Five Pitfalls That Keep Buyers From Finding The Right Home

Buying a home is like searching for a mate. You’ll go on many first dates and in the end, the one that has most but maybe not all of the characteristics that you want, will win your heart. However, first-time buyers and sometimes even serial homebuyers are disappointed by how long the process takes. Yet… Read More

Staging a Home For The Five Senses

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Today’s sellers are on the hunt for creative ways to ramp up their marketing. It is a necessity in today’s tough market to have several tricks up your sleeve. The idea is nothing new, but more and more sellers are beginning to discover the power of “home staging.” In today’s article, we will focus on… Read More

Five Pitfalls That Keep Buyers From Finding The Right Home

Buying a home is like searching for a mate. You’ll go on many first dates and in the end, the one that has most but maybe not all of the characteristics that you want, will win your heart. However, first-time buyers and sometimes even serial home buyers are disappointed by how long the process takes…. Read More

Ten Essential Steps to Buying a Home

You’re ready to take the leap and buy a home. If this is your first time, you may want to know what to do to make the process go more smoothly. Here are ten steps you’ll be going through to buy your next home. Check Your Credit Reports and Scores – You get one free… Read More

Five Ways Bargain Hunting For Homes Can Backfire

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It’s natural to want to save money when you’re making a purchase as large as a home. You want to buy the best home in the best neighborhood at the best price, and to do that, you may think you have to shop in the bargain bin. FSBOs (for sale by owner,) foreclosures, and short… Read More

Improve Your Chances of Obtaining a Home Mortgage

Securing financing to purchase a new home is one of the most important, exciting, and nerve-wracking financial steps most people will ever take. Up until the financial crisis in 2008, mortgage requirements were quite relaxed, but since then lenders have become more stringent; loan applicants must now meet more demanding requirements to obtain a mortgage…. Read More

4 Ways Your Location Can Boost Or Bust Your Home Value

Location, Location, Location

A few years back, “the Starbucks effect” became a legitimate term to explain the higher real estate values associated with living close to the coffee house. But being within easy striking distance of a Grande Skinny Vanilla Latte isn’t the only thing that can help boost your home value. Then again, not every location can… Read More

New Minimum Down Payment Rules Effective February 15, 2016

The new minimum down payment rules come into effect on February 15, 2016, and will affect homebuyers who:  are buying a home in the $500,000-$1,000,000 price range; and  wish to make the minimum down payment possible. For homes up to $500,000 there is no change – the minimum down payment with an insured mortgage is… Read More

Land Transfer Tax Explained

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Purchasers in most large Canadian centres can add Land Transfer Taxes to their list of closing costs. Unless you live in Alberta, Saskatchewan, or rural Nova Scotia, land transfer taxes (or Property Purchase Taxes) are a basic fact of life. These taxes, levied on properties that are changing hands, are the responsibility of the purchaser. Depending… Read More

Understand The Full Costs Of Buying A Home

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When you’re looking to buy a home, it’s easy to forget that the purchase price is just one of many costs associated with ownership. These costs can add up and take an unexpected chunk out of your budget. So it’s important to understand the full cost of buying a property. PRE-CLOSING COSTS Home inspection Getting… Read More