6 Tips For Selling Your Home with Kids

Summer is a prime time for families to move and take advantage of the time away from school. If you’re trying to sell a home with a gaggle of children in tow, it can feel like you are juggling a lot all on your own. But did you know that according to the National Association of REALTORS®, nearly two-thirds of all buyers searching for their new home have kids? More than one in six had three or more kids that would be living in the home.

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Charlie Ponde and other Realty Executives pros honored by the REALTORS® Association of Edmonton

Charlie Ponde Realtor of the Year
REALTOR® of the Year winner, Charlie Ponde, pictured with Steve Sedgwick, Chair (left) and
Michael Thompson, President & CEO (right)

 

Realty Executives professionals featured prominently at The REALTORS® Association of Edmonton’s (RAE) annual awards ceremony held on Friday, March 4, 2016. Taking home three of the eight awards presented at the gala, Realty Executives veteran Charlie Ponde won the REALTOR® of the Year Award, Broker/Owner Bill Tarrabain was awarded a Life Membership, and Executive Brittany Collard was presented with the Rookie of the Year Award.

Ponde of Realty Executives North Star, has been a REALTOR® since 1992 and with Realty Executives since 1997. He was named the REALTOR® of the Year for his service to both the real estate profession and the community.

As an active member of the community, Ponde has been elected to and served on multiple industry bodies, including the Alberta Real Estate Foundation, AREX Claims Committee, the Arbitration and Professional Standards Committee, the Edmonton Realtors’ Charitable Foundation, the Government and Political Action Committee, and the Technology Committee. He also served as the President of the RAE in 2009 and is now a Life Member of the association.

 

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Splitting Up Is Hard To Do: Your Options for Home Selling During a Divorce

Your Options to Home Selling During a Divorce

There are a variety of issues a couple has to resolve when they decide to file for divorce. Don’t let the house become the elephant in the room – or on the lot. Work to put away the anger and find an agreeable middle ground that works for you both.

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Two Paws Up For A Pet-Friendly Home

Two Paws Up For A Pet-Friendly Home

Making your home more pet friendly isn’t just good for the canine or feline members of your family. It can actually be a boon to your home when it comes time to sell.

According to the American Pet Products Association, more than 79 million homes in the U.S. sport a pet, and that number is growing. For those in the real estate industry, that marks a shift in the way pets are viewed. For homeowners, it means you can go ahead and splurge on ways to make your pet more comfortable around the house.

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Homeownership Tax Benefits To Take Advantage of in 2016

Homeownership Tax Benefits To Take Advantage of in 2016

A lot of people take advantage of more well-known tax breaks like deducting your mortgage interest from your taxable income. However, homeowners can take advantage of other benefits come tax time no matter where they own property in North America.

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Realty Executives International Climbs in Entrepreneur Magazine’s Franchise 500® Ranking

Realty Executives International has continued to climb in the ranks of Entrepreneur Magazine’s Franchise 500® List, the most comprehensive annual worldwide report that takes account of leading franchising companies poised for growth. The Scottsdale-based, international real estate franchising company came in at #166 overall and placed among the top three real estate brands included in the 2016 Franchise 500®. According to Entrepreneur, the 2016 Franchise 500® encompasses 462,585 individual businesses in 17 different categories.

2016 Franchise 500

“A franchise that is run well is the key to success, and those in the ranking have a strong foundation that can survive in a changing marketplace. They can be excellent opportunities for entrepreneurial leaders ready to take on their next venture,” said Amy Cosper, VP and editor in chief of Entrepreneur in a press release announcing the latest rankings. Continue reading

4 Spring Cleaning Tips To Tidy Your Home

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You clean your living space all the time: fluff pillows, dust bookcases and wash those dishes that seem to multiply themselves if you leave them overnight. There’s a couple times a year, however, where those corners and cabinets and carpets you sometimes neglect could use a deep clean. Here are 4 spring cleaning tips for those forgotten spaces in your home.

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