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How Much Value Does a Bathroom or Kitchen Add to My House?

Tue, 13 Dec by Kevin Grenier

I am often called upon to do market evaluations for people looking at selling their homes but I’m getting a growing number of requests from past clients wanting to know how much their planned renovation will cost and what the increased value of the property would be too.

There are a number of factors I look at when doing a market evaluation and I haven’t found any program that is more accurate than I am in figuring out what your property is worth, in fact some of the programs out there are downright misleading.

That said, I’d like to share with you a tool that I’ve frequently used to get a rough idea of how much a specific renovation like a bathroom or kitchen renovation might increase the overall value of your home by.

It is called the “Renovation Guide” put out originally by an appraisal company called Henderson and Butt. The latest version is 2009 but it still works as a general reference. I’ve included it here for your benefit:

Now to answer the above question, the “Renovation Guide” using a 1200 sq’ bungalow indicates that a remodeled bathroom will cost you about $10-16k and will increase the value by roughly $6-12.8k. Whereas a kitchen can run you $20-32k for average quality with an immediate increase in value of approximately $14-27.2k.

There are a few things that are important to note when renovating a house or preparing one for sale.

  • The first is who are you renovating for, yourself or a prospective buyer? If the answer is a buyer, then try to isolate who that buyer might be, age, lifestyle, etc.
  • Secondly, is budget – did you know that the cost equals or out weighs the immediate increase in value on every renovation if you are having it professionally done except for interior painting, which will give you an R.O.I. (return on investment) of 110%.

However, cleaning and decluttering win out by far with as much as a 500% R.O.I.

Before you do any preparation for sale, contact me at to arrange an appointment with myself or one of my associates in your area for a free no obligation consultation.

Best Regards,

Kevin Grenier

REALTOR®, ABR® (Accredited Buyer’s REALTOR®), SRS® (Seller Representative Specialist)


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RBC’s Economic Outlook – Alberta

Tue, 13 Dec by Kevin Grenier
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“Amid the heightened economic uncertainty spreading globally in the past several months, Alberta’s steady progress toward full recovery from the recession is


Here are RBC’s forecasts for Alberta’s economy created by RBC Economics Research:


To view the report in its entirety go to:


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Parkview Community Profile Edmonton, AB Kevin Grenier Edmonton Real Estate

Mon, 12 Dec by Kevin Grenier

Parkview, Edmonton

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The Valleyview portion of Parkview overlooks the North Saskatchewan River Valley.

Parkview is a residential neighbourhood in west Edmonton, Alberta, Canada overlooking the North Saskatchewan River valley. The neighbourhood is informally split into two smaller neighborhoods, with the portion east of 142 Street called Valleyview and the portion west of 142 Street called Parkview. There is a small strip shopping centre, Valleyview Shopping Centre, located near the centre of the neighbourhood on the Parkview side of 142 Street.

Most of the residential construction in the neighbourhood occurred after the end of World War II, with seven out of ten residences being constructed between 1946 and 1960. Substantially all residential construction was completed by 1970. Residences east of 142 Street tend to be more affluent, while residences west of 142 Street tend to be more affordable. According to the 2005 municipal census, 100% of the redsidences in the neighbourhood are single family dwellings. Substantially all residences are owner occupied.[1][2]

There are two schools in the neighbourhood. Parkview Elementary Junior High School is operated by the Edmonton Public School System. St. Rose Junior High School is operated by the Edmonton Catholic School System.

Edmonton’s Valley Zoo, a family oriented petting zoo, is located in the river valley to the south east of the neighbourhood with access provided by Buena Vista Road. Buena Vista Road also provides access to Laurier Park, a good place for families to go for picnics, and Buena Vista Park. Both parks are part of the city’s river vallye park system. A foot bridge, located in the river valley to the east of the neighbourhood provides access to Hawrelak Park on the south side.

Whitemud Drive, with access from 149 Street, provides residents with good access to destinations on the south side, including: the University of Alberta, Old Strathcona, Whyte Avenue, Southgate Centre, and Fort Edmonton Park. Travel west along 87 Avenue takes residents to West Edmonton Mall. Residents also enjoy good access to the downtown core.

Parkview is bounded on the north by the McKenzie Ravine, on the east by the North Saskatchewan River valley, on the west by 149 Street, and on the south by 87 Avenue and Buena Vista Road

Surrounding neighborhoods


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Coordinates: 53°31′24″N 113°33′49″W / 53.5234°N 113.5635°W / 53.5234; -113.5635

The New MLS is Here Now – Search for Properties Internationally & More

Thu, 08 Dec by Kevin Grenier

I’ve just added a powerful new property search tool to my arsenal which will allow you to search for properties for sale all across the globe from wherever you are in the world.

This has been in the works for some time and involved cooperation from many different real estate boards. You asked for barrier free access to MLS listings and this is what came of that. Check it out and comment on how you feel about it below, I’d love to hear your feedback as we strive to further improve this valuable tool.

Try it out at


Kevin Grenier

REALTOR®, ABR® (Accredited Buyer’s REALTOR®), SRS® (Seller Representative Specialist)


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Informed Buyer/Seller – Stay or Move? How to Decide

Wed, 07 Dec by Kevin Grenier

Market Update from the Realtor’s Assocation of Edmonton – December 5th, 2011

Tue, 06 Dec by Kevin Grenier

The following is the monthly press release from the Realtor’s Association of Edmonton in its entirety. If you have any questions on this or would like further detailed statistics, information or analysis, contact me at


REALTORS® Association sees stable market with few surprises


Victorian Single Family Home

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Edmonton, December 5, 2011: There were no surprises in the month-end Multiple Listing Service® sales figures for the month of November released by the REALTORS® Association of Edmonton today. The all-residential average* sales price of $321,135 was up less than one percent from last month and last November. Single family detached homes sold on average for $365,734 which is marginally higher than last November and last month. Condominium average price ($227,901) was up 2.3% month-over-month (from $222,778) but down 0.6% from a year ago (from $229,337).


“Prices will vary from neighbourhood to neighbourhood and from property to property,” said REALTORS® Association of Edmonton President Chris Mooney. “But generally your home would have sold last month for about the same amount as it did last year. There was a slight decrease in sales activity compared to last year but listings also decreased reducing the inventory to the level it was at in February.”

  • Residential listings = 1,800 with sales = 1,084
  • Total MLS® listings = 2,239 with sales = 1,236
  • Residential inventory = 6,588
  • Total MLS® inventory = 10,390
  • Sales-to-listing ratio (residential) = 60%, in 2010 = 64%
  • Days-on-market = 59 (same as October), last November = 64 days

“I almost think that the market is resting after the maelstrom that has occurred in the past five years,” said Mooney. “Compared to other national and global markets this part of the world is a safe haven with stability right now and great prospects in the very near future.” Total MLS® sales for the year-to-date were $5.96 billion compared to just $5.84 billion last November.


Highlights of MLS® System activity

¹. Residential includes SFD, condos and duplex/row houses.
². Single Family Dwelling
³. The middle figure in a list of all sales prices

* Average prices indicate market trends only. They do not reflect actual changes for a particular property, which may vary from house to house and area to area. Prior period figures have been adjusted to include late reported sales and cancellations and therefore reflect a more accurate view of the period than previously reported at month end.

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Local REALTOR® Kevin Grenier is recipient of new Real Estate Designation Seller Representative Specialist (SRS)TM

Wed, 30 Nov by Kevin Grenier

 November 29, 2011

Edmonton, AB – Kevin Grenier with Realty Executives Polaris has earned the Seller Representative SpecialistTM (SRSTM ) professional real estate designation conferred by the SRS CouncilTM.  The SRS CouncilTM is educating REALTORS® in the art and specialty of representing consumers who are looking for a benchmark of the highest level of service and professionalism when selecting a listing agent to market their home.


“Listing agents have sought course material targeting their specific needs for some time, says co-author of the course material, Steve Casper, ABR, SRSTM and National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) Distinguished Service Award Recipient.  Co-author Adorna Carroll, ABR, ABRM, GRI, SRS, PMN, SRES, ePRO, national instructor and co-author Bruce Aydt, SRS, ABR, ABRM, CRB, instructor and respected Professional Standards attorney states that “The SRSTM – Seller Representative SpecialistTM Designation course is a two-day content rich course focusing on the special skills Listing Agents need to represent their seller clients and interface with cooperating agents – specifically Buyer Agents”.   Congratulations from all three authors to Kevin Grenier!


Kevin completed the required education course work in November and now joins an elite number of designees who have earned the SRSÔ designation. Realty Executives Western Canada is proud that their fellow associate has reached a most sought after professional pinnacle by obtaining this designation and becoming one of the first associates in Edmonton to do so. 

November is Diabetes Awareness Month

Tue, 29 Nov by Kevin Grenier

November is Diabetes Awareness Month

We all know someone with diabetes whether they’ve had it since birth or were afflicted later in life, Either way it is a disease that education and support can go a long way in mitigating the symptoms and in some cases help you avoid becoming one of the 9 million Canadians with either diabetes or pre-diabetes.

My brother is one such person, his condition is known as adult onset diabetes and although a prize winning runner during high school he was unable to avoid diabetes later in life.

This is just one of the reasons why I am so very proud to announce that Realty Executives is now an exclusive sponsor for the Canadian Diabetes Association.

As such you’ll be seeing:   

My for sale signs with the Canadian Diabetes Association hanger underneath.

The “Clothes Line” bags will be available to anyone wanting to donate clothes January/12.

The CDA will have Realty Executives on their website with our logo as an exclusive supporter, and a direct link to our website. This should be done by January/12.

Canadian Advertising Campaign:

·Outdoor campaign consisting of 9 rotating billboards featuring our logo and support of the CDA, as well as a call to action. These will be on major highways and secondary’s.

·We also have 3 rotating airport signs in and around the luggage carousels (depending on the airport) in Winnipeg, Calgary, Grande Prairie, Vancouver, Kelowna, Nanaimo, Victoria, & Fort McMurray. As of right now, we have secured Winnipeg, Calgary, & Grande Prairie. The others will be used as they become available.

Check out the Get Checked Now” video.

Let’s do some good out there,



Kevin Grenier

REALTOR®, ABR® (Accredited Buyer’s REALTOR®), SRS® (Seller Representative Specialist)


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Supporting Local Edmonton Charities

Tue, 22 Nov by Kevin Grenier

My Real Estate Business is Changing

Mon, 21 Nov by Kevin Grenier

The real estate industry as a whole is changing, perhaps not fast enough for some of us. My real estate business is changing fueled by my clients needs.

When I got into this business, I soon realized that despite all the regulatory bodies, laws, disclosures, fiduciary duties and all that, so long as I held your interests as my client above my own all was good.

This remains as the underlying principle in my business but what is changing really comes down to re-defining my role.

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As the internet becomes more and more an integral part of our daily lives with Facebook, Google and You Tube information is no longer in shortage. In fact I’ve heard it said that we are transitioning from an information age where people would search and get answers for nearly every question to a “show me” age where people want to be shown how by someone who has walked the walk and not just talked the talk.

In other words, the information is not much good unless one evaluates the importances pulling out the key things to know and do, assuming one wants to accomplish something beyond being the walking encyclopedia at parties.

When it comes to my real estate business then my role of “gate keeper” to the information is no longer applicable. In years past if you wanted real estate information I along with my colleagues were the best sources for it, and although this may still hold true in most cases, my focus is on being the trusted professional who you rely on to put your interests above all else and steer you through the process.

You see my real estate business is now a verb, an action word.Sifting, analyzing, arranging, negoatiating, teaching, counseling, listening, acting, understanding and more all focused on helping you get results.

Let’s see how I can help you put your real estate dreams into action and accomplish your goals.

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