How to Determine a Seller’s Market

What the Heck is a Seller’s Market? There are no better words in the English dictionary that can make a home owner do their infamous happy dance than these four little words: “it’s a seller’s market”. So….you ask….how do you know if it really is a seller’s market and what exactly does that mean? I’m…

Dealing with Bully Offers in a Hot Market

Bully offers are not illegal but they are controversial and stressful for sellers. Real estate professionals can get themselves into trouble if they don’t handle them correctly. Canadian real estate markets have generally cooled down during the last year, but there are always popular neighborhoods where bidding wars between buyers end up frustrating potential homeowners.…

Great Exterior Tips for Selling Properties

  Selling a home is one of the most challenging and stressful parts of the homeownership process. When you are looking to sell your home, there are many tips that should be followed that can help you to sell your home faster and at a better price. There are also a variety of tips that…

Does Hardwood Flooring Increase Property Values?

Hardwood flooring is valued for its beauty and charm as well as its overall durability. Wood floors are also hygienic and easy to clean, making them an excellent choice for those bothered by dust and other irritants that tend to get trapped in carpet fibers. While there is an endless list of reasons to choose…

The Bath: Enjoy It Before You Sell It

Friends of mine decided to sell their townhouse a while back and immediately knew what they had to do to demand top dollar, if not, multiple contracts: get the house in shape. A couple of weeks, two contractors and $10,000-plus later, they had new carpet, new kitchen appliances with white flooring, new paint throughout (including…

How to Beat Sellers’ Stress

Three things are certain in life: death, taxes … and undue stress caused by moving. Whether or not you use the services of a Realtor® to help you wade through the uncertain waters of the buy-and-sell process, moving is stressful, period. And there’s not much you can do to avoid it. And we’re not just…

To Rent or Sell Your Vacant Home

To Rent or Sell Your Vacant Home. Have you ever thought whether it would be better to rent or sell a vacant home that you own? Maybe you already have someone renting this house, or you have been considering renting it to tenants, but would that really be the better choice? Deciding whether or not to…

Prepare Your Kitchen for a Home Sale

Redeveloping a kitchen can be very expensive, and you might not get back all the money invested in selling. Instead of redoing everything, you can make small changes to get your kitchen up to date. Opt for a new painting rather than new closets and change your appliances. If the equipment is really old and…

How to Keep For-Sale Properties Safe

Congratulations, you’ve put your property on the market! That’s a huge step toward the next phase of your life, whether that’s buying a new house or just selling off a rental property. But for potential intruders, that for-sale sign means something else entirely. Burglars sometimes target for-sale properties because they know those properties might be…

9 Tips for Selling Your House in Winter

With people away on trips and cold weather making house hunting less appealing, winter can be a challenging time to sell your home. On the other hand, fewer homes on the market means yours will get more attention from buyers. By upping the cozy factor, making the most of winter assets and paying attention to…

How Color Helps Sell Your Home

Yes! Just like curb appeal matters, the colors of your home can and will influence buyers. With that in mind, we explore which colors tend to appeal to the masses. The color scheme of your home, from the outside in, sets the tone. It’s like going to see a theatre play and seeing an intricately…

It’s a Whole New Zestimate as Zillow Announces $1 Million Winners – Or Is It?

Is Zillow’s Zestimate about to get better? It depends on how you define “better.” First, some background: We have written extensively about Zillow’s proprietary home valuation tool, which, according to the company, “is calculated from public and user-submitted data, taking into account special features, location, and market conditions.” Buyers and sellers love to hate the…