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Surviving A Bidding War

You’re about to make an offer on a home. Then, to your despair, you find out that three other offers have also come in for the same property. Be careful. It’s all too easy to get swept up in the excitement and, like a hand raised one too many times at ...

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Getting Schooled On Local Schools

If you have kids, the local school will be a big part of your new home buying decision. That’s why it’s important to get a school’s “vital statistics”, such as: Safety record Curriculum Accommodation for special needs Awards Average class sizes Extracurricular activities. (sports, arts, crafts, technology, etc.) Scores on standardized achievement tests Daily schedules and vacations Even such ...

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Fresh Air Sells

The problem with household smells is that we get accustomed to them… when they are in our own homes. However, it takes just a few seconds in a stranger’s home, to know if a smoker lives there. The smell is in the air! So when you put your home on the ...

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Why You Should Order Your Own Credit Report

“I don’t have a problem with credit,” a potential new home buyer says. “I pay my bills on time. I never have trouble getting a loan.” That may be true. However, according to several surveys, most people are surprised by at least one piece of information in their credit report. And ...

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Consider Buying a Home With Some “Undesirable” Features

When you’re looking for a home, chances are, you have a checklist of things you want. Two bathrooms… a finished basement… a great looking kitchen… an expansive deck… But what happens when a home you see has a feature that doesn’t quite measure up? Perhaps the basement is poorly renovated. Or ...

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Stage to Sell…Do you know anyone who is immune to first impressions?

I'm a firm believer that your space can invoke powerful feelings from deep inside which can create a  impression on you. As a realtor and a former showroom merchandiser, it's only logical to me to stage my home, my office and my listings. Staging invokes a positive emotional response in all ...

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CREA releases latest stats, warns against further housing policy

It was a record-breaking month for Canadian real estate in March. The association says home sales over its Multiple Listings Service system increased by 1.1 per cent in March to top the previous monthly record set in April 2016. Sales were up on a month-over-month basis in more than half of the ...

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Photo Styling Your Home

When your home goes on the market, the first thing buyers will look through is your online photographs. From there, they will usually decide whether it’s a home they want to see in person… or not. Capturing your home’s essence on camera is crucial.  That is why professional photography is ...

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