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Light Your Way to a Faster Sale


Remember the last time you visited an upscale furniture showroom? The furniture and fixtures on display probably looked great. The colours and textures jumped out at you. It was a feast for the eyes!

 

There is a good reason for this: lighting.

The importance of reading and understanding an offer


When you make or receive an offer to buy a property, it's important that you read and understand every clause. It is especially important to understand any conditions or any changes that are made to the standard offer.

 

Taking the "scary" out of real estate


Even homeowners who have moved a few times can be intimidated by the real estate market in general, and the buying and selling process in particular.

 

First of all, making a decision to sell your home can be difficult. There are so many questions, such as:

Making Your Kitchen More Attractive to Buyers


What's one of the most important rooms in your home? When it comes to selling your property quickly, and for the best price, the answer is clearly the kitchen. In fact, one of the most common explanations a particular buyer gives for not making an offer is, "I liked the house, but I wasn't too keen on the kitchen."

Take a Walk on the Boardwalk (or Sidewalk)


 If you've played the game Monopoly then you've probably picked up the Chance card that reads, "Take a walk on the Boardwalk. If you pass Go..."

How to budget for closing costs

If you're shopping for a new home, you're probably aware that there will be
some costs over and above the purchase price. It makes sense to budget
for these costs so you're not surprised – and unprepared – when you get
the bill.

Most of these costs fall into a category that the real estate industry calls
"closing costs." The most common types include land transfer tax, lawyer’s
fees and disbursements, sales taxes, and for newly-built homes, utility hookups.

What to take with you when home shopping

You will want to make the process of shopping for a home as productive
and enjoyable as possible. After all, you'll be on a quest to find your next
dream home. That's why it's important to take the right things with you:

• A digital camera, so you can take pictures of the features you like in
the properties you see.

• A notepad, so you can take notes.

• Measurements of your largest pieces of furniture, so you can confirm
they'll fit in the rooms of properties you like.

Home safety is more than locked doors and alarms

When it comes to home security, most homeowners think about door locks
and alarms. These are, of course, very important. However, there is also a
lot you can do around your property to prevent the possibility of a break-in.
One important part of home security is outdoor lighting. Your home doesn't
need to be lit up like a baseball diamond at night, but your exterior lighting
should illuminate your yard enough to be a deterrent to burglars.

Some burglars hide around the property and wait for someone to arrive and

Recognizing potential major expenses in a new home

When you see a new home you like on the market, it's easy to get distracted
by all the features you love – the wrap-around backyard deck or the
spacious rec room with plenty of space for entertaining. You just need to
make sure that in all that excitement you don’t overlook any expensive
maintenance issues that could be just around the corner.

Nothing lasts forever. The major components of every home – from the
furnace to the roof shingles – need to be replaced eventually. Knowing

How to Discourage Buyers from Buying Your Home!

If you're listing your home for sale, then of course you’ll want to make
the best impression possible on potential home buyers. But, just to
have a little fun, say you don't want to sell your property. What could
you do to discourage those who view your home?

Well, you could have your pets in the home during viewings. That will
certainly make it uncomfortable for some buyers – especially those
with pet allergies.

You could also leave personal items around, such as family pictures

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