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How should your Realtor® make you feel?

How should your Realtor® make you feel? Some would say that buying and selling of residential properties is just a transaction, like buying a car, for example. But assisting someone in the sale or purchase of HOME is much more than a transaction. There are many factors to consider when you choose a Realtor to represent you – just google ‘how to choose a Realtor’. But in the end,...
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Who came up with that List Price?

As Realtors, we are so often asked “Where did that price come from?” or “Who set that list price?” Most people have a pretty instant opinion about whether, from their point of view, a list price is higher than they expected it to be, or is lower than they had hoped (if they are soon planning to sell a property that is similar). This is an excellent question. Pricing,...
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To paint or not to paint?

We are often asked by our selling clients, ‘what do I need to do to get my home ready before I put it up for sale, to make sure I get the best possible price?’ Sellers ask this with a bit of fear and trepidation we are sure, because as much as they want to get top dollar, they are uncertain of the time and money they will need...
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Thinking About ‘Moving Up’? Get Help from a REALTOR®.

So you already own a property, but you are thinking of ‘moving up’ by selling your house and buying another house.  You may have merged households or added to your family, you are feeling like you need more space, or you find yourself drawn to a different neighbourhood.  Buying and selling at the same time can be challenging – lots to think about, but can be done with a...
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Five Questions You Should Ask Your Realtor Before You List Your House

You are getting ready to list your home for sale. It is time to interview Realtors, but what do you ask them? What do you need to know to help you make this important decision?  Here are some of the questions we recommend you ask, and the reasons why these questions are important. 5 questions you should ask ANY Realtor® BEFORE you decide to sign a listing agreement… 1: ...
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Should the Benefits of the Home Buyers’ Plan Extend to More than First-Time Home Buyers?

You know how the Federal Government’s Home Buyers’ Plan (HBP) works, right? If you are a First-Time Home Buyer, you may borrow from your RRSPs up to $25,000 to assist you with your down payment, with no tax penalty, and you just pay the amount back into your RRSPs over the next 15 years. Since 2011, Realtors in Canada, through the Canadian Real Estate Association, have asked the government...
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Top 3 Tips for Selling Your Home

Watching too many TV shows about getting your home ready to sell? Not sure where to start? If you can only do three things when selling your home, these should be the three you tackle! 1.   CLEANLINESS- Buyers pay for a clean house. Buyers will deduct from the value, in their minds, when your house is not clean, and actually may not even look seriously at your home as...
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Timing is Everything! When Should You Buy Downtown Kingston Homes?

There are many factors to consider when buying real estate, regardless of whether you are interested in a single-family home, a condo or investment property.  But in Downtown Kingston, Ontario, timing can be key.  Here is what we know. The University Schedule In Downtown Kingston, most rental properties have leases that run from May 1st to April 30th of the following year. For this reason, you will see a...
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Military Relocation: Expect to Be Posted Out in the Spring? Check Out My Best Tip!

So why am I writing about Military relocation in September, when posting season is months away?  We were recently called by a couple expecting to be posted in the spring of 2016, looking for advice on anything they need to do now to prepare their home for a timely sale.  We were happy to meet with them, take a walk through their property, look at their recent improvements, and...
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