Chances are, you know that you should change the batteries in your smoke detectors at least once a year — even if you suspect the batteries are still good.

But that isn't the only fire safety check you should do annually. Here are some other recommended tips to help keep you and your family safe.

• Clean your stove burners and oven regularly. Hard grease build-up can become combustible.

• Check your cupboard for cleaning products, paints and other liquids that are flammable. Read each label carefully. Use and store each product only as recommended.

• If you keep a fire extinguisher in your kitchen — and you should — confirm that it is still good. Extinguishers are like food. They have expiry dates!

• Go over your fire escape plan with your family. Make sure everyone knows exactly what to do if a smoke detector goes off or if there's a fire. (Don't have a fire escape plan? Make one!)

• Check that all windows open easily, especially upper floor windows.

• Check appliances you use often, such as hair dryers, for worn or frayed cords.

• Regularly clear away lint build-up in the clothes dryer. Check the outside dryer vent annually to make sure it's clear and working correctly.

• If you have a wood-burning fireplace or stove, get it cleaned and inspected by a licensed technician once a year.

Many local fire departments offer homeowners free tips and even in-home advice and inspections at no cost. Contact your fire department and ask about programs available to you.


New property listed in Osler

I have listed a new property at 142 Parkview COVE in Osler.
Quality 3 bedroom, 3 bath, 1587sqft 2-storey family home built by reputable Ehrenburg homes. This is the dream home you've been waiting for; attractively priced, in a prime family friendly neighborhood cul-du-sac location at the southernmost edge of Osler, facing Parkview Park, backing green space with no neighbors and easy access to Highway 11. This beautiful home is sure to impress once you enter the grand foyer. Featuring a bright, naturally lightened desirable open floor plan. The spacious living room & dining room with patio door overlooks the fully fenced, landscaped back yard. For the cuisine enthusiast, a sparkling white modern kitchen with corner pantry, 4 Whirlpool stainless steel appliances and a peninsula bar seating style counter. Additional value on this floor is found with a quaint 2 piece bathroom & coat closet conveniently located adjacent to the double attached garage access door to enhance cleanliness. A widened staircase with decorative banister leads to the 2nd floor showcasing a rare, sought after build feature that's among one of the best aspects of the home; a vaulted ceiling bonus room! Ideal as a family room or playroom, it overlooks the convenient child friendly park & playground. Additionally there are 2 ample sized bedrooms, one with a raised reading or entertainment nook, the other a walk-in closet. The large Master bedroom overlooking the backyard boasts a 4 piece en-suite and walk-in closet. A central 4 piece bathroom & conveniently placed enclosed laundry room completes this floor. The full sized basement is ready for personal development of choice with the perimeter walls framed, insulated & polyed. This fantastic home was built to last with many upgraded items such as keyless entry, triple glaze windows, fiberglass shingles, vinyl siding & stone accent exterior, Lennox high efficiency heating, VanEE, Weiser & Kohler products. Being this home is only 5 years old there is still remaining Sask New Home Warranty included.
$309,900MLS. Osler

New property listed in Sarilia Country Estates

I have listed a new property at 41 Laurier CRES in Sarilia Country Estates.
UNIQUE PRIME RIVERFRONT building lot located in desirable Sarilia Country Estates. This piece of paradise offers a stunning breathtaking panoramic views of the North Saskatchewan River to the north east and to the south west. Uniquely shaped & above average in lot size. Across from a nature trail and environmental reserve that provides additional solitude and shelter. Offered significantly below developer pricing. Build your dream house without breaking your budget. Services (power, natural gas, phone & internet) at property edge and ready to tie into your new home. Community organized water and sewer are hauled. At Sarilia, neighbors are friends, children play freely and year-round family recreation is right on your doorstep such as canoeing, kayaking, fishing, swimming & beach fun, hiking the trails, snowshoeing, river skating, biking, or simply walking the dog; you'll find plenty of outdoor activities to pursue. Residents enjoy a community garden & pastureland, abundant wildlife, lush green spaces and wildflowers & gorgeous prairie sunsets. The town of Langham (6kms away) offers direct busing to elementary and high schools. Saskatoon only 20 minute drive on double lane Highway.
$49,900MLS. Sarilia Country Estates

Why is making a big change in life often so difficult?

According to psychologists, maintaining the "status quo" is one of the most powerful motivations we have. If things are "okay", even making a change for the better can be difficult. Our brains resist.

You may have experienced this if you’ve thought about selling your current property and finding your next dream home. Your house may be "good enough" for you now and the neighbourhood might be "okay" too. So, even if your dream is to get into a better home that's more suited to your family and lifestyle, you may be hesitant.

That's just the way the psychology works.

One way to get around this psychology is to get your dream out of your head and on to paper. Write down the kind of home you'd love to live in next. For example, you may want a detached home, with 3-bedrooms in a family-oriented neighbourhood. Also jot down the specific features and characteristics of the property and neighbourhood such as a goodsized backyard, family-size kitchen, and an easy commute to work. That will help you see the real possibilities.

Next, find out whether getting into a home like this is doable for you right now. Avoid making assumptions. Get the facts. Find out what you can expect to get for your current property, and what you'll need to spend for the new home.

If you discover that moving to your next dream home is something you can swing this year, your hesitancy will likely vanish! I can help you get the information you need to make the best decision. Call me.


As the province continues to re-open, the real estate sector is experiencing a strong recovery. Year-over-year sales across the province were up close to 50% from June of last year (and only down 0.3% year-to-date showing that we’ve nearly recovered all of the sales lost during the lockdown), new listings were up almost 8% (down 14.5% year-to-date), and the median home price was up almost 2% (down 1.5% year-to-date). Inventories were also down in 17 of the 19 markets that the SRA tracks, suggesting that people are quite eager to buy now and make up for lost time due to the pandemic.

This recovery was expected as physical distancing restrictions were loosened and as people’s confidence began to return. With the economy getting back to “normal”, people are getting excited to buy homes. “We’ve seen properties in some markets sell within days of being listed,” said SRA CEO Jason Yochim. “And we’ve even seen bidding wars start to break out”, suggesting that people are quite motivated to buy and may be willing to pay more than full listing price. This could help to further drive Saskatchewan’s recovery as people are encouraged to list due to rising prices.

Prices and the number of new listings are still down in some markets (and some markets have seen an increase in the number of days for properties to sell), which continues to reflect the local nature of real estate. Despite the relatively sluggish performance compared with the rest of the province, however, these markets appear to be headed for a recovery as well and may soon return to pre-COVID level activity as the province and the economy re-open and return to normal.

Although Statistics Canada has not released the latest employment figures, employment rose 1.8% in May (while full-time employment rose 1.6%) suggesting that more people are returning to work and that a number of jobs are relatively secure despite the higher levels of unemployment created by the pandemic. Rising employment levels are promising since it means that people have the money needed to buy and help support a broader recovery.

While the future is uncertain and the recovery may slow down if we see a spike in COVID cases over the next few months, the government’s phased re-opening plan should help to minimize any potential new threats. This is boosting confidence and allowing the real estate market to recover now and help the economy to recover. “The multiple offers that members are getting,” and the low levels of inventory currently available suggest that the market has recovered and is well on its way to making up for the losses that the pandemic brought. “We may not have as good of a year as last” says Yochim, “but we should do pretty well all things considered.”

Sales in Saskatoon were up 38.4%, going from 372 in June 2019 to 515 in June 2020, and up 42.7% in the overall region, going from 504 to 719. In Saskatoon, sales were 27.5% above the 5-year average (and 17.7% above the 10-year average), while in the larger region, sales were 29.2% above the 5-year average (and 21.5% above the 10-year average). Year-to-Date (YTD) sales in Saskatoon fell 3.6% over last year, decreasing from 1,842 to 1,776, while YTD sales in the larger region fell 1.0%, going from 2,480 to 2,456.

Sales volume was up 36.1% in the city, going from $126.8M to $172.6M in 2020 (24.6% above the 5-year average, and 15.3% above the 10-year average). YTD sales volume in the city was $601.9M, a decrease of 1.4% from last year. In the region, sales volume was down 0.7%, going from $782.1M to $787.4M (28.0% above the 5-year average and 20.3% above the 10-year average). YTD sales volume increased 0.7% in the region, rising from $782.1M in 2019 to $787.4M in 2020.

In Saskatoon, the number of new listings in June 2020 rose 5.9%, going from 784 to 830 (5.0% below the 5-year average and 2.9% below the 10-year average), while in the region, new listings rose 4.8% from 1,174 last year to 1,230 this year (3.5% below the 5-year average and 1.3% below the 10-year average). YTD new listings in the city fell 11.6%, going from 4,204 to 3,716, while in the larger region, the number of new listings to date fell 13.6%, going from 6,262 to 5,411. Active listings fell 19.6% in Saskatoon (down from 1,971 to 1,585) and fell 19.9% in the region (down from 3,561 to 2,852).

Inventory in Saskatoon stood at 3 (which is 41.9% below the level last year and 40.6% below the 5-year average), while the sales to listing ratio was 62.0%, suggesting that market conditions favour sellers. Inventory in the larger region stood at 4 (which is 43.9% below the level last year and 39.7% below the 5-year average), while the sales to listing ratio was 58.5%, suggesting balanced market conditions.

Homes in Saskatoon stayed on the market an average of 43 days in June—down 12.2% from 49 days last year (but below the 5-year average of 46 days and above the 10-year average of 41 days). Homes in the region stayed on the market longer than homes in the city at 54 days on average in 2020, but also down from an average of 56 days last year (and 1.1% above the 5-year average).

Median home prices in Saskatoon went from $320,000 to $329,900 (an increase of 3.1%) and were approximately 1.0% above the 5-year and 0.7% above the 10-year average median price. The MLS® Home Price Index (HPI)—a more accurate measure of house price trends—is up 0.9% from $306,500 to $309,400. Year-to-date, the median home price in Saskatoon was $326,858 which is 1.3% above the $322,600 price from the same time last year.

Median home prices in the region went from $310,000 to $312,500 (an increase of 0.8%) and were approximately 0.5% below the 5-year and 0.8% below the 10-year average median price. Year-to-date, the median home price in the region was $308,171 which is 2.1% above the $301,767 price from the same time last year.  ~ July 2020 SRA 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.


I have sold a property at 905 TEMPERANCE ST in Saskatoon

I have just sold a property at 905 TEMPERANCE ST in Saskatoon.
INVESTORS CHECK OUT THIS DEAL!!! PRICED $90,000 BELOW Oct. 2017 APPRAISAL. PRIME LOCATION. Rare and unique 3 suite revenue property in beautiful NUTANA; situated on one of the most desirable streets in Saskatoon. Fully rented this property was generating $3200/month. This income generating property has a South Easterly exposure, charming street appeal and many character touches. Live in or rent the Main floor which is accessed by an inviting front veranda that leads to a spacious porch/mudroom. Main floor, newly painted, features a spacious living room accented by beautiful original hardwood and gas fireplace with surrounding wooden cabinetry, a large formal dining room & galley kitchen with newer Vinyl flooring, European bathroom and two ample sized bedrooms. The currently rented second level features a bright, open concept loft living style consisting of a living room, dining area, breakfast/sitting nook and upgraded kitchen with newer laminate flooring, quaint bathroom with skylight and 2 large bedrooms with newer carpet. The basement suite, newly painted, features, a trendy open style kitchen and dining area , large living room with nook and 2 large bedrooms and over sized bathroom with built in linen shelving. Shared laundry in common area basement and each suite has its own separate entrance. The attached over sized 21 x 17.9 garage had previously been used by owner as a separate living space. Though currently not functional as a garage or heated, it’s easily converted back or could be further developed to make a possible functional 4th suite. Fully fenced, large mature lot with shed & triple asphalt parking in back. Upgrades being: boiler (2014), Hot water tank (2018), electrical panel (2007), shingles (2010). Includes 10 appliances and sauna. Walking distance to University and Rotary Park. Close downtown and Broadway.
$434,900. Nutana, Saskatoon

Congratulations again to my repeat VIP Larry!

As a loyal customer for a many years, I was thrilled when you previously asked my help in selling this property for you which quickly turned into a SRS SOLD.  However, though rare, the un-thinkable of bad luck can and did occur ---- long story short, here I am again putting up yet another SRS SOLD sign.  Deja Vu or second time being the charm, it is definitely a professional achievement to have overcome the previous sale obstacles and achieve this long awaited FIRM sale for you so that you can finally move onward. 

I cannot express how thank-full I am for your never-wavering trust and for always being so accepting and forthright in taking and implementing my advice.   Thank-you so much for choosing me to be your Seller Representative Specialist, it’s been an absolute pleasure representing you. 

Wishing you all the best and an abundance of life’s luck as you move forward into your future plans.

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