Want to Buy a Home This Spring? Then Get Started Now!


If you’d like to buy and move into a beautiful new home this spring, then your countdown has already started!

 

While the spring might seem far away now, the rush of real estate’s biggest season will be here before you know it. There are many things you’ll need to do to get prepped and ready to buy a home.

 

Here are a few things you should get started on now in January so you’re ready for the spring market!

Get your finances in order: Now is the time to pull up your budget, your paystubs, your debt, and your credit score. First, make sure that your credit score is strong and that your debt is in a manageable spot. Your lender will look closely at both of these things and it…

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Tips for Hosting a Stress Free Holiday Party


Planning a festive gathering but want to skip the stress? Here’s how to throw a fabulous holiday party with ease, inspired by tips from Martha Stewart:


Get those invites out early! The holiday season is hectic, so ensure your guests can pencil you in by sending invitations ahead of time.


Utilize what you already have at home. Scour your cupboards for party essentials like plates and decorations. This not only saves money but also adds a personal touch to your party setup!


When it comes to food and drinks, it’s better to have more than less. You’ll avoid the worry of running low, and guests will appreciate the abundance.


Don’t shy away from asking for help. Friends and family are…

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4 Tips to Navigate Home Construction Delays


Building a new home and construction delays often go hand in hand. Delays and changes to the construction timelines are commonplace due to things like material supply chain delays, labor-related delays, or the home simply needing more work than originally anticipated. 

 

If you’re not prepared, these kinds of delays can throw off your plans and cause chaos, ultimately resulting in more stress and challenges. But with these 4 tips, you’ll be prepared to navigate home construction delays and will have the knowledge you need to handle and plan for unforeseen delays.

 

1. Set realistic expectations and flexible timelines. Work closely with your builder to understand their timeline and what goes…

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4 Tricks to Save Money While Building a Home

Building a home is becoming more and more common and with good reason! You can design your home exactly the way you want it, complete with your favourite flooring, appliances, and finishes.

 

But the process of building a home from start to finish can add up quickly, especially when you add in all the extras like those luxury finishes or specialized rooms. While there are many ways to splurge while building a new home, there are also several opportunities to actually save money on building so you can put that money to use elsewhere! Let’s go through the 4 best tricks to save money on the building process.

 

1. Build up not out: If you want more square footage, you might think that the only way…

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6 Questions to Ask Your Contractor

As a homeowner, it’s nearly guaranteed that you’ll need the help of a contractor at some point. Contractors bring the expertise and experience you need to have a successful home project completed. But not all contractors are the same!

 

While there are amazing contractors out there who are pros at what they do and at running the business side of things, some other contractors can either be a nightmare to work with or may leave you with poorly done work. That’s why it’s imperative that you ask any contractor these 6 questions to make sure the contractor is a good fit.

 

1. How long have you been in business? A contractor who has run their business for a while is more likely to be doing good work and…

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4 Things Every Homebuyer Should Know 

 

When you’re going through the real estate process, you’ll have the expert help of a real estate agent to guide you. But, like most things in life, the journey is a whole lot easier when you’re informed and have a foundation of knowledge to draw on.

 

This is one of the reasons why buyers should check out the Buyer Guide, which has a ton of great info and provides an overview of the real estate process. But chances are that you haven’t heard much about 4 things that can really impact your home buying experience because no one really seems to be talking about them. Let’s change that!

 

The Power of Pre-Approval: A pre-approval is basically a stamp of approval from a lender that says that you’re…

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8 Tips to Prepare Your Home for Painting

 

With the colder season approaching, now is the perfect time to do a few projects around the house and get your space looking great before the rush of the holidays. One of the best ways to take a room from dinghy or dated to fresh and bright is through paint!

 

When sellers ask how to boost their home’s value, painting is one of the first suggestions offered. That’s because the way a room looks and feels is entirely dependent on the colour of the walls and ceiling. Now that you know why painting is such a great fall home project, you’ll want these 8 painting tips to make the painting process as easy as possible.

 

  1. Safeguard belongings: Take all of the easily moveable things out of the…

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Why Real Estate is Still the Best Investment: A Financial Analysis 

You've heard the cliché a thousand times: "Don't put all your eggs in one basket." Well, consider this blog your invitation to diversify, with a spotlight on why real estate remains a rock-solid choice. Forget the get-rich-quick schemes; let's talk about long-term gains and financial fortitude. 

 

Tangible Assets: The Beauty of Bricks and Mortar 

Investing in stocks is all well and good until market volatility gives you whiplash. Real estate, on the other hand, gives you a tangible asset—something you can see, touch, and utilize. There's a measure of control and stability that's reassuring. 

 

Cash Flow: The Gift that Keeps on Giving 

Rental properties offer the…

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The Emotional Side of Real Estate: Managing Stress During Transactions 

 

Let's talk about the elephant in the room—the emotional whirlwind that accompanies the complexities of real estate transactions. Sure, you've read countless guides on valuations, inspections, and negotiations, but what about navigating the emotional rollercoaster? Here's what you need to know to keep your sanity intact. 

 

Accept that Emotions Will Play a Role 

Whether you're a buyer or a seller, emotional investment is inevitable. You're not just selling or buying property; you're transitioning between life chapters. Recognize the emotional aspect, so you're better prepared to handle it. 

 

Sellers: Detach and Depersonalize 

Selling a home where you've…

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Secret Homeowner Tip

Here’s one of the best tips that can be shared with homeowners. If every homeowner understood how important this tip is, it would change the real estate game!

 

Here’s the tip: Maintain your home! It sounds simple, but it is SO important. Keeping up on home maintenance will help you preserve and increase the value of your home. When you own a home, it’s your responsibility to make sure the property stays in good shape. No one else is there to take care of the maintenance or fix things up. There’s no landlord—it’s all you. 

 

Now, the best way to do home maintenance is to stick to a schedule and keep an eye on your home’s systems. Get a home inspector you trust to come out every few years to check out your home’s…

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