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Beware of bargain hunting

When shopping for anything — clothes, CD players, even homes — it’s natural to look for a bargain. We all want to pay the lowest price possible. However, this attitude can get in the way of finding, and getting, the home we want. In fact, many people miss great opportunities because their price expectations are…

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Looking for the perfect home? Create 2 lists

There is probably a long list of things you need and things you want in your next home. But putting them all on a single list would be a mistake. Why? Because buyers who separate what they need from what they want are much more likely to find a home that meets all their requirements.…

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Home selling advice from Hoteliers

When a hotel wants to make a room look inviting, they start with the bathroom. They clean it until it sparkles. They place fresh towels everywhere. They make sure the soap bars and shampoos are new. Some hotels even fold the end of the toilet paper into a nice neat triangle! Why all the fuss? Hoteliers know that if a customer is impressed with…

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Setting aside your emotions when showing your home

Let’s face it. Most of us have strong emotional connections to our homes. It’s where our kids grew up. It’s where we spent time with friends and family. It’s where we wentto relax and unwind. So it can be difficult to let go of those emotions when you put your house or condo up for sale. But it’s important that…

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Traffic Matters

Like taxes, traffic is a fact of life. So, when shopping for a new home, consider how the road situation will affect your commute to work, access to shopping and attractions, and the ability to conveniently reach places you need to go. After all, it’s difficult to enjoy your new home if you’re constantly sitting in traffic! Ask your REALTOR® about known congested streets and intersections,…

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Think of the Kids. Even if you don’t have any!

As an adult, you might be interested in a neighborhood that is easy driving distance from a golf course, close to shopping and fine dining restaurants, or has nearby trails suitable for walking and jogging. But kids are different. To them, their entire world exists on those few streets in and around their home. So if you have children, you’ll want…

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When is the best time to sell your home?

If you’ve been thinking about selling your home, you might be waiting until the “market is right”. After all, if the local market suddenly booms, your property will likely sell for a higher price. That may be true. However, there are other factors to consider in your decision to list. For example, will you be buying a new home as well? If…

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How Much Would Your Home Sell For Today?

If you are planning to sell your home soon, you will want to know how much it will sell for on today’s market. Even if selling is the furthest thing from your mind, you may be curious to know how much your property is worth. How do you find that out? A good REALTOR® will look at a variety of characteristics to…

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Selecting a Reputable Renovator

Have you seen the television show where the host – an experienced contractor – comes to a home to fix a bad renovation? Episodes typically feature leaking bathroom showers, fallen decks, creaky flooring, and other examples of shoddy workmanship. For the homeowners, it’s a nightmare. That’s why it’s so important to select a reputable renovator – one who has…

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How to buy a home

Start by defining your needs… Once you have an accurate picture of your financial capacity and have established your budget, the next step is to define your needs. This exercise will allow you to reflect on your priorities, which will help you in your search and will guide your real estate brokerage representative. There are…

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