Preparing a Home for Sale

Tips on Home Staging, Money Making Real Estate Renovations, De-Cluttering, How to Choose a Realtor, etc.

Pricing According to Market Value

Now that you’ve decided that you’re ready to sell your home you’ll need to determine a listing price. Establishing an accurate listing price for your home, based on market value, can be tricky; as the market is constantly changing, with fluctuating prices. With this said, there are a few steps you can take in coming to an accurate listing price that is both pleasing for you and the future home-owner. Knowing the market, your home, having an appraisal done, and working with a real estate agent are some of our top tips when evaluating your home for pricing.

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Valuable Home Improvements

When it comes down to selling your home, there are certain home improvements that will generate more value than others. Knowing which ones are right for you can be tricky; after all you want to maximize your return on investment (ROI) without sacrificing too much. Replacing the practical, everyday, features of your home, remembering to landscape your yard, and constantly maintaining your home are some of our top tips for valuable home improvements.

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Selling Your Home: The Process

Once you’ve decided that you’re ready to sell your home, the selling process begins. In hopes of helping you prepare for your new journey, we’ve created a tentative outline of what to expect during the selling process. Remember though, that the length of the selling process varies greatly depending on the time of year, area, and the market, making each item on this list interchangeable.

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This is why Your House is Not Selling

Selling your home can be a challenge; as the market is unpredictable, and buyers can be tough to work with. Unfortunately these challenges are not easy to overcome, and prove to be frustrating when selling your home. With this said, these are not the only factors that can prevent your home from selling. Here are the top reasons why your house is not selling, and how to avoid them:

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Decorating Your Home for Sale: Where to Begin

So you have renovated and you have decluttered your home. Great! But you are hesitating on starting the decorating process – after all you won’t be living here much longer, and before you know it, that “For Sale” sign will be posted in your front lawn, and you’ll be packing up your moving boxes – so why bother? Well truth be told, it is entirely up to you whether you want to go through with this final step, but decorating can make all the difference in the impression of your home – as it improves the chances of potential buyers picturing themselves in the home.
So sit back, relax, and follow along as we discuss the home decorating process; outlining the starting and ending steps.

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Why You Should Hire a Realtor

The choice to, and process of, hiring a realtor can be rather difficult. Knowing the benefits to hiring one, and finding one that understands your needs, can take time and energy out of your day. To help you make this process easier we’ve written an article about finding the right Realtor, and today are providing you with our top reasons why you should hire a Realtor.

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Preparing Your House for the Market: Tips on Home Staging

As you prepare to sell or lease your home, the process of decluttering, cleaning, and renovations begins. Although daunting at times, this can be an enjoyable process if done gradually and efficiently. In hopes of reducing the stress involved, the following will be a series of posts that will provide you with the necessary tips, strategies, and guidelines in preparing your home for sale.

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What can you do to prepare a home showing?

Alright, now that you made the most difficult decision in your life to sell your house, you can scratch one thing off your list. There you go; progress, so take a deep breath. Now just because you decided to sell your home, it doesn’t mean that it’s ready to be sold. You want to earn the top dollar amount in the shortest time frame with investing little to nothing. In order to accomplish that goal, let’s be creative and impress buyers by showing off your home.

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All About The Benjamins!

Answering all financial questions from Credit to Mortgages through protecting my family, my real estate and my investments with insurance!

Canada’s Best Cities for Homeownership

The housing market in Canada is a highly discussed topic. With millennials struggling to find suitable, well-paying jobs, that last, the prospect of purchasing a home seems highly unattainable. This is preventing many potential homeowners from actually purchasing a home, and instead forcing them to rent for extended periods of time. Taking a look at the housing market throughout Canada, we’ve outlined the most affordable, and least affordable, Cities for homeownership within the country.

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How To: Saving on Homeowners Insurance

Homeowners insurance protects your home, and the possessions in your home, from damage. Although vital to invest in, homeowners insurance should not be overwhelming or damaging to your bank account. In hopes of helping you save on homeowners insurance, we’ve outlined some helpful tips to follow.

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Should I Refinance my Mortgage?

Dealing with a mortgage is tough work for a majority of society. Monthly payments stretched out over such a long period of time causes stress and anxiety, and can be difficult to manage. There are various options to helping reduce your mortgage, such as downsizing and refinancing. This article will be outlining what refinancing is, the ups and downs of refinancing, and how to know if it’s right for you.

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How To: Managing Debt

Whether you have debt from student loans or from credit card spending, staying on top of your finances is difficult; but oh so vital. Having debt can stain your house hunting process, as it can prevent you from receiving a mortgage. This is why learning to manage and limit the amount of debt you have is important.

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How To: Get the Best Mortgage Rate

Choosing a mortgage is a huge decision that will impact your financial situation in the future. Understanding what you’re getting yourself into, and finding the best rate for your situation can be tricky. Here are some helpful tips in getting the best mortgage rate....

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Should I invest in real estate?

Real estate is a hot topic at the moment, with people making fortunes from their investments. Unfortunately, real estate investing isn’t for everyone– but is it right for you? Before jumping the gun, and risking your finances, take a look at this article and see if you’re fit for the investment.

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What is a Reverse Mortgage?

As we near the time of retirement we begin to prepare our finances; paying off loans, various debts, and calculating all of our future expenses. Though this can be an exciting time for many, it’s also a time of extreme stress and anxiety as we realize all the upcoming obstacles that may arise. Though there are many options to overcoming these obstacles, a great way to combat some of the fear that you may be experiencing is through purchasing a reverse mortgage.

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Choosing a Brokerage: Which Company is Right for You?

Whether you’ve just received your license and are entering the whirlwind business of real estate, or are scouting around the industry for a more fitted choice, choosing the right brokerage to partner up with can be difficult; as not every company will fit your needs. This is why it is beneficial to explore the industry, learning the positives and negatives of each brokerage, before making your final decision.

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Should I invest in real estate?

Real estate is a hot topic at the moment, with people making fortunes from their investments. Unfortunately real estate investing isn’t for everyone– but is it right for you? Before jumping the gun, and risking your finances, take a look at this article and see if you’re fit for the investment.

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Property Taxes: A Basic Understanding

Paying taxes is no one’s cup of tea, but unfortunately is a necessity to owning a property. In hopes of helping you understand what a property tax is, and the reason you pay it, we’ve answered some of your top questions. Follow along to learn the basics of property taxes.

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House Hunting

From buying my first home to real estate investing and everything in between such as student rentals, money making properties, how to find my dream home, etc.

Should I Upsize?

Thinking about purchasing a new home? Have a growing family? Or in need of some extra space? Then upsizing may be your next big move!

Upsizing is the act of moving into a larger, often more expensive, home. This can be done at any stage of your life; as some buyers are looking for space to assist their growing families, while others are looking to retire in a spacious atmosphere. Whichever reason is yours, there are, as usual, some advantages and disadvantages that you should be aware of prior to making any hasty decisions.

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The Real Estate Market: Becoming Familiar

The Real Estate market is constantly changing. With market prices fluctuating season to season, and year to year, it can be difficult to accurately price a home. This is why it is important to become familiar with the real estate market; in order to price your clients’ homes accordingly. This will please clients, while also helping you create a successful presence in the real estate industry.

Understanding the basics, knowing your community, and sharing your knowledge are just some of the helpful tips we discuss below, in helping you successfully price your future listings.

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What to Know Before Purchasing Your First Home

Purchasing your first home is an exciting process and a huge milestone in life. The feeling of finally calling a place your own can be thrilling and liberating. Unfortunately this is also the time when many people make unnecessary financial mistakes, which can be detrimental to their future. In order to avoid such a stressful burden, follow our top tips on what to know before purchasing your first home.

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Questions to Ask a Homeowner

Before placing an offer on a home it is important to be fully prepared. Being financially ready is one thing, but knowing what to be prepared for is another. This is why it is important to ask questions to your Realtor, the homeowners Realtor, and if possible to the homeowner themselves. Here are some of the top questions to ask, to help you prepare for your offer and ensure that you are ready to place one:

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What to Ask Your Realtor

Now that we’ve discussed the importance of hiring a Realtor to attend to your needs, as well as how to choose a Realtor, it is important to discuss the questions you should ask your Realtor. At the start of your house hunting journey ask your Realtor the following:

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Buying a Home: The Process

Whether you’ve recently decided that you are in the market to purchase a new home, or have been thinking about it for a while, knowing and understanding the process can relieve a great deal of stress. From deciding when you want to buy, to the move-in day, here is a tentative outline of the home buying process.

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