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How to create a great first impression

January 27, 2020

Curb appeal -- that mix of architecture, landscape and colour that grabs the eye of passersby -- makes a big difference in how people react to a house When it comes to choosing a home, first impressions count. The decision whether to look inside a house is usually based on a quick drive-by assessment. If a house has curb appeal, say realtors, ...

Foyer a welcome invitation

January 27, 2020

No doubt about it: first impressions count. And when it comes to your home, the foyer is the area that first strikes the eye. "The foyer should be a beautiful hors d'oeuvre," said Francoise Chanteau, owner of Montreal's Lakeshore Decor. "Very appetizing, and make you and your guests want to feast the eyes on the rest of the house." It's also ...

10 Tips for Turning a First Home Into an Income Property

January 25, 2020

For the past ten years, Scott McGillivray, a 30-year-old real estate entrepreneur, has made a living by transforming houses into income properties. The 30-year-old currently manages 18 properties with over 100 tenants, and now he's coming to HGTV to help a "house poor" generation create legal income suites and help offset their rising mortgage ...

11 Things You Must Know When Finding a Home

January 23, 2020

Once you've decided to buy a home, there's a number of issues that need to be considered. Because buying a home will be one of the biggest purchases you make in your life, learning the "11 Things You Must Know When Finding a Home" can make the process easier. In this report, we outline 11 Questions and Answers to help you make informed choices ...

7 landscaping tips

January 22, 2020

These ideas offer some of the best returns for your renovation dollar. Plus, the payoff increases over time. If prospective buyers looked at your house today, what would they see outside? A giant evergreen that looks as if it might swallow the station wagon, perhaps, scraggly old foundation plants or maybe a kitchen-table view of the neighbors' ...

Risking it all

January 21, 2020

'For Sale By Owner' has the lure of saving commissions. Sellers can place their own sign in the yard and list their home on internet sites. Buyers have the option of peering inside through those internet sites and deciding on which houses interest them most before making that call. You can even download contracts for your personal use. But before ...

Reverse mortgage is not for everyone

January 20, 2020

It's a tempting proposition: after years of writing cheques to the bank to pay off your mortgage, the bank will write a nice big cheque for you. That's the allure of reverse mortgages, which allow anybody 60 or older to borrow money against the value already built up in their home. With the number of 60-year-olds in Canada expected to double in ...

Secrets to Making a Lowball Offer

January 19, 2020

As the property market cools down, it becomes a good time for property buyers. If you don’t have that much money to spend on a house, but you’re absolutely convinced that it’s the right time for you to move (or if you’ve found an intriguing investment property) then you need to learn how to make a lowball offer — and get it accepted. Generally, a ...

Microhood a must for any Kitchen Upgrade

January 17, 2020

Looking for a nice way to upgrade your kitchen and add both counter space and convenience? You might not need to look any further than replacing your existing range hood with a microwave/hood combination. Now known generically as a microhood, this useful appliance comes in a variety of colors, sizes and features to fit the requirements of just ...

Prepare your home for sale

January 16, 2020

Break out the mop and the paintbrush. It’s time to give your home a mini-makeover. Here are all the little things you can do to attract the big offers. Time to see your home through a buyer’s eyes. Over the years, you’ve grown quite comfortable with your home’s little imperfections; the hole in the screen door, the chipped paint on the ...
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