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How to Fix Common Floor Cracks and Stains

Monday Oct 19th, 2020

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  When you’re selling your home, you want it to look its best to buyers. Unfortunately, buyers are likely to notice any cracks or stains on your floor. Luckily, there are many do-it-yourself solutions to help make your floors look significantly better. Let’s start with stains. If you have carpeting, there are a number of spot cleaning products on the market. But before you try one of those, consider this simple remedy. Sprinkle a little baking soda on the stain... [read more]

What’s the “Lifestyle” Score for your Home?

Thursday Oct 8th, 2020

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In the business world, a phrase that’s often used is ROI or Return On Investment. It refers to the regular gain (or loss) you’re getting from a particular asset relative to its cost. When it comes to your home, the gain may be more than financial. It may include the benefit of the lifestyle it gives you. For example, a spacious backyard deck pays off in countless pleasant Saturdays with friends and family. A home’s location near convenient commuting routes means... [read more]

Why Real Estate Investing Makes (Dollars and) Sense

Monday Oct 5th, 2020

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Why Real Estate Investing Makes (Dollars and) Sense   INTRODUCTION   Turn on the television or scroll through Facebook, and chances are you’ll see at least one advertisement for a group or “guru” who promises to teach you how to “get rich quick” through real estate investing. The truth is, much of what they’re selling are high-risk tactics that aren’t a good fit for the average investor. However, there is a way to make steady,... [read more]

Add Value To Your Home With These 9 DIY Improvements

Sunday Jul 5th, 2020

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  Whether you’re prepping your house to go on the market or looking for ways to maximize its long-term appreciation, these nine home improvement projects are great ways to add function, beauty, and real value to your home.   The best part is, once you’ve secured the materials, most of these renovations can be completed over the course of a weekend. And they don’t require a lot of specialized skills or experience. So grab your toolbox, then get ready to... [read more]

Is Now a Good Time to Buy or Sell Real Estate?

Thursday Jun 4th, 2020

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  Traditionally, spring is one of the busiest times of the year for real estate. But the coronavirus outbreak—and subsequent stay-at-home orders—led many buyers and sellers to put their moving plans on hold. In April, sales volume fell to its lowest level since 1984, according to the Canadian Real Estate Association.1   However, while sales have fallen, prices have remained stable. The average home price in April was down just 1.3% from the same month last... [read more]

Top 10 Myths That Trip Up First-Time Home Buyers

Friday May 29th, 2020

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If you’re thinking about buying a home, you’ve probably received your share of advice from family and friends. Add to that the constant stream of TV shows, news segments, and social media posts that over-simplify the home buying process for easy entertainment. With so much information to sift through, it can be tough to distinguish fact from fiction. That’s why we’re revealing the truth behind some of the most common home buyer myths and misconceptions. Buying a home is a big... [read more]

Top 6 Home Organization Upgrades that “Spark Joy” for Buyers

Thursday May 7th, 2020

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Top 6 Home Organization Upgrades that “Spark Joy” for Buyers Thanks to Marie Kondo and her hit Netflix series “Tidying Up,” home organization is a hot topic right now. Marie encourages her viewers to minimize their possessions and keep only those items that “spark joy.” With spring in full bloom, now is the perfect time to do some spring cleaning and add organizational systems to your own home. Not only will you clear out clutter, your efforts can... [read more]

Get Your Credit Score In Shape Before Buying A Home

Thursday May 7th, 2020

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  Get Your Credit Score in Shape Before Buying a Home   When was the last time you checked your credit score? In a 2012 study by the Federal Trade Commission, one in five people identified at least one error on their credit report. In their 2015 follow-up study, almost 70% thought that at least one piece of previously disputed information was still inaccurate.   These rampant inaccuracies are a big deal, especially if you’re thinking of buying a home soon.... [read more]

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