Packing Your Home Shopping Toolkit

February 1st, 2012

Ideally, the first property you see when shopping for a new home will be the one you fall in love with and buy. But let’s face it. You’ll probably end up seeing several homes before reaching the decision to make an offer on one.

When you’re viewing homes, you want to make sure that the experience is enjoyable (rather than stressful) and that you get all the information you need to make the r ...

Little Things Make a BIG Difference

January 1st, 2012

There’s no doubt about it. A completely renovated room – especially a kitchen or bathroom – will really impress home buyers. That room will probably look brand new and very stylish.

But you don’t have to do a full “tear-down- the-walls” type of renovation to upgrade the look of a room. In fact, just a few minor improvements can make a big difference.

For example, upgrading wall plates is an e ...

Do Buyers Appreciate the “Lived In” Look?

October 7th, 2011

Family pictures on the fireplace mantle. A friendly dog lying on a mat in the foyer. Dinner cooking on the stove. Kid’s toys scattered in the hallway. Closets stuffed with clothes.


Those are the unmistakable signs that a family is living in the house.


But does that “lived in” look appeal to home buyers?


In most cases, no.


Home buyers know, of course, that a family still ...

Make Home Shopping Faster & Easier

September 26th, 2011

Like most things in life, shopping for a new home can either be time-consuming and stressful, or fun and satisfying. It just depends on how you go about it.


There are many things you can do to make the home shopping process go smoothly and accomplish what you want: finding the home of your dreams at a price you can afford.


Here are some ideas:

• Get pre-approved. Find out from ...

Home Shopping with the Kids

June 29th, 2011

Your choice of a new home is as important to your kids as it is to you. So it makes sense to take them along on home shopping excursions.

To ensure they don’t become impatient or exhausted too soon, bring some light, healthy snacks along. Also be sure to stop for regular washroom breaks. You do not want them to use the bathroom while you’re touring a home.

Another good tip is to get th ...

Choosing A Home Inspector

February 11th, 2011

Offers of purchase and sale on a home are often contingent on a satisfactory home inspection. That means the buyers have a period of time to hire a qualified home inspector to do what his or her title suggests: inspect the property top to bottom and inside and out. Based on the results, the buyers can

either confirm their intention to complete the purchase, or negotiate repairs or compensati ...

Making Home Shopping Fun

February 4th, 2011

Shopping for a home doesn't have to be a stressful experience. In fact, with a little planning, you can make the entire process fun for

everyone – even if there are kids involved.

Here are some tips for doing just that:

• Get the whole family involved in deciding what kind of home you should consider. The more everyone, especially kids, feel a part of the process, the more likely they are ...