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Top Tips to Keep Your Home Safe

Top Tips to Keep Your Home Safe Regular maintenance and inspections are required to keep your home and family safe. Some things need to be checked on a monthly basis, while others only need to be checked once a year. Here are the top tips to keep your home safe that you should incorporate into your daily routine: Smoke and Fire detectors Choosing the …

The Home Foreclosure Process In Canada and How to Avoid It

What happens if a person is unable to make their mortgage payments? That they have breached their mortgage agreement and are now in default. In this circumstance, what will the lender do? Banks frequently initiate foreclosure proceedings. What Does Foreclosure Mean? Foreclosure is a legal procedure that must be followed. When a borrower defaults on payments, the lender sells or takes possession of the …

Top 5 Features That Increase Your Homes Value

When it’s time to sell, it’s normal for buyers to do their own analysis by looking at similar homes in their neighbourhood on the Multiple Listing Service (MLS) to see how their home compares. There are a lot of considerations that go into pricing a home and deciding its market worth, and not all of them are obvious. If you’re not sure how a …

Home Improvements For The Best ROI

Best Home Improvements If you want to get top dollar for your house when you sell it, you need to know the real market value. This can be accomplished by thorough personal study or by hiring a qualified real estate appraiser or realtor. Putting money into your home will raise its worth, but deciding what to put your money into will mean that the …

Cost Of Living in Calgary Vs Other Canadian Cities

What Is The Cost Of Living In Calgary Statistics Canada’s Consumer Price Index (CPI), or the inflation rate, which measures increases in consumer prices, determines the cost of living in Canada. It is one of the most relevant metrics since it is measured both monthly and annually and is used globally. Many different metrics are used to calculate the CPI, including food, transportation, and …

Mortgages Explained and Made Simple

Are you in the market for a new home and wanting to have mortgages explained a little clearer? Purchasing a house is a large investment. Homebuyers should be aware of the requirements for obtaining a loan. Different prices, amortization dates, and future fines, for example, must all be taken into account. A decent place to start is by talking to a mortgage broker or …

What should sellers look for when hiring a real estate agent?

Using a well-known brand to advertise a product will help improve sales. In the real estate industry, this is particularly so. It’s important to hire a real estate agent from a reliable brokerage, and having an agent with a well-known reputation among investors, sellers, and realtors to advertise your home will help you sell it quickly and for top dollar. What should sellers look …

Life in Kelowna British Columbia

What Is It Like To Live In Kelowna, British Columbia?  Kelowna is the largest city in British Columbia’s Okanagan Valley and the 22nd largest metropolitan area in Canada. Located on the eastern shore of the pristine Okanagan Lake, Kelowna is a popular spot known for its warm summers and comfortable winters.  It’s not just great weather that makes Kelowna one of Canada’s most livable …

Calgary Lifestyles

When you think of CalgaryCalgary, you probably think of Canada’s energy capital. The Calgary Stampede Calgary Stampede and the Rocky Mountains are two of Calgary’s most popular attractions. Calgary is a vibrant city with a high quality of life, nestled in the foothills of the mountains. You can expect a bold and vibrant city with the slogan “be part of the energy.” What makes Calgary …

Bank of Canada and Canadian Real Estate Market Update For March 10, 2021

Bank of Canada continues to hold the prime rate The Bank of Canada held the prime rate once again. This was expected as our economy continues to struggle with the pandemic. The BOC is seeing gains in certain areas of our economy as businesses continue to try and get back to any sense of a normal operation. Manufacturers are beginning to ramp up their …

Make your home more welcoming this winter with interior design

Make your home more welcoming this winter with interior design. This winter, warm up your house! We want our homes to feel light, airy, and open to the outdoors in the summer. However, as the weather gets colder in the winter, it becomes much more enticing to curl up in our homes and build spaces that we want to spend time in. Warm up …

Vancouver Market Outlook February 2021

The Vancouver market outlook has changed considerably over the past year.  In February 2021, 1,000 sales were reported in Vancouver, which is 19 percent higher than the 10-year average (there were only two Februarys that had higher numbers in the last 15 years…2011 and 2016). This was also a 55 percent increase over the previous month and a 64 percent increase over a year …

Planning your home maintenance checklist for the year

It is important to maintain your home on a regular basis. Below is a home maintenance checklist for every season. Homeowners who neglect home maintenance can face costly repairs and harm in the long run. Thousands of dollars may be spent on a roof or plumbing equipment all at once. Homeowners can budget between 1 and 5% of their property’s value for repairs and …

Do I need A Realtor

Here are the top 10 reasons why you should use a Realtor: Many homes sellers and buyers ask themselves do I need a Realtor? Buying or selling a house is a major commitment, financially and emotionally. Although For Sale By Owner (FSBO) can seem cheaper, when you handle the sale on your own, there are many advantages to a realtor that you lose out …

5 Top Alternatives to Zillow and Trulia

Expand your search for a new home using these alternatives to Zillow and Trulia.   Zillow Group Inc as a company was founded in 2006 as a prominent online real estate portal. Zillow acts as a search engine for real estate that lists more than 110 million homes in the United States and Canada. Together with comparables and competing homes for each of the ...

A Bumpy Road To Recovery In The Calgary Housing Market

Calgary housing market prices hold, but sales fall The Calgary housing market and residential home sales declined in February, but a decline in new listings helped keep prices steady this month.  Read more here on the Calgary housing markets Road To Recovery Sales totalled 1.094 units in February, 18 percent below last year’s activity. Easing sales occurred across all property types this month, which outpaced …

New Canadian mortgage regulations and what that means for Canadian home buyers

New Canadian mortgage regulations and what that means for home buyers? Canadian home buyers have faced many new rules in the last year. The Office of Superintendents of Financial Institutions has implemented more rules which take effect January 1st 2018. We won’t go into all the details here, but lets review the Cole’s Notes version. All conventional and insured mortgages must be qualified at …

Mortgage Insurance vs Life Insurance which one is for you?

Mortgage Insurance vs Life Insurance A personal approach to insuring your mortgage Mortgage financing is probably one of the largest financial commitments you will make in your life.  Today we will learn how to protect your investment and determine which is better Mortgage Insurance vs Life Insurance.  Safeguarding that commitment for loved ones in the case of a tragic event means having the right ...

Life In Red Deer Alberta

Red Deer, Alberta Red Deer is located in Central Alberta, Canada, at the halfway point between Calgary and Edmonton. It is Alberta’s third most populated city, following Calgary and Edmonton. Red Deer truly offers it all, being close to Rocky Mountains, rivers and a bustling city to explore. Red Deer sits in Aspen parkland, which is a large transitional biome between prairie and boreal …

What it’s like living in Calgary Alberta. Real estate prices, demographics, economy, schools, culture…

What it’s like living in Calgary Alberta, everything you will want to know from real estate prices, demographics, economy, schools culture and much more Living in Calgary Alberta is really great according to most people we interviewed.  Surrounded by the Bow River, Elbow River, The Rocky Mountains and prairie, Calgary is a picturesque Canadian city in the province of Alberta. While Calgary has lots …

What it’s like to live in Edmonton Alberta

What it’s like to live in the provinces capital city Edmonton Alberta What it’s like to live in Edmonton Alberta?  Located on the North Saskatchewan River, Edmonton is the capital of Alberta. It is the center of the Edmonton Capital Region, encased by Alberta’s central region. Here you will find the largest stretch of continuous urban parkland in all of North America, as well …

Life in Victoria British Columbia

What is life like in Victoria, British Columbia? Life in Victoria British Columbia is incredible no mater how you look at it.  Located on the southern side of Vancouver Island, Victoria is the capital of British Columbia. Home to a wonderfully mild climate, plenty of parks, mountain trails, exciting attractions and outdoor activities, Victoria is popular for good reason. Architecturally speaking, it’s a feast …

6 Most Common Rental Scams In Canada And How Avoid Them

Here’s what to do when finding a rental apartment goes from frustrating to criminal. There’s doubting it: Finding an apartment in a major Canadian City can be stressful, to say the least. The search, the competition, the money upfront … they are all reasons most of us try to move as little as possible. (The additional expense and frustrations of moving all of your belongings also play a role.) However, …

What Is It Like To Live In Vancouver BC? Everything you need to know.

What Is It Like To Live In Vancouver BC What Is It Like To Live In Vancouver BC?  Here’s everything you want to know about the beautiful seaport city, including history, demographics, local economy, average home prices in the area and more. Located on the mainland of British Columbia, Vancouver has a healthy real estate market thanks to the diverse local economy and the …