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How To Avoid Hiring a Bad Real Estate AgentIt’s extremely important for individuals seeking to make a real estate transaction to hire the assistance of a real estate agent, regardless of if they’re buying a new home or selling their current one. But where do buyers and sellers start when finding the agent who is right for them? There are a lot of different real estate agents who can do the job, but they aren’t all created equally. When selecting an agent to hire, buyers and sellers should be on the look out for certain red flags that can identify an inexperienced or unhelpful agent. Here are those red flags.

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Moving Timeline When Buying A HomeBuying a home is a time consuming process. Buyers who budget their time wisely and who plan in advance can have a less stressful experience when the time comes to buy a home.

One Year In Advance: Declutter

Clutter makes moving difficult and expensive. Getting rid of clutter before buying a house can making moving easier. De-cluttering takes a long time, so buyers who know they want to purchase a house in the coming year should start a year in advance. De-cluttering is best done throughout the course of a year, because it's easier to de-clutter when the process isn't rushed.

Six Months In Advance: Begin To Pack

Packing is another time consuming process, so it's smart to begin packing six months in advance of moving. This gives buyers the

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Selling Well in a Buyer's MarketSelling a home is tricky, even when there are dozens of buyers ready to make the purchase. When the buyers are few and far-between, sellers really have to find a way to set their properties apart from the rest. Giving the home its best look is one way to help. Paving the way for a smooth sale is another. When sellers put these two together, they will have a better chance of getting a higher price while selling their homes in less time.

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Set a Fair Price

When sellers think about the amount they want for their homes, they can be tempted to set a price that is not necessarily fair for the property or the

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What To Do About Unpermitted Work In A HomeSometimes when a homeowner wants to make improvements to their property, they must first get a permit. Usually, permits are required for work that could put people at risk if it's done incorrectly. Frequently, a permit is required to make electrical, plumbing or structural changes to a home.

Work that is done without a permit can become a problem when the time comes to sell the house. Here's what homeowners need to know.

Why Are Permits Important?

Permits ensure that there is oversight on certain home upgrades. Permits typically require that an inspection must be performed before the job can be completed. The inspector checks to ensure that the job is performed properly and according to local codes. Without this inspection, upgrades and

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Buying In a Seller's MarketBuying a home in a seller's market can be hard for new home buyers. Fierce competition can make it harder to get a property, which can lead to wasted time and missed opportunities. Entering the market with finances in order and a good sense of focus can help. Home buyers who have little experience with buying a home can follow these tips to make the process easier and more productive.

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Position Yourself Well

Before they can begin the process of buying a home, home buyers must get their finances in order. Buyers who have adequate resources and who appear financially stable on paper may stand out in the

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5 Ways To Identify Roof DamageWhen it comes to protecting a home from the elements, a roof needs to be able to stand up to anything weather can throw at it. However, sometimes that isn’t possible and the roof will be damaged while trying to do its job. All homeowners should be able to identify damage to their roofs, but it can be difficult to actually spot damage without knowing what to look for in advance. Here are some of the different types of damage all Westmount homeowners should be able to identify.

1. Shingles Are Missing

The most obvious type of damage when it comes to roofs is when shingles are missing. This can happen due to extreme winds, but if the roof is still new, it can also mean that the shingles weren’t properly installed by the roofer. If a homeowner

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Increase Comfort and Beauty with Modern Home Flooring OptionsThere's no need for homeowners to choose been functionality, form and comfort concerning today's home flooring options. Not only are modern flooring trends leaning towards innovation, but they are more functional and easy to maintain than in previous years. Popular home floors often have the look of materials that they truly aren't, such as wood, stone and ceramics, which has expanded the options tremendously regardless of one's lifestyle. Here are some trending flooring options.

Liven Up Rooms with Laminate Flooring

Low-maintenance laminate flooring is one of the hottest and most affordable home improvement options amid homes today. It's available in countless colours, patterns, and can closely resemble materials such as natural wood and

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5 Tips for the Vacation Home Selling ProcessOwners of secondary homes may enjoy many pleasant months vacationing in a home away from home, profiting from rental money in popular tourist locations, or otherwise enjoying the benefits of their investment property. But when the time comes to sell a home—whether it's for financial, personal, or time-related reasons—owners of secondary homes may realize that selling their vacation properties has a set of challenges not involved in the sale of a primary residence.

Selling a vacation home has a lot in common with regular home sales, but there are a few differences. This guide shows sellers what they should keep in mind during the selling process.

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Mortgage Tips and Facts for a Second HomeA primary mortgage and a secondary mortgage in Canada have a number of distinct differences that home buyers need to understand before consulting with a lender. Because second homes are seen as luxury goods, lenders and government officials can make it more difficult for buyers to get the interest rates they want. To complicate matters further, mortgage options are determined by the type of home a buyer chooses to buy: Type A or Type B.

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Understanding Type A and Type B Homes

Both Type A and Type B homes need to have running water and be occupied at some point out of the year by the buyer. However, Type A

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Selling a Home? Prepare These DocumentsHome sellers need to gather important documents before listing a home for sale. Doing so can make it easier to sell a home and reduce the possibility of unnecessary hassles when a buyer wants to go into contract on a home. There may be differences depending on the province or area in Canada in which one resides, however the following documents are some that every homeowner would need to sell their home.

Learn more about required documents for selling a home in Canada today.

Start Collecting Home Selling Paperwork Early

There may be some differences for those who are not selling a single-family residence or who are choosing to sell a home without an agent. Partnering with a reputable local agent often is of great benefit for those thinking

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