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All Blog Entries by Justin Havre

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Difference Between a Single Family Home, Condo, and Town HomeCondos, single-family homes, and town homes are very different from one another. The type of property you buy when you're looking for a place to live can have a big impact on your happiness and quality of life. In the right home, you should be able to live out your preferred lifestyle. If you choose the wrong type of home, you could find yourself struggling to maintain the type of life you enjoy.

Knowing the difference between the types of properties can help, especially if you are a first-time home buyer. If you're thinking about buying a place soon and you're not sure whether you should buy a town house, condo or a single-family home, here's what you need to know.

Single-Family Home

Single-family homes are independent structures sitting on

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Should You Buy a Wood Frame or Brick Home?Whether you're building or buying a home, you'll have to make a multitude of decisions as you acquire your new home. Two of the most common building materials are brick and wood. Knowing the differences between these two materials can help you decide which one is right for you.

Brick Homes: Advantages and Disadvantages

If you're a home buyer who is thinking about purchasing a brick home, there are many factors to consider.

Pros:

  • Brick homes have a traditional stately appearance that some buyers appreciate.
  • They never need to be painted.
  • Brick retains heat well and can stay warmer for longer in cold weather.

Cons:

  • Brick is more expensive than wood.
  • Because brick is never painted, the home will always look the same.
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With a goal of selling quickly, picking the right list price is vitalThe familiar rhetoric about location as the primary determinant of North Calgary real estate value is only partially true. Where a property is situated is a part of the equation, but equally important to a home's value are the square footage, the style and the amenities. So, just what should a seller consider when setting a price? And how is it possible to determine that a price is neither too high, nor too low, for current market conditions.

Underpricing can, on occasion and in a hot market, help to promote a bidding war, but it is risky. Overpricing, on the other hand, often means that a home will be on the market longer than it should be, and a seller will often have to reduce the listing price one or more times. Here are some tips about how to set

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Picking the Right Buyer: What You Should Know About Selling Your HomeWhen the time comes to sell your Calgary home, there is more to selling than simply staging the home. Choosing the right buyer is just as important. A good buyer will help ensure the process of selling your house goes smoothly. Failure to select the right buyer could lead to home selling delays or even a canceled purchase contract. Here's what you need to know.

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

Know the Warning Signs

Home buyers tend to follow a pattern. Good home buyers send their paperwork promptly, ask for what is fair and not more, and work with a real estate professional. Uncooperative home buyers will display warning signs that

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Making Your Home Wish ListWhen buying a new home, especially in a sellers market, buyers typically have a general idea of what they want out of the home. Maybe three bedrooms, at least two bathrooms. But what about countertops and floors? Keeping everything organized can be difficult, especially for buyers who really want something specific. Keeping a wish list can help buyers make sure they aren’t forgetting anything important when going to showings or missing the forest for the trees. Here are some of the important things buyers need to consider when deciding what they want out of a new home.

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

Wants and Needs

The first thing a

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Protect Your Home From Water Damage by Maintaining Gutters ProperlyIt is one of the areas of homes many homeowners don't give much thought to until there is a problem. And when selling a home, clean gutters can eliminate a potential inspection item. By then, however, gutter problems may be difficult or more expensive to resolve. Improper gutter maintenance can cause:

  • Damage to a home's siding
  • Damage to the roof line
  • Foundation problems
  • Puddling
  • Annoying leaks and overspill

Here are some simple ways you can keep your gutters better maintained.

Make Sure Downspouts are Draining Properly

The downspouts are the vertical pipes that take water from the gutters along your roof, down through to the ground or for dispersal away from the home. It is absolutely critical that these downspouts flow

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Fireplace Safety and MaintenanceA wood-burning fireplace can add warmth and coziness on a cold night. A fireplace can also be an item many home buyers may desire when looking for homes to buy. However, a fireplace that is not properly maintained can create a potential safety hazard for occupants. Learn what to do with a fireplace to reduce the potential for injury from a home fire.

Fireplace Safety

Gases and embers are emitted from a fireplace. To ensure the safety of occupants, have a fireplace professionally installed and located on a non-combustible surface. Do not place objects that may overheat or catch fire in a one-metre area around the fireplace. Carbon monoxide poisoning is a real danger as the gas is odorless and hard to detect with human senses. Reduce the risk for

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Everything You Need to Know About Home ClosingHome closing is the final step of the home buying process. If you're thinking about purchasing a home, or if you're in the middle of buying a home, you should know about home closing. Knowing what's coming, how much money you can expect to spend at closing and what you can do to save money at close can help you have a good home buying experience. Here's what you need to know.

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

What Is Home Closing?

After going through inspections, negotiations and all the legal and administrative motions that must happen in order to buy a home, home closing is the final step of the home purchase. Closing is when ownership

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Create a Home-buying BudgetWith the advantages of buying a home, many Canadian residents wonder how much home they can reasonably afford. After all, the price of a listed home is not the only factor to consider before making a purchase.

A home buying budget is important, although not the most exciting part of the home buying process. Rather than struggle with mortgage payments and maintenance costs, Canadian residents can feel confident with the knowledge that they have the extra funds they may need for unexpected expenses. Make timely mortgage payments and build equity when starting off with a home-buying budget.

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

Examine Current

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What You Need to Know About Cash Offers When Selling Your HomeMany homeowners dream of selling their house for cash, because home buyers with mortgages add additional risk to the home buying process. If the mortgage does not fund at the end of the transaction, the home buyer must back out of the contract without purchasing the home. This doesn't happen when selling a home to someone paying cash.

However, there can be dangers when selling a home to someone who pays in cash. Understanding the risks can help you decide whether you want to accept an offer from a cash buyer.

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

Know the Risks

Typically, cash buyers are investors, not homeowners. Investors buy homes

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