touch of class desired by the urban professional. The island kitchen boasts upgraded stainless appliances, with an 23cuft double door fridge, over the range microwave, and more. The large master suite, off to one side of the living room offers a very spacious walk ... Full Article...

posted in Listings at Mon, 04 Feb 2008 05:00:00 -0700



Thursday, December 20, 2007 - Just Sold - E3121926

Just sold this listing:"Vacant and ready for you to move in!! Entertain your guests in class. This, newly painted, gorgeous 2 bdrm in popular Bedford Arms offers a master with walk through closet to 2 piece ensuite. Spacious open floor plan has laminate throughout dining, kitchen and hallway as well as carpet in the sunken living room. 6 month old stainless steel appliances, insuite laundry in storage with extra storage off the large balcony make this super priced condo an all inclusive must ... Full Article...

posted in Listings at Thu, 20 Dec 2007 05:00:00 -0700



Wednesday, November 28, 2007 - New Listing - E3121926

Just added this listing:"Vacant and ready for you to move in!! Entertain your guests in class. This, newly painted, gorgeous 2 bdrm in popular Bedford Arms offers a master with walk through closet to 2 piece ensuite. Spacious open floor plan has laminate throughout dining, kitchen and hallway as well as carpet in the sunken living room. 6 month old stainless steel appliances, insuite laundry in storage with extra storage off the large balcony make this super priced condo an all inclusive must ... Full Article...

posted in Listings at Wed, 28 Nov 2007 05:00:00 -0700



Thursday, November 1, 2007 - New Listing - E3119292

Just added this listing:"Brand New inside. Feels like a showhome! This 1340sqft 2 storey in Breckenridge Greens is ready for you to move in and create your own memories. You walk in the front door to a large ceramic tiled entry, complimented by a double coat cloest. This open concept main floor is accented by a bright & spacious kitchen with washed oak cabinets, hardwood floors & newer appliances. Natural light pours in through the big windows in the living room offering a nice view of the back ... Full Article...

posted in Listings at Thu, 01 Nov 2007 06:00:00 -0600



Wednesday, July 11, 2007 - Just Sold - E3100179

Just sold this listing:"Investor's dream! This spacious 1039 sq ft Belvedere bungalow features a beautifully remodeled in-law suite with oak cabinets in the large kitchen. Not to mention the pedestal sink and soaker tub in the bathroom. The schools, parks and LRT close by make this 3+2 bedroom, 2 1/2 bath a perfect find. New hot water tank and HE furnace and laminate throughout and a mechanic's dream garage make this home a must see."

posted in Listings at Wed, 11 Jul 2007 06:00:00 -0600



Thursday, June 28, 2007 - New Listing - E3100179

Just added this listing:"Investor's dream! This spacious 1039 sq ft Belvedere bungalow features a beautifully remodeled in-law suite with oak cabinets in the large kitchen. Not to mention the pedestal sink and soaker tub in the bathroom. The schools, parks and LRT close by make this 3+2 bedroom, 2 1/2 bath a perfect find. New hot water tank and HE furnace and laminate throughout and a mechanic's dream garage make this home a must see."

posted in Listings at Thu, 28 Jun 2007 06:00:00 -0600



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