Congratulations on finally purchasing your new home! Renovations are a great way to help modernize, add a personal flare, and help add value to your home. Here are three of the most popular rooms in a home to undergo a renovation. Basement Chances are the home you just bought had an unfinished basement, leaving you with concrete walls and floors, which isn’t visually appealing to anyone. Basements can be overlooked for gatherings, but believe it or not they can be a great place to unwind and bring people together. Renovating your basement can help add value to your property ...
3 Most Commonly Renovated Rooms After Buying a Home
July 6, 2018
6 Things That Are Overlooked When Buying a Home
June 25, 2018
Buying a home is a complex process and there are many things that are often considered in a short period of time. Below you will find six important things that are sometimes overlooked before home buyers close the deal. Travelling to Work If you’re moving to a new neighbourhood or new city, have you assessed how much time it will take you to get to and from work? Many buyers realize this after they have closed the deal on their home and sometimes underestimate this Unfortunately there is no formula for coming up with the travel time, the best way ...
5 Tips To Help Your Yard This Summer
June 21, 2018
No one wants to look out the windows of their home and be greeted by brown patches on your yard or pull into your driveway only to see a dying flower bed. While the summer sun can anyone’s green thumb capabilities, here are some helpful tips to give your plants and grass a chance this summer. Let it Grow While the recommended height may vary, depending on what type of grass you have, one of the most common mistakes is to cut your grass too short. The grass will look nice, but it will be a problem once the ...
Home Inspection Checklist
May 15, 2018
It might seem like a daunting task when it comes to inspecting your new home, however it doesn’t have to be. Below you will find a list of tips and tricks when it comes to the home inspection and making sure it flows smoothly. Using a Checklist When it comes to inspecting your new home make sure you are hitting every corner of the household. With the help of checklist, it can help keep track of what you have and haven’t looked at, to help make sure you don’t check the same areas twice. Here is a little guide ...
Minimize the Cost of Bidding Wars
May 6, 2018
While it generally is a good idea to avoid a bidding war, to help save the buyer money. There are some ways to help to not only help a buyer win a bidding war but also minimize the financial toll. When making a purchase offer it is important for buyers to understand the local market. By researching how much comparable homes are in the area are selling for, buyers can help get a sense of how much they will be spending on a home. While there is some wiggle room when it comes to the price, buyers should try ...
April 25, 2018
What are Accelerated Payments? Accelerated payments are mortgage payments that are increased slightly to help you pay off your mortgage faster. There are two types of common accelerated payments: biweekly and weekly. Bi-weekly is the more common choice, as it matches with pay dates more often than weekly. How it works An accelerated payment works by increasing your weekly or biweekly payments by a specific amount that would have you pay one full month’s payment extra per year. This is a great way to start paying off your mortgage, but when it comes to the interest on your ...
5 Tips For a Spring Sale
April 23, 2018
Here are 5 things homes sellers can do to take advantage of the spring real estate market. Spring Clean If you haven’t already started spring cleaning, now is the perfect time to start. When it comes time to start showing off your home to potential buyers, it should be clean and free of clutter. There is nothing more off-putting than a home that is not exactly clean. Note: if you have a pet, b3e extra vigilante as you may have gotten use to the smell of your furry friend, but pet odours can be a deterrent when it ...
Cottage Country in Your Backyard
April 4, 2018
Don’t have the budget to buy a recreational home? No problem! Creating a backyard oasis will help to expand your living space and help to provide with a getaway in your own backyard. A lot of savvy homeowners are now creating an outdoor living room just outside of their own backdoor. One of the biggest advantages of this is that there is zero travel time to get to your new staycation spot. A great starting feature for your backyard cottage is a focal point with a water feature. This could be something like a hot tub, pool or pond ...
What to Look For When Buying Your First Home
March 8, 2018
Buying your first home is an exciting part of an individual’s life. Making sure that your first home is a good investment can also secure your financial position in the future. Home seekers should consider these points when looking for their first home: Fairly Priced Finding the right home at the right price is anyone’s dream! You will have to do a significant amount of searching to find the perfect place. One of the best things to know is how much you can afford and how big of a mortgage is available to you at a good rate. Prequalifying ...
Buying a New Home vs. Buying an Existing Home
February 26, 2018
If you are planning on investing in real estate, then you have two main options: buy an existing home or buy a new home. An existing home is a home that has already been lived in before, while a new home is a house that has just been constructed and never lived in, though this also refers to homes that are in the preconstruction phase as well. So, when it comes to choosing between the two, here are some advantages and disadvantages of each. Customization Options for New Homes If you decide to buy a home that is still ...