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Buying A Home Pre approval & Mortgage terminology

As you begin the process of buying a home, It Is very Important to talk to your lender and get a pre approval amount for your New Home. This process is necessary  and you’ll probably come across a number of new terms and phrases. Here is a list to help you better understand some of the Terms you’re most likely to encounter. Mortgage. A loan for the purposes of financing a home purchase ...

Vinegar! Who knew?

10 household uses for Vinegar that may surprise you. 1. Ant Deterrent So many ant killers contain harsh, poisonous chemicals that no one wants in their home. Spraying white vinegar wherever ants congregate in the house, it will deter them without damaging the area. This is especially great if you notice ants coming in from a carpeted room. Mopping with vinegar regularly is a great preventative measure ...

Bank of Canada Shocks With Interest Rate Cut

The Bank of Canada shocked markets today by cutting its key overnight lending rate by a quarter of a percentage point, citing the economic threat posed by plunging oil prices. "The drop in oil prices is unambiguously negative for the Canadian economy," Bank of Canada governor Stephen Poloz said in a morning news conference. "Canada's income from oil exports will be reduced, and investment and employment ...

Time for a little R+R.

With the long cold days of January half way gone, I think its time for a short sunny holiday  to get recharged for a optimistic 2015. With the talk now of Interest rates remaining low or even the same I believe it will be a great buyers market in and around the Neepawa area. There is a strong demand for affordable housing in our area at the moment. The market is definitely softening and come ...

Avoiding Ice Dams

Our Canadian winters have their frosty reputation for good reason. These extreme temperatures can affect the condition of your home and how it functions. Your roof is one of the most important lines of defense between you and the natural elements. It helps keep warm air locked in during the winter months and prevents snow, rain or cold from penetrating the exterior of your home. Ice dams on the exterior ...

Brandon Single Detached Home Sales Post Above Average in December

Sales of single detached homes in the City of Brandon recorded through the MLS® System of the Brandon Area REALTORS® were little changed on a year-over-year basis in December 2014. Single detached home sales in the City of Brandon numbered 30 units in December, down just one sale from December 2013, and above the five and 10-year averages for the month. A total of 637 single detached homes ...

Home Staging tips: How the 5 Senses Help Sell Your Home

Most homebuyers know that sensation—the moment you walk into a house and just know it's the home for you. What they may not know is the feeling of "home at first sight" sometimes needs a helping hand. Home staging is all about creating that emotional connection. To be successful at it, you have to appeal to all five of the buyer's senses. SmellSmell can evoke an emotional response that doesn't ...

Ideas for that dead Christmas Tree

1. Firewood. As we've mentioned before on uses for dead trees in general, old trees can make great firewood. Cut your old tree up, remove all of the tinsel and any other decorations, and use it as kindling in an outdoor fire pit. Make sure the tree is completely dry before burning it.2. Fish habitat. Some cities take old Christmas trees to local ponds, rivers and lakes and put them in the water for ...

Checklist to Prepare your home for Extreme Temperatures

Here are some things I think you should check off your list to help prepare your home from our extreme temperatures: Insulate walls and attic.Caulk and weather-strip doors and windows.Install storm windows or cover windows with plastic from the inside.Insulate any water lines that run along outer walls. This will make water less likely to freeze.Service snow-removal equipment.Install easy-to-read ...

How to Maximize Your Selling Potential During Winter

Winter is generally a slower month for real estate. If your house is on the market for sale, your realtor will do as much as she can, but a bit of effort from the home owner is helpful. By addressing a few key areas, any winter woes can easily be avoided. Read this article on winter selling tips... http://www.hgtv.ca/realestate/article/winter-real-estate-selling-tips/