Our neighbourhoods are only as strong as the bonds we have with our neighbours. If you’ve recently moved into a new home or have noticed someone new move in next door, it’s not as hard as you might think to reach out and make a connection.
While we all want to preserve our privacy, the benefits of being good neighbours far outweigh whatever “exposure” we might fear in the ...
Posted by Phillip Stables
on June 19, 2012
Why pay more? Q: What are the benefits of paying more than a 5% down payment? There are many benefits to putting more than 5% down. The larger the down payment, the lower the cost of your overall mortgage in the long run and you will save money by paying less interest. If you can put as much as 20% down, you will avoid paying mortgage insurance. Mortgage insurance is mandatory if you put less than ...
Posted by Roger Townsend
on June 11, 2012
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 ...
Posted by Sukhwinder Bhaura
on May 25, 2012
The CENTURY 21 Miller "Klean Up for the Kids" event for Easter Seals was a huge success!
The May 12, 2012 Oakville event raised funds through a car wash, document shredding and clothing drop off, Mother's Day flower sales, and a raffle, and helped raise hundreds of dollars to help send disabled kids to camp this summer!
We had a perfect day for the event with lots of sunshine and warm breezes. ...
Posted by Sheena Curran
on May 15, 2012
Amongst all your financial investments your home is one of the most valuable asset. It holds a monetary, as well as an emotional value to you. Who is taking care of your most valuable asset? Who is your Real Estate Advisor?
Every quarter or sometimes annually we receive a statement of our investments from our Financial Advisor, detailing what our proposed investments are worth now. Some ...
Posted by Hiba Rizvi
on May 7, 2012
You and your home have survived another winter! Congratulations!
Now is the time to handle these 5 critical spring maintenance activities, not only for your own comfort and enjoyment, but also to maintain and/or improve the value of your home!
Check The A/C
Have a qualified HVAC contractor – preferably one that belongs to the Air Conditioning Contractors of America – come out ...
Posted by Keeley Ward
on May 1, 2012
CENTURY 21 Canada was at the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden in Vancouver this week to unveil our sponsored Terracotta Warrior sculpture. The 7 foot fiberglass Warrior is a part of Easter Seals' newest art project in British Columbia. Our Terracotta Warrior will be one of many being displayed in locations around Vancouver, Burnaby and Richmond. One Warrior will actually be on display in the ...
Posted by Aliza Fung
on April 27, 2012
When you show your home to prospective buyers, there is probably a long list of things you’re hoping they’ll notice. For example, the beautiful chandelier in the foyer, or the spacious backyard and large deck, or the kitchen with the island big enough for a family to sit down for breakfast. But what about those things you’re hoping buyers will not zero in on? Every home has some ...
Posted by Jorge Branca
on April 25, 2012
As I browse realtor.ca, the sale of smaller living spaces is pretty apparent. This has been the trend for quite a few years and is expected to continue as urban areas grow denser. According to the National Association of Home Builders in the U.S., the average completed home in 2010 was 2,377 sq ft, down 3% from 2009. This is coupled with the decrease in household sizes. A study done by the Canadian ...
Posted by Aliza Fung
on April 17, 2012
When your mortgage comes up for renewal, your lender will send you a letter suggesting you renew at their current offer. If you do, you’ll be renewing your mortgage with your eyes closed!
This is your moment of opportunity to negotiate the best possible deal, either with your current lender or with a new one. Do you know if the same lender remains your best choice? If you don’t, you aren’t ...
Posted by Albert Pereira
on April 11, 2012