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October 2018

A Window In Your Kitchen Floor. The Reason? Click To Find Out…

At first glance, you might be thinking “bomb shelter”… but it’s really more like the bomb. I’m not exactly sure how this would affect resale value, but ya know what — I don’t care. It’s the slickest upgrade I’ve seen in a home in a long while. And I’m jealous! From this angle is just looks weird and out of place. Ah, it’s a hatch door to a room below. What’s down there? The most...

Open House Etiquette 101: A Guide For Buyers

Open houses can be an interesting experience for first-time buyers and seasoned buyers alike — especially if the owners are still living in the home. It can be a bit awkward walking through someone’s home, looking at their things, and judging whether their property is a place you can envision as a home for you and your family. But it doesn’t have to be awkward! As long as you know what’s...

13 Weird Real Estate Facts To Entertain Your Brain

1. The makers of “Extreme Makeover Home Edition” had to downsize their makeovers due to families not being able to afford utility bills. Photo by Mike Yukhtenko on Unsplash 2. The world’s largest treehouse has over 80 rooms, 10 floors and has taken the builder over 14 years to build. Photo by Aaron Burden on Unsplash 3. From 1949 – 1952, the white house was completely gutted and...

9 Surefire Signs You’ve Outgrown Your Home

When you first moved into your house, you probably felt like the king or queen of your castle. But over time, as you began to accumulate everything from furnishings and appliances to children and pets, your home may seem to have shrunk. While the square footage hasn’t changed, your living space has likely undergone a significant downsizing with so many other people and things fighting for house...

7 Pricing Myths You Need to Get Past If You Want to Sell Your Home

When homeowners are preparing to put their properties on the market, one aspect is usually foremost in their minds: money. Setting the asking price accurately can mean the difference between getting an offer quickly and having a house languish for months, drawing little interest. With that in mind, it’s important that potential sellers block out a lot of the noise that often surrounds the intricate...

8 Creative Ways to Revive Thanksgiving Leftovers

Ditch overstuffed sandwiches in favor of these good-as-new dish ideas. For some of us, leftovers are the whole point of Thanksgiving. Really, is there anything better than a late-night turkey sandwich piled high with stuffing, mashed potatoes and relish? But after your fourth such meal, it's easy to start questioning the impulse that had you toting home all those plastic containers. Before you give up...

17 Dad Joke One-Liners That’ll Have You Groaning (Real Estate Version)

The might just be the best (or worst?) dad joke one-liners you’ll ever see — real estate related or not. Whether you’re being subjected to this type of humor on a daily basis, or remembering them with nostalgia this Father’s Day… enjoy! And to the dads reading this, Happy Father’s Day! You can’t go wrong with a nice, healthy list of clean dad jokes to add to your repertoire when it’s...

8 Mistakes First-Time Home Sellers Make & How to Avoid Them

Plenty of home sellers consider their places to be coveted properties that others would be lucky to own. But, that hubris can often lead to trouble when it comes to actually landing an offer and closing a sale. First-time sellers in particular exhibit some self-sabotaging behaviours that can trip them up on the way getting the deal done. The following are the most common mistakes they make and how to...

Know This Before You Do Any Home Improvements

When you do any home improvement, you probably figure it’s also going to improve the value of your home. And it probably will improve the value… but, probably not as much as it cost you. In other words, if you spend $1,000 (for example), it probably won’t improve the value by $1,000 or more. Statistically speaking, it will probably only improve the value by a fraction of that amount. So, the...

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