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How a Paralympian sold their home from the podium

Selling a home can be a very busy time. Now, imagine you're training and competing in the Winter Paralympic Games! Para-alpine skier Chris Williamson, one of the most decorated in the world, was training for Sochi when he needed to sell his home. Williamson is a father, an athlete, and is sight impaired, which leads to unique considerations when moving. "My old and new home both have fireplaces but ...

Woman Warriors smash fundraising goal & send kids to camp

"Team Golden Girls" channeled their inner Amazons and ran, lifted, climbed, crawled, and even swam through ice water during a 5km obstacle course on May 25. The team represented CENTURY 21® Canada in the Woman2Warrior adventure race benefiting Easter Seals camps in B.C. Click here to learn more about the event. The Golden Girls shattered their goal of donating $2,100 ─ and raised $3,760 to send kids ...

CENTURY 21 Canada Open House Weekend Blitz contest

Boost your home's value! You could win a $10,000 curb appeal prize pack including: Hands-on design consult from celeb outdoor designer Carson Arthur, host of the HGTV series Critical Listing Black&Decker outdoor tools MicroPro Sienna wood deck or pergola Rinox stone fireplace & small patio to set it on Visit a participating CENTURY 21 open house on May 24 or 25 and fill in the ...

Top 9 Tips for Home Sellers this Spring

I know when you look outside, it's hard to convince you that spring is here. Yet, it will soon be time to get your house ready to sell. Use these 9 tips to prepare your home for the spring market: 1. Lose it Now that you can see the ground and temperatures are above zero, it's time for your things to go where they belong. For those awesome presents you received for Christmas... now is the time to ...

9 Things House Hunters Can Ignore

Buying a home can be overwhelming. When viewing homes, don't focus on things that need a little fixing, polishing, or reworking ─ try to look beyond these aesthetic negatives to find the happy foundation that lies beneath. These 9 minor home issues have easy fixes: Wallpaper (floral borders, chickens wearing bonnets, etc.) No matter how much it disagrees with your style, ...

3 Major Factors that Impact the Sale of Your Home

   1.  Price The most significant factor that impacts the sale of your home is the price. The most accurate way to determine the correct market value of your home is to research recent sales in your neighbourhood that have a similar layout and condition.  Something very important to consider is that if buyers are viewing your home, they are likely viewing similar homes ...

Wants, Needs, and Brick Walls

We recently started watching some TV programs we normally don’t watch. W Network was at the top of the list with Property Brothers. It was interesting watching from the outside in as, couple after couple, buyer after buyer, gave their list of "needs" to their REALTOR®, and then became incredulous if the REALTOR® showed them everything they asked for in a house ...

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 ...
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