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Archive for October, 2014

What To Look For When House Hunting

Thursday, October 30th, 2014

What To Look For When House Hunting!

House hunting is exciting!  It is good to know what you are looking for, for your sake and for your Realtor’s®, that way I can help you find the best match for your WANTS and NEEDS!  What you WANT as well as what you NEED!  Obviously NEEDS come before WANTS, but if you are clear on what both are, I will do my best to include all of them in the houses/properties you look at.

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Here is a checklist from howrealtorshelp.ca to use when house hunting to help you remember each property and to help you figure out your WANTS and NEEDS.  

Contact me or visit my website for information on properties in Red Deer & Central Alberta!

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New Schools in Red Deer

Tuesday, October 28th, 2014

New Schools in Red Deer!

For the start of the 2014 school year, Red Deer had 2 new elementary schools!  École Barrie Wilson Elementary School in the Timberlands neighbourhood and Father Henri Voisin School in Clearview Ridge.  Both of these openings alleviated the oversized classes in the south east neighbourhoods.  Red Deer now has a total of 44 schools from elementary to high school; 24 public and 20 Catholic.

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Another 2 schools will be built in Red Deer north- end by 2016!  A Catholic high school, “St Joseph’s High School”, will accommodate 900 to possibly as many as 1200 students, plus, an elementary school that will accommodate 500 students.  This will help with enrolment pressures in Red Deer’s north end communities.  Read this article in the Red Deer Express for more information on the upcoming new schools

For information on Real Estate and different neighbourhoods to look at in Red Deer, please contact me or visit my website!

Photo Credits: rdpl.org, frhenrivoisinschool.ca

Homebuyer’s Road Map

Thursday, October 23rd, 2014

Homebuyer’s Road Map

Realtors® are experienced in everything you need to know when buying a home!  With my 9 years in Real Estate in Red Deer and Central Alberta I have gained lots of knowledge on the home buying process as well as contacts in various different industries related to Real Estate (ex. contractor, mortgage broker, lawyer, home builder, etc).

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Click here for a breakdown from CREA (Canadian Real Estate Association) of what to expect during the home buying process.

Contact me or visit my website for more details or with any questions you may have on this subject OR on properties in Red Deer & Central Alberta!

 

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Buying A Home In Red Deer Or Central Alberta

Tuesday, October 21st, 2014

Buying A Home In Red Deer Or Central Alberta!

Finding the perfect home doesn’t happen in one day. It takes careful planning and lots of work. Fortunately, there are a number of things you can do to simplify the process!  With my experience as a Realtor®, I will help you along with this process.  

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Here is some advice for buyers from CREA (Canadian Real Estate Association).  Contact me or visit my website for more information.

 

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Building a Fence in Red Deer

Thursday, October 16th, 2014

Building a Fence in Red Deer!

1. Call or Click before you dig.  Contact Alberta One Call to have the buried lines on your property flagged (at no cost to you)! Click for the Alberta One Call website or call 1-800-242-3447.

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2.  You do NOT need a permit to build a fence on your residential lot in Red Deer!

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3.  Building your fence on or within your property lines!  Use your Real Property Report (RPR) to determine your property lines and build your fence within them.  You can call the City of Red Deer’s Engineering Department (403-342-8161) before you start to verify if there are any City boulevards or Municipal Reserves that will affect where you put your fence.  

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4.  Fence Heights!  Non-corner lots may have a fence no higher than 3′ in the front yard and no higher than 6’6″ in the back yard.  You must maintain an adequate line of sight on corner lots, you may not build anything higher than 3 feet in sight line areas.

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5.  Choose a building material that is affordable to you and easy to maintain: wood, vinyl, chain link, composite, iron, etc.  The following are NOT permitted as fencing materials in Red Deer: electrified, barbed wire and protruding sharpened spikes or broken glass.

Allowed:      vinyl fence  wood fence

Not Allowed:electric fence barbed fence  spiked fence

Contact me or visit my website for information on properties in Red Deer or Central Alberta!

 

 

Photo Credits: albertaonecall.com, geocashing.com, foothillssurveys.com, reddeer.ca/business/planning-and-development-of-property/permits-and-applications/residential-permits/fence-permit/, 6.homedepot.com/fencing-designs/, intelligentfencing.com, bridgat.com, norlapfencing.co.uk

Building a Detached Garage, Carport or Shed in Red Deer

Tuesday, October 14th, 2014

Building a Detached Garage, Carport or Shed in Red Deer!

1. Call or Click before you dig.  Contact Alberta One Call to have the buried lines on your property flagged (at no cost to you)! Click for the Alberta One Call website or call 1-800-242-3447.

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2. Permits:  Any garage, carport or shed over 10 meters² (10m x 10m) will require a building permit to make sure their placement complies with the Land Use Bylaw and Alberta Building Code.  Sheds that are not permanently attached to a foundation and are under 10 meters² do not require a permit, but must follow the City Land Use Bylaw.  You will also need electrical, plumbing and gas fitting permits if you have any of those services in your garage, carport or shed.

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3.  Location:  Garages, carports or sheds are not allowed in front yards or on City boulevards.  The structure must be at least 3 feet from the side of your property line.  It must be 20 feet from the rear property line if you will park behind it or 3 feet if you don’t plan on parking behind.  If there is an easement on your rear property line, your building must be 1.64 feet  from the easement.  You cannot build over a sewer or water line unless you enter into a caveat agreement with the City of Red Deer.  You cannot build over gas, electrical, phone or cable lines.

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4.  Size: The maximum height of any detached garage, carport or shed must not exceed 4.5 metres or take up more than two-thirds the width of your yard. Your house and any other buildings must not take up more than 40% of your yard in an R1 location. Other zonings may allow more or less percentage. Contact The City of Red Deer’s Inspections and Licensing to confirm zoning and to check to see exactly what size  and where you can build.

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5.  Getting a permit:   Visit the City of Red Deer’s Inspections and Licensing Department.  You will need 2 copies of your site plan showing the location you would like to build your garage, carport or shed.  Your site plan should be neatly drawn and reasonably to scale.  It should also describe the location of the building, site dimensions, easements, service locations and other buildings.  You will need to fill out a detailed spec sheet.

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Contact me or visit my website for information on properties in Red Deer and Central Alberta! 

Photo Credits: albertaonecall.com, beaconnews.ca, bungalowremodelling.blogspot.com,sites.google.com

4 Interesting Facts to Ponder About Thanksgiving in Canada

Friday, October 10th, 2014

4 Interesting Facts to Ponder About Thanksgiving in Canada:

Here is an interesting video containing 4 interesting, surprising facts about Thanksgiving in Canada for you to ponder this Thanksgiving Weekend!

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For information on properties in Red Deer &/or Central Alberta, contact me or visit my website!

Real Property Report: What You Need To Know!

Thursday, October 9th, 2014

Real Property Report: What You Need To Know!

A Real Property Report (RPR) is a legal document that shows where your property lines are and the location of any fences and buildings.  It is used by the buyer, seller, lender and municipality as an accurate representation of the property.

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Click on The Alberta Land Surveyors’ Association for a complete breakdown on RPR’s, including:

What is a Real Property Report?

Who needs a Real Property Report?

How does a Real Property Reports protect you?

How does municipal compliance protect you?

How long is a Real Property Report valid?

How can I get a Real Property Report updated?

Your Real Property Report will show:

How is a Real Property Report prepared?

How much does a Real Property Report cost?

Who are Alberta Land Surveyors?

The benefits of a Real Property Report:


For more information on RPR’s or properties in Red Deer & Central Alberta, contact me or visit my website!

Photo Credit: www.foothillssurveys.com

50 Amazing Pumpking Carving Ideas

Wednesday, October 8th, 2014

50 Amazing Pumpkin Carving Ideas

Tired of the same old triangle eyes pumpkin?  Or maybe you are just looking for something new and trendy for your front step this Halloween?  Check out 50 Mind-Blowing Pumpkin Ideas for some really neat ideas!  

mummy pumpkin hgtv.ca       wine pumpkin hgtv.ca      jewel pumpkin hgtv.ca

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Understanding Easements & Rights-Of-Way

Tuesday, October 7th, 2014

Understanding Easements & Rights-Of-Way

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An easement or right-of-way is an agreement that confers on an individual, company or municipality the right to use a landowner’s property in some way.  While these agreements grant rights, they also have the effect of partially restricting an owner’s use of the affected portions of land.

For example, if you own property and a utility company has a main gas line passing under your land, it is likely that they will have a registered easement that will grant them access to the line and restrict uses or activities that would hamper such access or cause safety concerns.

Click on the brochure to view it on The Alberta Land Surveryors’ Association website:

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Contact me or visit my website for more information on Easements and Rights-Of-Way OR for information on properties in Red Deer & Central Alberta!

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