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My clients often ask me what I think they should do- upsize? Downsize? Rent? Here are some deciding factors I often resort to when helping them decide!

Why Upsize?

Family: A growing family often requires more living space as kids get older, which makes for a perfect excuse to upsize your home.

Investing: Buying a larger home will often bring you a greater return for your money.

Finally found that Dream Home: Your dream home most likely has some luxurious qualities that often comes with a bigger home. Once you are ready or you come into some money or finally receive that long overdue job promotion, having your fabulous home may rate very highly on your list!

Why Downsize?

Travel: If you travel a lot, especially for work,

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Good Afternoon Readers,

 I apologize for being MIA this past little bit, I just got back from a retreat in Nicaragua,but I am back and ready to tell you everything you need to know about Real Estate, Edmonton and everything in between! 

We all know the Walterdale Bridge, it has been a part our beautiful city for well over a hundred years.  With all the changes Edmonton has experienced in the past couple years it is exciting to know that in the coming months we will be seeing the Walterdale Bridge replaced by a new bridge that will span the North Saskatchewan River to connect the intersection of Queen Elizabeth Road and Walterdale Hill.

“It is a historic moment for Edmonton because the Walterdale Bridge signature arches will be lifted, again, 20

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Hi Readers,

Sorry it’s been so long, I’ve been very busy. With spring here I am ready to blog more and share with you all I know about Real Estate to make finding or selling your home that much easier. Here are some things most Realtor’s won’t share.

1) The scent of your home MATTERS - it actually matters A LOT! People often remember the little things about a house when viewing it, whether it be the neighbours, the smell and everything in between. 

2) Don't jump to conclusion- if you get a call saying that buyers want to see your house in 20 minutes, let them in- even if you weren't expecting visitors. Often times those spontaneous buyers will make impulsive decisions.

 3) The final walk through is IMPORTANT-you want to ensure that the owners

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As of April5/2016 we have 9197 properties for sale according to Realtors Association of Edmonton,

News were released,

Spring sales begin to pick up as prices hold study, 1364 properties were sold in Edmonton Census Metropolitan Area in March, up nearly 63% from 837 homes sold last month, but down 6.13% from the 1453 relative to March2015. There were 863 single family detached homes sold in the Edmonton CMA, a 67% increase month-over-month, and down only 1.5% from the same time last year. March saw the sale of 335 condos and 144 duplex/rowhouses, up 44% and 82% from February, respectively as of Realtors Association of Edmonton.

Inventory is growing, with more then 3000 properties coming onto the market last month, The average all residential

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Please, check my listing 7815 128a Ave which is totally redone outside and inside,new shingles, vinyl siding, vinyl large windows, open concept, custom design kitchen with eating bar, white glossy cabinets, stainless steel appliances, CARPET FREE. Elegant,  stylish and fashionable property, ONE OF THE KIND. Separate entrance to in-law basement suite with one bedroom, kitchen and living room, common area for laundry, over sized double garage, RV parking, quick drive to  LRT station, Yellowhead Trail, 18 min to Downtown if you require more information, please call/text/email your questions. Asking price $389900, E 4000431.

Christina Bieniek Re/max Real Estate 780 919 0201 e: ctbieniek@gmail.com or info@look4houses@christinabieniek.com

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Happy New Year Everyone!

I hope everyone had a great time celebrating the holidays with their loved ones- I sure did. 2016 is going to be an amazing year, I can feel it. What better time to update your living space, by starting off with your kitchen. Here are some tips to update your kitchen:

1) Start off with your Kitchen cabinets; the best way to get eye catching cabinets without spending a ton of money is refacing the cabinet doors. This a process where the original doors are taken off, and  new doors are installed back in place. Keep a neutral and clean palate in mind as it will make the kitchen seem more spacious and inviting.

2)Secondly get those striking sinks
To get that a seamless look get an undermount sink- meaning it is installed under

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With winter finally here I always here sellers say,  “I’m going to wait until spring to sell.”  Spring is the busy time of year in real estate.  That being said, spring is not necessarily the best time to sell a house.  These are some reasons why winter might  be the right time to sell your home.

1. Serious Buyers - It gets dark out by 4 o’clock in the afternoon and the temperature is often well below freezing ( It's Alberta after all), the buyers that are out looking at homes this time of year are serious buyers and are looking to purchase. Every buyer through the door is potentially THE buyer for your home.

3. Competition - This is a fact : there is not as much home sale competition in the winter.  Less competition means you have greater access to

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Hello Readers!

Hope everyone is having a wonderful week. I often get asked the question of renovations. No home is perfect and we always find something that we want spruced up to better fit our taste. Whether it be the floors, the ceiling or the colour of the walls. If you find a home that is close enough to your dream home there is nothing stoping you from making those tiny changes to complete it's look and make it that much more personal. 

Here are some tricks and tips for changing your renovation mindset as you’re looking at houses.    

Don’t get distracted by cosmetic issues: cabinets can be fixed and updated, lighting can be changed and walls can always be repainted

Find your inner handy man: we all have those do-it-yourself

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Hello Readers,

 Hope everyone had a fabulous week! I always get asked the question how do I save for a down payment on my dream home. I know life can be expensive, you just have to make sure that you plan and stay on track and anything is possible… here are some tips and tricks to help you save. 

Keep Track of every dollar. If you know where your money is going each month, it will make it easier for you to save. Make a chart of your bills, your food expenses and savings. Each month review your statements and stay on track

Rate every purchase. Know the difference between “want” or “need”. Those $200 dollar black boots are a want-not a need ladies!

Have saving goals and stick to them. Once you determine the difference between want and need use

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 People often ask me; do I really need a real estate agent to sell my house? What are the benefits of an agent? What can you do differently? I am here to tell you the reasons why I can and will sell your home as quick as possible while getting you the best deal possible.  Here are the reasons why you need a Real Estate Agent:

 Better Access to Better Properties : A real estate agent’s job is to act as the middleman between the sellers and the buyers. Which means that the agent will have access to all other properties listed by other agents. A Real Estate Agent is on the job  24/7 and I can assure you I know what needs to be done to get a deal together. If you are interested in buying a home, I will track down homes that meet your criteria, get in touch

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