Myles Blewett

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Updating Back Splash

Making stategic  improvements on your property before selling is the best way to increase value and your final sale price.


If your kitchen cabinets are still in good shape and less than 7 years old, then consider updating just the back splash to create a new wow factor that incorporates current finishes.


This makes a big difference in the overall first impression of your kitchen, it’s like adding great jewellery to a pretty good dress, it really makes all the difference.


Quick kitchen updates also include new handles, faucet and lighting. These don’t impact your bank account too much but do make a big difference.





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What is Real and what is Realistic?


First, let me try and give you a brief understanding of the system in place (it’s not perfect and it is often very $$high$$).


Governed by law for all Municipalities in Alberta, the tax man starts with the Market Value of a Property as of July 1st for the up coming assessment year (the next years assessment). Market Value as determined by your cities, towns, counties etc. as the current value that a property will reasonably sell for at that time and date, taking into account several factors like location, size etc.


The Tax Assessors use a few sources of information, however it basically comes down to one thing. SALES at that time (around July 1st of previous year, the most expensive time of the year) within communities and areas. After which they apply this value to a formula(s) based on budgets and needs to basically come up with your property taxes. It is more complicated then that but a huge part of the process is the Assessed Market Value of a Property that determines what you pay.


Market value can vary drastically within areas or communities. Why and How?


For example: If the larger more expensive properties have sold recently within the area, then those averages are determined and applied to all properties in the area, resulting in perhaps a Market Value that is very high for many of the properties and now higher taxes for them as well.


Most Tax Assessors for the municipalities do not have the time or man power to spend a lot of time researching each property to give a real accurate value and it’s all about collecting more tax dollars, right? More is better and if they can play on the emotions of people liking their home values high (who doesn’t like to see that?), then it works for what they need to do and the result is you and I can pay too much.  


We all like to see our property values worth more $$$ and it’s very flattering to our egos to see that large number. I have had some of my clients tell me their properties are worth $100,000 more than what they are actually worth, because that is what their assessments had said. One thing is for certain - you want your home to be worth as little as possible in the eyes of the tax man!!!  A Lesser value equals less Taxes!!!  So I ask you, wouldn’t a more realistic number be better?


I have seen this for years and have helped my clients save from a few $$Hundred$$ dollars to a few $$Thousand$$ dollars per year!


There is a process to right this wrong! Yes it costs you a small fee (just so you don’t waste the Municipalities time of course). You can appeal the process for $50-100. Again, they do not have the time or man power in most cases to fight. So if you are reasonable and have the facts to back up your reduced values, you will likely end up paying less.


My suggestion is if you are concerned about paying too much for your property taxes and feel your assessed market value is high then find out from a Realtor what the Real Market Value of your property is worth and use that to appeal your taxes (you have 60 days from the time you receive your assessment to start the process). I’ve personally helped my clients numerous times and they have had excellent results. Please keep in mind not all Tax Assessments are going to be worth fighting for the difference may not be great enough to make it worth while. We can find out very easily just give me a call 780-446-4643 or send me a message .

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Your referrals are always Welcome with my assurance of the most professional and personal service possible. I will treat your referrals (family, friends, acquaintances) with the same respect, integrity and professionalism as you would expect and want for yourself!!!




$$$  Why not make a few extra dollars for your efforts. $$$


For every closed Purchaser or Seller that you refer and uses my services.

                           I will pay you $500 CASH*  

Call, Text or Email me:

Myles Blewett - Remax Excellence, 780-446-4643,

Referral will be paid out after the transaction closes and commissions are paid out in full. Based on referrals that are given in

   advance of the first contact made by Myles Blewett.

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When Listing your home FOR SALE, are you showing it in the best possible light?


Do you know where you are losing a buyer’s interest?


Visual distractions are one of the biggest hindrances to a buyer being able to really see your home and it’s features.


Here are some of the common distractions: 

  1. Life clutter
  2. Family memories including photos, artwork on the fridge, awards
  3. Excessive wall hangings, or having them incorrectly hung.
  4. Extra TV’s and DVD equipment and Gaming devices, DVD’s etc in excess.
  5. Dark or bright paint colors or designs on the walls, including decals, names on doors, stickers on windows
  6. Excessive plants and knick -knacks
  7. Many pieces of furniture, not from the same sets
  8. Excess toys or sports equipment
  9. Many pieces of lawn furniture and equipment scattered over the yard
  10. Overstuffed garages and front porches

Don’t forget the seasonal decorations that weren’t taken down all year.

Buyers eyes are already overwhelmed going into many people’s homes and trying to take it all in.

Remember this: It all becomes a blur to buyers after a while and they will forget what they saw from home to home. You can stay top of their mind by taking care of all this prior to listing. Then your home is a breath of fresh air for them and they will fall in love with it, because THEY CAN SEE IT!!

In addition to updates and proper pricing, Staging a home brings in better offers than not staging it, So clean, repair and stage your home, price it correctly with an Honest and Integrity based Agent, and see results fast. You will be glad you did!


*** For Edmonton’s best  project planning and contractor management, painting, fixtures updates, facelift renovations, and Staging.    Jill Gargus 780-452-4527  Information Shared courtesy of "Simply Irresistible Interiors Inc."

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WOW check out this new property just listed at 8810 159A ST in Edmonton.
LOCATION, CONDITION AND PRICE!!! Three elements of a GREAT PIECE OF REAL ESTATE IN ONE PROPERTY are ALL HERE!!! This BEAUTIFULLY UPGRADED 3+2 Bedroom Bungalow is situated in a quiet crescent location only a block away from Meadowlark Shopping Centre, Medical Clinics, Numerous Schools, Public Transportation, Future LRT, Restaurants, and more. Numerous recent upgrades include, 2 Modern Bathrooms, Complete Flooring throughout, including Engineered Hand Scraped Hardwood, Ceramic Tile, Plush Carpeting, New Doors, Trim, Completely Painted top to bottom, Light Fixtures, High Efficiency Furnace & Hot Water Tank, 35 Year Shingles (house & garage), Exposed Aggregate Concrete Walks only to mention a few.
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WOW check out this new property just listed at 12815 117 AVE NW in Edmonton.
This is an escape from the hustle of down town, but still within minutes. This is a great home with original hardwood flooring; it has been in the same family for over 60 years. As you enter the home you are welcomed in with large front entry with plenty of room for shoes and coats. Next you walk into the bright and spacious living room. The old fire place is covered in reclaimed barn wood is the focal point. Down the hall is the master bedroom with a walk in closet and bright windows to let in the sunlight. A large 2nd bedroom is on the main floor as well as a 4 piece bath. The kitchen has a country feel and has a large window looking into the back yard. And the yard! It is huge and private! 2 large apples trees bloom every year and are absolutely gorgeous. At the back of the yard is an oversized double garage with room for storage. Downstairs is a large den, sitting area, hobby room, laundry, and 2 piece bath. New furnace in 2013, HWT & shingles 2016 among other upgrades. This home has it all.
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WOW check out this new property just listed at 11407 122 ST in Edmonton.
CHARMING UPGRADED semi-bungalow in desirable Inglewood with 3 bedrooms & 2 bathrooms up & 2 bedrooms with second kitchen & bathroom downstairs. Original CHARACTER maintained with many UPGRADES including HARDWOOD flooring, bathrooms & newer windows. Main floor offers traditional living room & FORMAL DINING ROOM, kitchen with eating nook, 4 piece bathrm & MAIN FLOOR BDRM currently used as a DEN/office. Upstairs offers another bathrm & 2 bdrms w WALK-IN CLOSETS. Downstairs offers 2 bdrms, family rm, 2nd KITCHEN & 3 piece bathrm - ideal for extended family or teens. Downstairs laundry just off the staircase. Backdoor leads to professionally built STONE PATIO & large yard with mature plantings & backing on LINEAR PARK. DOUBLE GARAGE. Beautifully maintained front yard with newer concrete. Come view this home & fall in love with the charm, character & CONVENIENCE of living in Inglewood rated by Money Sense as one of BEST VALUED NEIGHBORHOODS, within walking distance of TRENDY 124 St & quick access to downtown.
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WOW check out this new property just listed at 934 HOPE WAY in Edmonton.
Beautifully upgraded 2730 sq foot home in the desirable neighborhood of Copperwood in The Hamptons. Located on a crescent backing a treed walkway this timeless beauty will not disappoint. Gorgeous kitchen with corner pantry, plenty of cabinets and ample granite counter tops with eating bar. Open concept, spacious dining room and a main floor den, hardwood floors through out the main. Laundry/mud room area by entrance from the oversize garage. Upstairs you will find the spacious bonus room with built in speakers. Lovely big master suite with sitting area with a great view of the trees, nice to unwind after your busy day, and a five piece ensuite bath. Three more good size bedrooms complete the 2nd floor. Enjoy your sunny backyard with expansive deck and gazebo complete with awning and netting, step down to another stamped concrete patio. Smart wired CAT 5 through out, central air, aggregate drive and walkway. Beautifully landscaped. This home is a must to put on your list.
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WOW check out this new property just listed at 4527 211 ST in Edmonton.
Open and bright 3 bedroom home on a truly amazing lot in the Hamptons. The home has a great open floor plan and all the extra windows you get with a corner lot; Large useable kitchen open to the great room; The upstairs has a large bonus room with custom built cherry wood wall to wall entertainment/cabinet unit and loads of space. Home security/ alarm system, security camera wired, heated garage, central air-condition/high efficiency furnace custom built huge walk in closet, built in RO water treatment system, The large corner lot is perfect for entertaining with the two tired deck with accent lighting gas hook up, good size trees, accent landscaping, fully fenced, includes a dog run, side access RV parking pad with 50 amp service.
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WOW check out this new property just listed at 20752 61 AVE in Edmonton.
Welcome to this bright & spacious Daytona built 2 storey home in a great location within The Hamptons. As you walk in through the main entrance you get a true sense of the openness and superb layout of this home. The main floor consists of a living room with a NG fireplace, the Kitchen is equipped with SS appliances, eating bar & pantry, good sized mud room & Laundry, dining area with access to the deck and back yard that’s a perfect size for the kids. Upstairs you have a bonus room, 4 pc main bath, master with walk-in closet & 4pc ensuite & 2 more bedrooms. Downstairs is fully finished with a 4th bedroom being used as an office, 4pc bath with a steam shower, and a large great room. Other features of this home include, Air Conditioning, Hot Water on Demand, water softener, and a garage that's finished & equipped with 220V, plumbing (perfect for a wet bar), LED Heaters and can be easily transformed into your own special cave.
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WOW check out this new property just listed at 16225 100A AVE in Edmonton.
MAKE AN OFFER. SELLER SAYS SELL! Full side by side Duplex in Glenwood close to ammenities. 3 bedrooms each side with large living rooms, eat in kitchens and unfinished basements. Both units have side entrances and the lot is 57' x 135' with lots of room for a garage. The property has one mid efficiency and one Hi efficiency furnaces. The area has had a new retail plaza within walking distance and some rezoning for multiple units. City of Edmonton is currently exploring a new bylaw for allowing basement suites in properties just like this. Live in one side and rent the other. Many options to consider.
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WOW check out this new property just listed at 18415 82 AVE in Edmonton.
Find this hidden GEM in the family friendly neighbourhood of Aldergrove! Almost everything has been redone in this home! The kitchen boasts NEW cabinetry, ceramic tiled floors, new window above sink, pot lights, and new sliding doors to the NEW deck overlooking the MATURE TREED YARD. This home is nice and bright and also offers a formal DR & large LR. Upstairs has 3 bedrooms and a 4 piece bath. The master bedroom has a 4 piece bathroom and a walk-in closet. The 3rd level has a super sized family room with a brick faced wood-burning fireplace, office, bathroom, laundry room and a back door to outside. The basement is unfinished with loads of storage space. There's a concrete driveway that runs along side the house to a 20x23 double detached garage. This home is recently painted, has new shingles, 5" eaves troughing, furnace and HWT 2006. New side fences. Great Location!
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WOW check out this new property just listed at 20704 90 AVE in Edmonton.
Located on a cul de sac, close to shopping, services and the transportation depot, this beautiful very clean custom built bungalow by Homex is located on a 11,200 sqft pie shaped lot. The curb appeal is awesome with stone and a front porch plus the garage is huge 24'x31' feet! With vaulted ceilings in the main area plus master bedroom, a great room design, gleaming hardwood, granite, stainless appliances in a raised island kitchen with a huge walk through pantry, main floor den/dining room, smart wiring, built-in speakers plus too many other features to mention. This is a fantastic home for either empty nesters or a family. The lower level is accessed by a dramatic stairway and has a huge open area, wet bar, two bedrooms and a third bathroom. With central air, electronic air cleaner, underground sprinklers and more, it is just waiting for a new owner!
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WOW check out this new property just listed at 17389 8A AVE in Edmonton.
Located in the prestigious Langdale area in Windermere, this spacious 3 bedroom and loft half duplex has tons to offer. With a double attached front garage, granite open concept kitchen, upstairs laundry and spacious pie shaped yard, partially backing onto the park, it offers more than most can. It also has a partially finished basement that could be an easy project to finish up to create even more space. Furthermore it has two and half baths, hard surface main floor and quiet street location, make sure you take a look!
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WOW check out this new property just listed at 3003 WATSON LANDING in Edmonton.
Luxury at its finest! Stunning custom built Walkout Bungalow in Upper Windermere! This luxurious home features only the best in quality construction, high end finishings & materials throughout! You're welcomed by a grand foyer with 12ft ceilings and b/I waterfall opening into the bright living room with detailed led lit ceilings, a chef's dream kitchen with Wolf and Subzero appliances and a 12ft single slab island and butlers pantry, 4 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms (4 ensuites) , master suite w/7pc spa like ensuite w/steam shower & infloor heating, custom designed wardrobe room, fully finished walkout basement with a 200 bottle temp controlled wine room,wet bar, exercise room, stunning home theater room plus a covered private walkout patio. State of the art home automation, highend wideplank hardwood flooring and imported Italian tile,4 fireplaces, 2 heated patios, led lighting throughout, infloor heated basement & triple garage, custom landscaping w/waterfall/firepit. This one of a kind dream home is a must see!
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WOW check out this new property just listed at 2618 WATCHER WAY in Edmonton.
Stunning 2 Storey in Upper Windermere!! Front foyer with view of reclaimed wood and stone base feature wall set the tone for this tastefully upgraded home. Modern 2 tone kitchen. Built in fridge matching cabinets, Built in S/S oven, microwave and dishwasher. Ceramic cooktop. Walk through pantry. Massive island. Dining space with access to backyard patio. Living area with 18 foot ceilings and fireplace. Den with barn doors, Laundry room, 2 pce bath and garage access complete the main floor. Spa like master suite. Huge walk through/in closet. 6 pce en-suite contains fire place, large tub, his and hers shower, double vanity and heated floors. 2 bedrooms, 5 pce bathroom with double vanity and spacious bonus room finish second floor. Quartz counters, Pot lights and custom lighting throughout. Loads of natural light. Built in sound. Nu-Air, High efficiency HWT and Furnace. Access to Upper Windermere’s private recreation facility. Close to schools, shopping and transportation. This home is a must see!!
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WOW check out this new property just listed at 10936 132 ST NW in Edmonton.
Welcome to Westmount, Edmonton's top rated neighborhood. This stunning new infill home is bringing Character to Edmonton's infill. Are you looking to be close to the city, in a great community, with the comforts of a new home, but would like a little charm? This home was built custom for you! The exterior was designed with a flare of modern, keeping history in mind. The red brick front facade is timeless and heart warming. The floor to ceiling windows throughout the main level of the home provide tons of natural light throughout he open floor plan. The custom kitchen features an 11 foot island and tons of storage. The details of this home are outstanding, featuring; wide plank hardwood, custom lighting, glass wall and railings, quartz counter tops, polished nickle wide spread faucets, 10 foot ceilings, fully finished basement and so much more. The master retreat has a large walk-in closet, and beautiful en suite with a view. This home will change your mind about infill in Edmonton.
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WOW check out this new property just listed at 10626 125 ST in Edmonton.
This attractive two storey infill home, located in Westmount offers the convenience of living on the edge of the downtown core but with mature trees on a quiet street instead of the hustle and noise. Built in 1992, it has been extensively upgraded by the previous owners and this one, including white kitchen with granite counter tops, hardwood, newer carpet, decks and Cape Cod siding and more! The unique split basement development features an entrance through the main house to the one part and a separate entrance from the outside to the rest. A summer kitchen, two bedrooms and a sitting area are there to complete the development. There also a large oversized garage in the west facing back yard.
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WOW check out this new property just listed at 9302 168 ST in Edmonton.
Huge lot located on a beautiful street in the heart of the mature neighbourhood of West Meadowlark Park. This fully finished 1537 sqft, 2 storey has great curb appeal with 6 bdrms & 2.5 baths. MECHANICS DREAM HOME with 1 attached double garage & 1 oversized double detached garage with radiant heating, RV parking and storage shed with bike ramp. The main floor has gleaming hardwood floors, spacious living room, formal dining room, bright kitchen & powder room. Upstairs there is 4 generous sized bdrms & 4 piece bath with a jacuzzi tub. The finished basement has 2 more good sized bdrms, 3 piece bath & lots of storage. Upgrades include: new windows & doors, newer high efficiency furnace & hot water tank. Gorgeous exposed aggregate driveway & sidewalks, fully landscaped, gorgeous mature trees & fully fenced. Located close to schools, parks, shopping & public transportation.
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