Purchasing real estate has been a profitable option for investors for a very long time. Many investors have made hundreds of thousands of dollars (in some cases millions) by purchasing properties, building equity, and then selling for a profit.
Here are four key considerations when deciding to invest in housing:
1) Affordability Purchasing a property and renting it out to cover ...
Posted by Pranav Jethi
on September 4, 2013
Home sellers often ask if there is anything they should do as far as staging is concerned. Similarly, first time homebuyers, perhaps stretched for funds after their first big investment, want tips on making that new house a home. Similar rules of thumb apply, so let's focus on developing the exterior beauty, roll up our sleeves and step outside:
Tackle big issues first. That spot ...
Posted by Dee Girdler
on August 28, 2013
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 ...
Posted by Jonathan Jones
on August 22, 2013
Depending on your location of choice, there will be several styles of homes to choose from when buying. If you're a first-time home buyer, you may not even be aware of the different options available.
Let’s take a look at different styles of homes to help you determine which will best suit your lifestyle:
Single-Family Detached Home This is the classic family home. It could be a bungalow, ...
Posted by Tasha Slater
on August 14, 2013
Question: We’re thinking of buying a home, and have been advised to have a qualified home inspector do an inspection before we finalize the agreement of purchase and sale. What types of “problems” should we anticipate?
Answer: Home inspections are definitely advisable when buying a home, not for the “problems” you may have to fix, but for understanding ...
Posted by Gitta Levi
on August 7, 2013
Tip #10: Consider using your Home Buyers' Plan (HBP) allowance of up to $25,000
Use your RRSP as your savings account towards a down payment, and it will help you maximize your tax return. You will be able to withdraw up to $25,000 tax free under the Home Buyers' Plan (HBP) to use towards your down payment.
Just remember: You can't use the contributions you've made within the last three ...
Posted by Paul koroll
on July 31, 2013
The warm weather that we have been experiencing these past few weeks has left many people scratching their heads on how to beat the heat. Some people choose to stay indoors or turn to places where they can get out, like their local mall, in an air conditioned setting.
Use these tips to keep cool at home and outdoors:
Sleep in comfort Warmer days or months can make sleeping restless. Having ...
Posted by Pamela Prescott
on July 24, 2013
Working for a builder in new home sales and as a REALTOR® focusing on resale, I always have buyers wondering if they should choose a brand new or an older home. After meeting with countless new home buyers, below are the top reasons why clients choose new builds:
Reason #1 – Hot neighbourhood You expect the real estate market to go up significantly in your desired neighbourhood.
Posted by Janis Tsang
on July 17, 2013
I remember a situation from a number of years ago: One of my employees decided to dive into home ownership and buy her first house. A few days later, she came into my office walking on air to tell me that she had just been pre-approved for a $500,000 mortgage. She then described how she was able to look at far larger homes than she had originally thought she would be able to. Additionally, her bank ...
Posted by The Leesman Team Advantage
on July 10, 2013
If you are thinking of selling your home, starting the process with a great real estate sales representative is the first step to your success.
When looking for a Realtor® that will work best with you, interview three to five people to get a good idea what each one has to offer. Not every Realtor® will be the right fit for your area.
Here are 10 questions to help you in your ...
Posted by Michael Soatto
on July 3, 2013