Real Estate Tips

Dec. 1, 2022

Home for the Holidays: How To Stretch Your Budget in a Season of Inflation

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You don't have to break the bank to celebrate the holidays in style—even in this season of inflation. Prices may be higher on everything from food to gifts to decorations, but there are still plenty of opportunities to eke out extra savings. 

For example, you can trim your ...

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Nov. 1, 2022

7 Tips to Maximize Your Home’s Sale Price

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Over the past few years, a real estate buying frenzy bid up home prices to eye-popping amounts. However, as mortgage rates have risen, buyer demand has cooled.1 Consequently, home sellers who enter the market today may need to reset their expectations.

The reality is, it’s no longer enough ...

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Oct. 1, 2022

Buy Now or Rent Longer? 5 Questions to Answer Before Purchasing Your First Home

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Deciding whether to jump into the housing market or rent instead is rarely an easy decision – especially if you’re a first-time homebuyer. But in today’s whirlwind market, you may find it particularly challenging to pinpoint the best time to start exploring homeownership.

A real estate boom during the pandemic ...

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Sept. 1, 2022

8 Strategies to Secure a Lower Mortgage Rate

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Interest rates have risen rapidly this year, triggered by the Bank of Canada’s efforts to curb inflation. And the July MNP Consumer Debt Index found that 59% of Canadians “are already feeling the effects of interest rate increases.”1

Why has the impact been so widespread? In part, due ...

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Aug. 1, 2022

10 Pro Tips for a Smooth Home Move

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The process of buying a new home can be both exhilarating and exhausting. But the journey doesn’t stop when you close on your property. On the contrary, you still have quite a bit to do before you can begin the process of settling into your new place.

Fortunately, you don’t ...

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July 1, 2022

7 Costly Mistakes Home Sellers Make (And How to Avoid Them)

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No matter what’s going on in the housing market, the process of selling a home can be challenging. Some sellers have a hard time saying goodbye to a treasured family residence. Others want to skip ahead to the fun of decorating and settling in a new place. Almost all sellers ...

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May 1, 2022

5 Ways to Write a Winning Offer in Today’s Real Estate Market

Our nation is in the midst of a shifting real estate market. But even as the buying frenzy begins to slow, many properties are still receiving multiple offers.1

So what’s the best way to compete as a buyer–especially if you’re wary about overpaying?

While a high offer price gets ...

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April 1, 2022

Seller’s Checklist: A Timeline to Prep Your Home for Sale

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We’re still in a seller’s market, but that doesn’t mean your home is guaranteed to easily sell.1 If you want to maximize your sale price, it’s still important to prepare your home before putting it on the market.

Start by connecting with your real estate agent as soon as ...

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March 1, 2022

Hedge Against Inflation With These 3 Real Estate Investment Types

The annual inflation rate in Canada is currently around 5.1%—the highest it’s been in 30 years.1 It doesn’t matter if you’re a cashier, lawyer, plumber, or retiree; if you spend Canadian dollars, inflation impacts you. 

Economists expect the effects of inflation, like a higher cost of ...

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Feb. 1, 2022

8 Popular Home Design Features for 2022

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There’s a lot to consider when selling your home, from market conditions and appraisals to where you’ll go next. Don’t forget, however, the importance of design. It’s often one of the first things buyers notice when they walk into a home, and it’s also a detail that you, as ...

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