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Trash the Trash

In most communities, garbage day isn’t every week. So, if you show your house on day five or six, there’s going to be some accumulation! Here are some things you can do before a viewing to make sure this situation doesn’t trash a potential sale. If possible, make sure all garbage ...

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When Choosing a Fixer-Upper Makes Cents

Some renovations can significantly increase the market value of a home. Others can cost more than you’ll ever get back. So, when choosing a “fixer-upper”, look carefully at the work that needs to be done. General painting, and bathroom or kitchen renovations typically increase the resale value of a house. “Invisible” repairs ...

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Getting your Professional Team Together

When preparing to sell your home, you may need to hire several professionals in addition to your REALTOR®. You may consider a plumber to fix a dripping bathroom shower, a home inspector to make sure there are no “issues”, and an attorney to handle all the legal matters. By hiring the ...

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To Paint or Not to Paint

Painting the outside of your home traditionally takes more time and expense than a comparable area on the inside. You have to deal with ladders, more paint and, of course, the weather. So when preparing your house for sale, you don’t want to do any exterior painting unless it is ...

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Staging the Outside of Your Home

You’re probably familiar with the term “home staging”. It involves cleaning, de-cluttering, reorganizing, and decorating specifically in order to make your home more attractive to potential buyers. Furniture stores do something similar when they “stage” a bedroom suite in a showroom. Most sellers focus their staging efforts on the inside of ...

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Is It A Mountain? Or A Molehill?

There’s an old expression: Don’t make a mountain out of a molehill. It refers, of course, to putting a problem or issue in the right perspective. Some things just aren’t worth worrying that much about – the molehills. However, there are other things that you do need to be concerned ...

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Make Your Home Show Better

It’s no secret in the real estate world that the more attractive your home looks to potential buyers, the more likely it will be to sell quickly and for a good price. So, obviously, you want to do everything you can to ensure your home “shows” well. But before you invest ...

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Will New Stress Test Rules Stress You Out?

The Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions (OFSI) recently announced another set of mortgage restrictions, known as B-20, that may hit home buyers looking to upgrade to new properties the hardest. Effective January 1, 2018 the 'stress test' net widens to include conventional or low-ratio mortgages - - even ...

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Reducing The Stress Of Moving Day

Moving day is traditionally such a hectic and emotionally charged experience that there are even reality TV shows about it. Does it have to be that way? Is it possible to ensure that moving day goes smoothly? Picking a good moving company, or making similar arrangements to transport your belongings, is the ...

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7 Common First-Time Home Buyer Mistakes

Buying your first home is exciting. If you are on the hunt for your first home you want to avoid these common first-time home buyer mistakes: 1. They don’t shop around to compare lender options or ask enough questions and end up missing out on the best deal. 2. They fixate on ...

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