Buying a New Home Design and Inspiration Floorplans
November 2, 2023
So What Exactly are Home Elevations?

Home elevations (or house elevations) may not be a term that everyone is familiar with. However, the chances are that you’ve seen many of them without even realizing it. So what exactly are home elevations? Simply put, they refer to the exterior views of a house or building, as seen from different angles.

Architects and builders typically use these elevations to give clients an accurate representation of what their future homes will look like. They provide detailed information about the dimensions, proportions, materials, and design elements of a house, allowing clients to visualize the final product and make any necessary changes to the front or rear wall design before construction begins.

Choosing your home elevation impacts your floor plan drawings, the architectural style, and the overall house design and aesthetic appeal of your home.  Do you want to incorporate wood into the design, or are you looking for something ultra modern? There are plenty of elevation design ideas out there, so let’s dive in and see what appeals to you! Read More

October 26, 2023
Requirements for Income Suites in Edmonton

Many people looking to invest in property in Edmonton have been drawn to the option of legal 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.

If you choose to build your home with Sterling, we can include an income suite in the design of your brand-new home. Since adding an income suite can also help you qualify for a mortgage, this can make the home you want more affordable.

In this article, we’ll discuss the legal requirements for income suites in Edmonton, as well as the differences between an in-law suite and a legal suite. With this information, you can make an informed decision when it comes to finding the perfect income suite for your needs. Read More

Homeowner Tips Maintenance
October 19, 2023
9 Things to Consider When Finishing Your Basement in Edmonton

Finishing your basement in Edmonton can be a great way to add extra living space to your home. Whether you’re looking to add a bedroom, a home office, a recreational space or a basement suite, developing your basement can be a great way to get the most out of your home. Before you start, there are a few things to consider.  Read More

Homeowner Tips
October 12, 2023
Which Backyard Sun Exposure Is Best For You?

When it comes to your backyard, the sun is your best friend. Knowing which backyard sun exposure is best for you is important when it comes to selecting a lot for your new home and it’s a great starting point for any garden project. To get started, you’ll need to create a sun map of your garden space. This will help you determine the position of the sun in relation to your location and the time zone you’re in. 

The sun and garden map will also help you figure out how many plants you can fit in your garden beds, as well as the best times to plant them. For example, in the northern hemisphere, late winter and early summer are the best times to plant vegetables. If you’re in the southern hemisphere, late summer and early winter are the best times. Additionally, you can use the sun map to plan your crop rotation and decide which plants should be planted in the same family.

Keep reading to learn more about backyard sun exposure and what it means for your new home.  Read More

Buying a New Home
October 5, 2023
Is Beaumont A Good Place To Live?

Beaumont, Alberta is a vibrant and growing city located just south of Edmonton. With a population of over 20,000 people, Beaumont is the perfect place in Canada to call home. This bustling city offers a variety of appealing amenities, including parks, trails, and recreational facilities. Read More

Buying a New Home New to Canada
September 29, 2023
Welcome to Edmonton! Your Guide to Alberta’s Capital City

Welcome to Edmonton, the capital of Alberta and one of Canada’s most vibrant cities! Edmonton is a city filled with opportunities for new home buyers, boasting numerous amenities and attractions that are unmatched in other cities.

Whether you’re looking for an adventure-filled outdoor experience or a bustling city life, you can find everything here. With its rich culture, diverse communities and welcoming atmosphere – Edmonton offers something unique to each resident; no matter where they come from or what their interests may be.

In this guide, we’ll explore all the amazing aspects of life in Edmonton so read on if you want to learn more about why it should be your new home! Read More

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September 21, 2023
The Ultimate Guide To Schools in Edmonton

Edmonton is home to some of the best schools in Canada, from elementary all the way to post-secondary. Whether you’re looking for a top-rated high school, the best private schools in Edmonton, or the top elementary schools in Edmonton, this guide has you covered! 

With this guide, you’ll be able to find the best schools in Edmonton for your children or yourself, no matter your educational needs. We’ll provide you with an overview of the different types of schools in Edmonton, as well as a look at what makes each one unique. Read More

Buying a New Home
September 14, 2023
Home Warranty Do’s and Don’ts

Are you in the market for a home in Edmonton? One important decision that comes up in the home-buying process is whether or not you’ll need to purchase a home warranty. Understanding the do’s and don’ts of buying a home warranty can help take some burden off trading up to your dream property – plus give you peace of mind down the road! 

A home warranty offers protection against potential breakdowns, malfunctions, and repair costs for your newly purchased property. But it’s also important to know exactly what to look out for when deciding on such a purchase. 

We’ll help demystify this process with helpful tips so that you can make an informed decision about purchasing a home warranty plan that’s right for your needs. Read on for more information about Home Warranty Do’s And Don’ts! Read More

Buying a New Home
September 7, 2023
Edmonton vs Calgary: Where Should You Choose to Live?

Are you considering a move to Alberta? Chances are, you’ve narrowed down your decision-making process to the province’s two major cities – Calgary and Edmonton. But which one is right for your needs? In this article, we’ll explore the pros and cons of Edmonton versus Calgary so you can make an informed decision about where to live in Alberta.

From cost of living to job opportunities, culture and social life, and real estate markets – we will cover all bases in deciding whether Edmonton or Calgary should be your new home! Read More

Buying a New Home Floorplans
August 30, 2023
Front Attached vs. Rear Detached: Which is Better?

When it comes to choosing a home design, there are many options to consider. One of the most common choices is between a front attached or rear detached garage. But which is the best choice for you?

Whether you choose a front attached or rear detached garage, both options have their advantages and disadvantages. It’s important to consider your needs and lifestyle when deciding which option is best for you and your family. Read More

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August 24, 2023
Home Builder Comparison Checklist

Welcome to your guide to finding the perfect home builder in Edmonton! This Home Builder Comparison Checklist is designed to help you make the right decision when looking for your ideal home builder. With our Checklist, we aim to simplify this process by helping you evaluate and compare the offerings of various home builders.

This checklist has all of the critical elements you’d want to consider when choosing your builder. It covers aspects such as the builder’s local reputation, the quality of their previous work, their pricing and transparency, and their ability to customize designs to suit your unique needs.

We understand that building or buying a home is a significant investment, and we want you to make the most informed decision possible. Read More

Buying a New Home Financing
August 10, 2023
30-year Amortization Rate in Canada – Does It Exist? Can I Get It? Will It Come Back?

If you’ve been searching for a 30-year amortization mortgage in Canada, you may have come up empty-handed. Most mortgages are limited to a 25-year amortization period, as this is the maximum amount allowed for mortgages covered by CMHC Insurance. This doesn’t necessarily mean you can’t get a 30-year mortgage, but you have to do a little extra work to obtain one.

In this article, we’ll discuss the current state of 30-year mortgages in Canada, what options you have if you’re looking for a longer mortgage term, and whether or not we can expect to see the return of the 30-year mortgage in Canada. We’ll also look at the differences between a shorter-term and 30-year mortgage rate in Canada, and why you might choose one over the other. Read More