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In Remembrance of Our Veterans

Fri, 10 Nov by Sonia Tarabay

In Remembrance and as an act of gratitude for Veterans, we honour those who have served, and in respect for this day. Wear your poppy with pride. If you haven’t gotten one already, you can get a poppy just about anywhere, at any business. The poppy is a symbol of respect for the greatest of sacrifices by those who fought, and still fight for the freedom we take for granted.

Truly enjoy what you have. Remembrance Day is a good day to be very conscious about the fortunes and people in your life. Try to recall a time in your life when you didn’t have all the luxuries and freedoms you have today. What about the arts and sciences that bring us all closer together and give us a better understanding of one another? And your family’s ability to get the kind of education and job they want, freely? Our livelihoods, cultures and liberties are results of the efforts of those who were willing to sacrifice for the rest of us. They leave their families behind so we can come back to ours every day. So this Remembrance Day, remember these sacrifices and that to honour them, you should truly enjoy all that you have as a result.

Spend the day with good company and find some time on November 11 to gather in support with others who share your observations about Remembrance Day, like family, friends, colleagues or a communion. It’s common tradition to observe a moment of silence at 11AM on the day, so you can suggest this to whomever you’re spending time with.

In Sherwood Park, along with many residents, it is tradition for my family and I to attend The Remembrance Day ceremony at Millennium Place, located at 2000 Premier Way. It commences at 10:30 a.m.

Regardless of what you plan to do this Remembrance Day, I hope it’s a day of reflection for you and those you care about.

Warm regards,

Sonia

FAVOURITE THINGS TO ENJOY ABOUT FALL!

Tue, 26 Sep by Sonia Tarabay

It’s a new season! It’s my FAVOURITE season! There are so many wonderful things to enjoy about fall. It’s so beautiful with the stunning colours or red, yellow and orange. Just watch the sunsets and you’ll see these brilliant shades!

Here in Sherwood Park, I see the pretty fall leaves everywhere and I swear the houses look prettier too. It’s almost making them easier to sell! Of course there’s pumpkin-flavored everything and particularly those delicious pumpkin spice lattes! Our wardrobes change and its finally time to break out all those comfy sweaters in our closets!

Let’s not forget that Thanksgiving is just around the corner and there is so much for all of us to be thankful for. And Halloween too! I just noticed the new Halloween store at The Sherwood Park Mall today and I can’t wait to visit it!

At the end of my working day, I love to hear the crackle of a roaring fire. My kids love it too and there’s always marshmellows to roast and hot chocolate to enjoy! These are just some of my favourite things about Fall. They are simple pleasures to cherish. I hope you enjoy this beautiful season as much as I do. I wish you and your family a very happy Fall!

Warmest regards,

Sonia

“Back to School” and how it affects our real estate market

Wed, 30 Aug by Sonia Tarabay

 

 

One of the busiest times of the year for many families is back to school time. This year most of the Sherwood Park schools are starting between August 30th –Sept 1st. Many families hear “back to school” and it brings many mixed emotions especially if you are currently selling your home. When it comes to Real Estate there are positives and negatives we tend to see during this time.

Most years we see a lull in the market around this time. One thing to consider is many buyers are purchasing in areas based heavily on school district. This means they are attempting to close on a home and move into the house before school starts. On average, according to Realtor.ca, it takes 50 Days to close on a house however locally many houses close as quickly as 30 days. This means as a seller you want to have your house on the market no later than early July to be safe, especially if you live a highly desirable school district.

Generally, the types of homes that accommodate family lifestyles struggle the most. Those homes tend to be 3+ bedroom homes. The more bedrooms a home has the more likely a family is purchasing the house. Homes that have immediate possession are more desirable during this time for the families that are needing a home quicker to get settled into the school of their choice.

There are many areas where schools starting don’t affect the market much. Retirement communities, condos, and townhomes are a few examples. Buyers for these style of homes typically don’t have children in school anymore. Don’t be alarmed if you aren’t on the market yet. We do see the market pick back up a few weeks after school is in session and remain solid until the holiday season.

Parents with kids that are off for the summer months keep quite busy. During those months families tend to work less, travel more, and take a break from house shopping. When school starts again families get more into a schedule and then tend to have a bit more time to view homes and get serious on purchasing. If you can’t list now I’d recommend doing so the second week after schools start.

So stay safe out there and watch out for all the kids going back to school crossing the roads. If you have any questions about buying or selling Sherwood Park real estate, please feel free to give me a call. I would love to hear from you!

Warm regards,

Sonia

Summer fun in Sherwood Park!

Tue, 27 Jun by Sonia Tarabay

It’s official! Summer is here! If you’re like me, you love to make the best of our fabulous summers because, as we all no, they always seem to be much too short. Here’s a top 10 list of great things to do in Sherwood Park!

10. Play sportball, try your hand at gardening or crafts and get in touch with your artistic side in Art Zone by Gallery@501 during the Summer Play Day at Broadmoor Lake Park. The Everybody Gets to Play event runs from 11 am to 2 pm.

9. Get wet and cool off at the RE/MAX Spray Park and Playground, located at Broadmoor Lake Park. The environmentally friendly park features a wide variety of new play structures and is a great way for all children up to 15 years old to spend a hot summer fay.

8. To celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday, Strathcona County is participating in the Canada 150 Mosaic Mural Project. Four hundred individual tiles will be painted and will form an eight foot by eight foot mural. Those interested in participating must register by calling 780-467-2211.

7. Get fit with a Summer Class Pass. Strathcona Country Recreation offers unlimited access to 25 of its most popular classes for just $99. Visit www.strathcona.ca/summerpass for more details.

6. Explore the Beaver Hills Biosphere! This unique park at the Strathcona Wilderness Centre has more than 12 km of trails and a whole whack of excellent activities to get you outdoors. Those include geocaching, disc golf and much more!

5. Need to work on your swing? Or just need to sharpen up your short game? Broadmoor Golf Course has courses for both boys and girls as well as men and women.

4. There’s nothing better than a dip in an outdoor pool on a summer afternoon and what better setting to learn to swim! If you need to polish up your front crawl, check out the Hasting Lake Swim@Camp, which takes place at the Hastings Lake Lutheran Bible Camp. For more information, call 780-464-2112.

3. Dust off the bike or your running shoes and explore the vast network of multi-purpose trails that stretch all over Sherwood Park. Bring your pup, because they are all welcome on the trails too!

2. If your dog needs a little more room to exercise and explore, consider taking them to the Deerhound Dog Off-leash site. To find the park, drive three kilometres south of Wye Road on Highway 21, turn west onto Township Road 522 and watch for off-leash area signs.

1. Celebrate Canada’s 150th Canada Day at Broadmoor Lake Park. It’s a huge year and the celebrations will be incredible! There’s way too much to list here, but I’ll give you a little sample of the highlights – laser tag, human foosball, axe throwing, wagon and pony rides, science rockets, archery, petting zoo and, of course, fireworks!

What else are you excited about doing in Sherwood Park this summer? Feel free to comment and let me know!

Warmest regards,

Sonia

Honoured in Las Vegas

Thu, 09 Mar by Sonia Tarabay

 

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As the saying usually goes – what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas. But I’m making an exception! I just got back from an amazing three day trip and have some great news to share.

I was extremely honoured to receive both the Remax Diamond Club Award and the Remax Lifetime Achievement Award. The Diamond Club Award is given out annually to Remax’s top agents. Over the weekend I was also officially listed as one of the Top 100 Individual Remax Agents Worldwide.

It was a very humbling weekend and while it definitely feels great to be recognized by my peers for my hard work, it’s truly all thanks to my clients. My amazing base of clients, who I see more as friends and family, are what keep me going every day. They are the fire that motivates me and it was only with their amazing support year after year that I was even considered for these awards.

Thank you again for all of your continued support!

Warmest regards,

Sonia

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Happy Valentine’s Day! Love Contest winner announced soon!

Tue, 14 Feb by Sonia Tarabay

 

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Happy Valentine’s Day everyone!

As you may have seen on Facebook, I’m incredibly excited to be hosting my Love Contest which will have one lucky fan win a $200 gift certificate to their favourite place in Sherwood Park!

The entries have been overwhelming and filled with so many great spots within the Park. There’s even a few that I haven’t been to that I’ll be sure to check out in the near future.

Thank you for all your entries and stay tuned for the winner, which will be announced later tonight!

Warmest regards,
Sonia

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Start Your New Year With Inspiration!

Mon, 02 Jan by Sonia Tarabay

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I love awesome quotes and what better way to nurture our minds! So here are some of my favourite quotes that I want to share with you. I hope you’ll write some of them down, pin them to your wall or put them on your fridge to give you inspiration over the next year! I know these quotes inspire me every day!

“A tiger doesn’t lose sleep over the opinion of sheep” – Shahir Zag

“Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don’t matter, and those who matter don’t mind” – Dr. Suess

“I can’t change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination” – Jimmy Dean

“Try to be a rainbow in someone’s cloud” – Maya Angelou

“My best creation is my children” – Diane Von Furstenberg

“Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence” – Vince Lombardi

“Falling down is how we grow. Staying down is how we die” – Brian Vaszily

“If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door” – Milton Berle

“No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted” – Aesop

“Shoot for the moon and if you miss you will still be among the stars” Les Brown

“It is never too late to be what you might have been” – George Eliot

“In a gentle way, you can shake the world” – Mahatma Gandhi

“Everything you want is out there waiting for you to ask. Everything you want also wants you. But you have to take action to get it” – Jules Renard

“The best way out is always through” – Robert Frost

“No matter what people tell you, words and ideas can change the world” – Robin Williams

“Why fit in when you were born to stand out!” -Dr. Seuss

“Every day we should hear at least one little song, read one good poem, see one exquisite picture, and, if possible, speak a few sensible words” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

“If the world seems cold to you, kindle fires to warm in” – Lucy Larcom

“I am not afraid of tomorrow, for I have seen yesterday and I love today” – William Allen White

“Do your little bit of good where you are; it’s those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world” – Desmond Tutu

I hope these words bring you as much inspiration as they bring me! I wish you all a happy and prosperous 2017. Have fun my friends!

Warmest regards,

Sonia

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Christmas Giving at The Stollery Children’s Hospital

Thu, 29 Dec by Sonia Tarabay

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With Christmas now just behind us, I wanted to take a moment to reflect on the holiday season. For me, Christmas has always been about giving and this year was no different. Just before Santa and his reindeer left the North Pole and started delivering gifts, I headed over to the Stollery Children’s Hospital in Edmonton to do some giving of my own, and it sure felt good!

I credit the Stollery for playing a huge role in saving the life of my son Lennox. They are an amazing institution and I know so many other parents whose children have benefitted greatly from the incredible work they do every single day. I’m so grateful for what they have done for my family, and I try to give back in any way I can. This year, I started with a delivery of little stuffed tiger bears for dozens of the children currently receiving care at the hospital. I also presented the Stollery with a cheque for $8,000.

While this donation is incredibly important to me, I couldn’t have done it without the support of my amazing clients across Sherwood Park, Strathcona County and Edmonton. Everyday I feel honoured that you have chosen me to be your REALTOR® and I’m so thankful for what you’ve allowed me to do.

Enjoy the rest of your holidays and have a safe and prosperous New Year!

Warmest regards,
Sonia

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Kicking off Christmas Season at Festival of Trees

Mon, 28 Nov by Sonia Tarabay

 

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I was very excited to get involved in one of the great Christmas traditions in Sherwood Park – the annual Festival of Trees hosted by Festival Place. It’s a celebration that raises money to support The Cultural Arts Foundation. It helps children and youth which is a wonderful cause. We have so many talented people in Sherwood Park and area and they need our support!

For the first time, I donated a tree and of course I put my own brand on it. With the help of my daughter Alexa, who purchased the tree and all of the ornaments, we designed the “Leopard Love Tree” and it turned out great as it was pretty east to spot! It truly was an incredible way to kick off the Christmas Season.

Sherwood Park is our home and it has also been an amazing community to do business in. I’m very fortunate for all the supportive I’ve received from people in Strathcona County, so I love giving back whenever I can. Thanks to all of the others who donated trees and wreaths and to everyone who attended this event and bid on the beautiful creations!

Warmest regards,

Sonia

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Remembering those who made the ultimate sacrifice

Wed, 09 Nov by Sonia Tarabay

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It’s almost easy to take the freedom we have for granted in Canada today. We have freedom of speech, freedom of religion and the freedom of free thought. Everyone over the age of 18 has the right to vote and elect people who represent us. Thankfully, many Canadians have never lived in a world where it has been any other way.

It’s important to recognize those freedoms and it’s just as important to recognize the brave men and women who fought to help protect them. Since 1914, nearly 115,000 people died while representing Canada in the two World Wars, in various peacekeeping operations and in Korea and Afghanistan. Many of these people were very young, with much of their lives still ahead of them. On November 11, Remembrance Day, we have the opportunity to pay our respects to all of those who have served for the greater good.

In Sherwood Park, schools throughout the community will host ceremonies and observe a moment of silence to remember the fallen. There will also be the annual Remembrance Day service at Millennium Place on Nov. 11 starting at 10:30 a.m.

It warms my heart to see so many people in Sherwood Park who are proudly displaying their poppies in front of their heart. If we all remember the sacrifices that have been made, we can stop these tragic wars from happening again in the future.

Warmest regards,

Sonia

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