Posts by Amanda

These Environmental Upgrades Could Save Money… and the World!

With all this talk of climate change, it’s easy to forget that it’s more than just a catchy phrase. The earth’s temperatures have reached a historic high, and natural habitats, resources and wildlife are experiencing a rapid decline. In honour of World Environment Day, here are some environmental upgrades that home-owners and prospective buyers can prioritize when purchasing and renovating, to help create a more sustainable future! What Role does Real Estate Play in Global Warming? In Canada, heating and electricity make up 45 per cent of greenhouse gas emissions. On top of that, studies show that cement alone is the source
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Fix It or Not? What to Ask When Prepping Your Home for Sale

When you make the decision to sell your home, it can be tricky to know which changes would make your home sell more quickly or boost the sale price — and which would be a waste of your time and resources. Each home (and each homeowner) is different. These first three questions will help you take the temperature of the real estate market in your area and assess the competition. How hot or cold is the market in your area? If it’s a seller’s market, you may be able to get away with doing fewer repairs and modifications before selling,
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How Much Does It Cost to Build a House?

or many Canadians, the dream of building a home is more appealing than just buying one. Building a home comes with many benefits, and if we’re being perfectly honest, some headaches. If you’re considering a custom-built home, here’s everything you need to know. Is It Cheaper to Buy or Build a House? When it comes to the average cost to build a home in Canada, according to Home Builder Canada, the price per square foot for a detached home in major Canadian cities is as follows: Vancouver: $130 – $230 Calgary: $115 – $150 Toronto: $110 – $210 Montreal: $95 –
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Smart Ways to Spend Your Income Tax Refund

You’ve filed your taxes (or you’re planning to very soon) and you’re expecting an income tax refund. To some, this perceived windfall can be a sign to go on a spending binge. According to Canada Revenue Agency, the average income tax refund for the 2018 tax year to date is $1,735 – about the cost of an all-inclusive vacation for one in the sunny south, a few nice dinners out, or a very decent shopping spree. If you’re getting an income tax return, that means you’ve overpaid taxes and you’re simply getting some of that back. Stop treating your tax refund as “extra” cash. Here
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Benefits of Listing Your Home in the Spring

Just as vernal warm weather blankets Canadian communities, home buyers and sellers gear up for the busiest real estate season of the year. But what are the benefits of listing your home in the spring? We reached out to our RE/MAX Influencers — a panel consisting of RE/MAX Sales Associates from throughout Canada — to find out the benefits of listing your home in the spring. Getting settled in time for summer After a long and cold winter, buyers are motivated to find the right home for them so they can be settled in for the warmer months. “Many people
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Lucky In Love and House Hunting

If you and your partner are house hunting this Valentine’s Day — don’t let the stress of shopping for a new home dampen your romance. With two different opinions driving the purchase process, it can create disagreements. RE/MAX offers advice and tips for finding your perfect home — together.
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