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How to Purchase an Energy Efficient HomeWhen you decide to purchase a home, what are you putting on your wish list? Do you consider the type of schools and shops in the neighborhood? Perhaps you are just looking for a house with a large backyard, plenty of bedrooms and an open floor plan? One other must-have that more and more people have put on their list of desired amenities is energy-efficient features.

The term, "energy-efficient home" has been a buzzword for decades for people who are looking for a place that lowers their carbon footprint and is environmentally friendly. Yet, nowadays, it is gaining more popularity as a concept. People are not only looking for a home that uses sustainable materials, they are also in search of a property that will provide lower utility bills so a

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Painting a Home to Sell Curb appeal sells. A home that is attractive from the street sells faster and at a higher price in most cases. In competitive markets, it can be one of the few ways to stand out among other desirable homes. A big way to create a strong curb appeal is to repaint your home's exterior.

Painting can be time consuming and quite expensive but, if a home is in need of a facelift, it can pay off in a big way. A fresh look can appeal to home buyers and appraisers alike, so it is worth it to look into whether or not this home improvement can work for you when selling.

Questions to Consider

Before seeking painting bids or checking the condition of your brushes, rollers and pans, you need to consider a number of questions. These include:

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Home Fitness Center InformationCreating a home fitness center is easy enough, with the right tools and resources. Most people can make their home fitness center out of a spare room in their house. Here's what you need to know about starting a home fitness center on your property.

Pick the Right Space

The first thing a homeowner must do to create their home fitness center is to look for the right spot. The best location in the home is a spot that is cool and easy to access. Ground floor rooms are best, because hauling exercise equipment up to an upper floor can be difficult. Wide hallways and entryways into the room are also helpful.

Choose the Right Equipment

Once a room has been selected, South Calgary homeowners must choose the right equipment for their fitness

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When Should You Repair or Replace Your Roof?Home maintenance is no small feat, and making repairs or replacements to major elements of a home can take a lot of time and energy. It’s not all in vain though, as proper home maintenance can help to increase the value of a property and can see huge benefits when it’s time to sell. One of the more important areas to focus on is the roof, as it’s such a visible portion of the home and can also cost a lot more than other parts of a house, and buyers aren't always looking to buy a fixer upper. The level of wear on a roof can influence the sale price, so let’s explore the various options before a sale.

Repairing A Roof

If a home’s roof has minimal damage and needs just a bit of a facelift before it’s time to sell, repair might be the better

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Paint Colours Home Buyers Like Homeowners thinking about selling in the near future will find that repainting their home's interior can make the rooms look cleaner and more attractive. For those hoping to stage their property, choosing the right interior paint colours can lead to a faster sale and better offers.

Make Proper Use of Neutral Shades

Neutral shades are the easy answer when asking how to choose paint colours. The neutral colour palette includes beige, gray, white and cream. Earth tones like gray-green and gray-blue may also be considered neutrals in some cases. Neutrals are considered favorable by many home buyers because they match almost anything. By painting your South Calgary home’s interior with neutral colours, you help ensure that your home will meet the

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Drawing Home Appeal in a Competitive MarketEven though selling a home has sometimes been termed "a numbers game" in the sense that you are likely to receive an offer if you (or your real estate agent) can generate enough traffic, there are tried and true methods to make your property shine, to keep time on market to a minimum, and to generate the best possible price, regardless of if you're in a hot market like Southeast Calgary or elsewhere. These tips include positive marketing steps, acknowledging that a home sale depends in part on the merchandising expertise of the seller as much as on the "product."

Take advantage of every opportunity to help your home outshine the competition when selling your home. Here are 5 great ways to do it:

Keep Your Home Clean and Bright

Homes that

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Flooring Options in Home for Sale Most home sellers want to sell quickly, without having to spend a lot of money on upgrades. If flooring is an area that needs an update, you may not be sure how to make that happen.

This guide shows you what to do with what you have, and when to step it up.

Looking Under the Flooring

The first thing you should do is to take a peek under the current flooring of your West Calgary home. This might be tricky if you currently have anything that is listed as "peel and stick." However, it is often worth the effort. Looking at the subfloor is useful because it helps you understand what is going on.

You could have pet stains, mold, or even wonderful hardwood lurking underneath. There was a time in the not-too-distant past when the majority of

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All About Home Purchase ContractsA real estate purchase offer is a binding contract that outlines the specifics of a home purchase. Before the seller accepts or denies the contract, it's important for the seller to understand the contract and its terms. If you're currently selling a home, or if you're thinking about listing your home for sale, here's what you need to know about the home purchase contract.

For informational purposes only. Always consult with a licensed real estate professional before proceeding with any real estate transaction.

Firm Versus Conditional Offers

A firm offer is an offer to purchase a home as-is. Once the offer is signed, it's binding. If the buyer cancels the contract without purchasing the home, the buyer may lose the deposit.

The other

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Competitive Market AnalysisOften, a competitive market analysis is commonly produced by real estate agents for their seller clients to review, as it aids in pricing the home by providing an overview of competing homes & recent sales. However, this tool can also be highly effective when home buyers use it as well.

If you are planning to buy a home, you need as much information as possible about the property and this type of report, completed by your real estate agent, can shed a great deal of light on it. When it comes to home buying, this should be one of the first steps you take when you've found a potential property.

What Is a Competitive Market Analysis?

A competitive market analysis is a report created by your real estate agent. Commonly referred to as a CMA,

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Everything You Need to Know About Closing Costs During the Home Buying ProcessClosing costs can cause stress for home buyers. In addition to being costly, closing costs can be difficult to estimate. Knowing what closing costs are, how much you can expect to pay and when closing costs are due can help you plan for this part of the home buying process.

What Are Closing Costs?

Closing costs are the costs associated with legal and administrative actions that occur when a person buys a home. Closing costs can run anywhere from 1.5 to 4 percent of the purchase price of the home, depending on the location of the home and the various administrative actions that occur during the sale process. Each home purchase is different, so closing costs are different every time.

Who Pays Closing Costs?

Closing costs are primarily

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