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EDMONTON NEW CONDO GUIDE Vol 21 Iss 04

Mar 30 - Apr 26, 2013 Volume 21 Issue 04

Edmonton Edition

NewCondoGuide.com

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SAVING TIPS FOR FIRST-TIME HOMEBUYERS

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HOW TO GIVE YOUR CONDO SOME COLOUR

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Others try to fit in. At The Ion, we stand out. Experience what your life could be like in an ultra modern CONDO community close to everything in Ambleside SW. Stylish 1 or 2 bedrooms with a park, pathways, pond, exercise facility, entertainment room, guest suite, outdoor BBQ and so much more.

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9’ ceilings, stainless steel appliance package, window coverings, washer/dryer , heated underground and/or surface parking, storage

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An exclusive collection of 2 & 3 bedroom townhomes with garage surrounded by AN ABUNDANCE OF GREEN PARK SPACE, FUTURE SCHOOL SITE, AND PLAYGROUND

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table of contents

March 30 to April 26, 2013 volume 21 issue 4

special advertising insert

carrington communities (between pages 18 & 19)

columns, news & features

56 018 editor’s note ColumnS

020 Mortgage talk Are you ready to make the move from renting to owning?

by michelle oranchuk

036 money matters If you spend every penny you make, you might need to implement the illusion of scarcity by gail vaz-oxlade

060 style  file The colours you choose can dictate the feel of your home – and your mood by yanic simard

080 quick tips The seasonal switch-up: make room for spring by hellen buttigieg

084 scrumpdillyicious  Molten Chocolate Lava Cake is the quintessential chocolate lover’s dessert by leslie styles

news

026 c  hba awards The CHBA - Edmonton Region handed out its annual Awards of Excellence in Housing 054 t he economy Canadian economic growth to improve in 2013 says CIBC

features

046 tax time Working from home: tax tips for the self-employed by jenn killins

056 a round the house Quick and easy ways to upgrade your kitchen by scott mcgillivray

074 h  ot topic The construction discussion: wood or steel and concrete? by Alana Cheyne

076 small spaces Clever ways to organize a small living space


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082 h  ome style Pastel colours are brightening up the home this spring Homebuyers’ Help

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ords like stylish, modern & even a little bit sexy come to mind as you enter the Secord Corners Townhomes. Gleaming granite countertops, large windows and a glass tile backsplash in the kitchen give the space a sleek, urban feeling while features like the large rear deck & oversize double attached garage are exactly what suburban buyers are looking for. Innovative finishes like glass walls instead of the usual spindle stair railings allow light to flow throughout the home. Thoughtfully positioned in the west end of Edmonton, Secord Corners townhomes are located in the gorgeous community of Secord. This family oriented community is just off past Lewis Estates and provides easy access to West Edmonton Mall plus the Whitemud and Anthony Henday freeways.

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Just a stone’s throw away from grocery stores and the established community of Parkland, Secord Corners offers spectacular value for residents. Easily accessible and close to many amenities, these townhomes are the exactly what northwest Edmonton has been waiting for. Perfectly sized at 1536 square feet, these homes have been specifically designed to maximize the floor space. The open concept design allows one room to flow into another, giving the overall impression of a much larger home. A spacious gourmet style kitchen with a convenient eating bar is ideal for active families or professional couples with hectic lifestyles while the dining nook is the perfect spot for family meals or a party. The great room features plenty of room for a luxurious flat screen TV, an oversize window and has lots of room for entertaining. A well-placed half bath is very convenient for both


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residents and guests. Upstairs, three generous bedrooms offer fantastic space for children or make excellent offices or hobby rooms. The master suite is a great size and comes with a large walk in closet and four-piece ensuite. Another four-piece bathroom completes this level. The lower level of the home contains the laundry room, storage room and oversize double garage. Many valuable upgraded features of these homes include five appliances, an oversized deck and full landscaping of both front and back yards. The extra deep double attached rear garage has additional storage for the kids stuff or recreational equipment. Secord Corners Townhomes have been planned and are being constructed by Footprint Developments. This company specializes in creating greater Edmonton’s most value rich townhome communities. Very popular with

today’s buyers, their first development, Terwillegar Corners, sold out in just months. Secord Corners Townhomes are master crafted and come complete with valuable, upgraded features and finishes. Only 48 townhomes in Phase 1 are available in this private community, so do not wait to reserve yours! Priced from the $270’s these homes are definitely west Edmonton’s most impressive new home opportunity. For more information about Secord Corners Townhomes, please call 780.966.6524 or visit their show home at the ultra successful MacTaggart Ridge project. They are located on Mullen Way in MacTaggart in southwest Edmonton. Check out www.secordcorners.ca for more details too.

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EDMONTON’S URBAN VILLAGE STEELE & CONCRETE CONSTRUCTION

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ome and be a part of an exciting new urban village in one of Edmonton’s most historic neighbourhoods! Station Pointe Village, located just one block from Belvedere LRT Station, is a great community for first-time buyers, families and seniors alike. Not only is its physical location optimal for commuters, but thanks to the planned community gardens, playgrounds, large amenity building, walking paths and large commercial spaces for daycares, bakeries, bistros, doctors’ offices, lawyers offices and more, Station Pointe Village perfect for most families, too. Add that to 375 units of one-, two- and three-bedroom condos—spread across five buildings—and you’ve got a vibrant community just waiting to, well...happen! Station Pointe Village is part of the City of Edmonton’s Fort Road Redevelopment initiative. The City of Edmonton selected BCM Developments, to be a part of the project, because of our high quality designs and innovative building techniques. We’ve been building in Western Canada for over 30 years, and we build with our patented steel and concrete system and use 80% post-consumer recycled materials—to make sure we’re taking care of our environment today and in the future.

Together, we’ve been working together with the City to highlight the heritage of the area while improving the lands and surrounding neighbourhood. By maximizing on land use with functionally-designed residential homes, inviting park spaces, walking paths, biking paths and links to the LRT, the new Fort Road will be one of Edmonton’s best linked and desirable familyfriendly communities.

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Units are now pre-selling for the first of five buildings. Ground will be broken this spring, with the second building coming on in late winter 2014. Purchase now and you can pick from a long list of free free upgraded quartz countertops and laminate flooring, and get free condo fees for one year. Plus, stop by the trailer today to see if you’re eligible for the SmartBuy down payment assistance program. For more information visit us online at stationpointe.com or call 780-490-6008.

• Transit-oriented development • 1 block from Belvedere LRT Station • Patented steel & concrete development • Sustainable ECO friendly development • Low condo fees • Secure underground parking • Large amenity spaces • Family friendly, multi-generational community in place for over 30 years. BEST BUYERS INCENTIVES* such as the “SmartBuy Buyers Program” can’t put down all your down payment no problem we can work out the details give us a small deposit to get started and over the course of several months we will help you build up your total deposit needed. THE BEST MORTGAGE RATES and buyer programs around come in and get the details. BEST TIME TO SELECT your interior fi nishes and colours and upgrade your appliances if you wish. Or just take the Free upgrades like stainless steel appliances, upgraded washer dryer and upgraded Composite Granite countertops and Vessel sinks in kitchen, bathrooms up to ($16,000.00*) UP TO 24 MONTHS of free condo fees up to ($7200.00*) FREE UPGRADED Window Blinds throughout ($3500.00*)

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Souped up kitchens you’ll flip over. Smart design makes all the difference. We use the most up-to-date materials and techniques, but when it comes to quality and old-fashioned values, our approach couldn’t be more traditional. Grand Design townhouses and condominiums are stylish and built to last.

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EDITOR’S NOTE

“GET IT IN WRITING” still applies

SUSAN LEGGE

EDITOR-IN-CHIEF

Wall2Wall Media Susan.Legge@wall2wallmedia.com Follow me on Twitter at Twitter.com/SusanLegge Like us on facebook search: Condo Guide

In a hot real estate market like Toronto’s the term “get it in writing” has never been more important. In the case of a new home or condo purchase, your contract outlines everything your new place will have in it, on it and around it. Otherwise known as the Agreement of Purchase and Sale, the contract spells out the terms between you and your developer and/or builder. Without it, if there is a misunderstanding or disagreement, it’s impossible to prove what was agreed upon. Since building a new home or condo is much more complicated than a resale transaction where a home and/ or property likely already exists, there is no set Agreement of Purchase and Sale or standard contract for buying a

new home. In some provinces, builders may have standard contracts prepared by the local home builders’ association or their new-home warranty program. Builders often prepare their own agreements, so new-home contracts can vary from one builder to another and from province to province. Before you sign a contract, review it carefully with the builder and ask questions to make sure you fully understand what’s it in. Your next step is to take it to a real estate lawyer and have it reviewed. Once it is signed it becomes a legal document, so seeking the services of an experienced lawyer is an important step toward ensuring that your dream home becomes a reality.

IT PAYS TO BE CURIOUS

JANINE DRUERY

EDITOR

Wall2Wall Media Janine.Druery@wall2wallmedia.com Follow me on Twitter at Twitter.com/JanineDruery

One of the very first things we learned in Journalism school was the age-old adage: “There is no such thing as a stupid question.” But to a class of young, wide-eyed students with dreams of Pulitzer Prizes, the thought of seeming ignorant or ill-informed didn’t sit well. So many of us censored ourselves from asking pertinent questions. During my first job in the field, any concerns I had about looking silly quickly diminished. I rapidly realized the importance of asking questions when I simply don’t know the answers. So, I can’t stress enough the importance of asking questions when buying a home. Since a home is the largest purchase most of us will ever make, it really pays to be curious – particularly when choosing a builder.

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A good rule of thumb is to buy a notebook or grab your iPad and make a list of the questions you want to ask the builder, and then keep a carefully detailed account of the answers. For instance, how long have they been in business? How many projects have they been involved with? Have their projects been completed in a reasonable time frame? Can they give you a list of references? Is everything you see in the model homes standard? Will you have access to the site during the building process? There is so much you will want to ask, and a good builder will have no trouble answering your questions. Remember, this will be your home and you are the one who has to be happy there. So make your list and enquire away.


Web Directory BUILDERS/DEVELOPERS

Find your next condo online, it’s easy! BUILDERS/DEVELOPERS

Abbey Lane Homes

www.abbeylanehomes.com

Secord Corners

www.secordcorners.ca

Albany Trails

www.albanytrails.ca

Serenity

www.liveserenity.ca

Californian Parkland

www.vipliving.ca

Solara at Skyview

www.solaraliving.ca

Callaghan Ravines

www.callaghanravines.com

Station Pointe Village

www.stationpointe.com

Carrington Communities

www.carrington.ca

Tenor on the River

www.touchstalbert.com

Christenson Developments Ltd. www.cdlhomes.com

Tessco Incorporated

www.edmontoncondo.com

Concept Homes

www.concepthomes.ca

The Icon

www.theicon.ca

Coventry Homes

www.coventry-homes.com

The Rushes of Southfork

www.rushesofsouthfork.ca

Daytona Homes Master Builder www.daytonahomes.ca

The Signature

www.signatureambleside.com

Encore Tower

www.encoretower.com

Ultima

www.ultimatower.ca

Footprint Developments

www.footprintdevelopments.ca

Victory Lane

www.victorytownhomes.com

Fox One

www.foxtowers.ca

Windermere Mansions

www.windermeremansions.com

Grande Design Homes

www.grandedesign.ca

Windermere Waters

www.windermerewaters.com

Homes by Avi

www.homesbyavi.com

Landmark Urban Living

www.landmarkgroup.ca

Maxx Urban Living

www.livemaxx.ca

Meridian Plaza

www.meridianplaza.ca

Park Homes

www.parkhomes.ca

Parkwood Master Builder

www.parkwoodmasterbuilder.com

Robert F. McLeod

www.robertmcleod.ca

Rohit Communities

www.rohitcommunities.com

RELATED BUSINESS Canadian Home Builders’ Association – Alberta

www.chbaalberta.ca

Canadian Home Builders’ Association – Edmonton

www.chbaedmonton.ca

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If you wish to advertise your Web site in our Web Directory please call 587-784-4044

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MORTGAGE TALK

Are you ready to make the move from

// BY MICHELLE ORANCHUK

RENTING TO OWNING? significantly in the long run. Consider this: the value of the average Canadian home has been steadily increasing, so the earlier you can redirect the money you currently pay in rent into paying down a mortgage, the faster you’ll start building equity in your home. ›› Does the increase in value represent a good investment? The answer

Michelle Oranchuk is a Mortgage Specialist with RBC Royal Bank serving Edmonton and the surrounding area. She specializes in helping you select a mortgage that suits your lifestyle and makes your home ownership goals happen. Expert advice on mortgage pre-approvals, purchasing real estate, refinancing, mortgage rate inquiries and Realtor referrals. michelle.oranchuk@rbc.com

is yes, because housing is typically a stable investment, offering good rates of return. Low inflation and low interest rates, demographics and immigration are all factors supporting the belief that a home will continue to be a good long-term investment, at least in most parts of Canada. Perhaps more than ever, location is the key factor driving price increases. In a strong housing market, homes in particularly desirable areas are more likely to see above-average price increases. In weak housing markets, these homes tend to retain their value better. Although no one can predict where prices will be 25 years from now, the average price of a home in Canada has risen substantially in the past 25 years, making a home investment one of the best investments available today. FEDERAL GOVERNMENT’S HOME BUYER PLAN

A 15 per cent tax credit for first-time buyers

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f you’re renting, you may dream about owning a home of your own – a place to furnish and decorate as you like, where you can set down roots, enjoy a great neighborhood, and entertain friends and family. But you may be uncertain whether you’re ready to make your move from renting to buying, especially if you haven’t started saving. Fortunately, with today’s low mortgage rates and more flexible down payment requirements, your first home may already be within your reach. ›› The long-term investment value of a home remains very good

There’s also a sound financial reason to buy a home. Your home may be the single biggest investment you’ll ever make, one that could pay off

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marke t mar t s with

Jim Malner

While it is great to find the ideal home for your needs, family and future aspirations, there is that one small item that may be standing in your way – are you financially able to purchase a new home. Now, unless you want to end up on “Til Debt Do Us Part” being humiliated in front of thousands of equally inept TV viewers there is probably some fiscal literacy you should learn that may be handy for evaluating whether you should purchase real estate.

Take all your gross assets and subtract all your debts. If the result is positive you should be able to determine what down payment is reasonable.

Establishing your Net Worth is a good first step. This is a simple calculation and may turn out to be a real eye opener. Take all your gross assets (things you own of a significant monetary value, bank accounts, cash savings, RRSP’s, some insurances, etc ) and subtract all your debts (interpreted as enforceable amounts owed to people or organizations including balances on credit cards, student loans, credit lines, personal loans, etc. It should also include non-registered debt to parents, friends, employers and so on.) If the result is positive you should be able to determine what down payment is reasonable. Another thing to prepare is a “realistic” household budget so you know what “cash flow” is available monthly to service the financial obligations a new home brings. An important aspect of monthly budgeting aside from actually knowing your true expenditures is setting up an “emergency” savings amount. A third calculation to be familiar with is the GDS or Gross Debt Service calculation. Financial institutions use this calculation to determine what amount of money you can afford to spend on housing costs and will limit borrowing to that value. The general rule is housing costs cannot exceed 32% of your gross monthly household income. They include in housing costs principle and interest portions of mortgage payments, taxes, and heating expenses. Another affordability value banks look at is the TDS or Total Debt Service ratio. This variable states your total monthly debt service should not exceed 40% of your gross monthly income. This is where all those other factors like car loans, credit card debts, and student loans can really take a bite out of your home purchasing power. 22 NEW CONDO GUIDE | VOLUME 21 ISSUE 04 | NewCondoGuide.com

Financial Considerations To Buying A Home

A final calculation to think about is the maximum home price you can comfortably afford which will only partially be determined by you. The most important inputs to look at include your gross household income, what you can put into a down payment (your cash up front), and the prevailing mortgage interest rate which will determine what monthly payments are on any given priced home. To simplify the shopping process it is often a good exercise to visit the financial institution you will be getting your mortgage from and get a pre-approval. This will be a dry run of sorts through the financial maze of home ownership and all these calculations will be completed in advance and a pretty good idea of what you can spend be determined in a low pressure environment. The pressure really comes when you find a home that is perfect for you, because in Alberta real estate you have about 10 days to get financing approval. That may seem like a long time but in reality it is extremely tough to get all your financial house in order to the satisfaction of a bank in 10 days given today’s crushing work and home life obligations. Buying and owning a home is a great way to get yourself on the road to financial security but, as you can see, it does require some thoughtful and pragmatic planning and discipline. Most builders offer excellent financial support programs that help ease you through the process and I would recommend if you are feeling a bit lost in the process to take advantage of them. They generally include corporate banking services or mortgage brokering services that will help obtain financing if your credit is less than perfect or you need to restructure debts to achieve some of the thresholds discussed earlier.

Follow CSG on Facebook or Twitter for regular real estate opportunities and updates. All of Jim’s columns are posted on CSG’s blog at marketsmarts.net.

Jim Malner is President of Consumer Strategies Group (CSG), Alberta’s longest serving, professional, real estate marketing consultancy with offices in Edmonton, Calgary and Vancouver.


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// by gail vaz-oxlade

creating the illusion of scarcity

O Gail Vaz-Oxlade is the host of Til Debt Do Us Part, author of Debt Free Forever and blogs daily at gailvazoxlade.com. Follow Gail on Twitter at twitter.com/GailVazOxlade

ne of the reasons so many people are up to their eyeballs in debt is that they’ve had access to gobs of credit. Whether lenders threw a dozen credit cards at us, offered us big, fat lines of credit, or let us buy now and pay later, we’ve been living a life where we could have whatever we want whenever we want. It’s been a life of abundance. Then came the economic change. Creditors stopped throwing credit at every Tom, Dick and Mary regardless of their ability to actually pay back that credit. The government got into the swim creating legislation that said lenders couldn’t just raise a person’ credit limit without telling them – further exposing them to credit risk. And people started losing their jobs. The abundance of the previous years has turned to forced scarcity. Some people took steps to prepare for the worst and are holding on through the tough times. Others have found their debt loads too high and are headed to bankruptcy trustees to see what they can off-load. Still others are just drowning with no idea what to do next. I’m sad for all the people who can’t keep it together – people who are missing their rent or mortgage payments, falling behind on their car payments, pulling their kids out of their sports or other extra-curricular activities. While things were good and they were constantly being offered more and more credit, they never imagined there would ever be an end to

If you’re the kind of person who routinely spends every penny you make, maybe you need to implement the illusion of scarcity to keep yourself in check. continued on page 38… 36 new condo Guide | Volume 21 issue 04 | NewCondoGuide.com


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continued…

their ability to have what they wanted. I’ve worked with more than a few people who are totally astounded at the place they are currently in. How could this happen? You probably know a body or two who are scratching their heads. I’m hoping the forced scarcity teaches an extremely important lesson about money: there may not be more money, and you better have some set aside just in case. It doesn’t take a world economic crisis to throw a body’s budget into a tailspin if you have no money saved. It only takes a few weeks off work with a sick child, a call to jury duty, or a cut-back in your hours at work to make a house of cards fall down. I wonder how many people will actually learn the lesson. I wonder how many people will go back to spending every cent they make as soon as the economy gets back on its feet. And I wonder if anyone has figured out that you can create your own sense of scarcity to keep you constantly on your toes when it comes to managing your money. Abundance has a way of permeating our very being and making us feel invulnerable. But we are all vulnerable, whether we want to accept that fact or not. And creating the illusion of scarcity may be what it takes to stay true to a sound financial plan. I’m not talking about creating such a sense of scarcity that you’re always whining about what you can’t do or can’t have. And I’m not suggesting you use the illusion of scarcity to cheap out on life. But if you’re the kind of creature who routinely spends every penny

I’m hoping forced scarcity teaches an extremely important lesson about money: there may not be more money, and you better have some set aside just in case.

you make, maybe you need to implement the illusion of scarcity to keep yourself in check. And maybe if you move your money where you can’t touch it, leaving yourself with less to “blow” on stuff, you’ll actually end up achieving some of those goals that have always been so elusive. how do you create the illusion of scarcity? well…

First, you make a budget that balances. You transfer all the money that must be used to pay your fixed and variable expenses to a “house” account, so you know those bills are covered and you can’t spend that money on stuff. Second, you set some goals you want to achieve. It may be paying down your mortgage annually, taking a fabulous family vacation, or going back to school. Third, you set up savings accounts for each of the goals you want to achieve, and have the money you want to saved moved automatically to those accounts so that money is out of sight. Now you only have money left in your first account that you can actually spend on all that stuff you so love to buy: coffee, lunches out, another tool, magazines, DVDs, more clothes… name your weakness here. For me it’s houseplants and books. When I look at the money in my account, because I’ve made most of it disappear to places I don’t look regularly, I’m more cautious about just how I blow what’s left. I prioritize. I consciously decide to spend (or not to spend) the money. I don’t feel like I have so much money I’ll never run out so I can just have this one little thing. And that’s the point of creating the illusion of scarcity: to recognize that money is an exhaustible resource so you better be sure your spending isn’t just a knee-jerk reaction to your sense of abundance.

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FIRST-TIME BUYERS

Saving tips for

FIRST-TIME HOMEBUYERS HOME OWNERSHIP IS a big dream for many young Canadians, and is likely the single biggest investment most of us will make in our lives. While saving for a down payment can be challenging, Farhaneh Haque, director of mortgage advice at TD Canada Trust, says that young Canadians can save for a down payment a little quicker by following a few simple rules. “First, examine your budget and set a savings goal,” says Haque. “Take advantage of online budgeting tools to gain insights into where you spend your money. Also remember that in addition to your down payment you will need to save for the additional costs involved with a home purchase, which include land transfer tax, moving costs and legal fees.” Next, curb your spending and increase your savings. “Even a small adjustment in your spending habits can go a long way toward helping you save a bigger down payment,” says Haque. “For example, consider using transit to get to work instead of driving and paying for parking – it can really add up over time.”

One of the most effective – yet overlooked – strategies is to put money aside before you can spend it. Haque suggests setting up a regular, pre-authorized transfer service that moves a specific amount from each pay cheque into a high interest savings account. Making savings automatic is a simple and effective way to stay disciplined while saving for a down payment. Finally, Haque reminds first-time homebuyers that they may be able to take advantage of the federal government’s Home Buyers’ Plan. “Those who have been actively saving for their retirement can access up to $25,000 from their RSPs to bump up their down payment when they purchase their first home. The RSP funds must be paid back within 15 years, so it is important to factor this repayment into your monthly budget.” For more advice on saving for a down payment, visit tdcanadatrust.com/ homeownership. NC

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Some Assembly Required

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here’s a new trend in the home building industry that has some people scratching their heads and saying, “Huh?” What I’m talking about is the emergence of prefabrication into the normal stream of housing construction. Some forwardthinking homebuilders are prefabricating some, or nearly all, of their new homes in an indoor facility. This really isn’t anything new – the modular home industry has been doing this for years. The difference now is to what degree of industrialization the factory employs. Some companies are building the home in the conventional way, just indoors, and some are even using precision machinery to put the home together. There are several types of prefabrication, but two main ones – modular construction and panelization. Modular construction should be familiar to most Albertans. These are fully-assembled homes trucked to site in one or more pieces. We see these moving along our highways quite regularly. These are complete homes (for the most part) that just require placing onto a foundation. This method is less common in the urban areas as moving a home of this type down the street in a subdivision is difficult and exterior elevation possibilities are limited. The other method is panelization. The panelization method has come over from Europe where it has been used successfully for many years. In this system, walls, floors and roofs are assembled as components in the factory. The components are then taken to site and assembled into a house. This assembly process results in a home being erected in a few hours – as opposed to a site-built home being framed in weeks. There are a few homebuilders doing this now in Alberta, but many more will come in a short time. The level of completeness ranges from framed walls, to walls insulated with windows and doors in place, to complete closed-wall panels. Building a home indoors, away from the elements, makes sense. I cannot support the argument that a home built in -20°C with wind and snow is put together as well as a home built in a controlled +20°C. Furthermore, although some of our interior building components can take some exposure to weather, why would we want them to? The builders doing this also realize that they save time doing things this way and the customer receives their home earlier. Quality is usually higher in these products as well,

especially if the factory is mechanized. The new European machinery available now is incredibly precise in cutting (less than 1mm tolerance) and the assembly machines put walls together precisely the way they are supposed to – with no variance. It is also a good use of a worker’s day. In a factory environment one worker can be building several homes at the same time, being more efficient. There used to be a stigma around “pre-fab” construction. Many of these concerns were quite real. However, with new building codes and stricter quality assurance standards, these issues are long past. The consumer still has to be vigilant though, and look carefully at the offerings from both a traditional builder and a prefabrication builder. Make sure the quality is what you expect. Ask for references, both good and bad, and this will ensure you get a complete picture of what you are buying. And, most of all, remember that no matter which style of home you purchase, there’s still some assembly required.

DAVE TURNBULL

Product Development Manager Landmark Group

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tax time

// by Jenn killins

working Tax tips for the from home: self-employed

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Jenn Killins is a financial planning expert, speaker, media personality and author of the best-selling finance book, Finding the G Spot, a sassy, sensible, entertaining approach to finance. Jenn has a creative way of keeping finance simple. Follow Jenn on Twitter @ findingtheGSpot, and for more information, visit dollarsandsense.info.

hey say two things in life are certain: death and taxes. How we are going to die and how much tax we pay are both grey areas and, for the most part, out of our control. But let’s leave the Grim Reaper in the graveyard for now. Believe it or not, I have some good news on the tax front! And no, I’m not running for office... Taxes are not only a sure thing, they are also scary, boring and intimidating for most. Don’t let this tax season scare you or get you down. If you work from home, here’s some great news: it is no longer just the starving artist who can benefit from working from home. There is a way you can give yourself a little raise. Self-employed and commissioned income earners, get ready to Google the following forms to see what tax breaks you are eligible for.

Don’t let all these fancy forms and terms scare you. Do a bit of homework and take it to a professional if you’re not sure or just plain can’t stand the idea of doing your own taxes. » T2125 – Calculation of business use of home expenses This one will guide the self-employed Canadian to deductions at home such as heat, electricity, insurance, maintenance, mortgage interest and property taxes. The rule of thumb is if you need to spend it to make money at home, you can more than likely deduct it. Some larger repairs may have a capital cost eliminate to them. This form will give you details on this and other deductions you are entitled to if you’re self-employed. » T777 – Statement of employment expenses This form is for the employee who works from home. It is important to know that it doesn’t matter if you only work from home part of the time – you are still eligible to claim a portion of the time you do work from home. Employees are eligible to claim items such as heat, electricity, general repairs, condo fees, Internet and work phone. The only expenses you can’t claim as an employee versus self-employed are mortgage interest and property taxes. An exception is made for commission employees. As an employee, you must have your employer fill out a T2200. This form tells Revenue Canada what the employer’s expectations are for work and expenses from themselves and from yourself as the employee. continued on page 48…

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tax time

continued…

There are so many financial benefits to working from home. You’re already paying most of these expenses anyway, and the fact that you can claim a portion is a great benefit.

» General facts about home deductions The amount of the deduction is calculated based on the amount of space you use in your home for income. Let’s say you have 10 rooms in your home and two are used for work. The pro-rated amount is based on the percentage of the home used for work. In this case, 20 per cent. So, if your deduction total is $10,000 x 20 per cent, it’s a $2,000 deduction off your income for you! It’s important to know that the deduction only applies to income.

If this is the first you are hearing of this but have been working from home for quite some time, don’t fret – you are able to go back to previous years and do a T1 adjustment to make a claim for the years you missed the boat! Keep your receipts. If Revenue Canada comes calling, you want to make sure you can prove your expenses that have been claimed. And finally, don’t let all these fancy forms and terms scare you. Do a bit of homework and take it to a professional if you’re not sure or just plain can’t stand the idea of doing your own taxes. When in doubt, ask if you’re eligible to claim the deduction. Don’t assume if you don’t know. The money spent for good advice will pay off. There are so many financial benefits to working from home. You’re already paying most of these expenses anyway, and the fact that you can claim a portion is a great benefit. Let’s not forget the personal benefits. Nothing is better than working from home in your pajamas. I used to do that all the time. Not as much anymore… darn Skype! It’s not always about working harder. There’s something to be said for working smarter. So sharpen the pencils, Google it up and give yourself that much-deserved raise!

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THE ECONOMY

Canadian economic

GROWTH TO IMPROVE IN 2013: CIBC WHILE CANADA’S ECONOMY LIMPED TO A CLOSE LAST YEAR,

it is not a sign of worse things to come in 2013, although growth will continue to be lacklustre for some time, according to a new report from CIBC World Markets Inc. “Any time growth slows to a crawl, one has to worry that it wouldn’t take much to push the economy over the edge,” says Avery Shenfeld, chief economist at CIBC. “Based on admittedly slim evidence, there are reasons to believe that Q1 growth will be better.” He points out that while employment dropped in January, hours worked are up. He also notes that auto sales look like they’ve rebounded – generally a signal of consumer confidence – and that the resolution of energy sector disruptions has resulted in an increase in oil exports to the United States through mid-February. “So it looks like, in terms of quarterly GDP, Q4 could end up being the storm before the calm, with an improved pace ahead,” says Shenfeld. However, he warns that challenges domestically and

globally will result in only tepid improvement. CIBC’s forecast sees the economy tracking only a 1.7 per cent growth rate in 2013, a pace that will see the unemployment rate drift higher. Shenfeld believes that the weak close to 2012 and the modest rebound ahead will keep the Bank of Canada from raising rates until third quarter of 2014, two quarters later than previously forecast. The delay in raising rates will also result in the Canadian dollar remaining below parity with the U.S. dollar until the second quarter of 2014. “Instead of smoothly passing the growth baton from governments and households to business spending and exports, there’s been a fumble,” he says. “Housing has slowed, as has consumer borrowing, and governments face pressures to tighten belts. But businesses aren’t opening their wallets.” While many had forecast business investment to pick up the slack in the Canadian economy, weak global growth has been holding back capital spending. The report examined the issue of whether Corporate Canada was sitting on an excess pile of cash that it should be spending on new projects. “There is no real evidence from a macroeconomic perspective that corporations are indeed sitting on excess cash,” say CIBC economists Benjamin Tal and Peter Buchanan. In fact, “corporations are holding cash levels that are consistent with a trend we have seen for more than two decades.” They note that, in nominal terms, in real terms or as a share of assets, the near $600 billion of cash holdings by non-financial corporations in Canada is at record or near-record highs. However they point out that all the increase in cash since the beginning of the recession can be fully explained by growth in GDP. In real terms, and as a share of GDP and corporate assets, cash holdings by corporations are now only back to their pre-recession levels. While businesses have increased the share of assets they hold in cash, their relative cash position has been offset by a decline in other current assets – namely inventories and accounts receivables. Tal and Buchanan found that the higher level of cash holdings has not come at the expense of capital spending, which at 20 per cent of GDP, is not only more than three points above its long-term average share, it is also near a record high.

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Welcome to GIBBONS Our community places great pride on being a safe and friendly place in which to raise families and enjoy an outstanding quality of life Gibbons-“Living at its Best”.

Population 2848 and growing Located The Town of Gibbons is strategically located at the junction of Highway 28 and 28A along the banks of the Sturgeon River, only minutes from Alberta’s Industrial Heartland in Sturgeon County. Schools Landing Trail School (Kindergarten to grade four) and Gibbons School (grades five to nine). High School students are bussed to Sturgeon Composite High or Redwater High Schools. Grocery One grocery store and two convenience stores

Recreational Activities Gibbons arena, curling rink, community hall, Goose Hummock golf course, campgrounds and much more Medical Facilities Two medical clinics, a dental office, laboratory, chiropractic centre, massage therapy, and a Capital Health Unit. Three hospitals are available within 15 miles of Gibbons. Parks & Pathways Gibbons hosts ten park areas, including seven playgrounds, two passive parks, and a sports grounds area.

For more information, please visit www.gibbons.ca

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around the house

// by Scott McGillivray

kitchen ROI A

fantastic kitchen is one of the most effective ways to up the value of your home. There are lots of quick and easy ways to upgrade your kitchen that don’t have to cost the bank. » Paint will give you the biggest bang for your buck. Choose an eggshell finish for the walls and if you decide to paint cupboards prep them by sanding before applying a suitable kitchen cupboard paint. » Changing the hardware is one of the easiest and most inexpensive things you can do to update your kitchen and give it a more modern look. Take one of the old knobs to the store with you and replace the old ones with new ones of the same size. » Counters can really date a place and because they are a working surface can show their age – replacing a counter is a modest investment that makes a great impression on the overall appeal and function of the space. » New appliances can be a bit of an investment up front but can pay off in the long run with greater energy efficiency, which will mean lower hydro bills and a modern sleek look. » Changing the light fixtures and the faucets are two other ways to easily transform your kitchen.

These are all inexpensive do-ityourself ways to increase the value of your space and get a great return on investment.

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Unit 44, 9511 - 102 Avenue

Welcome to Morinville Located within a short drive from Edmonton, CFB Edmonton and St. Albert, Morinville offers residents the dual benefits of abundant amenities blended with small town values and community support. Spring 2011 will see the town celebrate the completion of the new Community Cultural Centre, the new focal point for the community. Population 7,600 Located Highway 2, 18 minutes north of Edmonton, 8 minutes north of St. Albert, 15 minutes from CFB Edmonton Schools Two elementary schools, one junior high and high-tech high school. French immersion is offered at elementary/junior high levels. Morinville is also home to Sturgeon Learning Centre and Morinville

Christian School GrocerY Sobeys, nofrills Recreational Facilities Hockey/curling rinks, ball diamonds, soccer fields, tennis court, walking trail system, 18 hole golf course, extreme sports park and splash park Medical Facilities Two clinics and full ambulance service

For more information contact Town Office (780) 939-4361

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Style file

The Power of Colour

The colours you choose can dictate the feel of your home – and your mood // by yanic simard // Photos by Brandon Barre

Colour is a multi-billion-dollar industry. It is also the most powerful aspect in the design world. It can change the way you’re feeling, stimulate thought, increase your appetite – it’s really quite phenomenal. You’re drawn to colours that you like when you’re shopping for clothing because you know you’ll feel good when you’re wearing them, and the same thing goes for interiors. Statistics continued on page 62…


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Style file

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show that most people spend about 90 per cent of their time inside, a large portion of which is in their own home. If you live with colours that make you feel good, it will make for a better quality of life. Deciding which direction to take in terms of colour is where many people tend to panic. My advice is to look through several magazines, tear out the pages that have elements you like, put them all in a folder and, once you have at least 20 different style images, analyze the colours that appear most often. This is a great way to get inspired and decide on colours for your own space. Paint Particulars

I am very particular about colour selection and when I design a space, I like to keep the walls through any open areas in a consistent hue. My entire place is painted in Benjamin Moore’s OC-23, Classic Grey. It’s a very soothing colour that really adapts to the other colours around it – like a chameleon. It’s a nice hue to wake up to in the morning and to fall asleep to at night. The tone of it varies throughout the day with the amount of light; it’s brighter in the day and much richer in the evening. When you’re choosing your paint colour, remember: it’s just paint. It’s not permanent and can be easily changed if you’re not happy with it. People always forget that you can get sample cans from the paint store. Pick up a maximum of three different testers that you like, paint sections of each on different walls

(or paint large sheets of white Bristol board and stick them up), and live with them for a few days. (If you give yourself more than three options, trust me, you’ll never decide). Then narrow it down to your favourite two, and then finally pick the one. Get Used to It

Choosing a colour pallete should never be an impulsive decision; you should take time deciding so you know you’ll be comfortable with it. Once you finally do paint the walls, you might still wonder if you selected the right colour. However, keep in mind that you have to give yourself the chance to live with it. Big changes take time to adapt to. For instance, if you’re going from burgundy to off-white you can’t expect to get used to it within the first few hours. No-commitment Pieces

Pillows, accessories and other accent pieces give you the chance to have fun with colour, since they’re ‘non-committal.’ I’ve used hints of blue and green throughout my interior. It’s nice to have your entire residence consistent in terms of colour because then you can move pieces from one room to the next and you’ll never have to worry about making sure it coordinates. Just remember that choosing colours for your home won’t happen overnight. It’s a process that starts with getting inspired; the rest will fall into place. It should be fun, not painful. And if you find that you really can’t do it on your own, it’s probably time to hire a good designer to do it for you.

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Yanic Simard Yanic is the design editor of New Condo Guide and principal designer of Toronto Interior Design Group, specializing in residential and commercial projects. Simard has created designs for clients in Toronto, Montreal and Miami, and appears as a regular guest expert on Citytv’s CityLine and the Toronto Star. Visit tidg.ca


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these townhomes are the exactly what northwest Edmonton has been waiting for. Perfectly sized at 1536 square feet, these homes have been specifically designed to maximize the floor space. The open concept design allows one room to flow into another, giving the overall impression of a much larger home. A spacious gourmet style kitchen with a convenient eating bar is ideal for active families or professional couples with hectic lifestyles while the dining nook is the perfect spot for family meals or a party. The great room features plenty of room for a luxurious flat screen TV, an oversize window and has lots of room for entertaining. A well-placed half bath is very convenient for both residents and guests. Upstairs, three generous bedrooms offer fantastic space for children or make excellent offices or hobby rooms. The master suite is a great size and comes with a large walk in


closet and four-piece ensuite. Another four-piece bathroom completes this level. The lower level of the home contains the laundry room, storage room and oversize double garage. Many valuable upgraded features of these homes include five appliances, an oversized deck and full landscaping of both front and back yards. The extra deep double attached rear garage has additional storage for the kids stuff or recreational equipment. Albany Trails Townhomes have been planned and constructed by Footprint Developments. This company specializes in creating greater Edmonton’s most value rich townhome communities. Very popular with today’s buyers, their first development, Terwillegar Corners, sold out in just months. Albany Trails Townhomes are master crafted and come complete with valuable, upgraded features and

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Construction Discussion:

Wood vs. Steel and Concrete // by Alana Cheyne There are so many factors involved in the decision to buy a condo,

from location to layout. And let’s not forget the very bones of the issue— the debate between wood construction and steel and concrete construction. Which is the better choice? It turns out there are benefits either way, depending on the homebuyer’s unique needs.

Steel and Concrete “The main benefit to steel and concrete is that it’s non-combustible,” says Bruno Mastroprimiano of Abbey Lane Homes. Concrete’s dense mass is inherently fire-resistant, providing strong resistance to fire-related damages. Concrete also protects its inhabitants from potential problems like weather damage and unwanted insects and critters. And let’s not forget that other prevalent issue in multi-family dwellings — noise. From outside traffic to a neighbour’s blaring music, steel and concrete provide the natural soundproofing that is so important to condo owners. According to Richie Lam of Westrich Pacific, these desirable features explain why concrete and steel are perceived as luxury materials — more so than wood. Of course, you can’t get luxury without extra cost, and these condos are certainly more expensive to buy.

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But Lam points out that they’re a wise investment, partly because there are relatively few in the area. “For every 50 wood-framed buildings, there’s maybe one concrete building,” he says. “There’s just so few in Edmonton.” Yet the demand is there — a group of buyers who prefer this type of construction and are willing to pay for it. For that reason, he says, steel and concrete condos will always retain a strong real estate value. Nic Iozzo of Station Pointe adds that other expenses can be regained, too. “The building doesn’t wear out as much, so it doesn’t need as much refurbishing or maintenance,” he says. “And you don’t have mould issues, you don’t have issues with rot.” Condo fees are generally cheaper, too, as well as insurance payments. “From an insurance perspective, you save on the construction process, on the liability insurance of the unit,


precaution,” he adds. Also, condos in general adhere to very strict building codes and bylaws, ensuring that sprinklers, fire extinguishers, and fire escapes and alarms are accessible and in optimal working order. And while wood doesn’t possess the same natural soundproofing as concrete, quality builders do their and on homeowner’s insurance,” Iozzo says. best to solve that issue, too. “There When it comes to environmental concerns, either are a myriad of new products form of construction presents both advantages and coming out these days for sound,” disadvantages. Using concrete and steel avoids the cutting Turnbull says. These products can down of trees and the resulting habitat disruption. And help diminish both ambient sounds, while the manufacturing of these materials does consume like a neighbour’s television, as well fossil fuel energy, a non-renewable resource, a good as more impact-based sounds, like portion of steel studs use recycled metals. Furthermore, footsteps tapping overhead. steel and concrete buildings tend to have a longer lifespan, From an environmental meaning less manufacturing in the long run. standpoint, some buyers feel concerned about tree-cutting. Wood But as Mastroprimiano points out, The greatest benefit to buying a wood-framed condo is cost. “Wood grows. It can be replaced.” “It’s probably the most cost-effective way to build,” says Indeed, wood is a renewable Dave Turnbull of Landmark Group, resulting in greater resource — as long as it’s affordability for the buyer. Steel and concrete condos responsibly sourced. And because simply aren’t an economical choice for every buyer. it’s so accessible, its manufacturing and processing don’t consume as Wood construction is so cost-effective that longmuch fossil-fuel energy, possibly standing legislation limiting wood-framed structures to four storeys may soon be changing — to a new limit of six lowering the carbon footprint of a storeys. According to Turnbull, a six-storey building project in the short-term. So what is one to do? could save as much as 25 per cent by using wood rather “Both products are very good,” than steel and concrete. In order to accommodate an says Mastroprimiano. “Both have increasingly dense population, builders are aiming up, advantages and disadvantages. It and “wood became the most affordable way to do this,” depends what the homebuyer’s he says. Quite simply, wood provides more affordable needs are.” housing for Edmonton buyers. Once those needs are “There’s also a certain amount of flexibility you can determined, there’s still one get with wood in terms of design,” Turnbull adds. Some more point to consider: “The most buyers simply prefer the aesthetic of wood construction, important factor, in my opinion, feeling that it evokes a more earthy, back-to-nature feel. is buying quality,” says Turnbull. Of course, when speaking of wood construction, the Strong designs, quality building risk of fire may come to mind. But, according to and compliance with codes and Turnbull, there are increasingly sophisticated ways to regulations will ensure that buyers make wood-framed buildings as fire-retardant as feel safe and secure in their brand possible, like using high-value fire-rated wall systems. new homes — regardless of the “Some builders, including us, treat each of the framing materials in question. members with a water-based fire retardant as an extra NewCondoGuide.com | Volume 21 issue 04 | new condo Guide 75


SMALL SPACES

Clever ways to organize

A SMALL LIVING SPACE ORGANIZING A SMALL LIVING SPACE can be a challenge. Apartments and lofts typically have limited closet space, if any closets at all. Townhomes can also be a challenge to organize with their small kitchens and bedrooms. Such is true for many singletons and families just starting out, or couples looking to downsize their living arrangements. Whatever your habitat, here are some tips for organizing a small space so you can enjoy it to its full capacity.

 FURNITURE WITH STORAGE

The furniture you choose for your home can make or break it. Oversized furniture is out, but furniture with storage is in. Look for pieces that will maximize storage capacity without taking up too much room. Armoires are great for storing clothes if you don’t have a closet, and these days they come in all sizes. Antique trunks add instant style to any room and they can double as a coffee or bedside table with a hideaway

for keeping extra blankets, seasonal items or books. Media cabinets are a worthwhile investment for anyone with a television and other multi-media. Sanus offers media cabinets with open shelves or enclosed doors and ample room for holding DVD players, video games, cable boxes, music and other gear. If you like the mounted TV look, but don’t have the wall space for it, consider a flat-panel mount kit that attaches to furniture. It will give you the same aesthetic appeal as a TV mount, but doesn’t require drilling in the wall.

 DEFINE THE SPACE

Just because a room is small doesn’t mean it can’t look pulled together. It’s important, especially in homes with open floor plans, to define living areas for how you intend to use them. It sounds counter intuitive, but wide-open rooms with poorly placed furniture can actually seem smaller than they are. Defining the space will allow you to create distinct areas for entertaining, eating and relaxing. Accordion-style room dividers do the trick. So do area rugs. A dining room or sitting area can easily be established with a pretty rug and chairs placed around it. A couch positioned in the middle of a room is a good way to separate living and dining areas.

 ODDS AND ENDS

No matter how organized you are, you most definitely have at least one overflowing junk drawer. So what do you do with all these extra odds and ends? Get creative. Look around. You’d be surprised at how many things you already own that, when repurposed, make the perfect organizers. Toolboxes are ideal for storing crafting and office supplies like ribbons, buttons, paper clips, push pins, stamps and envelopes. Rather than tucking away flower vases in a cupboard, use them for neatly displaying kitchen utensils or makeup brushes. Matching baskets and photo boxes will hold just about anything from scarves to painting supplies. Looking for a fun way to display photographs? String a piece of twine across an archway and use clothespins to hang the photos from the twine. With a little effort and creativity, any living area can be transformed into a well-organized space you enjoy spending time in. NC


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ollowing the great success of Phase One of The University Brownstones, we are proud to announce the second phase of their multi-family development. Built on the foundations of quality, value and innovative design these 72 spectacular units are a welcome addition to this in-demand address. With a prime location in a charming mature neighbourhood, The University Brownstones is a unique project surrounded by character homes, and all the amenities of an established community. Situated at 108 Street and 72 Avenue, residents will be conveniently located just steps from the Garneau, the University of Alberta, and the Whyte Avenue shopping and entertainment district - all • Excellent location, close to within walking distance! Just U of A and Whyte Ave. a few minutes • Spacious designs with 9 away is the scefoot sprinklered ceilings nic river valley, where outdoor • Upgraded appliance packenthusiasts can age and soundproofing enjoy plenty of activities. Plus, • Beautiful central courtyard getting to the and glass elevators downtown core is hassle free • Underground heated parkwith just a quick ing and 24 hour video LRT ride. Making monitored security your next home at The University • Backed by New Home Brownstones is Warranty easy as only a 5% down payment is required. With this type of opportunity, buyers are encouraged to act now to ensure their home style preference is available. The design of The University Brownstones is as distinctive as the neighbourhood it is located in. Glass elevators with vestibules and covered, open pedways that link all parts of the development add to the unique European look and feel. The stylish pedways also create private, separate entrances to each suite, allowing for more windows since suites back onto the open pedways rather than a

closed in hallway. Adding to the bright and airy environment is the wonderful feature of a central courtyard. The University Brownstones, will have the same quality and design as found in its many other sought-after developments, but with more of an Old World flair. At The University Brownstones, buyers will discover spacious suites that range from 745 to 1,600 square feet and present an array of floor plans to suit a wide variety of tastes and lifestyles including one bedroom, one bedroom plus den, two bedrooms and even a couple of three bedroom suites. The den in the one bedroom suite option is designed so that it can easily be used as a second bedroom. Inside each suite, buyers will appreciate the open great room plans, 9-ft. ceilings, huge floor-to-ceiling windows, kitchens with islands and raised eating bars. The selection of finishing packages and superior soundproofing are part of The University Brownstones. Each unit is self contained, with a separate furnace, hot water on demand and telephone and cable access in almost every room. We skip the expensive amenities that are seldom used and instead puts the money saved into state of the art soundproofing – ultimately allowing condo fees to remain low. And, your surroundings are always secure, with 24-hour video monitoring in the parkade. The University Brownstones is an impressive development that combines the coveted features of a mature, culture rich area with beautiful and visually interesting architectural design. With Phase I sold out, and the highly anticipated pre-sale now underway, you will not want to miss out on the exciting opportunity! Be sure to ask about our Free $10,000 upgrade package that is available for only the first 25 pre-sales. For more information visit the Phase One Show Suite at 10808 71 Avenue, open Monday to Thursday, 4-7 pm, weekends 1-5 pm or call Troy Stenson at Re/Max River City, 780-439-7000

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The seasonal switch-up:

Hellen Buttigieg, CPO, is a Certified Professional Organizer, life coach, TV host and owner of We Organize U. Visit her website, WeOrganizeU.com, for a free e-Book on how to find more time, energy and inner peace. Contact Hellen at 905.829.2219 or info@WeOrganizeU.com

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pring is slowly sliding into place, and the hall closet is bursting at the seams trying to contain the collection of everything from mitts and snow boots to umbrellas and Wellies. It’s time for the seasonal switch. Make some space for spring, and don’t give Jack Frost another thought.

Quick tips on organizing your home

›› Make room for spring. It’s that wonderful time of year again when we can put away the winter gear and lighten the load. Although there’s never enough storage, there are creative ways to better utilize existing spaces when storing out-of-season items. Here are some ideas to consider: add another shelf above the existing one in all the closets, and purchase under-the-bed organizers. If your bed is not high enough, you can get a bed riser to lift it. Consider creating a document on your computer that

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make room for spring serves as an index to outline where you’ve stored what. When winter arrives, you won’t have to rely on your memory to find what you need. ›› How long have you been putting off that rummage sale? Have you been saving items for years with the intention of selling them, but never seem to get around to it? Pull out your calendar today and book a definite date to have your sale this spring. Blocking the time now increases the likelihood of following through with it later. Another option is to forgo the big sell-off entirely and donate these items instead. ›› Jump-start your spring cleaning with baby steps. If you don’t know where to begin when it comes to spring-cleaning your home, start small. Pick just one room. Moving clockwise, remove anything that doesn’t belong in that room and place it in a “move elsewhere” box to deliver to the room it should live in. Pull out anything that doesn’t give you joy or value and place it in a giveaway box. Toss or recycle any papers and garbage that are left over. Designate this room as a “no-clutter zone” so you will always have a sanctuary to escape to, regardless of what the rest of the house looks like. ›› Have you stored your winter coats yet? If you’ve been putting off the task of storing your winter coats because you don’t have an extra closet, there’s a solution. A sturdy, rolling garment rack makes an ideal spot to store winter coats during the summer. Be sure to dry-clean all items before storing, even if they look clean. Cover the clothes with a clean, cotton bed sheet or use a zippered canvas wardrobe cover specifically designed for this purpose to keep your clothes dust-free. If you don’t have room for a garment rack, store seasonal items in large garment bags, suitcases or under-bed storage bins. Quick tips on organizing your home office

›› Weed your paper garden for spring. We prepare our gardens for spring by cutting back the dead wood and pulling up weeds. Do the same for your filing cabinet. Spend just 15 minutes pulling any out-dated file folders to give more relevant ones some breathing room. If you don’t get through the whole filing cabinet in one sitting, mark the place where you stopped with a piece of paper so you can continue where you left off next time. Quick tips on organizing your life

›› Take time to enjoy the sunshine. For those of us living in climates that are cold most of the year, spring and summer are much too short. Make it a point to get out and enjoy the day when the weather is beautiful, even if the floor still has to be mopped or the tub has to be scrubbed – it can wait until the next rainy day. Besides, your productivity on warm, sunny days is often lower because you’d rather be outside and self pity is draining! When that rainy day does arrive, make the most of it by knocking off as many chores as you can manage. You’ll have lots of energy to accomplish tasks because you will have taken time off for yourself.

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fashion. Sharon Grech, the colour and design expert for Benjamin Moore, points out that the pastel colours popping up in fashion apparel and accessories are also brightening up the home this spring.

“Hits of white, pale greys and a bouquet of pastels bring a desired lightness to your wardrobe and to your home this season. Pastels have been popular in the past, but rest assured, what’s in style today is very much of the moment and sophisticated.”

“There is a palpable shift as Canadians are now ready for a “cleansing” of the palate,” she says. “Hits of white, pale greys and a bouquet of pastels bring a desired lightness to your wardrobe and to your home this season. Pastels have been popular in the past, but rest assured, what’s in style today is very much of the moment and sophisticated.” The new pastels work best, Grech says, when contrasted with a darker charcoal shade or the rough texture of reclaimed wood or heavy woven textiles. These heavier materials and colours give the pastel a less fragile sensation. Designers today take some of the sweetness out of the pastel look by not always pairing it with a clean, crisp white, but instead with other

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neutrals like grey, sand and tan. “Benjamin Moore’s favourite pastel for the home this year is Lemon Sorbet,” says Grech. “Fresh and bright, it is the perfect pick for any space. Its wispy nature is the ideal backdrop for any colour, especially when paired with warm grey furniture and blue-green accents, to create a living space that is energetic and calm all at once.” There is a fine line when it comes to this airy trend. Just as in fashion, don’t outfit the whole home in pastels. You wouldn’t dress in head-to-toe pastels, and the same goes for the home. “It’s all about balance,” she says. You can follow this trend online at BenjaminMoore.ca or visit your local retailer for more information. NC

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Scrumpdillyicious

Leslie Styles, foodie and travel aficionado, shares some delicious dishes found on her travels around the world

Molten Chocolate Lava Cake Directions

Preheat oven to 325°F. Grease four ramekins, about 2 ¾ in. diameter and dust with cocoa powder; set aside. Melt the chocolate in a small pan over medium heat. Once half melted, add butter and continue to heat until the chocolate and butter are completely melted and combined. Set aside for 10 minutes, or until needed.

Warm, silky and devilishly good, Molten Chocolate Lava Cake is the quintessential chocolate lover’s dessert. Best of all, its gooey centre actually does erupt with a luscious molten core of chocolatey goodness. And unlike some other recipes I’ve tried, this recipe is foolproof! Made with good-quality dark chocolate, butter, eggs, sugar and flour, the mixture is simply poured into individual ramekins, baked about 15 minutes and upturned onto decorative serving plates. A few fresh berries, a light dusting of icing sugar and your guests will be treated to a lovely warm dessert fresh from the oven. Now that’s love!

this is a very naughty dessert.

ingredients

Using a blender or hand whisk, whip the eggs, egg yolks and sugar in a medium bowl until pale and thickened, then add to the chocolate mixture. Gently fold in the flour with a metal spoon. Divide the mixture between the four ramekins and cook in the oven for 12 to 15 minutes, until the cakes are firm on top. Using oven gloves, remove the ramekins from the oven and turn them out onto serving plates. Garnish with raspberries and dust with icing sugar. Serve immediately.

Serves 4

› 4 tsp cocoa powder › 4 oz good-quality dark chocolate, broken into pieces › 4 oz unsalted butter (1 stick)

› 2 large eggs › 2 large egg yolks › 4 ½ oz caster sugar › 4 oz plain or pastry flour, sifted

› Icing sugar, to dust › Raspberries, for garnish

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Leslie Styles is president of Styles Design Inc., a Toronto-based branding and communications agency, and author of Scrumpdillyicious, a food & travel blog dedicated to all things delicious. She can be reached at stylesdesign.net and scrumpdillyicious.blogspot.com


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DOWNTOWN

MAXX lives downtown From its cool exterior details to gleaming gourmet kitchens, massive windows, high ceilings and oversized balconies everything at MAXX has been done to the max. And, you simply can’t help but get excited. This is the destination urbanites have been longing for. A west coast inspired sanctuary of downtown professionals and early adopters that want a home reflecting their aspirations.

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homebuyers’ help

condo buyers’

resource section

You love the condo, see what you can afford! Compare mortgage rates for your best deal Calculate your mortgage payments using the mortgage payment calculation chart

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homebuyers’ help

Calculate your mortgage payments interest rate

amortization period

chart figure

mortgage amount ÷ 1,000

monthly payment

example: 5%

25 years

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125 (mortgage amount $125,000)

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Follow these steps to see if you’ll qualify for a mortgage on your dream condo 01 Calculate the combined monthly before-tax income of you and your spouse. 02 Divide by three. This figure is the monthly payment you can afford to make on your condo. 03 Take the total price of the condo and subtract the amount of money you expect to make as a down payment. This is the money you will have to borrow.

04 Refer to the chart on the opposite page. Look down the left column and locate the interest rate you expect to pay. Line this up with the amortization period of your choice. (Most first-time buyers take the 25-year amortization.) 05 Multiply this figure by the amount you need to borrow. Divide by 1,000.

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06 Add to this your estimated monthly heating costs and monthly property taxes. 07 If this figure is equal to or less than one-third of your gross monthly income (calculated in Step 2), you’ll qualify for a mortgage on your dream condo.

Bear in mind that this is a rough estimate. If you have several other large loans already, you may qualify for less. Also, banks and trust companies vary in their policies. The best way to know what you can afford is to go to the lending institution of your choice and get pre-qualified.


Compare mortgage rates for your best deal CHARTERED BANKS

Variable

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1 Year

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4.650

Bank of Montreal

3.100

Bank of Nova Scotia

3.100

AGF Trust

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3 years

4 years

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3.200

3.240

3.340

3.490

4.000

3.000

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3.550

4.540

5.140

4.550

3.750

3.890

3.990

4.390

4.990

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3.240

3.390

3.150

3.570

3.190

Bridgewater Bank

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3.200

4.450

3.000

3.140

3.550

4.390

5.140

Canadian Western Bank

3.200

4.000

3.000

3.040

3.650

4.540

5.140

Equitable Trust

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3.000

3.040

3.550

4.540

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First Calgary Financial

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2.390

2.670

2.530

3.290

2.990

First National Financial

2.800

3.950

2.740

2.690

2.790

2.990

2.990

FirstOntario Credit Un.

2.790

4.240

2.990

3.140

3.190

3.240

2.970

HSBC Bank Canada

3.100

4.450

3.600

3.950

4.450

4.990

5.240

ING Direct

3.000

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3.000

3.000

2.790

2.990

3.080

Investors Group Trust

3.000

4.000

3.000

3.140

3.550

4.540

5.140

London Life

3.000

4.000

3.000

3.140

3.550

4.540

5.140

Manulife Bank

3.000

4.450

3.000

3.050

3.100

3.100

3.090

Meridian Credit Union

2.850

4.450

3.100

3.140

3.700

2.980

3.190

National Bank

3.200

4.000

3.100

3.140

3.550

4.540

5.140

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4.500

3.100

3.350

3.600

3.850

3.950

President’s Choice Fin’l

3.200

6.040

3.140

3.200

3.240

3.350

3.440

Royal Bank of Canada

3.000

4.000

3.000

3.040

3.550

4.540

5.140

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4.000

3.000

3.040

3.550

4.390

5.140

3.200

4.000

3.000

3.040

3.550

4.540

5.140

Peace Hills Trust

Servus Credit Union T-D Mortgage

Rates effective as of March 22, 2013. *Rates subject to change without notice.

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homebuyers’ help

Condo hunter’s checklist When shopping for your dream condo, carry this list with you and take notes to help you remember what you saw, and where! condo #1

condo #2

condo #3

condo #4

Project & address:

Project & address:

Project & address:

Project & address:

Salesperson:

Salesperson:

Salesperson:

Salesperson:

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Developer/builder:

Developer/builder:

Developer/builder:

Developer/builder:

Type:

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detached conversion townhome

2-storey highrise bungalow

detached conversion townhome

2-storey highrise bungalow

detached conversion townhome

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# of bedrooms:

# of bedrooms:

# of bedrooms:

# of bedrooms:

# of bathrooms:

# of bathrooms:

# of bathrooms:

# of bathrooms:

Interior appliances:

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Options:

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Special incentives:

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Price:

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Condo fees:

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30 AVE SW JAMES MOWAT TRAIL

1180 Hyndman Road 780.473.9143 ONLY 1 SUITE By Appt. Only LEFT!

See the inside back cover to find out about our

SHOREWINDS FROM $159,000

Mon to Thurs 3PM - 8PM Sat, Sun, holidays 12PM - 5PM Closed on Fridays

780.438.4911

2 br Condos FROM

$217,900 includes GST

• Two bedroom & two bedroom plus den suites available • 9' ceilings available on the fourth floor • Building features underground parking & owner's amenities • Suites include window coverings, six stainless steel appliances & natural gas BBQ outlet on the patio • Easy access to the Anthony Henday & Gateway Blvd

• Winner of the 2013 CHBA Award for Best Multi-Family Apartment Style $250,000-$350,000 WINNE R

*Select suites only, for a limited time. See Sales Associate for details.

40 Weeks

SALES HOURS

Call Jeremiah 6083 Maynard Way

Creates architecturally inspired, award winning designs

ANTHONY HENDAY DR

ulous Giveaways of Fab

2013 excellence in housing award winner

MACEWAN RD ELLERSLIE RD 119 ST

111 ST

RABBIT HILL RD

GAR DR TERWILLE

23 AVE MAYNARD WAY

SOUTHWEST

Turns your dream into a reality

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6070 Schonsee Way 780.476.1137

*On Select Suites. See Sales Associate for details.

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• Located in desirable Southwest community of MacTaggart this location offers easy access to the Anthony Henday, and is close to shopping, parks, and many other amenities

Albany Way & 167th Ave 587.520.3372

Can fit square pegs into round holes

WINDERMERE BLVD

FROM $184,900

HERMITAGE

• 9’ ceilings on the first, second and third floors, 10’ ceilings on the fourth floor

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• Gorgeous lake views*

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Is driven by exceedingly high standards, with you in mind

ELLERSLIE RD

FROM $167,900

6084 Stanton Drive SW 780.756.0096

75 ST

includes GST

23 AVE

Puts the “fun” in functional floor plans

70 ST

$279,000

SOUTHWINDS

RABBIT HILL RD

since 1973

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Condos FROM

SHERWOOD PK FWY

ARGYLL RD

URBAN VILLAGE 7825 - 71 Street 780.461.1622

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WHYTE AVE

4042 MacTaggart Dr SW FROM $167,900

75 ST

COMING SOON

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1144 Adamson Dr SW 587.520.6775

142 ST

FROM $179,900

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condo builder

on these spectacular suites!*

2013 excellence in housing award winner

Meet your design team: Karen, Jodi & Dan

SOUTHWEST CALGARY TR

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2 BR FROM $217,900

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RUTHERFORD GATE

11080 Ellerslie Road 780.756.2230

Top 40

Save up to $20,000

111 ST

New showsuites now open!

Final phase now selling

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Call Katie

780.439.5030 11517 Ellerslie Road 2013 excellence in housing award winner


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127 ST SW

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23 AVE NW

587.520.6775

ANTHONY HENDAY

4042 MacTaggart Drive

TERWILLEGAR BLVD

MACTAGGERT DRIVE

More information coming soon

$184,900

$181,900

includes GST

includes GST

• 9' ceilings on all floors • Convenient access to St Albert • Customize your suite with a complimentary interior design consultation • Two storey lobby *On Select Suites. See Sales Associate for details.

Up to $35,000 off select suites* • Building features underground parking, fully equipped fitness centre, convenient guest suite & social room with wet bar and billiards • Stylish suites come with six appliances, laminate floors & 9’ ceilings • Oversized heated storage included with underground heated parking • Located in the heart of Ambleside this convenient Southwest location has easy access to the Anthony Henday, transit centres, South Edmonton Common & Currents Shopping Centre

142 ST NW

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587.520.3372 167 Avenue & Albany Way

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167 AVE NW

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127

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*On Select Suites. See Sales Associate for details.

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WINDERMERE BLVD AMBLESIDE

AMBLESIDE DR LINK

ELLERSLIE RD SW

780.438.1513 308 Ambleside Link

RUGBY PARK

Call Kathy

780.756.2230

SOUTHeast

ELLERSLIE RD

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11080 Ellerslie Road

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Call Riley

780.756.0096 6084 Stanton Drive

Condos FROM

$167,900 includes GST

Condos FROM

Condos FROM

$159,000

$167,900

includes GST

includes GST

Up to $12,000 off select suites*

Up to $15,000 off select suites*

• NEW SHOWSUITE NOW OPEN

• NEW SHOWSUITE NOW OPEN

• One bedroom, one bedroom plus den, two bedroom, & two bedroom plus den suites available

• 15,000 sq ft of amenities includes a fitness centre & a 3,500 sq ft party room with wet bar, kitchen, gas fireplace, games table, billiards & more!

• Underground heated parking, laminate flooring, window coverings, and six appliances included • Customize your suite with a complimentary interior design consultation • Natural gas fireplaces* • Just minutes from shopping, dining & many other amenities

• The aquatic centre is equipped with an indoor pool, hot tub, locker rooms, steam room & outdoor patios • Suites include window coverings, six appliances, heated underground parking & in-suite laundry *On Select Suites. See Sales Associate for details.

*On Select Suites. See Sales Associate for details.

NORTHEAST

SOUTHWEST Call Trent

SOUTHWEST

DR

ELLERSLIE RD

Condos FROM

• Exceptional landscaping with easy walkability to neighborhood amenities, parks & ponds

*On Select Suites. See Sales Associate for details.

*On Select Suites. See Sales Associate for details.

SOUTHWEST

Condos FROM

2013 excellence in housing award winner

• Guest suite, leisure centre & rooftop terraces

• Located in Edmonton's only exclusive lake side community with swimming, boating, fishing, skating, cross country skiing, sledding and so much more

*On Select Suites. See Sales Associate for details.

Call Katie ALLARD LINK SW

30 AVE SW

• Engineered hardwood floors

• Amenities including fully equipped fitness centre, three social rooms with theatre, games, dining & butler kitchen, & rooftop terraces

SOUTHWEST

1144 Adamson Drive SW

• Heated underground parking & storage

GATEWAY BLVD

ELLERSLIE RD

• Stainless steel appliances

66 ST

ANTHONY HENDAY DRIVE

111 ST SW

*On Select Suites. See Sales Associate for details.

• Hunter Douglas window coverings & six appliances included

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• Two storey lobby

• Double, triple and quadruple private garages available

• Overheight ceilings

70 S

• Customize your suite with a complimentary interior design consultation

includes GST

• Beautiful park views

68A AVE

SCHONSEE WAY

167 AVE

WHYTE AVE

Call Mick

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780.476.1137 6070 Schonsee Way

SOUTHCENTRAL SHERWOOD PARK FWY

75 ST

• Beautiful ravine views*

$227,080

• NEW SHOWSUITES NOW OPEN

91 ST

• 9' ceilings on all floors

• Gas line to balconies with optional gas line to ranges

No condo fees for a year*

• Cast in place concrete construction

CALGARY TR

includes GST

RABBIT HILL RD

$179,900

concrete Condos FROM

66 ST

• Walking distance to a vibrant new town centre, future LRT station & recreational complex, Blackmud Creek Ravine & much more

• Designer kitchens complete with upgraded appliances

76 ST

8583 metallic

Quartz countertops to the next 5 purchasers*

111 ST

PMS 2204: 32C2M7Y1K

• Oversized balconies

82 ST

PMS1545: 53M100Y72K

Condos FROM

• Cast in place concrete structure

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Granite countertops to the next 2 purchasers*

WHITEMUD DR

Call Amanda

780.461.1622 7825 - 71 Street 2013 excellence in housing award winner

Edmonton New Condo Guide - March 30, 2013  

A Wall2Wall Publication