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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. ...

Mold Prevention and Control

Mold is a common occurrence in homes, but it can potentially cause health problems as well as damage to structures and surfaces if it is not controlled. Mold begins growing indoors when spores come in contact with wet surfaces or substances. Once established, mold can be very difficult to remove successfully - so prevention is the key. MOLD PREVENTION Mold cannot grow in the absence of moisture. Moisture ...

$40 Million for a Rebuild?

Bidding wars on tear down properties are no longer raising eyebrows on the Canadian west coast. International buyers want water views, upscale communities, and a home designed to suit every possible fancy. West Vancouver, British Columbia, is one of the most expensive suburbs in Canada with the average home valued over $1.5 Million. The waterfront community boasts some of the most spectacular views ...
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