Move-up vs. second home: the pandemic has changed the way many of us live, work, and attend school—and those changes have impacted our priorities when it comes to choosing a home.

According to a recent survey by The Harris Poll, 75% of respondents who have begun working remotely would like to continue doing so—and 66% would consider moving if they no longer had to commute as often. Some of the top reasons were to gain a dedicated office space (31%), a larger home (30%), and more rooms...

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The interest rate on Canada’s most popular mortgage, the five-year fixed rate, has fallen to its lowest level in history – but what does that mean for homeowners and buyers?

In early June, HSBC made headlines when it began offering Canadians a five-year fixed-rate mortgage below 2%. Multiple brokers followed suit, and some are now advertising even lower rates.1 And while many Canadians have rushed to take advantage of this unprecedented opportunity, others question the hype. Are today...

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These days, it seems like everyone’s looking for ways to cut costs and stretch their household budget. Fortunately, there are some simple steps you can take to reduce your household expenses without making radical changes to your standard of living. When combined, these small adjustments can add up to significant savings each month.

Here are 20 things you can start doing today to lower your bills, secure better deals, and begin working toward your financial goals.

  1. Refinance Your Mortgage –...
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So, you signed and accepted a Purchase Contract and you’re off to celebrate! Not so fast, my friend – your sale isn’t final until the last condition is waived. Here are six reasons why real estate sales fall apart:

#1 Mortgage Approval Problems

Even buyers who take the time to get pre-approved can be declined for a mortgage. Some “pre-approvals” are just loosely calculated pre-qualifications. The lender hasn’t verified the buyer’s income or confirmed that...

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Whether you’re a first timer or an experienced homeowner, a home buyer checklist can help you get organized. Get ready so that when you find “the one”, you’re ready to make an offer!

  1. Prepare a budget. Get a clear picture of your family’s finances before you hire an agent or apply for a mortgage. List all your monthly fixed expenses, such as car payments, current rent or mortgage, utilities, school tuition, and loan payments. Add categories for other expenses such as food...
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You want to sell your home in the shortest possible time for the highest possible price, right? Of course that is every seller’s goal – and it’s your Realtor’s goal as well! to help out, I’ve compiled these 8 easy ways for you to prepare your home for sale.

  1. Follow the 50% rule. Prepare your home for a quick sale by looking at every flat surface in your house and taking at least 50% of the items away. This goes for kitchen and bathroom counters, desktops, bookshelves and...
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When home buyers drive your neighborhood or when Realtors are previewing for their clients, what do they see? Here are 8 curb appeal tips for creating a first impression that makes them want to see more.

Take a walk around your property right now—front to back. Pretend you’re a prospective buyer. Do you like what you see?

  1. Start at the door. Get out your paintbrush and spruce up the front door. A bright color will attract attention from the street, if that fits with your overall exterior....
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Most new homeowners have something about their property that they want to change. And as family needs and design trends shift over time, many will eventually choose to remodel. Some homeowners make updates to their property before listing it to maximize their potential sales revenue.

Whatever your reasons are for taking on a home improvement project, it’s wise to consider how the money you invest will impact your home’s value.

We’ve taken a look at six popular home renovations and...

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We all want to be good neighbors. But when it comes to selling your home, it’s not just about “keeping up with the Joneses.” It’s about outshining them at every opportunity!

If you’re looking to sell your home fast and for the most money possible, you’ll need a strategy to set it apart from all the other listings competing for buyers in your area. That’s why we’ve outlined our proven, five-step plan for serious sellers.

Use these five tactics to help...

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Thanks to Marie Kondo and her hit Netflix series “Tidying Up,” home organization is a hot topic right now. Marie encourages her viewers to minimize their possessions and keep only those items that “spark joy.”

With spring in full bloom, now is the perfect time to do some spring cleaning and add organizational systems to your own home. Not only will you clear out clutter, your efforts can actually increase the value of your home.

Ready to give it a try? Here are six home or...

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