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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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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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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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6 Features That Will Sell Your Home Faster

Garage Storage Space Percentage of buyers who want this feature: 86% Cost to install: $2,025 – $2,363 for a 380-square-foot space Buyers with growing families need lots of storage space. Sellers should keep in mind that streamlined living equates to more dollars in your pocket at sale time. The installation cost includes adding cabinetry, a peg wallboard for tools, and improved lighting and electrical circuits.   Eat-In Kitchen Percentage of buyers who want this feature: 82% Cost to install: $1,000 – $10,000 Eat-in kitchens are a must-have for many buyers, especially families with children. It’s a space where they often
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Showing your Home with Pets

A total of 56% of Canadian households have at least one dog or cat. While that may seem like a lot, it also means that half of Canadian households do not have pets as well. Although we love furry friends around many potential home Buyers may not. When having your home for sale, it’s always a good idea to have pets out of the home, but what can you do with them? Here are a few suggestions. Romp! A showing is the perfect excuse to take your dog for a walk around the neighbourhood, or if you are looking for
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Costly Closing Mistakes

Your offer has been accepted, the building inspection passed with flying colours, now you’re on the road to the closing date! Although you have more breathing room now, the deals not done until all documents have been signed on closing. Here are some things NOT to do before that day. Debt to Income Ratio The ratio of your monthly income to your monthly debts is one of the main factors the lender considered when qualifying you. It can be tempting but don’t take out any loans for renovations you want to do on your future home. Also, don’t be tempted
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Fido Friendly Homes

If you are in the process of buying a home everyone will have their different opinions on what you should look for. But what about those who can’t speak? Just how can you tell if your four-legged family members will like their new home. Perhaps the most obvious one is go for a home with a yard! You may want to make sure it’s fenced in as well. If it’s not fenced, make sure the city by-laws allow this before you make a decision. If you just can’t seem to find a home with a proper yard in your price
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