021: City Councillor Andrew Knack’s Take On The Future Of Edmonton Development

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Jason Scott talks with Andrew Knack City Councillor of Edmonton’s Ward 1.

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020: Find Knowledgeable, Experienced, and Safe Contractors With Handyman Connection

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About this episode of the I Love Edmonton Real Estate Podcast

In this episode, Jason Scott talks with Carol Morhart, Owner and General Manager of Handyman Connection.

Introduction 

Carol Morhart is the owner and general manager of Handyman Connection. Handyman Connection connects you with the right contractor for the job you need done. When it comes to your home improvement projects our craftsmen have the expertise to get the job done and do it right. Each one of our craftsmen has over 10 years of experience and have all gone through a thorough background check.

Carol started with the company 20 years ago as a customer service rep and worked her way up to general manager, then owner in 2012.

  • [00:31] Tell us a bit about Handyman Connection and what do they do.
  • [03:07] When someone is in the process of selling their home, would Handyman Connection be the right choice to fix up all the little things?
  • [06:55] Why would I use Handyman over your average contractor?
    • Our services are safe. All of our contractors have passed background checks, and have liability insurance.
    • We don’t charge anything to come out for a consultation. We only charge when the work is finished.
    • We let you buy your own materials so no mark-ups.
  • [09:40] Why is WCB and liability insurance so important?
  • [11:30] Is there a job too small?
  • [12:45] Can you give us some examples of times when homeowners tried to do a project themselves that didn’t go well, and you came to the rescue?
  • [16:40] Pets can be hard to work around, they are curious. Carol tells a story of a time a curious cat got trapped under a subfloor. (Don’t worry she got out fine)
  • [19:35] We have been recognized by HomeStars, been awarded a consumers choice award, and have an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau.
  • [23:30] My most frustrating day would be the same as a home owner. When a worker does not show up on time or there is a lack of communication, it’s a problem for me like it would be for you.
  • [24:50] How should you choose a contractor?
    • Always do your homework.
    • Get 3 estimates.
    • Make sure you get everything in writing.
  • [25:35] You have to know when a contractor has a pre-paid license and when they do not.
    • You do NOT have to prepay a contractor as a down payment unless they have a pre-paid license.
    • Many homeowners make this mistake.
  • [27:30] Renovations do not have to be scary.

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References

Contact 

Web: edmonton.handymanconnection.com

Tel:  780-414-6152

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More About the I Love Edmonton Real Estate Podcast

Host Jason Scott of The Mortgage Group talks to everyone and anyone who knows real estate in Edmonton.

Learn from local experts and get the inside scoop on anything that impacts Edmonton’s real estate market. Whether you are thinking of buying, selling or investing in the Edmonton market, Jason and his guests are here to help.

We interview top real estate professionals, decision-makers, influencers, and people who can help you learn more about what’s happening in Edmonton.

 

 

 

 

 

 

019: ‘Realtor To The Rescue’ Dave Ozubko Talks Pets And The Hot Areas Of Edmonton

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Jason Scott talks with Dave Ozubko a Realtor with  RE/MAX Elite.

Introduction 

Dave Ozubko started off in the restaurant and hospitality industry. He learned that going above and beyond for his customers was the key to building and maintaining a business. These skills have served him well when he made the decision to change careers and become a Realtor. Dave has been named RE/MAX Elite’s Rookie of the Year, recipient of the 2016 RE/MAX rising star award, and was recently recognized at being in the top 5% of Edmonton Realtors. In his personal life, he is a strong love of animals, he takes a percentage of every home sold and donates it to the local animal shelter and takes great pride in not only helping you find a home but also finding forever homes for animals. Check out 

Jason and Dave talk about Daves background, his work with animals, and the current state of the Edmonton Market.

Key Points & Questions

  • [1:50] If you always take care of your clients and put their needs first, the business and the money will follow.
  • [3:25] What are some of the challenges that people run into, whether buying or selling when they have a pet?
    • Condos are more of an issue than a single family dwelling.
    • Finding pet-friendly housing is one of the main reasons people start thinking about buying their first home.
    • By hiding your pet(s) you run the risk of fines or even eviction.
  • [5:53] How do you stage a home for sale that has damage and orders from a pet?
  • [6:25] How important is home staging?
    • Staging and presentation are all about optics and impression.
    • Home staging starts with a strong online presence with photos and videos.
    •  We have a painter who comes in and paints all the little nicks and scratches and paints all the floorboards.
  • [13:30] What is the current Edmonton market looking like? (July 2017)
    • It’s very active.
    • Some areas are hotter than others. Infill areas like Richie, King Edward Park, Forest Heights, and Bonneville have been very desirable.
    • Making sure details like lot dimensions are included in your listing will help get it sold.
  • [17:55] What sort of roadblocks are you encountering on the financing side?
  • [19:04] What areas are experiencing softness currently?
    • Outskirt areas like Leduc have been struggling.
    • Large condo developments.
    • When buying try to think long term.
  • [20:45] Is there a certain demographic that should or shouldn’t be looking at the condo market?
  • [22:30] Just because you’re approved for a $500,000 loan, doesn’t mean you need to use it all. Being cash poor and having all of your money going to bills is not a good way to live.
  • [23:40] What sort of traits should someone be looking for in a Realtor?
    • The interview and selection of your realtor are very important.
    • Ask them about their statistics. Much like athletes, Realtors have the numbers like the amount of time on market, how many houses sold last year, what percentage of sales to list compared to the average.
    • Find someone that is passionate about their career and who is active in their community.

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References

Contact Dave Ozubko

Web: www.davesells.ca

Tel: 7809668227

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018: Selling The House In A Divorce? Tammie Savage Shares Tips That Can Help The Process

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Jason Scott talks with Tammie Savage, a Realtor who specializes in divorces and separations.

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017: Does Your Home Have Aluminum Wiring? Rob Swyrd Explains Your Options

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Jason Scott talks with Rob Swyrd the owner of Robart Services.

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016: How To Keep Your Furnace And Ducts At Top Performance with Acclaimed! Furnaces

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Jason Scott talks with Keven Lackey owner of Acclaimed!.

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015: Getting Your Home Renovated? Paul Foster Explains The Importance Of the Design Phase

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Jason Scott talks with Paul Foster, is the owner of Contact Renovations.

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014: Richard Goatcher Shares His Insights On The Alberta Economy And The Canadian Mortgage Industry

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Jason Scott talks with Richard Goatcher, an Economic Analyst at CHBA Alberta. 

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013: Councillor Scott Mckeen Explains Why Edmonton Needs A Clear Brand and Identity

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Jason Scott talks with Scott McKeen City Councillor of Edmonton’s Ward 6.

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012: Why You Need a Home Inspection as a New Home Buyer

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Jason Scott talks with John Davis, owner and master inspector with Cabin to Castle Home Inspections, about the benefits of working with a home inspector, and common misconceptions of property inspections.

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