The Tiny House Movement: Fad or Solution?

Posted on May 21, 2019

You don’t have to be house shopping to know that “tiny” is very now. 
“Tiny” as in “tiny homes,” that is.
TV shows, magazines, and the lifestyle sections of newspapers have been promoting the “small is beautiful” philosophy for months now. 
What’s it all about? 
A tiny house or apartment is generally described as less than 400 square feet (37.16 square...

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Your Home Buyer Now Looks Past Bling for Basic

Posted on May 13, 2019

If you want to recoup your renovation dollars when you sell, be sure to repair that leaky roof before springing for a fabulous new kitchen. 
While a new kitchen may sound seductive, simply upgrading it is likely all you’ll need to do to attract prospective buyers. 
Today’s buyers are purchasing the basics, and they want them in good shape.
According t...

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Starting a RENO? Call Your Insurance Company First!

Posted on May 06, 2019

Here’s something you may not have considered when contemplating a reno:
Be sure to notify your insurance company before taking a sledgehammer to your kitchen. 
Big or small, a home renovation can affect your policy. 
Here’s why:
If it’s a large project, you may have to live elsewhere while the work is completed. 
Unoccupied homes can invalidate a home i...

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Bad Neighbours can be Hazardous to Your Properties Value

Posted on Apr 29, 2019

It’s every homeowner’s worst nightmare:
Your new neighbour has decided to tear down the charming colonial and build a monster home. 
Or he’s turned his backyard into a junkyard. Or she’s having noisy parties.
Yes, having bad neighbours can be awful. 
Did you know they also can lower the value of your home by up to 10 percent.
A recent study by the US Ap...

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Mars and Venus Weigh in on Home Buying!

Posted on Apr 16, 2019

John Gray’s “Men are from Mars; women are from Venus” mentality may apply to far more than communication styles, conflict resolution and acts of love. 
Turns out, there may be differences between the genders when it comes to purchasing a home.
Homebuilder Mark Patterson took a women-centric design course and made big sales based on what he learned. 

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Make Your Home Buyer Friendly with Focused Staging!

Posted on Apr 09, 2019

With the move to buyers’ markets in many areas, you’ll want your for-sale home to look its best, and that requires focus. 
Focused staging, that is.
Staging your home can increase the offer amount by up to 10%, according to the National Association of Realtors (NAR) 2017 Profile of Home Staging. But what if you haven’t the time or cash to stage the w...

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