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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 ...

9 Steps To Finding Your Next Dream Home

February 5th, 2019

 Miami House

If you're thinking ahead to your next dream home, the road you need to take to get there may seem confusing. Do you search for listings online? Drop by Open Houses on the weekends? Call the number on For Sale signs? 

Let's break it all down! Here are the specific steps you need to take to ensure you find a home that fits your wants, needs and budget. 

  1. Find out how much your current pro ...

When A Home Inspector Finds An Issue

February 1st, 2019

 Inspector

Imagine you've found the perfect home. You love it. You've made an offer that's been accepted. So far so good! The only catch? You've wisely made the offer conditional on passing a professional home inspection. 

What happens if that home inspection reveals a major issue? 

First, you should know that, depending on the age of the property, a home inspection will typically turn up at least ...

Taking The Stress Out Of Selling Your Home

January 26th, 2019

 

For some people, the thought of listing their home for sale is stressful. They worry about all the things they have to do — and all the things that might go wrong.

Luckily, it doesn't have to be that way. Here are some tips for making your home sale go smoothly: 

  • Give yourself time to prepare. If you're thinking of selling six months from now, start preparing your property now. Do any ...

Learning and Earning

October 17th, 2018
learning light bulb

"If you are not willing to learn, no one can help you.   If you are determined to learn, no one can stop you." - Zig Ziglar

How To Boost Your Home's Curb Appeal

October 10th, 2018

 curb appeal

Ideally, you would like buyers to wait until they’ve viewed your whole property before they judge it. However, the reality is buyers start forming an impression of your home as soon as they see it from the curb. So it pays to do everything you can to improve your property's "curb appeal".

Here are some ideas:

  • You can improve the impact of your landscaping by trimming hedges, removing a ...
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