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Morinville Light Up The Night 2017

November 23rd, 2017 by royallepagepremier

Thinking About a Career in Real Estate?

November 21st, 2017 by royallepagepremier

Are you thinking about a career change? Maybe it’s time for something new?

Join us for an info-session about the exciting and rewarding industry of Real Estate, it may be just what you’re looking for!  Come for some great coffee and information at the Beaumont Starbucks on Thursday, November 30 from 6:30-7:30pm at 6306 50th Street, Gallerie Beaumont 102.  Hope to see you there!

We will be offering information on:

  • The benefits of a career in Real Estate
  • How to get your Real Estate License
  • Start up and monthly costs
  • Income potential
  • Training and coaching
  • Tools, resources, and support

Please RSVP by Friday, November 24 to Jade Lamaitre at Royal LePage Gateway Realty at 780-986-8407 or at gateweayleduc@royallepage.ca to book your spot!

 

Best Christmas Light Displays To Visit This Season

November 20th, 2017 by royallepagepremier

There are many lights displays in the Edmonton area to get everyone in the holiday spirit, and a great way to get out and enjoy some time with the family!  Here are some displays to check out:

  • Candy Cane Lane – 148th Street between 92nd and 100th Ave and goes Dec 8-31.  This is a Christmas tradition for many Edmontonians since it began in the 1960’s!  This is a park and walk event, and is free, but a donation to the Food Bank is welcomed.
  • Snowflake Festival Light up – Perron District in St Albert on Friday Nov 24 from 6:30-9pm.  This evening light-up is free, and will have other things to check out as well like ice sculptures and live reindeer!
  • Christmas at Bob’s – Take some time to walk around this property and check out all the light displays.  Located in South Edmonton at 7421 108th Street NW.  Begins the first week of December.  Bob is always taking light and decoration donations to help keep this display free.
  • Leduc Country Christmas Lights – Keep an eye out on the weekends, you may even get a chance to visit with Santa!    Located at 25574 Township Road 492, there are 5 acres of lights to see!
  • The Magic of Lights – Castrol Raceway has a drive through tour of lights!  Cost is $25/car, so pack everyone in the minivan and enjoy a leisurely drive in the warmth of your vehicle.
  • Celebrate The Season – Light up is turned on by the Premier every year!  This year, festivities run Dec 7-23, and there will be skating rinks, hot cocoa, choir performances, and more.
  • Edmonton’s best attractions will also be having their own light displays to come visit as well.  The Edmonton Valley Zoo, the U of A Botanical Garden, and the Muttart Conservatory are just a few of the city’s places to put on  your list!

 

 

 

Winterize Your Vehicle

November 7th, 2017 by royallepagepremier

Here are a few simple things to consider for the maintenance of your vehicle in the coming cold Alberta Winter:

Winter Tires –   While winter tires are not mandatory in Alberta, they are certainly recommended.  Depending on which area of Alberta you are in, the kind of temperature and snow/ice you get, some drivers opt to go with an All Weather Tire.  They offer more grip in cold weather than the All Season Tire (that begins to lose it’s rubber elasticity below 7 degrees C), they have a deeper groove pattern, and will not wear as quickly in the warmer weather months.  However, though it may seem a bit of a hassle to change tires twice a year, there are definite benefits to having a seperate set of summer and winter tires.  Getting them switched over at the same time as regular maintenance and servicing of your vehicle will save the extra trip.  Winter tires will allow your vehicle to stop quicker, and maintain traction in snowy and icy conditions.  In parts of the province that experience very severe winter weather conditions, studded tires or even chains may be recommended.  It may seem like more of an expense to have 2 sets of tires, but running the right set in the right season will provide a safer ride, and will also minimize wear, so in theory, having 2 sets means you will get twice the time before replacement than if you had All Weather Tires year round.

Winter Wiper Fluid – It is a very good idea to buy a bottle of washer fluid that is good for the colder temperatures.  Many brands offer fluids to -30 degrees and colder.  Keep an extra in the trunk, you’ll never know when the weather can turn and become a slushy mess, so it’s always good to be prepared.  Depending on your region, your vehicle may even benefit from winter labelled wipers to help cut through all the snow, ice, gravel and salty slush.

Keep an Emergency Kit – Some drivers choose to stock their vehicles with an emergency kit.  This may include jumper cables, flashlight, an extra ice scraper, snacks, blankets, road flares and a first aid kit, and anything else you could imagine needing.  These items will take up a minimal amount of space in your vehicle, but could really be a life saver if there was an emergency.

Give Your Vehicle a Check-Up – Some drivers choose to take their vehicle into the shop at the beginning of the winter season.  This way you can trust in the technicians to give your car the maintenance it may need, but be sure to book early, shops begin to get very busy once the snow flies.  Other drivers choose to take care of their vehicles themselves when it comes to simple maintenance.  A few things to check are :

  • Make sure you are using the proper oil.  Most vehicles take an engine oil that will not over-thicken when the colder temperatures come (though it can’t hurt to warm up your vehicle for a few minutes on the colder days), but some recommend different oil for different temperatures, so best to check your owner’s manual
  • Check your battery.  Some batteries will have a window where you can check the level, if not, you can have it checked at any repair shop, or at most service stations or parts stores
  • A nice coat of wax can help the dirt and salt wash off easier, and can extend the life of your paint
  • Check your tire pressure often.  Fluctuating temperatures change the pressure in your tire

Most of us use our vehicles almost every day, it is important to maintain them properly to keep them as safe as possible and to prevent any hassles that could be avoided.  Accidents, dead batteries, and break-downs can be a major pain in the neck, but most of these can be avoided if we check ahead and drive safe!

 

CFR 44 In Edmonton November 8-12

November 3rd, 2017 by royallepagepremier

It looks like the CRF will stay in Alberta after all, at least for a few more years. Edmonton has played host to the CFR for the last 43 years, and there were talks of the event being moved to Saskatoon in the future, but these negotiations have since fallen through, and the city of Edmonton is delighted to keep the rodeo on its soil for at least 3 more years. In fact, it is literally the same soil it’s been held on for the last 43 years. The team at the Northlands Coliseum use a special mixture of soil that is ideal for the rodeo events, and have been preserving and recycling this dirt since the very first CFR.

The Rodeo itself will be held at Northlands Coliseum from Nov 8-12, but there also will be all sorts of other events and entertainment happening throughout the week too. The thrill of bull riding and barrel racing, the Miss Rodeo Canada Pageant, cattle events and Stock Dog Competition, and a concert with huge names like Tanya Tucker and Aaron Pritchett and others are just some of the many amazing things to experience over the week! In addition, there will be Chute Tours (where you can see the cowboy experience behind the scenes), dancing, education about the agriculture industry, a Ram Country Marketplace and so much more!

These annual events take an enormous amount of work to organize. There are so many volunteers and people behind the scenes to make this week memorable for everyone who attends, and go the extra mile to put smiles on the faces of the people who visit. One extra special event held is Rodeo Magic. This is an invite-only experience for special needs kids, where they get to be paired up with a real cowboy or cowgirl and participate in activities right on the rodeo grounds. There will be stations like horse-back riding, karaoke, and steer roping, plus tons more. What a great way to give back to the community, and make a day the kids will never forget!

Tickets start at just $10, and include admission to Farmfair International too, so make sure you get them before they sell out. They are available at  https://cfr.ca/tickets/  Get out there and experience all the 44th Annual CFR has to offer, it’s going to be a great week!

 

Come Visit Our Brand New Recruiting Website!

October 26th, 2017 by royallepagepremier

We’ve got a new website up and running!  Visit to read about our Leading Edge Training Programs, watch a day in the life of a Realtor, book an appointment with our Recruiting Associate, hear some of our many success stories, and so much more.

https://realestatecareersforyou.com/

 

Halloween Safety Tips

October 26th, 2017 by royallepagepremier

Here are just a few ideas to help make Halloween a fun and care-free night for you and your kids:

Properly Fitting Costumes – Kids will be climbing stairs, navigating porches and gates, and gathering in groups on doorsteps.  Costumes that drag, or ones with large accessories can get ripped, caught on things, or cause trips and falls.  Costumes that fit, don’t have too many large or hanging parts, alongside appropriate footwear will make for easy candy collecting.

Visibility – It’s important that kids are able to see where they are going.  Masks can be a great finishing touch to a costume, but shouldn’t be so obstructing that the kids can’t see where they are going.  They also need to be seen by any drivers in the area.  On Halloween, kids are fueled by sugar and excitement and may forget to keep an eye out for cars.  Before they go out, it’s a good idea to go over road safety with them one more time, as well as helping them be visible to any neighbourhood traffic.  Reflective bands/tape, glow sticks, and lights can make a big difference.  And drivers need to slow down, and pay extra attention.  Lose a minute, not a life.

Travel In Groups – The more eyes the better.  The kids will have fun trick-or-treating with their friends, and more parents mean more eyes, and someone to stay with any kiddos who may want to skip a house with scary decorations, and can help keep kids herded to the sidewalks instead of in the middle of the road.

Lay Some Ground Rules – It’s good to give kids a reminder of what’s expected of them, especially if they are old enough to go out without a parent.  It’s the general consensus that kids shouldn’t bother going to homes with no decorations up and the porch light off, and its usually best to decline any invitations inside.

Candy Inspection – An evening of trick-or-treating is never complete without the final step, candy inspection.  This can be super tedious for the parent, especially if the kid has collected a particularly large haul, but is still important.  Best to throw away any treats that are not sealed or wrapped, or have damaged packaging, and some parents choose to toss any homemade treats, or candy that they don’t recognize, as well as some treats they may not allow in the house such as gum, etc.  On the bright side, it gives us parents a chance to pilfer our favourite goodies, and maybe even squirrel some of the candy away so the kids don’t gorge themselves silly over the next week.

**Teal Pumpkin Project** – This project was launched to raise awareness about food allergies.  There are many kids who suffer from food allergies, most commonly peanut and gluten allergies.  A house that displays a teal pumpkin has opted to give out allergen free treats.  They could be a non-food treat such as play-doh or a pencil, or a gluten, dairy, or peanut free treat (or all mentioned), so it’s always best to ask, just in case.  If you want more information, and to see if there is a map in your area, or to sign up for the map you can visit http://foodallergycanada.ca/teal-pumpkin-project/

 

HAVE A SAFE AND HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!!

 

New Mortgage Guidelines Effective January 1, 2018

October 19th, 2017 by royallepagepremier

Mortgage rules will be changing, effective Jan 1, 2018.  Under the current rules, only home buyers with less than a 20% down payment are required to purchase mortgage insurance.

Under the new rules, all new mortgage applicants, or current homeowners switching lenders, will be required to undergo a “stress test”, even borrowers who have a higher than 20% down payment.  This new minimum qualifying rate is to test the borrowers ability to maintain their mortgage if interest rates go up.  The bar is set at the Bank of Canada’s Benchmark rate, currently at 4.89%, or 2 percent more than the homeowners current mortgage rate.

The Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions Canada (OSFI) says it’s implementing these changes to help “cool” the market in places such as Toronto and Vancouver, to ensure that there is a reasonable loan-to-value (LTV) ratio, and to minimize risk in an ever-evolving housing market.

What does this mean for home buyers?  No changes as of yet for current homeowners, provided they stay with their current lender.  New mortgages, applied for after Jan 1, 2018, and when switching mortgage lenders, will be subject to the new guidelines, causing a reduction in the buyer’s purchasing power by approximately 15-20%.  This will likely mean more condo and town-home purchases, as opposed to single family residences, or fewer total residential purchases overall as more people will find themselves unable to meet the new borrowing criteria.  Smaller lending companies may not be subject to the revised rules, but these lenders charge higher interest rates as they assume the risk by themselves.  It is predicted that the Real Estate market will see a surge of sales over the next few months as buyers try to secure their mortgages before the new rules are set in place.

Harry Potter Festival of Witchcraft and Wizardry in Edmonton!

October 11th, 2017 by royallepagepremier

What better event to take place on a crisp Friday the 13th in October (some events brought over to Saturday) than a Harry Potter Fanhood Party?! This magical evening will have tons of whimsical events, such as the Hogwarts Express Ride, movie screenings, English-style fare from a variety food trucks and vendors (vegan and gluten free options will be available as well), Quidditch and Potions demonstrations, and amazing costumed characters.

This event welcomes people of all ages and all Houses. Tickets for the Hogwart’s Express (Edmonton Streetcar), and some of the events need to be purchased in advance. Festival takes place in Wilbert Mcintyre Park (8303 104 Street), and all festivities will be within walking distance from each other. This event is run soley by volunteers, and has no outside funding, so let’s support this spellbinding evening of fun by showing some true fandom! Bring your wands and costumes, and come check out all the magical food and drink, marvelous vendors and their wares, and all of the fun and enchantment of Harry Potter brought to life.  For tickets, schedule of events, or more info visit:  https://www.facebook.com/events/2097626173798140

 

St Albert Municipal Elections – Get Out And Vote!

October 11th, 2017 by royallepagepremier

Monday, October 16 is Municipal Election Day across Alberta.  In St Albert, voters will be casting their votes for Mayor, City Councillor, Public School Trustee for the St Albert Public School District 5565, and for Catholic School Trustee for Ward 1 of the Greater St Albert Roman Catholic District 734.  Residents will also have the option to vote on the projects proposed for the City’s 10 Year Capital Plan. Voters will have a Yes or No option for 3 questions each, for the branch library plan, a 6th sheet of ice, and an additional aquatic space.

The Election will run from 8am to 8pm at locations all across the city, and election results will be posted approximately 9pm that evening. Voter ID with your name and current St Albert address will be required to vote.  Come on out and cast your ballot!

For information on voting station locations, candidates, or more information about the ballot questions please go to  http://stalbert.ca/election

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