Embracing New Technology

Fri, 26 Jul by edmontonhomepros

We live in an digitally-powered world. Through a small device such as a smartphone, we can surf the internet, text, email, and call someone! As such, technology continues to revolutionize the real estate industry.

In 2012, the National Association of REALTORS® profiled homebuyers and sellers. They revealed that 90% of all buyers use the internet as their top information source, when searching for a home! An astounding fact when you consider that in Canada the internet truly took off by the late 1990’s. In today’s internet-driven world, the Edmonton Home Pros team embraces new technology and makes it easier for buyers or sellers to communicate with their current and future agents:

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Bringing the Home Buying and Selling process to the palm of your hands. Photo by: thinkpanama

Comprehensive Website: Our multilingual real estate website is compatible with all internet browsers. Edmonton Home Pros provides as much information to you as possible including community information, team information, tips on buying or selling your home, and more! This information is presented in an clear, and visually appealing manner.

Mobile Website: Blackberry or iPhone? Tablet or iPad? When it comes to the Edmonton Home Pros Team website it doesn’t matter! They have a mobile version of their website which makes it easier to view MLS® Listings and find information on homes for sale.

Online Listings: Before online listings came along, homeowners had to head to their nearest REALTOR’S® Office to search through a massive book of property listings. When they found a home that they wanted to see, they would write down a number, then cross their fingers and phone the agent. Thanks to new technological advances, you are just a click away from Edmonton Home Pro’s Hot Listings and can instantly contact an agent.

One of the best things about the internet is the “freedom to learn” that it provides. While word-of-mouth remains the most powerful marketing tool, homeowners have the ability to research and explore other options. Edmonton Home Pros is powered by a solid team of professionals, which offer some of the best multilingual real estate services in Edmonton. But don’t just let us tell you about it- see for yourself. Take a look at their website and see what makes them unique. When you are ready to make your best choice in real estate, contact Stephen Lau and the Edmonton Home Pros Team.

Colour Series – Grey and Yellow

Fri, 19 Jul by edmontonhomepros

Edmontonians have seen a lot of Grey and Yellow tones this Summer. We’ve witnessed seemingly endless Grey skies during a rainy week, and intense yellow sunlight in +35 weather! While the meaning of these colours sit on opposite sides of the spectrum, they constantly make numerous appearances in the lives of homeowners. As such, the second blog of this Colour Series will provide Edmonton homeowners with tips and advice on introducing these two colours into their homes, without dramatically affecting the mood.

Yellow

Photo by: Ann

Yellow: Although yellow represents happiness, optimism, and confidence, we recommend you use this colour in a safe and controlled environment. Pairing it with its tonal white can add softness to the room and create a lively atmosphere. This is a great combination during the Spring and Summer months. There are many members of the yellow family, from Cream to Canary and Gold- you want to select the shade that resonates with you while maintaining harmony. Feel free to play with the colour yellow in the darker spots in your Edmonton home such as hallways or basements.

Grey Room

Photo by: Chris Moody

Grey: The colour Grey is often misunderstood, largely due to its plainness and lack of personality. Grey draws no attention to itself, allowing homeowners the opportunity to pair it with multiple colour combinations. Grey or Silver furnishings with Navy Blue tones can add a modern and elegant feel to a room. Grey can serve as the perfect background to rooms that are naturally showered by daylight. Since it’s a more formal and serious tone, we recommend you use Grey in offices, studios, or even kitchens, while steering clear of adult bedrooms, nurseries, and children’s bedrooms.

Want to learn more about colours? Check out the rest of our Colour Series blogs:
Pink & Green.

Stay tuned to this colour series for more great tips and advice. Whether you’re looking to buy or sell Edmonton real estate, let the Edmonton Home Pros team be your guides.

 

Setting The Stage- Part Two

Fri, 12 Jul by edmontonhomepros

This is the second part to the Setting The Stage blog series. To read part one click on the link below:

Setting The Stage Part 1

Whether you are preparing your home for a private showing or getting it ready for an Edmonton Open House, the right home staging techniques will have your Edmonton Home For Sale looking like new!

  • Decorate Away. You don’t have to purchase new furniture or completely redecorate your home to make it attractive. Add a vase filled with fresh flowers on your dinette or a flat surface to give your room a fresh scent. Remove and declutter items from your front entrance such as coats or shoes. Consider purchasing some decorative pillows to go along with your couch.

    Stephen's Home Staging Tips

  • Depersonalize. An important aspect to decorating is depersonalization, throughout your home remove any personal pictures or personal items. You want visitors to visualize themselves living in your Edmonton home for sale.

  • Let there be lighting. Is there a room in your home that has a dungeon-like feel? Consider adding new light fixtures or chandeliers to give that room an extra sparkle. Strategically placed mirrors serve as a window, giving the room dimension and brightening dark corners by reflecting light. For the rest of the house, open up the blinds and curtains to let in natural light. If the weather permits, pry open the window too so fresh air circulates throughout the room.

Did you know Stephen Lau and the Edmonton Home Pros team can offer assistance in professional home staging? Over the years, we have cultivated a list of trusted business contacts including professional home stagers. Contact Stephen Lau today and get your home ready for the Edmonton real estate market.

Colour Series – Pink and Green Colours

Fri, 05 Jul by edmontonhomepros

What do the colours in your Edmonton home say about you? Whether you are thinking about painting a room, or redecorating the colour palette you choose will set the atmosphere and tone of the room. Before you start making any major purchases, Stephen Lau and the Edmonton Home Pros team recommends you read our colour series and educate yourself on common colours.

We begin this series with two colours commonly seen in nature: Pink and Green.
Green & Pink
Pink – Over the years, Pink has upheld the reputation of being associated with femininity and relaxation. It promotes calmness and psychologically reduces aggressive behaviour or angry emotions. In fact, some prisons are known for placing inmates in a “pink room” for a certain period of time, studies have shown that this treatment helps calm the prisoner. Despite Pink’s soothing effects, when it comes to most Edmonton Homes, it is used occasionally. Unless Edmonton homeowners are using this colour for a little girl’s room, Pink goes unnoticed by many. Try adding a splash of pink to one of your rooms, for a special and relaxing touch.

Green – Similar to Pink, the colour Green has relaxing tendencies. It is commonly seen in the natural world and blends a nice combination of earth tones. If you are looking to incorporate the colour Green to your Edmonton home, lean towards a dark shade of Green, Olive tone, or Sage Green – pairing these tones with a Burgundy or Deep Blue can accentuate some of your room’s best features.

Stay tuned to this colour series for more great tips and advice. Whether you’re looking to buy or sell Edmonton real estate, let the Edmonton Home Pros team be your guides. Contact Stephen Lau today for more information!

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