Edmonton Real Estate Blog

Sterling Homes Real Estate Blog brings you the latest market news and property listings, as well as tips for buying or selling a home in Edmonton.

June 30, 2022

The decision to move to Alberta can be driven by many things: a new job, a more affordable cost of living, access to nature, and seemingly endless sunny days. Alberta is home to nearly four and a half million people and has been attracting families from across the country for decades to relocate. For those looking to move to Alberta, often the debate is “Edmonton versus Calgary, which city is better suited for me?”

Both cities have their merits. Let’s look at some comparisons between the two major cities. Read More

June 23, 2022

We’re saying hello to summer and our brand new Assurance show home in The Uplands at Riverview. Join us on Saturday, June 25 to explore the show home and community with a scavenger hunt for the chance to win a $500 Canadian Tire gift card or… Read More

June 23, 2022

  Join us Saturday, June 25 for the Grand Opening of our newest Show Home in McConachie Heights: The Assurance! This exciting, family-friendly event will include a food truck, balloon twister, and a snow cone machine! Plus, they’ll also be an Oiler’s fan package giveaway! In addition to our… Read More

June 23, 2022

The title of your home is a legal document outlining the details pertaining to the ownership of your home. It includes its legal description, registered owner, type of land ownership, and any applicable liens and encumbrances. This document is one of the most critical documents in a real estate purchase transaction. This is why it’s important to understand its role and why you need title insurance to protect your transaction. Read More

June 16, 2022

Just north of Highway 16A in Spruce Grove, between the Century Crossing shopping centre and a beautiful natural reserve lies the brand-new community of Easton. This 140-acre parcel of land is being transformed into a charming neighbourhood where urban and rural intersect. Read More

June 14, 2022

It’s common knowledge that in Canada we pay Goods and Services Tax (GST) on virtually everything we buy, from clothing to vehicles to some food items. But when it comes to the largest purchase we can make in our lifetime – our home – it may come into question whether this purchase is taxable. 

The simple answer is yes, the purchase of a newly built home is subject to GST. However, the Government of Canada offers a GST rebate program to make homeownership more affordable. Read More

June 9, 2022

Finding the right home to suit your needs can be both exciting and challenging. When housing is in high demand it can drive prices up, leaving many home buyers frustrated. Combine this with the government’s mortgage stress test and increasing interest rates, and you may start wondering whether a new home is in your future at all. 

At Sterling Homes, we understand the challenges of buying a home, and we’re constantly innovating our product to meet the needs of today’s home buyers. We want home buyers like you to be able to purchase a home that fits your needs at a price within your budget. This was the motivation, and what lead our team to create our Evolve Homes, a line of homes aimed to drive our mission of affordable homeownership, without compromise. 

Read on to learn more about everything that the Evolve line has to offer. Read More

June 2, 2022

Choosing a new community to build your home in often includes researching available schools in the area for your children. Of course, you’ll want to find a new community with access to the right type of schools and potentially a shorter commute for both you and your kids. To help you choose, we’ve put together a list of available schools in every community Sterling builds in, within five kilometres of the area*. Read More

May 26, 2022

Shopping for a new home is an exciting time, filled with anticipation and possibilities. While finding exactly the right home for your family’s needs is the main goal, you do need to look at the process overall. One of the key components of the home buying process is making the offer, which means you need a mortgage pre-approval and with that comes the mortgage commitment letter.

A mortgage pre-approval reviews your credit history, credit score, current employment and income, and any outstanding debts you have. At this stage, lenders preliminarily determine your qualification for a loan and the amount you’d qualify for in your current situation. From this, they issue you a mortgage commitment letter.

Let’s find out more about this important document and what part it plays when it comes to buying your new home. Read More

May 19, 2022

When you buy a brand-new home, the yard is typically unfinished except for the rough grade needed to ensure proper drainage. You may wonder if the home builder is responsible for building a fence along the property line. In most cases, the answer is “no.” Building a fence is a homeowner’s responsibility and is not included in the general construction process of your home.

You as the homeowner are responsible for building the fence on your property after you take possession of the home.

There is an exception, however.

On specific lots bordering a public area such as a park, playground, stormwater pond, or collector roads, the land developer will build the fence along the shared property line. They’ll only build the fence along the shared part of the property line, so you may choose a lot that has a partial fence constructed. You’ll be responsible for completing the fence along your own property lines and those shared with neighbours. There’s no additional cost for the completed portion of the fence; it’s included in the lot price. Read More

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