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Winterizing Windows and Doors

  As temperatures are beginning to drop, heating bills may be on the rise as this chilly season approaches. Here are some tips on winterizing the windows and doors of your home to lower your heating bills, promote regular maintenance, and get your home ready for winter. It's important to inspect all of your windows and evaluate if they need replacing or maintenance. As windows get older ...

The Key to Profitable Home Ownership

  Real estate has always been considered a long-term investment that appreciates in value. When money is lost in the real estate market, it’s usually due to selling a property too quickly and not allowing the property value to increase enough. Real estate markets rise and bottom out in a cyclic fashion, so before a home is re-sold, current market conditions must be taken into account. ...

The Mortgage Rate Rise: What Is the Impact?

In August to September of 2013, Canadian banks started to increase their five year fixed mortgage rate. The popular five year closed fixed rate was increased by all of the major banks. Rates are still ridiculously low by historic standards, but quite a bit higher than rates were even last year, when under 3.00% was possible for a five year fixed mortgage. Lower rates are possible with other lenders ...

Home Buyers Survey

Contrary to Stereotypes, Millennials Are All Business, Boomers Are Social Butterflies When Home Buying Canadians Want to Have Their Home, and Lifestyle Too (VANCOUVER, BC) Oct 8, 2013:  The adage "location, location, location" may need a rephrase according to the results of the CENTURY 21 Canada and RONA National Home Buyer Preferences Survey (conducted by Pollara Strategic Insights). Canadians ...

CENTURY 21 Real Estate Launches New Global Listings Website

Century 21 Canada Limited Partnership today announced the launch of the new CENTURY 21 Global Website at century21global.com. The new website will provide consumers around the world with centralized access to all CENTURY 21 property listings. The announcement was made at the CENTURY 21 International Master Franchisors Conference in Düsseldorf, Germany, earlier today. The new global website enables ...

5 Benefits of A Pre-Qualified Mortgage

  When you're buying a home, get pre-qualified for your mortgage BEFORE you start looking and BEFORE you make an offer. As a buyer, you know this to be true but do you know why? Here are a few benefits to knowing for certain that you have been approved to purchase a home:   1) You don't fall in love with a home that is more than what you can afford to buy. Homes that sell for ...

Your Privileges as a Mortgage Holder

On every commitment there are privileges. Each lender has their own terms and conditions for these privileges, but they are generally as follows:  Assumption – your mortgage can be assumed by a purchaser,  if they qualify to carry the mortgage.   The lender must approve this transaction. An instance where you might do this is if you couldn't sell the real estate, ...

CENTURY 21 Canadian Conference 2013 LIVE Blog

  Friday, September 13, 2013 12:30am Thank you for joining us in Kelowna! CENTURY 21 Canadian Conference 2013 has now come to a close. Thank you to all attendees, webcast viewers from across Canada, vendors at the Supplier Expo, and Conference staff for making this event so memorable. Happy travels! See you next year in Niagara Falls, ON! 11:30am Richard Robbins (keynote) real ...

4 Considerations When Buying an Investment Property

  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 ...

5 Budget-Friendly Curb Appeal Upgrades

  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 ...
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