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We have just listed this great property at 405 1130 McCarthy BLVD N in Regina.
Welcome to the Lakewood Terrace condo complex at 1130 McCarthy Boulevard North. This 1999 built, 1,005 square foot, 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom apartment style condo is in an extremely convenient location in the Lakewood subdivision as it’s right on McCarthy just north of Rochdale blvd in Regina's Northwest end, which has many amenities such as shopping, doctors offices, restaurants, banks and grocery stores. Unit number 405 is on the top floor of this building and is facing north. You enter into the wide open kitchen and living area. There is plenty of room for a dining table and it is well lit. The kitchen has plenty of cabinets and countertop space and the fridge, stove, dishwasher and garburator are all included. The laundry room provides extra storage, another pantry, as well as a very large deep freeze that is also included. Beautiful hardwood floors grace the living room and primary bedroom with a walkin closet and a 3 piece ensuite. Across the living room is the other bedroom as well as the main 4 piece bathroom. This condo also has a north facing balcony that can be used to enjoy the warmer months and also has access to the utility room. You will enjoy the heated underground parking for adding security and comfort. Some extra features in this building is the amenities room where many gather for coffee and socializing. Condo fees are $270/month and include Water, Common Area Maintenance, External Building Maintenance, Lawncare, Reserve Fund, Sewer, Common Insurance,Snow and Garbage removal.
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We have just listed this great property at 928 RAE ST in Regina.
Welcome to 928 Rae St. This 1912 built 783 square foot 3 bedroom, 1 bathroom 1 ½ story home is on a 25’x125’ lot in Regina’s Washington Park subdivision. This house has a lot of its major renovations completed but still needs some work to be completed before it can be lived in. You enter the home into the porch that leads to the living room and then the dining room. The location for the future kitchen is next on the main floor and it is completed with a good sized bedroom. The second floor has the primary bedroom as well as one additional bedroom and finally the 3 piece bathroom. This home has newer shingles, a high efficiency furnace, a 100 amp electrical panel and a sump pump.
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We have just listed this great property at 89 Mackenzie WAY in Regina.
Welcome to this excellent and very well maintained two story condo in the heart of the Glencairn neighbourhood. Very conveniently located, this condo is backing Glencairn park, and has a nice south facing deck, so you can enjoy those few warm summer evenings. The main floor of the home features a galley kitchen, convenient 2-piece bath, dining area, and a large and bright living room. The second floor contains the master bedroom with it's own 4-piece bath, and a second bedroom also with a three piece bathroom attached. The basement is developed with a cozy family room, and contains the utility/storage. Lots of updates have been done in recent years, including flooring, paint, appliances, deck, patio doors, and much more. One electrified parking stall is included and additional stalls can be rented for a very reasonable $30 per month. Don't miss this fantastic property. Call to view it today!
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A Return to ‘Normal’? The State of Real Estate in 2022


Last year was one for the real estate history books. The pandemic helped usher in a buying frenzy that led to a record number of home sales and a historically-high rate of appreciation, as prices soared by a national average of 19.9% year over year, according to the Canadian Real Estate Association.1


There were signs in the second quarter that the red-hot housing market was beginning to simmer down. In June, the pace of sales slowed while the average sales price dipped 5.5% below the springtime peak.2


But just when the market seemed to be cooling, home prices and sales volume ticked up again in the fall, leading the Royal Bank of Canada to speculate: “Canada’s housing market run has more in the tank.”3


So what’s ahead for the Canadian real estate market in 2022? Here’s where industry experts predict the market is headed in the coming year.



MORTGAGE RATES WILL CREEP UP


The Bank of Canada has signalled that it plans to begin raising interest rates in the “middle quarters” of this year.4 What does that mean for mortgage rates?


Expect higher variable mortgage rates to come. In fact, according to industry trade blog Canadian Mortgage Trends, some lenders have already begun raising their variable rates in preparation. And according to the site, “Current market forecasts show the Bank of Canada on track for seven quarter-point (25 bps) rate hikes by the end of 2023, with Scotiabank expecting eight rate hikes.”5


Since September, fixed mortgage rates—which follow the 5-year Bank of Canada bond yield—have also been climbing.5 Fortunately, economists believe the housing sector is well-positioned to absorb these higher interest rates.


Derek Holt, Scotiabank vice president and head of capital markets economics, told Canadian Mortgage Professional magazine in November, “The large increase in cash balances that occurred over the pandemic combined with the record-high amount of home equity on Canadian balance sheets, to me, paints a picture of a household sector that can manage the rate shock we’re likely to get.”4


What does it mean for you? Low mortgage rates can reduce your monthly payment, make it easier to qualify for a mortgage, and make homeownership more affordable. Fortunately, there’s still time to take advantage of historically-low rates. We’d be happy to connect you with a trusted lending professional in our network.



VOLUME OF SALES WILL DECREASE


A record number of homes were sold in Canada last year. The Canadian Real Estate Association estimates that 656,300 home purchases took place, which is an 18.8% increase over 2020.6 So it’s no surprise that the pace of sales would eventually slow.


The association predicts that, nationally, the number of home sales will fall by 12.1% in 2022, which would still make 2022 the second-best year on record.1


It attributes this relative slowdown to affordability challenges and a lack of inventory but expects sales volume to remain high by historical standards. “Limited supply and higher prices are expected to tap the brakes on activity in 2022 compared to 2021, although increased churn in resale markets resulting from the COVID-related shake-up to so many people’s lives may continue to boost activity above what was normal before COVID-19.”6


What does it mean for you? The frenzied market we experienced last year required a drop-everything commitment from many of our clients, so a slower pace of sales should be a welcome relief. However, buyers should still be prepared to compete for the best properties. We can help you craft a compelling offer without compromising your best interests.



THE MARKET WILL BECOME MORE BALANCED


In 2021, we experienced one of the most competitive real estate markets ever. Fears about the virus, a shift to remote work, and economic stimulus triggered a huge uptick in demand. At the same time, many existing homeowners delayed their plans to sell, and supply and labour shortages hindered new construction. 


This led to an extreme market imbalance that benefitted sellers and frustrated buyers. According to Abhilasha Singh, an economist at Moody’s Analytics, “almost all indicators of housing market activity shot through the roof.” But, she continued, “The housing market is now showing signs of returning to earth.”7


The Royal Bank of Canada expects to see demand soften gradually as rising prices and interest rates push the cost of homeownership out of reach for many would-be buyers.3 And while the supply of available homes continues to remain low, according to Singh, “the pace of building in Canada remains elevated compared with historical averages thanks to low interest rates.”7


What does it mean for you? If you struggled to buy a home last year, there may be some relief on the horizon. Softening demand could make it easier to finally secure the home of your dreams. If you’re a seller, it’s still a great time to cash out your big equity gains! And with less competition and a slower pace of sales, you’ll have an easier time finding your next home. Reach out for a free consultation so we can discuss your specific needs and goals.



HOME PRICES LIKELY TO KEEP CLIMBING, BUT AT A SLOWER PACE


Nationwide, home prices rose an average of 19.9% in 2021. But the rate of appreciation is expected to slow down in 2022. The Canadian Real Estate Association forecasts that the national average home price will increase by 5.6% to $718,000 in 2022.6 


Singh of Moody’s Analytics agrees that price growth will slow this year and could “reach a near standstill in late 2022 but avoid any significant contractions.”7


However, some experts caution against a “wait and see” mentality for buyers. “Affordability is unlikely to improve [this] year as prices should march higher, even as interest rates creep upwards as well,” Rishi Sondhi, an economist at TD Economics, told Reuters. “We think rate hikes will weigh on, but not upend, demand, as the macro backdrop should remain supportive for sales.”8


What does it mean for you? If you’re a buyer who has been waiting on the sidelines for home prices to drop, you may be out of luck. Even if home prices dip slightly (and most economists expect them to rise) any savings are likely to be offset by higher mortgage rates. The good news is that decreased competition means more choice and less likelihood of a bidding war. We can help you get the most for your money in today’s market.



WE’RE HERE TO GUIDE YOU


While national real estate numbers and predictions can provide a “big picture” outlook for the year, real estate is local. And as local market experts, we can guide you through the ins and outs of our market and the local issues that are likely to drive home values in your particular neighbourhood. 


If you’re considering buying or selling a home in 2022, contact us now to schedule a free consultation. We’ll work with you to develop an action plan to meet your real estate goals this year.



Sources:

  1. Toronto Sun -
    https://torontosun.com/life/homes/real-estate-market-on-track-to-break-records
  2. National Post -
    https://nationalpost.com/life/homes/the-great-real-estate-cool-down-has-come
  3. Royal Bank of Canada -
    https://thoughtleadership.rbc.com/canadas-housing-market-run-has-more-in-the-tank/
  4. Canadian Mortgage Professional Magazine -
    https://www.mpamag.com/ca/mortgage-industry/industry-trends/how-likely-is-a-canada-housing-crash/315742
  5. Canadian Mortgage Trends -
    https://www.canadianmortgagetrends.com/2021/11/fixed-rate-increases-costing-todays-homebuyers-over-10000-more-in-interest/
  6. Canadian Real Estate Association -
    https://www.crea.ca/housing-market-stats/quarterly-forecasts/
  7. Moody's Analytics -
    https://www.moodysanalytics.com/-/media/article/2021/10-canada-housing-market-outlook.pdf
  8. Reuters -
    https://www.reuters.com/article/canada-property-poll-idCAKBN2IM06V
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We have just listed this great property at 4193 Green Apple DR E in Regina.
Welcome to 4193 E Green Apple Drive! This ground floor 2013 built 986 square foot 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom townhouse condo is in Regina's Greens on Gardiner subdivision close to parks, schools, shopping, restaurants and bus routes. You enter this condo into the porch with front entry closet, beside that is one of the bedrooms that has access to the crawl space basement which can be used for storage. From there you move through the kitchen with included stainless steel fridge, stove, and dishwasher and an upgraded tile back splash to the dining room area and then to the living room that has access to the back patio with natural gas bbq hook up as well as the furnace/utility room. This condo is completed with the master bedroom with 3 piece ensuite bathroom, an upgraded front load stacked Samsung washer and dryer and finally the main 4 piece bathroom. This unit also includes central air conditioning, as well as 1 electrified parking stall!
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We have just listed this great property at 236 Halifax ST in Regina.
Welcome to 436 Halifax St. This is a little house in a good little neighborhood for a good little price. This 432 square foot 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom bungalow was originally built in 1929, it sits on a 25'x125' single lot in Regina's Highland Park neighborhood close to bus routes, schools and shopping. You enter the home into the living room which is attached to the bedroom on one side and the kitchen on the other with included fridge and stove. You then move through the laundry in utility room with included front load washer/dryer and high efficiency furnace to the updated 4 piece bathroom. The back yard is fenced in and includes a shed as well as parking for 2 vehicles!
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We have just listed this great property at 905 RAE ST in Regina.
Welcome to 905 Rae Street. This 1946 built, 660 square foot, 2 bedrooms, and 1 bathroom bungalow sits on a 3,122 square foot lot in Regina’s Washington Park subdivision close to bus routes and shopping amenities. You enter this home into the spacious living room with loads of natural light. The main floor has 2 good sized bedrooms and 3 piece bathroom. You continue to the kitchen with included fridge and stove, and then finally to the laundry room. The yard of this home is partially fenced and has 2 parking spaces. Seller also owns 875 Retallack St. and 866 Robinson St. would love to make a package deal on both!
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We have just listed this great property at 875 RETALLACK ST in Regina.
Welcome to 875 Retallack St. This 1913 built, 720 square foot, 3 bedroom, 1 bathroom bungalow sit on a 25'x125' lot in Reginas Washington Park subdivision. This make a great rental property as expected rental income would be approx $900. Can be bought with 905 Rae St. and 866 Robinson St. (same seller)
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20 Unique Home Gifts for Every Person on Your List


Every year, it seems the holidays sneak up on us—and every year, that brings with it the dreaded last-minute gift panic. Finding a present that hits all the right notes can be surprisingly stressful, even when it comes to people you’ve known for years. 


But have no fear! We’ve lined up a list of gifts for every “type” on your list. And since we work in real estate, they’re all centred around home life. From the coffee snob to the sports enthusiast, these presents are the perfect way to bring beauty, function or a touch of whimsy to your loved one’s home this holiday season.



FOR THOSE WHO ARE ALWAYS IN THE KITCHEN


We all know someone whose kitchen is their happy place—but once all the basics are covered, it can be hard to find the perfect present. These gifts will be a treat for the chef, baker, or food lover on your list, no matter how well equipped they are.


1. The Coffee Snob

Glass Pour-Over Coffeemaker - $75

Have a java lover on your list who just can’t get their brew right at home? This high-end pour-over system makes a smooth brew that can even be refrigerated and reheated so your recipient can enjoy a perfect cup at any time. 


2. The Foodie

Pink Oyster Mushroom Growing Kit - $65

Help your favourite gourmand create restaurant-quality meals with this kit, which allows them to grow delicious mushrooms right in their cupboard. All they’ll need to do is soak the package and then mist it with water for a few days, and voila—delicious organic mushrooms! 


3. The Baker

Vintage Etched Cake Stand - $87

If you’re lucky enough to have a fabulous home baker on your list, give a gift that reflects the joy their treats bring to others. This lovely glass cake stand is the platform that a beautifully decorated dessert deserves.


4. The Tea Aficionado

Flowering Tea Set - $35

Your favourite tea lover may have tried all of the herbal blends out there, but we bet they haven’t seen tea like this. This set contains two “blossoms” of tea leaves hand-sewn around flowers that bloom when you place them in the included glass teapot and add hot water.



FOR THOSE WHO WOULD RATHER BE IN THE BACKYARD


For many of us, time outdoors is the ultimate source of rejuvenation. The nature-lover on your list is sure to appreciate these presents that help them maximize that joy in their daily lives. 


5. The Gardener

Large Garden Tote - $66

Dedicated gardeners all need a great bag to carry their gear. This tote is attractive and sturdy and will help them keep their home’s exterior beautiful and welcoming. 


6. The Flower Lover

Monthly Flower Subscription - starting at $60/month

If your loved one prefers to enjoy their flora without all the work, a delivery of farm-fresh flowers is sure to surprise and delight. And you can keep the joy blossoming year-round with a weekly, semi-monthly or monthly subscription.


7. The Environmentalist

Reusable Stainless Steel Straws - $14

Know someone who is trying to bring less plastic into their home? This set of reusable metal straws means they’ll never have to buy a box of plastic straws again. And the assortment of sizes ensures that they’ll work with anything from a tall glass of water to a to-go mug. 


8. The Outdoor Adventurer

Solar Phone Charger - $50

Have a camper or adventurer on your list? This solar-powered phone charger, which comes with a built-in flashlight and compass, is a must-have. It will also make a great addition to their home emergency kit.



FOR THOSE WITH THEIR NOSE TO THE GRINDSTONE


Like it or not, most of us spend a good chunk of our lives working—whether at a job or on projects and chores around the house. These gifts are designed to make that work a bit easier and more enjoyable. 


9. The Remote Worker

Home Office Lap Desk - $45

Working at home can be great—in part because you can work from anywhere in the house. The remote worker on your list will appreciate this lap desk with a built-in mouse pad and phone slot, which will allow them to work comfortably from the couch or the bed without overheating their computer.


10. The Back-to-The-Office Worker

Bento Lunch Box - $35

If your loved one is heading back to the office, it doesn’t mean they have to give up the healthy habit of a home-cooked meal. Send them to work with this stylish lunch box packed full of nutritious food.


11. The Do-It-Yourselfer

Laser Measure - $35

The handy person on your list can say goodbye to unwieldy tape measures with this nifty device. It’s perfect for DIY projects of any size.


12. The Clean Freak

UV Sanitizer and Charger - $70

In the COVID-19 era, we’ve all become a little germaphobic. This UV smartphone sanitizer kills bacteria while it charges. Plus, its clever design enables you to hear your phone notifications while the device is in use.



FOR THOSE MOST PASSIONATE ABOUT THEIR HOBBIES


Of course, there’s a lot more to life than work. If you’re gifting a friend or family member who really lights up when they talk about their hobbies, we’ve got you covered. 


13. The Sports Enthusiast

Hockey Stick BBQ Set - $61

Looking for a gift for the sports enthusiast in your life that isn’t another jersey? These BBQ tools made from repurposed hockey sticks are a great pick. Perfect for cooking up food to watch with the game!


14. The Bookworm

The Book Lover’s Journal - $19

Know someone who loves to curl up on the couch with a good book? This journal will help the book-lover on your list keep track of what they’ve read, as well as their ever-growing “to-read” list. 


15. The Runner

Marathon Map Hydration Bottle- $49

Help the runner you love to stay hydrated (and motivated) with a water bottle inscribed with their favourite race route. It’s perfect for runs around the neighbourhood or just toting around the house.


16. The Tourist

Travel Backpack - $120

Make it easy for the travel lover on your list to bring back souvenirs. This lightweight backpack folds flat so it’s easy to pack but sturdy enough to carry their new treasures all the way home. 



FOR THOSE WHO PUT FAMILY FIRST


For many of us, the greatest joy in life comes from our relationship with our family. Help your recipient strengthen and celebrate those all-important connections with these thoughtful gifts. 


17. The New Parent

4-in-1 Baby Food Maker - $230

It’s hard to know what to buy for new parents once their registry is cleared out, but if they’re interested in making baby food at home, this tool is a must-have. It makes the process, from steaming to mixing, fast and easy.


18. The Genealogy Fan

DNA Kit - $129

Know someone interested in reconnecting with their ancestral home? This DNA kit can help them trace their geographical heritage and uncover their family history.


19. The Dog Person

Custom Printed Socks - $28

Is your friend’s dog their favourite family member? These adorable socks are sure to put a smile on their face as they cozy up on the couch with their pup. And since you can feature up to two pets on each pair of socks, no one needs to feel left out.


20. The Documentarian

Mini Link Printer - $130

We all have that relative who snaps a million photos at every family event. Help them capture each precious moment with this unique gadget that essentially transforms a smartphone into a Polaroid camera. It makes it easy to customize and print out snapshots to display around the house or insert into a scrapbook for posterity.



READY TO GIVE YOURSELF THE ULTIMATE GIFT?


We want to be your real estate consultants through every season of life. So please don’t hesitate to reach out with questions or to ask for recommendations or referrals any time of year. And when you’re ready to give yourself the gift of a new home, contact us to talk about your options. From finding the right neighbourhood to identifying the amenities that will make the biggest difference to your quality of life, we’re always eager to help.

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20 Unique Home Gifts for Every Person on Your List


Every year, it seems the holidays sneak up on us—and every year, that brings with it the dreaded last-minute gift panic. Finding a present that hits all the right notes can be surprisingly stressful, even when it comes to people you’ve known for years. 


But have no fear! We’ve lined up a list of gifts for every “type” on your list. And since we work in real estate, they’re all centred around home life. From the coffee snob to the sports enthusiast, these presents are the perfect way to bring beauty, function or a touch of whimsy to your loved one’s home this holiday season.



FOR THOSE WHO ARE ALWAYS IN THE KITCHEN


We all know someone whose kitchen is their happy place—but once all the basics are covered, it can be hard to find the perfect present. These gifts will be a treat for the chef, baker, or food lover on your list, no matter how well equipped they are. 

1. The Coffee Snob

Glass Pour-Over Coffeemaker - $75

Have a java lover on your list who just can’t get their brew right at home? This high-end pour-over system makes a smooth brew that can even be refrigerated and reheated so your recipient can enjoy a perfect cup at any time. 


2. The Foodie

Pink Oyster Mushroom Growing Kit - $65

Help your favourite gourmand create restaurant-quality meals with this kit, which allows them to grow delicious mushrooms right in their cupboard. All they’ll need to do is soak the package and then mist it with water for a few days, and voila—delicious organic mushrooms! 


3. The Baker

Vintage Etched Cake Stand - $87

If you’re lucky enough to have a fabulous home baker on your list, give a gift that reflects the joy their treats bring to others. This lovely glass cake stand is the platform that a beautifully decorated dessert deserves. 


4. The Tea Aficionado 

Flowering Tea Set - $35

Your favourite tea lover may have tried all of the herbal blends out there, but we bet they haven’t seen tea like this. This set contains two “blossoms” of tea leaves hand-sewn around flowers that bloom when you place them in the included glass teapot and add hot water.



FOR THOSE WHO WOULD RATHER BE IN THE BACKYARD


For many of us, time outdoors is the ultimate source of rejuvenation. The nature-lover on your list is sure to appreciate these presents that help them maximize that joy in their daily lives. 


5. The Gardener

Large Garden Tote - $66

Dedicated gardeners all need a great bag to carry their gear. This tote is attractive and sturdy and will help them keep their home’s exterior beautiful and welcoming. 


6. The Flower Lover

Monthly Flower Subscription - starting at $60/month

If your loved one prefers to enjoy their flora without all the work, a delivery of farm-fresh flowers is sure to surprise and delight. And you can keep the joy blossoming year-round with a weekly, semi-monthly or monthly subscription.


7. The Environmentalist

Reusable Stainless Steel Straws - $14

Know someone who is trying to bring less plastic into their home? This set of reusable metal straws means they’ll never have to buy a box of plastic straws again. And the assortment of sizes ensures that they’ll work with anything from a tall glass of water to a to-go mug. 


8. The Outdoor Adventurer

Solar Phone Charger - $50

Have a camper or adventurer on your list? This solar-powered phone charger, which comes with a built-in flashlight and compass, is a must-have. It will also make a great addition to their home emergency kit.



FOR THOSE WITH THEIR NOSE TO THE GRINDSTONE


Like it or not, most of us spend a good chunk of our lives working—whether at a job or on projects and chores around the house. These gifts are designed to make that work a bit easier and more enjoyable. 


9. The Remote Worker

Home Office Lap Desk - $45

Working at home can be great—in part because you can work from anywhere in the house. The remote worker on your list will appreciate this lap desk with a built-in mouse pad and phone slot, which will allow them to work comfortably from the couch or the bed without overheating their computer.


10. The Back-to-The-Office Worker

Bento Lunch Box - $35

If your loved one is heading back to the office, it doesn’t mean they have to give up the healthy habit of a home-cooked meal. Send them to work with this stylish lunch box packed full of nutritious food.


11. The Do-It-Yourselfer

Laser Measure - $35

The handy person on your list can say goodbye to unwieldy tape measures with this nifty device. It’s perfect for DIY projects of any size.


12. The Clean Freak

UV Sanitizer and Charger - $70

In the COVID-19 era, we’ve all become a little germaphobic. This UV smartphone sanitizer kills bacteria while it charges. Plus, its clever design enables you to hear your phone notifications while the device is in use.



FOR THOSE MOST PASSIONATE ABOUT THEIR HOBBIES


Of course, there’s a lot more to life than work. If you’re gifting a friend or family member who really lights up when they talk about their hobbies, we’ve got you covered. 


13. The Sports Enthusiast

Hockey Stick BBQ Set - $61

Looking for a gift for the sports enthusiast in your life that isn’t another jersey? These BBQ tools made from repurposed hockey sticks are a great pick. Perfect for cooking up food to watch with the game!


14. The Bookworm

The Book Lover’s Journal - $19

Know someone who loves to curl up on the couch with a good book? This journal will help the book-lover on your list keep track of what they’ve read, as well as their ever-growing “to-read” list. 


15. The Runner

Marathon Map Hydration Bottle- $49

Help the runner you love to stay hydrated (and motivated) with a water bottle inscribed with their favourite race route. It’s perfect for runs around the neighbourhood or just toting around the house.


16. The Tourist

Travel Backpack - $120

Make it easy for the travel lover on your list to bring back souvenirs. This lightweight backpack folds flat so it’s easy to pack but sturdy enough to carry their new treasures all the way home. 



FOR THOSE WHO PUT FAMILY FIRST


For many of us, the greatest joy in life comes from our relationship with our family. Help your recipient strengthen and celebrate those all-important connections with these thoughtful gifts. 


17. The New Parent

4-in-1 Baby Food Maker - $230

It’s hard to know what to buy for new parents once their registry is cleared out, but if they’re interested in making baby food at home, this tool is a must-have. It makes the process, from steaming to mixing, fast and easy.


18. The Genealogy Fan

DNA Kit - $129

Know someone interested in reconnecting with their ancestral home? This DNA kit can help them trace their geographical heritage and uncover their family history.


19. The Dog Person

Custom Printed Socks - $28

Is your friend’s dog their favourite family member? These adorable socks are sure to put a smile on their face as they cozy up on the couch with their pup. And since you can feature up to two pets on each pair of socks, no one needs to feel left out.


20. The Documentarian

Mini Link Printer - $130

We all have that relative who snaps a million photos at every family event. Help them capture each precious moment with this unique gadget that essentially transforms a smartphone into a Polaroid camera. It makes it easy to customize and print out snapshots to display around the house or insert into a scrapbook for posterity.



READY TO GIVE YOURSELF THE ULTIMATE GIFT?


We want to be your real estate consultants through every season of life. So please don’t hesitate to reach out with questions or to ask for recommendations or referrals any time of year. And when you’re ready to give yourself the gift of a new home, contact us to talk about your options. From finding the right neighbourhood to identifying the amenities that will make the biggest difference to your quality of life, we’re always eager to help.

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We have just listed this great property at 2166 Robinson ST in Regina.
Welcome to 2166 Robinson St. which is right beside Safeway in the heart of Regina's trendy Cathedral neighbourhood. This house sits on a 33.5’x125’ lot and was originally built in 1911, however has received major renovations throughout since then. It now has 5 separate 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom suites with private entrances to each unit. Each unit is in great shape and currently rented out. Total rent currently is $3,350/month. Unit #1 is on the front side of the main floor and unit #2 is on the back side. Unit #3 is on the front side of the 2nd floor and unit #4 is on the back side Unit #5 is on the top floor. All units are heated with a common boiler and each unit has their own power meter and the tenants are responsible for paying for their own power. There is a shared laundry pair in the basement level. The basement has been braced and has a pony wall on all 4 walls as well as an engineers certificate available upon request. The building is quite low maintenance overall as it has a stucco exterior, and has metal roofing as well as newer eavestroughs with gutter guards. The backyard is all gravel and is used for tenant parking. Click on the virtual tour link for a 3d tour of 3 of the suites! Video is also on Youtube if you search the address! *PLEASE NOTE Units #1 and #3 were unavailable for pictures, videos and the virtual tour.
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We have just listed this great property at 3515 Lang AVE in Regina.
Welcome to 3515 Lang Avenue. This 1961 built, 960 square foot, 4 bedroom 2 bathroom bungalow sits on a 55'x110' lot in Regina’s Coronation Park Subdivision. It's close to 3 schools, restaurants, a grocery store, a pharmacy and bus routes. You enter this home into the bright, fully renovated open concept living room and kitchen with LED pot lights on a dimmer throughout. The beautiful new Samsung stainless steel fridge, stove, dishwasher and microwave are all included in the white ikea kitchen with tile backsplash. There is also under cabinet lighting, live edge wooden shelves, and soft close drawers and doors. The house is also equipped with central air conditioning, a central vacuum and a high efficiency furnace. The other half of the main floor is made up of the primary bedroom, 2 other bedrooms and the main 4 piece bathroom that has been upgraded with white tile, modern fixtures, a dual flush toilet and floating vanity. The exterior and interior doors have all been replaced. Downstairs you have a living area, a utility room with 100 amp electrical, a storage room as well as another bedroom and 3 piece bathroom. The washer and dryer are also included with the home. Outside in the back you have a 24’x14’ detached drive through garage that is split down the middle and has car storage on one side and a workshop with 220 amp power on the other. The spacious yard is partially fenced with a patio and garden space. The front yard is xeri scaped for your convenience. The exterior of the house is made of vinyl siding making it very low maintenance.
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Hello friends. There's been a lot of talk lately about interest rates and where they're headed. Of course, because they are historically low, that means they can only go in one direction, right?? Anyway, recently there's been news and speculation about the Bank of Canada raising its overnight rate as soon as this upcoming spring in order to help with inflation. Initially the plan was to start doing this in the fall of 2022. Of course this is just speculation, but its definitely something we need to keep an eye on. I hope you find this informative. Cheers!



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We have just listed this great property at 313 Scarth ST in Regina.
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New Build or Existing Home: Which One Is Right for You?  


Homebuyers today are facing a huge dilemma. There simply aren’t enough homes for sale.1


Nationwide, the number of newly listed homes dipped slightly in September, down 1.6% from August. According to the Canadian Real Estate Association, that’s only about 2.1 months of inventory, which is far less than the five to six months that is generally needed to strike a healthy balance between supply and demand.2


Given the limited number of available properties, if you’re a buyer in today’s market, you may need to expand your search to include both new construction and resale homes. But it can feel a little like comparing apples to oranges.


Let’s take a closer look at some of the factors you should take into account when choosing between a new build or an existing home. 



TIMEFRAME


How quickly do you want (or need) to move into your next home? Your timeframe can be a determining factor when it comes to choosing between a new build or resale.


New Build

If you opt for new construction, you may be surprised by how long you have to wait to get the keys to your new digs. Nationally, the average timeline has more than doubled over the past 20 years from 9 to 21 months.1 And according to a survey by the Canadian Home Builders’ Association, nearly 60% of builders are reporting delays—averaging six weeks—due to supply-chain disruptions brought on by the pandemic.3


These supply shortages have led to soaring prices, causing some builders to cancel contracts or demand more money from unsuspecting homebuyers long after agreements were signed.4 Unfortunately, this scenario can throw a major wrench in your moving plans and delay your timeline even further.


To minimize these types of surprises, it’s crucial to have a real estate agent represent you in a new home purchase. We can help negotiate contract terms and advise you about the potential risks involved.


Existing Home

If you're in a hurry to move into your next residence, then you may want to stick to shopping for an existing home. 


You can typically move into a resale home on your closing date.5 While closing on an existing home can take anywhere from a few weeks to a few months, it’s almost always faster than the time it would take to build a new one. 


If you need to move even sooner, it’s sometimes possible to close faster, especially if you’re a cash buyer. In fact, many sellers prefer a quick closing, so it can give you an advantage in a competitive market. 



LOCATION


From commute to construction to walkability, there’s a lot to consider when choosing your next neighbourhood.


New Build

Canada is currently undergoing a major residential construction boom, and rural and smaller urban communities have been the first to benefit—primarily because the single-detached homes located in those areas take less time to build.6 That means, if you opt for a new single-family home, you could be facing a longer commute and ongoing construction for some time.


If you prefer a multifamily unit, there should be an increased supply coming on the market soon. Over the past year, condos and apartments have accounted for 55% of the housing starts. A growing number of these are located in master-planned communities that combine residential, retail, restaurants, and office space—enabling residents to live, work, and play in a single space.7 


Existing Home

An existing home is more likely to be located in a neighbourhood with mature trees, established schools, and a deeply-rooted community. As a result, you may find the neighbourhood's trajectory to be more predictable than an up-and-coming area. 


But the amenities may be lacking and the infrastructure dated when compared to newer communities. And while some homebuyers love the charm and eclectic feel of an older neighbourhood, others prefer the sleek and cohesive look of a newer development.



MAINTENANCE


Are you a DIY enthusiast, or do you prefer a low-maintenance lifestyle? Set realistic expectations about how much time, effort, and money you want to devote to maintaining your next home.


New Build

When you build a home, everything is brand new. Therefore, in the first few years at least, you can expect less required maintenance and repairs. A 2019 survey found that millennials' homebuying regrets often came down to maintenance issues, rather than other concerns.8 So if you would rather spend your weekends exploring your new neighbourhood than fixing a leaky faucet, you may be happier buying a turnkey build. 


That doesn't mean, though, that a new home will be entirely maintenance-free. In fact, depending on the builder, you could find yourself repairing more than you expected. Some home builders have reputations for shoddy construction and subpar materials, so it's important to choose one with a solid reputation. We can help you identify the quality builders in our area.


Existing Home

No matter how good a deal you got when you purchased it, you could come to regret buying an older home if it later costs you heavily in unexpected maintenance and repairs. For example, according to the home service professional network HomeStars, the average price to replace an HVAC system is $4,995. And you can expect to pay a similar amount ($4,750) for a new asphalt shingle roof.9


Fortunately, there are ways to prepare for these large expenditures ahead of time. We always recommend that our buyers hire a certified home inspector, whether they buy a new or existing home. Once we have the inspector’s report, we can negotiate with the seller on your behalf for reasonable repairs or concessions.



ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT


On a quest for greener living? If so, there are several factors to consider when deciding on your next home.


New Build

There’s a growing demand for energy-efficient housing, and many builders are rising to the challenge. Currently, more than one million homes in Canada have received an EnerGuide Rating, which measures a home’s energy performance against a benchmark.10 While all newly-constructed housing must meet the National Building Code requirements, there are a number of certifications that homes can earn if they receive an EnerGuide rating that exceeds these minimum standards.


Examples include the Net Zero label from the Canadian Home Builders’ Association, which is awarded to homes that are 80% more energy efficient than conventional homes and utilize a renewable energy system to fulfill their remaining energy needs. ENERGY STAR and R-2000 are other well-regarded certifications that can be earned by homes that meet certain performance standards. So if energy efficiency is a top priority, a new home with a low EnerGuide rating or recognized designation may be a good choice for you.10


Existing Home

Of course, a basic tenant of sustainable living is: reduce, reuse, recycle. And since a resale home already exists, it automatically comes with a lower carbon footprint. Research has also shown that remodelling or retrofitting an older home is often greener than building one from scratch.11 


With some energy-conservation effort and strategic upgrades, environmentally-conscious consumers can feel good about buying an existing home, as well.



DESIGN


Double vanity? Kitchen island? Whirlpool tub? Must-have design features could drive your decision to build or buy resale.


New Build

With a new home, you can bet that everything will look shiny and perfect when you move in. Builders tend to put a lot of emphasis on visual details and follow the latest design trends. For example, newly-built homes are likely to include features that the majority of today’s buyers want, such as double bathroom sinks, kitchen islands, and walk-in pantries. They’re also less likely to include home theatre rooms or whirlpool tubs, both of which have lost mass appeal.12 


However, some buyers complain of the cookie-cutter feel of new homes since they are often built with a similar aesthetic. That doesn't mean, though, that you can't incorporate your own style. We can help you negotiate custom features and upgrades to personalize the space and make it feel like your own.


Existing Home

In some of the most coveted neighbourhoods, an older home with classic styling and character can be highly sought after. But unless the previous homeowners have invested in tasteful updates, an existing home is also more likely to look dated. 


While some buyers prefer the traditional look and character of an older home, others prefer something more modern.  If that’s the case, we can help you find a resale home that leaves enough room in your budget to renovate it to your liking.



WHICHEVER PATH YOU CHOOSE, WE CAN HELP


When it comes to choosing between a new build or an existing home, there’s no one-size-fits-all answer. There are numerous factors to consider, and you may have to make some compromises along the way. But the homebuying process doesn’t have to feel overwhelming.


We’re here to help. And in many cases, our homebuyer guidance and expertise are available at no cost to you! That’s because the home seller or home builder may compensate us with a commission at closing.


Some new-construction homebuyers make the mistake of visiting a builder’s sales office or even purchasing a home without their own real estate representative. But keep in mind, the builder’s agent or “sales consultant” has their best interests in mind—not yours. 


We are knowledgeable about both the new construction and resale home options in our area, and we can help you make an informed decision, negotiate a fair price, and avoid mistakes that can cost you time and money. So give us a call today to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation—and let’s start searching for your next home!



Sources:

  1. RBC -
    https://thoughtleadership.rbc.com/home-builders-are-tackling-canadas-housing-supply-shortage/
  2. Canadian Real Estate Association -
    https://creastats.crea.ca/en-CA/
  3. Financial Post -
    https://financialpost.com/real-estate/homebuilders-have-been-busy-during-the-pandemic-but-canada-still-needs-more-housing
  4. Better Dwelling -
    https://betterdwelling.com/canadian-home-builders-are-asking-buyers-for-more-money-to-finish-building/#_
  5. Legal Line -
    https://www.legalline.ca/legal-answers/when-can-you-move-into-your-newly-purchased-home/ 
  6. Financial Post -
    https://financialpost.com/real-estate/there-has-never-been-more-housing-under-construction-in-canada-but-the-city-that-needs-it-the-most-is-missing-the-boom 
  7. BC Business - https://www.bcbusiness.ca/2021-Real-Estate-Report-With-a-push-from-COVID-the-BC-property-market-enters-new-territory
  8. Bankrate -
    https://www.bankrate.com/real-estate/homebuyer-regret-survey-may-2021/
  9. HomeStars -
    https://homestars.com/cost-guides/
  10. Canadian Home Builders’ Association -
    https://blog.chba.ca/2021/05/14/are-all-energy-efficient-homes-the-same/
  11. Advanced Materials Research - https://www.researchgate.net/publication/271358381_Comparative_Study_of_New_Construction_and_Renovation_Project_Based_on_Carbon_Emission 
  12. Canadian Home Builders’ Association -
    https://blog.chba.ca/2020/11/26/todays-new-home-buyers-preferences/
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