Attention Grade 12 students: Remax of Western Canada is holding it's annual scholarship contest!  


We encourage students in Okotoks, Calgary, and surrounding areas to apply for this opportunity to be rewarded with $1000 towards your post-secondary education.     


Who can participate?


Grade 12 students attending high school from September 2018 to June 2019. Grade 12 students may not have participated in graduation commencement ceremonies in the past.


Applicants must be a resident of one of the following provinces/territories:

• British Columbia

• Alberta

• Saskatchewan

• Manitoba

• Yukon


What is required?


Have you led a group of volunteers, raised funds for a worthwhile cause, helped special needs children or cared for seniors? Then we want to hear from you! Submit your essay (max. 1,250 words) which conveys your motivation, leadership and communication skills in connection with your community efforts.


Prizes?


• 16 winning essays will receive $1,000 each! One of these recipients will also receive a flight for two in the RE/MAX Hot Air Balloon.*

• Bursary winners will be notified in April 2019.

• All winners will be posted on remax.ca


Opens September 10th, 2018. Deadline March 11th, 2019, midnight. 


CLICK HERE TO VISIT REMAX.CA to LEARN MORE

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The Magnussen Real Estate Team" have listed a new property at 26 Ranchers Meadow in Okotoks.
Take a look at this fantastic plan, the "Mykonos 2" by Award Wining Master Home Builder Douglas Homes. The exterior features the perfect combination of stucco and stone that creates a certain "Wow" when you arrive, add the triple car garage and you have a real sense of the unique features this home offers. The tiled foyer leads to a kitchen, great room, and nook combination that will surely impress. The curved staircase leads to a well appointed second floor that includes 2 large secondary rooms and a large master bedroom. The master ensuite has a large tiled shower and a "stand alone tub". The bonus room is perfect size for family game time or movie night. This home sits on a quite cul de sac steps away from the new K-12 French Immersion School. For more information of to book a viewing please contact Neil Donnelly at 403 479 5129
 
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The Magnussen Real Estate Team" have listed a new property at 2 Ranchers Bay BA in Okotoks.
Welcome to this new custom built model "The Kenya 2" by the Award Wining Master Home Builder Douglas Homes. This executive home is located on a cul de sac, the striking curb appeal is sure to impress friends and family with a great balance of acrylic stucco,Hardie board and stone. Inside your new home you will find the right combination of features and finishes including, tile, hardwood, carpet, granite and built in wall units. The main floor features an office or music room, the centrally located kitchen creates a fantastic flow between the great room and the nook. Upstairs you will find a well lit central bonus room, perfect for games night or a kids slumber party for 5. The second floor also features 2 well size bedrooms, a generous sized master bedroom with an exquisite ensuite. The spa like ensuite features double sinks a separate shower with tile walls and "Free Standing" tub. Call Neil Donnelly to Book your private tour 403 479 5129
 
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Economic challenges to affect Calgary’s housing market in 2019


The challenging economic climate in Calgary is expected to persist into 2019.


Easing global oil prices, concerns regarding market access and easing investment activity are weighing on the energy sector and are expected to slow growth prospects in the province this year.


"Slowing growth, weak job prospects and lack of confidence are all factors that are contributing to the expected easing in sales activity this year," said Ann-Marie Lurie, CREB® Chief Economist.


"At the same time, our market continues to struggle with high inventory levels and further potential rate hikes, all of which is expected to cause additional price declines this year."


There are signs that supply in the market is starting to adjust to slower sales, but the pace of adjustment is expected to be slow. Overall, it will help reduce some oversupply in the market and put the industry in a more stable position by 2020.


Buyers' market conditions are expected to persist throughout most of the year, impacting prices across all property types. However, the pace of decline is expected to ease by the end of the year, as concerns over the economy ease. 

While further easing in the housing market is expected, this will not likely be the case for all price ranges, as demand for affordable product is expected to continue to improve, given shifts in lending requirements and adjustments in expectations.


"In this market, buyers have the advantage of choice. A REALTOR® can help buyers find a home that best fits their lifestyle," said Alan Tennant, CREB® CEO.


"For home sellers, knowing all the data and facts surrounding their home is critical to maximize their selling price. Working with a real estate professional can take the guess work out of the process."

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Please visit our Open House at 216 CRYSTAL GREEN PL in Okotoks.
Open House on Sunday, January 27, 2019 1:00PM - 3:00PM
Open the door to your new home! This fully finished 2 storey home is located close to schools, parks, playgrounds, golf, dining & more, plus resides in Okotoks’ only lake community, Crystal Green! The main floor flows over hardwood & tile floors and offers flex space at the front of the home - ideal for a home office or playroom, a stunning kitchen with stainless steel appliances, dining nook, living room with a 3-way gas fireplace, mud/laundry room & more. Access the rear deck from the dining nook & enjoy the large rear deck. Upstairs you will find a bonus room with vaulted ceiling, 4 big bedrooms including the master suite & a family 4 pc bath. The master bedroom boasts a 5 pc ensuite with a corner soaker tub, dual vanities & a stand-alone shower. The basement is fully finished with a large family room with a gas fireplace & wet bar, a 4th bedroom & 4 pc bath. Outside you will find a double attached front garage, mature trees & a large rear deck overlooking the backyard.
 
Contact our Okotoks & Calgary Real Estate Team to find out how we are selling homes FAST & for top dollar! 
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Buyers and sellers often have questions come to mind as they are looking at homes online. To help provide a quick response to your questions we have installed a LIVE CHAT tool directly on our website!


This means you will be connected with our of our experienced Magnussen Real Estate Team members - professional Remax Realtors - who can provide information on homes currently listed for sale, answer your questions about buying or selling a home, Okotoks or Calgary & other areas' market info and more! 


Check it out today... click on the icon in the lower right-hand corner of your screen and say HELLO!!! 


Always putting you first ;-)

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Please visit our Open House at 330 CIMARRON VISTA WY in Okotoks.
Open House on Saturday, January 19, 2019 1:00PM - 3:00PM
This inviting 2 story home has an open concept main living space, 3 + 1 bedrooms, a fully finished basement & more! The open layout allows the living room, kitchen & dining nook to flow together. The comfortable living room boasts a gas fireplace surrounded by stone, overlooking the rear deck & yard. The elegant kitchen offers stainless steel appliances, plenty of cabinets, large central island, spacious corner pantry and more! The main floor is completed by a half bath & a flex room off of the front entrance, which is ideal for a home office or playroom. Upstairs you will find a 4 pc bath & 3 spacious bedrooms including the master suite which offers the convenience of a walk-in closet & ensuite. The basement is fully finished with a family room, 1 additional bedroom, a 4 pc bath & laundry/storage room and water softener, almost a necessity in Okotoks . Outside you will find a rear deck and fenced yard with a 2 car parking pad. Close to dining, shopping, parks, and playgrounds in beautiful Cimarron!
 
Contact our Okotoks & Calgary Real Estate Team to find out how we are selling homes FAST & for top dollar! 
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Our REMAX Realtors with "The Jay Magnussen Real Estate Team" have SOLD a property at 12 SPRING HAVEN RD SE in Airdrie.
INCREDIBLE VALUE! Why rent when here is the perfect opportunity to own your own home at an affordable price?! This home has been updated with laminate flooring, modern light fixtures & a large addition giving you even more living space! The main living space features an open concept layout, allowing the living room, dining nook & kitchen to flow together. The kitchen offers stainless steel appliances, two-tone cabinets, a raised breakfast bar & more. Access the rear deck off of the bright & sunny dining nook. The home is completed by 3 bedrooms, a 4 piece bath/laundry combo & an additional living room. Outside you will find 2 storage sheds in the large fenced yard backing onto a path & greenspace, a covered gravel parking pad with enough room to park 4 vehicles, a beautiful apple tree & more. Ideally located walking distance to off-leash dog park, an elementary school, playgrounds, parks, walking distance to recreation center & more.
 
CONTACT US today for details on how we are SELLING homes fast & for the most money! 
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TAX-FREE... who doesn't love hearing those 2 words?! 

If you haven’t purchased a home within the last four years (or lived in a spouse’s home in the same timeframe), you may qualify for the government’s RRSP Home Buyer’s Plan. With this plan, you may borrow up to $25,000 tax-free from your RRSP to fund your down payment. Just keep in mind that the money must be in your RRSP at least 90 days before the purchase of your house - so plan ahead! 


The First Time Home Buyer’s Plan is advantageous for Canadians because generally speaking, early withdrawals from RRSPs are considered taxable income. In this case, they’re exempt but you must start repaying the amount borrowed from the RRSP two years after you buy over a 15-year period.


CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO


After all, it is currently a buyer market in Calgary and Okotoks! If you're thinking about buying a home in Calgary, Okotoks or the surrounding areas reach out and find out how we can help you through the process of finding your first home! 


The best time to buy a home was 10 years ago.

The second best time is now!

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The Magnussen Real Estate Team" have listed a new property at 330 CIMARRON VISTA WY in Okotoks.
This inviting 2 story home has an open concept main living space, 3 + 1 bedrooms, a fully finished basement & more! The open layout allows the living room, kitchen & dining nook to flow together. The comfortable living room boasts a gas fireplace surrounded by stone, overlooking the rear deck & yard. The elegant kitchen offers stainless steel appliances, plenty of cabinets, large central island, spacious corner pantry and more! The main floor is completed by a half bath & a flex room off of the front entrance, which is ideal for a home office or playroom. Upstairs you will find a 4 pc bath & 3 spacious bedrooms including the master suite which offers the convenience of a walk-in closet & ensuite. The basement is fully finished with a family room, 1 additional bedroom, a 4 pc bath & laundry/storage room and water softener, almost a necessity in Okotoks . Outside you will find a rear deck and fenced yard with a 2 car parking pad. Close to dining, shopping, parks, and playgrounds in beautiful Cimarron!
 
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The Magnussen Real Estate Team" have listed a new property at 216 216 CRYSTAL GREEN PL in Okotoks.
Open the door to your new home! This fully finished 2 storey home is located close to schools, parks, playgrounds, golf, dining & more, plus resides in Okotoks’ only lake community, Crystal Green! The main floor flows over hardwood & tile floors and offers flex space at the front of the home - ideal for a home office or playroom, a stunning kitchen with stainless steel appliances, dining nook, living room with a 3-way gas fireplace, mud/laundry room & more. Access the rear deck from the dining nook & enjoy the large rear deck. Upstairs you will find a bonus room with vaulted ceiling, 4 big bedrooms including the master suite & a family 4 pc bath. The master bedroom boasts a 5 pc ensuite with a corner soaker tub, dual vanities & a stand-alone shower. The basement is fully finished with a large family room with a gas fireplace & wet bar, a 4th bedroom & 4 pc bath. Outside you will find a double attached front garage, mature trees & a large rear deck overlooking the backyard.
 
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Negotiating your deal is one of the most critical aspects of your real estate journey. It’s also one of the parts of the process where your agent’s experience can make the most dramatic difference. Your home purchase or sale, probably one of the biggest financial transactions you’ll make in your life, is not the time to test rookie negotiation skills.


Here are just a few things agents, as professional negotiators, know that help them reach the best closing agreement for you.


1. That knowledge is power


In addition to their in-depth knowledge of the market and valuing a home, your agent will have dug into public records about the property and the neighborhood. Your agent will also look into the seller’s motivation. Knowing things like whether the seller is under pressure to move quickly can help shape negotiating strategy.


2. How to time it


Sometimes a quick response to an offer is critical. Other times, it’s best to keep the other party on the hook. Knowing which strategy to employ is crucial in negotiations.


3. Objectivity is a must


As a professional negotiator, your agent is able to control the process without being affected by the emotions that swirl around real estate transactions for buyers and sellers. Among other potentially expensive missteps, inexperienced negotiators can reveal too much info to the other party, especially during intense, fast-moving negotiations.


4. What to ask for


If you don’t ask for something, you won’t get it. As your advocate, your agent will know how to ask for things like concessions and repairs in a manner that’s most appealing to the other party.

Selling your bike online? Go forth and make a killer deal on that two-wheeler. But when it comes to buying or selling your home, stick with a professional. Real estate negotiation is no place for training wheels.


Contact us to find out how Magnussen Real Estate Team can be YOUR negotiator in your next real estate deal! 




Source: Remax.com/blog

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Please visit our Open House at 330 CIMARRON VISTA WY in Okotoks.
Open House on Sunday, November 18, 2018 1:00PM - 3:00PM
This inviting 2 story home has all you have been looking for: an open concept main living space, 3 + 1 bedrooms, a fully finished basement & more! The open layout allows the living room, kitchen & dining nook to flow together. The comfortable living room boasts a gas fireplace surrounded by stone, overlooking the rear deck & yard. The elegant kitchen offers stainless steel appliances, plenty of cabinets, large central island, spacious corner pantry and more! The main floor is completed by a half bath & a flex room off of the front entrance, which is ideal for a home office or playroom. Upstairs you will find a 4 pc bath & 3 spacious bedrooms including the master suite which offers the convenience of a walk-in closet & ensuite. The basement is fully finished with a family room, 1 additional bedroom, a 4 pc bath & laundry/storage room. Outside you will find a rear deck and fenced yard with a 2 car parking pad. Close to dining, shopping, parks, and playgrounds in beautiful Cimarron!
 
Contact our Okotoks & Calgary Real Estate Team to find out how we are selling homes FAST & for top dollar! 
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The Magnussen Real Estate Team" have listed a new property at 2 CRANBROOK VI SE in Calgary.
Enjoy maintenance-free, estate living nestled between Fish Creek Park and the Bow River, in Cranston's Riverstone. This beautiful bungalow style estate condo offers 1587 sq.ft of living space complete with 3 beds, 2 baths, quartz counters, high-end appliances including a gas range, a stunning mountain view & much more! The open concept living space allows the gourmet kitchen, dining area & living room to flow together over gleaming hardwood floors & under 9'ceilings - making this ideal for everyday living & entertaining. Sit on your large balcony, or ground level patio to enjoy the outdoor space. Conveniently access your double attached garage from the lower floor of your unit. As a part of the Cranston community, you will have access to Century Hall with a spray park, skating rinks, tennis courts & more. You will also have access to dining, shopping, movie theatre & more minutes away in Cranston & Seton shopping areas.
 
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Oversupplied market weighs on prices

Elevated inventory levels compared to sales, are causing prices to ease further in Calgary’s housing market.

Citywide benchmark prices totaled $426,300 in October, trending down for the fifth consecutive month and resulting in a year-over-year decline of 2.9 per cent.

“Job growth in this city remains a concern, as unemployment levels remain well above levels expected for this year. Rising costs of ownership also continue to weigh on housing demand,” said CREB® chief economist Ann-Marie Lurie.

“At the same time, housing supply levels are not adjusting fast enough to current conditions, resulting in price adjustments.”

Inventories and sales totaled 7,345 and 1,322 in October. This has resulted in months of supply of 5.6, above levels typical for this month. While some easing in new listing growth will help prevent further inventory gains, inventory levels remain near record highs for the month of October.

“With these types of market conditions, many potential buyers should be able to find the home that they are looking for with well priced listings appearing in certain price ranges,” said CREB® president Tom Westcott. “Sellers need to manage expectations and have accurate data in order to be aware of what is selling in their community.”

For each of the property types, sales activity has improved in the lower price ranges, leaving most of those segments relatively balanced. However, the upper end of the ranges has seen significant gains in supply compared to demand, which is likely having more of an impact on prices in those ranges.

HOUSING MARKET FACTS

Detached

  • Detached sales in October totaled 829 units, for an 8.6-per-cent decline, resulting in a year-to-date decline of 15 per cent. This is the slowest level of detached sales since the late ’90s. 
  • Year-to-date, the largest decline in sales occurred in the $600,000 – $999,999 price range, reflecting slow demand coming from move-up buyers.
  • For the second month in a row, new-listing growth eased, helping prevent further inventory gains. However, as this segment remains oversupplied, prices continue to trend down. 
  • Detached benchmark prices totaled $490,200 in October. This is below last month and three per cent below last year. On a year-to-date basis, prices remain one per cent below last year’s levels.
  • As of October, year-over-year prices have eased across all districts, with the largest declines occurring in the North East, North West, South and South East districts. This is likely a result of added competition from the new-home sector. 

Apartment

  • Year-to-date apartment sales have totaled 2,316 units, nearly seven per cent below last year. New listings have also eased by six per cent, helping reduce the amount of inventory in the market.
  • Despite the easing inventories, the months of supply remains elevated at 7 months. 
  • Year-to-date apartment condominium prices have eased by 2.8 per cent and remain 14 per cent below 2014 highs. Declines occurred across all districts, with the steepest declines occurring in the North East, East and South districts.

Attached

  • The attached sector has recorded year-to-date sales of 3,098. This is 15 per cent below last year and 14 per cent below long-term averages. 
  • Meanwhile, despite recent easing in new listings, October inventories are the highest level on record.
  • The oversupply is affecting both the semi-detached and row sectors, which have seen prices trend down over the past 5 months.
  • Year-to-date, row benchmark prices have averaged $298,140 this year, nearly two per cent below last year and nine per cent below previous highs. However, prices have remained relatively flat in both the City Centre and North West districts.
  • As of October, semi-detached prices were $403,400, one per cent lower than last month and nearly three per cent lower than last year. Despite recent declines, year-to-date citywide prices remain relatively flat compared to last year. This was most due to gains in the City Centre, North East and East districts offsetting declines in the North West, South and South East.

REGIONAL MARKET FACTS


Okotoks

  • Year-to-date residential sales have declined to 428 units in 2018, comparable to levels from 2011 and well below long-term averages. 
  • New listings are elevated at 936 units, which is eight per cent higher than last year’s levels and close to long-term averages. Inventory levels in October remain elevated with 232 units.   
  • Despite gains in the amount of supply compared to sales, Okotoks detached prices have seen some modest gains.  Year-to-date benchmark prices for detached properties totaled $436,660, 1.25 per cent higher than last year. 


Airdrie

  • Airdrie’s housing market continues to experience declining sales and increasing inventory compared to last year. Elevated supply levels have led to downward pressures on the benchmark prices for detached homes. 
  • Total year-to-date residential sales have reached 1,032 units, 11 percent below levels last year. Year-to-date, new listings have remained relatively stable, but remain well above long-term averages. 
  • Year-to-date average inventory levels are 19 per cent higher than. As a result, months of supply have been elevated, and presently stand at six months. This has translated to sustained pressure on benchmark price, with the year-to-date value of detached homes now sitting at $370,880, which is a year-over-year decline of nearly two percent. 

Cochrane

  • Year-to-date, residential sales have declined by 10 per cent, with 530 sales so far in 2018. These levels are comparable to similar periods in the past few years and higher than long-term averages. 
  • At 1,164 units, new listings have reached a historical peak for this period and well above long-term averages. Inventory levels in Cochrane for 2018 have been persistently elevated and are almost 17 per cent higher than the same period last year.
  • This has started to place some downward pressure on prices. However, year-to-date detached benchmark prices have remained relatively stable compared to last year with a benchmark price of $424,900. 


Source: CREB.com

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Please visit our Open House at 330 CIMARRON VISTA WY in Okotoks.
Open House on Sunday, November 4, 2018 1:00PM - 3:00PM
This inviting 2 story home has all you have been looking for: an open concept main living space, 3 + 1 bedrooms, a fully finished basement & more! The open layout allows the living room, kitchen & dining nook to flow together. The comfortable living room boasts a gas fireplace surrounded by stone, overlooking the rear deck & yard. The elegant kitchen offers stainless steel appliances, plenty of cabinets, large central island, spacious corner pantry and more! The main floor is completed by a half bath & a flex room off of the front entrance, which is ideal for a home office or playroom. Upstairs you will find a 4 pc bath & 3 spacious bedrooms including the master suite which offers the convenience of a walk-in closet & ensuite. The basement is fully finished with a family room, 1 additional bedroom, a 4 pc bath & laundry/storage room. Outside you will find a rear deck and fenced yard with a 2 car parking pad. Close to dining, shopping, parks, and playgrounds in beautiful Cimarron!
 
Contact our Okotoks & Calgary Real Estate Team to find out how we are selling homes FAST & for top dollar! 
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The Magnussen Real Estate Team" have listed a new property at 716 AVONLEA PL SE in Calgary.
BEAUTIFUL ACADIA BUNGALOW! Here's your opportunity to call the beautiful community of Acadia home! This nicely updated 1062 sq. ft. bungalow is located on a quiet cul-de-sac. The main floor features a large living room, dining room ( with access to the deck ) and gourmet kitchen ( open to the living room ) along with 3 bedrooms ( including the master ) and a family 4 pc. bath. The lower, basement is fully finished with a large, illegal 2 bedroom suite along with a storage room and laundry area. Outside you'll find a cozy deck off of the dining room and an oversized, double detached garage along with a large RV parking pad.
 
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Please visit our Open House at 128224 386 AV W in Rural Foothills M.D..
Open House on Sunday, October 28, 2018 1:00PM - 3:00PM
This gorgeous 2 storey home is set against the backdrop of the beautiful Foothills, minutes outside of Black Diamond. The open concept great room offers a functional living space with top of the line finishings. The main floor, flowing over hardwood floors, features a gourmet kitchen with granite counters, stainless steel appliances & a large island with breakfast bar. The living room boasts an inviting gas fireplace & built-in entertainment unit. Access the rear deck off the dining area to enjoy the glorious mountain view. The main floor is completed by a den/office behind French doors, laundry/mud room & powder room. Your oversized triple car garage can be access from the mud room. Upstairs you will find a bonus room, 4 pc bath & 4 big bedrooms including the impressive master suite which features a luxurious ensuite with a soaker tub, tile/glass shower, double vanity & walk-in closet w/ organizer. Enjoy 5 acres w/ pastures & horse shelters. Young trees will soon mature to provide shade & privacy.
 
Contact our Okotoks & Calgary Real Estate Team to find out how we are selling homes FAST & for top dollar! 
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Our REMAX Realtors with "The Jay Magnussen Real Estate Team" have SOLD a property at 309 CIMARRON VISTA WY in Okotoks.
This inviting 2 storey home has all you have been looking for: an open concept floor plan, 3 + 1 bedrooms, a fully finished basement & more! The open layout allows the living room, kitchen & dining nook to flow together. The comfortable living room boasts a gas fireplace surrounded by tile and overlooks the rear deck & yard. The elegant kitchen offers granite countertops, undermount sink, spacious corner pantry and more! The main floor is completed by a half bath, and a flex room off of the front entrance, which is ideal for a home office, 2nd living room or playroom. Upstairs you will find a 4 pc bath, laundry & 3 spacious bedrooms including the master suite which offers the convenience of a walk-in closet and 5 pc ensuite. The basement is fully finished with a family room, 1 additional bedroom, a 3 pc bath and 2nd laundry/storage room. Outside you will find a rear deck and fence yard with a 2 car parking pad. Close to dining, shopping, parks and playgrounds in beautiful Cimarron!
 
CONTACT US today for details on how we are SELLING homes fast & for the most money! 
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The Magnussen Real Estate Team" have listed a new property at 12 SPRING HAVEN RD SE in Airdrie.
INCREDIBLE VALUE! Why rent when here is the perfect opportunity to own your own home at an affordable price?! This home has been updated with laminate flooring, modern light fixtures & a large addition giving you even more living space! The main living space features an open concept layout, allowing the living room, dining nook & kitchen to flow together. The kitchen offers stainless steel appliances, two-tone cabinets, a raised breakfast bar & more. Access the rear deck off of the bright & sunny dining nook. The home is completed by 3 bedrooms, a 4 piece bath/laundry combo & an additional living room. Outside you will find 2 storage sheds in the large fenced yard backing onto a path & greenspace, a covered gravel parking pad with enough room to park 4 vehicles, a beautiful apple tree & more. Ideally located walking distance to off-leash dog park, an elementary school, playgrounds, parks, walking distance to recreation center & more.
 
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