Bungalow For Sale in Kensington, Edmonton

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Handyman Special! 1/3 Acre Pie LOT


1054 sqft

1 bath

3 bdrm



299900 CAD .

MLS® E4059512

Welcome to www.kensingtonhome.ca ! This is a unique opportunity to get your hands on a home with the lot size most people only dream about! Featuring 1/3 acre, this property could facilitate almost any size house/garage/garden you have ever dreamed about. Do you want a big house in the city. Built it here! Do you want a massive garage, rv parking and still room for a garden? You have that here! Build whatever the city will approve. Zoned RF1, items like garage suites, garden suites, duplex housing is a discretionary use and requires approval.

The 3 bedroom 1050 sq ft bungalow is set for transition. All the new windows were purchased and are included in the sale. The kitchen was partially gutted, as was the basement. So it's ready for your touch!

Check out the last photo of the group and take a look at the perennial garden in the front. Combined with the beautiful stamped concrete walkway and overlooking a green space it's a terrific place to sit and enjoy a coffee on warm summer mornings.

Right up the street is Kensington park. This park not only features the community Elementary School & Community league, but a WONDERFUL playground and splash park as well!!

There is so much potential in this home!! Check it out today!

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2 Storey For Sale in Patricia Heights, Edmonton

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1188 sqft

1 bath

3 bdrm

2 storey


179900 CAD .

MLS® E4058819

Welcome to Country Club Estates. This bright and welcoming 3 bedroom corner unit is perfect for investors or first time home buyers. Located in desirable Patricia Heights, the complex is connected to off leash areas and river valley trails. Easy bus access to the U of A, downtown and West Ed. The main floor of the unit consists of a large living area, updated kitchen, dining area, and access to the balcony. Upstairs you have 3 generous bedrooms and bathroom. The complex is just ending the overhaul of the sewer/parking lot and will be moving forward with beautification next. You must see this unit to appreciate it. Condo fees include Heat, water, sewer, etc. Pet friendly with registration and board approval.

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Condo Fees – how are they calculated?

If you are thinking of buying a condominium in Alberta,  understanding condo fees is key to making good decisions. When you write an offer “pending the review of condo documents”, you will receive hundreds of pages of information.  Knowing what makes up the condo fees will help you determine if the condo you are considering is a good buy or not.

Lets start from the basics.  How are condo fees calculated?:

Condo Fees Explained:

  1. Every month condo owners pay a fee to the condo corporation to cover their share of the “COMMON EXPENSES”, also known as shared expenses.
  2. COMMON EXPENSES are expenses for the operation of the condominium complex and include things like maintenance, snow removal, parking lot paving, lawn care, property management, accounting, insurance for the building(s), administrative expenses, maintenance, utility costs, and RESERVE FUND CONTRIBUTION.
  3. Every 5 years the Condo Board has to order a new RESERVE FUND STUDY.  This study is a major inspection of the entire common property.  It outlines the life expectancy of the components and comes with RESERVE FUND PLAN recommendations. This tells the condo corporation how much money needs to be in the Reserve Fund bank account to meet the replace/repairs needs identified in the reserve fund study.
  4. Every year the elected board must create a budget to cover the COMMON EXPENSES and to save an adequate amount based on the RESERVE FUND PLAN.
  5. Each condo has a total unit factor of 10,000.  Each unit is assigned a unit factor which is typically based on the physical size of the unit.

Example:  Happyhill condos has an annual budget of $465,000 which includes an annual contribution to the reserve fund of $75,000.  You are interested in Unit H123 which has a unit factor of 143.  Your portion of the condo fee will be calculated as follows:

Unit factor/10,000 x total budget / 12 months = monthly condo fee
143/10000               x $465,000      / 12 months = $554.13 each month.

Expect regular Increases in Condo Fees

Condo owners should expect a prudent condo board to increase condo fees on a regular basis.  The costs of fuel, new carbon taxes, increases in electricity rates, increases in minimum wage, unexpected repairs, frivolous lawsuits, etc. will all have an impact on the condo fees and some can not be fully anticipated and saved up for.  It would be wise to mentally budget for a 3.5% increase per year just to keep up with inflation.  As well, you should anticipate more when increases such as the new Carbon Levy come into fruition.

A Few Red Flags

Here are a few red flags you can find during your condo document review.  These could point to a future increase in condo fees.

Underfunded reserve fund.  If the actual amount of money in the reserve fund is far less than the reserve fund plan states should be there, you may have a problem.  Investigate this further.

Super low condo fees.  Yes, this is a red flag.  It could be a sign that there is not enough money in the reserve fund to cover future costs.  If it seems too good to be true, it probably is.  Check it out.

Under funded budget.  If the expenses are way higher than the budget don’t let it go.  Ask questions.  Sometimes this means an annual budget item is paid in one lump sum sometimes it means there is a cash flow problem.  Ask questions.

Unexpected repairs:  Reserve fund studies can not anticipate everything.  A water main break, sewer line collapsing, roof leaks are common unexpected repairs that can result in either increases in condo fees or special assessments.  Read the meeting minutes for signs of impending major unexpected repairs.

Lack of capital repairs or replacements.  Even if the condo is on track with the reserve fund contributions, but has not made the repairs you need to ask why.  A well run condo will do the repairs and replacements to maintain your investment.

Consider volunteering for the Board

Help ensure the condo you buy is run properly by volunteering for the board of directors.   Every 12-15 months your condo corporation will hold an AGM, or  Annual General Meeting.  Volunteer yourself to be on the board.  Interestingly, most boards don’t get enough volunteers.  Your willingness to serve your community will be welcome!

Being on the board of directors will give you valuable insight to the day to day operations of the corporation.  Additionally, you will be a deciding voice for the financial decisions that will impact you and all the other owners in the complex.

For more information on how condo fees work or anything else condo, email: faulknergroup@shaw.ca!


Apartment For Sale in Cromdale, Edmonton

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995 sqft

2 bath

2 bdrm



219900 CAD .

MLS® E4052193

Location location location! Welcome to Commonwealth Pointe II! This bright and welcoming CORNER UNIT features 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, gorgeous upgraded laminate flooring, new light fixtures and has been freshly painted throughout! The open, spacious suite is HIGHLY walkable — with the LRT station nearby and a shopping complex featuring Save-on foods and McDonalds is right next door. Convenient for NAIT, Concordia, U of A, downtown, the modernized Borden Park, the gorgeous Commonwealth Community Recreation centre and more! The condo fees INCLUDE ALL UTILITIES: heat, water, sewer AND ELECTRICITY all with the convenience of in suite LAUNDRY! Commonwealth Pointe II is a well managed condo corporation and a good solid building.

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CMHC announces Changes to Mortgage Insurance Rates

CMHC Rate Change
First time home buyers will be affected by the new CMHC rate change

CMHC changes rates again…

It’s nothing new.  It’s actually the 3rd time in only 4 years.  CMHC has announced Changes to Mortgage Insurance Rates once again.  And by changes, I mean increases.

New home buyers have to dig a little deeper.

New home buyers have to dig a little deeper thanks to CMHCs new announcement.  The government owned mortgage insurer said that the minor increase would amount to an extra $5 a month for the typical insured mortgage.  But Marco Torto, a Mobile Mortgage specialist with TD Canada Trust, shared a document that shows the increase could be much higher.  Check it out on my Facebook page.

The typical Edmonton buyer is taking on a 5 year term @ 2.94% and a 25 year amortization.  With a healthy down payment of between 15% but less than 20%, the CMHC fees are going to increase by twice as much as what CMHC is saying.  On a $250,000 mortgage it will be nearly $12/month difference.  While it’s not going to keep the average consumer from buying, it’s just another payment, like the carbon tax, that consumers have to make.

There are three mortgage default insurance providers in Canada.  CMHC which is government run, Genworth and Canada Guaranty.  All three will insure a high ratio mortgage (a mortgage with less than 20% down).  This insurance protects lenders, in the event a borrower ever stopped making payments and defaulted on their mortgage.  Although it hasn’t been announced, it is likely all insurers will increase their rates to be inline with CMHC’s new increased rates.  Speak to your mortgage specialist for more details.

The answer is simple:  Buy now — before the March 17th change to CMHC rates takes effect.

With great inventory and a definite buyers market, this is one more reason you should buy now before the CMHC Mortgage Insurance Rates increase.  2017 is the year to buy — Now we know that February just may well be the month!

Call Dennis at 780-951-3361 or Heather at 780-710-7232 and we’ll help you get there.