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Everything to Know About Buying a New Construction HouseBuying a new construction home is a unique experience. Even if you've bought a pre-built Sandstone home in the past, you may be surprised by the overall process of building a new construction home because it's so different. Before you get started with buying a new construction home, here's what you need to know about the building and overall experience.

Know Your Goals

Before home buyers can get started with the home building process, they must first know their goals for their new home. Usually, this involves sitting down with a spouse or other members of the household to decide what they're looking for in a house. Home buyers should have questions such as:

  • Will we be having children (or more children) in the years to come?
  • Do we want to
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Vacation Home Purchase? Tax and Mortgage Information for Home BuyersBuying a vacation home can be very different from buying a primary residence. Most important to understand is that obtaining a mortgage for a vacation home can be more difficult than obtaining a mortgage for a primary residence. In addition, homeowners who sell their vacation home must pay capital gains taxes. Here's what you need to know about vacation home mortgages and taxes.

For informational purposes only. Always consult with an attorney, tax, or financial advisor before proceeding with any real estate transaction.

Everything to Know About Vacation Home Taxes

Vacation homes affect a homeowner's taxes when they try to sell their property. When a vacation home is sold, the profits made on the sale of the home are called capital gains.

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4 Great Kitchen Renovation ProjectsBefore selling their home, a lot of homeowners will look for home improvement projects to complete. When done correctly, projects like these can  be a selling point and even potentially cause an increase in price if the right buyer comes along. Many homeowners tend to focus on the kitchen due to how much potential there is for improvement and how popular kitchen renovations are. Here are some of the different types of kitchen renovations that Rosemont homeowners may want to consider before selling.

New Countertops

Countertops are one of the most popular kitchen renovations due to how visible the countertops are in the room. Buyers love seeing new countertops, and there is a wide variety of different materials a homeowner can choose fro:

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4 Reasons You Need a Real Estate Agent to Sell Your HomeWhen choosing to sell a home, the homeowner has to consider how they are going to do it. There are two options: the first is hiring a real estate agent, and the second is going For Sale By Owner (FSBO). Going FSBO may seem like it’s a better choice because it puts the seller in charge of every aspect of the sale instead of going through someone else, but it’s actually a bad idea. Here is what all sellers need to know about FSBO and why they need to hire a real estate agent.

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

No Professional Help

When a Mountainview homeowner opts to sell a home on their own, they’re committing to doing every part of the

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Guide to Real Estate Investment TypesReal estate is one of the most popular types of investments for those who wish to look beyond traditional stocks and bonds. When getting started in real estate investing, the first step should be researching the options and choosing which is the best fit. There are four broad types of real estate investments, with a few subcategories in each. Each type has pros and cons, along with unique cash-flow cycles, lending conventions and sets of rules and regulations, which means that different ones will be better fits for different investors. The four basic types include:

Residential Properties

Residential real estate includes everything from single-family homes to condos and townhouses to large multifamily properties like apartment complexes. There are

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Everything You Need to Know When Choosing a SidingIf you're thinking about building a Downtown Okotoks home or installing new siding on your home, there are many things you need to consider. Knowing your options, the type of siding that's available, and the pros and cons of all the different kinds can help you choose the right kind of siding for you.

What to Consider When Choosing a Home Siding

When you're trying to choose a home siding for your property, there are many factors to consider.

Maintenance

Some sidings, like wood, need to be repainted or resealed periodically. Other types of siding (like vinyl) only need to be cleaned to maintain their beauty. If you're not willing or able to repaint your siding occasionally, a low-maintenance siding type is better for you.

Cost

Low-cost

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How to Market a Home to Sell for the Best PriceNo matter what market a Downey home seller is facing, there's a reasonable price range for all properties. This can lead to people thinking it's the market that matters as opposed to the marketing. But the truth is it takes a savvy real estate agent to get the price at the top of the range rather than the bottom. To squeeze every last dime from a house, a good real estate agent will take advantage of the following tricks.

Debuting the Home

There are two main strategies when it comes to the first appearance of the home:

  • Discount gem: The point of a discounted home is to get two major bidders interested. Bidders could be anyone from home flippers to young families looking for their starter home. Sellers might be surprised at just how high
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How Does the Foreclosure Process Work in Different Provinces?Homeowners in a foreclosure situation can feel like there's pressure from all sides, and this unfortunate reality can add unnecessary stress to the whole process. It can also result in homeowners being too afraid to make a move to settle their loan. Instead of becoming frustrated though, understanding the process can make it easier to muddle through.

For informational purposes only. Always consult with an attorney, tax, or financial advisor before proceeding with any real estate transaction.

Many Lenders Are Flexible

The process of selling a home for a lender is not a straightforward one. Lenders are in the loan industry, not the real estate industry. Due to this fact, lenders may be more lenient than homeowners realize. But because missing

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Why Hire a Professional Real Estate Photographer?When it comes to selling a Crystal Shores home, few people can capture its essence better than the right real estate photographer. These images are often the first thing a homebuyer sees, so it's important to make the effort and highlight the most beautiful and practical features of the home.

Better Offers

When people make emotional connections with the home via photos, it typically results in better offers and more money. In fact, the average home sold with professional photos will go for more than one with amateur photos (or no photos at all). A real estate photographer knows how important it is to motivate buyers to make the trip to see the place for themselves.

Less Time on the Market

Few sellers want their home to be listed for months

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Dangerous Places in the Home and How to Fix ThemBecause people spend a lot of time in their Cimarron homes, it's easy to assume that it's one of the safest places to be. However, any home can also be filled with any number of potential hazards, especially if residents are only so proactive when it comes to maintenance. Before an injury or accident occurs, here are a few common trouble areas to address sooner rather than later.

Floors

The floors of the homes are one of the biggest safety hazards for its residents, especially because few people consider washing the dishes or taking a shower a dangerous activity. But a slip can be more than just an inconvenience—it can end in serious injury. Putting more mats down in the kitchen, bathroom, and hallways can provide the traction people need to stay

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