6 Reasons Why Real Estate Sales Fall Apart

6 Reasons Why Real Estate Sales Fall Apart

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...

Home Buyer Checklist: 6 Ways To Be Prepared

Home Buyer Checklist: 6 Ways To Be Prepared

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! Prepare a budget. Get a clear picture of your family’s finances before you hire an...

What’s Ahead for Real Estate in 2019?

What’s Ahead for Real Estate in 2019?

  As we begin another year, everyone wants to know: “Where is the housing market headed in 2019?” The Canadian real estate market experienced a cooldown in 2018 following years of rapid growth. This left many homeowners and potential buyers feeling skittish....

Are You Covered? A Homeowner’s Insurance Guide

Are You Covered? A Homeowner’s Insurance Guide

  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...

How to Avoid the Top 8 Home Inspection Mistakes

How to Avoid the Top 8 Home Inspection Mistakes

  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...

Home Design Trends to Watch in 2018

Home Design Trends to Watch in 2018

  We frequently get questions from clients who are taking on decorating and remodeling projects and want to ensure their dollars are invested wisely. Which looks will last for years to come, and which ones will feel dated quickly? What colors and styles are most...

20 Home Gadget Gift Ideas to Fit Any Budget

20 Home Gadget Gift Ideas to Fit Any Budget

Looking for the perfect present for a loved one this holiday season? We’ve rounded up 20 of our favorite gift ideas. And since we work in real estate, we focused on items that add enjoyment, comfort and, in some cases, major value to your home. From music lovers to...

Why Real Estate Investing Makes (Dollars and) Sense

Why Real Estate Investing Makes (Dollars and) Sense

INTRODUCTION Turn on the television or scroll through Facebook, and chances are you’ll see at least one advertisement for a group or “guru” who promises to teach you how to “get rich quick” through real estate investing. The truth is, much of what they’re selling are...

Real Home Value Calculator: Assessed Value vs Market Value

Real Home Value Calculator: Assessed Value vs Market Value

Understanding a home’s true market value is about more than pictures, software assessments and price-per-square-foot. Whether you’re a current homeowner thinking of selling or are house-hunting, it’s crucial you understand what factors affect home valuation. By...

What’s Your Home Buying Power?

What’s Your Home Buying Power?

If you’re in the market for a new home or investment property, one of the first questions you’ll probably ask is, “What can we afford?” Many buyers become so caught up in how much they can afford that they don’t realize their total buying power—that is, the total...

Top 5 Home Design Trends of 2017

Top 5 Home Design Trends of 2017

The current trends are all about utilizing rich color, maximizing texture and creating comfortable interiors you can’t wait to relax in. Use these trends to get inspired to makeover your home’s interiors and create spaces you love that also appeal to your personal...

Increase Your Home’s Value Up to 28% with These 5 Tips

Increase Your Home’s Value Up to 28% with These 5 Tips

Great curb appeal not only makes your home the star of the neighbourhood, it can also improve its value and help you sell it for more. Whether you’re thinking of listing your home or just want to make your home the envy of your neighbours, here are several ways to...

The Compound Effect: Building Your Household’s Wealth

The Compound Effect: Building Your Household’s Wealth

Wealth is within reach for many people; however, according to a recent study, 63 percent of Americans said it’s not likely they’ll become rich.1 While younger people are more likely to say they’ll achieve wealth one day, only 34 percent of people aged 30 to 49 and 21...

5 Reasons to Sell Before the Selling Season Picks Up

5 Reasons to Sell Before the Selling Season Picks Up

A common thought in real estate is never list your home in the winter off-season. Perpetuated by industry experts, agents and repeat sellers alike, this saying encourages many would-be sellers to wait until the spring peak to list their homes. However, studies show...

8 Scams to Watch Out For This Holiday Season

8 Scams to Watch Out For This Holiday Season

The holidays are a happy time for celebrating with family, friends, and co-workers. Unfortunately, this time of year can also be turned sour by a wide variety of clever frauds, unauthorized debit and credit card transactions, and bogus person-to-person scams. By the...

Top 12 Tips for a Safer Holiday Home

Top 12 Tips for a Safer Holiday Home

Our world is full of risk at every turn—from perilous jobs to dangerous driving conditions. That’s why we all love to get back to our homes and not worry about everyday safety hazards. It’s great to feel comfortable and safe at home, but is it as safe as it can be?...

The Home Equity Playbook

The Home Equity Playbook

What is Home Equity? Home equity seems to be a very simple calculation — the total amount of mortgages owed subtracted from the current market value of a home. Here is a simple example: Current Home Market Value                  $325,000 Existing Mortgage            ...

8 Smart Home Technology Trends that Can Save You Money

8 Smart Home Technology Trends that Can Save You Money

The ‘smart home’ is the new ‘internet of things’, or objects that can serve you better by communicating with each other or directly with you through apps on your smart phone. In the ideal version of the wired future, all of our appliances and gadgets talk to each...

Should You Buy a New or Existing Home?

Should You Buy a New or Existing Home?

Maybe your dream home has the intricate details that you usually find only in older construction - wainscoting and crown molding in the interior, the front porch with a swing, an older tree shading the back yard, and the white picket fence. Or maybe your dream home...

Reno or Rent Out? Real Estate Investment Tips for Beginners

Reno or Rent Out? Real Estate Investment Tips for Beginners

Despite somewhat grim predictions for the greater Canadian housing market, economic fundamentals in Lethbridge remain strong. The city enjoys low (4%) unemployment. Housing demand shows a year-over-year increase, with both the number of properties sold (14.9%) and...

How to Amp Up The Resale Value of Your Home

How to Amp Up The Resale Value of Your Home

  Whether you're putting your home on the market this year or in the next five years, it is a smart decision to start building your home's resale value now. Here are some ways to create a comfortable home while making it easier to put more money into your bank...

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