Improve home value

Budget friendly ways to improve your home's value

In the last article we looked at smart ways to improve your home to get top dollar. Although it would be nice to have oodles of cash in the bank, sometimes you’re on a limited budget. If money is tight and you can’t afford to spend $50,000 on a new k...
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Evaluating real estate offers

Evaluating and responding to different offers

You’ve went through the trouble of preparing your home for sale, listing it and showing it to prospective buyers. Your hard work has finally paid off, as you’ve received five offers on your home. While you may be prepared to jump for joy, you’re not...
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Home market value

Finding the market value before you talk to an agent

What is my home’s current market value? If you’re thinking about selling your home, finding out your home’s market value is at the heart of this vital question. Deciding on list price is one of the decisions homeowners dread the most because there’s...
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Market your home on the Internet

Five ways to use the internet to market your home

The process of selling a home has changed a lot over the last two decades. With the emergence of the World Wide Web in the late 1990’s, the Internet has become a must-have for most Canadian families. The Internet has many uses including researching,...
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Avoid buyer's remorse

Sellers helping buyers avoid “buyer’s remorse”

When you’re selling your home, that last thing you want is to run into buyer’s remorse with the purchaser. What’s buyer’s remorse? It’s the sense of regret from making a purchase. It is frequently associated with major purchases like a home or car. I...
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Hidden Costs

Hidden costs you should know about

Buyers aren’t the only one stuck footing the bill come closing time. As a seller, you should be prepared for the transactional cost of selling real estate. Closings costs are anything but a drop in the bucket – closing costs can amount to anywhere be...
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Home Staging

House cleaning and staging

Even though your home may not be new anymore, there are still plenty of things you can to ensure it’s looking its best for showings. With so many ways you can stage your home, what’s a seller to do? Here is a list of the best home staging tips and tr...
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Closing the sale of your home or property

How does the closing process work?

When you finally sell your home it’s time for celebration, but don’t crack open the bubbly just yet. There’s still a lot of work that needs to be done before it’s a done deal. It would be nice if selling your home was as easy as selling your used vid...
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The right price for your home

How to price your home right

With interest rates near historic lows, competition in the real estate market has never been fiercer. You may have spent thousands of dollars upgrading your home, but if you don’t price is correctly, a seller’s worst nightmare can come true: it can s...
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Hiring a real estate agent

Pros and cons of hiring a listing agent

For most families, your home is your most valuable asset. When it comes times to sell, you’ll want to get the highest selling price possible. A question sellers often ask is, should I sell my home myself or hire a listing agent? Although FSBO (For S...
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Real estate agent questions

Questions to ask your next listing agent

Decisions, decisions. Selling a home is fraught with decision. Should I buy or sell first? How much should I list my property for? What improvements should I make to get top dollar? These are just some of the many questions homeowners are faced with...
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Motivate home buyers

Selling incentives to motivate buyers in a down economy

We’re currently in the midst of one of the longest seller’s markets in history. For over a decade, sellers have been in driver’s seat when it comes to real estate transactions, but it hasn’t always been that way. Rewind to the late 90’s, when there w...
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Home improvement

Top 10 home improvement myths

When it comes to home improvements, there’s a lot of misinformation out there. It can feel overwhelming as a homeowner to decipher what is fact and what is fiction. But like a detective on Law & Order, you need to access the facts and decide whic...
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Failed sale

Top reasons sales fail

A lot of sellers make the mistake of assuming a real estate transaction is a done deal once the buyer has signed the Agreement or Purchase and Sale. Although the majority of deals go through smoothly, as the old saying goes, don’t count your chickens...
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Best home price

Top tips to sell your home for top dollar

When you’re selling your home, who doesn’t want to get top dollar? Even though we’re in a seller’s market, the competition has never been fiercer between sellers trying to outdo each other. The real estate market hasn’t always been this hectic. In a...
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Increase home value

Top ways to increase your home’s value

Should I list my home as it or renovate it to the nines? If you’re thinking of selling your home, you might consider improving your home to get top dollar. In today’s ultra competitive real estate market, it’s a competition among sellers to see who c...
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Pre-Inspections

Using the power of pre-inspection

Contrary to popular belief, home inspections aren’t just for buyers. If you’re selling your home, paying for a home inspection can be a wise investment. In red hot real estate markets like Toronto and Vancouver where bidding wars are the norm, gettin...
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Price points

Using the power of price points

A lot of sellers feel stress and anxiety from the daunting task of determining a listing price. There’s so much at state with your listing price – the listing price can determine whether a home sells or sits on the market for weeks. Your listing pric...
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Real Estate Showing

Ways to prepare for a showing

When you’re selling your home it can feel like you’re living in a hotel – unfortunately, without the benefit of room service. You’ll want to keep your home spick and span and looking its best for potential buyers. If your dishwasher is full of dirty...
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Reduced Home Price

When should you drop the price?

Choosing a list price is one of the toughest decisions faced by home sellers. Your list price will have a big bearing on whether your home sells quickly or sits on the market for weeks. Through competitive market analysis (CMA), your real estate agen...
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