What’s the “Emotional” Return on Investment of a New Home?

Chances are, you’ve heard the expression, “Your home is your biggest investment.” For most homeowners, that’s true. So, when you’re shopping for a new home, it’s important to consider the financial ramifications of any purchase. Ideally, you want a home that is likely to increase in value over time. In other words, you want a home with a strong potential return on investment. But dollars...

DIY Tips for Making Lawncare Easier

Keeping your lawn, flowerbeds and shrubs looking great enhances the “curbappeal” of your property. However, it can also be a lot of work! Here are somedo-it-yourself tips for making these tasks easier and less time-consuming:§ Add mulch around trees and shrubs. That way, you won’t have to cutgrass in those areas, plus you’ll avoid the need to use shears or atrimmer to do the job...

Can you afford the home of your dreams?

Daydreaming about owning something you can’t afford can be fun. Whether it’s a diamond-encrusted watch from Tiffany & Co., or the latest Lamborghini, even the thought of trying one on or going for a test drive can be exciting. The problem with daydreaming, however, is that it’s all-too-easy to dismiss it as just that – a dream. But, what if you daydream about owning a beautiful home in a...

Your Spring Yard Sale Checklist

Thinking of having a yard or garage sale? It’s a great way to dispose of unwanted items and other clutter, especially if you’re thinking of moving. In addition, yard sales have a charm that selling items on the internet can’t match. That’s why they’re still so popular. If you’re planning a yard or garage sale, here are some helpful tips: · Two-thirds of garage sale shoppers will find...

How to Make your Home Sale “Smooth Sailing”

When you plan to take a journey somewhere, you hope it will be smooth sailing all the way. That simply means the trip will be relatively trouble-free, and without stress or hassles. Well, selling your property is like a journey. So, how do you ensure that adventure will be “smooth sailing” for you? While no one can guarantee there won’t be a challenge or two to overcome on the road to selling...

Ensuring Fast Delivery when Shopping Online

If you're like most people, you hope that you’ll receive your online orders within a few days. Sure, a purchase might occasionally arrive later than expected. That's just the reality of online shopping. But, what if you need an item delivered quickly, without risk of delay? Here are a few suggestions: · Check if the product is in stock. That's usually indicated on the web page, but you can...

Get your Spring Cleaning Done in Half the Time

Spring cleaning can seem like a great idea until you actually get started. Then it often turns out to be more work than expected! The good news is, there are proven techniques to make the job easier so you can get it done faster. · Before you begin the project, make sure you have everything you need: hammer, boxes, tape, garbage bags, etc. Think of the supplies you’ll need on hand and the tools...

When to Increase your Budget when Shopping for a Home 

When you set a budget for a new home, you’re obviously hoping — maybe even expecting — to find the ideal property within that price range.   But, it doesn’t always work out that way.  In fact, there are many circumstances in which you might have to rethink your budget and possibly even increase it, to get the home you want.  For example, you might find that...

The Role of Carrying Costs when Buying a New Home

When searching for a new home, many buyers will focus only on the list price and what they may need to offer to get the property. For example, a buyer might think, “We can get this house for $XX. That’s within our price range!”  Of course, the selling price plays the pivotal role in whether or not you can afford a particular home. But, carrying costs should also be...

Selling Later in the Year? Start the Process Now

Imagine you want to take the “trip of a lifetime” this fall. Would you leave it until the Summer to start planning, booking dates, and generally getting ready? Probably not. A trip like that is a big deal. You’d want to start making arrangements now, so by the time you’re ready to go to the airport, everything will be set for you and your family to have a great time. The same is true when...

Buying the Home Everybody Wants

When you’re shopping for a home, you may become interested in a property for sale that someone else is also considering. In fact, there may be several other buyers entertaining the idea of making an offer. In such a competitive situation, what should you do if you really love that home? Obviously, you’ll need to move quickly and make some fast decisions. Start by making certain the property...

How to Light your Home for an Evening Viewing

When you’re selling your home, you may find buyers who want to see it later in the evening, when it’s dark outside. In that circumstance, effective home lighting becomes more important.   The best place to start is with exterior lighting. If you have soft ground lamps on the walkway, make sure those are turned on. That will make for a more pleasant and inviting trip up the walkway....

5 Tips for Preparing for an Early-in-the-Year Sale

There are numerous reasons why you might need to sell early in the year. Perhaps you even need to sell this month! Whatever your reasons, preparation is key. Make the right moves now and your sale is likely to go smoothly and successfully. Follow these tips: 1. Make a list of what needs to be done around the property to prepare it for listing. That includes decluttering, cleaning, getting needed...

Getting the “Inside Scoop” on a Listing

Throughout the history of journalism, reporters would pride themselves on getting the “inside scoop” on a story. In fact, that’s where that expressioncame from. So imagine you’re shopping for a new home and click on a listing online. Up comes all the property information. But, chances are, there is more to the story of that property than is presented in that listing. For example, you might want...

“Non-Market” Reasons Why it Might Be the Ideal Time to Sell

When considering whether or not to sell their home, many people think about market conditions. They consider whether it’s a buyer’s or seller’s market. They look at trends. They try to time the sale to get the best price fortheir property. While market conditions certainly can play a role in deciding whether you should sell now rather than later, many other factors can influence that decision...

How to Determine the Best Features of your Home

What is it about your property that stands out? What will buyers like mostabout it? What are your home’s most enticing features? Answering those questions will help you determine which features toemphasize when selling your home. After all, you want buyers to notice andappreciate your property’s best characteristics. But here’s the challenge… It can be difficult to determine which...

4 Reasons Why Buyers Get Turned Off by an Otherwise Ideal Property

When prospective buyers view your property, you hope they will think it’s the perfect fit for them. It might well be. However, there are things that can get in the way of a buyer recognizing that perfect fit and making an offer. Take a look at these common reasons why some buyers will walk away from an otherwise ideal property: 1. Poor staging. Is staging really that important? According to...

Should You Accept the Highest Offer for your Home?

Imagine a kid running a lemonade stand. He’s selling his product for 25 cents a cup. He’s doing okay. Sales are good. Then someone comes up to his stand and says, “I’ll give you 50 cents for a cup. But, I don’t have the money right now. Give me the lemonade and I’ll pay you later.”  Should he take the deal?   Chances are, you’d advise against it. After all, just because the...

When You Can’t Paint Them All: Prioritizing Rooms

As you may know, a fresh coat of paint is an inexpensive way to make your home look great to buyers. But, what if you don’t have time to paint the entire place? Here are three areas you should prioritize—and one you can potentially ignore. 1. Rooms with bold colours A red bedroom and orange walk-in closet likely won’t appeal to everyone! Replacing personalized colours with a neutral colour...

Pulling Together the Records you Need when Selling

Imagine you’re viewing a home for sale. You venture to the basement, check out the furnace room, and notice the water heater. Is it owned or rented? As a potential buyer, you’d want to know. Now imagine a property you’re viewing has a brand-new gas fireplace. Nice! Is it under warranty? Is that warranty transferrable to you if you buy the home? Again, you’d want to know. So, when you’re...

Easy Ways to Keep your Home “Show Ready” when Selling

After your home has been cleaned from top to bottom, it’s natural to want it to stay that way. Don’t you wish you could just wave a magic wand and the place would clean itself? Unfortunately, even Harry Potter can’t manage that! LOL However, when you’re preparing your property for sale, you really do need to keep it clean and ready for showings. There are several ways you can make doing that a...

Will You Need to Lower your Price to Sell your Home Quickly?

If you want to sell an item quickly—say, a couch—you can post it online, stick a super-low price tag on it and, chances are, it will be gone by the end of the day.  So it’s understandable that some people think the same thing applies when selling a home. Indeed, if you need to sell your property quickly, you might assume that setting a low listing price is the best way to make that...

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