Kelly's Articles and Market Updates

This section includes important and informative articles on various real estate topics plus updates on new listings, sales, and list price changes. [Note: unless referenced, articles are exclusively written by and copyright of Kelly Grant - REALTOR® at MaxWell Realty]:

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Tuesday, December 10, 2019 - Is your Edmonton Neighbourhood worth over $1B? - article written by Kelly Grant at MaxWell POLARIS

Consulting a REALTOR® to review past sales is critical for Buyers and Sellers to making informed decisions. Property value assessments can also be a useful source when strategically deciding what neighbourhoods are best to buy either a family home or investment property.    Looking at the bigger picture: does the City of Edmonton really have residential neighbourhoods with a combined estimated property assessment worth of over $1B? If so, how many neighbourhoods currently 'break the $1B ...
posted in News at Tue, 10 Dec 2019 09:21:36 +0000

Sunday, December 8, 2019 - Edmonton Neighbourhoods with the Best and Worst Crime Statistics by Kelly Grant at MaxWell POLARIS

When choosing a great neighbourhood to buy either a family home or investment property, safety is a prime consideration for most Buyers.  In this article, current crime statistics from the Edmonton Police Service (posted December 7, 2019) were analyzed to generate both the safest 30+ and the most dangerous 30+ out of 271 total neighbourhoods across the City of Edmonton.   {Definition: a ?crime? used for this analysis is presumed to include all recorded citizen reports of the following: assault; ... Full Article...
posted in News at Sun, 08 Dec 2019 04:05:12 +0000

Thursday, December 5, 2019 - * BUYERS & SELLERS: Kelly Grant's 2019-Q4 Market Statistics Summaries for the Greater Edmonton Area!

Press the individual links below for comprehensive residential and rural (MLS®), plus commercial sold statistics summaries (September through November 2019) for all regions across the Greater Edmonton Area (©2019 / 2020 by Kelly Grant, REALTOR® at MaxWell POLARIS):   Open Link to View Kelly Grant's 2019-Q4 Greater Edmonton Area Real Estate Market Statistics Virtual Tour   Residential and Rural Real Estate - Individual Municipality and County Links: (1). Central Edmonton (Zones 4, 5, 7, 8, 11, ... Full Article...
posted in News at Thu, 05 Dec 2019 21:52:47 +0000

Friday, November 15, 2019 - WELCOME TO EDMONTON: VIEW KELLY GRANT'S NEW VIRTUAL TOUR VIDEO: "THE SIGHTS AND SEASONS OF EDMONTON"

This excellent multi-media presentation features a wide variety of iconic landmarks and picturesque panoramas across the expanding City of Edmonton, Alberta - through Spring, Summer, Autumn, and Winter.

Open Link to View 'The Sights and Seasons of Edmonton' Virtual Tour Video

[Created, Produced, and ©2019 / 2020 by Kelly Grant, REALTOR® at MaxWell POLARIS.]

posted in General at Fri, 15 Nov 2019 07:09:26 +0000

Wednesday, November 6, 2019 - * BREAKING NEWS: ENTER TO WIN $5000 in the MaxWell Realty Dream Vacation Sweepstakes!

MaxWell Realty is pleased to offer this fun and exciting No Obligation $5000 Sweepstakes Contest. Contest deadline: December 31, 2019 - open Link below to review full contest details and Enter: Open Link to Enter the MaxWell Realty Dream Vacation Sweepstakes [Contest Link is being provided courtesy of Kelly Grant, REALTOR® at MaxWell POLARIS in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada]
posted in News at Wed, 06 Nov 2019 00:44:51 +0000

Saturday, November 2, 2019 - * NEW LISTING: SE EDMONTON - RITCHIE / KING EDWARD PLACE - $225,000!

* Introducing KING EDWARD PLACE: a very well-maintained and well-managed complex with quality reserve fund! Excellent condition two bedroom, two full bath unit offers many outstanding features: air conditioning; crown moulding; gas fireplace; sizeable living room / dining room; large master bedroom with walk-in closet and ensuite; new linoleum; in-suite laundry; mixture of stainless steel and white appliances; ... (for more details, photos, virtual tour open links below):

Open Link for Listing Details and Photos (#1, 9938-80 Ave., Edm., AB - Ritchie / King Edward Place)

Open Link for Virtual Tour Video (#1, 9938-80 Ave., Edm., AB - Ritchie / King Edward Place)

posted in Listings at Sat, 02 Nov 2019 00:50:27 +0000

Friday, November 1, 2019 - * NEW LISTING: SE EDMONTON - FULTON PLACE / FULTON COURT - $283,680!

* ATTENTION SENIOR BUYERS: TOP FLOOR UNIT FACING PARK IN QUALITY FULTON COURT!! Very good condition two BDRM plus two full bath unit features new $9K furnace and air conditioning unit - installed August 2018. New vinyl plank flooring, underlay, and painting throughout scheduled to be completed by Nov. 30. Contains living, dining, bright kitchen, and in-suite laundry / storage ... (for more details, photos, and virtual tour open links below):

Open Link for Listing Details and Photos (#323, 6220 Fulton Rd. NW, Edm., AB - Fulton Place / Fulton Court)

Open Link for Virtual Tour Video (#323, 6220 Fulton Rd. NW, Edm., AB - Fulton Place / Fulton Court)

posted in Listings at Fri, 01 Nov 2019 16:42:11 +0000

Friday, November 1, 2019 - ** BREAKING NEWS: Kelly Grant joins MaxWell POLARIS!! **

Kelly Grant - REALTOR® in Edmonton, Alberta after 16 years with the same office joins MaxWell POLARIS: an exciting new era in real estate!                                        
posted in News at Fri, 01 Nov 2019 06:06:03 +0000

Monday, September 9, 2019 - ** KEY REALTOR MILESTONE - CAREER CLIENT TESTIMONIAL #50!! **

In September 2019, Kelly Grant at MaxWell Realty has just accumulated his 50th CAREER CLIENT TESTIMONIAL as a licensed professional REALTOR®. These testimonials are a culmination of Kelly's hard work serving clients throughout the Greater Edmonton Area during his 15+ years with the same brokerage office located in South Edmonton. Kelly's ambitions include expanding his client base resulting in many more future referrals and testimonials!

 

Open Link to View Kelly Grant's Career Client Testimonials

posted in News at Mon, 09 Sep 2019 15:35:11 +0000

Friday, January 25, 2019 - * INTRODUCING: Kelly's Capital City Neighborhood Crossword Puzzle for the Greater Edmonton Area!!

Attention residents and visitors to the Greater Edmonton Area: attempt this jumbo crossword puzzle to test your knowledge of Edmonton's fascinating history, its naming of neighborhoods, its surrounding communities, as well as its infrastructure development, sporting events, and general area knowledge. Open the two links below to view the 'print-friendly' .pdf documents. © 2019 by Kelly Grant, REALTOR® at MaxWell ...
posted in News at Fri, 25 Jan 2019 01:24:32 +0000

Thursday, January 3, 2019 - *** PRESIDENT'S AWARD ACHIEVEMENT FOR 2018 ***

MaxWell Realty has awarded Kelly Grant, REALTOR® the distinguished President's Award for 2018. For over 15 years since 2004, Kelly has been professionally assisting real estate clients with buying and selling across the Greater Edmonton Area.
posted in News at Thu, 03 Jan 2019 19:22:29 +0000

Monday, December 31, 2018 - * Preparing Condominiums For Sale - by Kelly Grant, REALTOR at MaxWell Realty

Once condominium property owners make the important decision to list and sell, there are a few critical and proactive steps to consider, in preparation for Buyer showings and incoming offers, that will definitely help make your next condo sale go smoothly and successfully:   (1). Cleanliness and Tidiness: in today?s market, condominium Buyers have many outstanding choices and are heightening their standards. To become a Buyer's best option, it is imperative to have your condo looking its very ... Full Article...
posted in General at Mon, 31 Dec 2018 20:05:27 +0000

Monday, April 30, 2018 - DISTINGUISHED REALTOR AWARD - Top 3% in North America - 2018

In April 2018 KELLY GRANT, REALTOR® at MaxWell Realty in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada has been awarded 'Distinguished REALTOR® - Top 3% in North America - 2018'.

posted in News at Mon, 30 Apr 2018 15:38:10 +0000

Thursday, December 14, 2017 - * INTRODUCING: MAXWELL REALTY'S NEW HOME SEARCH APP!

MaxWell Realty Canada has unleashed its cutting edge mobile technology on MLS listing searches! The new downloadable Home Search App for MaxWell customers provides four distinct, outstanding features: (1). Locate properties filtered by maximum commute time near a specified address; (2). High-definition aerial satellite photo imagery when roaming over neighborhoods;  (3). Ability to easily draw an area on the map to view listings contained within that area; and (4). Use of the MaxScan technology ... Full Article...
posted in General at Thu, 14 Dec 2017 00:48:28 +0000

Wednesday, December 6, 2017 - * Residential Rebates and Energy Efficiency Savings Opportunities for Alberta's Homeowners

There are many ways in which Albertan homeowners can make improvements to their property which will increase their overall energy efficiency while collecting a variety of municipal, provincial, and federal Government energy rebates on their tax bill. The Alberta Real Estate Association, in partnership with the Pembina Institute, have compiled a diverse list of energy efficiency rebates and incentives, related practical information and tools, and list of websites for additional information (open ... Full Article...
posted in General at Wed, 06 Dec 2017 00:15:32 +0000

Friday, April 28, 2017 - Buying Property near an International Airport - by Kelly Grant, REALTOR at MaxWell Realty

When buying property near an International Airport, the venture includes many risks and drawbacks for prospective Buyers. The benefits include being closer to the airport for easier commute for high frequency travelers or for airport-related employment. Additionally, some people (and / or their children) may also enjoy the entertainment of watching planes fly in and out. For most, however, buying property near an International Airport requires identification, quantification, mitigation, ...
posted in General at Fri, 28 Apr 2017 15:17:22 +0000

Sunday, April 16, 2017 - The City of Edmonton's LRT Lines Project Information - Kelly Grant at MaxWell Realty

The City of Edmonton since 2009 has been carrying forth its implementation of the LRT Network Plan. Open the link below for information on the City of Edmonton's upcoming Valley LRT Line including stops; interchanges; bridges; stations; crossings; schematics; schedules; budgets; and LRT Network Plan (Overall Map): City of Edmonton - Valley LRT Line (Southeast to West) - Information Booklet   Also: see below for additional project information on the future Metro and Capital LRT Lines: City of ... Full Article...
posted in General at Sun, 16 Apr 2017 17:39:48 +0000

Monday, February 13, 2017 - * Important Cautions when Buying or Selling a Home with a Walkout Basement - by Kelly Grant, REALTOR

When Buyers begin viewing houses, one of the attractive (and more expensive) features is the walkout basement. A walkout basement is brighter, more useable / liveable, and provides better views, access, and egress than a standard basement. With all of these positives, why would every Buyer not want one? Answer: many walkout basements (and homes built on slopes) have a proneness to serious structural issues. For normal houses without a walkout basement that are built on flat (i.e. non-sloping) ... Full Article...
posted in General at Mon, 13 Feb 2017 23:12:54 +0000

Sunday, December 18, 2016 - * Deciding Whether to Renovate Property vs. Selling As-is - by Kelly Grant, REALTOR

Property owners contemplating selling are often faced with important dilemmas: (a). Should we renovate or sell as-is? (b). If yes to (a), then exactly what scopes should we renovate and how? Below is my series of important steps, considerations, and advice to help Sellers navigate successful and rewarding renovating decisions:   (1). If considering renovating for the purpose of selling, one should first consult their REALTOR® for advice (i.e. via analysis of actives and past sales) on a ...
posted in General at Sun, 18 Dec 2016 00:32:42 +0000

Thursday, December 15, 2016 - * Important Seller Advice in Preparation for Viewings and Property Turnover: by Kelly Grant, REALTOR

When listing and selling any type of property, there are many key proactive steps that Sellers can take which can effectively maximize Buyer response and overall market value potential. Below is a general list of considerations Sellers are advised to ?check off? in preparation for viewings and turnover:   (1). Consult your REALTOR® for professional advice on showing marketability, viewings, and required disclosures. (2). Keep property perpetually clean, tidy, nice aroma, and use professional ... Full Article...
posted in General at Thu, 15 Dec 2016 20:14:02 +0000

Saturday, November 12, 2016 - * CITY OF ST. ALBERT - RANKED THIRD IN WESTERN CANADA FOR REAL ESTATE INVESTORS!

The Western Investor selected the top five centres in Western Canada that are predicted to have the most potential for real estate returns through 2017 - St. Albert ranked third: [News article from the Western Investor provided courtesy of Kelly Grant, M.Eng., ABR, NCSO, P.Eng. - REALTOR® at MaxWell Realty in Edmonton, AB] Disclaimer: for those readers not currently represented by another licensed REALTOR®, to obtain more information on this topic and / or if you are serious about selling or ... Full Article...
posted in News at Sat, 12 Nov 2016 01:31:08 +0000

Friday, November 21, 2014 - The Value and Importance of Sewer Line Inspections - by Kelly Grant at MaxWell Realty

When buying a home with an older sewer line, the risk of line damage increases in proportion to its age. This is why inspecting the sewer line is advisable in particular for older homes and / or when advised by a licensed home inspector, noting this is usually a specialized service over and above what most, but not all, home inspectors will usually offer homebuyers as part of their scope. The top ten main risks typically affecting the overall health of a sewer line can include: (1). The age of ... Full Article...
posted in General at Fri, 21 Nov 2014 15:41:44 +0000

Friday, January 17, 2014 - Important Tips to Promote Safe Buyer Viewings - by Kelly Grant, REALTOR at MaxWell Realty

Prior to or upon listing a property for sale, Sellers will very often undertake cosmetic and functional upgrades while neglecting to take key (and often easy) steps to protect the safety of Buyers during showings. In my opinion, Buyer safety during viewings is the highest factor affecting market value potential (i.e. above location; above structure size and lot size; above upgrades; above spectacular views; above number of bedrooms and washrooms; above basement development; above construction ... Full Article...
posted in General at Fri, 17 Jan 2014 20:57:25 +0000

Wednesday, January 15, 2014 - EDMONTON Ranked #2 in CANADA by Industry Experts for Real Estate Investment in 2014!

Article Source: Western Investor - Jan. 2014 [News article from the Western Investor provided courtesy of Kelly Grant, M.Eng., ABR, NCSO, P.Eng. - REALTOR® at MaxWell Realty in Edmonton, AB] Disclaimer: for those readers not currently represented by another licensed REALTOR®, to obtain more information on this topic and / or if you are serious about selling or buying in the Greater Edmonton Area, call Kelly at 780-414-6100 (pager) or send Kelly an email to SOLD@KellyGrant.ca to schedule a ... Full Article...
posted in News at Wed, 15 Jan 2014 23:42:19 +0000

Wednesday, February 6, 2013 - Increased Bike Lanes in Edmonton: +s / -s, and Property Value Implications - by Kelly Grant, REALTOR

The City of Edmonton has recently announced the final stages of their proposed ?On-street Bike Routes 2013?. Feedback to the City is being encouraged as a result of the implications these bike lanes will have not only to motorists but also on property owners along the proposed bike routes. To accommodate both viewpoints, this article presents both positives and negatives of increased cycling and bicycle routes, allowing readers to make an informed decision about which side of the issue they ... Full Article...
posted in General at Wed, 06 Feb 2013 21:40:01 +0000

Wednesday, January 23, 2013 - Tips for a Successful Shower Renovation Project: by Kelly Grant at MaxWell Realty

When undertaking any kind of major renovation project, it can be a daunting task. More than just allowing for the high cost of renovating, the property owner must also guard against a myriad of other construction risks that can develop. This article summarizes implementation steps to mitigate many of these risks to help make sure your shower renovation proceeds as smoothly and successfully as possible: (1) Select Qualified Suppliers ? First, select a company that supplies shower fixtures / ...
posted in General at Wed, 23 Jan 2013 02:50:11 +0000

Thursday, January 10, 2013 - Risks of Selling or Buying Property in a Real Estate Auction - by Kelly Grant at MaxWell Realty

There has been news coverage recently about auction houses selling real estate, particularly in the United States and Europe. Several auction houses operate in Canada and make claims about their services, but are these claims really justified? Are Buyers and Sellers of auctioned real estate really aware of the risks associated with these auctions vs. hiring a licensed full service REALTOR®; listing on the MLS?; and dealing with offers as they come in rather than trying to hold out for offers ... Full Article...
posted in General at Thu, 10 Jan 2013 19:29:57 +0000

Friday, December 28, 2012 - Kelly Grant's 2013 REALTOR Market Forecast - Greater Edmonton Area

This article contains my personal REALTOR® opinions, analyses, and forecasts for the Greater Edmonton Area real estate market in 2013. [For further background and details on my theories used and assumptions made for generating these forecasts, please refer to my December 22nd, 2010 blog (2011 Market Forecast)]. The purpose of generating this forecast is to predict how property values will change (upward or downward and by what %) in 2013 from their current 2012 values. While there are numerous ... Full Article...
posted in General at Fri, 28 Dec 2012 04:41:22 +0000

Wednesday, December 26, 2012 - Historical Name Changes to City Neighborhoods: by Kelly Grant, REALTOR at MaxWell Realty

Regardless of what City or town we live in, many of us take for granted the names of our communities, streets, parks, schools, etc. and may presume these names might have always been in place ever since they were first created and as a result could never really be changed again in the future. Taking the great City of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada as an example, did you know many original neighborhoods have undergone large scale name changes and annexation over the past several decades? Do you also ... Full Article...
posted in General at Wed, 26 Dec 2012 17:11:31 +0000

Friday, November 30, 2012 - Government of Canada Homebuyer's Road Map Guide: by Kelly Grant, REALTOR at MaxWell Realty

The Government of Canada and the Canadian Real Estate Association have recently published a Homebuyers' Road Map Guide to assist Buyers with one of their most important life decisions - buying property. Below is an outline of sections included: < Open link to view the Government of Canada's Homebuyers' Road Map Guide > (*) Various ways how REALTORS® help Buyers through the buying process (1). Assess Financial Readiness (lender requirements; prequalification process; and the importance of your ... Full Article...
posted in General at Fri, 30 Nov 2012 18:45:39 +0000

Saturday, August 11, 2012 - The Underrated Importance of Buying Requirements: by Kelly Grant at MaxWell Realty

To find and purchase your next dream home, there are many steps taken with your Buyer REALTOR® to complete your journey. The journey length varies with the Buyer ? for some Buyers it can take only a few days, while for other Buyers their successful purchase can come only after several years of hard work. What can surprise many Buyers is the importance of their buying requirements to the buying process. Below are four key steps all Buyers should use as they work with their Buyer REALTOR®: Step ... Full Article...
posted in General at Sat, 11 Aug 2012 19:37:41 +0000

Wednesday, December 21, 2011 - Kelly Grant's 2012 REALTOR Market Forecast - Greater Edmonton Area

This article contains my personal REALTOR® opinions, analyses, and forecasts for the Greater Edmonton Area real estate market in 2012. [For further background and details on my theories used and assumptions made for generating these forecasts, please refer to my December 22, 2010 blog (2011 Market Forecast)]. The first question on the minds of many Sellers and Buyers in the Greater Edmonton Area: how will property values become impacted in 2012 from their current 2011 values? While there will ... Full Article...
posted in General at Wed, 21 Dec 2011 00:04:20 +0000

Sunday, August 7, 2011 - What to Know when Buying Property Backing onto Undeveloped Land: by Kelly Grant at MaxWell Realty

When buying any type of property backing onto agriculture or other undeveloped land, it can be easy to become captivated by the views and tranquility while forgetting the important fact these views and quietness may not last more than a few months or years if suddenly the areas become developed. Types of future development can include but may not be limited to the following: - Busy street or quiet street- Biking or walking path- Houses, duplexes, or townhouse condominiums- Apartment-style ...
posted in General at Sun, 07 Aug 2011 17:11:09 +0000

Friday, March 25, 2011 - How to Select your Best Buyer REALTOR - by Kelly Grant at MaxWell Realty

When consumers go out to buy a property, many often begin the process by looking at real estate ads and calling whatever REALTOR® is advertising a property for sale of interest (i.e. representing the Seller) without fully considering what exactly a Buyer REALTOR® will do to help them buy the right property.   In my professional opinion, a 'casual approach' in selecting a REALTOR® should be avoided because a Buyer may not be working with the right REALTOR® to receive the best Buyer Agency ...
posted in General at Fri, 25 Mar 2011 16:51:30 +0000

Thursday, March 3, 2011 - Accredited Buyer's Representative (ABR)

KELLY GRANT - REALTOR® in Edmonton, AB, Canada obtains Accredited Buyer's Representative (ABR) designation and is a new member of the Real Estate Buyer's Agent Council (REBAC).
posted in General at Thu, 03 Mar 2011 18:15:03 +0000

Sunday, January 9, 2011 - Why to Avoid Private Home Sales when Selling or Buying: by Kelly Grant at MaxWell Realty

Attempting to sell or buy a home privately is not without risk. Sellers and Buyers are encouraged to first identify, analyze, and understand the many risks they are accepting in exchange for possibly saving part or all of a REALTOR® sales commission. For many inexperienced private Sellers or Buyers who may not fully appreciate the value of a REALTOR® for the work being done on their behalf, there can often be no savings or else a negative impact in exchange for the high risks accepted as one ... Full Article...
posted in General at Sun, 09 Jan 2011 01:34:55 +0000

Thursday, December 23, 2010 - Kelly Grant's 2011 Real Estate Market Forecast for the Greater Edmonton Area

This article contains my personal REALTOR® opinions, analyses, and forecasts for the Greater Edmonton Area real estate market in 2011. With the turbulent and plummeting economies and real estate values in many areas across the United States resulting from the stock market crash a few years ago, many investors and resident homeowners are very interested to know what collateral future impacts, if any, may be experienced by the Canadian real estate markets (including Edmonton) and what one should ... Full Article...
posted in General at Thu, 23 Dec 2010 01:15:40 +0000

Friday, March 19, 2010 - Why REALTOR Property Evaluations are Essential: by Kelly Grant, REALTOR at MaxWell Realty

When property owners make the important decision to sell a property in the current market, the first step is to always contact an experienced, licensed REALTOR® to schedule a confidential (and often complimentary) property evaluation.   Without the good advice of a REALTOR® and relying solely on municipal assessments; the opinions of family, friends, or neighbors; or your own opinion based on what you might have seen with a few list prices of similar properties on the market (perhaps ones that ... Full Article...
posted in General at Fri, 19 Mar 2010 01:55:09 +0000

Wednesday, February 10, 2010 - Assisted Living Accommodations for Senior Citizens: by Kelly Grant, REALTOR at MaxWell Realty

For senior citizens considering a move to assisted living accommodations, the task can be very daunting and intimidating. Included in this article are my top ten tips when deciding upon senior assisted living either for yourself, for friends, or for family:   (1). Start the process at least nine months to a year in advance of the actual move. With long waiting lists at residences from demand of seniors looking to move in, it is important to not leave this until the last minute thinking you can ... Full Article...
posted in General at Wed, 10 Feb 2010 20:48:20 +0000

Monday, January 11, 2010 - Industrial, Office, and Retail Purchasing & Leasing by Kelly Grant, REALTOR at MaxWell Realty

If you are an entrepreneur operating your own business and require some type of public access for sales, storage, design, manufacturing, etc. then at some point you will be in need of an industrial, office, and / or retail space for your business. This article discusses what commercial lessees and purchasers should be aware of (and what questions to discuss with your Commercial REALTOR®) in order to make sure your next industrial, office, or retail purchase or lease is successful. Below are 30 ... Full Article...
posted in General at Mon, 11 Jan 2010 20:26:23 +0000

Tuesday, January 5, 2010 - The Importance of Municipal Zoning for Investors - by Kelly Grant, REALTOR at MaxWell Realty

Understanding the dynamics of municipal zoning, including how planning and development departments operate, are important keys to becoming a successful real estate investor. The type of land zoning affects what a property is worth, and the level of ?worth fluctuation? is based on supply and demand ? how much of a particular zoning there is in a municipality or group of nearby municipalities versus the demand of those wanting to use land for a specific purpose. This article explains a procedure ... Full Article...
posted in General at Tue, 05 Jan 2010 20:02:35 +0000

Tuesday, December 8, 2009 - Property Insurance: What every Owner Must Know - by Kelly Grant, REALTOR at Maxwell Realty

Many new Buyers might be tempted to under-estimate the value and complexity of acquiring property insurance. It sounds simple ? just call up an insurance company of your choice, take out a policy, and start paying premiums ? right? Wrong. When buying new or maintaining an existing property, regardless if it is a house, condo, half-duplex, acreage property, commercial property, etc., insurance is important, can be a complex process, can be costly, adequate coverage is by no means a guarantee, ... Full Article...
posted in General at Tue, 08 Dec 2009 17:17:56 +0000

Tuesday, December 1, 2009 - The Benefits of REALTOR Showings: Why Open Houses are Obsolete - by Kelly Grant at MaxWell Realty

With the improved technology and advanced REALTOR® techniques used for updating and communicating with Sellers and Buyers, open houses are increasingly becoming an obsolete ?tool of the past?. This article will discuss various components of REALTOR® showings: how they work; tips on how to keep Buyers and REALTORS® safe during showings; and why open houses have become obsolete. Firstly: how do regular REALTOR® showings work? Below are some key points: (1). Upon listing, the listing REALTOR® ...
posted in General at Tue, 01 Dec 2009 22:27:37 +0000

Wednesday, November 25, 2009 - Subject to Sale of Home: Viable Alternative or Smoke and Mirrors? - by Kelly Grant, REALTOR

Anyone who currently owns an existing property and who would be making a move by both selling and buying are faced with a dilemma ? do they buy first or do they sell first? [For more information about this topic, refer to my article Selling First vs. Buying First]. Unfortunately, many property owners have somehow been misled to believe that both can occur simultaneously without consequence. Below are key drawbacks as to why I believe offering ?subject to sale of home? is, a high majority of the ... Full Article...
posted in General at Wed, 25 Nov 2009 23:11:25 +0000

Tuesday, November 17, 2009 - Regulations for Yards, Access, and Secondary Suites by Kelly Grant, REALTOR at MaxWell Realty

Are you looking to sell your home and wondering what is required to achieve municipal compliance? Are you looking to tear down and get permits to build and develop a new home? Are you looking to legalize an existing or new basement suite? These are important questions that require clear answers before homeowners and homebuilders proceed with a development or acceptance of an offer to purchase. Sellers, upon listing their property, should ask their REALTOR® for ideas and techniques to ...
posted in General at Tue, 17 Nov 2009 01:56:45 +0000

Thursday, November 12, 2009 - Foreclosures, Court-Ordered Sales, Estate Sales, and Days on Market - by Kelly Grant, REALTOR

Many investor Buyers are often looking for great deals on foreclosures, court-ordered sales, estate sales, and listings with high days on the market. There are key things all Buyers need to know before focusing on these specific categories: (1). Foreclosures occur primarily when a property owner defaults on a mortgage payment or other related bills tied to the property. When a bank takes over a foreclosure, it is often a lengthy process whereby the property owner at any time prior to a sale ... Full Article...
posted in General at Thu, 12 Nov 2009 16:39:29 +0000

Wednesday, November 4, 2009 - Selling First vs. Buying First - by Kelly Grant, REALTOR at MaxWell Realty

If you are a current homeowner looking to make a move, in addition to selecting the best REALTOR® available, your next biggest decision will be whether to sell first and then buy or buy first and then sell. Supposing you decide to sell first before buying ? what are the risks, ramifications, and benefits? Below are some important considerations: (a). BENEFIT ? You would not buy until you know how much your current home has sold for. (b). BENEFIT ? You would have the security of knowing your ... Full Article...
posted in General at Wed, 04 Nov 2009 22:38:48 +0000

Wednesday, October 21, 2009 - The Dangers of Buying a Foreign-based Timeshare or Vacation Home - by Kelly Grant, REALTOR

With devastated foreign economies edging towards a potential freefall, many Albertans with disposable income are contemplating the possibility of scooping up timeshares or vacation homes at reduced rates. Before you embark on this risky venture, below are ten important concepts to understand before buying a foreign-based timeshare or vacation home: (1). When buying in any foreign land, Buyers are advised to first be pre-qualified by a locally-based mortgage broker experienced with the lending ... Full Article...
posted in General at Wed, 21 Oct 2009 21:57:44 +0000

Tuesday, October 13, 2009 - Selecting the Best Mortgage Broker - by Kelly Grant, REALTOR at MaxWell Realty

Buying a house, condo, or acreage is a big investment and most first-time Buyers will likely need some type of mortgage assistance to finalize their purchase. Hiring a good mortgage broker can be almost as important as selecting a good REALTOR®. Below are ten important groups of factors to consider and analyze (along with questions you should ask) when selecting a good mortgage broker:(1). How available will the mortgage broker be for you? Is your call returned as soon as possible or will you ... Full Article...
posted in General at Tue, 13 Oct 2009 20:26:08 +0000

Thursday, October 8, 2009 - Buying a Multi-Family Commercial Building - by Kelly Grant, REALTOR at MaxWell Realty

Owning an apartment building or 4-plex can be an exciting prospect, but does one have what it takes to become a successful landlord? Below are 20 important considerations one should understand and discuss in detail with their REALTOR® before embarking on this new and exciting venture: (1). Have you been recently pre-approved for financing with a commercial mortgage broker and for what amount? Since the recent economic downturn, it has proven to be more difficult for investment Buyers to obtain ... Full Article...
posted in General at Thu, 08 Oct 2009 00:12:15 +0000

Wednesday, September 30, 2009 - Tips for All Levels of Condo Buyers - by Kelly Grant, REALTOR at MaxWell Realty

Think buying a condo is easy? Guess again - buying a townhouse, attached bungalow, or apartment-style condominium in many ways is more complicated and requires more attention to detail than buying a single-family house. In addition to buying the suite, a Buyer is also purchasing common property divided among all unit owners based upon the assigned unit factor (out of 10,000) in the complex. Below are 10 important considerations every condo Buyer should discuss with their REALTOR® in advance ... Full Article...
posted in General at Wed, 30 Sep 2009 22:40:53 +0000

Thursday, September 24, 2009 - Buying a Vacant Residential or Commercial Lot - by Kelly Grant, REALTOR at MaxWell Realty

Buying a lot and building a new home can be exciting, but whether one is a builder or a single homeowner below are some important items one should always discuss in advance with their REALTOR® before making an offer to purchase on a vacant lot:(1). Is GST included in the advertised list price or is it payable and redeemable as a future tax rebate? For futher information on this topic, because Government rules and regulations change as time progresses, one should speak with a certified tax ...
posted in General at Thu, 24 Sep 2009 20:10:19 +0000

Wednesday, September 9, 2009 - The Importance of RPR and Compliance - by Kelly Grant, REALTOR at MaxWell Realty

A commonly heard term in real estate: ?Buyer to accept the property as-is, where-is ...?, but how does this relate to Real Property Report (RPR) and Compliance issues? [Background: an RPR is constructed by a certifed land surveyor where they chart structures and dimension in relation to the property boundaries; Compliance is a stamp issued by the municipality after review of the RPR is complete and once all of the non-conforming or non-compliance issues are noted or addressed]. Below are ...
posted in General at Wed, 09 Sep 2009 17:32:50 +0000

Thursday, September 3, 2009 - Tips to Make Your Next Move Go Smoother - by Kelly Grant, REALTOR at MaxWell Realty

Moving sounds easy - call up a mover, load up the truck, and you?re off, right? Wrong - there are many important details you might have overlooked but must be handled in advance to make sure your next move is a success:(1). Plan out everything weeks or months in advance, starting with selecting the right mover. Call up various movers in the Yellow Pages, and also ask family, friends, or the Better Business Bureau for referrals of good companies. Questions to ask movers: rates, availability, ... Full Article...
posted in General at Thu, 03 Sep 2009 21:03:30 +0000

Monday, August 31, 2009 - My Top Ten Reasons not to Buy without a REALTOR - by Kelly Grant, REALTOR at MaxWell Realty

When it comes to buying property, Buyers should always research and hire a professional REALTOR® who will provide the best possible service and advice. Below are ten important reasons why no one, regardless of their level of experience, should ever attempt to buy a property offered For Sale by Owner without REALTOR® representation:(1). Risk of entering a dangerous situation with a For Sale by Owner (FSBO) Seller one has not met and do not know their past personal history (i.e. is this Seller ... Full Article...
posted in General at Mon, 31 Aug 2009 17:15:55 +0000

Thursday, August 27, 2009 - So you want to Buy an Acreage? - by Kelly Grant, REALTOR at MaxWell Realty

Buying an acreage is not without its complications - below are my top ten important risks that must be successfully negotiated and mitigated by any Buyer (recommended while using their REALTOR®) before finalizing an acreage purchase:(1). Is the applicable GST on land included in the purchase price and the responsibility of the Seller once money is received? (2). Do you know the relevant County Bylaws and Zoning Restrictions for this parcel as well as nearby and adjacent parcels (including: road ... Full Article...
posted in General at Thu, 27 Aug 2009 19:02:51 +0000

Sunday, August 23, 2009 - Risks of Buying a Brand-New Home - by Kelly Grant, REALTOR at MaxWell Realty

Most Buyers who buy a new home direct from a builder do so without knowing and understanding the additional risks involved. Below are my top five risks to successfully mitigate when buying a brand-new home vs. a pre-owned home:(1). Financial Risks: The list price advertised sometimes fails to mention the 5% GST that is always applied to new homes and raw land (but rarely or never applied to pre-owned homes). Also, usually extra costs must be incurred by the buyer of a brand new home after ...
posted in General at Sun, 23 Aug 2009 13:59:52 +0000

Thursday, August 20, 2009 - The Importance of a Property Inspection - by Kelly Grant, REALTOR at MaxWell Realty

Many inexperienced Buyers mistakenly believe they have the knowledge and expertise to know what is right or wrong with a property from a simple viewing walkthrough. These same Buyers believe they can save $500 to $1000+ by simply not having the inspection. The problem with this approach, however, is ?what you do not know can hurt you?. Below is a list of potential problems with a home that can be identified during a property inspection but are not always ascertainable by viewing:(1). The ...
posted in General at Thu, 20 Aug 2009 03:13:41 +0000

Monday, August 17, 2009 - Why Assumable Mortgages should be Avoided - by Kelly Grant, REALTOR at MaxWell Realty

Many Sellers believe that allowing and marketing for Buyers to assume their mortgage will increase the chances of their home being sold. The problem with this theory is that it takes money to buy and money must come from somewhere. Below are my Top 5 Risks to Consider if Allowing your Mortgage to be Assumed:(1). Banks often require that high-ratio mortgages have Seller accept personal liability for default.(2). Banks often refuse to allow Buyers to assume the mortgage (e.g. due to bad credit ... Full Article...
posted in General at Mon, 17 Aug 2009 14:38:57 +0000

Thursday, August 13, 2009 - How to Select a Good Real Estate Lawyer - by Kelly Grant, REALTOR at MaxWell Realty

Hiring a good real estate lawyer in many cases can be almost as important as hiring a good REALTOR®; a good real estate lawyer can provide outstanding advice and service on the following (but not limited to) topics on a sale or purchase:(a). Real Property Reports and Compliance (including dealing with encroachments, encumbrances, permit issues, negotiating with the municipality, application of Statutory Declarations for older but current documents, etc.) and dealing with title insurance (and ... Full Article...
posted in General at Thu, 13 Aug 2009 19:06:52 +0000

Tuesday, August 11, 2009 - My Top Ten Reasons not to Sell without a REALTOR - by Kelly Grant, REALTOR at MaxWell Realty

When it comes to selling property, Sellers should research and contact a quality full-service REALTOR® who will provide a detailed home evaluation followed by the listing, quality professional advertising, and eventually the sale for the highest amount the market will generate. As an experienced REALTOR® knowing the value of REALTORS® and MLS® I would not sell any property I own without MLS® exposure using a quality full service REALTOR® and neither should you. Below are my top ten reasons why ... Full Article...
posted in General at Tue, 11 Aug 2009 22:30:00 +0000

Thursday, August 6, 2009 - Buying on a Golf Course? Lookout - FORE! - by Kelly Grant, REALTOR at MaxWell Realty

Over my career I have had more than a few clients who thought it would be really nice to live right on a golf course. While this has some definite advantages such as great views and winter tranquility, there are some real risks Buyers must be aware of.For starters, for any Buyer that is not a knowledgable golfer, my advice when buying on a golf course is to find a good REALTOR® who is a very knowledgeable golfer (such as myself) to get a good handle on the risks of buying in a certain location ... Full Article...
posted in General at Thu, 06 Aug 2009 20:29:57 +0000

Thursday, August 6, 2009 - Legalizing a Basement Suite in Edmonton - by Kelly Grant, REALTOR at MaxWell Realty

As a REALTOR® with very good experience on both residential and commercial investment properties, I often get questions from investor clients on the topic of basement suites. Below are Five Steps Required to Legalize a Basement Suite in the City of Edmonton (note: what is supplied in this article is general information only; municipal Bylaws may be subject to change at any time, and readers are encouraged to contact the appropriate municipality for any specific related questions they have):Step ... Full Article...
posted in General at Thu, 06 Aug 2009 17:30:45 +0000

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