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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 anticipate, plan and prepare to
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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
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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, energy credits, etc. Current Tenants
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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 certifications and inspections of regular hotels. Some cities
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Selling Your Home Over The Holidays

Buying or selling a home during the winter months can seem like a daunting task, especially when the holiday season arrives. Many people believe that this is the worst time for real estate, but there are many positive aspects that are overlooked this time of year. There are also many tips and tricks to follow if selling and/or house hunting is on the top of your Christmas list.
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