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According to a recent study, the average homeowner pays more attention to kitchen stove safety than they do BBQ safety. But, the fact is, a BBQ mishap can be just as devastating. So, it pays to know the latest safety tips.

 

• Keep BBQs at least 8 feet away from your house.

 

• Check for venture tube blockages regularly. (Spiders are notorious for spinning webs in there.)

 

• Clean the grill frequently to prevent flare ups. A grease fire on the grill can continue burning even after you’ve turned the BBQ off.

 

• Don’t position your BBQ close to foliage, such as under a tree or next to shrubs.

 

• Never BBQ in an enclosed area, such as a garage, even if the space is well ventilated.

 

• Avoid leaving the grill unattended, especially when cooking greasy foods such as sausages, beef burgers or steaks. 

• Do not let children BBQ.

 

Finally, make sure your BBQ is turned completely off after use. It’s a good idea to double-check this when making the rounds and locking up your home for the night.

 

Experts say you should treat a BBQ as you would a camp fire — with care

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I have just sold a property at 316 1223 7th AVE N in Saskatoon.
Incredible price for best located unit in the Marose complex - Top floor corner facing North West with views of residential and walking distance to River. This well maintained, upgraded unit features ceramic tile & laminate through-out the wonderful open layout with the kitchen showcasing Cherry wood cabinetry & quaint dining area, bright spacious living room, ample sized Master bedroom with dual closets and 4 piece bathroom with wall to wall counter & tiled shower with bonus in-suite laundry & storge. Includes fridge, stove, built-in dishwasher, over-the-range microwave and washer/dryer combo as well as a private parking stall steps from door & visible from unit. The complex itself offers a private enclosed back patio area with common use BBQ and secure bike storage, Professional landscaping and convenient visitor parking with loads of street parking. Close to the river valley, walking trails, parks, amenities & restaurants and downtown. Don’t miss out on this great deal!
$119,900. North Park, Saskatoon
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You might naturally assume that it is most important to talk to a Realtor when you’re selling or buying a home. But there are many other circumstances in which it makes sense to give me a call. Here are a few examples.

 

1. When you’re at the “thinking about it” stage

 

If you’re just thinking about selling your home, and haven’t made a firm decision yet, you might feel uncomfortable calling a Realtor. Don’t be. In fact, I welcome your call. We can discuss what your current property will likely sell for on today’s market, and determine the type of home you qualify to buy. That way, you’ll have some clarity and be able to make a more informed decision.

 

2. If you’re nervous about the selling process

 

If you haven’t sold a home before, you might be concerned about what’s involved in the process. You might even worry that putting your home on the market is going to be a lot of work and create a lot of turbulence for you and your family.

 

Fortunately, selling your home doesn’t need to be scary. In fact, a big part of my job as a Realtor is to make the process as smooth and trouble-free as possible.

 

So if you have concerns about selling your home, you should give me a call.

 

 

3. If you have questions

 

You likely have questions about the local real estate scene from time to time. You might have questions like: “How much did that home around the corner sell for?”; “Is now a good time to make a move, or should I wait until the market changes?”; and, “How much is my current home worth?”

 

When you have questions like those, you don’t need to dig for answers on your own. You can give me a call. As an expert in the local market, I can give you the answers you need.

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I have listed a new property at 316 1223 7th AVE N in Saskatoon.
Incredible price for best unit in the Marose complex - Top floor corner facing North West with views of residential and walking distance to River. This well maintained, upgraded unit features ceramic tile & laminate through-out the wonderful open layout with the kitchen showcasing Cherry wood cabinetry & quaint dining area, bright spacious living room, ample sized Master bedroom with dual closets and 4 piece bathroom with wall to wall counter & tiled shower with bonus in-suite laundry & storge. Includes fridge, stove, built-in dishwasher, over-the-range microwave and washer/dryer combo as well as a private parking stall steps from door & visible from unit. The complex itself offers a private enclosed back patio area with common use BBQ and secure bike storage, Professional landscaping and convenient visitor parking with loads of street parking. Close to the river valley, walking trails, parks, amenities & restaurants and downtown. Don’t miss out on this great deal!
$119,900MLS. North Park, Saskatoon
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A slight decline in home sales year over year, low interest rates and stable home prices coupled with elevated inventory levels, continues to make Saskatoon an ideal market for home buyers. At the end of August there were 2,183 active listings in Saskatoon, just slightly down from the record set last month. “In the coming months, home buyers will look back with hindsight and realize how opportune the market was with all of these elements in place.” According to Jason Yochim, CEO with the Saskatoon Region Association of REALTORS® “It is only a matter of time before the market shifts as it always does.” The concern is that buyers waiting for the bottom of the market in order to make a purchase, may end up paying more when buying on the upswing. 

The average home is taking approximately 55 days to sell which is the greatest number of days in the past several years. The five year average for days to sell in August is 46. Homes that have been priced relative to this market will see a sale in much less time. The sales to listing ratio compares the number of new listings against the number of sales for the month. In August, the sales to listing ratio was 41% which is consistent with the past three months. This means that for every five home listed there are two sales. The sales to listing ratio year to date was 37.7% which is down 3.5% compared to 2016. Furthermore, based on the current level of home sales, it would take between six and seven months to clear out the active listings, this is above the five year average of just over five months. 

Two thirds the way through the year, Saskatoon and area saw a total of 3,344 transactions, down 5% from last year. The total number of homes listed for sale, year to date, was 9,904 which is virtually unchanged from 2016. The total dollar volume for Saskatoon and region year to date was $1,139 billion, down 9% from the same period last year. Within the Saskatoon market, the number of transactions year to date was 2,484 representing a 5% decline from the same period last year. 

With lots to choose from ,the average and median price continue to show signs of slipping. The average price year to date declined by 1% to $347,414 while the median price declined by 1.5% to $329,950. Considering the challenging economy, high supply of housing and a softened demand, pricing has not been dramatically impacted so far. “Pricing of a home is one of the most important decisions in a successful sale.” comments Yochim.  -Source: September 2017 SRAR News Release
 
 
Looking for sound market advice?  As REALTOR® and Nationally Accredited Buyer Representative - ABR®, Seller Representative Specialist - SRS® and Real Estate Negotiation Expert - RENE, I can provide you with this advice. Call today.
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