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The bathroom is one of the most-used areas in any home and should be comfortable to spend time in, for all residents of the home. The features that are included in the space will determine its functionality and appeal. When remodeling a bathroom or making improvements, there are a few features to consider to create a setting that you enjoy. As a Lower Mainland real estate agent, I have the opportunity to view many bathrooms

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Maintaining your home regularly

You are residing in your dream home and you intend on protecting your most valuable asset. Owning a home does require constant upkeep.  Consequently, it is important to conduct regular visual inspections of your house.  This will ensure your home will be both a healthy place and a safe place to reside. The easiest way to do that is to conduct seasonal maintenance checks.  By establishing a set routine, the work will be completed more

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CMA – Seller’s Best Bet

Pricing your home for sale can determine how much interest it will generate when it first hits the multiple listing service(MLS) and how quickly it sells. A comparative market analysis (CMA) is the tool most often used by our team of Mississauga real estate agents to show home sellers how much their property will likely sell for, given the inventory and conditions of similar properties. Dissecting a CMA The comparative market analysis is not an

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.Advantages Of A New Home With a brand new home, you can start from the very beginning and decorate your new home exactly as you want. If you prefer a new home, be prepared for the on-going construction you will find all around you. Chances are that your lawn will not be in, your driveway will be gravel and your street will turn into a sea of mud whenever it rains or snows. If things

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How Your Credit Score Affects How Much House You’ll Be Able To Buy

Your credit score is one of the most important factors in determining how much house you can buy, so if you are in the market for a new home, you need to understand how it affects you. In order to make it easy for mortgage companies to determine the risk of lending to you, they use a system called credit scoring (also called “FICO” scores). When lenders look at your credit report, they can instantly

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5 Costly Mistakes Home Buyers Make

Mistake #1 – Not knowing what you can afford before making an offer. The best way to avoid this is to get pre-approved for a mortgage so you know exactly how much you can afford. Pre-approvals are free with a bank or mortgage broker. Getting pre-approved also enables you to “lock in” the mortgage rate you want–usually for 90 days. Mistake #2 – Not knowing who the agent represents. Unless an agent is working as your exclusive


Making a Competitive Offer that Can Not Be Refused

When you want to purchase a home in an area where housing is high in demand but short in supply, you may face a multiple-offer situation. A multiple-offer situation occurs when a home is selected by two buyers who then place their respective offers in the hope that they will out-bid each other. The outcome is extremely fortuitous for the seller, who receives more than the listing price for their home. But it is less

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Advantages of Home Ownership

Many of the advantages of home ownership are not immediately obvious. However, when you are weighing the pros and cons of buying over renting, understanding these advantages can definitely allow you to make a more educated decision. For example, consider the down payment that most lenders require. Unless you qualify for a special mortgage program or have an absolutely perfect credit history, most lenders will require that you make a down payment equal to 20%

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Achieving Balance in Buyer/Seller Negotiations

During the home sale process, both the buyer and seller need to protect their interests. In most cases, offers are fair and equitable. Sometimes, however, the offers are less than fair and careful negotiation can bring both parties to a point of satisfaction with the buyer’s offer. The counter-offer is extremely important in this negotiation process. But how can the buyer and seller manage to strike a harmonious agreement that protects both sets of opposing


Pricing Your Home Right In Today’s Market

As a homeowner, you cannot afford to lose money on the sale of your home simply because you did not take the time to price your home according to its true value. Under-pricing will leave you full of regret – and overpricing will leave you with a home that has not sold. Home pricing is a balancing act, because you need to take into consideration not only the true value of the home, but also

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Sell Your Home in a Slowing Market

Any real estate agent can tell you that the best possible selling situation is one in which the home seller has to consider ten different bids, resulting in offers that far exceeding the home’s listing price. Unfortunately, sometimes the housing market is not quite so generous to sellers. Nevertheless, when the housing market takes a dive, it doesn’t mean that the selling price of your home should do the same. Even when the housing market

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Make Your Home Irresistible to Buyers

When selling your home is a priority, you need to realize that an ordinary home with ordinary features is not going to grab potential buyers’ attention. You need to go beyond ordinary and make your home irresistible to every home buyer. Regardless of whether you have owned your home for one year or forty years, you will probably need to make some changes to attract people who are looking to buy a home. You probably


Should You Renovate Before Selling?

Most consumers are tired of receiving mixed advice about prepping their home for sale. Some Realtors may advise you to simply slap on a coat of fresh paint, while others will advise you to replace your kitchen with a more modern and convenient one. With all of this conflicting advice, how are you supposed to know what to do in order to successfully sell your home? Quite honestly, this is really a matter of opinion


Selecting the right agent makes all the difference

First-time home sellers have limited experience working with real estate agents, other than the agent who helped them buy their current home. For this reason, sellers sometimes do not fully understand the role of a listing agent. A listing agent has one primary responsibility: to market your home not to potential buyers, but rather to other Realtors and agents who may have clients interested in homes like yours. Many sellers believe that because the listing


Downsizing Step-by-Step

Downsizing Step-by-Step For empty nesters, downsizing from that 3,500 sq. ft. two-story home in the suburbs is often an appealing idea. A large home usually means large heating and cooling bills, a large yard to mow and weed, lots of bathrooms to clean and sizeable property taxes. Often the proceeds from the sale of your family home will enable you to buy a smaller home with money left over, but even if you don’t end up


What do Millennials Look For When Buying A House

Here are top examples of smart home technologies that millennials look for in a home: Smart, high-fidelity sound systems Music is a crucial element in young people’s lives – whether purely for entertainment or as a means to zone in on that creative, productive flow. Sound systems for the home are nothing new, but modern advancements in audio technologies are extending ways for home users to access their music, not to mention enjoy them with


Why my property is not Selling?

  Are you a current seller who feels that your home has been on the market longer than you ever expected? Perhaps it is time to rethink your selling strategy and spend some time with your listing agent discussing the situation and possible changes to increase the chances of selling your property sooner.  Is Your House Priced Right For Today’s Market? Listing price should always be determined by the current market situation. As we’ve all


Tips For Preparing & Showing Your Home To Sell

Sellers often underestimate the effect that small details can have on the appeal of their home. A minor makeover can improve the home’s general “wow” appeal, making it sell faster, or even for a greater price. 1 Use Curb Appeal to Achieve A Quick House Sale Without a doubt, first impressions count and can be the deciding factor in whether you achieve a quick house sale or not. The idea behind curb appeal is to

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How to Save up for Downpayment

HOw to Save up for your downpayment?  As you should be well aware, you need to bring something (cash!) to the table when buying a house. In Canada, depending on the purchase price of the house, you are required to pay down a minimum of 5% or more of the value of the property before closing. Planning ahead for your down payment is a part of the financial planning that should be done before you

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10 Tips How To Sell Your Property Fast And For More

Making a mistake in selling a home can cost you hundreds or thousands of dollars. Often home sellers make the same mistakes over and over. Avoiding these mistakes is easy and takes little time and effort on your part. Take the time with your home sale and follow the guidelines in this report. 1 Distress Selling:   At times, selling quickly is unavoidable. That’s when knowing the right techniques to sell your home without looking