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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, ...

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

December 2, 2019

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 ...

The Inspection

November 26, 2019

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 ...

Downsizing in style

November 12, 2019

Interior designer Lauri Ward has built a career on helping people create a new look. Now she's helping them make a new life. Ward's latest book, Downsizing Your Home With Style, is targeted at people who are moving to smaller homes. Ward is the founder of Use What You Have Inc. and a pioneer in the interior redesign movement, so her focus is ...

Sellers list right to avoid price reductions

November 11, 2019

In most areas of the country, 2007 marked a change in the residential home-sale market. Buyers gained clout for the first time in over a decade. Inventories of homes for sale grew to record levels in some places. Price reductions, which carried a negative stigma when listings were easy to sell, came to be seen as a necessary part of the home-sale ...

5 Reasons Selling By Owner is a Set-Up for Failure

November 10, 2019

For Sale By Owner = FSBO As a FSBO, you only have four ways to attract buyers. Classified advertising. Open House For-Sale-Signs Internet Over 80% of homes are sold because the Buyer's Broker or Agent was being offered a commission on MLS. This is one route not open to you as a FSBO. By not listing your home on MLS, you forgo the ...

Perfect laundry

November 9, 2019

It may not be the first thing a potential home buyer sees but you can bet that paying attention to this area will certainly make a positive impact. So what can you do to make this neglected space more attractive? The laundry task is more than tossing the clothes into the machine with some soap. Ask anyone who is in charge of the laundry ...

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 ...

A world without the CMHC

October 20, 2019

Imagine a world without Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp., writes the Financial Post‘s Garry Marr. What happens next if the government is no longer behind that mortgage, making sure the people loaning the money or the investors buying that loan get paid, should you not make your payments? For starters, you might gently be shown the door ...
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