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Should You Buy A Resale Or A New-Build?

June 17th, 2019



If you're thinking about buying a new home, you may be considering purchasing in a new development.       

How does that compare to purchasing a resale property?       

Buying a newly-built home has some advantages. Depending on the development, you may have leeway in the style of the home and the lot you choose. Also, when the home is built, you'll be moving into a place where everything i ...

Buying A Home In A Competitive Neighbourhood

May 24th, 2019

Imagine you’ve dreamed of living in a particular neighbourhood, perhaps for years, and then, when you're finally ready to make a move, finding out that the area is competitive and buying there is definitely a challenge. 

A disappointment? Not necessarily. 

There is a lot you can do to buy into a popular neighbourhood, even in competitive offer situations. 

Your first step is to start tar ...

Budgeting For Moving Day Expenses

May 13th, 2019

 

On moving day, you'll have a big task. You’ll need to get your possessions from your old property to your new one — ideally without delays or damage! Surprisingly, many people underestimate the time and costs involved in doing that. Careful planning and budgeting are crucial to ensuring moving day goes smoothly.

You basically have three options:

  1. Hire a moving company to handle everythi ...

When You See A Home You Love

May 7th, 2019



Imagine driving through a desirable neighbourhood and, just as you turn a corner, you see the absolutely perfect home. Guess what? It's for sale! But, there’s a problem. Your current property isn't on the market. In fact, until this moment, you hadn’t seriously considered moving. 

So what do you do?

Your first step is to find out more about the listing. Get a description of the property. Fi ...

Grants and Rebates

May 2nd, 2019


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Staging Your Home In A Hurry

March 27th, 2019

 

Ideally you should have a week or two available before you list your property in order to stage your home and make it look its best for buyers. But, what if you listed quickly and within hours of the For Sale sign going up a buyer wants to view your property? 

In that scenario, you need to do some quick "staging" to get your home ready. Let's assume your property is already clean and tidy ...

Balancing The Emotional And Practical Sides Of Buying A Home

March 21st, 2019

 

Imagine this scenario... 

You're shopping for a new home. You drive to visit a recent listing. As you walk through the front doors, you're impressed. Every room looks fantastic. You see yourself relaxing on the spacious patio, cooking in the modern kitchen, and enjoying evenings with the family in the cozy living room. 

Your emotions are on overdrive. This is your dream home! 

Should yo ...

Setting Your List Price Requires Calculation and Savvy

March 11th, 2019

 

When you're having a garage sale, one of the toughest tasks is pricing your items. If you put a price tag on your old golf clubs that’s too high, no one will buy them. If you make the price too low, they might sell quickly, but you’ll spend the rest of the day wondering if you could have gotten more! 

It's similar to selling your home — except with your home, the stakes are much higher. Y ...

Finding A New Home On A Tight Schedule

February 25th, 2019

 Home Shopping

Wouldn't it be nice if you had all the time in the world to find your next dream home? You could leisurely browse the current listings, select homes you'd like to see, schedule visits on dates that are most convenient for you, and make an offer on a property only after you've had plenty of time to consider all the alternatives. 

Sure, that sometimes happens, but it's not typical. Often, p ...

Relocating To A Different Town Or City

February 11th, 2019

 Relocating gold fish

Moving around the corner or even across town is relatively simple because you are likely familiar with the various neighbourhoods and you can access them anytime. If there's a listed home you want to view, you can simply go see it. 

Relocating to a different town or city, however, is much more challenging. It may not be possible for you to make multiple visits to see homes for sale. You m ...

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