Before moving to Edmonton, find a trusted REALTOR® to help you find the right neighbourhood for you, navigate you through the home buying process and help make purchasing a home as smooth as possible. Buying a home can be stressful. Buying a home in a city you don’t know very well, adds an extra layer of stress. Take the time to find the right REALTOR® before you relocate to help make your move easier.
Here are a couple of ways to find a REALTOR® in another city?
- Ask REALTORS® you know in your current city if they know a REALTOR® in they would recommend.
- Ask friends or family living in your new city if they have a REALTOR® they would recommend.
- Search for a REALTOR using REALTOR.ca. Use more search criteria to find a REALTOR® with specific designations (i.e. Canadian Employee Relocation Specialist).
- Search for a REALTOR online by using Google such as "Edmonton Relocation Realtors".
Here are a few questions to ask when hiring a REALTOR® in another city?
- Find out the REALTORS® certifications (i.e. Canadian Employee Relocation Specialist or Accredited Buyer's Representative designation, an approved BGRS military supplier).
- Ask the REALTOR® how they will assist in finding the right neighbourhood for you? Do they specialize in a specific area or work in the whole city?
- Ask the REALTOR® about the neighbourhood crime rates you are interested in. Before you move you want to have a good idea about the safety of the community.
- Ask the REALTOR® if they do an in-person buyer consultation to inform you about the buying process and answer all your real estate questions.
Here are a few additional tips to help make your move to a new city smoother.
- Make notes about what type of neighbourhood you want to live in? Close to the downtown core, suburban, mature or new community, a lake community, estate neighbourhood etc.
- Make a list of all the things you would like in the neighbourhood you want to live in (i.e. public transit, schools, recreational facility, shopping etc.)
- If you have school-age children, what type of school do you want them to attend? Public, private, Catholic, Francophone, etc. Do you want them to walk to school or can they take the bus?
- It’s important to find the right REALTOR® for you before you move to a new city. A REALTOR® will answer all your questions, provide you with the information and insights you need, help you avoid costly mistakes, and make sure you’re heading in the right direction.
Contact Audrey Abuan, Edmonton REALTOR® and Relocation Specialist. 780-910-5179
Buying on Your HHT with a BGRS REALTOR®
We are here to help. Our HHT REMAX Military REALTORS® are BGRS approved and here to help you with your Edmonton house hunting trip. We have helped hundreds of Canadian Armed Forces Members move to and from Edmonton and the surrounding area including Morinville, Gibbons, Bon Accord, and St. Albert.. All of our suppliers are on the IRP Global Brookfield Relocations Service list. Book Your HHT to Edmonton with a BGRS REALTORS®r at 780-910-5179 and we will help make your move to CFB Garrison easy.
House Hunting Checklist
Welcome to the Canadian Armed Forces Base Edmonton Garrison.
Below is a list of things you will need on your HHT -house hunting trip. If you have any questions or need more information, feel free to contact us anytime.
- A valid copy of your posting message including your BGRS number. You will need to supply your Brookfield number for one of our BGRS certified property inspectors for your new home.
- Your mortgage pre-approval letter. If you would like to use a local mortgage broker who is familiar with the military buy down, we can help. Having your finance pre-approval already in place will save you both money and time.
- Bring, email, text any MLS #’s of the homes want to view during your house hunting trip and we will have the appointments already set to view prior to your arrival.
- Bring your chequebook. Once you find a home on your HHT, you will need to put down a deposit. If you don't have a chequebook, ensure that your bank is located in Edmonton.
- If your spouse is also coming on your house hunting trip, have them bring their resume and information to register any children in our schools.
- Bring slip-on footwear for spring, summer, and winter jackets - This is Edmonton!
CFB Edmonton Garrison
CFB Garrison is located in Sturgeon County, bounded by the northeast border of Edmonton and covers 2550 hectares of land. The main site is named Steele Barracks after Sir Samuel Steele, an original founding member of the Northwest Mounted Police.
The 3rd Canadian Division Support Base Edmonton, called CFB Garrison is one of Canada's best Canadian Armed forces Bases and a great place to be posted and offers several facilities and services for its members including...
- Arena, Exercise Facility Combat Training to Yoga
- An arena which features an outdoor and two indoor NHL standard rinks.
- A hobby shop, home of the Edmonton Garrison Auto Club and Wood Hobby Club.
- A community centre that offers several facilities including licensed daycare, library, and youth centre.
- A memorial equestrian centre that includes a large indoor and outdoor riding arenas, and a 42 stall barn.
- A large fitness facility r with multi-functional recreation and offers a wide range of programs and services. This facility includes a Cardio/Weight Room, Climbing Wall, Tactical Athlete Room, 4 full-size gym courts, 3 pools, squash courts, and an indoor running track.
- A memorial golf course stretched with championship tees totalling near 7000 yards.
- The famous Edmonton Garrison curling club facilities where you can bring your friends to enjoy some great food and drinks on our patio during the summer or inside during the winter.
- Three distinct messes which members and the public can book conferences, private functions, weddings, parties, events, and other activities.
3rd Canadian Division Support Base Edmonton
History of Canadian Armed Forces Base, CFB Edmonton Garrison
The third Canadian Division Support Base, CFB Edmonton is a Canadian Forces base located in Sturgeon County north Edmonton and east of St. Alberta municipality. CFB Edmonton Garrison is also known as the Steele Barracks.
The history of this Canadian Armed force Edmonton Base begins the old Blatchford Field airfield, named after Kenny Blatchford who was a former mayor of Edmonton.
During the First World War, this airfield began operating and became vital to the development of the Canadian north, a staging point for the U.S. defence of Alaska and was heavily used by the U.S. military.
During the Second World War, the Blatchford Field was a training station under the British Commonwealth which formed a Royal Canadian Air Force Flying Training School and used the aerodrome.
Since the Blatchford Field airfield could not be expanded due to the proximity of Edmonton, the United States Government built a new air facility at Namao, a hamlet within Sturgeon County located approximately seven kilometres north of our city limits. It was the namesake of RCAF Station Namao, now CFB Edmonton, which is directly south of the hamlet.
The RCAF Station Namao was used by the United States Strategic Air Command, during the Cold War. It constructed a "Nose Dock" capable of servicing the nose and wings of heavy jet bombers and tankers on the south side of the airfield and also hosted the Edmonton Rescue Coordination Center, and served as home base for United Nations Food Aid flights, delivering much-needed aid third world countries, and was a designated an emergency Space Shuttle landing site by NASA.
When Canada's armed forces were amalgamated in 1968, the RCAF Station Namao was re-designated CFB Edmonton and was under command of the new Air Transport Command. Today, both runways are still visible, but they are no longer in use with the exception of helicopters.
Posted to CFB Edmonton Garrison? Book Your HHT Today!
Your relocation package will consist of three components Core, Custom and Personalized.
- The Core component covers items that are considered essential for your move such as cost to sell your existing property or dispose of your rental unit, cost of your House Hunting Trip (HHT) etc.
- The Custom component cover items that enhance your moves such as marketing incentives on your existing property to help it sell, bridge financing and costs associated with your extended family.
- The last component is non-essential but attributable to your move such as a Movement Grant, Posting Allowances and others.
Below is a description of the components, some examples of what each covers, and what happens if they are not used.
Core benefits are essential to a move. All core benefits are funded directly by the Department. A member is not required to use these benefits, however, any unused benefits cannot be exchanged or assigned any monetary value to pay for any other benefits or expenses.
Examples of items covered
- Disposal of your rental unit. Pay for getting out of a lease
- Pay for costs to sell your residence, all real estate commissions and legal fees etc, mortgage breaking penalties, home equity assistance
- Costs associated with your house hunting trips such as travel and hotels
- The cost to purchase a new house including legal fees, inspections
- The cost to move such as moving expenses, travel etc.
- Much more. Ask IRP rep for more details.
What happens if not used
If you don’t use you forfeit them.
Custom benefits enhance a move. Custom funding is based on the factors of the type of accommodation, distance travelled and family size. The custom funding formula is used by the member to pay for these custom benefits only and cannot be used for any other type of benefit.
Examples of items covered
- Building Inspection on your existing property
- Marketing Incentives such as decorating allowances, early closing incentives
- The cost to have someone take care of your children on HHT
- Dependant and Extended Family Travel
- Bridge Financing
- Interest on $25,000 Home Relocation Loan
- Miscellaneous Expenses for Extended Family such as transportation, lodgings, meals and miscellaneous expenses
- Car rental when primary vehicle shipped
- Shipment of – Second Vehicle, Pets, Boats, Antiques, Artwork, RV’s, Trailers
- Miscellaneous Shipping Expenses
- Spousal Employment Search expenses
What happens if not used
Choose it and use it or lose it
Personalized benefits are non-essential expenses but are attributable to a move It is within the member’s discretion to use personalized benefits. The personalized funding formula is available for use in three ways:
- it can pay for any personalized benefits;
- it can pay for additional custom benefits beyond what can be covered by the custom-funding formula; and
- remaining funds can be cashed out and paid directly to the member.
Examples of items covered
- Movement Grant: Members receive a non-accountable grant in an amount of $650. This allowance is intended to offset various losses or expenses incurred but not specifically provided for because of the move. Members must sign a statement verifying that these expenses were incurred. Receipts are not required.
- Posting Allowance: Members who elect not to sell their home receive an incentive equal to 80% of the pre-negotiated corporate real estate commission rate based on the appraised value of the home. It shall not exceed $12,000. Members can generate Personalized Funding as a result of savings on a house-hunting trip. These savings can occur in one of two ways:
- Shortened HHT
- CF Service Air
What happens if not used
Remaining funds can be cashed out and paid directly to the member.
CAF POLICY CHANGES & INFORMATION
As a military relocation REALTOR® in Edmonton and the surrounding area, it is important to stay current with information relating to military relocation moves and the Brookfield policies.
One of the biggest changes is the home equity assistance benefit, especially in our soft Edmonton real estate market. This has been a blessing for many of our DND members. It has helped both Canadian Armed Forces home sellers who would have otherwise, not been able to sell their current Alberta residence. It has also helped our military DND members who have been posted to CFB Garrison.
Below is a PDF with some great information on the directives that were updated in April 2018.
If you get a posting message to or from Edmonton, there is plenty of information you need to know. Below is a link with helpful information provided by Brookfield Relocation Services.
As an Edmonton REALTOR®, I specialize in military moves, approved with BGRS for buying and selling in Edmonton and the surrounding area including Morinville, Bon Accord, Gibbons, Fort Saskatchewan and St. Albert. My other real estate affiliates including inspectors and, lawyers are also on the BGRS approved vendor list.
If you have received your posting message, contact us for a relocation package to Edmonton or a complimentary pre-listing package for our DND members to maximize the equity in your home sale.
Common BGRS Real Estate Questions & Answers
When Buying and Selling with IRP Brookfield Global Relocation Program
Question: I have my posting message but I haven't met with my Brookfield representative yet. Can I still list my house?
Answer: If you have received your posting message, the answer is yes! Sellers usually sell their homes at a higher price when they have more time. There is no problem listing or even selling your property before you meet with your Brookfield representative. Contact an approved IRP REALTOR® for more details.
Question: I haven't sold my current house. Can I still go on my House Hunting Trip?
Answer: Maybe. If you are in a position to afford dual house payments, your current home has enough equity or your commanding officer has directed you too due to time factors. YES! If your current home is pending (has a conditional offer), it is best to wait until all of the conditions have been met. IRP Global Brookfield Relocation only pays for your first House Hunting Trip. A second one would be a personal expense.
Question: Can I use any Real Estate Agent to sell my house?
Answer: You can choose any REALTOR® from any Real Estate Company to list your home if they are registered as a 3rd party supplier. If you choose to use a real estate agent who is not familiar with the DND-RCMP Relocation Program, it may end up costing you money that is not allotted in one of your pockets.
Question: How much are and How do I pay for my real estate services?
Answer: All 3rd party suppliers have a written agreement with Brookfield Global Relocation Services outlying their fees which are paid for by Brookfield Global Relocation Services and have agreed to that fee. Each province varies in how much is allotted for a real estate agents fees. If you choose not to use a Real Estate Agent in the Brookfield TPSP directory, who charges a higher rate, the difference will be paid by you personally and this can be several thousand dollars more.
Question: How do I pay for my property inspection and legal fees?
Answer: All 3rd party suppliers including some lawyers and specific property inspectors have a written agreement with Brookfield Global Relocation Services outlying their fees which are paid for by BGRS. If you choose not to use a professional in the Brookfield TPSP directory, who charges a higher rate, the difference will be paid by you personally.
Question: How many homes can I see on my House Hunting Trip(HHT)?
Answer: When buying a property, everyone house shops differently. With our Canadian Armed Forced clients, we will show you as many homes as you like until you find one! Start your house shopping here!