When Is The Right Time to Sell Your Home?

Reading time: 3 minutes, 58 seconds Most homeowners don’t plan on living in their first home forever, but choosing the right time to make the switch can be a challenge. Without a pressing reason to put your home on the market, it can be difficult to know for sure when you’ve outgrown your current living situation. Here are six questions…

FSBO Vs Selling with a Broker

Estimated reading time: 3 minutes, 11 seconds. Should you hire a real estate broker, or try to sell your home on your own? For first-time sellers, this might be a question on your mind. There are many factors to consider before making the decision to use an agent or to put up your own yard sign. Here are a few of them:  1. Are you…

Should You Work With a Broker to Sell Your Home?

Estimated reading time: 1 minute, 12 seconds. You have two options when selling a home: working with a real estate broker, or attempting to sell on your own. While you may save on commission by going solo, real estate transactions are very complicated and will consume a lot of time, energy, and possibly money as well. Between the evaluations, real estate photography,…

Tips for Selling a Home in Winter

Reading Time: 4 minutes 25 seconds Although many sellers shy away from listing their home in the winter months, there are two big advantages of a winter sale: 1. Winter sales involve more urgency Buyers looking for a home from December to April tend to be more committed to the purchase. 2. Winter sales have less competition. With fewer listings on the market, winter buyers have…

Seller’s Checklist: 10 Steps to Selling a Home

Reading Time: 3 minutes, 24 seconds  If you’re planning on selling your home in the coming months, this checklist will take you through the step-by-step process you should be following. 1. Determine whether you’re ready to sell. Think about your goals and plans for the next 5 years. Weigh the pros and cons of selling your house. Are you selling and buying at the…

5 Easy Ways to Increase Your Home’s Value for Under $1000

Reading Time: 2 minutes, 7 seconds. Not all renovation projects will increase the resale value of your home. If you want to increase your profit potential, strategic home improvement ideas in these five categories — all of which will cost you under $1000 — will give you the biggest return on your investment. 1. Painting your walls Cost: $1000 per 500 square feet for a professional…

How to Take Amazing Real Estate Photography

 Reading Time:4 minutes, 19 seconds First impressions matter, especially when your home’s sale is at stake. While a picture may be worth a thousand words, a photo of your home could be worth thousands of dollars! The majority of buyers start their house-hunting process by browsing through available listings on Centris and other real estate websites, and making snap judgments about which…

Increase Your Home Value Quickly and Cheaply

Selling a home in a buyer’s market can sometimes put sellers at a disadvantage when it comes to receiving high offers. But luckily, there are easy and cheap steps a seller can take to automatically boost the value of their homes. These 5 pointers can help sellers list at a higher asking price, without having to take out a home improvement…

How Much is My Home Worth?

Reading time: 1 minute, 42 seconds Pricing your property according to market value is the first step to a successful real estate sale. Here are a few guidelines for setting a fair and effective asking price. Ask your broker for a CMA: A CMA (comparative market analysis) is based on the property’s features, such as size, location, layout, as well as recent…

Best Renovations for Resale Value

Reading time: 2 minutes, 44 seconds If you’re planning on selling an older home, you may well be considering some minor improvements to make your property more appealing to prospective buyers. In this case, it can be difficult to determine which renovations are actually worth the while in terms of increasing your home’s value. To give you an idea of where you should…

4 Ways Sellers Can Prepare for the Spring Market

Reading time: 2 minutes, 14 seconds With the clock ticking and the competitive spring market quickly approaching, homeowners planning to sell this year should begin taking the necessary steps towards listing their homes. If you’re a prospective home seller, here are five things you can do now to put yourself on track for a successful spring sale. Start Packing The sooner you get started on de-cluttering and…

Why Is My Home Not Selling?

Reading Time: 2 minutes, 20 seconds If your home has been listed on the market for several months without receiving an offer, here are 5 questions you should be asking yourself: 1. Have you priced your home according to market value? Incorrect pricing is the most common reason for delays in real estate sales. Your home should be priced according to market…

Tips for Avoiding a Legal Battle in Real Estate

Estimated Reading Time: 3 minutes, 8 seconds. Legal battles are draining, time-consuming, and can hinder the purchase or sale of your home. It’s important for both buyers and sellers to understand potential legal obstacles, in order to best prepare for them.Here are some tips for avoiding a legal battle in real estate. Follow these three essential steps to make sure your transaction…

5 Signs Of a Bad Real Estate Broker

Reading Time: 3 minutes, 6 seconds Buying a home is probably the biggest investment you’ll make in your lifetime. When it comes to the broker you choose to guide you through this emotional and oftentimes complicated process, it isn’t enough to simply pick someone qualified. Your broker needs to also be a creative problem solver, a resourceful aide, and a trustworthy mentor. A small mistake caused…

5 Best Ways to Boost your Home’s Value

Selling a home in a buyer's market can sometimes put sellers at a disadvantage when it comes to receiving high offers. But luckily, there are easy and cheap steps a seller can take to automatically boost the perceived value of their homes. These 5 pointers can help sellers list at a higher asking price, without scaring away potential buyers. 1. Clean up and...

Top 5 Reasons Home Sales Fall Through

Reading Time: 2 minutes, 49 seconds Having a sale fall through during the final stages of the transaction is not only disappointing and frustrating, but can also be potentially expensive. Here are some potential problems that sellers should anticipate, as they are the lead causes for cancelled offers. Buyers and sellers who are more aware of these common deal breakers can avoid…

Staging Tips for Selling Your Home in Winter

Reading Time: 1 minute, 36 seconds Here are 5 points to remember when staging your home for a winter open house: Pay attention to the curb Making your house look inviting at first impression can be quite challenging during the winter months. Facades and porches tend to get muddy and grimy during this time of year, and living spaces may look darker due to the limited daylight…

A Glossary of Real Estate Terms

Amortization: The period of time required to completely pay off a mortgage debt, if all payments are made on time and the terms of the mortgage stay the same. Appraisal: An estimate of the current market value of a home. Appraiser: An appraiser can tell you exactly how much a home is worth, so you don’t pay too much. Approved Lender:…

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