Home Buying Blogs – Edmonton

Home buying advice for Edmonton, Alberta residents.

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Amenities for Golf Course Homes

Golf course communities provide the perfect balance of luxury living and recreation. These homes offer beautiful interior design and accessories, but every home can benefit from adding private outside amenities to provide a setting for relaxation and gatherings. Luxury amenities will also enhance the resale value of the property.

Handy homeowners will be able to install many of these amenities themselves. Still, consulting with a professional to understand product options and support services after purchase is always helpful. Because cold winters are typical in Canada, it is vital to consider energy-saving features and make specific components that will hold up during the winter months. Read on to discover five private amenities every golf course

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Things to Do in Edmonton

Edmonton is one of the entertainment capitals of the world. Lovingly called the Gateway to the North, this massive city is home to a range of activities that keep locals and tourists alike entertained throughout the year. Even with Candian winters, the activities in the Edmonton community manage to provide fun and excitement for all ages. It's no wonder that individuals from all over the world consider moving into Edmonton's new construction homes and lake houses to explore all the sights and sounds of this marvellous city. Read on to discover some of the many fun things to do in Edmonton.

Edmonton Outdoor Adventures

Several outdoor activities are available in every season. Whether one enjoys a simple stroll through a park or more exciting and

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Edmonton Cost of Living Guide

As the second-largest city in Alberta, the Edmonton community is a fast-growing star. The 2019 municipal census indicated a population of 972,223, a growth of almost 40,000 since the 2016 count. The city displays a strong economy and plenty of opportunities for new residents. Most importantly, the cost of living is generally much lower than in other areas of Canada, which may explain why nearly 3/4 of the regional population prefers to live inside the city itself.

In a cost of living ranking of North American cities, using a baseline index of 100, Edmonton places 33rd with an index of 149. That places the community on par with Dallas, TX, and Atlanta, GA. In contrast, Calgary, Canada, places 27th with an index of 153. On the other side of the scale,

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Edmonton Best Neighbourhoods

Residents living in Edmonton have many opportunities when it comes to experiencing popular restaurants, shopping, nightlife, and attractions, as well as exploring the hidden gems the city has to offer. Those planning to relocate to Edmonton should be prepared for numerous destinations designed to enrich, educate, and fascinate. Along with various things to do, Edmonton neighbourhoods offer residents and potential residents several choices in types of residences, business opportunities, quality schools, and convenience in modes of transportation when navigating around town. Anyone house-hunting in Edmonton should read on and keep the following communities in mind, as they're some of Edmonton's most popular neighbourhoods.

Downtown

Downtown

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Moving to Edmonton, AB Living Guide

Living in Edmonton, AB

As the capital of the province of Alberta, Edmonton is naturally a centre of commerce and culture in the area. Also known as Canada's Festival City, the community was founded in 1795. It was later incorporated as a city in 1904 and named for Edmonton, London. As of 2016, the city's population was 932,546. However, only a few years later, the municipal census of 2019 noted that 972,223 residents called the locale home.

Outside the city proper, the metro area has a bit over 1.3 million residents, meaning that nearly 74% of the area residents choose to live within the specific Edmonton jurisdiction. The combination of steady growth and the focus on the central city often means a strong economy and pleasant living conditions.

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4 Commute-Related Questions to Consider Before Making an Offer on a HouseHome buyers may look at many attributes in a home before putting in a bid. Common things they look at include upgrades in the kitchen or bathroom, number of bedrooms, presence of smart technology, useable yard space, and green features. One thing that's sometimes overlooked is commute time—but overlooking this is a big mistake.

Many new homeowners are shocked to learn how long it takes to commute because of high traffic volumes or lack of proximity to major roadways. Commute times matter. Here are four questions to consider before making a seller an offer.

For informational purposes only. Always consult with a licensed real estate professional before proceeding with any real estate transaction.

How Long Will the Commute Take?

Perhaps the

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What is the timeline of the Canadian mortgage process?For a first-time home buyer, the Canadian mortgage process can be daunting. You may have heard terms such a pre-qualify, pre-approve and condition of finance. You may wonder how these apply to you and your home purchase. However, if you break the mortgage process down into its steps, it becomes more understandable and less intimidating.

For informational purposes only. Always consult with a licensed mortgage or home loan professional before proceeding with any real estate transaction.

Can I Afford a Mortgage?

The first step is to sit down and decide if you can afford a mortgage and, if so, for how much. As a rule of thumb, you can pay up to 32% of your income for housing costs and up to 40% for all your debts, including other loans. You also

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What is a Debt-to-Income Ratio and How Does it Affect Me?When it comes to buying a West Edmonton home, hopeful owners are often asked to step outside their comfort zone. Maybe they're forced to look in different neighborhoods than they would have originally considered or to settle for a home with a smaller kitchen than they wanted. Beyond these compromises though, there are also complications that will affect the buyer's finances. Learn more about the debt-to-income (DTI) ratio and how lenders use it to decide on potential candidates.

For informational purposes only. Always consult with an attorney, tax, or financial advisor before proceeding with any real estate transaction.

One Number of Many

Buyers are understandably confused when it comes to how lenders assess them. If everyone's focused on the

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What to Know When Choosing Your Home StyleMany people buying their first Northwest Edmonton home have a focus on affordability, easy maintenance and room for growth. Knowing what home styles meet these criteria can help you decide what kind of home to buy. If you're a first time home buyer, here's what you need to know.

4 Popular Styles

Of all the types of homes in Canada, four of them stand out as being especially well suited for first-time home buyers. These styles tend to be newer, which means they require less maintenance, and also tend to have plenty of room. Here's what you need to know.

Rancher

Ranch-style homes are spread out on one floor, so they're safe for households with small children just learning how to walk. Because they're all contained to one floor, many

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Should You Buy Raw Land?Buying land is different than buying a home. Buyers of land may not need to build on it or rent it out in order to make a profit. Ideally, they just need to hold onto it until they can sell it to a well-funded investor. But there's more to buying raw land than just sitting on the property. Here are a few tips before jumping into a new land venture.

For informational purposes only. Always consult with a licensed real estate professional before proceeding with any real estate transaction.

Patience and Profits

When it comes to finding another buyer to take the land off one's hands, investors sometimes wait far longer than they anticipate. This is because neighborhoods can bend and change for any number of reasons. Let's say a major car processing

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