When you upgrade from a condo to a house, you can give yourself that long-awaited pat on the back. You've made it! You now get to experience the dream of owning your own house. This is a momentous occasion in your life, and that's why you should approach it with care and joy. Simply put, it's a lot different living in a house than in a condo. You've got more space and a lot more room to put stuff. Here is the shopping list that you never thought you'd need when moving from a condo to a house.
Open houses are a great way to garner interest in your property. They are meant to show off and provide information about the property. But, be careful you don’t give up too much information. If you are too chatty or forthcoming it may come back to haunt you when it’s time for potential buyer to make offers.
When you decide to list a property for sale, it's your decision whether you want representation through the process by a real estate professional. REALTORS® need to be licensed in Canada, and we are licensed in the province of Alberta. This allows up to offer you the benefit of working with an outstanding real estate agency as well as being listed on the expansive network that is the MLS®.
For first-time homebuyers, applying for a mortgage can be a confusing and overwhelming experience, with many new terms and concepts to learn and understand. Even for previous homeowners, applying for a new mortgage when you've been out of the 'mortgage world' for a while can be a learning curve, and it's largely in part to the mortgage terms and mortgage 'lingo' used in the industry but nowhere else. Here's your five minute guide to understanding the most popular mortgage terms so that you can become fluent in speaking 'mortgage-ese.'
You spruce up the inside and outside of your home, getting it ready for the market. The paint is fresh, the lawn manicured and flowers grace the walkway leading to your front door. But, even with all this, there is the possibility that one look at the neighbourhood will dissuade potential buyers. This could be because of one neighbour with an unsightly curb appeal or a number of less than stellar homes on the block.
80% or more of people spend more time shopping for fruits and vegetables then they do their real estate agent. Most pick a family member or friend. Some pick a name from an ad or phonebook. Even a great referral from a friend can do wrong. Considering that for most people in Edmonton and area, buying a home will be their largest purchase and investment in their lives. It amazes us how little time and effort is put into finding the person that can save you time, stress and money.
Ah yes, summer in Canada. Out come the barbeques, the deck chairs and on go the renovation thinking caps. Perhaps a new floor is in your future this summer. You’re in luck. There’s a flooring material out there to please just about anyone.
For most of us, having access to water is as easy as turning on a faucet and filling up a cup. Most of us are also used to using water a lot in our daily lives. However, we often forget that clean water is a precious resource we can't afford to waste not just in our municipalities but in our homes as well.
Summer is almost upon us, and you may think of adjusting your decor to get ready for the season. Here are 5 summery ideas that will give your house the breezy, relaxing feel of the warmer months without needing to do a sweaty overhaul.
Imagine designing a bungalow to your personal specifications. That’s just what one Edmonton gent did. Condo living proved enjoyable for Jeremy Sparks, that is until he found it difficult to find space for his other passion, Harley-Davidson motorcycles. After four years he decided to go for a single family home where he could store and work on his “rides.”