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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 ...

Home Maintenance Checklist for Fall and Winter

Home Maintenance Checklist for Fall and Winter As the winter season approaches and the air become crisp, it's time to start thinking about preparing your house for the season. The winter season means spending more time indoors, hence roofs need to shed rain and snow, windows and doors need to reject the cold, and the heating system needs to keep rooms comfortable. If any of these components ...

Decorating 101: How Much Is This Going to Cost Me?

You’ve just moved into a new home, and you’re ready to decorate. Or you’ve been in your home for a while and want to give the place a whole new look. And you want to do it yourself. The big question is: What’s it going to cost you? There’s no magic formula for figuring out how much you can expect to spend on decorating. (Trust me — I asked.) But there are ...

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

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, ...

Home Staging on a Budget: 10 Simple Steps That Sell

"Cleaning out the clutter just creates so much space, and that's what  people are looking for -- space."   You've decided to sell your home, and you want to get top dollar for it. And you've seen TV shows where homeowners spend thousands of dollars staging their homes for sale, but there's an important detail to consider: You don't have thousands and thousands to spend.  The ...

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, wallpaper ...

First Time Home Buyer: HBP Or TFSA?

It can be a challenge for first time home buyers to come up with a down payment.  With soaring Canadian real estate prices, crippling student loan debt, and low starting salaries, it can take years to save the required minimum down payment. Canadians do have some options to help them buy their first home.  This post will explain the benefits of a first time home buyer using the Home Buyers’ ...

Thinking of Selling? Get Ready for the Spring Market Now!

With spring being the busiest time for real estate, homeowners planning to put their homes on the market shouldn’t wait for flowers to bloom before getting ready to sell. Having a few months to prepare can make for a much smoother selling experience. If you’re a prospective home seller, here are five things you can do now to get ready for a spring sale: Start Packing It may sound ...

HomeOwnership Incentives

      Buying your first home is one of the largest investments of your life. Canada's Economic Action Plan introduces the First-Time Home Buyers' (FTHB) Tax Credit and the expansion of the Home Buyers' Plan (HBP) to provide you with additional benefits and help you realize your dream of homeownership. First-Time Home Buyers' (FTHB) Tax Credit The costs associated with purchasing ...

SELLING OR PURCHASING A PROPERTY – RARELY SIMPLE OR EASY

   You have finally decided to sell or purchase a property and you think that you know enough to act as your own real estate agent or notary. Warning! It may be tempting to do everything yourself, especially since the World Wide Web is abundant with advice on the matter. It’s true that some have been able to close a transaction without any difficulties. However, we mustn’t ...