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Shopping for a new home can be intimidating. With so many things to do and think about, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Here are some good tips for making the home hunting process a lot easier and much less stressful. 1. Get your mortgage arranged in advance. You don’t want to find the ideal home on the market, only to face problems arranging a suitable mortgage. You might end up losing the opportunity. So, make mortgage arrangements in advance by getting “pre-approved”. With that pre-approval, you can shop for a new home...Read More
Most people feel confident that they know the basics of home security. For example, they know to: keep all doors locked; have a light on in the house while away; and, never hide a key outside in an obvious place, like under the mat. Yet, almost a million and a half properties get burglarized in North America each year. So, how can you prevent that from happening to your home? Here are a few lesser-known home security basics: Actually, never hide a key outside. Thieves know all the hiding places. Instead, make sure all family members have a key. Two-thirds...Read More
When you make an offer on a home, it’s a smart idea to have a professional home inspector check it out from top to bottom. This inspection will ensure that the property doesn’t have any unexpected “issues”. After all, you don’t want to buy a home only to discover that the roof needs to be replaced, immediately, for thousands of dollars. Nevertheless, you might question whether you really need to invest the few hundred dollars it costs for a professional home inspection. “The home we want to buy looks like it’s in very good shape,” you might be thinking....Read More
The July 2018 Housing Market Statistics for Caledon, Ontario have been published. The statistics are compiled from data posted on the Toronto Real Estate Board. Here are a few highlights from the analysis: – The average sale price (year to date) is $925,175, that is a decrease of 5.95%. – There were 69 properties sold in the month of July with a year to date total of 523 which is a decrease of 12.4% year to date. – The average days on the market (year to date) is 29 days. – The total active number of residential listings was 281 which...Read More
Judgements Buyers Make in the First 30 Seconds You’ve probably heard the expression, “You don’t get a second chance to make a first impression.” When it comes to selling your home, that is definitely true. In fact, a buyer will come to several conclusions about your property within the first few minutes of seeing it. That’s why it’s so important to make a good first impression. How do you do that? One of the best techniques is to pretend you’re a buyer. Drive up to your home. Open the door. Step into the foyer. Take a quick look around. Then...Read More
Today’s Buyers are Looking for These Things… If you’re planning on putting your home on the market, you probably know the basics of what buyers want to see. Clean and uncluttered rooms. Comfortable living room. Functional and spacious kitchen. Bright, modern bathrooms. However, there are some things that today’s buyers are looking for that you might not have considered. Here’s the rundown: Smart storage space. Today’s buyers love to see organized closets, attractive shelving, storage nooks, built-in bookshelves, linen closets, and other storage options that are as functional as they are attractive. Energy-efficient fixtures. Buyers are impressed by lighting that...Read More
Buying a home can be stressful as prospective homeowners do their best to make a good decision in what will likely be the biggest financial decision of their lives. Avoid these common home buying pitfalls: Your deposit is not readily accessible. Manage your banking before you fall in love with your home and don’t forget to account for other funds you may need during the process. You’ve removed the condition of financing. Pre-approval is not the same as acquiring a mortgage. When buyers omit the financing condition, problems can arise if the lender cancels or reduces the approved amount when...Read More