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What Not to Do Before Selling Your HomeYou may have heard that home improvements make your Woodside home easier to sell. While this is frequently true, it's not always true. Knowing which home improvements can actually make your home harder to sell can be very helpful, if you're thinking about listing your home in the near future. Below are three home improvements that may complicate the home selling process or reduce your home's value.

1. Landscape Changes That Complicate Exterior Maintenance

Home buyers like homes that are easy to maintain. Landscaping changes that require the homeowner to do a lot of work can make some home buyers think twice about purchasing a property. For example, stay away from landscaping changes that would require the homeowner to water their lawn more than

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A Step-by-Step Guide to the Home Foreclosure ProcessCanadian homeowners who fall behind on mortgage payments for one reason or another are likely to have a tough road ahead. Lenders will not wait long before taking action against those in default on their loans through one of two courses of action—a power of sale or judicial foreclosure—depending on the province in which the residence is located.

Residents of Prince Edward Island, Ontario, Newfoundland, New Brunswick and Labrador will likely face a foreclosure process known as a power of sale. Those residing in Quebec, Alberta, Nova Scotia, British Columbia and Saskatchewan are typically served with a judicial foreclosure. We shall explain the process of both actions and offer some potential solutions and remedies at a Morningside homeowner's

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4 Easy Winterizing StrategiesWhen the cold weather starts coming, Willow Brook homeowners are always told they should winterize their home to protect it. Winterizing gives a home extra help so it can stand up to extreme weather conditions. Winterizing sounds like it’s difficult and time consuming, but there are many ways homeowners can do it, and many of them are quick and easy. Here are some ways to winterize a home any homeowner can do.

Insulate Water Pipes

While insulating pipes may sound like a lot of work, it’s actually very easy. While homeowners can wrap sheets of foam around the pipes to insulate them, there are simpler ways. First, the homeowner can open the cupboards enclosing the pipes. This is especially helpful for sinks positioned on the exterior wall of the

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Everything You Should Know About Real Estate Investment

The differences between residential and commercial real estate are in some ways obvious and in some ways not. Residential real estate investment usually involves the purchase, sale, flipping or rental of residential properties. Commercial real estate investment may involve purchase and sale of commercial real estate, and it may also involve the rental of commercial real estate to business tenants. Some major differences include:

  • Residential real estate investment often requires less money to get started.
  • Commercial real estate is often more dependent upon a good economy to be lucrative.
  • Commercial real estate can involve bigger returns.

Within the commercial and residential real estate categories, there are different types of

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The Best Tools for the New HomeownerThe toolbox can be a life-saver for Prairie Springs homeowners. Even people who don't consider themselves handy can use their tools to mitigate major problems until a professional can be called in. Whether it's a leaky pipe or a malfunctioning water heater, homeowners should stock up on the following tools. Here are a few tips for mastering the art of everyday maintenance.

Spring for Quality

There's no need to buy the most expensive tools in the hardware store, but it's equally important to avoid inferior products. Homeowners who wouldn't know the first thing about a power drill may want to pick user-friendly items in the middle of the pack. Luckily, the reviews for tools today are more detailed than ever before. Owners will get a sense of the

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What You Need to Know About Different Siding OptionsWhether you've ever bought a home or not, you've no doubt noticed that homes come with different siding options. Each type of siding has different characteristics. Some types of siding can be painted, others are left exactly as is until they're removed. Siding can be water permeable or waterproof. Some types of siding are more sustainable and environmentally friendly than others.

If you're thinking about buying a home or having a home built, you should be aware of the different types of siding for your home. Knowing the different types of siding can make the experience of building a home easier, because you'll know what to expect and what kind of maintenance you'll be expected to perform on a regular basis.

Wood

Wood is the traditional siding

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How to Get High Returns on a Kitchen RemodelCanals homeowners who own a home long enough will eventually need to renovate their kitchen. The problem is that the project can be very expensive without providing a corresponding increase in resale value. This means that homeowners may spend a lot of money on parts of the project that do not feature an adequate return. Fortunately, there are a few aspects to kitchen renovations that do offer a higher return on investment. Selecting these options will help homeowners target their money to upgrades with the greatest benefit.

How to Approach Kitchen Upgrades

With kitchen renovations, the sky is the limit. People could spend half of their home's value on the kitchen, and this level of expense usually does not carry a high rate of return. The

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Thinking About Selling Your Home Without a Real Estate Professional?If you're selling your Sagewood home, you'll have to decide whether to sell your home as a for sale by owner, or FSBO. Some homeowners choose to sell their home without help from a real estate professional because real estate professionals require commission at the end of the transaction. If you're thinking about selling your home as an FSBO, here's what you need to know.

For informational purposes only. Always consult with a licensed real estate professional before proceeding with any real estate transaction.

Pricing Is Critical

One of the most important reasons to hire a real estate professional is because real estate professionals have training that make it easier for them to price homes. Most homeowners are unable to accurately gauge the

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How To Market Your Home For SaleWhen selling a home, homeowners tend to think that all responsibilities of marketing are left to their real estate agent to handle. While this may have been true in the past, it isn’t necessarily true now. Homeowners can actually help market their home in may different ways that their real estate agent will appreciate. Here are some of the different strategies homeowners can use to help market their home.

For informational purposes only. Always consult with a licensed real estate professional before proceeding with any real estate transaction.

Hire a Professional Photographer

In real estate, just like real life, first impressions are everything. When a buyer sees a listing for a home, within seconds they’re passing judgement and deciding if

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The Truth About Millennial Home Buyers in Today's MarketJust the mere mention of the Millennial generation is sure to spark a few eye-rolls and negative comments from those who hail from older generations. However, this massive group of young adults between the ages of 22 and 37 are making an impact on the world around them. In the real estate industry, there's lots of myths surrounding Millennial home buyers. Here's the truth:

For informational purposes only. Always consult with a licensed real estate professional before proceeding with any real estate transaction.

Myth: Millennials Are Not Financially Ready to Purchase Homes

For years, everyone only talked about the massive debt that Millennials were in. This was the generation that got saddled with student loans, have poor credit scores and

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