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Are Your "Must Haves" Really a Must?

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 ...

Get Your Home Ready For Winter

Winter can be hard on a home as well as us living through it. Here are some things that will help your home survive the winter and make you more comfortable at the same time. Furnace inspection and filterYour furnace may not have been running much since last winter. A clogged or dirty air filter impedes the flow of warm air. Some rooms may not heat up enough and you wind up turning up the thermostat. ...

6 Condo Layout Options to Consider

Breaking down what makes a good layout is hard. People have different ideas of what is desirable and what is worth losing space over. Let's take six difficult layout choices and find which work best for you: 1. The bathroom Shower, tub, or both? Since housing prices are going up, many families are opting for a more suburban location, where bath tubs are more common, compared to the city ...

3 Home Inspection Myths Exposed

  According to Realtor Magazine, “an estimated 70 percent of all homes sold annually receive a home inspection,” yet there are still many misconceptions about the process itself. Here, the three most frequent home inspection myths will be addressed: Asbestos is always dangerous and should be removed immediately In some older residential homes asbestos can be found in the ...

View Open Houses With Open Eyes

You have decided to take that first step toward purchasing a home and, with excitement, start visiting some open houses. While aesthetics are important, it's crucial to look beyond the window-dressings yourself before you hire a qualified home inspector. Here are some common problem areas to look for while touring an open house: General upkeep Look for cracks, especially above door frames. This ...

I'm Buying from a Builder - Do I Need an Agent?

Q: Do I need to hire a real estate agent to represent me when I buy a new home from a builder?   A: Legally, no. However, if you don’t, you might be missing out on some tangible benefits that impact your wallet and how much you get for your money.   There are many reasons why a Sales Professional (agent) is a sound investment during the purchase process with a builder. ...

Tips on Creating Your Own Unique, Saleable Home Environment

With popularity of home staging and all the home renovation shows on television these days, it's easy to become overwhelmed at the pressure the industry seems to place on the average homeseller to 'prepare your home for sale'. Let's de-mystify and simplify this process a little bit today... You've met with a realtor, you like them and want to prepare the home for sale. What does that mean? If ...

Little Improvements = Big Returns

It's always a good idea to spruce up the exterior and interior of your home before listing it for sale. But that doesn't mean you have to undertake major and/or expensive project. Just a little effort will greatly increase the perceived value of your home. After all, if you wanted to undertake a large-scale project, you probably wouldn't be selling! Here are some simple steps you can take to increase ...

The kitchen of the future

The future is bright for kitchen design. Even today we can turn on a faucet with a simple tap, perform a Google search from the fridge door and open a drawer from a slight touch. So what can we expect in the kitchen of the future? Just about anything you can imagine.... The new Samsung  RSG309  fridge, is an industry first. Equipped with a Wi-Fi enabled 8’’ LCD screen on the ...

9 Tips for High Value Appraisals

Recently a homeowners argued that appraisers are not swayed by a home's cleanliness. The argument was that an appraiser uses current and past comparables and examines the possibility of what the home is worth. While this is true, what this homeowner didn't understand is that an appraiser will take into consideration curb appeal and how well the home shows because these factors do impact a home's price. ...
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