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Open House Viewing Made Easy

Today’s buyers have a lot to choose from these days, with a large inventory of homes listed for sale.  Some real estate representatives hold Open Houses in an effort to attract potential buyers to their listings.  There’s a lot of information available about Open Houses from the seller’s perspective, but surprisingly few guidelines for the buyers who come to view them.  Here are some helpful tips on Open House viewings from the buyer’s side. 

 

A Building Permit Is In Your Best Interest

A home improvement boom is in full swing in Canada and homeowners are investing more money in renovations than ever before. Whether it’s a do-it-yourself task or a major professional project, more of today’s homeowners are investing time and money to make their residences more functional and more comfortable. One of the requirements of your home improvement project may be acquiring a building permit.

Is Your Listing Selling Someone Else's House?

These days, we're starting to see some changes on the Canadian real estate scene. The number of listings being offered for sale -- otherwise known as ‘inventory' -- is growing, so it's starting to take more time now for homes to sell. However, while your home may be on the market a little longer because there are more properties for buyers to consider, prices are still staying strong. But what if you're getting lots of showings, but never any offers? If that's the case, it could be that your home is listed at too high a price for today's market.

Inspect Your Rental Property Often

If you're one of the thousands of Canadians who either already own or are thinking of buying a rental property, then you know that having a great tenant is half the battle. Taking the time to check out references and screening your prospective tenant before signing a lease is a good first step. However, there are other safeguards you can take to help ensure that your rental property operates profitably and gives you a good return on your investment.

When Little Things Mean A Lot

You may have heard that it's the little things that mean a lot, but did you know that it's especially true for selling houses? When you've listed your home for sale and are showing it off to potential buyers, little things can sometimes make a big difference in creating a good impression. Sometimes a ‘quick fix' of some very minor repairs, cleanup or maintenance can make the difference between receiving an offer or sending your prospective buyer on their way.

A Building Permit Is In Your Best Interest

A home improvement boom is in full swing in Canada and homeowners are investing more money in renovations than ever before. Whether it’s a do-it-yourself task or a major professional project, more of today’s homeowners are investing time and money to make their residences more functional and more comfortable. One of the requirements of your home improvement project may be acquiring a building permit.

Five Tips for Single Home Buyers

Canada’s housing environment has more single home buyers entering the market than ever before.  With inventory levels improving in many markets, and interest rates near record lows many people across the country who may have never considered buying a home in the past are recognizing that a mortgage payment on a house can actually be the same or less than what they woul

Look for the Silver Lining

Selling a home can be a stressful experience, full of emotional highs and lows. Private showings and Open Houses both require a lot of upfront effort getting your home ready to show to prospective buyers. Hopefully, the end result for all your hard work is at least some positive comments from the viewers and at best your showing may even lead to an offer. However, there will also be times when negative comments are received and your showing may even reveal one or more points of concern being raised by your visitors.

Investing In A Cottage Property

These days the cottage market is booming, and for good reason. It’s easy to understand why so many people want to own a cottage. A peaceful hideaway in a natural setting where we can enjoy time with our family has universal appeal. Yet, in these times of rapidly increasing prices, buying a cottage means a lot more than just financing a weekend getaway. Today, a cottage is a very significant investment, so you need to know your facts before you buy.

Great Service Is All About Listening To The Customer

In today’s marketplace, Canadian consumers are constantly being inundated with advertising claims from a number of real estate brands, many of which sound very similar from one company to the next.  The consumer is left wondering whether there really is a difference between real estate companies.  <

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