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Open Houses - A Buyer's View

Is it worth going through open houses when you are looking to buy a house? You bet it is!!  An open house is your opportunity to view a house during daylight hours when (usually) the owner is not at home, when the pets are gone and you can take a good look around.  Then you can go off and view another open house, and compare what you have just seen. When you are going through the open house, ...

NEW LISTING... Land Before Time

Not sure if any other properties I have listed have had any interesting stories like this one... In 2012, archeologists dug into a surrounding shale cliff to uncover and collect pre-historic remains of a reptile measuring 20' long with a 4.5' skull. It will be displayed at a museum in Winnipeg. www.land-before-time.com Can you imagine how many other properties have bones or interesting artifacts ...

YAY! It's Fall!!

Rich! Vibrant colours!! Crunchy leaves! Fall suppers! Thanksgiving! Hallowe'en!   .....leaves to rake! Gutters to clean! Weather stripping on doors! ...and the list goes on... Overwhelmed? Don't be! Robert H. Schuller says, 'Inch by inch anything's a cinch!' Start with a list. (I love lists!) Write down everything from cleaning the garage to finding the mitts! Now ...

Tales From a First Time Gardener

Aside from a few small flower/weed gardens I had never tried my hand at actual gardening. I mean, prep the soil, plant the vegetable seeds, water and grow kind of gardening... That became apparent as my first gardening attempt played out.  Don't get me wrong, in the end I was very proud of my harvest, and will carry with me to next spring a few lessons learned. I recommend doing a bit of research ...

Another NHL Season

With the start of a new NHL season rite around the corner, comes the hope for the Winnipeg Jets to become a playoff contender, but unfortunately I  personally don't think they made enough  off season moves to be one. But here's to another year of great hockey and Canada's  Sport.

What NOT to do prior to getting that mortgage!

  Cynics may scoff, but getting under contract on the right home can turn even the most stoic shopper into a bit of a dreamer. From paint colors to planting a garden, picturing yourself in that property is critical for many buyers. But leave a little room for pragmatism. Remember that getting pre-approved for a mortgage and even under contract isn’t a guarantee. That prefix is there ...

Are Mortgage Rates Going To Stay Low?

Low interest rates have been wonderful for both the owners of homes and buyers of homes. These low rates have been the norm for quite a while. According to the article linked below from the Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA) we shouldn't expect to see rates rise significantly any time soon. Why?  CREA lays out four reasons: Inflation is on target -- Inflation recently increased ...

Fall Home Maintenance Checklist

Fall cleaning isn't always as popular as spring cleaning, but it is getting to be that time for preparing our homes for cooler days and longer nights.  Here are 10 ideas to help get our homes ready for the inevitable winter ahead. 1) Add weatherstripping to doors and windows This will seal small gaps, and keep moisture and cold air outside where it belongs. On the doors, look for torn or missing ...

Extra Costs

Application fee: Some mortgage lenders charge a fee to process your application. But, ask if you can get it waived. Appraisal fee: Your mortgage lender may need to have your new home appraised by a proffesional, and quite often the bill is passed on to you. Sometimes your lender may waive the fee. Mortgage Broker`s fee: Your mortgage broker may charge a fee that is payable on your closing date. ...

Tips to Sell Your Home This Fall!

    Most people know that springtime is widely considered the busiest season for the real estate market. But did you know that the fall is a close second? Back from summer vacation, with the weather becoming more temperate and the kids back in school, fall is an ideal time to list your home for sale. Here are a few tips to make your home stand out in the fall real estate market: Clean ...