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​Heat savings over hardwood: Survey reveals shift in home buyers’ desires

The Canadian dream home has a new laundry list of “must haves” Utility bills can cost a homeowner even more when they go to sell their property according to the CENTURY 21® Canadian Home Critics Survey. In the results, which expose purchasers' motivations and turn offs, Canadians overwhelmingly report that they would select a home with energy efficiency upgrades (41%) over updated finishings like granite ...

Goodbye Summer! 4 Ways To Welcome Fall With Home Décor

Fall means more than pumpkin spice lattes and turkey meals on Thanksgiving. It doesn't just mean that winter is coming, but it signifies change. Leaves change from green to yellow, orange and red. Temperature drops from blistering heat to slightly cooler. We even change our wardrobe from t-shirts and shorts, to sweaters and cozy scarves. One thing people often forget they can change is their home ...

Are Your "Must Haves" Really a Must?

When you’re ready to buy a home, you usually have a wish list that helps narrow down the criteria to make the search process more accurate. Here are some considerations you should make before finalizing your list 1. "I need GRANITE countertops." This is a very common item for home buyers. Countertops can be fabulous and they are very easy to upgrade or replace. Do some research before ruling ...

Get Your Home Ready For Winter

Winter can be hard on a home as well as us living through it. Here are some things that will help your home survive the winter and make you more comfortable at the same time. Furnace inspection and filterYour furnace may not have been running much since last winter. A clogged or dirty air filter impedes the flow of warm air. Some rooms may not heat up enough and you wind up turning up the thermostat. ...

Renting 101 – How to Find “A+” Student Tenants

The real estate market is swarming with students as more choose to live in private accommodations, compared to on-campus residences. One of the major hurdles landlords face when renting their property to students is the lack of trust. It can be stressful for landlords to find tenants that will obey their terms and often credential checks aren’t possible. When renting a property to students, have ...

​A REALTOR® Is Your Hero – Escape The Emotional Negotiation

The negotiation process of real estate can be a very turbulent ride. It is an emotional process when it comes to money, and sometimes it can get very heated. While it seems trivial to have a REALTOR® proxy the negotiation, it is very important in getting a deal. A REALTOR® is able to filter out tactics designed to evoke an emotional response, such as "The place needs renos," or "Not sure if it’s ...

Purrrfect Ways to “De-pet” Your Home for Open Houses

If you have pets, you probably adore them. They're part of the family! But when you're preparing your home for sale, you need to think about how to deal with the "pet issue." Some potential buyers who view your property may love pets, whereas others may be turned off by the tell-tale signs of pet ownership – such as kitty litter, dander, and smells.  Use these tips to keep both your pets and ...

The Price is Right? Or Not. 4 Ways to Know if a Home is Overpriced

When selling your home, it is very important to price it at market value to avoid a long listing and to ensure you receive top dollar. For buyers, a home is most likely the biggest purchase of your life and you definitely don't want to be overpaying! 4 ways to know if a home is priced reasonably: 1. Comparables Price your home based on other homes of similar size, with similar details, ...

The “Great First Impression” Home Sellers’ Checklist

Why do some homes sell quicker than others? There are many factors including price, location, time of the year, condition of the property, and buyers’ preferences. More often though, it has to do with the impression that your home leaves. Follow this checklist to help put your home ahead of the rest: Pick a date to list your home on the market prior to the date that the “For Sale” sign goes up. ...

Open House Weekend Blitz Winner Gets Outdoor Overhaul (video)!

Who won the incredible $10,000 curb appeal boost for their home? *Cue drum roll* Congratulations to Brandon Doerntlein of Pickering, ON, winner of the CENTURY 21® Canada Open House Weekend Blitz! "I am just so thrilled that this has happened!" said Brandon. Nelson Raposo, manager at CENTURY 21 Percy Fulton Ltd. congratulated Brandon as he received a visit and design consult from celeb outdoor ...
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