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December 2018

Found 11 blog entries for December 2018.

What to Know When Researching Real EstateHomeowners who hope to sell their property often start by doing research. They want to know how much can they expect to make when they sell their home, what can they do to make their home look better to buyers, and how can they have the best experience possible selling their property. This article can help homeowners as they begin their research into the real estate market.

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

The Value of Your Home Is Affected by Comparable Properties

When a real estate agent assesses the value of a home, they'll start by looking at properties in the area that have recently sold. These homes must be of comparable in

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Plans for Buying a Home With Your RSPIf you have never purchased a home before, you are all too well aware of how difficult it can be to qualify for a mortgage and manage those often ghastly monthly payments.

Even more difficult is saving money for that 5% or 10% down payment unless you're lucky enough to deal with the Bank of Mom and Dad.

For informational purposes only. Always consult with a financial advisor before proceeding with any real estate transaction.

The easiest way if you need to squirrel away a few dollars from each pay cheque is to use a Retirement Savings Plan (RSP) as a vehicle to fund your down payment. It's what they call a fund with benefits and not just when you turn 65.

If you weren't aware that you can take money out of your RSP with no tax

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Considering a Home Warranty? 6 Things to Consider Before BuyingHome warranty policies can be a huge asset for many homeowners, yet many still ask, “Are home warranties worth it?” The answer to this question depends on certain situations. Basic policies typically cover most major appliances, plumbing, HVAC systems and electrical systems. However, a premium warranty often covers specialized repairs like hot tubs, swimming pools, garage door openers, doorbells and even ceiling fans. Policies typically range from $250-1200 per year, depending on the coverage desired. When determining whether or not the coverage is worth the expense when buying a home, here are six things to consider.

Lack DIY Skills or Strapped for Cash?

Many homeowners simply don't have the tools or knowledge to accurately diagnose and

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tips for staging children's bedrooms Staging is always a nebulous part of the home buying process. There are decisions to make on color, furniture, personal items, and countless other things that need to be handled on a room-by-room basis. Bedrooms for children can be a bit of a landmine during the selling process. If they look too much like a kid actually lives in them, the mess or clutter may turn buyers away. Here are six tips to stage your children’s bedrooms in ways that will help keep them clean and appeal to buyers.

Thin Out the Toys

If you feel like your kids have a million toys you can barely keep out of chaos, home buyers will feel it at least twice as much. The best way to maintain a clear space is to get the number and size of the toys under control. Divide up the

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Tips for Better Home Siding ReplacementSiding boasts some of the highest returns of any home improvement project, with certain materials boasting an average of up to 89% returns. But home siding replacement isn't just a smart idea to improve the resale value of the home, it can also be a way to improve the safety of the people within it. Siding not only keeps out water and insects, it can also protect the interior of the home so it can stay strong against natural and man-made threats alike. Before getting started, consider the following basic facts about home siding replacement.

The Costs of Replacing Siding

For homeowners who have the flexibility to change the material of their siding, it helps to keep in mind not only the cost of the materials but also be costs of installation.

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Tips for Photographing Your Home so It Sells FasterThe photos on a real estate listing play a more pivotal role in the home selling process than ever before. Home buyers in the instantaneous social media age love to browse available home listings, and they rely on the photographs to decide on whether or not they feel a showing is worthwhile.

Noting the importance of real estate photography, here's a few tips for home sellers and their real estate agents to consider:

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

Avoid Taking Photos at Eye Level

Inexperienced real estate photographs automatically hold the camera at eye level to take the shot, but this doesn't always lead to the best photograph

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5 Home Safety Hazards to MonitorPeople spend most of their days and nights at home, but they may not realize how the house could have dangers in every room. These areas of risk cover the most common safety hazards homeowners need to observe on a regular basis.

Ventilation & Indoor Air Quality

Proper ventilation in the home is key to keeping everyone healthy and happy. Homes that run on natural gas for heat or cooking need adequate ventilation for the furnace or range. Without ventilation, a deadly amount of carbon monoxide could accumulate. Ventilation also helps to eliminate fumes from cleaning products. Harsh chemicals could also cause long-term health problems if they are not properly removed from the home.

Furniture Support

People who live in earthquake-prone

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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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