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Red Deer Home Sales for November 2016

Thursday, December 15th, 2016

Single- Family Home sales are up again, for the 3rd consecutive month! While November 2016, single- family home sales, only outperformed November 2015 by one sale, it’s still an improvement!!!!

For the rest of Central Alberta, single- family home sales, for November 2016 vs November 2015 are: Blackfalds is up 30% up, Sylvan Lake is up 46%, Innisfail stayed the same, Lacombe is down 10%, and Penhold is down 60%.
For the most part, sales are up!
Days on the market, for Red Deer single- family homes, are up from 45 days- on- the- market in November 2015, to 61 days- on- the- market.
Average sale price was $340,000, and there is currently 4.11 months of inventory on the market.
I, am excited to see what 2017 brings to the table. My wish is more employment, for all and a renewed consumer confidence!
To find out what you Red Deer home is worth, contact me here or call me at 403-396-0721.

Red Deer’s “Waste Reduction Spooktacular”!

Thursday, October 22nd, 2015

Red Deer’s “Waste Reduction Spooktacular”!

Are you into recycling and living green?

Or at least trying to?

Would you like your kids to learn a little more about waste reduction and recycling?

Would you like to win an iPad?

Do you have batteries, e-waste, fluorescent lightbulbs, nail polish, or egg cartons/paper towel rolls/clean baby food jars with lids to recycle?

Want to do a little early trick-or-treating?

If you answered yes to any of these questions then this is the event for you! Red Deer’s Waste Management Facility is putting on an event on Saturday, October 24th from 10:30am-3:00pm. They are offering guided tours, trick-or-treating, snacks, the opportunity to ask questions and a chance to win an iPad by bringing in some recyclable things &/or by dressing in costume! A little fun and learning all in one! Click on the recycle box to learn more about this excellent event!

www.reddeer.ca

“Remember it’s best to reduce & reuse before you recycle!”

If you have any questions about properties in Red Deer, please contact me!

Happy Canada Day!

Tuesday, June 30th, 2015

Happy Canada Day!

Happy Canada Day everyone! And Happy 148th Birthday to our beautiful country! Check out these 13 Canada Day Fun Facts. From BBQ’s with friends and family to picnics in one of Red Deer’s beautiful parks to sparklers and fireworks, what are your plans this Canada Day? Please have a safe and happy Canada Day!

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Need Someone To Keep An Eye On Your Home While You’re Away?

Thursday, June 18th, 2015

Jet Set Secure

Jet Set Secure is a new, Professional Home Watch business serving Red Deer & Central Alberta. They will check in on your home, while you are away, and make sure all is good. They also offer a “Welcome Home Concierge Package” which includes light duty cleaning and stocking of basic groceries. It is swiftly picking up momentum and recognition in our community, as our area does not have anything like this! For your peace of mind, Jet Set Secure is fully insured, bonded and registered with the government. They have recently started covering commercial properties as well, which is great when you have a vacant building you are trying to sell. 

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Why should you use Jet Set Secure services? With everyone’s busy lives these days, it’s hard to get a friend, neighbour or family member to watch your house when you are away, and we all love and need to get away from time to time! Jet Set Secure has affordable rates and provides peace of mind, which allows you to really relax on your vacation!

Click on “How It Works” to learn the Jet Set Secure process and see if it is the right choice for you!

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Photo: jetsetsecure.ca

Contact me with any real estate questions!

The Red Deer Market!

Thursday, June 11th, 2015

The Red Deer Market!

The Red Deer Farmer’s Market has been open since May Long weekend and runs until Thanksgiving! It is a hustlin’ and a bustlin’! My family and I love going there on Saturday mornings to get fresh produce and check out all the other vendors cool things (250-350 vendors each week)! There is such a great atmosphere at the market and it is an excellent way to start the weekend! Go check it out Saturday mornings from 8am-12:30pm! What’s your favourite thing to see or buy at the market?

Click on the photo to visit the website:

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Contact me with any real estate questions or needs you may have!

 

How To Get Rid Of Or Cut Down On Mosquito Populations Around Red Deer!

Thursday, May 7th, 2015

How To Get Rid Of Or Cut Down On Mosquito Populations Around Red Deer!

Spring has sprung! Well, mostly… While we are all excited for Spring, new growth and yard clean up, the mosquitos also seem to be excited for Spring! I have definitely seen some flying around out there, especially at dusk. While you are doing your yard clean up, it is important to do your part in cutting down on mosquito breeding grounds. You can do this by making sure there isn’t any standing/stagnant water on your property, including buckets, in kids toys, rain barrels should be covered, bird baths, uncovered boats, plant pot trays, swimming pool covers, wheel barrows, sluggish drainage ditches, leaky faucets, etc. You should also check your eaves troughs (rain gutters) to make sure they are not clogged.

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If you live within the City of Red Deer, there is a Mosquito Control Program that operates from April-August. Find out more about it by clicking the link above.

 

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There are also natural mosquito repellants and control measures that you can use. Certain essential oils like lemongrass, citronella and eucalyptus have been known to help repel mosquitos. Click here for a homemade, all natural bug spray. You can also plant certain plants in your yard that keep the pesky buggers away, like Lemon Thyme, Lavender, Lemon Balm, Basil, Lemongrass, Catnip, Rosemary, Garlic and Marigolds.

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I love this time of year, it’s a great time of year to buy or sell a home, so please contact me if you have any real estate questions!

Spring Yard Clean Up in Red Deer!

Tuesday, May 5th, 2015

Spring Yard Clean Up in Red Deer!

Now that everything is starting to bloom, bud and turn green, it is time to think about your yard clean up, if you haven’t already done so! Get all that old grass raked up so your lawn looks nice and fresh, clean up your flower beds/gardens and tidy up your trees! After you’ve got that all done, what to do with all your yard waste? The City of Red Deer has a Yard Waste program. For 1 week in the spring and 1 week in the fall, it is free to drop yard waste off at the Waste Management facility for free! This spring the free week is May 4-9. It must only be yard waste (grass, tree branches, leaves, etc.), no garbage or plastic bags! You can also set your yard waste out on your usual garbage day, clearly marked (you can get a sticker for your garbage can at City Hall, Collicutt Centre, Recreation Centre, Dawe Centre or Environmental Services) and it will be picked up weekly from April 13-November 13.

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It’s a great time to buy or sell real estate! Contact me if you have any questions!

Shantel & Assistant Christy’s Camping Food, Games & Tips Around Red Deer

Thursday, April 30th, 2015

Shantel & Assistant Christy’s Camping

Food, Games & Tips Around Red Deer!

Following up the last blog on where to camp around Red Deer and Central Alberta, is today’s blog on my and Assistant Christy’s “Camping Food, Games, Fun & Tips”. Whether you are roughing it or living it up at a campground, it is nice to be prepared! Christy likes to meal plan, (she’s the super organized kind) where you plan each meal ahead of time, possibly even prepare most of it ahead of time so it only has to be cooked, divide up the meals between each family and BOOM you are ready to go. This makes meals easy! Sometimes, there’s not enough time to plan that far ahead, like if you have a super busy work week or it’s a last minute camp trip. So, you run to the grocery store and raid your fridge at home and wing it for the weekend. Regardless, we never seem to go hungry out camping! There are so many great camping foods or is it that food just tastes better when you’re camping? From prepared (at home) breakfast casseroles, classic bacon and eggs, to burgers, steak~potato dinner, ribs and chicken to whole turkey dinners. And don’t forget the smores, I really want to try the smores made on the rake or Smoreos! We’ve done it all and it all can be done when camping! Mind you, I don’t think we ever did a turkey dinner when we were tenters…. Check out these Great Ideas we definitely want to try out this camping season! Please let us know if you have any great camping recipes!

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While we love our camping food, let’s move on to the even more fun stuff: Games & Activities! We all love to relax around the fire or find a nice quiet spot to chill out for a bit. But for Christy and I, that can only last so long! We like to play games and have fun! There’s the classics like bocce ball, ladder ball, flying kites, scavenger hunts, walks or quad rides, sports like volleyball and soccer, washer toss, playing card games and fireworks! And the newer games like beer pong, flippy cup, glow in the dark ring toss and beersbie. This year, we are definitely going to try out some of these exciting looking games! What is your favourite camping activity?

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Now, for some camping tips! From the time Christy was a tenter to now, where she keeps her RV in one spot, she has always used plastic bins to pack her stuff. Clothes in one, unpack them, it’s now the laundry bin, clothes get washed and go back into the bin. Same for food, pack dry food in a bin, unpack it (or keep in bin if tenting), recycles and left over food comes home. I like to use small containers or bins in my cupboards of my trailer to keep everything organized and from sliding around while in transport. I’ve seen many campers use a big blue water jug with a hand pump for easy access drinking water. Christy’s friend makes fire starters out of cardboard egg cartons, old candle wax and saw dust, works every time! For the out-backers use an old 5 gallon pail (with or without a toilet seat), kitty litter in the bottom, walk  a little bit away from camp, use your make shift bathroom and hang in a tree for the next time, lol! Don’t forget your first aid supplies, toilet paper, hand washing/sanitizing supplies, warm clothes/blankets, extra footwear, waterproof matches, flashlights/lanterns, lots of water, duct tape (for everything from fixing tears to closing wounds), bug spray and sunscreen and chairs! I could go on and on…. Mostly, just be prepared for your family’s needs and know the area if you’re random camping out west!

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I can’t wait to get out there and enjoy my new trailer! If you have any real estate questions, please contact me!

Camping in Central Alberta!

Tuesday, April 28th, 2015

Camping in Central Alberta!

Well, it is that time of year again! What time, you ask? Time to get out camping!! I am super stoked this year as my husband and I just bought a trailer to go camping in! I can’t wait to get out there! Now I’m thinking, where should we go? Which led me to write this blog. There’s a ton of camping right here around Red Deer and in Central Alberta.

For campgrounds in Central Alberta, click the picture:

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If you prefer to rough it a bit, you can drive a little further to the Rocky Mountain House or Caroline area to camp, although some of the campgrounds are fully equipped with all the amenities. It is beautiful out there and has some amazing camping, from campgrounds to “random camping” spots! Here is a list of campgrounds near Rocky Mountain House.  “Random Camping” is where you just drive and find a spot (that’s not on someone’s property). There are some great spots if you know where to go. According to Assistant Christy, some of her favourites she used to frequent were Jack Fish Lake (drive past the campground to find many random spots), South Fork RoadRam RiverChungo Road and west of Caroline on highway 54 to the Forestry Trunk Road! She also says it’s been about 7 years since she’s been out there, so best to get more info before heading out to those areas. There’s tons of trails for ATV’s, rivers, streams, lakes and views to knock your socks off! Some of these areas can accommodate RV’s, but some cannot, so make sure you know what you’re getting into!

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Where’s your favourite place to camp? In a campground? In the “Boonies”? Or somewhere in between?

Please contact me if you have any real estate questions!

The Red Deer Home Show!

Friday, March 13th, 2015

The Red Deer Home Show!

Our time spent at The Red Deer Home Show March 7th was great. Assistant Christy and I talked to lots of people and even picked up a few leads! The most commonly asked question was regarding housing prices and the oil industry?

"I love the word SOLD"

“I love the word SOLD”

“SOLD” is definitely one of my favourite words! Please contact me, Shantel, with any of your real estate needs or questions.  I would be happy to help you put a SOLD sign on your property!

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