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

Wednesday, November 30th, 2011

 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

Tuesday, November 29th, 2011

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)


P.S. make sure you “like” my Facebook page

This e-mail is not intended to solicit anyone who is contractually represented by another REALTOR®


Supporting Local Edmonton Charities

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011

My Real Estate Business is Changing

Monday, November 21st, 2011

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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New Edmonton Community Page Worth Bookmarking

Tuesday, November 8th, 2011

Every once in a while there is a website page that is worthy of adding to your favourites and returning to time and time again.

Local Edmonton information is now conveniently at your fingertips so you can find out which bus to take to get to the game and who is playing this weekend anyway? You’ll also find information on schools and even how to navigate through South Edmonton Common, which is a mammoth task in itself.

Check it out and let me know if you make it a favourite too. Click on the following image:

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Get Your Real Estate Questions Answered Here

Monday, November 7th, 2011

Got a Real Estate Question? I’ve got the answer, just type your question in the comment section below and I’ll respond to it.

All I ask in return is that you “Like” my Facebook Page Buy Smart Sell Smart with Kevin Grenier realtor.

I look forward to hearing from you.


  Best Regards,


  Kevin Grenier

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



 This e-mail is not intended to solicit anyone who is contractually represented by another REALTOR®

What do I do if my tenant hasn’t paid their rent?

Monday, November 7th, 2011

The Informed Home Buyer/Seller – Understanding Market Value

Sunday, November 6th, 2011

Update from the Realtor’s Assocation of Edmonton – November 2nd, 2011

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2011

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

October real estate market slower but not at all scary

Edmonton, November 2, 2011: In October the streets are overrun with ghoulish figures and scary characters but homeowners had no reason to fear the local housing market. Average prices for all types of residential property softened in October as part of the seasonal trend. In October the average* price of a single family detached home dipped lower than the two previous years and the previous month. The average price of a condo also dropped below the two previous same-month levels and was $15,500 below the price at the start of 2011. Over-all, the average residential price dropped to the lowest point since March but was $2,500 above the same figure in 2010.

  • SFD average price $362,897 (down 3.4% m/m), median price $346,500
  • Condo average price $223,892 (down 4.4% m/m), median price $210,500
  • Duplex/row house average price $309,474 (up 4.7% m/m) , median price $308,000
  • All-residential average price $319,985 (down 3.9% m/m), median price $312,500

“The balanced market continues as evidenced by the same number of residential sales in October 2011 and October 2010,” said REALTORS® Association of Edmonton President Chris Mooney. “Although there are initial signs of labour shortages in the service sector, we are optimistic about real estate performance. As job openings increase in Alberta, people will again start to move here and drive real estate sales up.”

The sales-to-listing ratio was up 2% to 54% in October and the days-on-market figure rose from 56 in September to 59 in October. Residential listings were down in October compared to last year and as a result the available inventory dropped from 8,062 in September to 7,296 at the end of October. There were 1,170 residential sales in October compared to 1,169 in October 2010. Listings dropped from 2,218 in October 2010 to 2,166 this year.

“My colleagues and I are out in the marketplace every day, talking to buyers and sellers,” said Mooney. “We see some reluctance from clients who have their eye on other markets but those who focus on the local figures see the strength, stability and opportunity that support a decision to invest in real estate.” There are 3,124 REALTORS® active in the Edmonton area who can assist with a real estate transaction.

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Highlights of MLS® System activity

October activity

Record for
the month*

% change from
October 2010

Total MLS® System sales this month



Value of total MLS® System sales – month

$439 million


Value of total MLS® System sales – year

$5.51 billion


Residential¹ sales this month

$374 million


Residential average price



SFD² average selling price – month



SFD median³ selling price



Condo average selling price



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.

The data included on this website is deemed to be reliable, but is not guaranteed to be accurate by the REALTORS® Association of Edmonton. The trademarks REALTOR®, REALTORS® and the REALTOR® logo are controlled by The Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA) and identify real estate professionals who are members of CREA. Used under license.