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Rewards of ownership

June 18, 2020

A home of your own sounds like an excellent idea. But is it a wise move? Will the benefits outweigh any financial risks? Before making your final decision, there are some facts you should know. It can seem a little frightening and kind of like signing your life away. After all, you'll be locked into a loan payment for 15, 20 or even 30 years or ...

Deferred maintenance: A ticking clock?

March 21, 2020

The obvious: Foreclosures are leaving homes empty and abandoned, and whole neighborhoods in areas hit hardest by the housing bust are decaying beyond repair. The not-so-obvious: Abandonment isn't the only thing that can affect future housing stock. Deferred maintenance can, too. "We are seeing more deferred maintenance in light of the ...

Stanford publishes review, 'How Important Is Culture?: An Inside Look at Keller Williams Realty'

March 11, 2020

Company culture creates results: the Keller Williams formula A new Stanford School of Business analysis of Keller Williams Realty concludes that the Austin, Texas-based company takes a blended approach to corporate management and leadership, with a top-down business model but a bottoms-up approach to decision-making. “While its franchising ...

The Inspection

February 15, 2020

You've found your dream home. But don't buy before ... Your house has been sold, pending an inspection. Now the tough part begins. Here's the drill: Two vehicles pull up outside your front door. From one, out steps the real estate agent, client in tow. From the other emerges the most feared face in real estate sales: the house ...

Home Buyers and Renovators Willing to Spend on Green Upgrades, Says TD Canada Trust Poll

February 14, 2020

Not only is the environment a top-of mind issue for many Canadian homeowners, but the majority are also willing to ante up a higher purchase price in support of their beliefs. The TD Canada Trust Green Building Poll, conducted by Ipsos Reid to examine Canadians' views on environmentally friendly housing, found that 73% of Canadian homeowners or ...

10 Ways to Get the Best of Winter When Selling Your Home

February 4, 2020

If your home will be for sale this winter, it is important to master certain seasonal issues that are less significant or even non-existent at other times of the year. Here are 10 bits of sage advice from RE/MAX agents that can help put a “Sold” sticker on that yard sign. Let Those Lights Shine: The best way to combat winter’s short and ...

Do you buy before selling?

February 4, 2020

In today’s market where the majority of people who are actively pursuing real estate are involving themselves on both sides of the coin — the sale of their existing home and the purchase of their new home — the question of what to do first is an important one. On the one hand you don’t want to purchase before selling because you don’t want to ...

Back to the basics

November 3, 2019

Reducing the size of houses, simplifying construction, will go a long way to reducing energy dependency Predictions about rising energy costs send shivers up the spines of motorists and homeowners. And while Canadians are still enjoying some of the lowest heating and cooling rates in the world, it seems that situation won't last for long. ...

Real estate: Dealing in a buyers' market

November 1, 2019

The single biggest investment for most Canadians is the purchase of a home. So, home owners were understandably worried when the Canadian Real Estate Association recently reported that average Canadian resale house prices fell by 10 per cent year-over-year in October. On the other hand, the end of the boom would appear to be good news for ...

13 Extra Costs to be Aware of Before Buying a Home

October 31, 2019

Whether you're looking to buy your first home, or trading up to a larger one, there are many costs - on top of the purchase price - that you must figure into your calculation of affordability. These extra fees, such as taxes and other additional costs, could surprise you with an unwanted financial nightmare on closing day if you're not informed ...
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