John Fraser
Maxwell Challenge Realty
Phone: 7804834848
Mobile: 7804997720
Toll Free:
Fax: 7804448017


I hope you are well and looking forward to the long weekend!  

Are there local businesses that you often recommend? A favorite restaurant or shop? A skilled contractor or home inspector?

If so, please let me know. As a REALTOR®, I get asked for recommendations by clients. Keeping a list of reputable, skilled professionals I refer is one way I help my clients achieve their real estate related interests.

A recent study showed infill & "reno" project's gross margins range from under $100,000 to over $600,000! Gross margin is defined as original home/lot purchase cost vs the listing / sold price of the project's end result. Original purchase values start in $200's, listing / sale prices range to over $1 Million!

Picking the right locations for Reno or Infill is VITAL to the success of the project!

Contact me to see the study of over 800 sales and the 40+ renovation and infill results specific to Edmonton's West end and U of A areas.

Please find Edmonton Area Market summary: new listings, price changes, sold, pending & open house properties for last 30 days as of Oct 3. See Sept detailed Review here

Septembers detailed Market Summary Here

30 + month historical Here

(pdf's or more data available on request)

Interesting News:

Ontario Grow op home sold. A good inspector and realtor can help minimize your risk:

Ask me about steps to take for due diligence when suspecting drug house or past health risk via many resources

The long-standing Grant MacEwan facility built in the 80’s is now the new "Arts Orange Hub”. This will be an interesting venture!

A couple recent new listing links to video tours (please ask for more info) 

Excellent Value 2 bedroom, 2nd floor Condo with big balcony and a wet bar! $89,900

Beautiful Bungalow Shows pride of ownership in and out for $288,000

Municipal election is this month! Don’t forget to vote and have a great Thanksgiving weekend 😊

Want the latest info for an area? Need help understanding zoning? Looking for Turn-key Properties? Fixer uppers or Golden opportunities? Want to invest in Real Estate but not sure what's the best plan for you?

Contact me!

John J Fraser, REALTOR®

Cell: 7804997720



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Little Touch Ups That Make a Big Difference
You are probably already aware of the major things you need to do around your home to get it ready for sale. These include getting rid of clutter, doing minor repairs, and making everything clean and tidy so every room is as much of a showcase as possible.

But there are a myriad of little touch ups you can do that you may not have thought about before… touch ups that can make a big difference in how attractive your home looks to potential buyers.

Here are just a few:

  • Paint or replace the mailbox.
  • Add a couple of flowering plants to key areas, such as the dining room, living room, and just outside the front door.
  • Patch up any minor cracks in the driveway and walkways. (If there is a major crack, consider getting it repaired by a professional.)
  • Put out the welcome mat. Literally! If it's not clean and completely free of stains, replace it.
  • Clean your stainless steel kitchen sink using a special stainless steel cleaner and brightener. The effect will be dramatic; the sink will look like new.
  • Use a special spot cleaner to lift any stains from carpeted areas.
  • Replace plain or out-of-style light fixtures in the main areas of your home, such as the hallway and living room. Without spending a fortune, you can make a big difference in how these areas look.
  • Consider replacing the hardware on the doors and drawers of old kitchen cabinetry. That, along with some touch-up paint or varnish on worn areas, can make your older kitchen look young again.

These simple ideas can have a big impact on first impressions, yet they don't cost much to implement, and you can probably do most of them in less than a day.

Want more tips on making your home appealing to buyers? Call today.

Plan Your Move Well In Advance
One of the most common mistakes made by home buyers and sellers is not arranging for moving day well in advance. Even if you've just put your property on the market, or are only in the beginning stages of shopping for a new home, you should start planning for moving day now. If you don't, you might find yourself scrambling to make arrangements, which can be – to put it mildly – stressful.

Start now by researching moving companies and making a short list. You should also find economical sources of boxes, bubble wrap and other packaging materials you may need.

If you plan to do some or all of the move yourself, don't assume that uncle Ned is going to help you. Get rock solid commitments from any family or friends who have volunteered to be there on moving day.

Check Your Credit Report
Have you seen the humorous TV commercial that features someone lamenting the consequences of not having checked his credit score? 

Of course, having something negative on your credit report is nothing to laugh about. When shopping for a home, it can even get in the way of securing a good mortgage.

If you don't know what your credit report says, it's relatively easy to find out. Just visit the websites of Equifax or Trans Union. You can order a copy of your credit report from either of these companies for a reasonable fee.

If there is any incorrect information about you – which isn't uncommon on credit reports – you can request an immediate correction.

If there is derogatory information that isn't a mistake – such as a few late payments – you're entitled to have your side of the story included in your credit report. For example, if you were unemployed for a few months, and that's the reason you were behind on a few bills, then it may be helpful to let lenders know.

notable, quotable... quotes!

“The wisest will follow their own direction.”

“Mistakes are the portals of discovery.”
James Joyce

“In giving advice, seek to help, not to please.”


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