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Leah Duvall 780.270.4153 Real Estate Agent, REALTOR ® , ABR ® , SRS, SRES ® Compliments of

All Stars Realty Ltd. Each Office is Independently Owned and Operated.

Volume 14 Number 7

THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE BUYING A COTTAGE

If you’ve always dreamed of buying a little cottage or cabin nestled in the woods or on the shores of a peaceful lake, you may be thinking now is a good time to go for it. Before you start packing your bathing suit and bug spray, there are a few things you should consider. For example, the lure of a cottage is often to escape the bustle of the city. Remember that remote locations can be harder

to access. Are you willing to buy a property you can only get to by boat? What about a property accessible via rural roadways that may not be plowed in the winter? It ’s important to have this all worked out before you make your purchase. Also, because of their location, cottages often don’t have the same services a home in a town or a city would. They may be hooked up to the electrical grid, or they may have solar power. They may also run off a generator. Another service to consider is water. Where does it come from? Is it potable? What about the septic system? Make sure you know what

you’re getting into and are aware of any special maintenance or additional costs that come with rural services before you buy.

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INGREDIENTS : 3/4 Cup Mayonnaise 2 Tablespoons Apple Cider Vinegar Or Lemon Juice 2 Teaspoons Yellow Mustard 1 Tablespoon Sugar Salt And Pepper To Taste

1 Cup Celery, Diced 1 Cup Carrots, Shredded 2 Tablespoons Scallions, Chopped 1 Cup Sharp Cheddar Cheese, Grated 8 Strips Cooked Bacon, Chopped 6 Cups Popped Popcorn, Unflavored (About 1/4 Cup Popcorn Kernels) Lettuce Or Spinach

DIRECTIONS: 1. In a bowl, combine the mayonnaise, apple cider vinegar, mustard and sugar. Add salt and pepper to taste. Mix well and then set aside. 2. In a large bowl, add the celery, carrots, scallions, 1/2 cup cheese and 1/2 cup bacon. Toss to combine. 3. Add the dressing and mix well. 4. When you’re ready to serve the salad, fold in the popcorn. 5. Add lettuce or spinach to bowls. Spoon the popcorn salad on top and then garnish with shredded cheese and bacon. Enjoy immediately.

“ 5 REASONS TO INSTALL A LANDSCAPE SCREEN IN YOUR YARD If you have a backyard – or if you have only a balcony, consider installing a landscape screen. Here are five reasons to install a landscape screen in your yard. • Privacy. One of the number one reasons for installing a landscape screen is to create a feeling of privacy. If your yard is exposed, or if you just don’t like looking at the neighbouring yard while enjoying your morning coffee, a privacy screen is for you. • Protection from the elements. Whether it’s sun, rain – or even that white stuff – an outdoor screen can provide your yard protection from harsh elements. For example, if you want to create a shaded area for hot summer days, a full-height screen that lets only a little light filter through would be quite refreshing. • Create a separation of space. Perhaps you’d like to define a dining space in your yard. Install a screen – either full height or half, to partition off the area and create a cozy tucked-in feeling while you enjoy outdoor meals. • Add an eye-catching element. Outdoor screens aren’t just practical – they’re also pretty. Screens with details carved into them let light filter through and act as a work of art. • Grow a garden. If you don’t have space for an in-ground garden – or lack the time or skill to look after one, consider a screen that allows for a vertical garden. Not only will it look beautiful when it’s in bloom, but you can also use it to grow edibles like lettuce and herbs. Yum! To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Ralph Waldo Emerson Born in 1803 Boston, he was an American essayist, philosopher and leader of the transcendentalist movement. He was a proponent of individualism and strongly critiqued the pressures of society through his essays and lectures. His work greatly influenced the writers, poets and thinkers that followed him. He died at the age of 78 and is buried at the Sleepy Hollow Cemetery in Massachusetts.

SELLING YOUR HOME? CONSIDER HIRING A DESIGNER So, you’ve decided to sell your home, but you know it needs some work before it’s ready to be listed. Most homeowners wouldn’t even think of hiring an interior designer for a home they’re about to sell. However, here are several reasons why hiring a pro is a great idea. First, one of the best reasons to hire a designer is that they see potential where us regular folks just see dull. Sure, you could slap a generic colour of paint on your walls and call it a day, but a designer will know which colours will compliment your existing finishes best, and which will turn potential buyers away. Another major reason to bring in a designer is that they can help you save money in the long run. For example, if your kitchen needs an update, a designer can find you good quality materials and finishes for better prices, which translates to a higher asking price – and a higher selling price. The last reason to consider hiring a designer is that they can save you time. If you need to get your home ready for sale quickly, a designer can help steer you in the right direction in no time flat. They already have all the tools and tricks of their trade and can help bring your home to a state of “wow” in a reduced amount of time. You never know, maybe you’ll enjoy working with them so much you’ll hire them to help with your new home!

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EDMONTON STATS

I hope you’re all doing well and that many of you are getting to see family you haven’t seen for a while, now that restrictions have lifted. Hayden and I can’t wait until things improve a little more around the world so we can get on a flight to England to see our parents without a lengthy quarantine. It’s been well over two years now and that feels like a very long time not to hug them. With the hot weather we got in late June, in conjunction with the school year ending and the lifting of restrictions, the market seemed to take a little sigh and slow slightly. Month over month our sales decreased slightly, our pricing decreased slightly, our new listings increased and our days on market increased slightly. Just small changes, but a sign that the heat is going out of the market a little, even if it’s not gone out of our weather. We would typically see a bit of a lull in July and August but of course last year we didn’t have that. Having been holed up at home as we all came to terms with a global pandemic, a lot of people went wild for property as soon as things opened up a little, so our summer months were hot, hot, hot. Earlier this year we had something of a “multiple offer madness” situation, and while that is lovely for the sellers, it was really hard on buyers, particularly the first-time home buyers. Buying your first property is intimidating enough, doing it in a fast-paced market when you’re having to compete with others can be really discouraging but all of my buyers were troopers! Now that things are settling a little, we may see a little more balance in the coming months and I personally prefer that. A balanced market seems fairer, and it tends to be a bit less stressful for home buyers and sellers, which generally makes my life less stressful, and I’m always appreciative of less stress! Speaking of stress, we got garbage carts in our neighbourhood this last month, and they changed our pickup day. I suspect it was a stressful day for many that were entirely new to garbage carts and confused by the change of pick up day. Of course, it was really hot when we had to use them for the first time, so the green one got quite stinky too. We’d had garbage carts or wheelie bins as we called them in my part of England for a long time before we left the country, and had them in the U.S. too, so we were already used to them. Over in the UK they have

AVERAGE SALE PRICE

$472,637 detached

UP 11.6% year-over-year

AVERAGE SALE PRICE

$241,808 condo

UP 9.9% year-over-year

DAYS ON MARKET

36

companies that come and clean your bins (they get really smelly and dirty if you’re not careful) and just in case you didn’t know, we have companies here that clean them too! If you’re looking for a cleaning service for your carts, check out www.jdhousholdcart.ca and www.wheeliegoodwash. ca both locally owned and operated and I am lucky enough to know owners of both companies and highly recommend them. I’m sure they will really appreciate your support! So my friends, I hope you enjoy your summer, get to hug your loved ones (once they’re vaccinated of course) and have fun supporting all of our local businesses that have had a very tough year. I look forward to seeing you soon! Leah X

SALES TO LISTING RATIO

65%

Stats Reflective of June 2021 Source: REALTORS ® Association of Edmonton Market values stated are of the average of Edmonton and surrounding region. Individual home market values will vary and are affected by factors such as location, size, interior and exterior condition. Please call to get an up-to-date evaluation of your home.

Leah Duvall 780.270.4153 Real Estate Agent, REALTOR ® , ABR ® , SRS, SRES ®

All Stars Realty Ltd. Each Office is Independently Owned and Operated. 312 Saddleback Road Edmonton, AB T6J 4R7

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