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How to Stage Your Home During the Holidays

The holiday season gives most people the feels – “most” being the operative word. It’s important to keep this in mind when selling your home during the festive season. It’s easy to go overboard. (If you’re not sure what we mean, watch the notorious house-lighting scene from National Lampoons Christmas Vacation for a reminder). Here are some tips to stage your home for a sale, while keeping it tasteful. Light it Up First, make sure all the year-round outdoor lights are functioning — winter days are short, so having the walkway and front door lit up for evening viewings is
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8 Ways to Extend Your Patio Season This Fall

By Emily Higgins Cooling temperatures and the arrival of pumpkin spice everything doesn’t mean that you need to head indoors just yet. Using your outdoor living space is a great way to enjoy the changing of the season and enjoy some outside time. Consider these 8 ways to extend your patio season into the fall. Add Some Warmth Making sure that your outdoor living space is still enjoyable and comfortable will encourage you to use the space more often. Consider adding a patio heater that can easily radiate heat in a large of area for you and your guests. Choose from a
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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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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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