Category Archives: Buy/Sell Tips

What You Can Do to Help Drive the Sale of Your Home

There is much that is dependent on the sale of a home. The economy and the time of year are important factors. Luck can often have a major role when you ask yourself why your neighbor’s home, almost identical to your own, sold in just a few days while your’s has been sitting idle for […]

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Reasons your home isn’t selling…

There is a pretty short list of reasons that most slow-to-sell homes lag on the market. You’ve probably heard at least a couple of them before, maybe even from your real estate agent. But sometimes hearing things a few times, from different people and at the right moment in time can cause the shift in […]

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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 […]

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Questions to ask before hiring a property inspector

Hiring the right home inspector is important. After all, you want the inspection to leave no stone unturned when determining the condition of the house you are considering purchasing. Unfortunately, the professionalism and range of services vary widely in the home inspection industry. So it pays to ask the right questions before you choose. Here […]

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Ten Ways to Get the Best of Winter When Selling Your Home

If your home will be for sale this winter, it is important to master certain seasonal issues that are less significant or even non-existent at other times of the year. Here are 10 bits of sage advice from RE/MAX agents that can help put a “Sold” sticker on that yard sign. Let Those Lights Shine: […]

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Realtors Help “Smooth” The Buying Process

Finding the right home, getting a fair price, calculating mortgage rates, figuring out closing costs – all of these factors make buying a home an often complicated and overwhelming process. However, a REALTOR can guide you through the home buying process and transform this confusing experience into one of the most exciting times of your […]

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No Time Like The Present

If you are tired of renting and have always wanted a home of your own, now is an excellent time to take the home ownership plunge. Attractive mortgage interest rates, government incentive programs and an excellent supply of homes for sale are making the dream of home ownership possible for more would-be buyers. Consider Using […]

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Moving Up in the Housing Market

Has the prospect of moving into a bigger and better home been in your plans from the day you first bought your ‘starter’ home? Well, now may be just the right time to make it happen. You may be surprised to learn that the cost of moving up is within your means. The equity you […]

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Things To Consider as a First Time Homebuyer

Are you among the thousands of people in the Fraser Valley who pay rent each month, knowing full well that you will never see that money again? For many, this need not be the case. Instead, why not take that money and build it into an investment that can last a lifetime? Right now there […]

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Title Insurance

We recommend that you purchase title insurance. Title insurance covers some risks inherant in real estate transactions, such as: Liens, encumbrances, or defects in the title to a property Tax arrears Defects that would have been revealed by an accurate, up-to-date survey Forced removal of an existing structure, other than a boundary wall or fence […]

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Buying A Home Is A Sound Investment In Your Future

Why use your hard-earned cash to pay the landlord’s mortgage when you could be using the rent money to buy a home of your own? That’s a question many people ask themselves when they start thinking about moving out of the rental market to home ownership. It’s a big step. For most people, taking out […]

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Buying New vs. Used

Are you in the market for a home? If so, do you see yourself in a cozy character home with ornate fireplaces, or does the image of a brand new home with today’s state-of-the-art technology appeal? Either way, you will find that the rewards of buying your own home are many. The security, comfort and […]

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Your Needs And Wants

The current combination of attractive mortgage rates, home buying incentive programs and a wide selection of homes from which to choose means now is a great time to consider buying that first home or moving to something that better serves your needs. Location, Location, Location Location is one of the most important factors in making […]

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Closing Costs: 10 Items To Consider

Property Transfer Tax: This tax is payable on the purchase of all real property in BC. The calculation is based on 1% of the purchase price up to $200,000 and 2% of any amount above $200,000. Most first time buyers are exempt from this if they meet certain criteria. The main criteria are; a) borrower […]

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Checklist For House Hunting

If you are thinking of buying a home in the near future, a REALTOR can provide invaluable help in finding the right home in the right price range in the area you want to live. Through access to the Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) a REALTOR can give you a customized list of homes for sale […]

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Arranging A Mortgage

Now is a great time to consider buying a home. Interest rates are very attractive and there is a wide choice of homes available to suit just about any budget. Still, it’s most likely you will have to deal with financing and this will mean taking on a mortgage. Sorting through the numerous mortgage options […]

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What A Listing Entails

Are you thinking of selling your home? If so, you will need professional help to ensure your home gets maximum exposure and is properly marketed. You will want to enlist the services of a REALTOR to make sure you achieve your goal. The listing is the beginning of a selling process that includes a well-thought-out […]

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Does It Make Sense To Use A Realtor?

If you have been thinking about selling your home, perhaps you have been toying with the idea of trying to sell it yourself to save paying a commission to a REALTOR. However, when you consider the amount of time needed to market your home along with the costs of advertising and other incidentals, you may […]

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Subtle Ailments Can Turn Away Prospective Buyers

Things like unkempt yards and ugly wallpaper are obvious turnoffs, but there are other things that can jinx a sale. Before hammering a For Sale sign into the front lawn, most sellers rectify major deterrents including faded paint, broken windows and messy yards. Unfortunately, real estate agents say many miss a handful of less obvious […]

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Selling Your Home – Doing It Yourself!!

Your home has been cleaned, freshly painted and you are ready to put it on the market. Could you sell it by yourself? No doubt you could, but when you consider all aspects of the selling process, chances are you will choose to use the services of a REALTOR – a licensed, trained professional who […]

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Reviewing An Offer To Purchase

If you have ever sold a home before, you know there is a lot more to an offer to purchase than merely the price the buyer is willing to pay. Other important factors that must be weighed carefully include a suitable closing date, financing, conditions and items which are to be included in the sale. […]

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Preparing Your Home For Sale

When your home is for sale, it’s often more than just the purchase price and location that will make or break a deal. Making your home look its very best and presenting it as a desirable place to live are also very important. Work with your REALTOR Your REALTOR can give you an objective opinion […]

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Making Your Home Attractive To Buyers

Are you thinking of selling your home? If you’re one of the many homeowners who choose this time of year to move – whether you’re trading up or down, or simply relocating -you’re probably starting to prepare your home for the sale. Before you become overwhelmed by the task, it’s a good idea to sit […]

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LOW COST Exterior Improvements

Exterior Improvements – Minimal or No Cost Rake leaves, mow lawn and keep edges neat. Lawns and flowers should be weeded regularly. Trees and shrubs should be pruned and trimmed. Remove old lawn mowers, tractors, disabled autos, broken lawn ornaments, topless tables, armless lawn furniture and seatless chairs. They are reasons for a buyer to […]

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Documents You’ll See When Selling Your Home

WORKING WITH A REALTOR BROCHURE Buyers and sellers are presented with this brochure at the earliest contact with a real estate agent. Industry regulations have now made it mandatory for a real estate licensee to disclose the capacity in which the agent will be working with you: i.e. as a buyer’s agent, a seller’s agent […]

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Creating Curb Appeal

What’s curb appeal? It’s that certain something about your home that catches the eye of the passer-by and makes them want to take a closer look. If you’re selling your home, curb appeal can quickly draw prospective buyers in for the first time. Without it, buyers may pass up on the chance to see inside […]

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Chattles & Fixtures

Put It In Writing Before You Sell!!! If you are thinking of selling your home, have you given much thought to what you plan to leave with the home and what you would like to take with you, such as the washer and dryer, the fridge and stove, or even that heirloom chandelier in the […]

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20 Tips For Selling Your Home

As a homeowner, you can play an important part in the timely sale of your property. When you take the following steps, you’ll help me to sell your home faster, at the best possible price. The easiest and most reliable way to improve the appeal of your home is to enlist a quality home service […]

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