Categories for Residential

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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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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Pre-Emptive or “Bully” Offers

My salesperson showed us two property listings and, in both instances, we wanted to submit an offer. But the properties were sold before the posted offer date. How can this happen? In a seller’s real estate market, you can expect to find that more than one buyer is interested in ...

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Do You Really Need a Real Estate Lawyer?

I’m savvy in real estate. I’ve bought and sold three properties over the past six years and know what I’m doing. Do I really need a lawyer? Regardless of how comfortable or how many properties a person has purchased or sold, each transaction is unique and should be approached as ...

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The Buyer Representation Agreement

Guaranteeing You the Very Best in Real Estate Service When it comes to just about every kind of contract, signing on the dotted line makes us all a little bit nervous. When selling a home, most people are aware they sign a Listing Agreement with a REALTOR®. There is, however, ...

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5 Simple Ways to Fall in Love with Your Home Again

Do you remember the way you felt about your home when you first moved in? Like any relationship, the honeymoon phase can fade over time. If you’re stuck in a rut, follow these easy steps to rekindle those fond feelings for your home. Get rid of the clutter. A messy ...

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Take Advantage of a Strong Seller’s Market

There are three types of real estate markets. A seller’s market, a buyer’s market and a neutral market. Where Sales-to-New Listings ratio is between: 0 – 39%  Buyer’s Market 40 – 60% Balanced Market 61 – 500% Sellers Market A seller’s market is when market conditions favour sellers over buyers. ...

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