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In The Face of Clutter: A Real Estate Perspective

Tuesday Nov 01st, 2016

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As a Real Estate Professional, my clients include those who want to up-size and down-size for a variety of reasons. Anyone going through the process of preparing a home for sale knows there usually is one universal task they must contend with: the need to de-clutter. In some cases that task can be relatively simple, while in others it can seem monumental – or even insurmountable. Any Real Estate Professional  will advise you that prospective buyers are distracted by... [read more]

Splish splash … it’s time for a bathroom renovation

Tuesday Nov 01st, 2016

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Almost every real estate professional will tell you that bathroom upgrades generally provide a good return on investment. In fact, a recent Royal LePage House Staging Report found that 73 percent of potential buyers would be willing to pay more for a renovated bathroom. So, if you are considering a renovation for both personal reasons and with an eye for your home’s resale potential, the bathroom may be your choice for change. Design magazines are loaded with pictures of luxurious and... [read more]

No Cookie Cutter – Tips on Buying and Selling Country Real Estate and Rural Properties

Tuesday Nov 01st, 2016

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Whether you are searching for the perfect country home or wanting to move from your rural property do your homework to make the best deal and protect your investment. In the spring and fall, for sale signs pop up on the green lawns of the countryside. Growing demand for rural properties means there is lots of buying and selling going on, says Town of Halton Hills and Town of Erin based Denise Dilbey, Broker with Royal LePage Meadowtowne Realty, Brokerage. So why are “City... [read more]

Image is everything: Creating a positive first impression is key to selling your home

Tuesday Nov 01st, 2016

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Creating a positive first impression is key to selling your home  Image is everything  The  old saying that you only get one chance to make a first impression rings true for sellers showing their homes in today’s competitive market. With the spring market upon us, many homeowners are wondering what they can do to help get their homes ready to sell. The 2015Royal LePage House Staging Report found that sellers ought to do more than... [read more]

Looking for your own slice of paradise? How to start your search for the recreational property of your dreams

Tuesday Nov 01st, 2016

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RECREATIONAL PROPERTY IN CANADA OR ABOARD  Looking for your own slice of paradise?  How to start your search for the recreational property of your dreams  Do you have a dream of owning a cottage, chalet or recreational condominium in Canada or aboard? A place where you can escape from the city and enjoy the wonders of nature and spend quality time with family and friends?  Now that spring is here and you may be pondering your options for ownership more... [read more]

WHY RENOVATE?

Tuesday Nov 01st, 2016

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There are many different reasons why you may want to renovate. It might due to a lifestyle change, like a new baby on the way – or it may be out of necessity, like a leaky basement. Or maybe you’re looking to sell. Whatever the reason, any renovation project is going to cost you money. The fundamental question facing anyone who has ever embarked on a home renovation is: Will I get the money back when I sell my house? What a buyer may be willing to pay depends on many factors,... [read more]

Why 50+ Adults Are Moving

Tuesday Nov 01st, 2016

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Undoubtedly there are many reasons why homeowners over the age of 50 will decide to move from their homes. Many find that they’re unable to continue the task of maintaining the existing family home or want to be closer to their grandchildren – or perhaps they want the freedom to fulfill their retirement dreams without the worry or expense of the current family home.  Then, there are mature homeowners who find themselves forced into the position of having to make a move for... [read more]

MORTGAGE MARKET UPDATE

Tuesday Nov 01st, 2016

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After reading about what’s been happening in the US mortgage markets, you are likely concerned about how Canada is faring. Are we following our neighbours south of-the-border – or are we weathering the recent housing and mortgage storm relatively well?  It can be difficult to make sense of the information we are receiving about the economy. On one hand, we read that we're only in the early stages of a severe recession, while on the other hand we hear that the worst... [read more]

CHOOSING THE RIGHT NEIGHBOURHOOD

Tuesday Nov 01st, 2016

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Know-how for choosing your new neighbourhood  Are you moving? Knowing where you want to end up is a process loaded with decision making. Sometimes, moves can be fairly streamlined – a single person making a temporary move may have a short list of requirements, such as to stay within a budget, live near public transit routes and close to work and amenities. But usually, the “where to live question” is complex. How should you begin? The smart answer is to start with... [read more]

Marketing Your Home

Tuesday Nov 01st, 2016

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If you're thinking of selling your home, you need a marketing plan. Just like any other product people buy or sell, a home's value must be communicated to the proper audience to ensure the seller gets the best possible price.  Marketing your home means more than putting up a lawn sign and sticking an ad in your local newspaper. You need to have a complete marketing plan that takes into account your property features and benefits, your objectives and details the specific... [read more]

Selling Your Home: Why Use a Realtor?

Monday Oct 17th, 2016

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Some homeowners tempt to try selling their property without the help of a real estate agent (this is called FSBO: For Sale By Owner). The reality is that selling real estate is a complex and highly specialized field. If you are like most, your home is your biggest asset. An agent will help steer you clear of the many pitfalls, and most importantly, will save you time and money. Yes, there are just a few of the advantages of working with an agent, your local Real Estate Professional can... [read more]

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