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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 ...

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 ...
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