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Renovating?

Depending on your situation, the decision to renovate or not can be daunting.  However when you're thinking of selling and want to renovate, here are some tips: 1. Don't over-renovate!  Figure out what your home is worth.  You don’t need an exact number but a range.  This is where a local Realtor, like me can help.  If you have a $300,000 house, keep that perspective when you're ...

Beat the Fall Rush!

There is more good news for both buyers and sellers as confidence in real estate is at a 5 year high. "The Bloomberg Nanos Canadian Confidence Index climbed to 59.2 for the week ended June 27, from 58.5 in the prior period. The percentage of respondents who believe home values in their neighbourhood will increase in the next six months rose to 44.1, the highest since the fourth quarter of 2009." (Jamie ...

The Importance of a Qualified Home Inspector

Choosing a qualified and ethical home inspector is the newest challenge facing buyers in today’s real estate market. Checking a home inspector’s Qualifications, Affiliation with a professional associations and relevant experience are important prerequisites in selecting a qualified home inspector. The critical issue is not whether the Inspections should be done, but by WHOM. Most referrals come from ...

KEY MEASUREMENTS FOR THE PERFECT GARAGE

Surprisingly, common garage dimensions have remained roughly the same since the Ford Model T began the obsession with the automobile about a hundred years ago. The T’s 134-inch length, a little more than 11 feet, is considerably shorter than the average 15-foot length of sedans now being produced. Today’s extreme is the Rolls-Royce extended-length Phantom, slightly less than 20 feet long. Throughout ...

Sandra Rinomato - How to Find a Good Realtor! Love this Lady!!

I like to watch Sandra Rinomato on the TV show "Property Virgins" - she was a role model for me when I decided to pursue my career in Real Estate.  We both have something in common, we love to educate first time buyers and help them get started on the property ladder.  The recommendations she provides in this article posted on Canada AM / CTV are ...

Staging Tips - You Don't Have to Break the Bank to Get the Job Done!

You don’t have to break the bank to have your house looking as though it was professionally staged. These tips and tricks of the trade will have your house gorgeous before you can say “why hasn’t it always looked this way?!” 1) De-Clutter  - The first step in getting ready to sell is de-clutter, de-clutter, de-clutter so potential buyers aren’t overwhelmed by your stuff, but rather impressed ...

Interesting trends & home prices information

Canadian home prices hit record in MayCanadian home prices got a boost in May, hitting a record high, according to the Teranet National Bank house price index. Prices were up 0.8 per cent in May from April. Halifax, where prices had fallen in the early months of this year, had its strongest month-to-month price gain ever, with an increase of 3.1 per cent. Calgary’s prices hit a record high after four ...

Staging tips

 Staging Tips from Scott McGillivray By Scott McGillivray Inexpensive staging tips guaranteed to help you sell your home. 1. De-clutter & De-Personalize: Buyers generally want two main things out of a potential property: they want it to be roomy, and they want to be able to see themselves living in it. Neither of these things can happen if the house is... Read More     Sue ...

Cozy Bungalow in Queenswood Heights $299,000

Three bedroom bungalow with 1.5 baths, livingroom, diningroom, eatin kitchen, full basement. Fenced in backyard with deck and heated above ground pool. Close to all amenities. Diane DeCooman 613-863-7449

CMHC - Report - May 2014 Housing starts and more........

GKINSON: Are we getting complacent over housing starts?It seems we're not as intimidated by 200,000 Canadian housing starts as we used to be. Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp. reported Monday that May housing starts came in at a 198,300 annualized rate, the fastest pace in seven months and considerably above economists' expectations. Starts have now averaged 197,500 over the past two months, a dramatic ...