Magrath Mansion for Sale in 2020

The Magrath Mansion is a two and one half-storey historical building situated on a large Highlands city lot overlooking the North Saskatchewan River providing amazing views year-round. It was built between 1912 and 1913 with a stately design strongly influenced by the Georgian Revival and Neoclassical architectural styles. The heritage value of the Magrath Mansion lies in its association with Edmonton's pre-World War One building boom.

Prominent features of the Magrath Mansion include the symmetrical front facade, two-storey colonnade supported by robust classical columns, hipped roof with gable dormers, and wraparound porch and balcony that expresses in its lavishness and scale the ebullient optimism.

In the years between the creation of the Province of Alberta in 1905 and the outbreak of World War One in 1914, Edmonton experienced substantial real estate, commercial and economic growth. Among the most significant figures during this time period were Bidwell Holgate and William J. Magrath, who both built mansions in this area. Unfortunately in the early 1930s, the Magrath family had fallen behind in the payment of property taxes and the home was seized by the local sheriff.

This entrepreneurial pair established a real estate company in 1909 and was involved in numerous projects to create residential areas for Edmonton's growing population. Their most ambitious undertaking was the creation, development, and promotion of Highlands, a subdivision located in the northeast Edmonton. Envisioned as an exclusive preserve of our municipality burgeoning entrepreneurial and professional class, Highlands was graced with such genteel luxuries as minimum building standards, streetcars, concrete sidewalks, street lighting, and sewer and water mains.

The impressive colonnade home with robust classical columns crowned by Ionic capitals is a bold expression of the Neoclassical architectural vision. The interior was equally ostentatious, graced by a variety of exotic materials - including mahogany, Italian marble, hand-painted silk and linen wallpaper, and Bohemian crystal. You will impress your friends with the architectural details like the French chandelier in the reception area, the winding oak staircase to the second floor, the fireplace faced with hammered brass in the library, and the intricately painted, and sculptured plaster ceiling in the dining room.

The historical Magrath Mansion is located at 6240 Ada Boulevard, Edmonton, Alberta, T5W, Canada. It is situated in Highlands and not in the southwest community of Magrath Heights.

View interior photos of this historical home.

Source: Alberta Culture and Community Spirit, Historic Resources Management Branch (File: Des. 323)

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YES! Edmonton properties are still being sold! While the real estate market has slowed down, people are still buying and selling homes in Edmonton.

Buying & Selling in Edmonton during COVID-19

Tips for Buying During COVID-19

1. Check out virtual Open Houses

If you were planning on visiting an open house during this pandemic - sorry not allowed. There are however online virtual tours you can take advantage of. We know its not quite the same, so if you really want to view a property, contact us and we will ensure all precautions are in place while viewing.

2. It's a Blessing in Disguise

Timing is everything when it comes to money, this is a perfect time to be purchasing any real estate from single-family homes to rental investments to leasing commercial property. There are some sellers who need to sell their houses and are willing to take a loss. Plus interest rates right now in Canada are unbeatable. 

Tips for Selling Edmonton During COVID-19

1. Don't Rely on Virtual Evaluations

Pricing is everything right now. An experienced Realtor will still need to see your home in person to price it properly in today's market. Although the agent's presentation can be done via skype, on the phone and through email documentation, an accurate selling price can only be provided when the agent physical looks at your property. Once they have viewed your home, then the agent can provide professional advice for maximizing your sold price and tips on preparing your home for sale to ensure you receive a fair market sold price!

2. Pictures are worth a thousand dollars

Today, more than ever, having the right photography is so important. Our professional photographers respect the COVID- 19 rules and all have masks and gloves while photographing, creating floor plans, 3D tours, i-guides, and accurately measuring your home. Our agents will be there as well at this time to ensure all precautions are taken. Expect to leave your house for about an hour and a half while the photos are being taken.

3. Only Allow in the Qualified

As a homeowner, you need to decide which viewing requirements you prefer. Do you require the buyers to complete a questionnaire prior to viewing? Are the Buyers qualified to purchase in your price range? Will everyone with a financial investment be there together for the viewing? Will the buyer's children be staying at home?

4. Do your part (Before & After the showing)

- Turn on all lights to prevent anyone from touching the light switches.
- Open all window coverings to provide natural light.
- Provide hand sanitizer at the front entry
- Sanitize door handles and surfaces before and after showings

If you have questions about selling your Edmonton home during COVID-19, feel free to get in touch with us.

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I have listed a new property at 6811 136 AVE NW in Edmonton.
Mint Condition!!! This 5 bedroom dream home is ready for a new family who wants to enjoy a high grade quality interior and relaxing in a large beautified backyard. A few features of this prime located bungalow feature a bright renovated white kitchen with a breakfast island and stainless steel appliances, exquisite reclaimed flooring, triple pane durabuilt windows, air-conditioning, master with private ensuite, a fully finished basement with ample space for an office, 2 bedrooms and a second family room, RV parking and an oversized (28 x 24) garage with welding plug and is rough in for in-floor heating. Located within walking distance to elementary schools, parks and amenities, this is prime real estate in the heart of Delwood!
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I have listed a new property at 17777 95 ST in Edmonton.
Perfect Starter home in a professional well run complex with very low condo fees in the heart of Lago Lindo. Features of this great property include central air conditioning, a high efficiency furnace, finished basement, ceramic tile in the kitchen and beautiful two-toned real hardwood flooring in the large living room on the main floor with patio doors to the private backyard with greenery and lots of perennials. This 2-storey townhouse is located near Eusebio Garcia Park, elementary schools and quick access to Canadian Forces Base Edmonton Garrison. Don't miss out on this great home.
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180 Callaghan Drive

Sunday, February 22, 2020
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Asking Price: $719,000

Main Photo: 180 CALLAGHAN Drive in Edmonton: Zone 55 House for sale : MLS®# E4183496

Heritage Valley Open House in Callaghan Edmonton. Welcome home to your fully finished home backing onto a pond and green space. This CUSTOM built house is the best of both worlds, ideal for your growing family & GORGEOUS space to entertain! You are greeted w/open to above foyer & formal dining surrounded w/windows. The kitchen is a Chef's dream w/tons of cabinetry, ample amount of counter space, a corner pantry & stainless steel appliances. The dining/living area boast tons of natural light & breath-taking views of the pond! Your sunny nook leads you to your maintenance free deck/yard to enjoy summer BBQ's w/the family & take in the scenery around you! A den & laundry complete the main floor. The upper level features an oversized bonus rm w/huge windows. The master is fit for a KING/QUEEN with a spa-like ensuite with his & her sinks & a walk-in closet. Additional two bedrooms and a full bath on this level. The basement is perfect to unwind with your very own sauna & theatre room w/wet bar. Another 2 berms and another bathroom. A MUST see! This home has it ALL!

Missed the open house at 180 Callaghan Drive? Contact Audrey Abuan at 780-910-5179 for a private viewing.

Thinking of selling your Callaghan Edmonton home? Click here for a FREE in-home evaluation

Heritage Valley Real Estate Statistics

Listings on market: 239

Average list price: $444,800

Average days on market: 49

Average price per sq.ft.: $254.47

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11305 79 Ave

Sunday, February 23, 2020
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Asking Price: $648,800

Main Photo: 11305 79 Avenue in Edmonton: Zone 15 House Half Duplex for sale : MLS®# E4174015

Open house in McKernan Edmonton. Location! Location! BRAND New infill just steps from the University Campus! This 1432 square foot duplex is a perfect fit for a student or young professional working downtown! Gorgeous open concept layout throughout boasting tons of natural light & a great space to entertain! This home has a total of 3 bedrooms including the master bedroom with a four-piece ensuite. Another full bathroom and laundry complete the upper level. This home features a spacious beautiful south facing yard and a double detached garage. There is also a second entrance leading to the unfinished basement. This home features white lacquer cabinets, quartz counters/island, hardwood, glass railing, electric fireplace with tile facing & stainless steel appliances.

Missed the open house at 11303 - 79 Ave? Contact Audrey Abuan at 780-910-5179 for a private viewing.

Thinking of selling your McKernan Edmonton home? Click here for a FREE in-home evaluation

University Area Real Estate Statistics

Listings on market: 158

Average list price: $669,450

Average days on market: 52

Average price per sq.ft.: $427.66

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Edmonton real estate prices have been on the decline, with the city’s housing market ranked #3 of 16 Canadian cities when it comes to housing affordability, according to the 2020 REMAX Housing Affordability Report. While affordability is already one of the region’s biggest draws, cost-conscious home hunters in search of even better prices can find them in the communities of Oliver, North East Edmonton and Mill Woods, which have been named the most affordable neighbourhoods to buy a home in Edmonton.

Factors contributing to Edmonton real estate prices

Edmonton real estate prices have been declining, experiencing a 3.2-per-cent decrease from 2018 to 2019, and another one-per-cent decrease is expected this year (source: 2020 Housing Market Outlook Report). In light of the lowering prices, Edmonton has been named one of Canada’s most affordable housing markets, according to the new REMAX Housing Affordability Report.

In its inaugural Housing Affordability Report, REMAX examined 16 of Canada’s most populous regions and ranked them on an affordability scale, with #1 being the most affordable and #16 being the least affordable. REMAX brokers were surveyed about average home sale prices and whether they believe real estate in their region is overvalued, undervalued, or right on the money. Edmonton real estate came in at #3 of 16 cities. Canada’s most affordable city to buy a home is Regina (#1) and the least affordable place to buy a home in Vancouver (#16).

REMAX affordability ranking was determined by assessing the percentage of a buyer's monthly income needed to carry a mortgage, assuming a down payment of 25 per cent, and based on the forecasted 2020 average sale price per region and the forecasted 2019 average household income.

Edmonton real estate is currently regarded as undervalued. The implementation of the Federal mortgage stress test has unintended consequences in how it impacted Canadian homeowners. In Edmonton, the recessed economy has also added to decreased sales, which in turn has resulted in buyers being unable to qualify for a mortgage and paying more in rent than what they would be buying for.

There is also an evident division between what buyers want and what inventory is available, most of that inventory is not what buyers are looking for. First-time home buyers are looking for newer properties, but much of what is available are homes in need of renovations.

At the high end of the affordability spectrum, the region’s least affordable neighbourhoods include Upper Windermere, Belgravia, Windsor Park and Crestwood, Parkview, Laurier Heights.

Despite the commonly held notion that housing in Canada is unaffordable, the report finds that the vast majority of Canada’s largest urban centres (75 per cent) are currently undervalued, according to a survey of REMAX brokers in 16 of Canada’s most populous cities.

In its report, REMAX explored the most popular property types sought by first-time homebuyers, the least and most affordable neighbourhoods in each of the 16 housing markets, factors preventing buyers from entering the market, and methods homebuyers are using to enhance the affordability of homes. Current and prospective Canadian homeowners were also surveyed about their sentiments around homeownership, barriers to owning a home, financial factors impacting homeownership, and what could potentially improve housing affordability.


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#40 841 156 Street

Saturday, February 22, 2020
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Asking Price: $668,800

Main Photo: 40 841 156 Street in Edmonton: Zone 14 Condo for sale : MLS®# E4183499

Open House in South Terwillegar. Location! Location! BEAUTIFUL "DETACHED" end unit in Brindavan Estates (18+) w/a south-facing yard & double att heated garage. Loaded with upgrades this home is meticulously kept and gorgeous from the inside out! The main flr greets you w/10/12ft ceilings, flr to ceiling windows & hardwood flr as you walk into your dining and living area featuring a fireplace with a huge mantel/cabinetry. The kitchen includes S/S app w/a gas stove, a huge granite island & corner pantry. The bright/sunny nook has easy access to your south-facing yard & oversized dura deck w/a remote control awning, enjoy your morning coffee in pure bliss! The master bedroom is fit for a king/queen w/a spa-like 5 piece ensuite w/his & hers sinks, a soaker tub, a shower and a W/I closet w/organizers. 2pce bath, laundry & den w/a B/I Murphy bed complete the exquisite main floor. The basement is home w/9 ft ceilings, oversized windows, a huge living rm w/two-sided fireplace, a wet bar w/bar fridge, dining area, 2 bedrooms and a 4pce bath. Call this place home today!

Missed the open house at 841 156 Street? Contact Audrey Abuan at 780-910-5179 for a private viewing.

Thinking of selling your Terwillegar Edmonton home? Click here for a FREE in-home evaluation

Terwillegar Heights Area Real Estate Statistics

Listings on market: 151

Average list price: $579,000

Average days on market: 55

Average price per sq.ft.: $272.15

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Saturday, February 22, 2020
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Asking Price: $668,800

Main Photo: 2829 TERWILLEGAR Wynd in Edmonton: Zone 14 House for sale : MLS®# E4179970

Open House in Terwillegar Heights. Simply stunning! 2657 square feet of luxury located in desirable Terwillegar Gardens on a quiet cul-de-sac. Four bedrooms, 2.5 baths open concept home defines excellent craftsmanship, class & elegance. Prof landscaped large yard surrounded by mature trees w/patio, shed, garden, irrigation system, composite deck + newer ground deck perf for friends/family gatherings. Newly refinished hardwood, new quartz/granite counters, vaulted foyer ceilings, iron railings & lots of natural light thru-out w/lots of windows. The main floor showcases exec den & formal dining, spacious kitchen with an oversized island, and gas range, pantry & eating area. Cosy great rm w/gas fireplace perf on a cold winter day. Upper boasts 4 bed + sep huge vaulted bonus w/builtin media unit, Huge master has W/I, spa-like 5pc ensuite w/shower+jetted soaker. Laundry w/sink on the main level. Bsmt ready for your personal touch. Long driveway and double attached garage suitable for growing family. Minutes to schools, Rec Centre, parks/ponds, shopping. Incredible value!

Missed the open house at 2829 Terwillegar Wynd? Contact Audrey Abuan at 780-910-5179 for a private viewing.

Thinking of selling your Terwillegar Edmonton home? Click here for a FREE in-home evaluation

Riverbend Property Statistics:

Listings on market: 151

Average list price: $579,000

Average days on market: 55

Average price per sq.ft.: $272.15

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Saturday, February 22, 2020
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Asking Price: $518,800

Main Photo: 1379 CARTER CREST Road in Edmonton: Zone 14 House for sale : MLS®# E4180668

2,170 square feet, two-storey  Carter Crest family home nestled in a quiet cul de sac. Charming character with numerous renovations. Upgrades included White Ash & Brazilian Tigerwood hardwood, newer carpet, fresh paint on all three levels, faucets, vanity, countertops & California shutters thru-out. The main floor features 9’ ceilings, large windows, gas fireplace with built-ins in the spacious great rm. Kitchen w/lots of white cabinetry, gas range, pot drawers, corner pantry, under cabinet lights, granite island & granite breakfast bar. Sunny vaulted dining rm w/access to the large DuraDeck w/glass rails. Large southeast facing treed fenced yard with stone patio and fire pit. An oversized bonus room with vaulted ceilings, hardwood and built-ins. 3 large bedrooms + 2- 5pc bathrooms including a large master with luxurious ensuite & walk-in closet. Bright fully finished basement bsmt boasts pressure-treated oversized window wells, 2 bedrooms, full bath, laundry rm w/sink & cabinets & lots of storage. Features incl cedar roof, glass insert railing, A/C, drip humidifier, shed, 21 X 20 garage & newer 50-gallon hot water tank. Steps to park, schools, transit & Rec Centre. Missed the Open house at 1379 Carter Crest Road? Contact Audrey Abuan at 780-910-5179 for a private viewing.

Thinking of selling your Carter Crest Home? Click here for a FREE in-home evaluation

Riverbend Property Statistics:

Listings on market: 151

Average list price: $579,000

Average days on market: 55

Average price per sq.ft.: $272.15

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Strathcona Edmonton Open House

Saturday, September 21, 3:00 - 5:00 pm

Unique townhouse style condo in Strathcona! This trendy home is move-in ready; the main floor has an open dining room and kitchen offering plenty of cabinets, beautiful granite countertops and stainless steel appliances. Upstairs the bright living room offers access to a balcony. Continue to the third level with your fabulous master bedroom with a 4 piece ensuite and access to a balcony. Great features throughout such as air conditioning, gas fireplace, a bathroom on each level, hardwood floors and heated, secured underground parking. Situated a short walk to the Mill Creek Ravine with great trails, Whyte Ave with wonderful shops and restaurants plus easy access to public transportation; just a short drive to Downtown. This is a must-see!

Did you miss this Strathcona open house? Contact us to set up a private viewing.

Thinking of selling you Strathcona Edmonton Home? Click here for a FREE in-home evaluation

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Bonnie Doon Edmonton House - SOLD

Sold House in Bonnie Doon! Situated on a quiet tree-lined street in popular Bonnie Doon, this exceptional 2 storey home is beautifully crafted with a unique design. The foyer opens to the bright living room with stunning vaulted ceilings. The kitchen is quite impressive with quality cabinets, quartz countertops and sliding doors to your back yard. You’re sure to enjoy the cosy family room with fireplace. Upstairs there are 2 huge bedrooms and a stunning den with floor to ceiling glass wall overlooking the living room; perfect for a library or home office. The lower level offers a rec room, 3rd bedroom and laundry. The fenced yard is so lovely you will enjoy spending time outdoors. If you need more space for the kids to play, you’re only steps away from the fantastic Bonnie Doon Community playground and spray park plus a short walk to the Mill Creek Ravine where you can enjoy the trails all year long. Meet up with friends at great cafes nearby; Bonnie Doon is a wonderful neighbourhood to live in!

Have a home in Bonnie Doon you would like sold? Click here for your FREE in-home evaluation

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Bonnie Doon Edmonton Open House

Sunday, September 22, 12:00 - 5:00 pm

Stunning landscaping, stone walkways & beautiful curb appeal welcomes you to this one of a kind luxury home set on a quiet tree-lined street in River Hts. Quality workmanship & elegant finishes are evident throughout the home & no detail has been overlooked. The main floor is designed with a gourmet kitchen with granite counters, Cherry wood cabinets & high-end appliances. The dining rm is perfect for dinner parties & the living rm with custom fireplace is a great space for relaxing. Upstairs is open to below with 3 bedrooms each offering ensuites & large closets; the classy master suite features 2 walk-in closets, spa ensuite and fireplace. The quality finishes continue to the LL with rec room, media room, gorgeous wine cellar, 4th bedroom, & full bath. Elevator to all levels, hardwood floors, in-floor heating, 2 balconies, A/C, sprinkler system, heated & insulated double attached garage & single detached garage compliment this exceptional home. Just a short walk to the Mill Creek Ravine & mins to Downtown.

Did you miss this Bonnie Doon open house? Contact us to set up a private viewing.

Thinking of selling you Bonnie Doon Edmonton Home? Click here for a FREE in-home evaluation

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Ritchie Edmonton House SOLD

If you have been looking for your new home in one of Edmonton’s desirable mature neighbourhoods; welcome to this stunning brand new 2 storey home in Strathearn! The selection of elegant finishes such as hardwood floors, trendy lighting, large windows, & quartz counters will impress. The main floor is bright & open creating an ideal place to be in the company of friends & family. Upstairs the master suite lives up to its name with walk-in closet & beautiful ensuite. 2 additional bedrooms, 4 piece bath & laundry room complete this level. There is nothing left to do as even the lower level is finished with a full rec room, 4th bedroom & 4 piece bath. This summer will be enjoyed on your deck & fenced yard. Double detached garage to top it off! Nothing but quality material was used for this home. You will love the lifestyle that Strathearn offers with the River Valley & Mill Creek Ravine within walking distance, meet friends at some of the wonderful cafes, mins to Downtown & easy access to the new Valley Line LRT. 

Have a home in Ritchie you would like sold? Click here for your FREE in-home evaluation

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Ritchie Edmonton Open House

Sunday, September 15th, 3:00 - 5:00 pm

MLS® #E4149320 

TRENDY LOCATION...MUST SEE RITCHIE MARKET VALUE!... This Beautiful and Bright NEW 2story Boasts 3+1 Bedrooms, 3.5 Baths, QUARTZ countertops throughout and a coffered ceiling with a linear FIREPLACE feature wall that compliments the living space. Other features are the Breakfast Bar Island, STAINLESS STEEL appliances, 9FT CEILINGS, and GLASS FEATURE WALL along the stairs. The SPACIOUS MASTER BEDROOM is impressive and inviting with its 'headboard' feature wall, dedicated reading lights, DOUBLE SINKED ENSUITE, and LARGE WALK-IN CLOSET. Adding even more value is the LEGAL BASEMENT SUITE, 'LIGHT-UP' MIRRORS, 2nd FLOOR LAUNDRY, HOT WATER ON DEMAND, BUILT-IN VACUUM, A/C, LARGE COMPOSITE DECK with gas bbq hook up and DOUBLE GARAGE. Close proximity to RITCHIE MARKET, MILLCREEK RAVINE, SCHOOLS, SHOPPING and EASY ACCESS TO PUBLIC TRANSIT/LRT EXPANSION ENSURES A SOUND INVESTMENT!!... REWARD YOURSELF TODAY!!

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I have listed a new property at 116 2045 Grantham CRT in Edmonton.
An ideal location, less than five minutes from all shopping amenities & community lake, perfect for morning jogs/evening strolls. Over 1000 sqft, this 2 bedroom, 2 bath condo offers upper-scale living enjoyment throughout our seasons. In the summer, enjoy relaxing on the private shaded patio and for those extra warm days, there are two A/C units to keep you cool. In winter, cuddle up to your gas fireplace and enjoy the scenic view, meet friends in the social lounge, play a game of pool, or head down to the hobby room and fitness studio. The kitchen has espresso cabinets, granite counters, stainless steel appliances, reverse osmosis water system and large island. This unit also includes underground parking, alarm system, cat5 wiring, ample storage in laundry room, and hardwood throughout. This building has a car wash bay, high-quality soundproofing, state-of-the-art video camera security and recorded surveillance. The hallways are pressurized and also have A/C. Welcome to VIP Californian Parkland!
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I have listed a new property at 310 6315 135 AVE NW in Edmonton.
Perfect Location in Holland Gardens! This warm and inviting 1 Bedroom plus Den condo boasts of over 1100 sq ft of open-concept modern styling. The king-sized master bedroom offers a large walk-in closet and a 4-piece bath just outside. The den is over sized and makes a great home office or poker/games room. This home also features high ceilings and tons of storage. The large balcony offers a sunny, courtyard view and a gas line for your BBQ. Add to that the convenience of in-suite laundry, heated underground parking with storage and you have it all! Condo fees include ALL UTILITIES including heat, water and electricity. The building has quiet concrete construction, 24-hour video security and experienced management making it an easy choice for first-time buyers and investors alike. Fantastic location 5 blocks from LRT with easy access to all amenities -- shopping, leisure center, restaurants, transit, and more – all in a secure, quiet building! Shows fantastic in person! MUST BE SEEN
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I have listed a new property at 403 10118 95 ST in Edmonton.
muliti-level penthouse loft condominium, located in The Chadwick. This gorgeous 2 bedroom, 2 bath home has been renovated from top to bottom. Loft upstairs has a spacious entertainment room with a private roof top deck. The second balcony is off of the living room and features a gas BBQ outlet. 18' ceilings with full height windows to loft level generating natural light all day. This home has been extensively renovated from the white kitchen cabinets to the porcelain tiles. This home comes with 2 underground titled parking #59 and #65 as well as 1 storage unit. Visitor parking is at rear of the complex. Convenient location close to LRT, Canada Place, City Center, walking and bike trails just down the hill along the river. Close to the Winspear, the new Art Gallery and the arts district.
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I have listed a new property at 1557 Rutherford RD in Edmonton.
This former show home is still dripping with all it's former class and glory! This 1,378 sq.ft two story home is an attention getter! From the front attached heated double garage, still finished like the show home with drywall and lighting. Enter the main floor foyer to a 2 pce powder room with attached laundry. Stroll into the large all open concept living room, kitchen & nook. Finished in rich solid hardwood, the kitchen is augmented with dark cabinets, tile back splash, designer S/S appliances and more. Upstairs find three generous bedrooms, a 4 pce main bath and a master suite with another full ensuite and huge walk in closet. Most rooms feature built in audio systems and all have the designer window coverings! This fully landscaped home with maintenance free decking and more! Located in the sought after Rutherford community with newer services, shopping, schools and more.
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What does your Edmonton Real Estate Agent Really Do?

In the life of a real estate agent, there is much more than showing homes, meeting with potential buyers and sellers and receiving a commission. There is plenty that happens behind the scenes. Being a REALTOR® is extremely time-consuming.

If you have ever tried to buy or sell a house on your own, you may have an idea of how hard real estate agents work. Imagine if you were selling more than one house at a time. A good Edmonton real estate agent will make the process of buying or selling a home flow smoothly, leaving the impression that their job is fairly simple. The fact is, this is not at all what really happens. If you have spent social time with a REALTOR®, you may understand how difficult their job actually is.

There are definitely REALTORS® out there who cut corners, do not take care of their clients well, and they should not define or be in our industry. The real estate industry is also loaded with competent professionals with whom I am proud to work with.

Below is a list of common activities REALTORS® perform on a daily basis:

Schedule Property Showings

Scheduling showings require contacting the listing agent who will inform their seller they have a showing in order for the seller to vacate the premises prior to the availability of the buyer and the buyers real estate agent. It also gives the showing agent an opportunity to find out any relevant information related to the property. All showings must be time blocked which most agents have down to an art form, so we are not early or running behind with our buyers.

Schedule and Prep For Listing Appointments

Once a listing appoint has been scheduled, REALTORS® work behind the scene gathering all pertinent information about the property including the property history, information about the community, current real estate statistics, establish the absorption rate, acquire the title of the property which will show applicable encumbrances such as easements, liens, or covenants, and confirm the registered owners, and comprise a comparative market analysis. The agent will pre-fill paperwork, double-checking everything is correct in order to save time while on the listing appointment. The agent will gather all necessary real estate tools such as yard signs, the CMA and key boxes.

Property Inspections

A REALTOR® usually attends the property inspections with or in place of the agents' buyer, unless agreed upon by the seller. A property inspection normally takes a few hours. In the event there are any concerns with the inspection, it can take several hours to days to come to an agreement which both the buyer and the seller are comfortable with prior to removing and contingencies are conditions.

Delivery of Deposits

Once an offer has been agreed upon, time is crucial in the deliverance of the deposit. A late deposit can result in the agreement becoming voided and the buyer losing their dream home.


REALTORS® are held by a high code of conduct and ethics and no matter how much you may disagree with the opposing REALTORS®, negotiations must be dealt with in a professional manner while working in the best interest of the client. There is much more to offer and counter-offer negotiations than just the price of a property. Negotiations also include terms, possession, conditions and sometimes contingencies. Parties involved in the negotiations can also include lawyers, mom and dad, someone with power of attorney on behalf of a client or the "handyman special" uncle.


REALTORS® have trail and trails of paperwork. Each change on an agreement, amendment or addendum must be documented and kept for at least six years. Agents must ensure everyone involved in the transaction has a copy of each document change including the buyer, the seller, both real estate agents, the financial institution, both real estate offices, both lawyers representing the buyer and seller.

Follow-Ups & Inquiries

A good real estate agent will follow up email, texts and missed calls within a timely manner. REALTORS® can easily receive dozens of emails every day and it is so important not to get sidetracked with the unnecessary emails which can gobble up an agents valuable time.

Scheduled Closings

Closings require toe follow-ups with lawyers to ensure they have all the necessary documents including any recent amendments, walk-through with builders and buyers prior to the closing date and making arrangements for keys once the title has been transferred. And of course,e re-arranging the real estate agents schedule to accommodate the meeting time with the buyer.

Other Related Services

Meet up with other real estate affiliates which help listed properties sell such as a professional photographer, mandatory measuring company employees, home stagers, putting up signage, open houses, or helping a client get their property ready to be shown. Other meetings may including attending financial institutions with a client if needed, property inspections, verify completion of repairs, and other closing related meetings.

Property Showings

After scheduling showings, a real estate agent needs to accommodate the time set aside to show their buyer the homes without them feeling rushed. This may be one or two properties or may consist of a complete day or a few days such as an HHT.

Attend Listing Appointments

A professional REALTORS® attends all listing appointments as though it is a job interview because that is exactly what it is. The seller is interviewing the real estate agent and the agent is interviewing the seller. Prior to the listing appointment, an agent should be prepared for any questions or concerns a seller may have as well as have all necessary tools needed, should a seller be in a position to list the property. Each listing appointments should take an hour or two - sometimes more depending on how much information is presented to the seller or how many concerns they may have.

Keeping Clients Updated

This can include and newly listed homes which may be a hot commodity and must be shown immediately to sitting down at the computer for a few hours to perform a new market analysis and research back office syndication sites to forward to clients.

More phone calls

On any given day, a good real estate agent will be on the phone to other agents looking for property specific feedback on their listings, updating clients, addressing any on-going concerns, dealing with offers, mortgage brokers, real property report companies, condominium management companies, dispute low property appraisals and other real estate activities.

Maintain Required Continuing Education

Yes. Edmonton real estate agents are still required to maintain and continue education which is mandated by the real estate council of Alberta. The cost of maintaining a real estate licence and updating an agents education criteria is the responsibility of each REALTOR® and not the real estate brokerage.

Marketing and Property Syndication

If you are lucky enough to find a real estate agent in Edmonton who is an e-pro and is familiar with search engine optimization, they will spend several hours syndicating your home through various search engines and websites to ensure your property reaches the first page of google.

Attend Real Estate Conferences

There are dozens of real estate conferences annually and attending these help your REALTOR® stay up to date on the latest technology, real estate systems, and tools to help them with time management and gaining an advantage over their peers.

Maintain Active Social Media Profiles

Although social media and blogging play a key factor in the life of a real estate agent, if the only thing you see on an agents site is personal posts - you might wonder if they are actively doing any real estate. Many agents will hire this out to maintain an internet presence.

Networking with Edmonton Home Builders

There are several different home builders in Edmonton and this is a great way for real estate agents to keep up-to-date with home demand trends, especially in our current real estate market. Recently many of Edmonton home builders have implemented garden suites which offer new home buyers a great way to pay off their mortgage quicker.

Stay in Touch with Past Clients

If your REALTOR® stays in touch with you on a regular basis, you have a great real estate agent. With so many things to do, it is hard to find time to stay in touch with all of our clients!

Several people take education and start a career in real estate under the assumption that it is easy money. In reality, real estate agents are in a brutal time consuming, competitive business. The net commissions are not enough to keep people in the business, in fact, most people get out of real estate because they cannot afford to be in it. REALTORS® who survive to do so because they have a passion for the real estate business, and enjoy helping people make their real estate dreams a reality. It’s a great business to be in, but it’s NOT EASY!

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