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All Blog Entries by Justin Havre

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Found 106 blog entries published by Justin Havre.

How to Know if Buying a Vacation Home is Right For YouBuying a vacation home is a great idea for many but you want to make sure that you do not make a hasty decision. It is not always the best time to purchase a vacation home so you want to make sure that you have everything lined up before you take the plunge. The timing for purchasing a vacation home depends on not only your personal financial situation but also the season where you are purchasing.

How to Qualify for a Mortgage on a Secondary Home

Qualifying for a mortgage on a secondary home starts with stable finances and a great credit score. Lenders typically want to see a credit score of above 725 and a strong debt to income ratio for these types of loans. If you do not meet these qualifications, all is not lost, as a sizeable down

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Inspiration for Your Outdoor Living SpaceAn outdoor living space can serve as an extension of a home. Friends and family can gather and relax on a well-planned space. It can also act as an oasis from every day cares and stress. Options exist for optimizing the function of a space and making it an ideal location to kick back or entertain.

An attractive outdoor living space is also known to boost home value and does not require a large budget to accomplish. Learn how to take the first steps in creating an outdoor living space to love for years to come, whether you build it yourself or hire a professional.

Ask Yourself This

Homeowners looking for some ideas to create or change up a neglected outdoor living space need to look no further. However, all designs begin with answering some

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Bidding Wars: How To Get the Home You WantBidding wars are common in hot sellers markets. When home inventory is low and prices are high, buyers often compete with one another to get the most desirable houses. Knowing how to win a bidding war is important in these markets. These tips can help serious buyers to stand out from other competitive home buyers.

Get Pre-Approved for a Mortgage

Pre-approved offers are far more attractive than offers from pre-qualified buyers. This is because a pre-approved offer is closer to a sure thing than an offer from a pre-qualified buyer. Home buyers can stand out from other buyers by getting pre-approved at the beginning of the search for a home. While the pre-approval process does take more time, a pre-approval can help buyers win a bidding war with

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4 Must-Include Items In Every OfferWhen a Northwest Calgary home buyer has finally found a home that they love and want to buy it, it comes time to make an offer. But what many buyers don’t realize is that there’s more to making an offer than just naming a price. Offering on a home requires extra pieces that all work in tandem to convince the homeowner to accept it. Here is what all home buyers need to include in their offers to make them the best they can be.

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

1. The Offered Price, Down Payment, and Earnest Money

The most important part of an offer is of course going to be the price that the buyer wants to pay. Whether it’s $50,000 or

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The Value of DIY and Hiring a ProfessionalHomeowners can save money on improvement projects by doing some or all of the work themselves. Unfortunately, not all homeowners are able to safely take on complex projects. Knowing when you're able to make home improvements and when it's time to hire a professional can help you take care of your new home.

Consider Level Of Experience

When it comes to level of DIY experience, homeowners span a range. Some homeowners are able to work confidently with their hands, others have little or no experience. People who buy new homes having already fixed appliances and worked on construction projects have a significant advantage when it comes to completing home improvement projects.

For the inexperienced homeowner, it's important to take on do it

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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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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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