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Eight things real estate investors should watch for in 2018

Thursday Jan 25th, 2018

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1. Sustainable growth The good news for 2018: Solid growth should continue in the commercial real-estate market, while the residential market is likely to simmer along gently – both signs of healthy and sustainable growth in GDP and employment. Canada is expected to end 2017 having grown about 3 per cent, outpacing both the G-7 average and the U.S. economy, Perspective notes. But, while debt-laden households did most of the heavy lifting in 2017, this dependence on consumer-driven... [read more]

Elements of the Perfect Master Bedroom

Wednesday Jan 24th, 2018

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Elements of the Perfect Master Bedroom Your master bedroom should be a sanctuary. But aside from the bed, you’ll need a few key elements to create a space that feels fit for rest and relaxation. Whether you’re decorating your first master or want to spruce up an existing room that isn’t quite working for you, here are a few master bedroom essentials to get you started and how to best use them. Rugs Early mornings are difficult enough, but having stark, cold flooring... [read more]

Five New Year’s Resolutions to Make for Your Home

Wednesday Jan 24th, 2018

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Every new year, we make promises to eat healthier, be more active, and volunteer more. But what about our homes? The new year is a good time to set goals for a more beautiful, efficient, and safe home. Here are some ideas to get you started. 1. Declutter every room When life gets hectic, stuff piles up over time. That’s why the start of a new year is a perfect opportunity to tackle clutter. Go into every room one by one and start purging it of things you no longer need, use, or have... [read more]

Renting vs Buying

Tuesday Oct 11th, 2016

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  To rent or to buy? This is the question many consumers face when considering moving into a new home. This is not a question you can answer over night, and often requires a lot of assessment and calculations.   There are many advantages and disadvantages of owning a home versus renting a home. As a homeowner, you can reasonably expect the value of your home to increase over time. This will increase the amount of equity accessible to you, and could reap major... [read more]

Making an Offer

Tuesday Oct 11th, 2016

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Making an offer is an art in which drafting the offer is required by keeping current market information. A real estate professional as a communicator offer your price to the seller or the seller’s representative on your behalf. It is possible that there are many offers for one property so the real estate agent can assist you to make a successful offer. Firm Offer To Purchase: Firm offer shows buyers’ intention that the buyer is interested to buy without any... [read more]

Credit Scores: What You Need to Know

Tuesday Oct 11th, 2016

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They’re like report cards for grown-ups. It’s a three-digit “grade” you get on a scale that ranges from 300 to 850. Your score indicates your creditworthiness to potential lenders, banks, landlords, insurance companies, and even to some employers, for instance. I’m sure you know that the higher your score the better. Where Can You Get Your Credit Report and Score for Free? You can get your credit report from each of the t wo  major reporting... [read more]

Resale vs New Builds

Tuesday Oct 11th, 2016

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In the market to buy a new home? Not sure if you should buy a new build or a resale home? The decision isn’t always simple or obvious. That’s because it’s more than a dollars-and-cents debate, it’s a choice between lifestyles. Some people love the clean lines of a modern space while others fall in love with architectural embellishments of older homes. To help you decides answer these six simple questions. #1: What location would you prefer? Resale homes More... [read more]

Types of Housing

Tuesday Oct 11th, 2016

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1. Single-detached house – A single dwelling not attached to any other dwelling or structure (except its own garage or shed.) A single-detached house has open space on all sides, and has no dwellings either above it or below it. A mobile home fixed permanently to a foundation should be coded as a single-detached house (See Code 8.) 2. Semi-detached house – One of the two dwellings attached side by side (or back to back) to each other, but not attached to any other... [read more]

Why get a Home Inspection?

Tuesday Oct 11th, 2016

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Whether you are looking to buy or sell a home, you should have a professional home inspection conducted. If you are buying a home, a home inspector will ensure the systems and foundation of the home are free from severe damages that may increase your liability in the future. Likewise, if you are selling a home, failing to receive a satisfactory home inspection will make it very difficult to sell your property.   General home inspection items include: - Structural elements of the home... [read more]

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