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Category: Home Ownership (28 posts)

Home Inspections, How They Can Benefit Home Buyers and Sellers

Home Inspections, How They Can Benefit Home Buyers and Sellers

July 15, 2020 | Posted by: Karen Boyne

Owning a home is one of the most valuable investments you can make. While good living spaces should be as comfortable as possible, with time they should also be able to increase their ROI. That's why ...

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How Many Homes Should You Tour Before Buying?

How Many Homes Should You Tour Before Buying?

October 23, 2019 | Posted by: Karen Boyne

If you are beginning the home-buying process, you may begin to wonder how long it will take until you find the perfect home for you and your family. The answer to that varies due to different factor ...

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When is the Best Time of Year to Buy a Home?

When is the Best Time of Year to Buy a Home?

October 9, 2019 | Posted by: Karen Boyne

Spring may be the most popular time of the year to buy a new home, but is it the best time of year to go home shopping? While the best time to browse real estate is when you need a new home, there are ...

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Exploring the Pros and Cons of Purchasing a Condo

Exploring the Pros and Cons of Purchasing a Condo

August 28, 2019 | Posted by: Karen Boyne

When you decide to take your first step on the property ladder, you will have plenty of property-types to choose from. Many buyers prefer to buy an existing single-family home, some want to buy a plot ...

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10 Benefits of Buying a Newly Constructed House

10 Benefits of Buying a Newly Constructed House

August 14, 2019 | Posted by: Karen Boyne

There are two options available when seeking a new home for your family. You can purchase a resale (meaning an older home that has already been lived in) or a new construction. While each choice pro ...

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7 Reasons to Start House-Hunting in the Winter

7 Reasons to Start House-Hunting in the Winter

February 13, 2019 | Posted by: Karen Boyne

In most parts of the country, spring and summer are the peak periods for the property market. If you're planning to buy a home, it's traditional to start looking for property in April or May, with the ...

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Buying Your First Home: When Are You REALLY Ready?

Buying Your First Home: When Are You REALLY Ready?

January 9, 2019 | Posted by: Karen Boyne

Purchasing your first home is the dream of a lifetime and a massive investment toward your future. The process is full of hopes and aspirations but is also a huge commitment to take on. For those who ...

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Real Estate: Four Features of Profitable Rental Property

Real Estate: Four Features of Profitable Rental Property

October 24, 2018 | Posted by: Karen Boyne

Investing in real estate can be a frightening task for a first-time buyer. While the rewards can be huge, there are also a number of risks that you will need to consider. However, if you know what to ...

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5 Reasons Why Your Home Isn't Selling

5 Reasons Why Your Home Isn't Selling

August 22, 2018 | Posted by: Karen Boyne

You've put your house on the market, and you're ready to start spending all the money you know you'll make from the sale. There's only one problem. Your house isn't selling. After trying to figure ...

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6 Home Renovations That Will Increase Your Home's Value

6 Home Renovations That Will Increase Your Home's Value

June 27, 2018 | Posted by: Karen Boyne

Home renovations can be an expensive and time-consuming commitment, and whether you plan on staying put for the long haul or flipping the house right away, it's worth knowing which renovation projects ...

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Things to Consider Before Moving Into an Over-55 Community

Things to Consider Before Moving Into an Over-55 Community

June 13, 2018 | Posted by: Karen Boyne

Many people, as they approach retirement age and the kids are gone, begin thinking about downsizing. One of the more popular choices for reduction is moving to one of the over-55 communities that ar ...

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Five Things to Consider Before Flipping a House

Five Things to Consider Before Flipping a House

March 28, 2018 | Posted by: Karen Boyne

House flipping can be a tempting way to make fast money, but not every fixer-upper has the potential to be profitable. Here's five things to consider before buying a property to flip. 1. Time Tele ...

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Thinking of Buying a Home? Ask Yourself These Questions First

Thinking of Buying a Home? Ask Yourself These Questions First

March 14, 2018 | Posted by: Karen Boyne

Many people simply assume that buying a home is always better than renting, but that is not always the case. Owning a home makes sense in certain circumstances, just as renting is a smart move in othe ...

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The Advantages and Disadvantages of Buying a New Home vs an Existing Home

The Advantages and Disadvantages of Buying a New Home vs an Existing Home

January 10, 2018 | Posted by: Karen Boyne

If you're planning on investing in real estate, then you're going to have two main options: to buy an existing home or buy a new home. An existing home is a house that has been lived in before, wherea ...

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Three Simple Updates to Help Sell Your Home Fast

Three Simple Updates to Help Sell Your Home Fast

May 24, 2017 | Posted by: Karen Boyne

If you're getting ready to sell your home, you may be wondering what you can do to help it sell quickly. How can you make your home more appealing without investing a lot of time or money? The answer ...

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Getting Your Whole Family on Board When Selling Your Home

Getting Your Whole Family on Board When Selling Your Home

April 26, 2017 | Posted by: Karen Boyne

If you are selling your home, this can be a challenge when you are in charge of getting your family on board as well. Selling a home with kids has its own challenges, but it isn't impossible. Here are ...

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Going Away for the Holidays? Protect Your Home against Burglars!

Going Away for the Holidays? Protect Your Home against Burglars!

December 14, 2016 | Posted by: Karen Boyne

Burglars look for opportune moments to enter homes in search of valuables, and they don't take breaks for the holidays. In fact, many burglaries take place during the holidays, especially when people ...

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Curb Appeal on a Budget

Curb Appeal on a Budget

November 9, 2016 | Posted by: Karen Boyne

If you're like most people looking to sell your home quickly, you already know the importance of curb appeal. While more and more homebuyers are looking online for homes for sale, a majority still do ...

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5 Simple Ways to Get Your Home Ready to Sell

5 Simple Ways to Get Your Home Ready to Sell

August 24, 2016 | Posted by: Karen Boyne

If you are working up to selling your home, there are a few quick updates that you can do to get it in better shape for the market. Minimal time upfront getting your property ready to sell can make al ...

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Why is Saving Money so Hard?

Why is Saving Money so Hard?

June 8, 2016 | Posted by: Karen Boyne

Saving money is a lot like dieting -- easy to understand but difficult to execute and follow through. Intellectually, you know that having that extra piece of pie or second helping of French fries is ...

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Before You Hire a Realtor Ask These 5 Questions

Before You Hire a Realtor Ask These 5 Questions

May 25, 2016 | Posted by: Karen Boyne

Selling a home is a big decision. An equally big decision is choosing a Realtor. On a basic level, your Realtor is responsible for finding the best buyer for your home at the price you're asking. Howe ...

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Thinking of Buying a Home? Ask Yourself These Questions

Thinking of Buying a Home? Ask Yourself These Questions

April 27, 2016 | Posted by: Karen Boyne

Many people simply assume that buying a home is always better than renting, but that is not always the case. Owning a home makes sense in certain circumstances, just as renting is a smart move in othe ...

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Location, Condition, Price: The Top Three Features Of A Good Rental House

Location, Condition, Price: The Top Three Features Of A Good Rental House

March 23, 2016 | Posted by: Karen Boyne

When you are shopping for an investment property you should make some of the same assessment criteria important that you would use if you were buying the property for yourself. A nice home in a good l ...

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Five Sure Signs it's Time To Downsize

Five Sure Signs it's Time To Downsize

December 22, 2015 | Posted by: Karen Boyne

As you grow older, your needs will start to change.  One of the main things that you may want to consider altering is your accommodation or property.  But how do you know when it is time to ...

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Buying a New Home Instead of an Existing Home? Things to Consider...

Buying a New Home Instead of an Existing Home? Things to Consider...

November 24, 2015 | Posted by: Karen Boyne

If you're planning on investing in real estate, then you're going to have two main options: to buy an existing home or buy a new home. An existing home is a house that has been lived in before, wherea ...

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Holding an Open House - Can These Tempting Tips Boost Your Chances of a Sale?

Holding an Open House - Can These Tempting Tips Boost Your Chances of a Sale?

September 23, 2015 | Posted by: Karen Boyne

Is your home currently on the market? Are you hoping for a quick sale and want to stack the odds in your favour? One powerful option to consider is to maximize the potential of the open house showings ...

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Ten Cheap Home Upgrades That Pay Off

Ten Cheap Home Upgrades That Pay Off

August 12, 2015 | Posted by: Karen Boyne

If you're thinking of renovating your home, you're in good company. According to Toronto-based real estate consultants Altus Group, Canadians spent a record $67.8 billion in home renovation in 2014 - ...

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4 Ways To Make Your Backyard A Summer Haven

4 Ways To Make Your Backyard A Summer Haven

June 29, 2015 | Posted by: Karen Boyne

Enjoying your backyard in the summer months is a treat if you have been cooped up indoors during the cold and wet months. Here are four ways you can spruce up your yard and make it a summer haven. 1. ...

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