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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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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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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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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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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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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When you entrust the sale of your home to a real estate brokerage, you will be required to sign a listing contract. The listing contract establishes a professional relationship between you and your brokerage for a given period of time. It details the obligation of the brokerage and the seller. It is officially called the…

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One of the most prominent features of any home is the windows. When they are well maintained they have a positive impact on the impression people (such as potential buyers) will have of your property. The opposite occurs, of course, when your windows look old and worn. So does that mean you should replace your windows? That depends on a number of factors. Window replacement can be an…

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