Summer is a great time to get outside and enjoy the beautiful sunny and warm weather right here in Winnipeg. Why not take an extended lunch break over the next month and…
- Attend an Out to Lunch concert. These concert series are taking place every Wednesday until mid-August this summer. Located at the Air Canada Park (355 Portage Avenue at Carlton), the concerts go from 12 noon until 1:00 p.m. They are free to all who are interested, and the concerts feature fantastic local talent including the Salinas band, The Dead Stringers, Kyla Cederwall and others. Enjoy these hour-long performances rain or shine! Chairs are provided for all who attend and you are invited to bring your own lunch to the concerts.
- Practice yoga. Maybe you have been meaning to check out a yoga studio but just haven’t gotten around to it yet, or maybe you feel a little bit intimidated by going into a class setting – but either way, Yoga in the Park is a fun and energizing way to try out yoga and see if it’s for you. These free sessions are open to the public from 12 noon to 12:45 p.m., every Thursday at Memorial Park. Just bring your mat, a bottle of water and perhaps a small donation for the instructor. Free outdoor yoga to break up the work day? Yes please.
- Learn how to zumba. This Latin dance-inspired fitness activity is well worth giving a spin. Join the free session every Tuesday this summer from 12 noon until 12:45 p.m. at Memorial Park. All you need to bring is your sense of fun and adventure! Bonus: you’ll get a great view of the Legislative Buildings while you try out your moves.
- Eat lunch at a new restaurant patio. Have lunch for $10 at a variety of restaurants in downtown Winnipeg such as Lobby on York, Hermanos, Tavern United, The Velvet Glove, and many others. This fun Let’s Do Lunch Downtown edition also offers you the opportunity to win a downtown restaurant tour! Learn more about the participating restaurants and the menus they offer at www.downtownwinnipegbiz.com/home/events/dinedowntown. Choose a table on the patio of any restaurant listed for a great view of the downtown Winnipeg skyline, historic buildings, or simply the continuous bustle of downtown Winnipeg life.
These events are all great opportunities to get outside and enjoy the weather, invite your colleagues out to experience the activities Winnipeg has to offer, and see a new perspective on downtown Winnipeg that you may not have caught before. It’s sure to keep you busy all summer long!
Which outdoorsy activities in downtown Winnipeg will you fit into your day this summer?
Sagan Morrow owns an open-concept condo in Winnipeg’s Exchange District and loves downtown living. By night she writes the blog Living Healthy in the Real World and is the Executive Director for The Food Label Movement; by day, she coordinates the Dig In local food campaign for Food Matters Manitoba. Sagan has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Rhetoric, Writing and Communications and is a Certified Holistic Nutritionist. She enjoys taking in the theatre and art culture of downtown Winnipeg during her spare time.Our Latest Web-Stories Never miss an episode of our real estate podcast. Install our FREE Podcast App available on iOS and Android. For your Apple Devices, click here to install our iOS App. For your Android Devices, click here to install our Android App. Check my videos on Youtube
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Making sure your home shows it’s best
There is an old saying that goes: “Your home is never more exciting than the first couple of weeks on the market”. So when you put your home on the market (and I mean the REAL MARKET, by LISTING IT with a REALTOR®), make sure that your home shows it’s best. Because here is a bit of reality: About 80% of your total showings are going to happen in the first 5 days…… Here is why:
When you put your house on the market, there are any number of potential buyers who have been waiting for YOUR HOME. And they will rush in to see your home in the first few days, checking it out to see if it’s worth competing for. If the buyers find fault with your home, they simply move on to the next one and MAY NEVER RETURN.
So it’s very important to have your home as ‘show-worthy’ as possible. Here are a couple of simple tips to get you started:
1) Clean Clean Clean
Counters, bathrooms, carpets, lights, windows. Kitchen cupboards, sinks and the garage. Clean everything. Don’t leave buyers with a bad impression.
Kitchen counters should be empty, except for perhaps those Tea-Sugar-Flour-Coffee canisters. Less furniture is better than too much. Box up everything you don’t need. You could designate a room in the basement as the ‘junk room’ and move extra stuff into there.
If there are any areas where the paint is fading or flaking, paint it. Stay away from the wild colors and stick to earthy, neutral tones. That “Bright Red” kitchen wall looks funky in a magazine, but is not everyone’s cup of tea.
4) Be out of the house (or condo)
During the showing, try to be out of the house. Many buyers feel uneasy about really looking at your house, opening cupboards and looking in closets, with the home owner standing over them. Even in this hot market, the home owners should make sure that the buyers feel comfortable and at ease.
5) Remove Pets
Not everyone loves pets….in fact, some people are allergic to them. So its best to remove them, and in fact try to remove all evidence of them. If you can have them stay at relatives for a few days, thats even better.
When you buy a home, it’s the visuals that count. To sell your home faster you may want to stage your furniture and belongings to help give your home more personality. Generally, a less cluttered space is more appealing when you’re selling a home.Our Latest Web-Stories Never miss an episode of our real estate podcast. Install our FREE Podcast App available on iOS and Android. For your Apple Devices, click here to install our iOS App. For your Android Devices, click here to install our Android App. Check my videos on Youtube
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Home Staging Quick Tip #1: Air Quality, Pets and Odours
Even in a hot real estate market such as Winnipeg, home buyers DO have choices. In order to get the most money possible for their houses or condos, home sellers are starting to pay attention to home staging. A very popular trend in Ontario, where it is estimated that 1 in 4 homes are staged prior to going on the market. Home staging does not have to involve professional help or cost thousands of dollars, it could simply be a matter of touching up some paint, decluttering, arranging the furniture in a certain way and other simple suggestions. Remax has created a 10-part video series to help house and condo sellers stage their own homes. Lets take a look at the first video in this series:
Home Staging: Air Quality
In this short video, home sellers are encouraged to take a closer look (or sniff) at the air quality in their homes. Is yours an older home, suffering from mold or mildew issues? Do you enjoy cooking spicy foods on an regular basis? Do you smoke inside the home? All of these issues can seriously and negatively affect the sale of your home.
Pets can be another issue affecting air quality. Does your doggie smell? Does your cat shed a lot of hair, which can trigger a potential buyers allergies? Suggestion: Remove the pets prior and during the showings.
This home staging video also reminds us that home buyers come in all ethnic and religious denominations. So if you are selling your home during the Christmas Season, for example, you might consider keeping the christmas decorations to a minimum. Buyers need to be able to visualize themselves in this home.
Please enjoy this Home Staging Video
Selling your Winnipeg house or condo? Home staging is gaining in popularity. Here are 8 reasons why. Home stagers know these tips will help sell your home.
If you are selling your house or condo you will want to show it in its best state. Special care should be taken if you own pets.Our Latest Web-Stories Never miss an episode of our real estate podcast. Install our FREE Podcast App available on iOS and Android. For your Apple Devices, click here to install our iOS App. For your Android Devices, click here to install our Android App. Check my videos on Youtube
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List of Age Restricted Condos in Winnipeg
If you are looking for one of Winnipeg’s 55 plus Condos, the following is a list of units which may fall into this category. This is certainly NOT an exhaustive list, but does list many of the condos with such restrictions, which are usually either 50+ or 55+.
Bell Cove (Headingley South)
Country Villas Blvd. (E.St Paul)
3420 Grant Ave.
4314 Grant Ave.
380 John Forsyth Rd.
1460 Portage Ave
1976 Portage Ave.
3200 Portage Ave.
Rockmaple Rd. (E. St. Paul)
4025 Roblin Blvd.
679, 681,685, 687, 697, 785, 795, 805, 815 St. Anne’s Rd.
500 Tache Ave.
208, 212 Watson St.
687 Warde Ave.
20 Wynstone Cir. (E. St. Paul)
403 Regent Ave W. (Madeline Estates)
If you know of any other 55 plus condos which are age-restricted, please let me know by comment, so that we can add them here.
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