Get Ready for the Spring Real Estate Market

The temperatures are getting warmer, the days are getting longer, and spring is officially on its way. It’s not just the temperatures heating up this spring, either. The real estate market is too! 

Spring is one of the best times for you to get involved in real estate. We’re looking at a great season ahead, so to help you get ready (to buy or sell!) we’ve put together some of our best tried-and-true tricks for springtime.

Spruce up Your House

When you’re planning on selling in the spring, it’s important to tidy up the inside and outside of your home. Take care of that clutter lying around and take the time to freshen up – prospective buyers want to look at your house as a clean slate. So make sure you take the time to:

Put away extra belongings and clutter 

Wash the windows


Clean appliances

Clean inside closets and cabinets

Curb appeal is a big deal in springtime, so don’t forget to make a great first impression as potential buyers pull up. Luckily, it’s easy to achieve this in the spring with a bit of yard work and some bright flowers.

Have a Plan!

Don’t come into the real estate market without a solid game plan. If you’re looking for a new home, be sure to think about what features you need, and which ones you want. This list might look at:

How many bedrooms and bathrooms you need

The architectural style of the home

The size of the yard, including considerations like fencing for those doggos!

Which neighbourhoods you prefer

Whether you need a garage or extra storage space

Having this information on hand will help you (and the Dave Ozubko team!) make sure you can find a house that will make you smile every time you come home. 

Choose When to List

Timing your listing is incredibly important. Listing your home too early or too late can end up costing you money. Your real estate agent will be able to help you decide when it’s the best time to list. While you can never know for certain, realtors can help analyze real estate trends in your neighbourhood so you can be confident you’ve listed at the best time.

Find a Real Estate Agent

There’s a lot for you to know about the spring market. Fortunately, Edmonton real estate agents are here to help! If you’re planning to buy or sell this spring, or even just weighing your options, get in touch with the Dave Ozubko team. We can help you successfully navigate the real estate market this season. Plus, we’re known to sell homes much faster than the market average, leaving you plenty of time to enjoy your summer after a purchase or sale!

Furry Holidays

Here at The Dave Sells Headquarters we have been thinking of all things festive. With the holidays quickly approaching we thought of a few tips to share for all your furry family members.

1) Make sure that Christmas tree is nice and secure! Especially if you have cats. We know how much they like to hide out in the tree. You do not want your tree to fall on anyone including your pets. If you are opting for a real tree this year be wary of the water. It can be full of harmful bacteria so do not let your pets drink it.

2) If you’re getting extra “jolly” this season make sure to keep your beverages out of reach of your pets. Ingesting alcohol can be very troublesome for your animals so it’s best to keep all the cocktails to yourself.

3) Carving up your favorite roast beast? The table all decked out and ready to go? Be sure your furry friends can’t get any of that food. Sweets, chocolates, carcass bones, etc. can be very harmful and result in a pricey trip to the vet (Do you have your pet insurance yet?).

4) The holidays and merry and BRIGHT. If you are lighting candles be sure they are on a good stable surface and out of your pets reach. Never leave a pet in a room with the candles burning unattended.

5) Underneath the mistletoe! Holly and mistletoe are poisonous to your pets. Switch these out for artificial when possible, just you won’t miss out on any of those holiday smooches!

6) If your planning on a Clark Griswold theme with all the lights Home Depot supplies, be sure to keep the cords, wires and batteries out of paws reach. Taping the cords to the floor or using battery or electric ornaments that can be strung up higher on the trees is a good way to avoid any incidences. Biting these cords can burn or be lethal to your pets.

7) Buying gifts for your animals this year? Take a peak at our past blog on pet safety to help select appropriate toys. Squeakers, stuffings and other small pieces can make a seemingly harmless toy potentially very harmful.

8) Loud noises and the never-ending stream of guests can also be stressful on your pets. Give them a peaceful room to get away from the hustle and bustle. Like you, they too can use a break from all the holiday rush.

Happy Holidays from Mr. & Mrs. Sells, Benson and Chapo!



Happy Halloween YEG!

Over here at the Dave Sells Head Quarters, Benson and Chapo are getting ready for this Halloween season. Halloween can be fun for your whole family, including your furry friends! Here’s some tips and treats to make your Halloween safe and SPOOKTACULAR!

-Dressing up your pets is awesome! But don’t forget about their comfort. Make sure they are free to move, breath and bark/meow. We know that YEG’s Halloweens can look like a scene from Frozen, so make sure to dress the whole family appropriately. Keep those ears, paws and tails warm!

-If you are bringing your four-legged friend out trick or treating, be sure that they have light reflective/light up collars or clothing. With dimly lit areas and pets being close to the ground they are very hard to see. Many distractions from decorations and costumes can divert driver/people’s attention away from the road and they may not see your pets. Include proper tags on your pets just in case they get spooked and make a run for it. Be sure your up to date with your contact information!

-Know your pet’s temperament. If your pups are not keen on larger crowds or “scary” decorations, it might be better to keep them home for the night.  A pet carrier is a great way to keep them calm and collected.  You can also have fun with costume ideas. If you are planning on spending the night inside, keeping your pets away from the frequent opening/closing doors with unfamiliar faces can prevent unnecessary stress.

-Now for the treats! Since we all know Halloween candy is not for you pets, we thought we would include a little something special for them. These would be great to pass out to your other four legged friends in your neighborhood when they come trick or treating.


Pumpkin Peanut Butter Pup Treats


  • 2 ½ Cups Whole Wheat Flour
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1 Cup of Canned Pumpkin
  • 2-4 Heaping Tablespoons of Peanut Butter
  • Water as Needed (Or Broth)
  • ½ Teaspoon of Cinnamon


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees Faranheit
  • Mix together all of the ingredients, adding water as needed to make dough workable. The dough should be dry and stiff.
  • Roll the dough into a ½ inch thick roll and cut into ½ inch cookies.
  • Bake in the oven until hard, approx. 40 mins or less depending on the cookie size.

Have a Happy and Safe Halloween Everyone!

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Sneakers & Strays

Its that time again! The annual 10km, 5km, 3km fundraiser is on September 17th. The goal this year is to raise $50,000! The money goes to HART (Humane Animal Rescue Team) which is a cause that Realty to the Rescue works hand in hand with. This organization is volunteer based and needs your help to fund medical treatment, shelter, food and rehabilitation projects. With winter right around the corner these funds are desperately needed. This great event is pet friendly so bring your four legged friends out for some nice fall scenery (with a leash of course). There is also timed events for those who have that competitive spirit! All the event details and registration can be found here Keep in mind there will also be adoptable pups there for you to meet!! Get ready to fall in love!

Event Summary

Who: You and all of your 2,3, or 4 legged family and friends.

What: Spectacular run or walk with or without your puppy pals.

When: Sunday, September 17, 2017.

Where: 13221 Buena Vista Rd NW (Buena Vista Dog Park)

Why: To help rescue, rehabilitate, and rehome stray and abandoned dogs.

Race Day Schedule – Sunday, Sept 17

-9:00am – 9:30am   Late Package Pickup & On-Site Registration

-9:30am   Warmup and Pre-race Briefing (all events)

-10:00am  10K, 5 and 3K: START

Dogs welcome, but MUST be leashed in accordance with city bylaws for 5k and 10k events.

And if you can’t make it to this great event you can support HART by purchasing their new apparel!! If you follow our Instagram you have seen some sneak peeks at their new line. Wear it loud and proud!!!

We will see you September 17th!

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Edmonton’s #RealtorToTheRescue Now Found at

In the last few years, you’ve come to know us as Edmonton’s #RealtorToTheRescue. This name is near and dear to our hearts, because it describes our two greatest visions:

1. To be a realty team that helps “rescue” clients from frustrating situations in buying or selling their homes, and,

2. To help Edmonton animal rescue teams find forever homes for abandoned and mistreated animals.

Regrettably, we’ve been informed by the Canadian Real Estate Board that the Realtor to the Rescue domain name has trademark restrictions. To stay compliant, we’ve transitioned to a new domain. Our clients and friends can now find us online at Don’t worry, though; you’ll still know us as the #RealtorToTheRescue team. Only our domain name has changed to meet the CREB requirements. Everything else will remain exactly the same, including our brand, dedication to clients, and commitment to helping people and animals alike. So next time you tell your friends about Edmonton’s #RealtorToTheRescue team, be sure to send them to the new location for the website:

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It’s Doggone Hot Out

Its Doggone Hot Out

Dogs like people are susceptible to the heat and sun! With all of Edmonton’s outdoor festivities we don’t want to forget about their sun safety. We want your whole furry family to partake in the summer fun!

  • Water water water!!! Give your dog plenty of H2O.  Lots of establishments leave water dishes out for pets but it’s always safest to bring your own. If you don’t have one of the bottles with the built-in dish, remember to bring one.
  • Light haired dogs are more at risk for sunburn. All pet owners should pay attention to exposed areas like the nose, ears and lips.  Apply sunscreen to these areas!  Its best to avoid sunscreens with PABA or zinc – these ingredients are toxic to your dog if ingested. Remember to reapply sunscreen to your dog every 4 to 6 hours or after a long time in the water just like you would for yourself.
  • If you are taking your dog to swim in rivers or beaches watch out for a strong tide. Be sure to rinse them off after playing in the water to avoid the sand drying in their coat. As well be careful and check for algae warnings, some algae like blue-green algae are toxic to dogs.
  • A great cold treat for your pet on these hot days are ice cube treats.  Place their favorite food or treats inside an ice-cube tray before filling with water and freezing.
  • NEVER LEAVE YOUR PET IN YOUR CAR!!!!  We Cannot stress this enough.  Even with the windows down, your car can reach unsafe temperatures.
  • Make a puppy pool in your yard for them to cool off. Your pets will enjoy having a nice place to cool off while they are outside but keeping them indoors especially during the hottest parts of the day will allow them to stay cool and out of the sun.
  • Get your pet groomed. Keeping their fur tangle free and trimmed will help them stay cool.
  • Watch out for hot pavement! If it’s hot on your hand it’s hot on their paws. Dogs sweat through their foot pads so if they are walking for long periods of time on hot sidewalks it makes it difficult for them to cool off. If you don’t want to walk on it, why would they? Also, because they are closer to the ground your pets feel more of the radiant heat from the ground. Keep your walks in the markets short and sweet. Save the long play times for an evening in the park when its cooler outside.
  • Older dogs and certain breeds with snub noses should be kept indoors somewhere cool. These dogs are prone to heart and lung disease and they will have a harder time with the heat.
  • Watch for signs of heat stroke; excessive panting, weakness, high temperature, bright red gums or eyes.

Be aware of the these simple guidelines and enjoy the summer season outdoors with your pets!!

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Pets in the Park!

As you all know this year we lost our beloved Argus and Jacob which makes this cause even more dear to our hearts. Pets in the park (This Sunday, June 25th, 9am to 4pm) raises money for the Edmonton Human Society and over 8,000 (2016 approximate number of pets in their care) pets they care for each year! Not to mention it was Jacob and Argus’ favorite event. We have included a few features of this amazing event to give you a taste of the fun to be had. Join the Realtor to the Rescue team or donate today!

Pets in the park has everything your pup could want!

-Paint you pup station! Get into the festive spirit with this feature!

-A canine carnival with a mental agility course, with prizes included!

-Wiener dog races! What else do you really need to say about this one.

-Super pup doggie demos. Watch these pups jump, dive and fly!

-Bingos Pet Shop tent. Toys, collars, treats and more with all the proceeds going to EHS. Perfect time to get a snazzy new collar.

-And its not all about the pups at this event. There is food trucks to nourish those famished participants as well as Edmonton’s only all ages AND pet friendly beer garden. The entertainment stage has family friendly shows (Frozen live @ 12pm, Spiderman & Batgirl @ 2pm) with some local musical talent Lusitania Lights @ 3pm!

If these don’t motivate you to walk or run in Pets in the Park, I don’t know what will. Maybe I need to mention wiener dog races again! Come support the Edmonton Human Society and join the Realtor to the Rescue team in our memorial of Jacob and Argus.

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Get Outside!

Summer in Edmonton can be short, so you should get out and enjoy it while you can! Not just you but your furry friends, too! Edmonton has over 40 off leash dog parks, and plenty of other outdoor options! There’s so much to do in the city with your four-legged friends in tow.

Here are a few ideas for activities that everyone will enjoy.

  • Terwillegar Dog Park is a very large park that is great for on or off leash dogs! Views of the river, walking trails, and ponds for your dogs to cool down are just a few of the features this park has to offer. If you have a large dog that needs to blow off steam, there is plenty of room for a game of fetch to tire them out!
  • Millcreek Ravine has a great wooded off-leash area with plenty of greenery and creeks. Keep to the granular area if you want to be off-leash!
  • Callingwood Dog Park has grass, gravel, trees, and it’s close to a Second Cup! What more could you ask for? Plenty of room to roam and explore!
  • Hawrelak Park has 68 hectares of grass and lake. On-leash dogs are permitted, making this a fun option for a family picnic or outing.
  • Topdog Fitness offers you the opportunity to get in shape with your pets! With a high-intensity boot camp for dogs and owners, you can walk the dog and work out at the same time. Check out their website for more details.
  • John Janzen Nature Centre is a fun choice for the whole family. The center promotes engagement with nature for your kids, and allows you to bring your pup along while on leash.
  • Whyte Ave stores are notoriously dog friendly. Many leave water bowls out to keep your pups hydrated in the heat. They are also welcoming to pets at all the outdoor festivities happening, such as The Fringe Festival!
  • Summer does have its bad days as well, and for days like that you can check out Lucky Donkey, Edmonton’s only indoor dog park! They also offer dog sitting services so you can visit the nearby Situation Brewing or El Cortez, with two hours of dog sitting for the price of one! Get out and enjoy yourself without feeling guilty.

Check out all the outdoor festivals! Edmonton is the festival city, so there are many upcoming events to check out with your pets and families! Get out and enjoy as many as you can. Keep an eye out for the Dave Sells family, and be sure to say hello!

Tips for your dog in spring!

As we all know spring is upon us. Many of us will be thinking about spring cleaning the house, what to plant in the garden, and which patio we will hit up first; but we shouldn’t forget our furry friends and their needs during this season!

  1. When thinking of your garden, look out for fertilizers – including organic fertilizers (meals) –and make sure they are stored properly away from your dogs. Applying these to your gardens will normally cause no harm to animals, but its best to keep them away until everything has been fully absorbed by the soil. Ingesting these products in large quantities can be life threatening for animals, so safe storage is key! Some signs of poisoning include:
    • Drooling
    • Nausea
    • Vomiting (acute or delayed onset)
    • Diarrhea
    • Abnormal posture due to abdominal pain
    • Difficulty breathing
    • Muddy” coloured gums
    • Lethargy
    • Tremors
  2. Make sure your pet’s vaccinations are up to date. Dog to dog contact increases with the nice weather, as it is such a great time to get out to the local dog parks and scenic walking trails.
  3. If you are in an area where there are ticks, be sure to do frequent checks on your dog’s coat. It is much easier to do this by feel, depending on your dog’s coat length. The most common places for ticks are around the head, neck, ears, chest, and forelegs, but they can be anywhere.
  4. There is nothing better than sticking your head out the window and feeling the wind on your face when you’re a dog, but consider that with the salt/rocks still on the road, debris can be a hazard. Abrupt stops or tight turns can also injure your pet, so we recommend a seatbelt harness or secure crate to keep your furry friends safe.
  5. Thinking about doing a little home improvement or major spring deep clean? Be sure to keep all harsh chemicals out of your pet’s reach. If it’s not good for you to breathe it probably isn’t goof for them either. Physical hazards such as nails, wood, tools (especially sharp ones), insulation, etc. should be kept away from your pets.
  6. With the nicer weather and more opportunity to get out and about, this is the time to get your pet microchipped if you have not already done so. Also, an up-to-date tag with your current address, phone number, and any other contact information that someone may need to reach you is important.

Speaking of outdoor events, the Dave Sells family is proud to be a part of Humane Animal Rescue Team (hart) 5th annual Eggstravaganza April 9th, 2:30pm in Spruce Grove’s Jim Galloway Dog Park (on leash). With a $10 donation, your dog can take part in this great charity Easter egg hunt!! Dogs and owners make their way through the park, and when the dog’s nose touches an egg, the owner picks it up and adds it to their basket. There are a few Golden Eggs, for which the dog will receive a gift basket at the end of the hunt! Check out for more information.

Warning! Pet Safety!

After our scary experience this month with our dog Argus swallowing a squeaker, we wanted to put the word out and touch as many pet owners as possible. Please be careful when buying toys for your pets; many things can be hazards to your animals!

Stuffed Toys

If your dog is a “chewer” these toys are not for them. Although they love them, that love will be short-lived if they swallow stuffing, buttons, zippers, or worst of all: SQUEAKERS! If your dog likes a “comfort” toy, and they are NOT a chewer, make sure all the small parts are removed and the stuffing is fiber or fabric, not pellets. The majority of dogs will feel the need to “kill” the squeaker, which will lead to the thought that destroying these toys is ok. It can also lead to aggressive behaviors. Let’s just stay away from toys with squeakers entirely.

Long lasting toys

If your dog is the “chewing” type, then look at getting toys that are more durable. Kong toys can be a good choice, as well as Nylabones or Durachews. Do make sure to get a bone of the appropriate size: one too small can get stuck in your dog’s throat or digestive tract. When in doubt, size up!


While rawhide can be good for your dog’s dental hygiene, it is not good for their digestive tract. The concern is that small chewed pieces can get stuck in your dog’s throat, and larger pieces can cause unforeseen blockages. Although these chews can be given and monitored closely, it would be better to choose a different option.

Rope toys

These toys are meant for playing, but should not be left with your dogs unattended as they are not meant for chewing. It does not take a lot of pieces or time to create blockages in the digestive system.

Due to these possibly harmful situations, pet insurance is a great benefit to have when you get a pet. Dogs and cats are prone to swallowing objects, and removal is both scary and costly. Consider the benefits of getting pet insurance right off the bat; this will also keep “pre-existing” conditions to a minimum, as they will not cover these issues. Although premiums can be high (premiums vary from breed to breed, age, etc.), one expensive treatment can still have you coming out on top. There are many companies to choose from, so do your research!

Please go through your pet’s toys and keep them safe!