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Your home is your sanctuary; a safe and calm-inducing place you can retreat to at the end of the day. Did you know that our physical environment can affect our mental state? A cluttered countertop can make us feel uneasy and a collection of mismatched shoes at the entrance can change our mood when we walk in the door.

That’s why, in order to have a clear mind, we must start with a clear space. Here are eight ways to improve the organization of your place and create proper flow throughout your home, free of physical (and mental) barriers.

  1. Out of sight, out of mind… Declutter countertops in your kitchen and bathroom. Keep everyday items neatly stored in organizing containers behind closed doors or in drawers and fight the urge to place
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Canada’s home price appreciation rate peaked early in the second quarter but home prices are still expected to rise at a more modest pace for the remainder of the year, according to the Royal LePage House Price Survey. The survey, which includes resale and new build, found that the aggregate price of a home in Canada rose 25.3% in the quarter compared to the same period last year, with 89% of the regions seeing year-over-year double-digit price growth. While most of Canada was in a seller’s market, not all housing types witnessed the same heightened competition. The median price of a condominium rose a strong, but significantly lower, 11.7% year-over-year to $525,000, compared to the median price of a single-family detached home, which increased 27.1%

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Doug (Doc) Donnelly was born in Portage La Prairie, Manitoba, raised in Ottawa, and has lived in the Edmonton area since 1997.  Married to his lovely wife Melinda for over 35 years, they have one son, Adam, daughter-in-law Melanie and a wonderful granddaughter named Keira.

 After serving 22½ years of Loyalty, Honesty and Integrity in the military, for which he has received numerous medals, Doug (Doc) Donnelly decided to turn a new page in his life by joining the Royal LePage Noralta Real Estate team in January of 2003.  With over 65 years of combined family experience (all with Royal LePage) dealing in real estate, his family’s dedication and loyalty speaks for itself.  He promises to bring these family traits to you when dealing with your home.

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Air conditioning is a great choice to cool down your home. However, there are many AC-free, effective tips to cool down your home that even those with air conditioning should consider. If you are trying to beat the heat, these tips can make a big difference.

  • Make sure your ceiling fan is set to the correct setting for summer. Did you know that your ceiling fan has multiple settings? Most people don’t and changing it to the correct setting is a game changer. A fan moving counterclockwise will push air down and make you feel cool. In the winter, change it back to clockwise and run on low, which will gently recirculate heat.   
  • Close your windows. If the outside temperature is hotter than the inside temperature, don’t let that warm air in.
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Ritu Bagga graduated from the Guru Nanak Dev University in India with a Master of Arts in English.  After school she worked at the Royal Bank, gaining experience in customer service.  She started in Real Estate in 2006 and has been with Royal LePage Noralta since then.

Since joining the Brokerage, Ritu has achieved many awards, including Diamond Award 2012-2020, Award of Excellence 2015-2020, and the Lifetime Award of Excellence in 2020.  She is also consistently in the monthly Top Producer Achievement for Royal LePage Noralta.

Ritu enjoys time with her husband Rohit, who helps her in her career and to whom she has been married since 1999.  Together, their greatest achievement has been their 2 children, Shikha and Aryan.

You can reach Ritu at

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When it comes to design and decorating, there are countless ways to add character to a space… an oversized mirror, an accent chair, or a unique light fixture. But few things can make as impactful a change as a fresh coat of paint. The colour of a room has the power to influence our mood and the emotions we feel when we’re in it.

Much like fashion, paint colours come in and out of style. Each year, colour experts set the trend for the hottest colours of the season. Across the board, the colours of 2021 are meant to evoke feelings of calm, comfort, serenity and an attachment to the natural world; quite fitting in these times of a seemingly endless pandemic.

Here are the 2021 colours of the year, according to some of the top paint companies in North

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