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​Heat savings over hardwood: Survey reveals shift in home buyers’ desires

Posted by CENTURY 21 Canada on October 7, 2014
The Canadian dream home has a new laundry list of “must haves” Utility bills can cost a homeowner even more when they go to sell their property according to the CENTURY 21® Canadian Home Critics Survey. In the results, which expose purchasers' motivations and turn offs, Canadians overwhelmingly report that they would select a home with energy efficiency upgrades (41%) over updated finishings like granite ...

Goodbye Summer! 4 Ways To Welcome Fall With Home Décor

Posted by Helen Harder on October 3, 2014
Fall means more than pumpkin spice lattes and turkey meals on Thanksgiving. It doesn't just mean that winter is coming, but it signifies change. Leaves change from green to yellow, orange and red. Temperature drops from blistering heat to slightly cooler. We even change our wardrobe from t-shirts and shorts, to sweaters and cozy scarves. One thing people often forget they can change is their home ...

Are Your "Must Haves" Really a Must?

Posted by Michelle Rose Andreacchi on September 23, 2014
When you’re ready to buy a home, you usually have a wish list that helps narrow down the criteria to make the search process more accurate. Here are some considerations you should make before finalizing your list 1. "I need GRANITE countertops." This is a very common item for home buyers. Countertops can be fabulous and they are very easy to upgrade or replace. Do some research before ruling ...

Renting 101 – How to Find “A+” Student Tenants

Posted by Gurcharan Garry Bhaura on August 29, 2014
The real estate market is swarming with students as more choose to live in private accommodations, compared to on-campus residences. One of the major hurdles landlords face when renting their property to students is the lack of trust. It can be stressful for landlords to find tenants that will obey their terms and often credential checks aren’t possible. When renting a property to students, have ...

​A REALTOR® Is Your Hero – Escape The Emotional Negotiation

Posted by Eric Chan on August 14, 2014
The negotiation process of real estate can be a very turbulent ride. It is an emotional process when it comes to money, and sometimes it can get very heated. While it seems trivial to have a REALTOR® proxy the negotiation, it is very important in getting a deal. A REALTOR® is able to filter out tactics designed to evoke an emotional response, such as "The place needs renos," or "Not sure if it’s ...

Purrrfect Ways to “De-pet” Your Home for Open Houses

Posted by Anita Rivest on August 5, 2014
If you have pets, you probably adore them. They're part of the family! But when you're preparing your home for sale, you need to think about how to deal with the "pet issue." Some potential buyers who view your property may love pets, whereas others may be turned off by the tell-tale signs of pet ownership – such as kitty litter, dander, and smells.  Use these tips to keep both your pets and ...
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