Categories for Residential

Working with a REALTOR®

When working with a REALTOR® it is important to understand who the REALTOR® works for. To whom is the REALTOR® legally obligated? Multiple Representation What is Multiple Representation? Multiple Representation is when one agent acts for two or more parties to the same transaction. However, to better understand Multiple Representation, we must first understand the relationship ...

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Buying an Older House? Here’s What Unexpected Repairs Might Cost You

You found your dream century home and your conditional offer has been accepted. But after receiving your home inspector’s report, it turns out your charming Victorian cottage needs more than a fresh coat of paint. Photo by Nolan Issac on Unsplash While this doesn’t mean you need to back out of the deal, it’s important to know ...

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31 Reasons, Your Realtors® are Worth His / Her Salary

REASON # 1 The numbers are In. Statistics from the National Association of Realtors® prove that homes listed with a licensed full-time agent sell for approximately 26% more than those sold “For Sale By Owner”, even after the commission. Why? Mainly because active agents know the market and what a ...

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Real Estate – More Than Just Sales

Members of the public seem to think that all I do is sell property. While that is part of my work, the amount of time I spend selling represents just 20 per cent of my job activities. The role of the REALTOR®, in my view, is not so much a ...

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6 Things Stagers Will Definitely Want to Change in Your House Before You List It—So Be Prepared!

We’re pretty attached to our stuff, aren’t we? Family photos, knick-knacks, and artwork—they reflect our personalities and styles. However, those might be a problem if you’re showing your home to potential buyers. They want to imagine themselves living in a beautiful, clean space, and that means properly staging a house ...

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Can REALTORS®—or Clients—Secretly Record Potential Buyers?

Smile! You’re being secretly recorded. Oh, the joys of privacy law! With more twists and turns than an Agatha Christie novel, it truly is the gift that keeps on giving… if you’re a privacy lawyer. For normal people, maybe not so much. Perhaps it’s because of the warmer weather that’s ...

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One Quarter of Canadians Aged 25 to 35 Purchased a Property During Pandemic

According to a recent Royal LePage demographic survey, nearly half (48%) of Canadians aged 25 to 35 currently own their home, and 25 per cent of these homeowners purchased a property during the pandemic. Royal LePage reports, that among non-homeowners, there is a strong intention to purchase in the future ...

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Free Home Buyers Guide Book

I recently finished a new Home Buyers Guide Book. A collection of how-to’s, checklists, and worksheets to help buyers understand what to expect during the real estate purchasing experience. Click here to get a free copy. ...

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Rent Relief Requests and Other Residential Real Estate Tenant/Landlord Issues

With Canada’s labour market experiencing layoffs as Covid-19 forces the shutdown of major industries, over a million Canadians have applied for unemployment benefits. Many tenants will have to make due with less income. At the same time the real estate market is hot and investors with rental properties want to ...

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Additional Costs When Buying a Home

The purchase price of your home is only one of the costs you’ll encounter. Here are other possible costs you need to consider: Mortgage loan insurance: If you are putting less than 20 per cent of the house value down, you’re going to need mortgage loan insurance. Depending on the ...

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