Buying a New Home Floorplans Homeowner Tips
March 16, 2023
14 Great Uses For Your Den or Flex Room

Do you have an extra room in your house that you’re not sure what to do with? These rooms are commonly called a flex room – because they’re just that! A multi-purpose living space in your home designed to have a flexible purpose for what your family needs.

It goes by many names – like a den, flex, or bonus room – but whatever you choose to call it, this family room can be a great addition to your home and it doesn’t have to just be a TV or dining room.  Read More

March 9, 2023
What Is A Statement Of Adjustments And Trust Ledgers?

If you’re buying a home in Edmonton, you’ll probably come across the terms “Statement of Adjustments” and “Trust Ledgers” as you move through the home-buying process. But what do these terms mean? In this article, we’ll explain what Statements of Adjustments and Trust Ledgers are, how they can affect your home purchase and how they can benefit you. Keep reading to learn more! Read More

February 23, 2023
No-Income Verification Mortgage: Do They Exist and What Are Your Options?

You may have heard of a No-Income Verification Mortgage, and it’s understandable that many home buyers would be curious about them. After all, if you don’t have to verify your income in order to get a mortgage, that could make the process a lot simpler. But do these types of loans actually exist? And if so, what are your options? Let’s take a look! Read More

Buying a New Home
February 16, 2023
Edmonton versus Toronto: Where Should You Choose to Live?

Are you considering either Edmonton or Toronto as your new city? If so, you’ll find that these two areas offer a lot of contrasts between each other. When trying to decide where to live in Canada, many Canadians make the choice between these two locations. These two places give a different experience to residents of these major Canadian cities. And both have made numerous lists as one of the best cities to live in (in Canada)! From the weather and geography to the culture and lifestyle, there are many factors to consider when deciding between Edmonton versus Toronto and which city is right for you. Read More

Buying a New Home
February 9, 2023
A New Home Versus A Resale Home: The Pros And Cons

One of the most common problems people face when buying a home is whether to buy a brand-new home or a resale home. There are advantages and disadvantages to each option – for example, a new construction home will usually look more modern and have fewer maintenance costs associated with it, whereas a resale home may have a more unique character, as well as a lower price point. Read More

Buying a New Home Financing
January 12, 2023
What Are the Mortgage Co-Signer Requirements in Canada?

Getting a mortgage can be difficult for many Canadians, especially those with a low credit score. If you’re in this situation, you may consider having someone co-sign the loan with you, which could potentially make it easier to get approved. In this article, we’ll explore what co-signing is and discuss some of the benefits and considerations that come along with it when obtaining a mortgage in Canada.  Read More

January 5, 2023
Sterling Homes named BEST Home Builder 2023 by CCA

A house’s quality is the number one determinant of its long-term value. When one is well built, you find it easier to stay and turn it into a proper home. That’s precisely why Sterling Homes has been an industry leader for the past 70 years. We specialize in building… Read More

January 1, 2023
Refer A Friend to Sterling Homes & Receive $2,000!

You’ve been through the home buying process, found your perfect home and now you’re all set to move in. But maybe you know someone else who’s looking for their perfect home too.? If so, now is the ideal time to recommend Sterling Homes!

We’re always running our Refer-A-Friend promotion. If you bought from Sterling and love the quality and design of your new home, why not share the love with a friend? Read More

Buying a New Home Financing
December 22, 2022
What Is A Mortgage Employment Letter?

Mortgages are a crucial part of Canadian life, and getting one can be complicated if you don’t know what to expect. One of the many documents you may be required to provide to your lender is an employment letter. But what is a mortgage employment letter, and what information does it contain?

In this article, we’ll take a closer look at mortgage employment letters (also called a letter of employment or a job letter) and explain what they’re used for and how to get one. So if you’re planning on buying a home in Canada, be sure to read this! Read More

Buying a New Home
December 15, 2022
When is the Best Time to Buy a House?

When looking for a brand-new home, one of the most common questions home buyers have when they begin house hunting is “when is the best time to buy a house?” In this article, we’ll take a look at some of the factors that affect the housing market throughout the year so you can make an informed decision. Read More

Buying a New Home Financing
December 8, 2022
What is a B Lender?

If you’re in Canada, and you’re looking for a mortgage, you may have heard the term “B lender.” What is a B lender, and what does it mean for your mortgage? In this article, we’ll answer those questions and more. Keep reading to learn everything you need to know about B lenders in Canada! Read More

Buying a New Home
December 7, 2022
Everything You Need to Know About Buying Your First Home in Canada

Moving to Canada has been your dream, and while it’s incredibly exciting to finally get your chance, you know that it’s going to be a big process. Getting your permanent residence or citizenship can take some time, and it’s a big drain on your finances. 

When you first move to Canada, you’ll usually end up renting at first. Rental units are affordable and easy to find. This also gives you a chance to feel comfortable in your new surroundings before you spend a lot of money on a house. 

Eventually, though, you’ll want to put down some roots and buy a place that’s a bit more permanent.  Read More

Financing Investing  Homeowner Tips
December 1, 2022
Airbnb in Edmonton: Everything You Need To Know About Running One

Many travellers today are looking for more personalized experiences than they can find at traditional hotels, and Airbnb has become extremely popular as a result. In this article, we’ll cover the basics of Airbnb in Edmonton, from what it is to how much you can make. We’ll also give you some tips on getting started and making it easier to run your Airbnb once it’s set up.

Whether you’re looking to run an Airbnb for extra income or as a full-time business, there are a few things you need to know (and you can make good money by renting out your home to travellers through Airbnb!) So if you’re just curious about Airbnb or ready to dive in, keep reading! Read More

Homeowner Tips
November 28, 2022
Your Complete Moving Checklist

You’ve found your perfect home in the right location, navigated the home-buying journey successfully and now all that’s left is the big moving day itself!  To help make your move as smooth as possible, we’ve compiled a handy moving checklist of things to do before, during and after your big day.

With careful planning, organizing and some packing tips (and maybe a little bit of help from friends or professional movers) you’ll be sitting pretty in your new home before you know it. You might even save some money along the way!

So… what exactly do you need to do to get prepared for moving day?  Read More

Buying a New Home First Time Home Buyers
November 24, 2022
What Does Housing Affordability Mean?

Housing affordability is an important factor that’s on the minds of a lot of home buyers, particularly when market prices are on the rise and the economy is more unpredictable than usual.  But what exactly do we mean by housing affordability and how can it affect you when it comes to buying your dream home? Let’s take a look at some of the key factors. Read More

Buying a New Home
November 10, 2022
Edmonton versus Calgary: Where Should You Choose to Live?

There are many good reasons to want to move to Alberta –  the province boasts a strong economy, beautiful scenery, and friendly people. But when it comes to choosing between its two biggest cities, Edmonton versus Calgary, which is the better option? Which one is the best city to live in Alberta? Read More

Buying a New Home
October 27, 2022
Is Now the Right Time to Buy a House in Edmonton? [October 2022]

According to recent housing reports, the average home prices in Edmonton have increased over last year, and the demand for inventory is up. So does this mean now is the right time to buy a new home? It’s a question many potential home buyers are asking. But the answer to that question depends on a variety of factors, including your current financial situation and the state of the housing market.

In this article, we’ll take a closer look at both of those, plus some other factors, to help you decide whether or not now is a good time to buy a house in Edmonton. Read More

October 20, 2022
Your Guide To The Best Edmonton Schools

Wherever you choose to live in Edmonton, you’ll have a wide variety of great schools to select from for your children’s education. We’ve put together a comprehensive guide to the best Edmonton schools to help you make the best decision for your family. Read More

October 13, 2022
Things To Do In Edmonton

Edmonton is a vibrant and exciting city, full of things to do and explore. It doesn’t matter if you’re a local resident or just visiting this amazing city, there are countless things to do in Edmonton that you won’t want to miss! Whether you’re looking for outdoor activities, historical sites, or unique cultural experiences, there’s something here for everyone.  Read More

Design and Inspiration
September 22, 2022
26 Décor Projects For Your Home

Are you looking to add a little bit of personality to your home décor? Or maybe you’re just looking for a few new ideas to spruce up your place. We’ve put together a list of some fun and easy DIY décor projects you can do yourself, with minimal tools and materials. So whether you’re on a tight budget or just want to take things slow, there’s something here for everyone. Read on to get inspired and get started! Read More

September 15, 2022
8 Helpful Features On Our New Website

Here at Sterling Homes, we’re dedicated to making your new home search as easy as possible. That’s why we’re excited to announce the launch of our brand-new Sterling website, packed with features that’ll make shopping for your perfect home much more enjoyable.

Let’s take a look at eight of the new features our website has to offer. Read More

September 8, 2022
Model Feature: The Summit

The Summit model by Sterling Homes is a great choice for those looking for a spacious and comfortable home. With over 1,800 square feet of living space – including a third level – this large laned home offers plenty of room for growing families and those who like to entertain. If you’re looking for a beautiful and accommodating home, the Summit is a perfect choice.

Let’s take a deeper look at everything our Summit model has to offer! Read More

August 23, 2022
Sterling Homes Realtor Appreciation Golf Tournament & Updated Commission Structure

On August 18, we celebrated our 1st annual Sterling Homes Realtor Appreciation Golf Tournament. To say it was successful would be an understatement–the event couldn’t have gone better thanks to each and every one of you who came out for the day: from sponsors to our dedicated Realtor community, thank you so much! Read More

July 28, 2022
How To Short-List Builders for Your First Home in Canada

Moving to Canada is a major decision, and one that certainly takes a lot of consideration to ensure you’re doing all the necessary steps to make your move easier. Finding employment, setting up new bank accounts, and registering children at new schools are just a few of the things you’ll be taking care of, but what about finding a new home? You may have decided to build new so that you have the perfect home for your family’s move to a new country, but how do you decide on the right builder to construct your home? We have a few tips on how to short-list your options. Read More

Buying a New Home
July 21, 2022
The Evolve Series: A Look at Some of Our Best Home Designs

The Evolve Series is a unique collection of homes built by Sterling Homes, offering affordability and modern living for you and your family. We’ve designed these homes in a way that streamlines the construction process, and those cost savings are then passed on to the homeowner for a quality home you can afford, plus a design you will love for many years.

But there’s so much more to these homes than just their cost efficiency! We select only the most in-demand finishes and design the floor plans to create a home that suits today’s lifestyles and design trends. Every Evolve home comes with luxury vinyl plank flooring, quartz countertops, tile backsplash in the kitchen, and so much more.

Let’s take a look at some of our best Evolve Series home designs. Read More

July 14, 2022
Announcing: The Sterling App

Sterling Homes is proud to announce we now have a mobile app!

It’s now faster and easier to browse available homes through the convenience of your mobile device. Find your ideal quick possession home, view locations of show homes, and manage your viewings all in one convenient place.

You can download it from the Apple App store here or from the Android Google Play store here.  Read More

June 23, 2022
The Uplands at Riverview Show Home Grand Opening – June 25, 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
McConachie Show Home Grand Opening – June 25, 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

Buying a New Home
June 21, 2022
Title Insurance in Alberta: Everything You Need to Know

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

Buying a New Home Financing
June 14, 2022
Do You Pay GST When Buying a New Home?

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

Buying a New Home
June 9, 2022
The New Evolve Home Model Line: What Is It?

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
What Schools are in Sterling Communities?

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

Buying a New Home Financing
May 26, 2022
What is a Mortgage Commitment Letter and Do I Need One When Buying a New Build?

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
Do Home Builders Include Fences on Newly Built Homes?

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

Buying a New Home
May 17, 2022
9 Reasons Why Sterling Homes Is Not Your Average Home Builder

Buying a brand-new home is a big commitment, and ideally, you’ll be in your new home for many years. That’s why it’s important to get it right, and you’ll want to be sure you’re in good hands throughout the whole process. 

At Sterling Homes, we’ve made it our mission to provide our customers with the widest selection of top-quality, affordable homes in the best communities Edmonton has to offer.

Let’s take a look at a few of the reasons why Sterling Homes is more than your average home builder.  Read More

May 12, 2022
6 Amenities To Expect in a New Community

Finding a new home with a floor plan and design style to fit your family’s needs is one big step in the process of buying a new home. Finding the right community in which to plant your family’s roots is another. The location of your new home can be the difference between long or short commute times, access to recreational activities, and your family’s overall health and wellbeing. 

Let’s explore some of the amenities to expect as you look for a new community for your family. Read More

Buying a New Home
May 5, 2022
How to Handle Buying and Selling a Home at the Same Time

So you currently own a house and want to buy a new home. That means you need to sell your current one. There are a few things to consider when buying and selling a home at the same time.

The timeline of buying a new home when you have a current one to sell can be daunting to balance. Selling your old home too soon can result in having to move out before your new home is ready, and selling too late can mean taking possession of your new home while still paying the mortgage on your old one. 

However, there are solutions out there that will help you to handle the task! Read More

April 27, 2022
The Key Features of Quick Possession Homes

While many people love the idea of buying a brand-new home, not everyone loves the idea of waiting several months for the construction process to be completed on a new build. This is where quick possession homes bridge that gap.

Buying a brand-new home comes with many positive benefits. With everything in the home being new, it’ll be a long time before any part of the home needs repairs or heavy maintenance. Since you’re the first owner of the home, there will be no questionable DIY renovations to discover and fix, and everything in and around the home is covered by an extensive warranty program. 

All of these benefits apply to new-build quick possession homes too! Read More

April 19, 2022
5 Ways A New Home Brings Your Family Together

A home is much more than just four walls and a roof – it’s a place where your family will live, grow and spend many of their most important moments. That’s why it’s extremely important to find the right home for your family. 

Choosing the right home means you can look forward to bringing your family closer together. Let’s take a look at the ways a new home can help you do just that. Read More

April 5, 2022
Choosing the Right Home for Each Stage in Your Life

Buying a new home is an exciting time. It feels like a fresh start with new spaces to fill and more modern features to enjoy. Choosing the right home, however, means considering your needs both for today and for the future. A home is a major investment and it isn’t intended to be for the short term, but that doesn’t mean the home you choose today will necessarily suit your needs forever.

Ideally, you’ll want to stay in your home for at least three to five years to recuperate the initial purchase price and closing costs. Of course, merely recuperating costs is not the point! You’ll also want to build equity that can help you put a larger down payment on your next house or meet your financial goals. Read More

Homeowner Tips
March 30, 2022
Radon Gas in Edmonton – What You Need to Know

Radon gas is an invisible radioactive gas that can’t be seen, tasted, or smelled, and many homes in Alberta can be at risk. Radon can be found in rocks, natural gas, water, some building materials, and most commonly in the soil underneath your home. This gas is also the second leading cause of lung cancer in Canadians and requires special attention from homeowners and builders to avoid long-term health issues.

Here is everything you need to know about radon gas in Edmonton so you can mitigate risk and keep your family safe at home. Read More

March 22, 2022
Show Home Features You Can Expect from Sterling Edmonton

Buying or building a new home is a major investment, which is why choosing the right home for your family often goes beyond floor plans and colour schemes. Many show home features can spark your imagination, plus show homes are always just so beautiful!

But you want to be sure your new home is also built for longevity in terms of building quality, how the home’s design and function will fit your needs for many years, and how the purchase price works within your long-term financial goals. Read More

Buying a New Home Downsizing
March 21, 2022
How To Choose A Home To Match Your New Lifestyle

You were ready to choose a home and found the one you adored. But over time, the home you once loved has started to lose its appeal. The floor plan no longer works for your lifestyle and you’re ready for a change…

Your lifestyle is evolving and so should your home. Read More

March 17, 2022
6 Advantages of Renting Out Your Basement

The overall benefits of homeownership are huge. Of course, there’s the main one of building equity, but another significant benefit to homeownership is in its income potential. By renting out your basement, you can turn your home investment into a profitable asset. Read More

March 3, 2022
What Is Bridge Financing?

Buying a new home when you have an existing home to sell can create some financial challenges if you don’t have bridge financing in place.

Perhaps your down payment is locked in equity on your current home—how do you unlock that equity to apply the funds to your new home purchase? A bridge loan literally “bridges the gap” between the sale of your existing home and the purchase of your new one. Read More

February 9, 2022
Sterling Homes Named Finalist for 9 Awards by CHBA

The CHBA Awards for Housing Excellence competition celebrates the best in Canadian new homes, renovations, community development, and residential marketing. Sterling Homes is honoured to be a finalist for the Canadian Home Builders’ Association-Edmonton Region Awards of Excellence in Housing in the following categories: Read More

First Time Home Buyers
February 1, 2022
Your Simplified Guide To Buying Your First Home

While buying your first home is an extremely exciting time, it can also be difficult to know where to begin. We’re here to help! We’ve put together this detailed guide and it’s full of useful information designed to help you through the first-time home buying process.

Armed with this knowledge, you’ll be able to move forward with confidence, knowing your dream home is just around the corner. Read More

January 27, 2022
A Checklist For Moving Into Your Newly Built Home

Having a checklist for moving into your newly built home is a surefire way to make moving day less stressful and ensure that costs are kept under control. There are many pieces to consider when organizing your move, including how to pack for a smoother transition, finding a mover, planning furniture layouts, and finding a temporary home for pets during your move. Read More

Buying a New Home
January 20, 2022
Top Tips: Moving From BC to Alberta

There are many great reasons to move from British Columbia to Alberta. Some of these include the more affordable cost of living – including housing prices, lower taxes, and shorter commute times. 

Edmonton, specifically, is a family-friendly, multi-cultural city that’s known for its various festivals and celebrations every year. If you’re considering a move from BC to Alberta, here’s a list of things to consider to ensure your move is a smooth one. Read More

Buying a New Home Floorplans
January 17, 2022
7 Advantages of New Single Family Homes in Edmonton

If you’ve been thinking about owning your own home for a while, now is the time to act. With increased inventory and new builds cropping up left and right, there are plenty of options for the first-time or seasoned homebuyer. Read More

First Time Home Buyers
December 30, 2021
Tips for First Time Home Buyers

Buying your first home can be a very daunting process. There are a lot of things to consider, such as style, location, and home features, and a lot of money will be changing hands. You’ll be making payments on this home for years to come, so you naturally want everything to go smoothly. 

As a first-time homebuyer, you need all the help you can get. That’s why we’ve put together this selection of helpful tips for first-time home buyers to make your purchase as stress-free as possible. Read More

Buying a New Home
December 23, 2021
Style Guide: Types of Sterling Edmonton Homes

As you start to think about buying a new home, one of the most important things to consider is the style of home you want to live in. With that in mind, we’ve put together this new home style guide to help you on your way.

After all, without careful planning and consideration, you could end up in a home that just isn’t right for your family. You could end up paying too much for extra space and features you’ll never use or you wind up in a home that’s too small or doesn’t have everything you need.

At Sterling Homes, we offer home styles to suit any kind of buyer, from young couples or individuals looking for their first homes to large properties with multiple bedrooms that are ideal for growing families and even multi-generational families. No matter what stage of life you’re in, we have something for you.

So! Let’s take a closer look at this style guide, and check out the home styles we offer so you can find the perfect one for you. Read More

December 17, 2021
Sterling Homes named BEST Home Builder 2022 by CCA

Through the gathering of unbiased consumer opinions, calculated and vetted by some of North America’s leading market research firms, Consumer Choice Award (CCA) has awarded Sterling Homes as Edmonton & Northern Alberta Area’s BEST Home Builder company in 2022. Read More

Buying a New Home
December 15, 2021
The Price of Your Home is Guaranteed with Sterling!

Here at Sterling Homes, we understand that sometimes buying a new home can be a stressful process. That’s why we like to ensure there are no surprises here. When you buy with us, once the purchase agreement is accepted by Sterling Homes we’ll guarantee the price of your home.

Once you sign a real estate contract, your price is set in stone. Right? Depending on the builder, this isn’t always true. Some builders add what is known as an escalation clause to their contracts to protect themselves against any unforeseen spikes in the cost of building materials between contract signing and closing.

We don’t want that for our clients. As you work on the budget for your new home, we want to make sure you can stay on track. We guarantee the price of your home at the time of contract.  Read More

December 9, 2021
10 Questions to Ask an Area Manager

Once you’ve begun your home buying journey, one of the most important stages is to visit a variety of showhomes to find the perfect model in the perfect neighbourhood. This is also a great opportunity to speak to an Area Manager and ask them any questions you have about the model you’re touring or any specific steps in the home buying process. 

While touring a showhome gives you a feel for the builder, the layout of the model, and a good idea of the finishing options you have, there’s nothing like talking with a real person to get the answers you’re looking for.

But what sort of questions should you be asking to make sure you get the best information possible?

Let’s take a look at some of the questions you should be asking an Area Manager in your search for the right new home for your needs. Read More

December 8, 2021
Edmonton Housing Market Predictions for 2022

With 2022 drawing closer, thoughts are naturally drifting towards what the housing market will have in store for us over the next 12 months. As a result, we thought it was a good time to look at Edmonton’s housing marketing predictions for the next year!

While it’s impossible to predict exactly what the market will do, we can look at several factors that are currently affecting home prices and are likely to continue into the next year or more, as well as some other professional forecasts and predictions, to get a sense of where things are headed.

Let’s take a look at some of the real estate market trends and predictions for 2022. Read More

Buying a New Home
December 2, 2021
The Average Starter Home Price in the Edmonton Area

In Edmonton, the average price of a single-family home is $450,306. Townhouses rose by 31% year over year, to an average price of $361,827.

Once you’ve decided to purchase a brand-new home, the first thing you’ll need to do is narrow down your options. But where do you start? Which homes and neighbourhoods will give you the most for your hard-earned first-home dollars? What else do you need to take into consideration when it comes to affording your first new home?

We’re here to help! 

Here’s what you’ll need to know when it comes to choosing a new starter home in the Edmonton area at a price you can afford. Read More

November 29, 2021
Winterizing Your Home Checklist: How to Winterize Your Home

One of the biggest challenges Canadians face is the long winter season. Winters in Canada can be harsh, especially in the Edmonton area. Many homeowners – new ones especially – don’t realize there are certain steps they should be taking to prepare for the colder months ahead. It’s very important to winterize your home. 

But there’s no need to worry! The steps you should take are fairly simple, and they can potentially save you a lot of time and money when it comes to maintenance and repairs in the future. 

Let’s look at some of the best ways to prepare your new home for the winter. Read More

November 25, 2021
How Long Does It Take to Build a New Home?

Our customers often ask us, “How long does it take to build a new home?”

Naturally, this is an important question to have because you want to be able to plan accordingly and find a home that fits within your timeframe. It does take longer to build a new home than it does to move into a resale home. Sometimes, there can be a bit of uncertainty around the move-in date. This can make it hard to know when to time the sale of your current home or plan a move. Read More

Buying a New Home
November 19, 2021
The Costs to Buy a Home and Other New Home Costs You Should Plan For

One of the most important aspects of the home-buying process is knowing what to expect — especially when it comes to new home costs. The thought of buying a home can be daunting, and you don’t want to be taken by surprise with any unexpected fees. Knowing potential surprises in regards to the costs of buying a home will help you prepare financially and mentally. Read More

November 11, 2021
The Cost of Building a Home: How Does Price Per Square Foot Work

Price per square foot is a well-known measure of the value of a home, but how is that calculated? It’s more complicated than you might think – does the home with the lowest price per square foot offer the best value? Does a high price per square foot mean that a home is out of your price range? Can you estimate the cost of the home you want by simply multiplying the average price per square foot by the size of the house you want?

The answer to these questions might surprise you. Read More

November 10, 2021
How to Find the Best MLS Listings in Edmonton

Thinking about buying a brand-new home? Perfect! Now all you need to do is start shopping around for the actual property you want to buy. This is where an MLS – a Multiple Listing Service – comes in handy. And you want to make sure you find the best MLS listings in Edmonton!

In case you aren’t sure, an MLS is a listing service in which a group of REALTORS® agree to share their databases and work together to try and sell properties more efficiently than they could on their own. In other words, rather than going to each individual builder or realtor’s site to see what they’re offering, you can access all available properties through a single site. Finding a good MLS site can greatly increase your chances of finding your perfect home, and it could greatly speed up the process.

Let’s take a look at why MLS listings are so popular, and how you can find a good one. Read More

October 28, 2021
7 Benefits of a Home Owners Association

To those who are new to Canada, the idea of a Home Owners Association may be a completely new concept. Even some natural-born Canadians are a little confused by what it means.

A Home Owners Association, or HOA, is an elected group of people from the neighbourhood who are in charge of things related to community standards. If the neighbourhood you live in has an HOA, normally you’ll be required to pay an annual fee to the group so make sure to factor this into your budget.

Is the extra cost worth it or should you look for communities that don’t have an HOA? We’ll break down some of the benefits to help you decide. Read More

First Time Home Buyers
October 21, 2021
Buying Your First Home in Canada? Make Sure You Budget for These Extra Costs

You already know that buying your first home in Canada is going to be one of the biggest purchases you’ll make in your lifetime, but most people tend to focus solely on the purchase price.

The truth is there are several additional costs associated with your home purchase, and if you don’t plan for them, you could quickly find yourself struggling financially.

We’ve broken down some of the most common costs you’ll have as you purchase your home so you can start planning now. Read More

Buying a New Home
October 20, 2021
What To Look for in a Home Builder

If you want a brand new home, you need to know how to find the best home builder. Finding a builder that offers a quality and affordable product to meet your needs is a good start. With so many builders to choose from,… Read More

Buying a New Home
October 1, 2021
6 Reasons a Brand-New Home Is the Perfect Choice for Someone New to Canada

Those who are new to Canada often have to balance a variety of factors when choosing a home. One of the most important things you’ll need to consider is the cost of the home. Brand-new homes tend to be more expensive than resale homes, but it’s important to look at the overall costs you might incur. While resale homes can be less expensive at the start, the problems that arise with them can cost you more and more money. 

Besides cost, there are other factors that make brand-new homes uniquely suitable for those who have just moved here. Let’s take a look at some of the reasons why that’s the case. Read More

September 23, 2021
Living in Edmonton: An Area Guide for New Canadians

Welcome to Edmonton! As a new Canadian, you’re probably feeling a bit overwhelmed as you get your bearings in a new city. Figuring out the lay of the land is the first essential step in getting more comfortable in your environment.

We understand what a challenge this can be, so we’ve put together this area guide for new Canadians to help you get started. Read More

September 21, 2021
Sterling Homes Closed September 30: National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

Sterling Homes Edmonton will observe the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. To show our support, all Sterling show homes in Edmonton will be closed on September 30, 2021. The Government of Canada officially designated the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation as a statutory holiday in 2021 to honor… Read More

Buying a New Home
September 16, 2021
5 Reasons Why Now Is a Great Time to Buy a Home in Canada

Homebuyers know that if they’re able to time their purchase correctly, they’ll be able to get a great deal on the home they’ve decided on. But the hard part is figuring out exactly when to make that purchase. This can be especially difficult if you’re planning to buy a home in Canada but aren’t familiar with the process.

If you’ve been holding off on buying your home, it’s time to start shopping! Several market factors are coming together to make now the perfect time to buy your new home in Canada. Let’s take a closer look at some of the reasons why. Read More

Buying a New Home
September 15, 2021
Choosing a Custom Home Builder in Edmonton

When you decide to start building a brand-new home, you’ll soon realize there are a lot of decisions to make – from the community you build in, to the lot location and size, to floor plan layouts, and even right down to the type of cabinets in the kitchen and the style of carpets. It definitely gets overwhelming.

But all of this starts with the most important decision: finding the right builder to work with. Choosing a custom home builder in Edmonton for your home makes all of the other decisions a lot easier, but how do you know if you’ve found the right one? Read More

September 9, 2021
A Newcomer’s Guide to Schooling in Edmonton

Settling into a new country can be a big challenge, and if you have kids, you have even more to think about. Canada has one of the best school systems in the world, but it may be quite different from what you’re used to. Don’t worry, this guide to schooling in Edmonton is here to help!

We’ve put this article together to help you learn all about schooling in Canada and your options here in Edmonton. Pay attention because where you live will play a role in where your kids go to school. Read More

Buying a New Home
September 2, 2021
The Benefits of Buying a Quick Possession Home

When you think about buying a brand-new home, it’s common to picture building that home from scratch. It’s a lengthy process, and the time it takes might be what’s keeping you from buying new construction, even though that’s what you really want. Read More

August 26, 2021
6 Amenities to Look for in Your First Canadian Neighbourhood

You’re ready to buy a new home in Canada  – it’s an exciting time! One major decision to consider is your first Canadian neighbourhood. You have to decide which neighbourhood you want to build in. Read More

Buying a New Home
August 24, 2021
Is It Better to Buy or Build a Home?

You’ve already decided that a brand-new home is the right choice for your family, but now it’s time to think about whether you should build a home to your exact specifications or whether you should buy an existing home – either a quick possession option or a resale.

Buying a home is a big commitment, and you’ll be living in that home for many years to come, so you don’t want to have any regrets about your purchase. Read More

August 19, 2021
Features That Are Must-Haves for Your First Canadian Home

Planning to build your first home in Canada? That’s perfect because it gives you the ability to design everything just the way you like it!

New homes in Canada may be slightly different than what you’re used to. That’s why we’ve put together this list of home features you should definitely think about including in your home’s design. They will make your life easier and help you get the most out of each space. Read More

August 12, 2021
What’s the Best Style of Home for a New Canadian Family?

As you start your new life here in Canada, one of the key things you need is a place to live! You’re going to need to think carefully about what type of home you want to buy. While you may not be ready for the actual purchase yet, knowing what you want will give you a starting point for determining your down payment and mortgage options to make the home affordable. Read More

August 10, 2021
What can I do with a 10 Gbps fibre optic?

What are the benefits of 10G Connectivity? How awesome would it be if you could simultaneously stream or download a 4K movie while your spouse is on a video conference call and not experience any interruption to both services? With a 10 Gbps connection, users would be able to experience:… Read More

Buying a New Home
August 5, 2021
Common House Hunting Challenges for Newcomers in Canada

Getting ready to start shopping for your first home in Canada? Navigating the home buying process can be difficult for anyone, but new Canadians can face more challenges than others. Despite these hardships, it’s definitely worth it! Read More

Buying a New Home
July 22, 2021
The Pros and Cons of Buying a Pre-Sale Home

As you look at your different options for buying a brand-new home, you’ll find you have two major choices: pre-sale homes and quick possession homes. A quick possession home is already built or nearing completion, while a pre-sale home hasn’t been built yet. Read More

July 15, 2021
How to Choose a Home Builder

So you’ve decided you want to build a new home – congratulations! Now you have a lot of decisions to make, including who you’re going to trust to bring your dream home to life. But how do you actually choose a home builder? Read More

Buying a New Home
July 15, 2021
Basement Designs for Multigenerational Families

An increasing number of families are starting to live in multigenerational households, where older relatives live in the same home as their kids and grandkids. This leads to some unique requirements when it comes to finding a home. Read More

Buying a New Home First Time Home Buyers
July 1, 2021
Buying Your First Home in Canada: A Checklist

Those who are new to Canada often look at buying their first home here as a way of putting down real roots in the country. Owning your home gives you a sense of permanency that will make you truly feel like you’re part of the country. Read More

Buying a New Home
June 24, 2021
The Advantages of Zero Lot Line Homes

As the population of Edmonton continues to expand, homebuilders are looking for ways to get the most out of their communities. In the past, regulations have specified a home must have a definite amount of space on either side – creating awkward side yards that often don’t get a lot of use. Read More

June 24, 2021
Edmonton’s Commuting Times from Sterling’s Communities

No matter what type of homeowner you are, one of the key factors to enjoying your home is having a relatively easy commute to work. While working from home is becoming more common, most of us still have to head into the office frequently. That’s why it’s so important to build your home in a community that offers a reasonable commute time. Read More

Buying a New Home
June 17, 2021
How To Buy A House: What You Need to Know

Trying to figure out how to buy a house can also be one of the most confusing or challenging purchases of your life if you don’t understand the process.
But a home is something everyone needs, somewhere to rest and build memories. To enjoy family and friends, to create something that is uniquely yours. Read More

Buying a New Home
June 14, 2021
How to Choose the Right Realtor®

Buying a new home is an important decision, and most people start by focusing on some of the more obvious factors: the building itself, the community it’s in, and so on.
But how much thought is given to choosing the right Realtor® to work with? Read More

Downsizing Floorplans
June 10, 2021
Choosing the Perfect Floor Plan for Downsizing

Downsizing is the perfect move for those whose kids have flown the coop. You no longer need the space, so why should you have to spend all that time and money maintaining it? The first step in finding the most comfortable home for your retirement years is determining what type of floor plan best suits your needs. There are certain things you’ll need to consider, which we’ve put together for you. Read More

Homeowner Tips
June 4, 2021
Home Maintenance 101 | Ultimate Home Maintenance Guide For Every Season

Home Maintenance. Maintenance usually needs to be done on a yearly, monthly, or sometimes daily basis. For instance, with any type of countertop you’ll want to wipe up spills immediately and give them a good cleaning at the end of the day. Your floors should be… Read More

Buying a New Home
June 3, 2021
Is It Smart To Buy A New Home Now?

If you’re currently thinking of buying a home, you’re probably wondering if now’s a smart time to do so. 

Buying a new home can seem like an overwhelming prospect at first, especially when the real estate market is moving quickly. First-time buyers are often left wondering if they should buy now, if homes will be cheaper in a year’s time, or if they’ve already missed an opportunity. Read More

May 31, 2021
5 Family-Friendly Floor Plans

At Sterling, we know every family’s needs are different, and when you’re buying a home you need to find the perfect floor plan for your unique situation. Whether you’re looking for an affordable starter home, a roomier model for a big family, or a model that will suit a multi-generational family, we have something for everyone. Read More

May 27, 2021
Community Feature: The Best of Jesperdale in Spruce Grove

Looking for a relaxed lifestyle? Convenience? Plenty of space for your family to spread out?
These are the types of things you’ll find when you build your home in Jesperdale, one of Sterling’s newest communities. It’s located in the quiet suburb of Spruce Grove, and we think you’ll find it has a lot to offer your family. Read More

Buying a New Home
May 20, 2021
What Makes Your Property Value Increase?

Any property you own is an asset, and as you make your mortgage payments, you build up equity and property value little by little, year over year.
But that’s not all. Read More

Buying a New Home
May 10, 2021
Moving to Alberta: The Checklist to Buying a Home in Alberta

There’s no doubt about it: Alberta is a great place to live. Whether you’re thinking about moving to one of its vibrant cities like Edmonton or Calgary, or whether you prefer the quiet, rural life in one of its smaller towns, there’s a little something for everyone.

But what do you need to know before making this big move? Read More

May 6, 2021
Sterling Homes named BEST Home Builder 2021 by CCA

Through the gathering of unbiased consumer opinions, calculated and vetted by some of North America’s leading market research firms, Consumer Choice Award (CCA) has awarded Sterling Homes as Edmonton & Northern Alberta Area’s BEST Home Builder company in 2021. For over 30 years, Consumer Choice Award has been… Read More

May 6, 2021
Does a Finished Basement Add Value to a Home?

Many families choose to create extra living space in their homes by finishing the basement. It’s a popular option for those who need more space in their current home. Those building a new home can choose to have the basement finished as part of the build, or even turn it into a legal suite.
The big question, of course, is whether or not a finished basement adds value to the home. The short answer? Yes, it does. Let’s break it down a little further to better explain that answer. Read More

Buying a New Home
April 22, 2021
What Are the Most Important Features to Include in Your New Home?

You’ve already decided that building your new home is the right choice for your family, but now you need to think carefully about the design of that home. What features do you need to give your family the comfortable lifestyle you’ve been dreaming about? What features could add value to your home in the future? Read More

April 15, 2021
What Should You Look for in a Home Builder When It’s Time to Downsize?

When you’re downsizing, you know that you’re moving into the house you’ll spend a long time in. That means it’s especially important for you to get everything you’ve ever dreamed about. Read More

Financing First Time Home Buyers
April 9, 2021
Common Problems with the Mortgage Process

From pre-approval to closing day, the entire mortgage process can be a stressful experience, even when everything goes to plan. But while everyone will always do their best to make sure the process goes smoothly, there’s always room for error. Read More

April 8, 2021
Edmonton Community Feature: The Best of Silverstone

If you’re tired of the hectic lifestyle that comes from living close to a major city, it’s time for you to start thinking about moving elsewhere. Sterling Homes is currently building in the community of Silverstone, located west of Edmonton in Stony Plain. It’s a great choice for families who are looking to put down their roots. Read More

Buying a New Home First Time Home Buyers Homeowner Tips
March 25, 2021
Who Are the Best Home Builders in Edmonton (and 7 Tips for Comparing Them)

No, really, who are the best home builders in Edmonton?

When building a new home, one of the most important decisions you can make is who you choose to build with. Building a home is a big decision, and one that can cost you a fair bit of time and money, so it’s only natural that you’ll want to find a builder that’s the perfect fit for you. Read More

March 18, 2021
Townhome vs Duplex – What’s the Difference?

As you search for affordable home options to suit your budget, you’ll discover many different styles of homes, and the differences between them aren’t always readily apparent. Read More

Homeowner Tips
March 15, 2021
Looking for How to Add Curb Appeal to Your Home?

Here are 11+ Ideas to Try
An important but sometimes-overlooked part of selling your home is the curb appeal. Essentially, this means the way your home looks from the street, but it’s about the first impression that people make of your home. Read More

Buying a New Home
March 8, 2021
The Guide to Home Buying Due Diligence

A home purchase is likely one of the biggest purchases you will make in your lifetime, so we believe homebuyers should take the time to learn about the details of their home buying journey and to perform their due diligence before the big move. To demystify the process, we have provided a rundown of what we think you should consider when buying and what you can expect from the buying process itself, plus tips to make life easier. Read More

March 4, 2021
Community Feature: The Best of Le Reve in Beaumont

If you’re looking for a comfortable and quiet community to put down your roots, you’ll want to take a look at the brand-new community of Le Reve in Beaumont, which is just a few minutes outside of Edmonton, south of Ellerslie. Read More

Buying a New Home
March 3, 2021
Edmonton’s Best Duplexes

Whether it’s your first home or you’re looking to move up into something a little roomier, duplexes are an excellent choice for Edmontonians of all ages and lifestyles. Similar to a single-family home, these models are sometimes confused with townhomes (which refers to multiple residences side by side).

A duplex, on the other hand, is one unit with two adjoining residences.

Have you been thinking about a duplex as your next new home? Unsure if this style is right for you? We can help! The following information will help you understand the benefits of duplex living. Read More

March 1, 2021
Welcome to Edmonton! Your Guide to Alberta’s Capital City

We know that we’re probably more than a little bit biased, but we think Edmonton is absolutely the best city in Canada. With beautiful natural scenery, a thriving downtown area, and comfortable suburban homes, we’re sure you’re going to love it here. Read More

February 25, 2021
Community Feature: The Best of SouthCreek in Stony Plain

Are you looking for a great community to build your home in? Someplace that’s away from the hustle and bustle of the downtown Edmonton area but still close to all of the amenities you need? Read More

Buying a New Home Downsizing
February 23, 2021
Dreaming About Downsizing: Learn to Make the Most of Your Move

Your family home has served you well. It’s been the site of many Thanksgiving dinners, birthday parties, and summer barbecues. It’s where your kids learned to take their first steps, laughed until they cried, and spent many nights studying for the next big test. It’s been everything you ever hoped your home could be.
But it’s not what you need it to be anymore…
Many couples decide to downsize in their retirement years. If this sounds like an attractive option to you, it’s time to think about how you can make the most of your move. Read More

Buying a New Home
February 19, 2021
What You Need to Know About The Home Buying Process

You’ve made the decision – it is time to buy a home. Maybe you are a first- time buyer looking for an affordable option that fits your lifestyle. Or maybe your family is expanding and you need some more room. Or, maybe the nest is now empty and it’s time to downsize.
Whatever stage of life you are in, no matter if it’s your first home or your fifth, there’s a process to buying a home.
So where do you start? Read More

February 16, 2021
The Evolve Series: The New Assurance Model

We’ve designed the homes in our Evolve series to be both attractive and affordable, and there’s perhaps no home that exemplifies this more than our new Assurance model. With 2,263 square feet of living space and the possibility of up to 7(!) bedrooms, the Assurance offers everything your family could want in a home with a starting price that’s well below $500,000. Read More

February 11, 2021
Home Builder Promotions: The Truth About the Fine Print

The price of a home is usually one of the main concerns when it comes to buying. Naturally, those who are looking for a good deal on a brand-new home are going to be seeking out the best deals. You’ll quickly find that builders offer… Read More

Homeowner Tips
February 2, 2021
8 Increase the Value of Your Current Home Before Selling

You’re planning on putting your home on the market, and of course, you want to sell for as much as possible. But how do you do this without breaking
the bank on extensive renovations? What changes can you make to better influence buyers?
If these questions are weighing on your mind, take a look at the following tips for sprucing up your home below. Most are pretty inexpensive, and some ideas are for those with a slightly larger budget. Read More

Buying a New Home Downsizing First Time Home Buyers
January 28, 2021
What Type of Person Buys an Evolve Home?

Sterling’s latest Evolve line of homes makes owning a brand-new home more affordable than ever. We’ve simplified the design and building process by focusing on building homes on spec using the most popular design options. Read More

Buying a New Home First Time Home Buyers
January 25, 2021
9 Signs You’re Ready for a New Home

Homeownership is one of the smartest investments you’ll ever make. We understand that buying a new home is a big decision and the process can sometimes seem a little overwhelming.
But, in addition to being an investment in your financial future and security, it’s also a huge investment in your happiness. And it’s a decision you can feel good about, take pride in, and be excited for!
Do you think you might be ready for a new home? Read through these nine signs and work through the handy checklist to see if you’re right. Read More

Buying a New Home
January 21, 2021
What is a 10 Minute Fire Response Map and What Does it Mean for Me?

Whether you’re thinking about buying a new-to-you home or building a brand-new home, it’s a good idea to think about where your new home would fall on the 10-minute fire response map. Read More

Buying a New Home Financing
January 18, 2021
Can I Borrow A Down Payment?

With the easy availability of credit these days, it’s rare to have to save up a significant amount of money to make a purchase. For most, the one exception to this rule is the down payment on a home. Canadian mortgage rules require you to… Read More

Buying a New Home
January 6, 2021
What to Look for in a Home Showing

Whether you’re thinking about purchasing a brand-new home or buying a resale one – or whether you haven’t decided yet – you’re going to go to a lot of showings. These showings will tell you a lot of things. Read More

Buying a New Home
December 21, 2020
A Guide For Move-Up Buyers

Are you feeling like your current home just isn’t meeting your needs anymore? Perhaps it’s feeling too small, you want to move closer to work or you’re just feeling like it’s time for a change? Whatever your reasons for wanting to move up to a bigger and better home, we’ve got you covered! Here are a few of the most important things to be aware of as a move-up buyer: Read More

Buying a New Home Financing
December 18, 2020
Are New Homes Cheaper?

Cost is definitely one of the first things people think about when they’re shopping for a home, but not everyone realizes quite how much nuance there can be to the question “How Much Is My Home Going to Cost?” Read More

Buying a New Home Investing 
December 3, 2020
6 Major Benefits of Investing in Real Estate

When it comes to investing your money, most people tend to think of options like the stock market or high-interest accounts rather than real estate. But buying property can be one of the safest and most profitable long-term investments you can make. Let’s take a look at some of the main benefits of investing in real estate. Read More

Buying a New Home
December 1, 2020
New Home Red Flags and How to Avoid Them

Everybody wants to get a good deal on a home, but sometimes a deal can seem too good to be true. And while everything may appear fine on the surface, there can sometimes be problems with a resale home that are not immediately apparent, or might seem minor at first but can cause big problems in the long-term. Read More

Buying a New Home Financing Investing 
November 24, 2020
Mortgages and Investing: How Does It Work?

Wouldn’t it be nice if you could make money using someone else’s money?

You can! That’s what happens when you take out a mortgage to purchase an investment property. Sure, you need to put some of your own money down for the down payment, but the bulk of your purchase is borrowed. You can then use the income you earn from tenants to pay down the principal balance and build up your equity. Read More

Buying a New Home First Time Home Buyers
November 17, 2020
9 Clues a Fixer-Upper Home Isn’t Worth It

Many people love watching TV shows that feature a full home renovation being completed in just 30 minutes. These shows make it look so easy, it’s tempting to think you could do the same for any cheap home you find on the market. The reality, though, is quite different. Read More

November 10, 2020
Real Estate Investment Property Spotlight: Duplex Homes

There are many different types of investment properties that appeal to new and experienced investors alike. We’ve already talked about a few of them here on this blog. Today we’re going to talk about the popular duplex style. Read More

Buying a New Home Financing
November 5, 2020
How Much Do I Need for a Second Home Down Payment in Canada?

You’ve already achieved your dream of homeownership, and now you’re starting to think about a second home now. Maybe it’s a nice vacation home so that your family can spend the summers relaxing by the beach or the winters hitting the slopes. Maybe you’re looking for a new place to live but realize that your current place is the perfect rental unit. Read More

Buying a New Home
November 4, 2020
Are High-End Finishes Worth it When it Comes to Resale?

Buying a new home naturally comes with a lot of decisions to be made…

What community do you want to live in?
What style of home suits you best?
What kind of budget do you have?

But there is one additional item on the list that many homeowners consider for both buying and selling… Read More

Buying a New Home
November 3, 2020
Why Don’t We Negotiate on Price?

As you’re shopping for your brand new home and considering all your options, you’re likely keeping an eye on your budget as well. You know what kind of home you want, and you’re in search of the perfect fit for all of your needs and wants. Read More

November 2, 2020
Evolve Versus Advantage – What’s the Difference?

Not every home buyer’s needs are the same, and so neither should every home be. Having a choice when selecting your perfect home empowers you to make the right decision for your needs, your wishes, and your budget. Read More

October 27, 2020
Real Estate Investment Property Spotlight: Front-Attached Homes

When you hear about investing in rental properties, images of apartment complexes naturally come to mind. That’s likely the type of place you rented when you first moved out of your parent’s home. Read More

October 23, 2020
The Best Neighbourhoods in Edmonton

Edmonton is a city on the way up — it’s quickly becoming one of the most popular places in Alberta, and it could be on the way to becoming Canada’s next greatest city! If you’re looking to move here, or even just visit, you’ll want to know what the best neighbourhoods in Edmonton are.

Whether you’re new to the area or have lived here your whole life, you want your family to put down its roots in a great community perfectly suited to your needs. Let’s take a look at some of Edmonton’s most popular neighbourhoods and find out why they make Edmonton such a great place to live. Read More

October 20, 2020
Buy and Hold vs Flipping Houses: Which Investing Style is Better?

There are two primary types of real estate investors: those who buy homes for a good price, make necessary updates or repairs, and “flip” them by selling them for more money just a few months after the initial purchase; and those who buy the property and hold it for a long time, earning their money through rental income. Read More

October 15, 2020
Real Estate Investment Property Spotlight: Townhomes

Townhomes are a great investment property for new investors and seasoned professionals alike. With their affordable pricing, it’s easy to get into the investment game and start building your real estate empire.

Learn more about what makes this home-style unique and such a great choice. Read More

October 6, 2020
15 Questions You Should Ask Yourself When It Comes to Investing in Real Estate

In recent years, more and more people have been turning to investment properties as a way of making some extra income or paying off their mortgages faster. Some are taking it even further and making their investment properties their primary source of income. It’s certainly an attractive prospect – with the right property manager you can earn entirely passive income, or only be as involved as you want to be. What’s more, if you buy a new construction home you won’t have to worry about things breaking down, and you’ll be able to get the highest prices for the rental units. Read More

September 25, 2020
Real Estate Investment Property Spotlight: Laned Homes

Whether you’re buying your first investment property or your tenth, it’s smart to consider the types of homes available. We think that laned homes are one of the best choices out there. Homes like this are an easy investment because they come with a low cost and a high rental rate. Even if you’ve preferred investing in other types of homes, now’s the time to give laned homes a closer look. Read More

September 8, 2020
Top 6 Reasons To Move To Edmonton

Set in central Alberta near the North Saskatchewan River, Edmonton is a thriving city and is also the capital of Alberta. It has a lively atmosphere that makes it the perfect place for all kinds of people, from young professionals getting their start in life, to retired couples looking to relax and make the most out of their golden years. Read More

Homeowner Tips
September 1, 2020
Top Home Maintenance Tips for the Fall

Perhaps the biggest advantage of buying a new build home is the feeling of security that comes from knowing things won’t break down – and it will most likely be covered by your home warranty in the unlikely event that they do. However, you’ll still want to be proactive when it comes to maintaining your home. While you won’t have much to worry about when it comes to maintenance in your new home, you should still do the following things to keep your home in top condition. Read More

August 26, 2020
6 Mistakes People Make When It Comes to Real Estate Investing

Real estate investing is generally depicted as a safe investment with a convenient process that is beneficial to all. This is often misconstrued by investors who begin to think that the entire process is ridiculously simple and profitable. More people are jumping into the market without realizing what they are doing. People tend to take a gamble and then end up getting in over their heads. Read More

August 26, 2020
Is Real Estate a Safe Investment?

Property is a physical asset that will always be worth something. However, since it requires a larger amount of capital to get started, it is essential to consider how safe this investment is. People are usually more cautious before making such investments and rightly so. Smart investors need to understand all the risks before they make such decisions. Read More

August 26, 2020
Should You Be Looking at Real Estate Investments?

Real estate is always known as a safe bet for investors. This is because it has some tangible value that you can see with your own eyes. It is something that everyone needs and is a great option to earn some passive income without much hassle. However, tempting it might sound, before you decide to invest your money in real estate, there are specific considerations that you must make before you invest a considerable chunk of your money. Read More

August 25, 2020
The Basics of Real Estate Investing

Real estate investment is an excellent opportunity for people to gain financial freedom. There are no limits on how much profit you can earn from this business. Beginners, as well as expert real estate investors, have the capability of building wealth and securing their financial futures. However, the business can become overly complicated, and there are certain basic principles that everyone must know to build a strong foundation for their investment activities. Read More

August 25, 2020
Edmonton Community Feature: The Best of Aster

When you’re choosing where to build your home, you want a community that has it all: the convenience of nearby shopping; green spaces to help you feel connected to nature; and great schools for your kids. There are a lot of communities that might fit the bill, but we think it’s time for you to consider Aster. Read More

August 24, 2020
Your Step-by-Step Guide to Buying a Rental Property

Purchasing a rental property is one of the biggest milestones of your life, and it is no easy feat to accomplish. It can often feel overwhelming, especially if you are a real-estate novice.

However, don’t break a sweat just yet. Here is a comprehensive guideline on everything you need to know before making a real-estate asset purchase. Read More

August 24, 2020
People You Should Have on Your Real Estate Investing Team

Real estate can be a big investment and is seldom done without a full panel of researchers and advisors. If you are interested in venturing into the illustrious world of property asset management, you need to first build a formidable real estate investing team.

Key members you need to have on your real estate investing team are: Read More

August 24, 2020
6 Reasons Investors (and Tenants!) Love New Edmonton Communities

Are you looking for a property that is safe to invest and yields stable returns? Are you worried you might not be able to afford properties in metropolitan giants such as Montreal or Toronto?

If you answered yes to either of these questions, then Edmonton could be the solution! Read More

Financing Investing 
August 24, 2020
What Credit Score Do You Need for an Investment Property?

Real estate is one of the main streams of income for many of the wealthiest in the world. To understand the importance of credit scores when seeking a mortgage, we first need to understand what the phrase “credit score” actually means. Read More

August 18, 2020
Investment Property Down Payment Requirements

Income properties are all the rage these days, and it’s easy to see why. Mortgage rates are low and the demand for high-quality properties is high, so if you have a nice place to rent out, you can easily supplement… Read More

August 11, 2020
3 Fabulous Home Styles for Downsizers

When you start to think about downsizing, there’s a lot to consider. However, few things are as important as choosing the right home style and floor plan. This is the foundation of how your home feels and functions, and without the right floor plan, your home is never going to feel ‘right’ for you. 

You’re going to want to consider your options carefully, so where should you start? Here are a few home styles that offer great floor plans for those looking to downsize. Read More

August 4, 2020
Edmonton Community Feature: The Best of Kinglet

Before you can commit to building your home, you need to find the perfect community. If you haven’t found it yet, then you’re going to want to give our newest neighbourhood, Kinglet a chance. It’s an absolutely gorgeous setting that’s perfect for those who want to be close to nature without having to sacrifice all of the amenities you’ll find in urban areas. Read More

Buying a New Home Financing
July 28, 2020
RRSP Down Payments: Everything You Need to Know About The Home Buyers’ Plan

The Home Buyers’ Plan was created by the government to help Canadians get over the big hurdle of saving up a down payment for their home. It allows qualified individuals to borrow up to $35,000 from their registered retirement savings plans (RRSPs) to use toward their down payment. The money needs to be repaid within 15 years to avoid having it count as taxable income. Read More

July 16, 2020
How To Prevent A Sump Pump Failure

A sump pump’s purpose is to remove water that has accumulated from flooding your house, from sources such as rain, melting snow, or groundwater in areas which have a high water table. Unfortunately, sump pumps run the risk of failing, due to many reasons. Read More

July 7, 2020
The Top Home Models For Real Estate Investors

When it comes to real estate investing, more and more people are choosing to invest in brand-new homes to try and attract tenants. As well as being more desirable to renters, new construction homes also save you money as they need fewer repairs and are all covered by the Alberta New Home Warranty by default. Here are the top home models for real estate investors. Read More

June 23, 2020
How Will The COVID-19 Crisis Affect Your Home Value?

The COVID-19 crisis has impacted almost every area of our lives, and there’s no way to tell for certain what the lasting effects will be. Naturally, the uncertainty of the future creates a lot of worry in our lives, including the housing market and what we should prepare for. Read More

Buying a New Home Homeowner Tips
June 22, 2020
What Are The Different Types of Property Ownership in Alberta

The 3 Different Types of Property Ownership in Alberta Include: Sole owner – one person or company owns the land Joint Tenancy or Joint Tenants – if one owner passes away, their share goes to the remaining owner(s) Tenancy In Common or Tenants in Common – if one owner passes… Read More

June 19, 2020
Do I Pay Property Taxes When Buying A New Home?

Property taxes are handled a bit differently when buying a new home and how they are handled depends on the time of year and whether or not the annual invoice has been paid by the Builder yet. Read More

June 19, 2020
Can I Make Changes To An Evolve Home?

For rear detached garage home products (Laned Homes), we do not allow any changes to be made. For our laned home Evolve product, Sterling provides customers the opportunity to select the interior colour chart, depending on where the home has arrived in it’s construction. Read More

Buying a New Home
June 16, 2020
The Philosophy Behind Our New Evolve Series

There’s been a lot of excitement about our newest Evolve line of homes, and for good reason. These homes offer many of the things that home buyers are looking for in a brand-new home without the inconveniences that might tear them away. Read More

June 9, 2020
What Are Interest Rate Holds and How Do They Work?

The interest rate on your mortgage has a big effect on your monthly payment. Naturally, you want to get the lowest rate possible. Since it can take some time to finalize the sale of the home – especially when you’re building a home instead of buying a resale home –  it’s normal to worry about what rate you’ll end up with. Will interest rates go up while you’re shopping? If so, will you still be able to afford the home that you want? Read More

June 2, 2020
How Much Do You Need For a Down Payment?

There’s a lot to think about when it comes to buying a new home, but one of the first things you’ll need to figure out is the down payment. You’ll need to come up with this before the home-buying process can begin. Read More

May 26, 2020
Moving to a New Home During COVID-19 – How to Move Safely

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed life as we know it. Most of us are hunkering down in our homes in an effort to stop the spread of the virus. Read More

May 19, 2020
Tax Deductions on Rental Properties

Landlords can earn a significant income from rental properties. However, the job also entails many responsibilities and expenses, such as secure insurances, and pay property taxes as well. The Canada Revenue Agency has allowed several deductible expenses that are generally associated with the rental business. It can significantly help landlords in managing their personal tax situations. This article will take you through some tax deductions that are eligible for rental properties that every landlord should know. Read More

May 19, 2020
What Does the COVID-19 Crisis Mean for Your Mortgage?

The COVID-19 crisis has changed so much of everyday life that it’s hard to believe some things are carrying on as normal. You’re concerned about everything going on in the world around you, but the bills still need to be paid. Read More

May 15, 2020
How To Have Someone Else Pay Your Mortgage – Buying a Home With An Income Suite

Paying monthly mortgage might be a tough task for many individuals. With the prices of real estate, there are instances where people are unable to qualify for mortgage payments, and they are left deprived of buying their dream house. Read More

May 14, 2020
How to Find the Right Property Manager

Real estate investment requires active and professional management to make it more lucrative. After all, your property is a valuable asset and needs to be protected. Therefore, finding the right property manager who is responsible and transparent is essential. Read More

May 13, 2020
What is the Time Commitment to be a Real Estate Investor?

Real estate investing can be an easy way to earn some passive income. However, there are many aspects of the real estate business that you must consider before diving into the real estate investor role.

The amount of time you have to dedicate to your properties are dependent on several factors. Read More

May 12, 2020
How Much Down Payment Do I Need For An Investment Property?

Real estate is a long-term game. Investing in real estate can prove to be very lucrative if you follow smart principles while financing your investment property. Read More

Buying a New Home
May 12, 2020
How to Safely Buy a Home Online with Sterling Homes

Life as we once knew it has completely changed and businesses have needed to make some big adjustments. To prevent the spread of COVID-19, most people have been staying home as often as they can, and many businesses are open but have measures in place that protect you from contracting the virus, but if you are more comfortable … at least for the time being, you can actually buy on-line. Read More

May 11, 2020
Homes with the Best Cash Flow?

Investment properties are a great way to earn passive income. However, it is important to determine which type of investment property can give you good income. There are several styles of houses to choose from, but not all provide the same return on your investment. Read More

May 11, 2020
Capital Gains on Rental Investment Property

Real estate investors have to take care of many expenses – one such expense is capital gains tax. Besides the income, payroll, excise, sales, and property taxes, investors must also pay some tax on their capital gains when they sell the property. Read More

May 8, 2020
How to Evaluate Investment Properties

Investors buy investment properties as they provide a way to secure their financial future. Investment properties should contribute towards increasing your personal wealth. However, this is not always the case. If done correctly, investing in property can be a very wise investment choice. Read More

May 7, 2020
Benefits of Renting New Construction Homes

More people are looking to buy new construction homes to turn them into rental properties. There has been a growing trend in the last five years of newly constructed properties, as real estate investors have identified the problems associated with older houses. Read More

May 5, 2020
Prepare Your Home Now So You’re Ready to Sell When the COVID-19 Crisis Is Over

With the COVID-19 crisis, many industries have come to a halt. While the real estate market hasn’t shut down, it is one that’s seen a considerable slowdown. Read More

Buying a New Home
April 21, 2020
How Sterling is Conducting Showhome Viewings Safely

At Sterling, we know COVID-19 has meant that many people have put shopping for a new home on the back burner. However, there are still families who either need to buy right now or who had already begun the homebuying process before this crisis began. Now, they’re wondering how they’re going to buy a home where their family can stay safe. Read More

Buying a New Home
April 14, 2020
How the Evolve Home Makes Owning a Brand-New Home Easier Than You Think

We’ve been in the home building business for decades, so we’ve learned a few things about what people want in a new home. They’re looking for things like affordability, location, convenience, and style. Read More

Homeowner Tips
April 1, 2020
How to Make Your Own Virtual Reality Headset

Did you know you can use your smart phone to take a virtual tour of our new homes for sale?

That’s right—you can virtually walk through one of our homes without even leaving your couch! Read More

Announcements Buying a New Home
April 1, 2020
Introducing Sterling Homes Virtual Reality Headsets

From the minute you put on a headset, you’ll enjoy a virtual experience like no other. Take a personal tour of each plan at your own pace, and discover the home that is right for you. And when you’re ready to take the next step in your homebuying… Read More

April 1, 2020
Sterling’s Stance on COVID-19: Your Safety and Ours

A Letter From Our Vice President…

The current COVID-19 crisis has blind-sided everyone. As countries around the world struggle to contain the outbreak, many people have been forced to change their whole lifestyle very abruptly. Read More

Buying a New Home
March 30, 2020
Sterling Virtual Solutions

For those with an urgent need for a home, Sterling Homes is equipped with all of the needed tools and resources to continue helping you during your home buying journey in a safe environment. Read More

March 19, 2020
Mortgage Deferral Information for Home owners

Canada’s big banks announced this week that those struggling due to the COVID-19 crisis will be able to defer their mortgage payments for up to six months. The deferral will be granted on a case-by-case basis to assist those disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Every situation will be quickly assessed by customer service representatives to come up with a solution that works for each borrower, which may include deferring mortgage payments up to six months. Read More

Buying a New Home First Time Home Buyers
March 17, 2020
How to Find the Perfect Edmonton Community

Moving into a brand-new home isn’t just about the home itself – the community you live in is just as important. You don’t want to move into your dream home, only to find yourself underwhelmed every time you step outside of it. Since you’ll ideally be planning to live in your new home for many years, choosing a community to live in shouldn’t be a decision you rush through. Read More

March 3, 2020
Tips for Choosing the Right Floor Plan

The process of choosing the design for building a new home is exciting but can also be overwhelming. There are lots of decisions to make that will have a lasting impact. As you browse the home designs, here are some tips for choosing the right floor plan. Read More

March 3, 2020
The Cost to Hire Movers

Moving to a new home is exciting, whether you’re moving into your first home across town or a bigger home across the country. But moving can also be stressful, and it can seem like there are a million things to do before you pack. One of the most important things to plan is the cost of moving. More importantly, how much will it cost to hire movers? We put together a short guide to help you understand what goes into the high cost of moving, how much to budget for professional movers, and other considerations. Read More

March 3, 2020
5 Ways New Homes Help Conserve Energy in the Summer

Summer’s finally rolling around, and we all know what that means: crazy high energy bills from blasting the A/C. But if you’re living in a home built within the last few years, those costs may not actually be so high.   Did you know that newer homes tend… Read More

March 3, 2020
7 Things to Do Around Stony Plain

Stony Plain is a quiet town about a 40-minute drive from downtown Edmonton. Since it’s a fair distance from the hustle and bustle of the city, people mistakenly assume there’s nothing to do – this couldn’t be further from the truth! In fact,… Read More

March 3, 2020
3 Strategies For The Move-Up Buyer

Strategy #1: Sell First The “Sell First” strategy is ideal for the move-up buyer who can’t afford to pay two mortgages simultaneously. Selling your property first eliminates the risk of having to carry two mortgages if you don’t sell your existing home in time. It also reduces the chances… Read More

March 3, 2020
Action Plan For Move-Up Buyers

Every home buyer needs a plan to prepare for a successful outcome on the local housing market.  Below, you’ll find my time-proven method for effectively navigating the real estate market as a move-up home buyer. Read More

February 25, 2020
9 Lot Factors to Consider (Other Than Size)

You’re building your new home – yay! How much thought have you put into the lot it’s going to sit on? Read More

February 11, 2020
New Communities To Keep Schooling Close to Home

When you’re choosing the perfect home for you and your family, your children are naturally going to be one of your main concerns. In the house itself, you want comfortable bedrooms and a nice big backyard, and outside you’ll want lots of parks and green spaces and plenty of shops nearby. But perhaps the most important thing you’ll need to think about the nearby school options. Read More

Homeowner Tips
December 27, 2019
How to Save Money On Your Energy Bills

During the cold winter season, many Canadians find themselves longing to spend time snuggled up in their warm homes. Unfortunately, the higher energy bills in these months can pack a bigger punch than the holiday shopping bill. Read More

December 23, 2019
5 Tips to Make Life Easier for Move-Up Buyers

Upgrading your home is exciting, but it can also be stressful to think about buying a new home and selling your current home at the same time. This is especially true for those who are buying brand-new homes because it can take up to a year for the new home to be built. Read More

December 16, 2019
How To Move Money to Canada

If you’ve just moved to Canada, you probably still have a bank account with money in it back in your home country. Once you’ve settled down, you want to bring that money with you. There are a few options for doing this, and some of them can be expensive. Learn more about your options and what you need to watch out for. Read More

December 13, 2019
Setting Your Home Buying Budget

When you’re shopping for a brand-new home, it seems like the sky is the limit. New homes seem to have almost unlimited configurations, and there are many upgrades you can make to have the home look just the way you want. Of course, the more upgrades you choose, the higher the price of the home. The cost can quickly add up. Read More

December 6, 2019
Seasonal Winter Maintenance to Take Care of Your Home

Winter is on its way, and there are several things you should do to properly prepare your home for the coming cold weather even if your home is brand-new. Take a look at our handy checklist to make sure you don’t have any nasty surprises during the colder months. Read More

Homeowner Tips
November 29, 2019
Smart Home Tech for 2020

The world keeps getting closer and closer to the technological world you dreamed about when you were a child. It seems that we’re still pretty far from having flying cars, but there are a lot of modern conveniences when it comes to smart home tech. Whether you’re looking to try things out with your first piece of smart home tech or you want to get all of the latest and greatest, we think you’ll like some of our suggestions for 2020. Read More

November 18, 2019
6 Common Mistakes to Avoid in Real Estate Investing

Investing in real estate is the hot new trend, but people can make a lot of mistakes if they jump right in without a lot of knowledge about the process. Read More

November 15, 2019
Have You Considered Renting Out Your House?

Whether they’re thinking about upgrading or downsizing, most of the people who are thinking about getting a new home are planning to sell their current home. Usually, they know that the equity in that home will turn into a nice down payment on their next property, allowing them to reduce monthly payments or make the new home more affordable. Read More

November 11, 2019
AirBnB Edmonton : Everything You Need to Know About Running One

AirBnB Edmonton

The popularity of Airbnb has shown us that many travellers want a more personalized experience than they can get by staying at more traditional hotels… and everyday people can make quite a bit of extra money by renting out their homes to travellers. Read More

Financing Investing 
November 8, 2019
5 Must-Have Numbers for Evaluating Real Estate Property

To successfully invest in real estate, you need to pay careful attention to the numbers. Is a particular property affordable? Will you make money or lose money once you’re able to rent it out? Some people overestimate how easy it is to make money through real estate, and you don’t want to get in over your head. Read More

October 18, 2019
5 Ways to Build Equity in Your New Home

What exactly is equity?

Equity is the value of your home minus the amount you still owe on your mortgage. It’s the amount of money you’d get if you were to sell your home today, but you can also usually borrow against your home’s equity if you’re in a pinch. You’ll have at least 5 percent equity on your home when you first buy it (from the down payment), but the more you can do to increase the equity, the better. Read More

Financing First Time Home Buyers
October 16, 2019
What is the First Time Home Buyer Incentive?

Saving up a down payment can be one of the biggest challenges keeping you from achieving your goal of home ownership – but we have good news! There is a new program recently introduced by the Government of Canada, First Time Home Buyer Incentive Program (link to official website), or FTHBI, that will assist you and others looking to buy their first home! Read More

October 14, 2019
Sterling’s Tips for Settling Into Your New Home and Neighbourhood

The thought of moving into your new home is exciting, but truly getting settled into that home can take a lot of time and effort. While you don’t want to be living your life out of boxes, you do want to take the time you need to do things in a conscientious way so the end result leaves you feeling right at home. Read More

October 4, 2019
Solutions for Moving Twice

Selling your home is a good thing, but you might need to be out of the home before your new home is finished. If this is the case, don’t panic, we have you covered with some handy tips. Read More

October 3, 2019
Finding A Community for Your Lifestyle

There are many factors when it comes to looking for a new community to fit your lifestyle. Read More

September 23, 2019
Home Model Feature: The Siren

Comfort, beauty and efficiency come together in our latest model – The Siren – packs a pretty big punch for your money. It’s a three-bedroom, two-storey home with almost 1,200 square feet. That sounds small compared to some larger models, but it’s the perfect size for retired couples or families just starting out. Even better is the price tag. Starting at just $289,900, this is by far our most affordable single-family home. Read More

September 20, 2019
New Home Model Feature: The Sansa

Think that a brand-new traditional two-storey home is out of your price range? Think again! Sterling’s Sansa model is a large laned home with a price tag that starts at just $322,900. We’ve designed this home to be a bit bigger than most other laned homes — almost 1,500 square feet — and to feature everything that you’ve been looking for in your new home. Read More

September 13, 2019
6 Financial Benefits of Downsizing Your Home

Downsizing can be an emotional, yet practical, step after your kids have moved into their own places. You no longer need all of the space in your large family home, so it’s smart to move into something more manageable. Read More

September 9, 2019
Homeowners Insurance: What You Need and Why You Need It

One of the last steps of buying your new home is getting the homeowners’ insurance coverage you need. Banks require you to hold insurance, but even if they didn’t, it’s simply a good idea. You want to be able to protect your investment, should anything happen to it. Read More

Buying a New Home First Time Home Buyers
September 6, 2019
Not Married But Want to Buy a Home? Here’s What You Need to Know

These days, it’s not uncommon for couples to decide not to officially tie the knot, even if they’re in a serious, committed relationship. If you’ve been living with your partner for several years, it’s only natural to think about taking the next step by buying a home together. Read More

Buying a New Home
August 30, 2019
Removing Barriers for Move-Up Buyers

There’s a lot of information out there for move-up home buyers, but if you’re thinking about moving up into a bigger or better home, it’s hard to find information that’s specific to you. People seem to assume that after you’ve gone through the home buying process once, you’re an expert. Read More

August 26, 2019
Model Feature: The Harmony

The perfect family home you’ve been looking for could be right in front of you… It’s time we introduced you to our lovely Harmony model! With four bedrooms and almost 2,400 square feet of living space, it’s easy to see why this is one of our top-selling designs. Whether you love entertaining or just like to have a bit of space to yourself, you can find what you’re looking for in the Harmony. Read More

August 23, 2019
Ready to Learn Why New Homes Are a Smart Real Estate Investment?

To be a successful real estate investor, you need to buy properties that are able to quickly turn a profit. Investors are often attracted by the low cost of resale properties. They know that they’ll easily be able to charge enough rent to start earning right away. What not everyone realizes, though, is that all of the problems that come with older properties can quickly eat away at those profits. Read More

August 12, 2019
6 Reasons Edmonton Is a Great Place for Investment Properties

More and more people are realizing that Edmonton is a great place to live. It has all the advantages of a thriving metropolitan area alongside opportunities to enjoy a quieter lifestyle. You can enjoy a night out at the opera one night, then hike along a ravine the next day. Read More

Buying a New Home
August 2, 2019
The Average Condo Fees in Edmonton (And What You Can Do About It)

Condos are often touted as a more affordable alternative to traditional homes. They’re a great option for young professionals who want to get started building up some equity or for retirees that don’t want to take on a lot of extra maintenance. On the surface, condos tend to come with really attractive prices. Read More

July 29, 2019
Downsizing Isn’t That Hard (We Promise!)

There are a lot of people that will tell you downsizing is more hassle than it’s worth. You’re forced to go through your belongings and get rid of the things that won’t fit in the new place. You have to shop for a new home and deal with the stress of moving. What if we told you it doesn’t have to be this way? Read More

July 22, 2019
What Home Sellers Need to Know About Capital Gains Tax

As you get ready to sell your home, it’s exciting to see that your home has increased in value, allowing you to collect a tidy profit once you finalize the sale. Naturally, you might be getting a bit worried about how much you’ll have to pay in taxes, though. Read More

July 19, 2019
Everything You Need to Know: Your Rights and Responsibilities as a Landlord (and Why)

People make it sound so easy to be a real estate investor. You simply find a great property, rent it out, and you’re one step closer to being a millionaire.

Of course, the realities are a bit more complicated than this. Whether you’re renting out a suite in the basement of the home you live in or you have several multi-unit buildings, you have certain rights and responsibilities as a landlord. Knowing these can keep you out of hot water, so be sure to learn as much as you can before you take the plunge. Read More

July 12, 2019
Do-It-Yourself Staging Ideas for Selling Your Home

Staging your home – making it look better to prospective buyers – is a great way to sell your home faster. In fact, it’s so important that people often pay big bucks to professional home stagers to create the perfect look for their home. The great news is that you don’t have to pay someone else to take care of the staging. There are a lot of small things you can do that could make a big difference. We list some of them here. Read More

July 8, 2019
Getting on the Same Page About Downsizing

Downsizing can be a very emotional topic. You’re thinking about leaving behind the home that your family has made memories in. At the same time, a smaller home could have plenty of advantages. Read More

July 5, 2019
Tips for Buying and Owning Multiple Real Estate Investment Properties

These days, it’s easier than ever to own investment properties, and many people are taking advantage of this relatively easy way to earn additional income. Sure, being a landlord can have its downsides, but there are plenty of advantages as well. Read More

June 28, 2019
Introducing The Streetwise!

If you’ve always thought that a brand new house was out of your price range, it’s time to think about packing your bags. Sterling’s newest home model, the Streetwise, is designed for efficiency and affordability. At around 1,300 square feet, you might worry that it will be too small to meet your needs, but you’ll quickly see how spacious a well-planned home can be. Read More

Homeowner Tips
June 24, 2019
7 Ways to Thrive in a Small Kitchen


When you look through the latest design magazines, it seems that everyone has these giant, open kitchens. Everyone, that is, except for you. Read More

Homeowner Tips
June 14, 2019
What You Need to Know About Landscaping When Buying a New Home

When you picture your dream home, it probably includes a beautiful yard in both the front and back. After all the construction trucks leave your lot, you’re starting with a pretty blank slate. In some ways, that can feel overwhelming. You may only have the rough grade completed in the yard when you move in. On the other hand, it’s an opportunity to create landscaping that’s perfect for your family. Read More

June 10, 2019
What Should I Do If My Mortgage Application Is Rejected?

You’ve gotten so excited at the prospect of buying your first home, so it may come as a big surprise when a bank rejects your mortgage application. Lenders have to be careful about who they lend their money to, and they often have strict criteria that you must meet to qualify. Read More

Homeowner Tips
June 7, 2019
The Best Colours to Use When Selling Your Home

A fresh coat of paint is the best way to get your home ready to sell, but are some colours much better than others? You bet! Read More

Buying a New Home
June 3, 2019
How Do I Find a Good Investment Property?

Many people choose to buy a home as an investment property, and it’s easy to see why – if managed well, an investment property could not only pay for itself in the rent that it brings in from tenants, but once it’s fully paid off it can also be sold again for a profit! Read More

May 27, 2019
Sterling’s Strategies for Selling in the Summer

Practically everyone has heard the rumour that the best time to sell a home is in the spring, but that doesn’t mean you can’t sell your home any other time of year. In fact, the laid-back feeling and ability to let a lot of sunlight into your home during these months can make your home seem even more attractive. Read More

May 20, 2019
6 Ways to Tell It’s Time to Downsize

When you buy a family home, you’re buying for the benefit of everyone in your family. But when you downsize, you want a home specifically for your own dreams and ambitions. Downsizing doesn’t mean getting a less quality home, it just means getting a better-suited home for your current needs. Needs that are different from what you had the last time you bought a house. Read More

May 10, 2019
What is House Settling and Why is it Important?

While it’s a completely normal part of the home construction process, house settling can still seem a little, well… unsettling while it’s happening. However, it’s a lot less scary once you understand the full process, so let’s take a look at what house settling actually is and how it’s likely to affect your new home. Read More

Homeowner Tips
May 6, 2019
Seasonal Spring Home Maintenance to Take Care of Your New Home

Spring is the time when we shake off those winter doldrums and start looking at everything around us with fresh eyes. That makes it the perfect time to give your home a little bit of extra love. Read More

May 3, 2019
Our Top Tips for Paying Debt Down Quickly

Being debt-free has a number of benefits, especially when you’re trying to buy a home. Lower debt tends to increase your credit score, which means that you’ll qualify for better mortgage rates. Reduced debt payments can increase the amount of money the bank will lend you for your home. And eliminating your debt gives you more financial freedom with your budget. Read More

April 26, 2019
6 Ways to Use the Equity in Your Home

Every month you pay your mortgage, you increase the equity in your home. Over time, this means that you have tens or even hundreds of thousands of dollars in equity. Ultimately, you will get that money when you sell your home, but most people are also able to access up to 65 percent of the equity they have in their home through a home equity loan or a home equity line of credit (HELOC). Read More

First Time Home Buyers
April 12, 2019
10 First-Time Home Buyer Mistakes

As you think about getting your first home, you’re probably hearing a lot of advice from your friends and family. Anyone who’s been through the process knows just how stressful it can be, and they want you to avoid all of the pitfalls. Read More

April 8, 2019
What Makes Good or Bad Debt?

We’re constantly bombarded with messages about how important it is to get out of debt, yet you’ll probably also hear people talk about having “good debt.” And while you’ve probably heard about the benefits of saving up for large purchases, it’s almost impossible to save up for something as large as a house or a car. Read More

Financing First Time Home Buyers
April 1, 2019
Advice for Single Home Buyers

Married couples can have a distinct advantage when it comes to buying a home. The bank looks at their combined income to determine the amount that they’ll loan, so it’s often easier to qualify for a higher mortgage. Read More

March 25, 2019
Good Eats: Restaurants in Southeast Edmonton

Whether you’re looking for a nice place to go on a date or you just don’t feel like cooking one night, it’s nice to have a variety of great restaurants near your home. Those in Edmonton know that the city has a lot of famous places to eat, but what about the outskirts of town?

If you’re thinking about one of our Southeast Edmonton communities – Tamarack Common, Laurel Crossing, and The Orchards at Ellerslie – you must check out some of these delightful eateries. Read More

Buying a New Home
March 22, 2019
Is It Time to Buy a New Family Home?

There comes a time when your current home starts to lose a little of its shine. Maybe you’re constantly having to make repairs. Maybe you don’t really like the style. Maybe you’re jealous of all the space your friends have in their homes. Whatever the reason, it’s time to think about moving into a new home. Read More

Buying a New Home
March 11, 2019
Student Housing: Renting Versus Buying

Living with roommates in a dorm room or in an apartment building has always seemed like a rite of passage for college and university students.

These days, though, many parents — and even some students — are looking into ways that buying a brand-new home can be a better investment. Doing this requires a down payment, but if you can get past this hurdle, there are some great advantages. Read More

Homeowner Tips
March 8, 2019
Tips for Choosing a Moving Company

In all of the excitement of choosing the details for your new home, it’s easy to forget about the most essential (if somewhat boring) part: hiring the moving company that will bring all of your belongings to the new home. Forgetting this important step could be a big mistake, especially if you’ll be moving during peak season. Read More

Buying a New Home Financing
March 4, 2019
Mortgages in Canada: Tips for the Self-Employed Home Buyer

In order to qualify for a mortgage, Canadians have to prove they have the steady income to cover their monthly payments. It’s a bit harder for self-employed people to make this happen. Read More

Buying a New Home
March 1, 2019
Buying a Home: The Professionals You Should Have on Your Team

There’s no doubt that the process of buying a home can be overwhelming. If you try to go through it alone, there’s a good chance that you’ll feel incredibly stressed. You may even make a few mistakes along the way. Fortunately, it doesn’t have to be that way! There is help available to make the process as easy as possible. Read More

First Time Home Buyers
February 22, 2019
How to Find the Best Floor Plan for Your First Home

If you go into the home buying process without a solid plan, you’re likely to find yourself distracted by all of the beautiful options that builders have to offer. Your path to the right home for your family starts by determining which type of floor plan you need. Read More

February 15, 2019
Edmonton Community Feature: The Best of Cavanagh

When you’re spending the money to build a new home, you want it to be in a community that’s absolutely perfect. It’s smart to carefully consider all of your options, but we think that Cavanagh is one of the best new communities out there. Read More

First Time Home Buyers
February 8, 2019
First Time Home Buyer 101: The Features You Need

On the path towards buying your first home, it’s often overwhelming to see all of the features available for you to choose from. You’re in a great position to customize your options to meet your needs, but you also need to take care with making the right types of selections. You’ll want to stretch your budget as much as possible so you can get everything you need while still living comfortably. Read More

First Time Home Buyers
January 16, 2019
Starter Home Styles for First-Time Buyers

You know that owning your own home gives you some freedom. You’re able to decorate the way you want, have pets, and do all the other things your apartment lease forbids. You also get to build up some equity every time you make a monthly payment. These are all great reasons to think about buying your first home. Read More

January 11, 2019
Good Eats: Restaurants in Southwest Edmonton

Many people overlook the importance of having good restaurants in the area in which they live. Whether you go to restaurants for the convenience of not having to cook or the thrill of trying delicious new foods, Southwest Edmonton has some of the best restaurants in the area. We think that once you taste the top dishes at these places, you’ll want to go back for more. Read More

Buying a New Home
January 4, 2019
Why Are New Homes Better Than Resales?

Many home buyers think resales are more affordable and just as suitable as a brand new home.
If this sounds like you, you may want to consider a few of the following points before you opt for any older home options. Read More

Buying a New Home
January 2, 2019
Tips and Tricks For Saving For a Down Payment

For most people, coming up with your down payment can be one of the most challenging parts of buying a new home. You’ve heard all of the typical advice about budgeting your money , cutting back on your expenses, and adding a “savings” category to your budget. Of course, these are all helpful, but there are a few other things you can do to help realize your new home dream sooner. Read More

December 28, 2018
Edmonton’s Best Show Homes: Harmony in Crimson

Your family deserves the best, and that’s exactly what you’ll find in Sterling’s latest show home in the Crimson in Creekwood Chappelle community. With almost 2,400 square feet – and the option to add even more living space with a finished basement – this home based on the Harmony floor plan feels absolutely massive. It likely has all of the features you’ve been looking for in a family home, and there are probably even a few things that you didn’t even realize you needed. Read More

December 21, 2018
Edmonton Housing Market Predictions for 2019

Predicting what the Edmonton housing market will look like in 2019 isn’t an exact science. Of course, no-one can be 100% accurate in their predictions, and there are always unexpected external factors that can affect the market, but it’s possible to take a look at some of the current trends in the market and make some pretty good predictions about what the next year will hold. Read More

November 19, 2018
Income Suite Must-Haves: What Renters Are Looking For

Since Canada’s new mortgage rules allow you to include income earned from an income suite to qualify for your mortgage, it’s never been easier to get into the home of your dreams. At Sterling, we’re prepared to include an income suite with the build of your new home, and grant money through the Cornerstones program will make it even more affordable to do this. Read More

November 16, 2018
Good Eats: Restaurants in North Edmonton

Those who live in the north part of Edmonton know there are plenty of great restaurants throughout the area. Best of all, you’ll find a lot of cuisine styles, so it’s easy to try something new if that’s what you’re in the mood for. Break the habit of going out to the same old restaurants by trying one (or all!) of these tasty north Edmonton gems. Read More

November 12, 2018
Draw vs. Completion Mortgages: What’s the Difference?

Mortgages for brand new homes in Edmonton aren’t always as straightforward as mortgages for resale homes. Builders need funding to get started on a home build, but lenders are taking on a bigger risk when there’s no physical home to act as collateral. If the buyer backs out of the loan or the builder doesn’t finish the property, the lender is out a lot of money. Read More

November 9, 2018
6 Things to Do Around Edmonton’s Uplands

The Uplands at Riverview offers residents a setting of unparalleled beauty for building their home. Of course, before you choose a new Edmonton neighbourhood, you want to be confident there’s plenty to do nearby. Our list will show you many of the fun things that are close to this incredible community. Read More

October 29, 2018
Parks in Southwest Edmonton

One of the nicest things about the city of Edmonton is there’s been a long tradition of maintaining and creating natural areas even as there has been a lot of commercial and residential development. This means there’s never a park too far away. Read More

September 28, 2018
Things to Consider When Doing a Lot Hold

When you’re building a new home, your lot choice is almost as important as the design of the home itself. Once you’ve decided on a community and home model, it’s time to select a lot and place a hold to secure it. As you consider your lot choices, here are a few tips: Read More

September 21, 2018
The Benefits of Building a New Home vs. Buying a New Inventory Home

Imagine buying a home and immediately moving in, no waiting for paint to dry or for the builders to finish up final touches. For people buying ready-to-move-in inventory homes, this is a wonderful benefit. Read More

September 14, 2018
What is Required for a Legal Basement Suite?

Did you know the CMHC allows up to 100% of the rental income from legal secondary suites to be used when qualifying for a mortgage? Read More

September 7, 2018
7 Things to Do Around Edmonton’s Secord Heights

Edmonton’s Secord Heights is a burgeoning new community in West Edmonton. It’s just behind Lewis Estates, and it’s a popular choice for families. Learn more about what you can do around this community, and we think you’ll see it might be one of the best choices in Edmonton. Read More

September 6, 2018
Tips for Preparing Your Family for the Big Move

We all know that moving is stressful. Between coordinating moving trucks to organizing belongings and tracking details (did you submit a change of address form?), it’s easy to get lost in the chaos. As adults, we can see the light at the end of the tunnel: soon, we’ll be settled into a new home, in a new neighbourhood, full of exciting opportunities. It’s harder for kids to see the big picture. Read More

Buying a New Home
August 31, 2018
Can You Pass the Stress Test in Edmonton? Here Are Some Tips to Help You Prepare

Earlier this year, the government implemented new stress test rules for Canadians looking to get a mortgage. The goal is to make sure people are buying affordable homes to prevent housing market issues, but the result is now some Edmontonians can afford a little less than if they had bought last year.  Read More

Design and Inspiration Homeowner Tips
August 30, 2018
Top 5 Furniture Layout Apps

Whether you’re moving into a new home or simply feeling like redecorating, finding a great furniture layout can be challenging. Nobody wants to play a real-life game of Tetris, moving bulky pieces of furniture around to find the best fit. Read More

Buying a New Home
August 24, 2018
Affordable Housing Grants in Edmonton

Through the Cornerstones program, people in Edmonton are able to receive grants in an effort to increase the number of affordable housing options in the area. At Sterling, we’ve seen that many of our customers are taking advantage of this grant program to include an income suite in their new home build. Read More

August 20, 2018
Requirements for Income Suites in Edmonton

In an effort to provide more affordable rental units in Edmonton, the government has been promoting income suites. Typically, these are basement suites, above-garage suites, or separate building structures in the backyard called garden suites. There’s such a large demand for these types of rental units, there are even grants to help Edmonton homeowners build a suite or renovate an old one. Read More

August 13, 2018
What Is Flex Financing and How Does It Work?

Saving for a down payment, building good credit to get the best Edmonton mortgage rate, and finding a home with an affordable monthly payment are all significant to purchasing a first home.  Read More

Buying a New Home
July 24, 2018
Why is Right Now the Best Time to Buy a New Home

Have you ever wondered why sophisticated investors know exactly when to buy and most of us seem to miss this opportunity?

Let’s consider how investors evaluate the market to spot the best time to buy. First of all, real estate is rarely a short term game for investors and there are many factors that influence the real estate market and pricing fluctuations. This article will deal with a few of those key influencing factors that have proven to be reliable indicators over the years. Read More

July 23, 2018
How An Income Suite Can Help You Qualify for a Mortgage

Your monthly income plays a huge role in how much you can get when you apply for a mortgage. The higher your income, the more home you can afford and without a major promotion or taking a second job, it’s hard to increase your monthly earnings. But, if you decide to add an income suite in your new home, you can put that rental income towards the bank’s calculations – helping you qualify for a larger mortgage.  Read More

First Time Home Buyers
July 16, 2018
Production vs. Custom Homes: Pre-Planned Options are the Best of Both

If you’ve been searching for a brand-new home in Edmonton, you know there are a lot of builders out there. Most of them either offer custom homes or production homes, but Sterling Homes is the only builder in Edmonton to offer pre-planned options. 
The differences between these types of builders might be subtle, but we think you’ll soon see why the pre-planned option may be the best choice for you and your family.  Read More

Buying a New Home
July 13, 2018
8 Things to Do Around Edmonton’s Orchards

Edmonton’s Orchards community has been perfectly designed for family life. If you choose to make this spot your home, you’ll find there are plenty of things you can do without even getting in your car. Of course, there are also many attractions a short drive away. Once you see all of the amenities you can have near Orchards, we think you’ll have found the perfect neighbourhood to call home.  Read More

July 6, 2018
Condos versus Townhomes: Which is Better?

When it comes to affordability and living a maintenance-free lifestyle, people often find themselves choosing between a new condominium or a new townhome. In many ways, the two are quite similar, so it’s hard to see what the big deal is. Read More

June 25, 2018
Superior Sterling Suppliers: Chateau Lighting

When making selections for the design of a new home, many buyers are focused on the obvious. Things like kitchen cabinets, countertops, flooring, and wall colours get most of the attention, but the lighting in the home is what will bring it all to life. At Sterling Homes, we understand the importance of good lighting – that’s why we’ve partnered with Chateau Lighting. Read More

Design and Inspiration
June 22, 2018
9 Must-Haves for Your New Kitchen

When you build your home, you have the opportunity to design a kitchen that completely meets your needs. Some of the best features of today’s kitchens are built into the basic design, but you can always add extra options that appeal most to you. As you look over our suggestions of must-haves, you’ll start to get a complete picture of what your new kitchen could look like. Choose the things that make sense for your family’s lifestyle. Read More

Buying a New Home
June 18, 2018
What Is a Homeowner Portal and How Does It Work?

Some home builders offer a special homeowner portal so that their customers can easily stay in touch and access important data. While anyone can access much of the company’s information through their website, the homeowner portal is a password-protected site that only customers can access. It’s an incredibly useful feature. Read More

Buying a New Home First Time Home Buyers
June 1, 2018
What You Need to Know About Community Guidelines

Almost all new Edmonton communities have some form of guidelines. These are rules everyone in the community must follow. As you think about where you want to build your new home, you’ll want to get an idea of what the guidelines are and if they appeal to you. You don’t want to start the process of building a home only to find out there’s a rule that’s a deal breaker.  Read More

Design and Inspiration
May 25, 2018
Superior Sterling Suppliers: Vinton Carpets

The quality of your new home comes from using quality materials installed by experienced professionals. That’s why Sterling Homes has focused so strongly on finding the right suppliers for our homes.  Read More

Buying a New Home First Time Home Buyers Floorplans
May 18, 2018
How to Choose the Perfect Floor Plan

As you get ready to buy a new home, it’s important to realize looks aren’t everything. You want a home that has a layout perfectly suited for your new home needs. Once you have that, you can add almost any design details you want to make the space yours. Read More

Buying a New Home
May 7, 2018
What is a Mortgage Pre-Qualification?

Getting a mortgage pre-qualification is one of the first steps you should take when you want to buy a home. When the bank pre-qualifies you for a mortgage, they take a look at your stated income and debts, then tell you how much they’d be willing to loan you. It gives you a great starting point to shop for a home. Read More

Buying a New Home
May 4, 2018
Why Spring is a Good Time to Buy a New Home in Edmonton

Every spring, homeowners put their homes on the market, and buyers come out in droves to see what’s available. If you’re planning to purchase a brand-new home, though, you may think it doesn’t really matter what season it is because you’re not always competing with other buyers. While this may be true in a limited sense, there are still plenty of reasons why you should consider buying your home in the spring. Read More

April 30, 2018
Superior Sterling Suppliers: Star Mechanical

At Sterling, we pride ourselves on the quality functionality of our homes – especially when it comes to what’s hidden behind the walls. 
That’s why we’ve chosen Star Mechanical for plumbing and HVAC systems. With almost 20 years in the industry, this company has quickly risen to become the top plumbing and heating company in the Edmonton area. Read More

Buying a New Home Floorplans
April 20, 2018
The Best Home Features for Entertaining

As you think about building your new home, you’re probably focused on how nice it will be to finally have the space you need to entertain friends and family. Whether you’re hoping your home becomes the hub of your social circle or just want to have people over for the occasional barbeque, it’s smart to think carefully about a floor plan meant for socializing. These features work really well for families who love entertaining, and you’ll find them throughout many of Sterling’s home designs. Read More

Design and Inspiration
April 13, 2018
8 Must-Haves For Your New Ensuite

Most modern homebuyers are looking for an ensuite in the master bedroom. If you’re building your home, you won’t have any trouble finding a floor plan that includes this must-have feature. However, while builders are realizing it’s important to include ensuites, some are cutting corners with cramped spaces or very basic elements. If you want your ensuite to feel like a spa getaway, be sure to ask for some of these additional features. Read More

Buying a New Home
April 9, 2018
What Is A HELOC and is it Right For You?

A home equity line of credit (HELOC) is one way homeowners can take advantage of the equity they have in their home without having to sell the home. It’s often referred to as a second mortgage. They’re appealing because they tend to have lower interest rates than more traditional types of loans, but the devil is in the details. Learn more about them to find out if a HELOC is right for you. Read More

Design and Inspiration
April 3, 2018
2018 Colour Trends for Your Home

2018 is bringing a new look in home colour trends. Look for colours that boost your spirit with palettes of vibrant color that might remind you of opening that box of 128 crayons. Read More

Design and Inspiration Homeowner Tips
April 2, 2018
Get the Look: The Vintage Home

There’s something to be said about the timeless look of a 100-year-old home. Hardwood floors, intricate trim, and distinctive windows can make a home feel lived-in and loved. Unfortunately, older homes tend to come with more problems whereas a new home has little maintenance. Additionally, those beautiful windows are far from energy efficient, and cold winter drafts can drive your heating bill up. Read More

April 2, 2018
6 Advantages of a New Edmonton Duplex

Too often, home buyers discount the idea of purchasing any type of home that isn’t a detached, single-family model. But have you ever thought about owning a new Edmonton duplex? Not only do they offer a ton of privacy, but you’ll discover they also include all the home features you’ve been looking for. Read More

March 26, 2018
Superior Sterling Suppliers: All Weather Windows

The windows in your home let the light in and keep the cold out. They can simply be functional, or they can make a big design statement. At Sterling Homes, we know home buyers aren’t necessarily choosing a builder based on a single supplier, but we’ve made a point of seeking out suppliers that offer the type of quality we know our customers want. Read More

Homeowner Tips
March 16, 2018
Readying Your Home for Edmonton’s Spring Thaw

As the snow starts to melt, you probably feel like you can finally take a breath of fresh air. However, the melting snow can cause a lot of problems for homeowners, particularly those who live in older homes. For this reason, you’ll want to take some time to inspect your home for damage from the winter months to avoid any problems down the road.  Read More

March 12, 2018
Sterling Specifications: Interior Finishes

When you’re trying to choose a builder, you want detailed information about every little detail that will go into your home. Some builders try to hide this information, but at Sterling Homes, we understand how important it is for you to use this knowledge to guide your decision. Read More

Homeowner Tips
March 2, 2018
Getting Your Home Ready for Spring Selling Season in Edmonton

As the snow thaws and you start to think about moving into your brand-new home, you know it’s time to get your current place ready to sell. The Edmonton housing market is expected to see a slight drop in Edmonton home prices in 2018, according to the Edmonton Journal, but when your home looks great and has the right price, you’ll be able to sell it. Read More

Homeowner Tips
February 12, 2018
6 Ideas For the Ultimate Family Command Centre

Home design is constantly changing, and family command centres are quickly becoming one of the most popular features in a family home. This is a space where you can take control of the family’s activities – stash important papers, keep track of kids’ activity schedules, and organize a wide variety of other things. Read More

Buying a New Home
February 9, 2018
Superior Sterling Suppliers: Wood & Energy

At Sterling Homes, we’re committed to providing our customers with high-quality products and craftsmanship. That’s just one of the reasons why we’ve selected Wood & Energy as our go-to company for fireplaces and installation. Read More

February 2, 2018
6 Things to Consider When Finishing Your Basement in Edmonton

Finishing the basement is an easy way to add living space and value to a home. It’s such a popular option, many families include a finished basement in the original building plans. Others may not want to pay the extra cost now but want the option for the future. Is a finished basement the right choice for your family? Read More

Buying a New Home
January 24, 2018
6 Ways to Use Your Old Home to Your Benefit

Most people sell their current home before they move into a new one, but it’s important to thoroughly consider all of your options before making that decision. No matter how long you’ve owned your home, you’ve worked hard to build up home equity and you deserve to reap the benefits of those efforts. Learn more about your options and decide which path is right for you.  Read More

Buying a New Home
January 22, 2018
Superior Sterling Suppliers: Gem Cabinets

At Sterling Homes, we pride ourselves on selecting the best suppliers Edmonton has to offer. We know our customers value the quality of the products in their homes and using high-quality supplies in the homes we build makes Sterling stand out. Read More

January 17, 2018
The Top 7 Perks of Building a New Home

Choosing whether to build a new home or purchase a resale is one of the biggest decisions home shoppers need to make. While each choice has distinct advantages and disadvantages, we think you’ll soon see why the following perks make a new build a better decision for you and your family.  Read More

Buying a New Home
January 15, 2018
Variable or Fixed Mortgages: Which is Better?

Since paying off your mortgage is likely to take a little while, choosing a mortgage that works for your needs is important. Fortunately, there are plenty of options available to suit your specific situation. Read More

January 12, 2018
Sterling Specifications: Paint, Drywall and Insulation

Getting information from some builders about how they build their homes can be like pulling teeth. Fortunately, when you build with Sterling Homes, you never have to wonder what’s behind the walls. Read More

Buying a New Home
January 10, 2018
Home Warranty Do’s and Don’ts

When you purchase a brand-new home, it’s comforting to know your purchase comes with a number of warranties that protect your investment. However, it’s important to make sure you fully understand what the warranty means for you. Read More

Homeowner Tips
January 3, 2018
8 New Years Resolutions for Homeowners

When things get busy, it’s normal for things to fall behind at home and, of course, this can start to feel a little overwhelming. If this sounds all too familiar, remember that the New Year is the perfect time to make some changes – and these resolutions can help put you on the right track.  Read More

December 27, 2017
Superior Sterling Suppliers: Trail Appliances

You can often tell a lot about a builder’s quality through the suppliers they choose. Sterling Homes is proud to source from Trail Appliances, one of the largest appliance sellers throughout Western Canada. Read More

Buying a New Home
December 18, 2017
7 Advantages of Buying a New Home in the Dead of Winter

It’s common knowledge spring and summer are the most popular times to buy a home, so many mistakenly assume that’s the best time to get a good deal. This isn’t necessarily the case. Read More

December 13, 2017
8 Things to Do Around Allard

Found in the bustling Heritage Valley section of southwest Edmonton, the community of Allard is becoming an increasingly popular choice. Part of the appeal is developers have worked especially hard to be sure there are a wide variety of nearby amenities. Read More

Buying a New Home Floorplans
December 11, 2017
Front Attached vs. Rear Detached: Which is Better?

As you look at Sterling floor plans, you’ll probably notice the garage placement can vary. Many of our homes have front attached garages. This means the garage is visible from the front of the home – allowing residents to enter directly into the home from the garage. Read More

Buying a New Home Floorplans
December 6, 2017
7 Advantages of a New Edmonton Laned Home

Those looking for the perfect first home would do well to take a deeper look at laned homes. These models have everything you like about detached homes with a garage just a short walk across the back lane.  Read More

December 4, 2017
Edmonton’s Housing Market Predictions for 2018

As we get closer to the end of 2017, those interested in purchasing new homes anxiously wonder what the housing market might hold in 2018. Throughout Canada, there’s a general sense the housing market is starting to level off, but these trends are largely due to changing regulations that affect foreign buyers in Vancouver and Toronto. Read More

Design and Inspiration Homeowner Tips
December 1, 2017
Feng Shui 101: The Living Room

The idea behind feng shui is that the way the energy flows in your home can have good or bad consequences in your life. By designing your home with feng shui principals in mind, you can create a more relaxing environment, improve your relationships, and even increase your wealth. Read More

Design and Inspiration Homeowner Tips
November 20, 2017
Get the Look: The Rustic Home

While you might like the rustic appeal of an old log cabin, to actually own one might mean enduring drafty windows and high heating bills. The good news is you don’t have to settle for contemporary or modern styles when purchasing a brand-new home (and you don’t have to live in a rickety old cabin either). With a few simple choices, you can create the feel of living in a rustic home with all the new home advantages.  Read More

Homeowner Tips
November 15, 2017
The Best Ways to Deal With a Bad Neighbour

You can choose your friends, but you can’t always choose your neighbours. Most people make it through life with neighbours that are friendly and kind, but there’s always a few bad apples in the bunch. For this reason, we’ve identified a few different types of bad neighbours you might encounter and how to deal with them. Read More

Buying a New Home Floorplans
November 10, 2017
8 Advantages of a New Edmonton Townhome

As you look at the options for buying a new home in the Edmonton area, make sure to consider the possibility of a new townhome. Older styles may have felt cramped, but the modern versions offer almost all of the advantages of a single-family home. In fact, you’ll soon see why a brand new townhome may be even better.  Read More

November 8, 2017
6 Reasons to Add an Income Suite In Your New Home

A lot of people are becoming interested in purchasing income properties. We’re seeing this trend in the new construction market, with more and more customers deciding to add an income suite to their new home.  Read More

November 1, 2017
Spectacular Sterling Homes: The Westeros in Uplands

Set in the popular southwestern part of Edmonton, the Uplands at Riverview offers residents the chance to experience a life surrounded by natural beauty without having to sacrifice the convenience of living near the city. Sterling builds a variety of homes in this up-and-coming neighbourhood, but you’re going to absolutely love the Westeros model. With over 2,300 square feet and plenty of upgrades available, your family is certainly going to have space to spread out.  Read More

October 27, 2017
5 Reasons to Use Your Builder’s Preferred Lender

Now that you’re ready to buy a new home, you’ll want to shop around for the best mortgage rates and offers from a variety of different lenders – including your builder’s. Because most builders have mutually beneficial relationships with the lenders they recommend,  there are numerous perks available to you as a new home buyer.  Read More

Design and Inspiration
October 25, 2017
How to Choose Paint Colours For Your New Home

Congratulations! Now that you’re the proud owner of a new home, it’s time to make some fun decisions about how you want it to look. But before you start shopping for furniture, accessories, and the right artwork, choosing the right paint colours for your new home is essential. Read More

Design and Inspiration
October 23, 2017
What is designQ and How Does it Work?

One of the best things about building your own home is being able to pick and choose the finishes and features you want. That being said, it can be a lot to think about, especially if you don’t think you have the vision to create the home of your dreams. Fortunately, Sterling Homes makes this easy with the designQ design centre. Read More

Buying a New Home
October 6, 2017
Sterling Specifications: Your Mechanical Systems

When it comes time to look for your new dream home, it’s easy to get caught up in the look and feel. With the diverse array of home models, floor plans, features, and finishes available, it’s hard not to! But, it’s also important to keep the more functional components in mind.  Read More

Buying a New Home
October 4, 2017
10 Home Buying Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

Buying a home is a great investment. With the strong housing market in Canada, now is a great time to start this process.  Read More

Homeowner Tips
October 2, 2017
10 Tips for Buying Second Hand Furniture

One of the best ways to save money when it comes to buying new furniture is to shop secondhand. 
But that doesn’t mean you’ll end up with worn-out items and mismatched sets! Read More

Design and Inspiration
September 29, 2017
8 DIY Thanksgiving Centrepieces

Hosting a big Thanksgiving dinner this year? Looking to decorate your table in style? We’ve got you covered! From autumn leaves and pumpkins to cornucopias and rustic candle holders, these DIY Thanksgiving centrepieces are sure to impress. Read More

September 27, 2017
Edmonton Community Feature: The Best of Uplands

When exploring new Edmonton communities, few will catch your eye like the Uplands at Riverview. This new west side Edmonton neighbourhood will capture your heart with its beautiful location and close proximity to every amenity imaginable. Read on to learn more about what this amazing new community has to offer.  Read More

Homeowner Tips
September 25, 2017
A Handy Checklist For An Easy Home Move

Taking possession of your new home is exciting, but having to move all your stuff? Not so much. Don’t fret! There are plenty of things you can do to make your move easy and even enjoyable. Here is a simple checklist to follow that will help take the stress out of your move and get you into your new home that much faster.  Read More

Design and Inspiration Homeowner Tips
September 22, 2017
Feng Shui 101: The Bathroom

Creating a tranquil environment in the bathroom is important to many home owners. After all, it’s one of the best places to get away and relax! Because feng shui is meant to create harmony within your home and your surroundings, applying a few of these concepts can really make your commode a place to unwind and find some inner balance. Here are some of the key things you can do to boost your bathroom’s feng shui.  Read More

September 20, 2017
New Home Warranty Basics

If you’re worried about the potential problems that could arise after you purchase a new home – don’t worry. Alongside working with a reputable builder, each and every new home buyer in Alberta can look forward to new home warranty. In addition to peace of mind and a beautiful home, here’s exactly what you can expect from your warranty program: Read More

First Time Home Buyers Homeowner Tips
September 15, 2017
The Best Podcasts For New Home Buyers

Because buying a new home is an exciting (and sometimes confusing) process for first-time home buyers podcasts are a great way to get helpful and useful information on the subject. So, if you’re thinking about buying your first home but are unsure of where to start, the following podcasts may be perfect for you. Read More

Design and Inspiration
September 14, 2017
How to Choose Artwork For Your Home

So you don’t visit many art galleries, but you want to showcase artwork in your home? We understand! It can be hard to decide exactly what you want. Need help picking the right pieces for your home? Keep these tips in mind when you start looking around. Read More

Homeowner Tips
September 6, 2017
Expert Tips to Sell Your Home

You want to sell your old house and purchase new. and you want the process to be quick and easy.
But where do you start? 
It just so happens we have a few excellent expert tips guaranteed to help you sell your home fast and for top dollar.  Read More

September 1, 2017
So What Exactly are Home Elevations?

“Elevation” isn’t a term many people are familiar with when they begin their search for a home. Read More

Buying a New Home
August 22, 2017
Why You Shouldn’t Judge Your Ideal Home by Price Alone

You finally found the new home of your dreams… Read More

August 21, 2017
First-Time Home Buyer 101: Terms to Know

When you’re hunting for your dream home you may hear a lot of unfamiliar terms, especially as a first-time buyer. Read More

August 15, 2017
What Are Standard Features and What is an Upgrade?

Standard features and upgrades vary from builder to builder. Read More

August 14, 2017
Sterling Specifications: Exterior and Framing

Finding a builder that suits your new home needs can be a tough call when you’re unsure of their standards. Read More

August 9, 2017
What You Need to Know About Home Equity

While most of us know having home equity is a good thing, we may not know why. Read More

August 2, 2017
Moving Up: Where to Spend Your New Home Dollars

If you’ve decided to build a home, there are some areas to focus on. Read More

Buying a New Home
August 1, 2017
Affordable Home Options to Fit Your Budget

There is a home for just about everyone’s budget when it comes to buying brand new. This is because there are many things to consider in terms of a home’s model, location, and style. Below are a few of the biggest influencers when it comes to the overall cost of a new home. Read More

July 31, 2017
Edmonton Community Feature: The Best of Allard

Allard is an extremely sought after community on the south side of Edmonton. Read More

July 24, 2017
Basement Suites: Independent Living Close to Home

Everyone loves a little independence when it comes to their living quarters. Read More

Design and Inspiration Homeowner Tips
July 21, 2017
Feng Shui 101: The Bedroom

Feng Shui is a Chinese system of ideas meant to create harmony in your home and the surrounding environment. Read More

July 19, 2017
Two Home Styles That Keep Your Family Connected

For many families, staying close together is how they choose to live. Read More

July 17, 2017
5 Floor Plans Designed With Socializing in Mind

When it comes to creating a social environment, you’ll want to consider your floor plan design ahead of time. Read More

Design and Inspiration Homeowner Tips
July 14, 2017
Get The Look: The Modern Home

Modern may seem boring to some but for those who love the contemporary, this look is anything but. Read More

July 12, 2017
The Details On Above Garage Suites

When it comes to an additional suite, most people feel they’re limited to the basement or main floor. Read More

Homeowner Tips
July 7, 2017
8 Garden Fails and How To Avoid Them

Now that summer is here, how do you keep your garden looking as great as the day it was planted? Read More

July 5, 2017
A Look At Your Main Floor Living Options

When it comes to choosing the perfect home, every family has different priorities. Read More

June 30, 2017
The Sterling Commitment to New Home Buyers

Sterling has been building quality homes in Edmonton for over 60 years. Read More

Buying a New Home
June 26, 2017
7 Tips to Help Determine Your New Home Needs

With so many beautiful brand new homes to choose from, it can be hard to zero in on the perfect one. Read More

June 23, 2017
8 Ideas for the Ultimate Edmonton Staycation

Don’t let the fact that you can’t go on vacation get you down this summer. There are many ways to enjoy your very own staycation, right here in Edmonton! Here are a few ideas if you’re finding yourself wanting to have a little fun, rest and relaxation over the next few weeks. Read More

June 19, 2017
What Can You Expect With New Home Maintenance

One of the best parts about buying a new home is you’ll spend considerably less on maintenance than a resale. Read More

June 14, 2017
7 Ways New Homes Lower Your Utility Costs

By continually increasing their energy efficiency standards, Edmonton’s new home builders keep utility bills in mind. Read More

June 12, 2017
Home Build Timeframes: The Choice is Yours

There are a lot of options when it comes to building or purchasing a new home. Read More

June 5, 2017
How Much Square Footage Can I Afford?

You probably already know that square footage impacts the overall cost of a home, but that isn’t the only thing. Read More

June 2, 2017
7 Kid-Friendly Features to Include In Your Home

With kids comes adventure, excitement, happiness and, of course, a little chaos. Read More

First Time Home Buyers
May 29, 2017
First-Time Buying Made Easy: Home Buyers’ Plan

We know that as a first-time homebuyer, coming up with your down payment can seem a little daunting. Read More

May 15, 2017
Transportation Options in New Communities

A huge deciding factor for many prospective homebuyers is how accessible a community is. Read More

May 8, 2017
7 Ways to Make A Mortgage More Affordable

Getting a mortgage may seem like a big challenge, especially if you’re a first-time homebuyer. Read More

Design and Inspiration
April 18, 2017
How To Decorate Your Home on a Budget

We promise it’s true! You can have a beautifully decorated home without breaking the bank. Read More

Homeowner Tips
April 11, 2017
Safety First: The Ultimate Home Safety Checklist

A lot of people tend to think of home safety as protecting your house from intruders. Read More