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Do you know what buying your house will really cost?
When you're house-hunting it's easy to focus on the “big” numbers like asking price and offer price. But before you sign the purchase agreement, you should take time to budget for the additional costs that come with every home purchase. Read More...
4 unexpected upgrades to increase your home's value
With home prices increasingly steadily, now is the time to invest in your home. Whether you're ready to sell now, or want to boost your home's value for the future, there are a few upgrades that can make a big impact. Read More...
5 landscaping tips to increase your property value
Investing in landscaping can bring some of the biggest returns for homeowners, yet too often it remains overlooked or underdone. The same care and attention we apply to interior renovations should be applied to the garden. “Curb appeal plays a huge role in selling your home and adding value to it,” says Michelle Sordi, director of marketing at Husqvarna, the world's largest producer of outdoor power products. “Enhancing your outdoor space with smart landscaping solutions is a great way to invest in your home.” Read More...
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...
Smart House: 5 Thoughtful Design Ideas To Raise Your Home's I.Q.
Do you remember the first time you met that “out of this world” family, the Jetsons? While we may not have flying cars or robot maids just yet, the idea of a “smart home” is very real. Take a step closer to this futuristic way of life with these five thoughtful additions that can go a long way in boosting the intelligence of your home. Read More...
Does your lifestyle fit a condo?
There are many appeals and attractions that draw Canadians towards the condo life. Simplicity, efficiency, security, even glamour are all features that attract people to condominiums. But before making a down payment on your castle in the sky, you may want to reflect on the life you've already built − and on your future plans – to ensure that the home that has caught your eye is truly a good fit. Read More...
Ask the right questions in a high-pressure buying situation
When your dream house is someone else's dream house too, you may be facing a bidding war. Having to make an offer on short notice is not only stressful, it can present a real risk that something important will be overlooked. Read More...
Terms to know when buying or selling a home
When it comes to real estate, there is no shortage of terminology and plenty of room for confusion. Here is a list of a few common real estate terms you'll hear at least once during your home buying and selling process... Read More...
Buying or selling a home? Now is a good time for both
The second busiest season for buying and selling homes is upon us, but what is it about autumn that causes an upswing in real estate activity? Read More...
Buying a new home? Remember your homework
There are so many decisions to make when buying a new home. The location, the layout, the finishes - the choices can seem overwhelming at times. But the biggest and possibly the most important decision is choosing a builder. So, before you make any commitments on which model home you like, whether to have three bedrooms or four, and what floor tile you want, be sure you have the right new home builder. Buying a new home might be the largest purchase you ever make so do your homework and make an informed decision Read More...
What to ask yourself before buying a home
If you're thinking about buying some property soon, you have taken the first of many steps towards making it a reality. 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...
How to price your home just right when selling
When shopping for property, buyers pay attention to the price more than any other factor, new research from the Ontario Real Estate Association (OREA) reveals. According to 75% of Ontarians planning to buy in the next two years, price has the biggest impact on whether a buyer wants to see more of a home. Read More...
Get to know a little real estate language
There are many terms you'll hear real estate professionals use during your home buying process. While there are too many to list, these are a few you'll surely hear at least once:. Read More...
Buy your first home in Canada with confidence
Home ownership varies across the country – and this investment also varies among Chinese and South Asian newcomers. More than one-third (39%) who have lived in Canada for less than five years report they own a home or condo. Another one-third (34 per cent) plan to purchase property within the next two years, according to a Newcomer Home Ownership study conducted by RBC. Read More...
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