Where Your ‘Curb Appeal’ Starts

By: Jim O'Neill

Where Your ‘Curb Appeal’ Starts

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  You know what they say about creating a good first impression. It’s especially true when it comes to selling your home, and that first impression starts right from the curb – literally. A beautiful and well-maintained lawn sends a strong signal to the buyer about your property from the very first glance. While it may be tempting to put off mowing and watering while you concent...Read More

What Buyers Need to Know About Mortgage Insurance

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What Buyers Need to Know About Mortgage Insurance

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  Chance are you’ve heard the expression about ducks . . . if it looks like a duck, swims like a duck, and quacks like a duck, then it probably is a duck. Unfortunately, the same logic can’t be applied to mortgage insurance There are two very distinct types of mortgage insurance that may come into play – one is Mortgage Loan Insurance and the other is Mortgage Life Insuran...Read More

Don’t Get Fooled by Under-priced Listings

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Don’t Get Fooled by Under-priced Listings

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  There’s a practice going on in some major Canadian real estate markets that buyers should be aware of. When home prices began to spiral, a tactic was spawned to stimulate interest in a listing and achieve the highest possible sale price in a short period of time. What is it? It’s under-pricing the listing. Intentionally listing properties at well below their market value and th...Read More

Tips for Buyers in a Hot Market

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Tips for Buyers in a Hot Market

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  You’ve no doubt heard stories of the “Bidding wars” that sprung up during Canada’s record-breaking pace in the housing market. Good news for home sellers. Buyers, not so much. While choices can be limited in a hot market there are several tried-and-true tactics that can help you acquire your dream home. Homebuyers can strengthen their negotiating position by gettin...Read More

Five Tips for Single Home Buyers

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Five Tips for Single Home Buyers

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  More single home buyers are entering Canada’s housing market than ever before. With inventory levels improving, and interest rates near record lows, homeownership has become a realistic goal. People across the country who may never have 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 would spend o...Read More

Guidelines on Choosing the Right List Price

By: Jim O'Neill

Guidelines on Choosing the Right List Price

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One of the most critical factors in selling a home quickly, and for a good final sale price, is choosing the right list price. There are several different approaches you can take to determine the right price for your property. Which one you choose depends on what strategy you want to use to attract buyers, and how much risk you’re prepared to take in order to attract offers. Many homeowners...Read More