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 Listing your home for sale involves a lot of preparation, and planning.  Many of our clients are seeking to move up (get a bigger home for their growing family) which involves finding the right home or building.

One of the key factors for any sale is, "how long does it take?".

Perhaps you will be surprised, but the average time a property takes to sell varies by location, and property type.  Currently, in Red Deer AB a single family detached home (a house) is the quickest when it comes to putting a "Sold" sign up.  The average for a house in Red Deer is 53 days.  By contrast, the average for an apartment style condo was 80 days.

Average Days Top Sell On MLS®, provided by Century 21 Advantage

These benchmarks change throughout the year, and will also vary by age, location and community.  We recommend that

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The short answer is yes!  Yes, the residential real estate market in Red Deer is improving.In fact, the sales volume January 2018 increased 35% over January 2017.

Now typically January is one of the quietest months of the year.  Not a lot of house hunting going on when the weather is -30C.  Fortunately, despite the inclement weather, there were more home shoppers this year than the previous 3 years (January over January).  WE're cautious to state this is a trend, but we're pleased and optimistic that this is a start of a new trend in Red Deer.

January Red Deer MLS Sales Graphic by Century 21 Advantage

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This morning we had the pleasure of presenting to the Red Deer Social Media Breakfast.  This was the 57th event for this local networking and learning group.  As a sponsor, we were delighted to share a brief update on the MLS® real estate market in Red Deer, AB for 2017.

The slideshow is available to view on for those in attendance that didn't get a view or wanted to look at the numbers in detail.  It is also now available for everyone.  Any questions on the content please feel free to ask.  Please note the data is taken from the Central Alberta REALTORS® Association MLS® and the numbers are a combined values for all property types using sale data from 2017. 

Starting with a comparison of average house prices.  We're fortunate to…
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Your Home Search In Blackfalds With Century 21 Advantage

Searching for Blackfalds Homes for Sale? Blackfalds has a variety of real estate options for buyers.  Some great townhomes, modern duplexes and more.  With our new Century 21 Advantage website, you can find the right Blackfalds home and have those listings sent to you direct.  If you’re not interested in email delivery of MLS® listings that meet your criteria, then feel free to browse and then favorite the right one(s) so you can easily share.

On our Blackfalds pages, you can search easily by price range or expand the search bar to filter down to as much or as little as you’d like.

 Feel free to view all the other Central Alberta Communities

  • Red Deer
  • Sylvan Lake
  • Blackfalds
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Aside from the logistical issues associated with "closing" moving in the last week of December, buying a home for the holidays maybe JUST the right time.

Who wants to put up all those decorations, and fight crowds of people at the mall jostling for parking stalls, when you can scoop up a great deal during the Christmas Holiday break anyway.  Besides REALTORS® don't really ever take breaks.  What are some of the key benefits of buying a home in December? (psst sellers, check out this blog for some key tips)

  • Less competition from other buyers. 
The dream home you have your eye on is available for you to make a no-pressure offer, without a bidding war.

  • Houses look and smell pretty. 
The smell of fresh baked cookies, which if we're lucky the…
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Merry Christmas From Century 21 Advantage

"All I want for Christmas is my own home."

If you're one of the many people that want to be settled in their own home before Christmas or by the End of the year, you should know the following:
  •  Land Titles Office has limited availability for title registration for all Closings Dec 23 2017- Jan 1st, 2018
  • A number of the law firms are also closed during this period Dec 23 rd 2017 - Jan 1st, 2018
  • Banks have Limited Holiday Hours as well.
While there may be some measures to allow a closing Dec 26th - 29th. Practically speaking all the legwork to actually close that final week would have to be in place prior to.

Below are the 2017 Christmas hours for Century 21 Advantage.  Our hours are similar to many of the law firms, banks, and other real

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Century 21 Advantage and Your Home Search

Searching for Red Deer Homes for Sale? Or perhaps you are in the market to search for cute Red Deer condos, a riverside home in the new Riverland’s Capstone development, or a beautiful townhouse in New Clearview Ridge. If so, Century 21 Advantage is your premier source. Featuring property and Real Estate in Red Deer, AB and surrounding areas of Central Alberta along with Sylvan Lake and Lacombe, our system delivers a fast and convenient residential real estate search experience, helping you quickly find and buy a home for you and your family.

Just select the type of home you want, the minimum number of bedrooms you want, your price range, and see a wide range of Central Alberta Real Estate Listings that fit

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It's Too Cold to Sell... or Is It Not Cold Enough?

Seasonal trends in real estate reveal that the volume of sales and listing decline in November and December. 

Yes, when it gets cold the average buyer doesn't enjoy going out looking for homes when it is -40C.  I know, shocking.  No one likes to do anything that causes them to go outside in those temps.  Also as we get closer to Christmas and all the Holidays that lead up to New Years, we also tend to be homebodies.

However, don't let that scare you from selling. 

Fact, the buyers that do look at homes in cold weather and brave the elements are SERIOUS buyers.  If you were "kicking tires" would you go out in cold snowy weather?  You're not alone if you said "no way".  Serious buyers bring better offers.

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If you’re selling your home now or in the near future, you should note the following results from the Century 21 Canada Home Buyers Survey.  C21 Canada surveyed over 1,000 of their agents across Canada to find out what do buyers want.

Every Seller contemplating updating their home wonders “is this really worth it?”  Should I paint, should I get rid of that 80’s brass and globe ball light fixture in favour foir a new modern LED? 

The answer is a resounding YES.  Updated finishing pays off.  Buyers today are saying no to dated decore.

Selling your home is like being a contestant on the dating game.  Your home is an eligible bachelor or bachelorette, and it’s on display for someone to select.  Staying with that theme, Century 21 Canada asked the real

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A very common question from Sellers is "what do BUyers want?" or "What are people looking for?".

These types of questions are usually asked when they (the homeowner/seller) are deciding if renovations should be contemplated before listing their home for sale.  This may be as simple as painting, rearranging furniture, but on occasion a more significant change in their home.

Recently our Associates and several others participated in a nationwide Century 21 Canada survey asking our REALTORS.. "what do your buyers want?"  "what is important to your buyers?"  While there are always regional variations, in Alberta the responses are worth taking note for anyone currently listed for sale or contemplating selling their home.

Listing your home on your local MLS, with a…
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