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2018 Home Seller Resolutions

Last week on my blog I talked about resolutions you should make (and keep) if you are planning to buy in 2018. This blog can be found here https://thehouse4u.ca/2018-home-buying-goals/. But what should you do if you are planning to sell in 2018? Regardless of season or market conditions, remember that you only have one chance to make a good first impression. Before listing your home, commit to these five New Year’s Resolutions to help ensure the quickest sale for the highest price. Mark Your Calendar Set your listing date well in advance to help you anti...

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2018 Home Buying Goals

If home buying is on your to-do list in 2018, there are some tasks to tackle before you hit the streets. Many New Year’s Resolutions relate to finances, and rightly so. A home is likely the biggest investment you’ll make in your lifetime, so here are a few New Year’s Resolutions that you’ll definitely want to keep. Start Saving for your Down Payment This can be the most difficult part of the home buying process. To avoid taking out a high ratio mortgage you’ll need to save at least 20%. It is important to consider how you will come up with the money, whe...

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Tips Before You Leave Your Home Alone

Leaving your home during the holidays? Follow these tips to keep it safe and save a few bucks on bills while you’re gone. Put mail on hold An overstuffed mailbox or a pile of newspapers at the bottom of your driveway can be an invitation to thieves. Not only is it a sign that no one’s home, identity thieves can find all sorts of goodies while sorting through unattended mail. Put lights on a timer It makes it appear that someone is home. If you can, switch your exterior lights to the “motion-activated” setting. Unplug Your electronics will still suck ener...

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Holiday Home Selling

Approximately 80 percent of current homeowners think now is a good time to sell, according to a September 2017 housing survey by the National Association of Realtors (NAR). Here are four reasons to sell your home at the year’s end. Less competition You’ll have less competition from other sellers during winter, so it’s a great time to get the best price. Motivated Buyers There may be fewer buyers looking, but the ones who do are likely more serious buyers.  Many buyers have a new year’s goal of buying a home for tax purposes; mortgage rates, ene...

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Short-Term Rentals

Today, renting a room in your house (or the entire house) via an online service, such as Airbnb, to unknown travelers is becoming quite common. Short-term rentals provide extra income for homeowners and a unique way for visitors to experience a city.   If you think you’re up to being a host of a short-term rental, here are three things to keep in mind.   Legality The rise in popularity of Airbnb and other sites hasn’t been without its controversy. There are concerns that short-term rentals don’t have to pass the same certification...

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Get Winter Ready!

As much as we don’t want to admit it, the temperatures are cooling and winter is on its way. The snowy season doesn’t have to be as much of a hassle if you are prepared. Just like your car, you have to get your home winter ready, which can save you money and major headaches in the long run. 1. To prevent ice dams – ridges of roof ice that prevent melted snow from draining – ensure attic vents are free from debris. Poor soffit ventilation can damage shingles and cause mold inside your home. 2. If you are keeping clay pots outside in the winter make sure ...

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Home Automation

You’re at work when the thought hits you, “Did I lock the door when I left this morning?” You check your smartphone, see that you didn’t, and click the“LOCK” button. Now your house is secure. That’s home automation for you! But, is home automation a good idea? That depends on a number of factors. On the pro side, home automation can improve your quality of life. There are automation products that will adjust heating/cooling depending on whether or not you’re home, make your morning coffee when you get out of bed, and the list goes on and on. These conven...

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Dog Days of Home Buyers

This topic has been in papers, on the news and discussed on every platform of social media – millennials. Many articles and some of my blog posts have mentioned millennials in the real estate marketplace. If you have read any of these articles/blogs you will know that millennials want a more tech savvy and eco-friendly living environment. However, 42% of these buyers want something that hasn’t been touched on until recently and that is additional yard space. Not for their kids – but for their four-legged companions. Only buying a house for more spa...

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