Blog Articles

Oct 23, 2017

When to Consider a Less-Than-Ideal Home

Obviously, when you’re searching for a new home, you want to find one that is ideal. It should be your next dream home. However, sometimes it pays to consider at least some properties that don’t meet all your criteria. After all, you never know whether one of them is actually your next dream home - in disguise! Say you’re looking for a home with a beautiful kitchen - the kind yo ...

Oct 16, 2017

7 Smart Packing tips for Moving Day

The last thing you need after a long moving day is to discover that a valuable item was damaged. That’s certain to dampen your spirits when you’re just getting settled into your new home. Here are some packing tips to help ensure that doesn’t happen:   Avoid worn-out or damaged boxes as they are more likely to tear open during a move. Pack glass and similar items in bub ...

Oct 09, 2017

What a Buyer is Thinking When Viewing Your Home

Ask any good salesperson for an effective selling technique and he’ll probably say something like, “Understand the buyer. Try to figure out what she’s thinking.” That’s good advice for you to consider when you’re putting your home up for sale. You need to imagine what a buyer might be thinking while viewing your property, so you can prepare your home more effec ...

Oct 02, 2017

Don't Forget the Commute

Some home buyers consider purchasing a home that is less expensive but farther away from work. In particular, people who work in an urban area sometimes consider living outside the city, where housing costs a little less. Is that a good option? It depends, to some extent, on the cost of commuting. People often underestimate commuting expenses when they consider buying in a particular neighbourho ...

Sep 25, 2017

Reasons to Consider Making a Move

When is it a good time to sell your property and buy another home? Whenever there’s a good reason to do so! There are many things that may motivate you to consider making a move. For example: Your current home no longer meets your needs. You may have more space than you need or you might be looking for a larger home to accommodate a growing family. You’re looking for features your ...

Sep 18, 2017

Be A Savvy Home Viewer

The last thing you want to experience after purchasing a home is “buyer’s regret”. That’s the sinking feeling you get when you realize, days or weeks later, that you may have made the wrong decision. Say, for example, you bought a home based on your first impressions. When you viewed it, you thought it was just perfect. Then, a few weeks after you moved in, you discovered ...

Sep 11, 2017

Make a Stress-free Investment in Preconstruction Condos

Purchasing pre-construction condos is a great way for first time buyers to get into the market, and is a great plan for empty nesters who hope to downsize in a couple of years, plus it is a great investment opportunity for everyone.   Building up is a solution being used everywhere to create more homes, particularly in busy city centres, like Toronto and surrounding areas, where m ...

Sep 04, 2017

"Facelifts" that Boost Resale Value

If you plan on putting your home on the market, you obviously want it to look as attractive as possible to potential buyers. Improving the look of your kitchen or bathroom is a great place to start. You don’t necessarily have to invest in a major - and potentially expensive - renovation. There are many simple, do-it-yourself ways to give your kitchen or bathroom a facelift and make it look ...

Aug 28, 2017

Real Estate and the Price of Apples

Consider this scenario. Say you're at your local supermarket and notice that apples are on sale for $3.95 each. If you've ever purchased apples before, you know that's a pretty hefty price. However, you've heard about the "national apple market" on the news, so you're not surprised. After all, they've been saying that apple prices will be higher this year.   Now, let's say you're driving h ...

Aug 21, 2017

Using the Internet to Shop for a New Home

There's more information on the Internet than in the entire collection of the U.S. Library of Congress. (And that's the largest library in the world!) So it makes sense to use the Internet as a resource when shopping for a new home. You can search for the kind of property you're considering, view pictures of available properties that meet your criteria, and, in some cases, even watch virtual tour ...

Aug 14, 2017

What's Great About Your Neighbourhood?

When potential buyers view your home, they are just as interested in the surrounding area as they are in the property itself. So, before listing your home on the market, it makes sense to think about your neighbourhood and its key characteristics.   Here's a good way to do that:   Imagine a relative from out-of-town coming to visit. She may say that she likes your neighbourhood, and ...

Aug 07, 2017

The Problem With "Stuff"

The late comedian George Carlin used to have a routine called, "A place for my stuff." He was referring to the idea that, besides being a place to sleep and eat, the purpose of a home is essentially to store all the stuff you accumulate over the years.That may or may not be true. But, if you're like most homeowners, you probably have a lot of stuff in your home... stuff in closets, and stuff in th ...

Jul 31, 2017

What's Memorable About Your Home?

Chances are, there is a characteristic of your property that everyone remembers, appreciates, and maybe even envies. It could be a spacious kitchen with an island and upgraded appliances... or a stunning backyard with a wrap-around deck and beautiful landscaping... or rustic hardwood floors that contrast with elegant, high-end ceramics.   Whatever it is about your property that people tend ...

Jul 24, 2017

How to Make More Money from your Real Estate Investment

Thinking of purchasing an investment property? It might be tempting to purchase a property, flip it, and then put it back on the market — but there are several alternative ways to invest in real estate.   Buy-and-hold investing is an excellent strategy, my personal favourite, and perfect for those who are looking for a long-term real estate investment. To take this up a level and incr ...

Jul 17, 2017

Is Your Home in "Move-In" Condition?

When buyers view your home, they ask themselves whether they like it. Assuming that the answer is "yes", they try to determine how much work would be required before they could move in.It’s not uncommon for a buyer to be interested in a property but be turned off by the perceived amount of work required. In fact, this can sometimes discourage a buyer from even making an offer. That’s ...

Jul 10, 2017

What Happens When You Make an Offer?

If you want to buy a new washing machine, you simply go into a retail store and pay the listed price. Pretty simple.However, it doesn’t work quite that way when it comes to real estate. Although a home will usually have a “listed price”, you must make an “offer” for that property and then the seller must accept it. In fact, if there are other buyers interested in the ...

Jul 03, 2017

How Much Can You Afford?

Why is it so important to know how much you can afford to spend on a home?   Two reasons.   First, you don’t want to buy a property and then find out, after you’ve moved in, that you can’t financially maintain it. That would mean having to resell it under stressful conditions.   Second, you don’t want to settle for a property that’s less than idea ...

Monday, Jun 26, 2017

Break Into the Market - Buy Preconstruction

With prices soaring and the scarcity of resale properties, one smart way to buy affordably is to look for preconstruction developments in the area. Preconstruction is gaining popularity due to a lack of supply in the housing market. Preconstruction offers greater selection, the opportunity to customize your home, and avoid the dreaded bidding wars which have become so popular in today's ...

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