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By Patrick (Pat) Dardis
(RE/MAX Fort McMurray)
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A guest of a resort hotel in a tourist area walked into the dining room where breakfast was being served.  Shortly after the guest sat down a waiter arrived to take his order.   "I would like two eggs, over easy, one with the yolk overcooked and rubbery and the other undercooked with the yol...
By Patrick (Pat) Dardis
(RE/MAX Fort McMurray)
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It should come as no surprise that between Thanksgiving and New Year's Day, our excessiveness hits an annual high, especially where waste is concerned:  We throw out 25 percent more garbage than we do the rest of the year.  That's a million extra tons of garbage per week.   So this year c...
By Patrick (Pat) Dardis
(RE/MAX Fort McMurray)
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  I invite you to experience an evolutionary online marketing technology for the Fort McMurray Real Estate Market, streaming HD web video tours. I offer high definition web video tours of your home when you list with me that are stream directly from my personal website www.McMurraysBestHomes.com ...
By Patrick (Pat) Dardis
(RE/MAX Fort McMurray)
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Did you know that when working with a good mortgage broker, you will always be offered the best rate upfront? Manulife Financial Advisor, Greg MacPherson, says that banks "only reveal the lowest mortgage rate they will give you when you absolutely force them to by coming up with a better com...
By Patrick (Pat) Dardis
(RE/MAX Fort McMurray)
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There hasn't been a better time to buy in Fort McMurray in the past three years then right now. Since October 2008 we have watched the listing price of single family home drop. The number of sales each month has been in the 30's a compared to the 100's in the past few years. The avera...
By Patrick (Pat) Dardis
(RE/MAX Fort McMurray)
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Low-Cost Tips to Get your Home Ready for the HolidaysIt's that time of the year again and even though getting your home ready for the holidays can seem like a chore, it doesn't have to be. Fortunately, it doesn't even have to take up much time or money, either. You can do it in a few ...
By Patrick (Pat) Dardis
(RE/MAX Fort McMurray)
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McMurraysBestHomes.com Fort McMurray Alberta MLS Market Stats Updated November 4, 2008 October 2008 $ Value of Units Sold for Current Month # of Units Sold for Current Month # of New Listings for Current Month # of Active Listings End of Current Month $ Average Unit Price for Current Month RESID...
By Patrick (Pat) Dardis
(RE/MAX Fort McMurray)
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We have gone from listing and selling within a week or two, to actually having some inventory for the Buyers to look at. For the last six months the number of listing has grown. The largest increase in the number of homes has come in the month of October with over 181 new listings. The Average pr...
By Patrick (Pat) Dardis
(RE/MAX Fort McMurray)
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 A friend Gary Tagg sent me this report. With the election now in the past, the big news headlines are all about the economy. Terms such as "credit crunch" have been coined to try and describe what the international financial sector has been experiencing.We thought we would spend a few ...
By Patrick (Pat) Dardis
(RE/MAX Fort McMurray)
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  Home Maintenance Checklist for Fall and Winter in Fort McMurray, Alberta. As the winter season approaches and the air become crisp, it's time to start thinking about preparing your house for the season. The winter season means spending more time indoors, hence roofs need to shed rain and sn...
By Patrick (Pat) Dardis
(RE/MAX Fort McMurray)
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  What is mould? Mould is microscopic fungi, a group of organisms which also includes mushrooms and yeasts. Fungi is highly adapted to grow and reproduce rapidly, producing spores and mycelia in the process. You encounter mould every day. Foods spoil because of mould. Leaves decay and pieces of w...
By Patrick (Pat) Dardis
(RE/MAX Fort McMurray)
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    The news is filled with headlines about the state of today's housing market south of the border-"Foreclosure sales are up." "Real estate prices are down." "Borrowers are defaulting on sub-prime loans." It's easy to be confused and uncertain about whether ...
By Patrick (Pat) Dardis
(RE/MAX Fort McMurray)
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Are you a home buyer looking to purchase a home sometime soon? If so, there are several things you should avoid when you enter the home buying process. And if you aren't careful to avoid them it is possible that your closing will be delayed or even canceled. Your adherence to the following ru...
By Patrick (Pat) Dardis
(RE/MAX Fort McMurray)
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There are many things a home owner can do to increase the value of their home. This can be done interior or exterior, from do-it-yourself for the smaller projects to hiring a contractor for the larger jobs. You can give your home a face lift a little at a time. Most home owners don't have th...
By Patrick (Pat) Dardis
(RE/MAX Fort McMurray)
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Each year thousands of prospective homeowners are shocked to discover their credit history will hinder their ability to own their dream home. The very first thing that your loan officer checks when you apply for a mortgage or any kind of credit is your credit score. You are rated in terms of the ...
By Patrick (Pat) Dardis
(RE/MAX Fort McMurray)
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 The sun sets on an old buckethauler at Syncrude's oil sands project on August 28, 2006. The mining is now done primarily with trucks and shovels. The entire site runs virtually non-stop 24/7 including huge Caterpillar mine trucks hauling their payloads at Shell's Muskeg River Mine proje...
By Patrick (Pat) Dardis
(RE/MAX Fort McMurray)
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Most people arriving in Fort McMurray are looking for jobs; looking for the opportunity to pocket some of the financial benefits of working in the oilsands capital of the world. But a recent look-see by a couple of big names had more to do with what was going on there than it had about money. The...
By Patrick (Pat) Dardis
(RE/MAX Fort McMurray)
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Purchasing a home can be a stressful experience for anyone, but especially for first-time buyers who may not be aware that there are a host of costs associated with buying a home other than the actual purchase price and real estate commissions. It helps to know what those costs are in advance rat...
By Patrick (Pat) Dardis
(RE/MAX Fort McMurray)
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Not all real estate practitioners are REALTORS®. The term REALTOR® is a registered trademark that identifies a real estate professional who is a member of the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION of REALTORS® and subscribes to its strict Code of Ethics. Here's why it pays to work with a REALTOR®.    1. Navig...
By Patrick (Pat) Dardis
(RE/MAX Fort McMurray)
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  ·    One of the easiest ways to cut your heating and cooling bill is to make sure that your attic has 7 inches (R-22) or more (up to R-49) of fiber glass or rock wool insulation.   ·    A simple step we often ignore-replace or clean your AC vents once a month.   ·    Don't leave your bathr...

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