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Surprising Ways Buyers Find Homes

March 1st, 2016

Do you ever wonder how most people find the homes they eventually buy?

You might imagine them driving by a “For Sale” sign or seeing a home for
sale in the newspaper and then calling to enquire.

Of course, many buyers find out about listed properties that way. But,
according to research by the National Association of Realtors, there are
many other — sometimes surprising — ways buyers find their ne ...

What Home Inspectors See that You Can’t

January 20th, 2016

When you make an offer on a home, it’s a smart idea to have a professional
home inspector check it out from top to bottom. This inspection will ensure
that the property doesn’t have any unexpected “issues”. After all, you don’t
want to buy a home only to discover that the roof needs to be replaced,
immediately, for thousands of dollars.

That being said, you might question whether you really need t ...

Do You Have “Recalled” Products in Your Home?

November 25th, 2015

You’ve no doubt noticed the occasional news report about a product being
recalled for safety reasons.  For example, a car model with a brake problem,
or a children’s toy that, under some circumstances, may cause injury.

You may not know that these news reports are merely the tip of the iceberg.
For each product recall you hear about in the media, there are dozens that
get little, if any, publici ...

What Buyers Don’t Want to See in Your Backyard

November 25th, 2015

When you put your home up for sale, you want it to look its best to potential
buyers.  That’s why you clean, tidy and de-clutter every room.

Some sellers, however, miss the backyard.  You need to pay just as much

attention to that space as you do to the interior of your home.  The backyard
is as important a living space as the family room.  To some buyers, even

Buyers want to see an attract ...

Making Your Home Critter Proof

November 25th, 2015

You may love animals, but with the exception of your family pets, you don’t
want them in your home.  Here are some tips for keeping the wildlife around
your property where it belongs: outside.

• Don’t place bird feeders too close to your windows. Doing so may
cause birds to associate a window with food and therefore try to peck
their way inside.

• Make sure window screens are secure. If you can p ...

When Is the Right Time to Talk to a REALTOR®?

November 25th, 2015

When would you talk to a car salesperson?  Probably only once you’re ready
to buy a new car.  You would do some initial research (perhaps on the
internet), get an idea of what you want, and then go to the dealership to
meet a salesperson, test drive the car and make the purchase.

Although that approach may work when you’re buying a car, it’s not the best

approach when it comes to real estate.

You s ...

Concerned about Condensation on Windows?

September 3rd, 2015
Concerned about Condensation on Windows?

If you see a haze of condensation on your window, should you be
concerned?  Maybe.  Maybe not.  It depends on a number of factors.

First of all, an occasional build-up of condensation is normal and often the

result of fluctuating humidity in the home.  Usually, it’s nothing to worry
about.  If you’re using a humidifier, try adjusting the levels.  If the h ...

How To Deal With a Low Ball Offer

September 3rd, 2015

How to Deal with a Low-Ball Offer

If you take care to price your home correctly — that is, at a price that is in
line with what similar properties in the area have sold for recently — then
you have a good chance of selling it at or near your asking price.

That doesn’t mean you won’t get a low-ball offer.  You might.  So what do you
do when that happens?

First, understand that the buyer may not nece ...

Will The Neighbourhood Go Up in Value?

June 10th, 2015
Will the neighbourhood go up in value?

When you purchase a home, you’re hoping it will continually go up in value
— just like a good investment.

However, there’s something else that you want to see go up in value as
well: the neighbourhood.  In fact, the neighbourhood plays a key role in what
the home will be worth in years to come.  If the neighbourhood goes down in
terms of desirability, so wil ...

Should You Sell First and Buy Later? Or Vice-Versa?

June 10th, 2015

Should You Sell First and Buy Later? Or Vice-Versa?

When you’re thinking of selling your home and buying another, you face the
inevitable question: Should I list my property first or buy my new home first?

Let’s take a look at both options.

If you attempt to buy a property before listing your home, you run into a
couple of challenges.

First, sellers may not take you seriously as a potential buyer. ...

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