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Is buying a home in the winter a good idea?
Consider this: It's a cold winter day and you've just sat down with a mortgage professional to figure out how much house you can afford. You've determined that your finances are in order and you're ready to start looking for a home. You've heard that spring is the best season for buying and selling real estate. Does that mean you'll need to put your search on hold until the tulips start to bloom? Read More...
Get professional assistance when selling a home
The availability of information via the Internet makes doing just about anything by ourselves seem possible, but is it wise to take all matters into our own hands? Read More...
Take time to navigate all of the real estate fine print
With the excitement and pressures associated with buying or selling a home, it can be tempting to speed things along by signing forms that you haven't really read. But taking the time to read and understand what you're signing is essential. Read More...
How to get your home ready quickly when selling
A scheduled 'open house' is an ideal way to show a home in its best condition. Sometimes however, prospective buyers offer little notice before requesting a visit, says Patricia Verge, president of the Ontario Real Estate Association (OREA). “Sellers need to be prepared to welcome potential buyers at any time, sometimes even at mealtime.” Read More...
How to Price Your Home For Sale
Choosing the right list price for your house or condo can lead to a timely sale and maximize your investment, so real estate experts recommend a strategic approach based on “precise numbers” when picking a property's sales price. Read More...
Searching for a new home? Keep your emotions in check
Finding the perfect home for your family is one of life's great milestones. When you walk into your dream home, you immediately start picturing yourself there. But not so fast! Letting your heart take over can cloud your judgment in a process that equally needs your head. Here are a few ways to stay home smart when emotions are running high. Read More...
Signs that show you're ready to buy a home
If the thought of the reawakening real estate market excites you, you may be ready to buy a home. Aspiring homeowners will need to have a few things locked down before taking the plunge. Read More...
Ideas to keep you warm at home this winter….
The winter months are fast approaching , and with winter comes the need to have all household utilities working. Having a heater available is obviously the most important utility needed in order to make it through the colder months. Having a func tional Read More...
My Experience with Condominiums and Condo Fees
Admittedly, many people hate the idea of living close to a bunch of neighbours, with rules that tell them how they should live. If that’s not bad enough for these people, there is the inevitable condo fee which they would much rather put towards Read More...
How much do you know about the City of Hamilton?
How much do you know about the City of Hamilton? We love this city. From the downtown core to the quiet countryside and everything in between, we’re proud to call Hamilton our home, and are always excited to share anything we can about what makes Read More...
Caring for Your Hardwood Floors
Hardwood flooring has stood the test of time when it comes to trends in home flooring, but proper care of hardwood floors can be difficult under the everyday trample of family and pets. Preserving the natural beauty of your hardwood will keep your home Read More...
6 Essential Tips for First Time Home Buyers
Regretfully, sometimes first-time home buyers are feeling unprepared when buying a home. Here are 6 essential tips a first-time home buyer can use to prepare: 1. Consider if Buying is for you – You need to learn what the responsibilities are for Read More...
Understanding the Process of Competitive Offers
This topic is on my mind because in the last week I put together two offers, both of which had gone into competition and this eager young couple still does not have a house. I suppose competitive offers have always happened. If two or more parties want Read More...
Buying a Home? Selling your Home? What do you do?
- Do I Hire a REALTOR®? - Do I know what price to put it at? - Do I know how to do all the proper paperwork? - What’s the difference between a real estate agent and a REALTOR®? - How do I figure out what mortgage Ican afford? - What questions Read More...
How NOT to rent out a house!
It was 1978 and my husband had the opportunity to take a job in South America. I was all for the adventure of it! At the end of May, he left to get started. The plan was that I would follow in about six weeks time. In the meantime there was a lot to do. Read More...
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