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f you’ve been wondering if now is the time to give up renting for good, you’re not alone. In 2020 and 2021, we’ve seen more and more first-time homebuyers enter the market. Why? Well, owning a home comes with several huge benefits. 

Security and stability

Having a place to call yours, and yours only, can take a huge amount of stress away. You don’t have to worry about finding your next rental or if your landlord is going to sell the apartment. No more stressing about packing up and moving or about what you’re going to do after your lease ends. And if you want to start a family soon, or want to give your kids a more permanent place to live, you really can’t beat the security and stability of owning a home. 

Financial investment

Buying a home is a major financial decision. For many people, a home is the most expensive thing they’ll ever buy. But owning a home is more than just an expense—it’s a financial investment. By paying into your mortgage each month, you’ll build equity in your home. Basically, you’ll be able to get that money back when you sell the house, instead of paying rent and having the money just disappear. And because property appreciates over time, your investment will grow and increase your return.


One of the best parts about owning your own home is that you don’t have to get anyone’s permission to paint a wall purple if you want to. You can hang shelves and art, paint, redo your kitchen, and change your floors as much as you want. When you own your home, you can customize and decorate to your heart’s content. 

Whether you want to buy a home for the first time or upgrade your current property, now is a great time to buy. Interest rates are at historic lows, which means you can save big on your mortgage. There are also several mortgage options available just for first time buyers that can make getting your own home easier. 

If you’re ready to buy your very first home, just reply to this email, and we can talk about your next steps.


Welcome to my weekly market update report for Lloydminster. Let’s see what happen with the real estate market in the past week. We had a total of 313 Active listings. 21 properties were just listed this past week. 5 properties pending, 8 have sold, and the average selling price this past week was $310,000. The homes recently sold ranged from $122,000 to $515,000 mark. We have an overall average of 51 days on the market. That is your market update for the past week. Are you wondering how much your home is worth? If you have any questions about the real estate market, Feel free to contact me. I hope you all have a fabulous and productive week, Be safe, and bye for now. Harpreet Christie RE/MAX of Lloydminster 780-205-7653 #Marketreport #weeklymarketupdateyll #bordercityrealestate #Cityoflloydminster#harpreetsmarketreport #Monday #happymonday #Lloydminsterrealestatemarket #lloydminsterrealestatemarketreport#Lovemymondays #Realestatenews #yllrealestate #buyingahome #sellingahomeyll #yllhomeforsale #homes #mondaystats#averagesellingpricerange #homeforsaleAB #homeforsale



Does the summer air have you itching to spruce up your outdoor spaces? Outdoor additions and renovations can really set your home apart and provide a space for great memories. But at the same time, the costs can really add up. Try out some of these projects, which can be done on both the low and high ends of the budget spectrum.

Add a firepit (cost $300-$5,000)

Firepits truly bring people together (spooky stories and s’mores anyone?), and they’re a great focal point for your backyard. Wood-burning pits will be on the lower end of the budget spectrum because you just need to buy the pit and the wood. Propane fire pits will take more work, usually from a professional, to install and get going. Don’t forget to add some outdoor chairs around the firepit for maximum cozy.

Add a porch or patio (cost $1,000-$10,000

A porch or patio can provide your backyard with more usable space, which can definitely increase your home’s value when you sell. Plus, you’ll have more room for outdoor dining and sunbathing! The cost of adding a patio can change drastically depending on the materials you use and the size of the space. 

A simple poured concrete porch will be on the lower end while a stone patio will be way more pricey. If you want a pergola to cover your new patio, plan for another $1,000-2,000 on top of the patio’s cost. 

Add landscaping (cost $200-$5,000)

Flowers, shrubs, trees, and grass will bring your outdoor space to life and can help absorb some of that summer heat. To keep the costs low, plant some annual flowers and smaller ornamental plants to add some visual interest. If you want to add sod or bigger plants—like trees or shrubs—plan to spend a little more. And if you’ve been dreaming about a rolling green lawn, plan to spend $1,000-3,000 on sod, depending on the kind of grass you want and the size of your yard. 

Much like home values, the costs of outdoor renovations tend to increase over time. So when you have the budget, just go ahead and do the renovations rather than putting them off. And because curb appeal and outdoor spaces get buyers excited, you’ll make back the money you invest when it comes time to sell your house.


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Want to put your house on the market this summer? Now is definitely a great time to sell and you’re likely to make a handsome profit. But by doing a couple of quick home improvement projects, you can increase the value of your home. Here are a few ideas that can really make a difference in your home’s value. 

Whole Home Projects

Throughout the home, give your walls a fresh coat of paint in a neutral beige or grey. New paint makes the whole home feel cleaner and newer, which is always a bonus in buyers’ eyes. Make sure your floors carry the same fresh feeling as your walls by getting them deep cleaned or re-stained and polished. If you have chipped tile floors or dingy carpet, consider replacing them with budget-friendly vinyl.

Kitchen Projects

Kitchens sell homes, so buyers will definitely be impressed if your kitchen has fresh touches. Make your kitchen feel more modern by replacing your backsplash with a clean subway tile. If your cabinets are dated, give them a couple of coats of white or grey paint and replace the hardware with brushed metal pulls. Have room in your budget for a new countertop? Definitely consider swapping your dated linoleum for a stone countertop.

Bathroom Projects

Bathrooms are another area where a bit of elbow grease can improve the value of your home. Upgrade the vanity by replacing it or painting it a darker neutral. Just like the kitchen, update the fixtures to sleek modern metals. Consider adding open shelving, too—buyers will love the extra storage space, and it will make the room feel more upscale. 

Outdoor Projects

Don’t forget curb appeal! A great first impression goes far for buyers, so make your entryway look nice by paving the walkway or by adding a new front door. If your roof is in need of repairs, drop the cash to get it replaced. A new roof is a major selling point, so you’ll be able to make back your investment pretty easily. 

With a bit of elbow grease and a small budget, you can seriously boost your home’s value and make a greater profit on it when you sell. I recommend working with a real estate agent to figure out which projects are the most important for your home so you can get the best ROI. If you want a professional opinion on the best renovations for your home, just reply to this email!


A first home is commonly referred to as a “starter home”—a property to get you started in real estate and that you’ll sell later on.If you’re a first time home buyer, it’s good to get used to the idea that your first home will probably not be your forever or dream home. However, you’ll definitely want to make sure that your starter home is a good investment, so here’s what to look for in your first home.

How’s the neighborhood?

A great neighborhood can make more of a difference than you’d think when it comes to buying a home. Plus, a great neighborhood can help you get a great return on investment when you sell your home. Make sure the neighborhood matches the lifestyle you want: if you love to go out on the town, a quiet neighborhood mainly for seniors probably won’t be a great fit. 

Make a list of the things you want to be close to (grocery stores, parks, trails, restaurants, etc) and compare your commute time. Don’t forget to check out crime reports and local schools, too. 

Does it fit in your budget?

Your first home’s mortgage should comfortably fit in your monthly budget, and you’ll want to make sure you have enough saved for emergency expenses. When buying a home, it’s almost inevitable that you’ll face unexpected repairs in the first year—and that’s not counting the fun decorating or renovating you’ll want to do. 

Does it have resale potential?

When you buy your starter home, you’re going in with the knowledge that you’ll sell it somewhere down the line–probably within the next 5-10 years. You’ll want to have an exit strategy going in, so make sure that your starter home is a good investment in a good area. 

While a cheap “diamond in the rough” home can be tempting, they often take more time and money than originally planned. It’s best to stick with a home that needs few cosmetic updates and doesn’t need any structural changes.

Of course, I always recommend working with a real estate agent to find the perfect home for your lifestyle and financial future. If you’re ready to find your first home, reply to this email and we can chat over coffee!


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