Monthly Archives: January 2014

Compare our standards to other builders: Part 1

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9’ main floors adds extra volume and spaciousness

42” upper cabinets allowing for extra kitchen storage

Beech wood or thermo foil Cabinets funky and durable

MDF built in shelving in all closets not only contemporary but reliable

Upscale luxury interior doors in 3 styles comes with… flat profile baseboards and casings in 2 styles we believe in quality and style

Top of the line 12mm laminate in Living Room, Kitchen and Dining areas is both fashionable and modern

Super Soft plush carpet or Mini “Shag” your choice

Security system rough in ready to finish for extra peace of mind

Central Vacuum rough in throughout for ease of lifestyle

Soft Line Corners in common areas for added flair

Programmable Digital thermostat saves cost and looks great

Rear Deck included for relaxation and entertainment

Exterior walls 2×6 studs @ 16” on centre provides for a solid structure

96% High Efficiency Goodman furnace, functional and cost saving

Premium Front door (painted the color of your choice)and ½ French Rear door adds exterior elegance

Master Bedroom comes with cable/electrical up the wall and we have included the backing to support your entertainment choices safely

Wood Studs for Basement frost walls simplicity for future development

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Visit our SHOW-HOME today!

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Visit our SHOW-HOME today, & find out for yourself why our homes are selling so fast!

Walk through our brilliant design at 3307 Weidle Way in the beautiful South Edmonton community of Aurora. Come by anytime before 8pm or book an appointment with our Area Sales Manager, Joanne Bendera by calling 780-604-4311 and receive a personalized tour of our “Whim” design. Joanne will gladly answer all your questions & give you a map of all the amenities that are featured in the stunning neighbourhood of Aurora.

Come see us today & find out why we are SOLD OUT until May 2014! You can Pre-Order your dream home today. Make it a TREND HOME for affordable luxury!

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10 Real estate terms you should understand when buying a home

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So you are entering the real estate world?

Whether you are trying to buy  or sell a home (or do both), you need to familiarize  yourself with the lingo.
You don’t want industry jargon to confuse you  and keep you from missing something crucial. Here are 15 real estate buzzwords  to keep you in the know.

1. Variable Rate : When applying for a home loan, you can get a Variable Rate or a fixed-rate mortgage. A variable rate usually has a  specific interest rate for a set time and then the interest rate fluctuates.  Most of these mortgages have a cap on how high the interest rate may increase.

2. Amortization Schedule: First off, amortize basically means to reduce a debt. An amortization  schedule is a detailed breakdown that illustrates how much interest and  principal of the mortgage has been paid off and how much remains with each  payment.

3. Closing: The final step in a real estate transaction, a closing is the transfer of the  title of the property for money or other considerations.

4. Down Payment: The down payment is the amount of money that a buyer pays upfront in order to  purchase a property.

5. Flipping: Flipping is a way to invest in real estate with the goal  of purchasing a property to re-sell it. Investors profit from the resale of the  property if its market value increases either through price appreciation or  repairs and remodeling.

6. Good Faith Estimate: A good faith estimate is an approximation of the total cost of the purchase  of property. It is provided before the mortgage loan is secured so the homebuyer  can compare the offers of different lending institutions.

7. Lien: A Lien occurs when a legal claim is put on a  property in order to receive payment for debt or for services rendered. The  holder of the lien can sell the property in order to recover the money owed. Points Mortgage points are upfront charges the lender may add  to the overall price of the mortgage. One point is equal to 1% of the total  amount of the loan.

8. Prime Rate: This is the interest rate that commercial banks offer to their best  customers. This generally means large corporations that are the most  creditworthy.

9. Underwater: When a property’s market value is less than the balance of the money owed on  the mortgage. This is usually associated with drastic falls in the market value  of the property.

10. Underwriting: The process a lender undergoes in determining whether to extend credit. A  lender makes its decision based on a variety of factors including the borrower’s  credit scores, credit history, income, other debt obligations and property  value.

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How factory – built homes are shedding their cheap label & exploding in popularity

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After more than three decades in her Toronto bungalow amid growing mildew problems in the 1940s-era home, Ruth Wiens decided it was to start fresh.

She still loved her East York neighbourhood, so the IT professional decided to demolish her existing house and build a two-storey, three-bedroom, 2,000-square-foot home from scratch.

But instead of hiring a builder to construct her new home, piece by piece, Ms. Wiens ordered one from a factory, based on a design she saw in a magazine. She didn’t want the harsh Canadian weather to pummel the shell of her home during construction, as her neighbours’ new homes had been over the years.

Mrs. Wiens wanted a house that was constructed indoors, under controlled conditions.

“There would never be in an unexpected rainstorm that just soaked everything,” Ms. Wiens said. “And having watched my neighbourhood over the years, I just thought, there are alternatives. You don’t have to be the lucky one that has the two weeks of good weather.”

Most new homes are built stick by stick, brick by brick, by a construction crew on-site, but a growing number of Canadians are buying homes right off the factory floor to be assembled on the lot within days.

However, the stigma of the earlier, shoddy iterations of these prefabricated or modular homes still lingers and the Canadian construction industry is reluctant to change, industry insiders say.

These factory-built units accounted for 11% of all the single-family homes started in 2012, up from roughly 3%-4% in 2000, according to Kathleen Maynard, the chief executive of the Canadian Manufactured Housing Institute.

Last year, some 12,970 factory-built single family homes were started in 2012. This ranges from modules which are put together on site, such as Ms. Wiens’ home by Royal Homes, to homes assembled from smaller factory-built components, IKEA-style, or fully built homes.

This marks a drop of 10% from the year before, according to the CMHI, but the decline was offset in part by an uptick in factory-built multi-family homes, such as apartment buildings.

The factory-built home is gaining traction among Canadians as the construction method is embraced by architects and as technology makes way for more innovative designs on the factory floor, said Ms. Maynard.

“As technological advances introduced into factories allowed them to build anything, that has enabled them to compete,” she said.

Factory-built homes, or prefabricated homes are nothing new.

As far back as the 17th century, pre-engineered housing kits were being shipped to North American East Coast ports, but it wasn’t until the late 19th century when ready-made wood frame-houses were first being produced in Nova Scotia, according to the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation. It was during the Second World War that the factory-built housing era began, the crown corporation said in the latest Canadian Housing Observer.

Homes needed to be built with as little material as possible in a bid to divert the least amount of resources from the war effort. These factory-built houses were later needed to meet the severe housing shortage when the troops returned home, according to the CHMC.

That image of a prefabricated home as a shoddily built, boxy structure made of poor-quality components, even decades later, is still hard to shake.

“It’s always been labelled as cheap,” said Marc Bovet, founder of Bone Structure, a Quebec-based company which produces homes that can be assembled from several factory built-components without any nails. “It has always been labelled in the U.S. as [for a] trailer park. It’s the label that comes with it, and that has to change.”

This perception has evolved as prefabricated homes give site-built houses a run for their money. The factory-built home of today comes in sleek and airy, energy-efficient designs made of high-end materials and fixtures, he said. In a factory, the company can produce precise, custom components for a more efficient way of building, Mr. Bovet said.

“Compared to wood structure houses out there, we don’t create any garbage… For a 2,500 square foot house, the traditional home construction we have right now in Canada is filling up five of those humongous garbage containers.”

Also, architects are “embracing” industrialized building, says Pieter Venema, president of Wingham, Ont.-based Royal Homes.

“It’s got more of an upscale cache to it,” he said. “People are really beginning to understand the concept and see the benefits of it. It’s slow to change but we do see it.”

One major barrier is the construction industry’s reluctance to change, says Mr. Venema. Plus, homes built in the factory, as opposed to on site, means fewer jobs for construction workers to the chagrin of some unions, he added.

“The industry is traditional, with strong unions and owners who prefer it that way,” he said.

Geography is another big factor, as some regions of the country are more open than others to purchasing an industrialized home.

About 75% of all factory-built, single detached homes were shipped to New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Alberta and Ontario.

However, in Ontario, factory-built homes are typically purchased in smaller communities and rural settings, rather than urban settings.

“Only in the last five years or so have they made in-roads into urban areas,” Ms. Maynard said. “Before, it was more difficult to transport a great big house into an existing neighbourhood.”

Consumers in rural areas are more likely to be able to purchase a vacant lot, which is difficult to do in established subdivisions, said Mr. Venema.

Industrialized homes are also popular among seniors and empty nesters looking for a smaller house, according to the CMHC.

Another related factor in the growth — and limits to growth — for prefab homes is the cost. Buying a custom home through Royal Homes, depending on the model and interior finishings, can cost about $175-to-$185 per square foot, or roughly $259,000 for a 1,400-square-foot house, without the lot. A home with Bone Structure can cost $250 per square foot, or $350,000 for a 1,400-square-foot home without the lot.

That’s compared to the average purchase price of a home across Canada of $389,199 in December, according to the latest figures from Ottawa-based Canadian Real Estate Association. Whether a modular home is more affordable depends on the bells and whistles, and location.

Mr. Pieter says their custom-built modular homes are “very competitive.”

“Our solution is not a cheaper option, it’s not a more expensive option,” he said. “If you go to a subdivision builder, it’s probably cheaper. But you’re getting a house that’s not customized, and usually not to the same spec as well. It’s just a different type of product.”

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Trend Homes President: Pierre Sareault edges out Alzheimer’s

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Hello Everyone,
 The flying frenchman is hitting the ice again!! This years Alzheimer’s Face Off Hockey Tournament offers amateur players……(me) the chance to team up with some of the NHL alumni’s all-time greats (the other guys) as we hit …the ice in the fight against Alzheimer’s and other dementias. The goal for this year’s event is to raise $1 million to support the more than 46,000 Albertans living with this devastating disease.
The toll Alzheimer’s disease takes on individuals and their care partners is profound. YOU can make a difference for people living with Alzheimer’s by sponsoring me in the Alzheimer’s Face Off tournament. Proceeds will go towards the Alzheimer Society of Alberta & NWT and will fund innovative research being done right here in Alberta and will also support programs and services designed to educate and empower families as they learn to live with dementia. Join me as we ‘Face Off’ for Alzheimer’s!
Sponsor me by clicking the following link.
Thank you in advance.
- Pierre Sareault

www.TrendHomes.ca Presents: The importance of granite countertops in your dream home.

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Granite gives a beautiful look due to its color variations, natural surface marks and blemishes. The fabrication of the slabs into your dream countertop is not a do-it-yourself project! Special care must be taken when transporting the completed countertops since they are very delicate and the cabinet base units must be checked to ensure if they require reinforcing prior to the slab being set perfectly. Granite countertops are durable, elegant and beautiful. There is a great demand by interior designers, architects and homeowners for granite because it is durable, elegant and timeless beauty.

 Many homeowners are transforming their kitchen by installing granite which is beautiful and durable. It also increases the value of their house.  Created from molten rock, it can withstand heat from hot pans or any other hot utensil in kitchen. Other benefits include it can resist damage and requires low maintenance. Two pieces of granite, from the same part of the world, in the same colors are never identical. Each slab has different mineral properties and requires different kinds of attention. It is important that a homeowner gets his granite kitchen countertop installed properly because it is an expensive material.

The most popular natural stone countertop material, granite is what many homeowners turn to when it’s time to upgrade. The sharpest knives won’t scratch it, and a bubbling pot won’t mar it. Granite is available in hundreds of colors, both bold and muted, including shades of white, black, gray, green, blue, red, pink, yellow and tan. Patterns are speckled, dotted, veined and more. Every piece possesses its own mineral makeup, meaning each countertop is a unique work of art.

What is it? An igneous rock (formed by the cooling and solidifying of molten materials) composed chiefly of quartz and feldspar, granite is one of the hardest surfaces on earth. Because of the considerable variation, it’s wise to visit the stone yard to choose your own piece if possible to avoid surprises.

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Style your life & calm your soul: Trend Homes continues to build in this stunning community…

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Away from the bright lights of the big city, Aurora is the perfect place to get caught up in the cosmos—without ever leaving South Edmonton.

Aurora is connected to everything you need with easy access to the Anthony Henday, yet we’re removed from urban noise and light pollution that hinders your enjoyment of a natural sky. Of course, night skies aren’t our only source of natural beauty—your family will enjoy our unique naturalized wetlands, connected to your home by walking trails and lit by low-light LED street lamps.

Your neighbourhood’s view shouldn’t end after dark. Make Aurora your family’s natural retreat.

South Edmonton’s new housing community, Aurora, will offer many amenities attractive to your active family lifestyle.

Aurora’s parks are natural community-gathering points. A variety of trees, shrubs and grasses make the perfect place for an afternoon picnic or evening looking up at the stars in South Edmonton. All park spaces are easily accessed from walking trails and many overlook the calming waters of Aurora’s pond features.

Is there anything more magical than the light of the stars glistening off the water? Aurora worked with an ecological consultant to help create a naturalized, self-sustaining storm water management facility. Fountains complement the native aquatic plants, which you can enjoy from our relaxing benches and viewing areas.

Aurora’s trails will let you enjoy outdoor recreation in your own community. However you like to get around, you’ll be able to enjoy the natural ponds and park space. Soon, our trails will lead you straight from your home to a new retail development where you’ll be able to pick up the essentials. One of the exciting aspects of living in a new housing community is watching the new houses sprout up. In Aurora, our extensive walking trails make it easy to watch your community grow.

 As our trees continue to grow, so does Aurora’s atmosphere in South Edmonton. We’ve taken great care to line all our streets with charming trees, which will mature into stunning full canopies over the years.

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