Weekly Real Estate Update

Calgary
4211 homes for sale in metro Calgary
1845 homes sold in the last 30 days
2.28 months worth of inventory
44% of the homes statistically to sell in the next 30 days
Market Conditions: Sellers
Average List Price : $489,139
Average Sale Price : $479,231
Average days on market : 36
Average list to sale price ratio : 98%

Edmonton
3363 homes for sale in metro Edmonton
983 homes sold in the last 30 days
3.42 months worth of inventory
Market conditions : Balanced
29% of the homes statistically to sell in the next 30 days
Average List Price : $382,774
Average Sale Price : $375,512
Average days on market : 49
Average list to sale price ratio : 97.3%

Calgary:
4286 homes for sale in metro Calgary
1851 homes sold in the last 30 days
2.32 months worth of inventory
43% of the homes will statistically sell in the next 30 days
Average list price: $483,831
Average sale price: $473,895
Average days on market 37
Average list to sale price ration: 97.9%

Edmonton:
3471 homes for sale in metro Edmonton
1001 homes sold in the last 30 days
3.47 months worth of inventory
29% of the homes will statistically sell in the next 30 days
Average list price: $383,445
Average sale price: $373,375
Average days on market: 48
Average list to sale price ratio: 97.4%

Weekly Real Estate Update

Calgary:
4365 homes for sale in metro Calgary
1918 homes sold in the last 30 days
2.28 months worth of inventory
44% of the homes will statistically sell in the next 30 days
Average list price: $491,690
Average sale price: $481,019
Average days on market 37
Average list to sale price ration: 97.8%

Edmonton:
3568 homes for sale in metro Edmonton
1007 homes sold in the last 30 days
3.54 months worth of inventory
28% of the homes will statistically sell in the next 30 days
Average list price: $384,710
Average sale price: $375,073
Average days on market: 46
Average list to sale price ratio: 97.5%

Common Painting Mistakes

In his role as the “Paint Doctor” for Purdy—longtime makers of handcrafted paint brushes and roller covers—Bruce Schneider fields queries from intrepid do-it-yourselfers on a regular basis. Who better to ask about the most common problems that homeowners encounter in their interior painting projects?

Mistake #1
Choosing Inferior Applicators
Solution: “To get the job done right, you need good quality tools,” Schneider says. “It always boggles my mind that people are willing to spend $40 or $50 on a gallon of premium paint but decide to go cheap on the applicators. Later, when they see a hair on the wall or lumps of roller lint under the paint, they’ll realize the mistake. Investing in good brushes or rollers up front is worth the extra expense.”

Mistake #2
Improper Preparation
Solution: “It may seem obvious, but you always want to do repair work first so that your walls are smooth, clean, dry, and free of loose debris before you begin painting,” Schneider advises.

Mistake #3
Overextending Each Dip of the Brush or Roller
Solution: DIYers often continue applying a dip of paint until the brush or roller becomes dry. The problem? “When you overextend each dip, the paint can dry in the brush bristles, and the fabric on rollers can mat down,” he cautions. “Be sure to always maintain a smooth line of paint. Once the paint appears to break up, it’s time to re-dip.”

Mistake #4
Breathing the Wrong Way
Solution: The way you breathe when painting—especially when cutting in near edges—can affect the steadiness of your hand. “When you need to be precise, hold your breath or breathe out,” Schneider suggests. “Your body moves more when you’re breathing in.”

Mistake #5
Letting Touch-up Paint Dry Out
Solution: To extend the life of your leftover paint, try these tricks. “For water-based paint, place a piece of clear plastic wrap directly on the surface of the paint, then reseal the container,” Schneider offers. “For oil-based paint, add about a half-inch of water on the surface before resealing.”

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