13 Extra Costs to be Aware of Before Buying a Home

May 14, 2011

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 ...


February 7, 2011

The market for a buyer these days is excellent. There are plenty of homes to choose from and mortgage rates are low. All you need to do is make a selection, have the seller's agent take care of the contract and call the movers. Who needs the services of a second real estate agent? You do, that's who! The seller's agent is bound to an ethical ...


February 5, 2011

For some people, haggling over price is a game. But most of us feel a little squeamish about it, although we do like a good bargain. When you're buying a house, there is a certain amount of negotiation that takes place and the final price is a part of that negotiation. When you and your agent find a home that seems to fit all your criteria ...

5 first-time buyer mistakes to avoid

October 6, 2010

If you're a first-time home buyer in this market, how could you go wrong? Nationally, sales prices of existing single-family homes are down nearly 24 percent since their July 2006 peak. Interest rates, recently 4.9 percent for a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage, are hovering near historic lows. And if that isn't incentive enough, Uncle Sam is offering ...

Perfect laundry

July 27, 2010

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 ...

TOP HOME TRENDS 7 Most Likely Features that home builders will include in 2010:

May 11, 2010

National Association of Home Builders surveyed builders earlier this year and learned of their top priorities when building homes in 2010: 7 Most Likely Features that home builders will include in 2010: 1. Walk-in Closet in master bedroom 2. Great Room 3. Low-e Windows 4. Programmable thermostat 5. Energy Efficient appliances & ...


May 7, 2010

Banish the onions and tempt the eyes, nose and tastebuds when selling your home Dale Carnegie, North America's original motivational speaker, made a fortune extolling the virtues of first impressions and getting it right from the get-go. This philosophy applies to our human interactions and it's also key in our homes, especially when ...

Don't Make These Real Estate Investing Mistakes

May 1, 2010

Thinking about investing in real estate? You're not alone. According to the latest figures from the National Association of Realtors, more than 40 percent of homes purchased in 2009 were bought by investors and second homeowners. But real estate investing isn't a "get rich quick" scheme. In fact, the same mistakes investors make when ...

Is a green home right for me?

March 31, 2010

If you would like a healthier, more sustainable lifestyle for you and for your family, a green home is right for you. Green homes have lower utility bills, use less water, are associated with fewer asthma attacks, and are at lower risk for mold and mildew. Green homes are better for the environment, and they are affordable. How are green ...

10 tips for new home buyers

January 6, 2010

While Ontario's new home market continues to ring up healthy sales, as a new home buyer you want to make sure you've made the right decision. Buying a home is the single biggest purchase most of us will ever make and, as with most important purchases, it is vital to do your homework to ensure your new home fits your lifestyle and meets your ...
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