Foyer a welcome invitation

June 25, 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 important to reflect the tastes of the people who live there.

There is no one-size-fits-all design solution for this area, unfortunately. First, ...

Why Use a REALTOR®?

June 20, 2020

All real estate licensees are not the same. Only real estate licensees who are members of the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® are properly called REALTORS®. They proudly display the REALTOR "®" logo on the business card or other marketing and sales literature. REALTORS® are committed to treat all parties to a transaction honestly. REALTORS® ...

10 Steps to Home Ownership!

June 19, 2020

The home-buying process doesn't need to be scary. Our step-by-step guide will walk you through the process and answer your questions on what you should expect from your REALTOR®, where to look for loans, and what to watch out for when closing the deal. Step 1: Are you Ready? Step 2: Get a REALTOR® Step 3: Get Loan Preapproval ...

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 ...

An Investment Mistake That Can Cost a Fortune

June 15, 2020

Investing on your own can be really difficult at times. At the same time as some people are blessed with the ability to make the right decisions, there are many who possess the resources and the determination to make successful investments. But, let’s face it, not all of us are well versed with the latest profitable investments. Therefore, getting ...

Secrets to Making a Lowball Offer

April 27, 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 ...

Perfect laundry

April 9, 2020

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 ...


April 7, 2020

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 ...

Tips for buyers

March 19, 2020

Find out what the current owner pays in property taxes and energy costs Get preapproved for a mortgage. Preapproval was always a smart move, but now it is a must. The real-estate agents we talked to say they don’t want to take someone home shopping who might not be able to get a mortgage in today’s tighter loan market. Do some digging to ...

Are You Financially ready?

March 18, 2020

So, you’ve decided that homeownership is right for you. Now you need to determine if you are financially ready to buy a house. In this Step, you will find a number of simple calculations that you can do to evaluate your current financial situation, how much house you can afford and the maximum home price that you should be considering. Test ...
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