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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 ...

Automatic and Programmable Thermostats

October 27, 2019

In our modern, high tech society, we don't think much about some of the electronic gadgets in our homes. Take, for example, the ever present thermostat--a staple of North American households for decades. It usually takes the shape of an unassuming box on the wall, but that modest device controls the comfort of your family on the coldest day in ...

Tips On Energy Efficient Windows

October 26, 2019

Windows bring light, warmth, and beauty into buildings and give a feeling of openness and space to living areas. They can also be major sources of heat loss in the winter and heat gain in the summer. However, when properly selected and installed, windows can help minimize a home's heating, cooling, and lighting costs. This information describes ...

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

October 15, 2019

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 ...

Do you buy before selling?

October 8, 2019

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 ...

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

October 4, 2019

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 ...

Deferred maintenance: A ticking clock?

September 28, 2019

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 ...

Hot remodeling trends for the budget-conscious

September 25, 2019

With more Americans nesting - the Census Bureau, no surprise, reports that far fewer people moved to a new home in 2008 than 2007 - and money tight, budget remodeling is in. Homeowners want to be comfy in their nests. So what home improvements are hot, and which can you do on the cheap that will add value to your home? There are, in fact, ...
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