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From Summer Blues to Harvest Hues: Simple Ways to Transition a Backyard

Daylight is dwindling, temperatures are dropping; it’s time to cover up the grill, toss the flowers and retire the patio furniture to the garage, right? Not so fast! Remember that backyard appeal can be just as important as curb appeal to potential buyers – all year long. With proper appointing, the backyard can remain a central hub all the way through the fall. Here are five easy ways to spice up any backyard to impress buyers, while simultaneously transitioning it from summer to fall. Say goodbye to vibrant petals – and hello to burgundy blooms! Beautiful summer flowers have long
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Fall Home Maintenance Checklist

You’re still reveling in the heat of summer, but believe it on now, winter is coming. Once September hits, you’ll want to start working your way through this fall home maintenance checklist. Ensuring that your home’s cold-weather systems are running efficiently will save you money and major headaches in the long run.
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Property Ownership 101: Investment Property Ownership

While investing in real estate is very lucrative, any novice investor is destined to face some pitfalls along the way. Rental properties can provide investors with the constant cash flow that they need to succeed as a distinguished investor. However, without the proper guidance and know-how, aspiring investors can make several mistakes that may cause some serious headaches. You might be experienced in purchasing homes but becoming an investor in rental property involves different nuances compared to becoming an experienced home buyer. When starting out as a novice property investor, any advice can help you make a well-informed decision for
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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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