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Choosing Between a Condo, Townhouse and House

With so many housing choices, especially in urban areas, many first-time home buyers are confused about which kind of residence to invest in. Any kind of dwelling, whether it is a condominium, townhouse or detached home have their respective pros and cons. Before looking into the pros and cons of each property type, it is […]

Things to do When Planning to Sell Your Home

When it’s time to sell your home, a bit of preparation can go a long way in bringing you top dollars. But preparation needs meticulous planning, simple upgrades to spruce it up and invite home buyers to rush to invest at once. Consider these suggestions to get there. Disconnect This is perhaps the hardest thing […]

How to Make Your Home More Valuable and Sell Faster

If you are trying to sell your house, you will want to maximize profits to help you offset fees associated with selling a home and to give you the best financial boost possible. You also want to sell fast, and not have your home lingering on the market where it will just continue to go […]

Best-kept Secrets for Buying a Home

Keep your cash in your wallet Before taking on a huge commitment like a new mortgage, it is best to refrain from making large purchases. Lenders are more likely to give you a better contract for your property if they can see you are a responsible borrower. If you open new credit accounts, max out […]

Advantages of Buying a Home Before Selling

Should you buy a home first or sell your old one? That’s a million dollar question and a pretty stressful one at that. Buying a property involves investing nearly all your savings. How do you invest before you sell if you don’t have enough saved up for your down payment? What if you find the home of […]

7 Real Estate Terms That Homeowners Need To Know About

Before you set out to buy a residential or commercial property, you need to know the real estate laws and terms to get a good grip on the discussions with your realtor. Here are a few to start with: Buyer’s and Listing Agents When you are buying a home, two agents are involved in the process. […]

Getting the Right Mortgage for Your Home

Only a few people may be able to afford a house without getting a mortgage, which is a loan acquired to buy a home. Federal and private lenders loan you large sums of money and use your house as security. Signing a mortgage means pledging to pay the loan and agree to have your property taken away if […]

What first time home buyers need to know

When it comes to purchasing your first home, it can be a nerve-wracking process, especially in the competitive greater Edmonton real estate market. Home buyers can feel lost in the noise, hustle, and paperwork of purchasing their first home. When all you want to do is find your perfect dream home and purchase it, you […]

4 Reasons Why Edmonton is Ideal for Homeowners to Invest in 2018

As prices continue to rise in Vancouver and Toronto through the spring season, there is one city in Canada that is slowly gaining steam as a buyer’s dream: Edmonton. This is good news for Alberta where times have been tough after the massive Fort McMurray fire, subsequent job losses, and real estate slump. Despite it […]

Tips For Saving Money On Your Utilities

Everyone is looking for ways to save some money, and you may notice, like so many other people, that your utilities are one of your largest expenses. Fortunately, there are a number of tips that you can use to help bring down your utility costs. These tips are generally easy to implement, but you will […]