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Helping Buyers Feel Less Like Intruders

When potential buyers visit your home, they often feel like intruders. After all, in most cases, they don’t know you personally. Yet, there they are, walking through your hallways, looking in your bedroom closets, and even checking out the cabinet space in your washrooms. Obviously, you want buyers to feel comfortable ...

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Mortgage Payments Can Be Deceiving

You see a great home. You pull out your mortgage calculator and start punching in the numbers. The estimated monthly payment is displayed on the screen. You think, “Yep, we can afford that!” Can you? It’s easy to be seduced by a mortgage payment calculation. However, mortgage payments aren’t the only costs ...

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Energy Costs Going Through the Roof?

Make a Power Switch! If you’re looking for ways that you and your family can reduce your energy use, keep track of your consumption by saving your bills, and noting the dates of any major changes (eg. severe weather, new appliance, change of routine, etc.). Then compare your consumption and spending ...

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Beware of a Conflict of Interest

Imagine this scenario. You hire a Home Inspector to inspect a house you’ve made an offer on. The inspector goes over everything with a fine tooth comb, outside-to-inside, basement-to-ceiling. Great so far. Then he presents you with his findings, points out areas that need repairs – and then offers to do this ...

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3 Criteria for Selecting the Right Professionals

No one buys or sells a home alone. You need the help of a professional – and likely a whole team of professionals – to assist you in achieving your goals and protecting your interests. A real estate transaction can be stressful enough. So when it comes to choosing professionals to ...

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Redecorating On A Budget

Getting bored of the four walls that surround a particular room? Want to redecorate, but worried that you don’t have the budget? Here are some low-cost ideas for revitalizing the look of just about any area of your home. Paint. It’s amazing what a $30 dollar can of paint can do. ...

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Pretend You’re A Buyer

An effective technique to help you sell your property quickly and for the best price is to put yourself in the shoes of a potential buyer. Don’t just visualize this. Actually do it! Drive to your property and imagine that you’re seeing it for the first time. What’s your impression? Is ...

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Sell Your Home Faster With An Outdoor Makeover

When you put your home on the market, it’s important that you make the indoor living space as attractive as possible to potential buyers. The foyer should look spacious and inviting. The bedrooms, neat and uncluttered. The basement, clean and well lit. All good advice. But don’t forget the outdoor living space. ...

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The #1 Ingredient Needed To Sell Your Home Quickly

There’s a long list of ingredients needed to sell your home quickly. Obviously, you want to make your home as clean and uncluttered as possible. You should also make sure any outstanding repairs are done. And, of course, all the little things you can do to make your home “show” ...

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Make Two Wish Lists When Shopping For A New Home

When shopping for a new home, create a wish list of the features and characteristics you want. After all, there’s no sense looking at properties with kitchenettes when you won’t settle for anything less than a full-sized kitchen that Julia Child would envy. But there are probably some features that are ...

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