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First Time Buyers  Real Estate 101

When it comes to selling your home, it’s not just square footage, number of bedrooms and a great layout that affects potential homebuyer’s decisions. There are actually 5 little things homebuyers love that could make a big difference in the sale of your home, and the worst part is that most sellers forget to mention them. So just what are these hidden gems? Read on to find out!

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Home Reports
First Time Buyers  Home Buyers  Money Talk

Since we’ve been on the topic of credit scores lately, we thought it would only be fitting to let you know how to improve your credit score to get that mortgage and the home of your dreams! Although there are a few options out there for getting a mortgage with less than stellar credit (see our previous post here) your best bet in the long run is to improve your credit score before applying for a loan. Here are a few tips for anyone who wants to improve their credit, whether you’re deep in the 400’s or trying to take your score from a “Good” to an “Excellent”, here are 5 things anyone can do to boost their chances of landing that loan.

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First Time Buyers  Home Buyers  Money Talk  Real Estate 101

Did you know it’s still possible to be eligible for a home loan with a low credit score? Many people assume that because their score is below 700, they won’t even be considered for a mortgage and therefore give up before even trying. The truth is, there are quite a few options out there to get you into your new home with a credit score as low as 580. Here are a few of the best options we found but remember – repairing your credit score, paying back debts and waiting to buy a home is always your best bet!

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Real Estate  Real Estate 101  Seasonal  Staging

Just because the snow is falling and the wind is howling doesn’t mean the buyers aren’t looking. Selling your home on the Winter market is a whole different ball game than selling in the more popular Spring and Summer months, so if you’re braving the storm, we’ve got 5 ways to sell your home quickly, no matter how frosty it is outside.

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First Time Buyers  Home Buyers  Real Estate 101

House hunting can be daunting and unfamiliar territory for most people, especially those taking their first venture into homeownership. Since we’re here to help you get the home of your dreams, we thought we’d share with you some of the biggest real estate buzz words that will perk up your ears, but not necessarily mean good things ahead. Like any industry, real estate is all about the marketing, and the best tool you can have when braving this uncharted territory is knowledge of the local language – in other words, the “lingo”. Here we’ve found the top 7 buzz words used often to describe less than perfect homes, and now you’ll be able to spot them from a mile away!

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Cleaning  DIY  Home Improvements  Living

You know those people whose houses always look like they’re straight out of a magazine or like they secretly live somewhere else and this is their “entertaining” home? Yeah, we know a couple too but none of us are one of them. That’s why we decided to look up some tips on how to better keep our homes neat and tidy all year round since we are, in fact, in the home business. The tips we found from Trulia and beyond were so helpful, we decided to share them with you as well! So whether you’re home is a spotless show home, a less than tidy frat house or just somewhere in between, we have 6 secrets to help keep it that way, or get it back in shape!

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First Time Buyers  Home Buyers  Real Estate  Real Estate 101

Buying a home can be scary, there’s no doubt about it. But, there are a few common “What If’s” that actually have easy and quick solutions to give you better peace of mind through this nerve wracking transaction. We’ve compiled a list of the top 5 concerns home buyers have and why you shouldn’t worry about any of them. You’ll be on your way to your dream home in no time!

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Real Estate  Real Estate 101  Staging

If you’re like the vast majority of home owners, you’re probably not dreaming of your home sitting stagnant on the market for months or even years without so much as a nibble. That’s why we thought it was important to make a list of factors that determine just how long you’re going to have to wait before getting out of your old home. While there are many other factors that are beyond a sellers control like the state of the economy and market demand, there are also a variety of things a seller can control that can (and will) determine how long your home is on the market. So if you’re looking for a quick sale, you’ve come to the right place!

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Decorations  DIY  Seasonal

With Halloween sneaking up on us this weekend, we thought we would share some of our favourite DIY decorations to make your home just a bit spookier! And whether you’re new to DIY or a seasoned pro, we’ve found something for you. Simply check out our pumpkin rating system below each photo to see if the project is 1 Pumpkin (super easy and kid friendly) or 5 Pumpkins (not for the faint of heart!). Which ever decorations you choose, make sure to have a safe and spooktacular Halloween!

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Home Improvements  Real Estate  Real Estate 101  Renovations

When it comes to buying a fixer-upper, it’s essential to acquire as much information as you can to make the best decision about your future home. While this is an important step in all Real Estate transactions, fixer-uppers bring a whole new set of potential problems and possible hidden costs to the table. So whether you’re just beginning to think about adding fixer-uppers to your list of potential homes, or you’re in the middle of finalizing your sale, this list will provide you with the 9 Key Questions to ask your Realtor, Contractor and yourself before diving in head first.

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