Are You Covered? A Homeowner’s Insurance Guide

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No one likes to think about disasters. Severe weather, fire, theft—or even a seemingly small issue like a broken pipe—can wreak havoc on your home and result in thousands of dollars in damages. Fortunately, a good homeowners insurance policy can offer you peace of mind that you and your family will be financially protected if disaster strikes. A homeowners insurance …

Renters for a Weekend or a While: What’s the Best Use of Your Investment Property?

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The residential rental market is now the fastest-growing segment of the housing market. In the United States, the demand for single-family rentals, defined as either detached homes or townhouses, has risen 30 percent in the past three years.1 And in Canada, rental units now account for nearly one-third of the country’s homes, with particular demand for multi-family units, including apartments …

How to Avoid the Top 8 Home Inspection Mistakes

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It’s easy to get swept up in the excitement of buying a home. Once you’ve had an offer accepted on your dream house, you’ll probably be anxious to move in. However, before you make a significant financial commitment, it’s best to know exactly what you’re buying. When you hire a home inspector, you get a professional, in-depth examination of the …

How Senior Citizens Will Shape the Future of the Housing Market

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Although millennial homebuyers are making up an increasingly large percentage of the buying population in real estate, senior citizens’ housing preferences will continue to determine the nature of the future housing market. This is according to the 2018 State of the Nation’s Housing report from the Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies. Historically, younger homebuyers’ housing preferences would be playing …

Does Homeownership Benefit You?

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Homeownership and its pros and cons have been a topic of discussion for many years, there are tons of articles and posts going over and dissecting the advantages and the disadvantages of owning a home mostly focusing on the financial aspect of its benefit or lack off.  But aside from the financial point of homeownership, there are other aspects of …

Real Estate Relocation Guide: 7 Steps to a Seamless Move

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Whatever your reasons are for relocating to a new area, the process can feel overwhelming. Whether you’re moving across town or across the country, you’ll be changing more than your address. Besides a new house, you may also be searching for new jobs, schools, doctors, restaurants, stores, service providers and more. Of course you’ll need to pack, make moving arrangements, …

10 Staging Secrets From the Pros for a Quick Home Sale at Top Dollar

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According to the National Association of Realtors, staging a home prior to listing it can result in a faster and more profitable sale.1 In fact, the Real Estate Staging Association estimates that professionally staged properties spend 73 percent less time on the market, receive more foot traffic, and typically sell for more money.2 Following are 10 tips you can use …

CONSIDERING TO PROTEST YOUR PROPERTY TAXES? WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

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It is April-May again and as a property owner, I dread opening my property tax notice. While these property tax estimates seem to be creeping up—or sometimes drastically jumping up—for many property owners, they trigger the yearly dilemma of “To Protest or Not Protest”.  As much as we all love our home values to appreciate, nobody likes to pay property …

HOUSE CARE CALENDAR: A Seasonal Guide to Maintaining Your Home

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From summer vacations to winter holidays, it seems each season offers the perfect excuse to put off our to-do list. But be careful, homeowners: neglecting your home’s maintenance could put your personal safety—and one of your largest financial investments—at serious risk. In no time at all, small problems can lead to extensive and expensive repairs. And even if you avoid …

The Home Buyer’s Guide To Getting Mortgage

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Don’t wait until you’re ready to move to start preparing financially to buy a home. If you’re like the vast majority of home buyers, you will choose to finance your purchase with a mortgage loan. By preparing in advance, you can avoid the common delays and roadblocks many buyers face when applying for a mortgage. The requirements to secure a mortgage …