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REAL ESTATE BLOG

Discover a world of knowledge! From buying and selling advice and local market news to home renovation tips and community events - it's all here! Feel free to leave a comment or question on any blog and you will surely receive a response.

Shut Down Home Intruders With These 7 Safety Strategies

Monday Oct 4th, 2021

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A break and enter occurs every 90 seconds in Canada.1 Fortunately, there are some proven tactics you can use to decrease your likelihood of a home invasion. Most burglars won’t go to extreme lengths to enter your home. They are looking for easy access with minimal risk. A monitored security system can be an effective deterrent—homes without one are 300% more likely to be burglarized—but it isn’t the only way to protect your property.2 The strategies below can help to... [read more]

9 Tips for Buying and Selling Your Home at the Same Time

Wednesday Sep 1st, 2021

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Selling your home when you still need to shop for a new one can feel daunting to even the most seasoned homeowner––especially when the demand for new homes keeps rising, but the supply feels like it's dwindling.¹ You're not alone either if you're already feeling drained by the complex logistics of trying to sell and buy a new home all at once. Searching for a new home can be exciting, but many homebuyers admit that it can also be stressful, especially if you live... [read more]

5 Factors That Reveal Where The Real Estate Market Is Really Headed

Tuesday Aug 3rd, 2021

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In a July release, the Canadian Real Estate Association reported that home sales had fallen for three months in a row after reaching all-time high in March.1 So could one of the world’s hottest real estate markets finally be headed for a downturn? We wouldn’t bet on it. That’s because even though sales have slowed, it was still the strongest June on record—and 13% higher than last year.1 "Don't be fooled — this is still an extremely strong level of... [read more]

How to Bridge the Appraisal Gap in Today’s Real Estate Market

Tuesday Jul 6th, 2021

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If you’re searching for drama, don’t limit yourself to Netflix. Instead, tune in to the real estate market, where the competition among buyers has never been fiercer. And with homes selling for record highs,1 the appraisal process—historically a standard part of a home purchase—is receiving more attention than ever. That’s because some sellers are finding out the hard way that a strong offer can fizzle quickly when an appraisal comes in below the sales price.... [read more]

Could Rising Home Prices Impact Your Net Worth?

Thursday Jun 3rd, 2021

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Learn how to determine your current net worth and how an investment in real estate can help improve your bottom line. Among its many impacts, COVID-19 has had a pronounced effect on the housing market. Low home inventory and high buyer demand have driven home prices to an all-time high.1 This has given an unexpected financial boost to many homeowners during a challenging time. However, for some renters, rising home prices are making dreams of homeownership feel further out of reach. If... [read more]

Finding a New Home for Your Next Stage of Life

Monday May 3rd, 2021

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Imagine the first place you lived as a young adult. Now imagine trying to fit your life today into that space. Not pretty, right? For most of us, our housing needs are cyclical. A newly independent adult can find freedom and flexibility in even a tiny apartment. That same space, to a growing family, would feel stifling. For empty nesters, a large home with several unused bedrooms can become impractical to heat and clean. It’s no surprise that life transitions often trigger a home... [read more]

Can I Buy or Sell a Home Without a Real Estate Agent?

Thursday Apr 15th, 2021

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Today’s real estate market is one of the fastest-moving in recent memory. With record-low inventory in many market segments, we’re seeing multiple offers—and sometimes even bidding wars—for homes in the most sought-after neighbourhoods. This has led some sellers to question the need for an agent. After all, why spend money on a listing agent when it seems that you can stick a For Sale sign in the yard then watch a line form around the block? Some buyers may also... [read more]

Is the Real Estate Market Going to Crash?

Monday Mar 8th, 2021

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While many areas of the economy have contracted, the housing market has stayed remarkably strong. But can the good news last?   When COVID-related shutdowns began in March, real estate brokers and clients scrambled to respond to the shift. Record-low interest rates caused some lenders to call a halt to new underwriting, and homeowners debated whether or not to put their houses on the market. However, those first days of uncertainty ushered in a period of unprecedented growth in the... [read more]

Top 5 Renovations When Selling

Thursday Feb 18th, 2021

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Top 5 Home Renovations When Selling

When it comes time to sell your home, you will likely be put in a situation where home updates, repairs, and upgrades are recommended in order to boost the value of your home for maximum returns! Now before tearing down a wall or throwing your money at everything it's important to understand not all home renovations are equal. Below you will find a list of the top 5 home renovations that have significant impact on your selling potential: 1. Improve energy efficiency This... [read more]

How to Choose the Right Mortgage

Friday Jan 8th, 2021

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How to Choose the Right Mortgage

Obtaining a mortgage can be intimidating and confusing. Similar to the buyer and seller guides, I’ve outlined the mortgage process for you in 4 easy steps! 
 
Step 1: Mortgage Application 
 
Before an application gets filled out, it’s important to first asses yourself financially. Figure out how much money you have and how much you need to borrow. It’s always critical to sort out how much you can afford so that when you apply for a mortgage you will be able to... [read more]

5 steps to selling your home

Friday Dec 18th, 2020

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5 steps to selling your home

Your satisfaction and happiness is something that is very important to me. I understand how hectic it is to sell a house and it can be difficult if it’s not handled properly. To help you through the entire process, I’ve put together five simple steps: Step 1: Decide to Sell When you sell, you want to get as much value as you can for your home. So you might want to consider the timing of the sale because it definitely has an effect on the value. You don’t want to sell... [read more]

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