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Seven Winter and Holiday Safety Features for Your Home
Posted on Wed, 31 Oct 2018, 11:40:00 AM  in My services
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As winter and the holidays are approaching, it is essential to consider the safety features in your home. Autumn is the best time to begin thinking about the safety inside and outside your home to prevent any problems.

 

Replacing a Home's LocksSeven Winter and Holiday Safety Features for Your Home

It is a good idea to check your home's locks to verify that the devices are in good condition. Walk through your home to check the locks on all of the doors or windows, and keep track of any problems so that you replace the items on your own or by calling a professional locksmith. While old-fashioned locks might work, you may want to upgrade to better devices for additional protection.

 

Trim Shrubs and Trees

When thieves are looking for a home to enter, they search for buildings that have hiding locations such as behind the dense foliage of trees and shrubs. Trimming these plants before winter begins can protect your property from a break-in during the holiday season when burglars are looking for valuable items underneath a Christmas tree.

 

Have Fireplaces and Chimneys Cleaned

Professional chimney sweeps recommend having fireplaces and chimneys inspected, cleaned and repaired once a year. If you want to use your home's fireplace this winter, then call a chimney sweep first. These experts inspect a chimney by dropping a camera into the item to look at its interior on a computer screen. When there is a problem with the chimney's materials, the technician can repair the item. In addition, the chimney sweep will remove wood particles and creosote from the fireplace and the chimney shaft to prevent internal fires.

 

Add More Exterior Lighting to Your Property

The addition of lighting fixtures on the exterior of a home can prevent thefts or vandalism, but it can also prevent accidents. It is darker in the morning, and it gets dark sooner in the evening, making it difficult to navigate during snowstorms. You can add solar or electric lights to the lawns or the sides of a building to increase the visibility on your home's lawns.

 

Install a Modern Security System

Today, you can find do-it-yourself security systems that work with computers or smartphones. Alternatively, you might want a professionally installed security system that has alarm devices and surveillance cameras. There are inexpensive and simple security devices, or you can invest in a higher quality system that includes extra features to protect you and your home.

 

Use Candles Properly to Avoid Dangerous Fires

If you enjoy using candles in the winter, then you should use the items properly to avoid a dangerous fire that can lead to an injury or property damage. First, make sure that a candle is in a safe candleholder rather than using a glass jar or old dinner plate for the item. In addition, place the lit candles and candleholders in a location away from family pets, children or anything that can blow over the flame. Last, you should never leave a lit candle unattended.

 

Check Your Home's Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors

You should have carbon monoxide and smoke detectors inside your home in various locations. It is vital to test these devices once a month to verify that the batteries are functional and that the alarm systems are working. Carbon monoxide is a lethal gas that often builds up inside a home during the winter from a faulty furnace. A good smoke detector will make a loud buzzing noise to alert you about a dangerous fire inside your home.


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Renovating Your Front Yard is the Best Way to Entice a Buyer
Posted on Mon, 15 Oct 2018, 11:35:00 AM  in Home selling tips,  My services
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Are you having trouble selling your home? The delay could be due to a number of reasons. The market may be sluggish. The time of year may be all wrong. Or it could be due to the fact that some aspect of your property isn't at its most enticing. You don't need to panic over this revelation. You just need to take the appropriate steps to get things back under your total control.

Have you had a look at your front lawn lately? If it's buried under snow in the middle of winter, it won't be so noticeable. But if the season is summer and your lawn is patchy and brown, it needs work in a hurry. It's important for you to keep in mind at all times the fact that the first thing a potential buyer will see when they step out of their car is your front lawn.

 

A Brown, Patchy Lawn is a Liability That Needs to Be CorrectedRenovating Your Front Yard is the Best Way to Entice a Buyer

Your lawn should never be brown or patchy. There is simply no excuse for it, especially if you are attempting to sell your home. The first thing you need to do is get the right kind of lawn fertilizer. This is the best way to fill in those patchy spots and get your lawn looking green and healthy. The sooner you perform this very important task, the sooner you can get your home sale back on track.

It isn't about winning some competition to be the best lawn maintenance expert in the neighborhood. It's about making your front lawn attractive enough to give a potential buyer an excellent first impression. When a potential buyer steps out of their vehicle, you want to be sure that they notice your lawn with approval. This is a good prelude to the rest of their experience.

 

Make Sure the Rest of Your Front Yard is in Tip Top Condition

If you want to sell your home in a hurry, it's up to you to make sure that the rest of your front yard is also in tip top condition. Are there kid's bikes, car parts, and various odds and ends sitting out in the driveway? Donate them to Goodwill, have a recycling service pick them up, or simply drive them to the dump yourself. In other words, get rid of them in a hurry if you want to sell your home this year.

What does your front pavement look like? Are the stones in your front yard path leading up to your door in good condition? If they are missing a few stones here and there, why not invest in some timely replacements? Likewise, if your driveway is patchy or crumbly, it might be a good idea to have it professionally resurfaced. This is an investment of time and money that will pay dividends in a short amount of time.

 

A Profitable Sale Always Depends on an Excellent First Impression

The most important thing for you to keep in mind at all times is that the sale of your home will depend on an excellent first impression. This means that you need to do everything in your power to make sure that you impress a potential buyer right away.

 

Keeping your front yard in tip top condition is essential to getting the best possible price for your home. If you have any questions concerning how to do this, it's a good idea to speak to an expert. You can arrange a meeting with a local real estate expert for more information.


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The Latest Canadian Real Estate Market Trends
Posted on Sun, 30 Sep 2018, 12:10:00 PM  in My services
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Fortunately, there is never a dull day in the real estate market. The Canadian real estate market has been no exception. Earlier this year, the Canadian real estate market started off with a whimper. For the better half of this year, the Canadian market has reached a stalemate status.

 

Today's Canadian Real Estate Market Has Reached A Balanced StateThe Latest Canadian Real Estate Market Trends

According to the latest statics, the real estate market in Canada appears to be balanced. Toronto and Calgary have reached a balanced territory while Montreal and Vancouver are heading toward a seller's market.

In the latter part of 2017, Canada's housing inventory stood at 4.8 units compared to 4.9 units of housing inventory in the earlier part of 2017. Overall, Canada's long-term average for housing inventory is 4.2 months. Given the current statics, Canada's real estate market's supply equals demand.

 

Canadian's Home Prices Remain Stabilized

Even though Canada's real estate market has flattened, housing prices are still holding their valve. The national average home price was down to 6.4 percent recently. This average is due to having more condos than detached housing in Canada current housing mix.

Considering the at the current benchmark price for available housing, home valves in Canada rose one percent. CFEA predicts the national average price going up to 3.8 percent in 2019. The market increases are likely to be seen in Ontario, British Columbia, Quebec, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and Prince Edward Island markets. The Prairies, Newfoundland, and Labrador areas will probably continue to see more stability in their housing price markets.

 

The Reasons Behind Canada's Stabilized Housing Prices

Earlier this year, housing sales in Canada dropped 35 percent in Vancouver compared to the same time last year. Compared with the average priced home in Victoria, B.C., the benchmark price is still six times more than the average's family's income before taxes. House prices in these areas continue to rise. Using the Toronto area as an example, home sales are down 20 percent compared to a year ago. However, Toronto's home prices average eight times the typical Candian's household income.

In the current tepid markets of Prairies and Atlantic Canada changes in housing prices remain within the range of 2017 statics.

Economical housing markets are found in Saint John, N.B., Saint John, Nfld., and Regina Sask areas. Lower house pricing is available in the Charlottetown, Saskatoon, Halifax, and Edmonton areas. These housing prices are before the new mortgage regulations kicked in 2019.

 

The New Mortgage Rules For 2018 And How To Make Them Work For You

The new loan rules will affect around 100,000 homebuyers. These homebuyers will still qualify for a mortgage. However, they will not qualify the same loan amount in 2019.

Under the new regulations, an applicant's mortgage application will use a minimum qualifying rate. This qualifying rate is currently at 4.99 percent. In the majority of cases, a home buyer will be forced into a less expensive home than they could buy in the current year. If a potential homeowner waits until 2019 to buy a home, a larger down payment will be required.

These new rules could mean the average Canadian homeowner looking at homes around 20 percent cheaper. Those homeowners having issues qualifying under the new mortgage laws will have to make a different purchase price than they originally planned.

 

Summary

For those homeowners looking to renew their home mortgages, the lenders do not have to impose the new mortgage regulations. However, in some situations renewing borrowers could be in a position where they could face uncompetitive rates from their current mortgage holder. Also, because of the new mortgage regulations, current homeowners probably will not be able to shop around a better rate.


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How To Tell It Is Time To Sell Your Home
Posted on Sat, 15 Sep 2018, 12:10:00 PM  in Home selling tips,  My services
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Most Canadians may find it difficult to decide whether or not to sell their home. You may have an excellent reason for selling your home even if you love the house or condo. This fact is especially true when the house or condo cannot meet your changing needs. It is probably time to sell your home if any of the following apply to your situation.

 

Location is undesirableHow To Tell It Is Time To Sell Your Home

If your job is in a great location with excellent benefits and your house is too far for a commute, then selling your home makes sense. If you are retiring and wanting low maintenance, high-security community, it may be time to sell.

 

Size is undesirable

As you grow your family, you may need more room to accommodate the growth. One option is to renovate your current residence. Sometimes this option is unavailable due to space restrictions or lack of available permits for an extension. When this option is void, selling your home and finding a larger one may be your best bet.

On the other side, if all of your children have left the nest and you are left with a seven-bedroom home for two people, it might be time to sell. If you move fast enough, you may proceed to the smaller house before any of the kids decide to move back.

 

Memories are undesirable

When a person has experienced a traumatic event such as divorce, death, or home invasion, it may be necessary to move and leave the memories behind you. In this situation, it is important to explore your financial status and other personal goals before making a rash decision. You should make sure it is the right move for you.

 

New Home Tips

Once you have decided it is time to move, you will be investigating new homes. You want to ensure your new home has been well maintained and free from hidden problems. When looking at a new home, look at the following:

  • Fire- The house should have working smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.
  • Roof- The type of material (wood, asphalt, tar, steel, etc.) can significantly influence the life of a roof.
  • Windows- The windows should be well sealed. If there is dust and other debris in the windowsills, this fact could mean extra costs in window replacement.
  • Foundation- The foundation should be clear of any cracks or damage.
  • Wiring- Some older homes still use knob and tube aluminum wiring. This type can be hard and expensive to replace. Some insurance providers will not insure a house with this type of wiring.
  • Plumbing- Copper plumbing can cause issues in older homes. You should also check for leaks and proper water pressure.
  • Yard- The yard should be well maintained to verify it is vermin free.
  • Exterior- You should inspect the exterior of the home for cracks in vinyl, decaying areas in stucco, rotten wood/ siding, etc. This type of no repair can be expensive to replace.
  • Bathroom and Kitchen areas- You should inspect the areas around the tub, shower, and sink to ensure no water damage or mould is present. You should also look around the toilet area to guarantee no leaks are present.
  • Appliances- Some homes are sold with the machines. These appliances should be well maintained and work. Some homeowners will leave old stoves and refrigerators in the home, so they do not have to transport the items to the trash.

 

When you decide to purchase or sell a home in Canada, be sure to follow the above tips. They can save you time and money. They can also help you with the big decision of whether to sell or not.


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Canadian Real Estate Market in 2018
Posted on Fri, 31 Aug 2018, 03:10:00 PM  in My services
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Canadian Real Estate Market in 2018

Canadian Real Estate Market in 2018

Overview

The real estate market in Canada last year suffered lower overall sales. In 2018, the market has started at a slow pace. However, toward the end of 2017, the market had flattened out.

 

Current Activity In The Canadian Real Estate Market

In the spring and summer months of last year, activity was down with the numbers of listings increasing. This situation brought small increasing residential pricing for housing. With this situation, the market had moderate increases and flattened out toward the end of 2017. Even though activity and sales of Canadian real estate were booming before 2017, amendments to mortgage regulations have caused a slowing of the Candaisn's real estate market.

With the new amendments to mortgage regulations, all lenders must qualify new loan applicants. Also, those renewing a mortgage or negotiating a new lender must follow these new regulations. As of 2018, all loan applicants are qualified on the mortgage rates which run around 200 points more than previously discounted mortgage rates. These new regulations were voted on and approved in the latter part of last year. These regulations went into effect on January 1, 2018.

 

What Do These New Regulations Mean For The Canadian Real Estate Market

While the earlier boom in real estate sales may be over, the Candian real estate market is in a state of balance. Concerning months of inventory, in the late part of 2017 in housing inventory, the average months of housing inventory were 4.8 months. The number of months of inventory signifies how it could take to liquate actual inventories at the present rate of sales activity. Overall, the current long-time average is 5.2 months. Presently, these numbers represent a balanced market showing the housing inventory is meeting the demand.

 

CREA

The most disappointing outlook comes from The Candian Real Estate Association. CREA is a trade organization that includes over 100,000 of real estate brokers, and agents in Canada. CREA has dramatically lowered its real estate sales project for 2018. CREA's financial analysts feel the stronger mortgage rules and affordability issues in Canda's real estate markets will slow the Canadian real estate market.

CREA has posted a possible decrease of 5.3% in the number of actual home sales. CREA has projected a 1.4% decrease in national average housing prices for this year. This decrease is based off last year's average housing price of $503,400, bring the average housing price for 2018 at 496, 353. If CREA statistics forecast is accurate, this year would be the first year the national housing price has decreased since the worldwide recession in 2008.

 

The Forecast For Buyers

Unfortunately, stricter lending regulations usually indicate possible higher interest rates. For buyers, they will not be able to afford the same home as they could have bought just last year. On average for the new home buyer, their housing budget will have to be reduced from 5% to 25%. On borrowers qualifying for a mortgage with a down payment of less than 20% would see an 18% reduction in the maximum purchase price in the home they could buy.

As a buyer, a mortgage pre-approval is a good idea before you start shopping for your home. For home borrowers having issues qualifying with a traditional lender, a non-prime lender could be a good choice. Non-prime lenders will allow higher debt ratios. However, these lenders charge higher mortgage rates. Some non-prime lenders may charge a lower interest rate but make up for their lost revenue by adding additional fees.

 

Summary

The days of selling a home in a week or two are gone. However, the changes in the market will warrant rapid housing price changes creating a balance stable real estate market in Canada.


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Some Ideas For Affordable Cities In Canada
Posted on Thu, 30 Nov 2017, 09:25:00 AM  in Home buying tips,  My services
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Canada's cities are a mix of affordability. Some are more expensive, while others are less expensive. If you are looking to move from a high-cost city to an affordable one, here are some great suggestions for you to consider. The average Canadian home costs over $440K, but there are places where you can find a bargain in the country if you know where to look. As an interesting side note, the average home value has increased by 9.4% since March 2014.

 

  1. Trois-Rivieres, Quebec

 

This city is part of the French-speaking Quebec province. It's got a wonderfully French/European feel, but more importantly the median home price is only $147,000 for a detached home. According to Desjardins, Trois-Rivieres is the #1 out of 20 for most affordable cities. Joblessness is at a relatively higher rate than the rest of Canada, which is something to remember.

 

  1. Hamilton, Ontario

 

Hamilton is practically a stone's throw away from Upstate New York. However, this province is known for being significantly more affordable than New York City. The median price of a detached home in Hamilton is $350,000 and Hamilton also offers a relatively favorable job market.Some Ideas For Affordable Cities In Canada

 

  1. The Prairies

 

This region of Canada is comparatively low-priced when considering the rest of the country. This part of the country has a solid economy which is based on agriculture, cattle, and sheep. Being in a rural location, this means that The Prairies has plenty of inventory relative to the number of people living there.

 

  1. Thunder Bay

 

This is a small city of just over 100,000 people with plenty of great home prices. It's also a great place to find an income property, being a gateway to the west coast of Canada. Plenty of sectors are booming in Thunder Bay, whether you're looking to work in real estate, accounting, health care, or manufacturing.

 

  1. London, Ontario

 

It's named after the big city in the U.K., but this place is known for having an average home price of $265,370 in 2015. This area currently features an unemployment rate of just 6.9%. London itself is a city which operates as it's own separate municipality.

 

  1. Saguenay, Quebec

 

The economy of this province is based heavily on research and technology. It's also the home to 3 large industrial parks, and has a rapidly-growing biotechnology/genomics industry. The average home price in this province is just $180,693 as of 2015. Even better, the average annual increase in home values has been steady at just 2.6% per year.

 

  1. Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island

 

This province has a population of 34,562 as of 2011, but the average home value is just $163,533 as of 2015. This province has a economy with plenty of government jobs, and has some light manufacturing as well. Chemical companies, biotech companies, and manufacturing companies all call Charlottetown home.

 

Canada is a great place to look if you want to find the right real estate deal as there are opportunities everywhere. Looking for the right home purchase is just a matter of finding the best place to look. Wherever you would like to live, there is a significant chance that you'll be able to find the best home for you and your family.


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Tips for Buying or selling a home in Canada
Posted on Wed, 15 Nov 2017, 09:20:00 AM  in My services,  Home buying tips,  Home selling tips
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Purchasing or selling a house in Canada is a massive undertaking involving the largest financial and lifestyle choices you have ever made. Choosing wisely and procuring a fantastic deal from the present property market in Canada, consider whether it is the right time for you to market, understand what to look for in an open home, know the particulars of negotiating contracts and maintain curiosity about paying your mortgage as quickly as you can. Keep on reading to learn Like many Canadians; it could be tricky to determine whether to sell your house or not. Even in the event that you love your house or condominium, you might have a great reason to sell, particularly if it doesn't satisfy your changing requirements. If one of these characteristics explains your situation, you're most likely ready to proceed. When you've got a job offer in a fantastic place with great possibility for long-term labor, or whether you're prepared to retire and expect for security and reduced maintenance of a retirement area, sell your house makes sense. On the flip side, if the final of those six kids eventually moved out of your seven-room residence, it may be time for you to decrease the size until these decides to split down! Just take some opportunity to assess your financial situation and your individual goals, so it is possible to create a move that's ideal for you. Before you purchase a house in Canada, you wish to understand that the property was well preserved so that you may prevent trouble and hidden costs later on.

Tips for Buying or selling a home in CanadaSome of the most common exemptions at a bidding supply are subject to financing, are subject to review and therefore are subject to purchase. Subject to financing clauses, there isn't much room for discussion. Buyers can't remove this debate clause throughout the bidding / probate procedure unless they may have a lot of funds and don't require a mortgage or require a comparatively small and effortless mortgage. Bear in mind, if the purchaser didn't require a mortgage, then he likely wouldn't have made the deal to fund in the first location.

Notwithstanding the review exemptions are usually contained in a purchaser's offer to purchase a house. As it shouldn't require more than a couple of days to arrange a review, this is a simple negotiating clause. However, since with the funding clause, you may attempt to negotiate a shorter interval to finish the review to speed up things. Unless the sale plan could be negotiated concerning the total amount of time that it provides for your buyers to market your existing home. Any purchaser who already owns a house can probably not afford the price of 2 houses at one moment. Nevertheless, no matter how worried you need to proceed, permit the buyer a fantastic period of time to create a record and market your dwelling. Generally, four or even six months are thought to be fair. Remove the topic of the revenue clause or leave the contract and produce the bid determined. When you get a house in Canada, be sure to understand precisely which items and appliances will be included with your purchase. The following few components of the contract state precisely this, permitting the purchaser and the seller to agree what's going to stay and what is going to occur. If one of these characteristics explains your situation, you're most likely ready to proceed. When you've got a job offer in a fantastic place with great possibility for long-term labor, or whether you're prepared to retire and expect for security and reduced maintenance of a retirement area, sell your house makes sense.


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Choosing A Sales Representative To Meet Your Needs
Posted on Sat, 15 Apr 2017, 01:15:00 PM  in My services
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Are you thinking of buying or selling a house in Canada. It can be a tricky process to go through if you have to do it all on your own. That is why most professionals will recommend that you hire a Sales representative to meet your needs. There are plenty of them around, so do not feel bad about passing a few up if they just don’t feel right to you.

Here are a few things to keep in mind when choosing a sales representative to meet your needs:

 Choosing A Sales Representative To Meet Your Needs

You Have To Trust Them

If you are hiring a sales representative to buy or sell a house for you in today’s market, then it is imperative that you trust them completely. You are literally handing your rights to this person and asking them to make deals that will have a significant impact on you, your family, and anyone else that is involved. If you feel like they are not telling you the truth then you need to move on to an representative that you feel will be completely honest with you. If you feel like your representative just isn’t doing all that they can to help you, then you and your loved ones deserve to move on until you can find a representative that will do just that. You never have to settle for a representative that doesn’t meet your needs and that cannot be trusted. There are plenty out there that will listen to you and earn your trust in all of the ways that you need them to.

 

Don’t Be Afraid To Investigate

You have every right to ask your sales representative about their qualifications, certifications, licenses, and experiences. These professionals should be happy to tell you all about the wonderful things that they have accomplished for families just like yours. Do not be afraid to ask for proof as these representatives should be treating the first meeting or two like an interview. They should have resumes, profiles, and experiences all mapped out for you to view while you are getting to know them. You may also do a bit of research online to find out if they have a valid license that is currently in good standing. You have every right to find out who you will be handing your information to.

 

If You Are Selling, Ask For Their Opinions

If you are selling a house, then you will likely need their opinion on how to do certain things within the house. You are going to want to ask them such things as how much your house is worth, and what you can do to ensure that your house sells quickly. You are going to want to ask them what factors of your house diminish or take away from the price you would like to get for your home. You may even ask what about your house is unique and how to play up the features of your house that you would like to showcase.

 

Ask About Paperwork Upfront

You never want to find yourself in a situation where your sales representative is constantly giving you paperwork to sign that you had no idea existed. A crucial part to getting to know your representative is asking them about paperwork upfront. If these agents are willing to work with you, then they will not be afraid to let you know about all of the signatures that you’re going to have to provide during this process.


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Questions To Ask Your Real Estate Agent When Selling Your Home
Posted on Tue, 15 Nov 2016, 12:55:00 PM  in My services
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So you know you’re selling your home and you know you want it to sell. You want to give yourself the best chance to make a quick sale that is fair for everyone, and so you’ve decided that you want to hire a real estate agent. Great choice!Questions To Ask Your Real Estate Agent When Selling Your Home

Now that you are looking for a real estate agent to sell your beautiful Canadian home, you need to know what questions to ask them. You really want to know who you are working with. So below we have outlined a few questions that you should consider asking your new potential real estate agent.

 

How Many Clients Are You Currently Representing?

There are two things you need to consider for when asking this question. You need to consider whether or not you think this real estate agent is too busy or too free (meaning having very few customers). You also need to consider whether or not you feel your real estate is being upfront and honest with you when they answer this question. If your gut feeling says “move on”, it is probably worth listening to.

 

How Many Homes Have You Sold?

Again, there are two things to consider when asking this question. If they are young and have sold many homes you may want to ask what makes them successful. If they are older and have sold few homes you may wish to consider what reason they have for only having sold a few homes in their career.

 

Are Your Fees Negotiable?

This is a great question to ask because you will find out very quickly which agents are not worth working with. If your potential real estate agent says that they have fees that are non-negotiable, then walk away. If your agent isn’t willing to work with you, even a little bit, there are plenty out other that will. You deserve to have a real estate agent that you can talk to and work with.

 

How Much Money Do You Think My Home Is Worth?

It may seem tempting to stick with the one agent that says your home is worth thousands of dollars more than the other three agents. Don’t be tempted by this statement. This is almost always a bad sign unless you know for sure that they have a rock-solid method of selling your home, or unless you do not want to sell your home quickly. Stick with the real estate agent that has seen a lot of homes similar to yours selling for the price that they are suggesting. You want to make the most of your deal, but sitting on a house for months just because the asking price is too high? That is just plain silly.

 

Are You In Good Standing? Can I See Your Real Estate License?

There are websites that allow you to check to see if your real estate agent is legitimate and if their license is currently in good standing. They should have absolutely no problem providing this information to you for that very reason. If they do not show you their license or give you the information to look up you can assume that they are not in good standing or that they are fraudulent. There are many frauds out there that will assume you are unknowing and steal money from you. They will provide you with nothing, or come up with documentation that is completely inaccurate or fake. If you ask no other questions, please ask this one.


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Save Energy and Money In Your New Home
Posted on Fri, 30 Sep 2016, 12:45:00 PM  in My services
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Moving into your new home can be very costly when you add in the supplies, moving company and gas money. You may find yourself looking for ways to save money after your big move. Conserving energy is a great way to save money after moving into your new home. It also allows you to start over in a healthier environment. Use the following tips to save energy in your new home.

Adjust The Thermostat

Turn your thermostat up in the summer and down in the winter. You can always find other ways to cool or heat your home in extreme weather. A programmable thermostat allows you to keep the temperature adjusted when you are not home. You may be surprised at how much money you can save with this method.

lights-energyTrap The Air Inside

You should always keep the doors and windows closed when you are using the heat or air conditioner. It is also recommended to check and seal any gaps. You may find yourself turning the heat or air conditioner up if there are any leaks in your home.

Cover The Windows

Keep the cold air out of your home by closing the blinds at night during the winter season. Leaving the blinds open during the day allows you to warm up your home without turning up the thermostat. During the summer season, close the blinds to keep the sunlight from warming up your home.

Switch to LED Light Bulbs

LED light bulbs use 75 percent less energy than standard light bulbs. The best part is the LED bulbs are bright enough to provide ample lighting.

Unplug Your Electronics

It is no secret that turning off the electronics you are not using can save energy. However, keeping them plugged in may still use energy because there is still power flowing into the device. You can save more energy by turning off and unplugging the electronics. One idea is to invest in a power strip that is designed to stop the power from flowing once you turn the device off.

Trade In Your Desktop For A Laptop

A laptop uses less energy than your desktop, and it is easier to unplug a laptop when you are done using it.

Use Energy Efficient Appliances

Investing in energy efficient appliances is a great way to save energy around the clock. The appliances are designed to perform without using a lot of energy.

Eco-Friendly Laundry Method

You can save up to 40 cents per load by washing your clothes in cold water. If you have the time, hang your laundry on a clothesline instead of placing them in the dryer.

Reduce Your Shower Time

You can conserve water and save up to $15 per year if you cut your shower time by at least a minute. You can save up to $100 per year by cutting your shower down to five minutes.

Fix The Faucet

Do not wait too long to fix the leaky faucet in your bathroom or kitchen. A leaky faucet consumes a lot of water and raises your utility bill over time.

Keep It Clean

Dust can cause your furnace filter, vents, air conditioner, appliances and even your light fixtures not to work properly. This means they are going to use more energy to do their job. It is recommended to check and clean these items regularly.

It is easy to save energy in your new home. All you have to do is keep your home clean, seal up the leaks and make several changes. You can lower your utility bills and create a healthy environment in your new home.


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