Posts by Amanda

3 Strategies for the Move-Up Buyer

Moving up to your “forever home” is exciting. When you bought your first place, chances are you were young, strapped for cash and prepared – if not warned – to make some concessions. The move-up buyer typically has some savings and home equity to work with, making this next move feel less like a compromise and more a thoughtful selection. But move-up buyers face their own set of challenges that call for a carefully considered strategy. Here are three options for the smart move-up buyer! Strategy 1: Sell First The “Sell First” strategy is ideal for the move-up buyer who can’t afford to pay two mortgages simultaneously. Selling
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5 Tips for Getting Over “The One That Got Away”

Imagine you finally find the house of your dreams. It has everything you hoped for in a home, from the right countertops to the right landscaping. You spend hours envisioning the parties you’ll throw in the backyard and the baths you’ll take in the clawfoot tub. But fate intervenes. For some unfortunate reason – perhaps a fierce bidding war or a fickle owner who decides to stay put – deal falls through. How do you recover? Here are some tips. 1. Get right back in the saddle If you must have a pity party, do it quickly. Perhaps a quick
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5 Tips for Buying your Retirement Home

Planning for retirement means making a lot of decisions, including when you’ll stop working, how much you’ll withdraw from your savings each year, and where you’ll live. Many Canadians view retirement as an opportunity to move into a new home; in fact, 64 percent of retirees either have moved or plan to move. Here are five tips to get you started. Location, location, location Ideally, you should think about where you want to live long before retirement, but it’s never too late to think about your priorities. Do you want to be close to family or health care resources? Do you desire
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4 Benefits of the Tiny Home Lifestyle

What if your style is simple, environmentally-friendly and, well, smaller? Then a tiny home may be the right fit for you. Here are some of the benefits of downsizing into a tiny home. 1. Less Wasted Space The median size of a single-family home sold in 2016 was 2466 square feet. For some homeowners, the cost and time spent on the purchase and maintenance on that size of a home can be overwhelming. Tiny home living focuses on living spaces where every cabinet and piece of furniture is multifunctional and designed to be used on a daily basis. 2. Affordable Custom Home
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5 DIY Ways to Surprise Dad

Father’s Day is this Sunday, June 17. This year, get your dad something he’ll really appreciate – help tackling his home improvement to-do list. Here are a few suggestions: 1. Instead of a fancy shaving kit… … trim the yard. But don’t stop at simply mowing the grass and weeding the beds – add some class with edging. Plastic, rubber and stone edging pieces are easy to install and a simple way to smarten up the yard. 2. Instead of another watch… … rent a power washer from your local home improvement store and with just a few hours of
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Child Friendly Neighbourhoods

With children almost out of school for the summer and the warm weather arriving, it’s time to get the them outside. But what if your neighbourhood doesn’t exactly scream, child-friendly? Here are some tips on how you can make your street more desirable for children at play. Be inclusive Don’t exclude neighbours without kids from your social circle. For example, offer to have your kids help the retirees down the road with yard work. Use sign language Placing one of the popular “Drive like your kids live here” signs in your yard is a friendly reminder for neighbours to keep
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Showing Your Home? Here are 6 Tips to Keep It Tidy

Keeping your home looking like a furniture showroom for showings isn’t an easy task. Here are a few tips to keep your house ready while you’re still living in it. 1. Attack the clutter Begin with a major decluttering. Throw out, recycle or give away things you don’t use. This will not only make your home more appealing to prospective buyers, but will also free up space for you to neatly store things when it’s time to tidy up for a showing. 2. Rent storage space Keeping things neat is easier when you have less things. An off-site storage unit
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2018 Cottage Trends

As 2018 cottage and cabin season is quickly approaching, it’s time to turn our heads toward what recreational property trends buyers and renters want this summer. With this list of must-haves, you’ll be armed with the knowledge of what vacationers want and why. Solar The idea of sun-powered houses becoming mainstream is no longer such a far off fantasy. More and more people are jumping on the solar-powered recreational property trend. The cost may seem high upfront but will pay off in the long run. Outside Dining The ability to cook meals outside is a massive bonus for a recreational
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The Value of Curb Appeal

According to the weather forecast spring will finally arrive this weekend! It’s time to get outside and focus on your outdoor space. If you are looking for ideas to add curb appeal to your home, and also add some value – consider these landscaping tips! Keeping Up First of all, to add value to your home any landscaping and improvements need to fit in with the aesthetics of the surrounding neighbourhood. Keep it Simple Large, overflowing flower beds can look beautiful but if you are planning to sell, some buyers may only see too much effort and upkeep. Go for
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3 Ways to Stand out in the Spring Market

We recently asked our RE/MAX Influencers—a panel consisting of RE/MAX Sales Associates from throughout Canada—for their top tips of how sellers can stand out during the busy spring market. 1 – Clean up Outside Pressure washing your driveway, sweeping your front walkway and picking up winter debris such as twigs and branches are incredibly important steps to take to make your property look its best once the snow has cleared. It’s important to wash windows and frames on the outside of your house and touch up exterior doors and trim with paint if necessary. Roof gutters and siding should also
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