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What you can expect when you replace your hvac system

An HVAC system is essential if you want to keep your home comfortable and running efficiently. The system maintains your heating and air conditions in your house. However, the system is prone to wear and tear. Even with the right maintenance practices, there comes a time when you will need to replace your HVAC system.…

Down Payment Assistance: Grants vs. Loans

Typically reserved for first time home buyers, although that’s not always the case, down payment assistance can help buyers gather up enough funds to buy and finance a home. These funds can be used for a down payment, closing costs or a combination of both. Closing costs can come in the form of one-time fees…

6 Tips For Staging When Selling Real Estate

Real Estate agents and owners alike take many factors into consideration when wishing to sell a home, including where to advertise, whether to list with multiple agents, what and how much are similar homes priced in your area, setting a reasonable sales price, and enhancing the curb appeal of a house by getting rid of…

HOA Tenant Tenets

One of the issues that many HOAs grapple with is renters. Some ban them outright, others limit their number. Most live and let live. Interestingly, the HOA has no direct legal authority over renters, only its homeowners. This disconnect creates some practical problems for the board or Manager in communicating with tenants since there is…

Co-Signing? Consider These Points

Co-signing is an awfully nice thing to do for those that need a little help qualifying for a home. Usually it’s a parent helping a child, but it can also be for a relative or close friend. It’s certainly not an uncommon request and, for those who are able, it’s a great way to get…

The Power of SEO – How to Grow Your Online Presence

In 2019, it’s not enough for your business to simply be online. You have to cultivate a unique, highly visible, and authoritative presence to stand out from the crowd, and place highly in search rankings. Search engine optimization (SEO) is the art of doing exactly that. What is SEO? When a user searches a keyword,…

5 Designer Tips on How to Mix and Match Furniture

It is likely that, over the years, you’ve accumulated an amount of furniture from ever-changing trends and from dressers and coffee tables that have been handed down through generations, forcing you to have no other option but to mix and match different styles and designs. Don’t stress – by following only a few tips, you…

Inspection vs. AVM vs. Appraisal

All three of these terms involve some sort of activity on a property. An inspection, an Automated Valuation Model, or AVM and an appraisal. While related, they all have different functions but sometimes they’re confused with one another. Let’s take a closer look. A property inspection is ordered by the buyers. While not required by…

Identifying Dangerous Products in the Home

Thousands of new products are introduced for consumer use every year, providing convenience and recreation for every member of the household. But every now and then these new products present unexpected dangers. Last year, the Consumer Products Safety Program (CPSP), part of Health Canada, received 2,355 reports about dangerous products, of which 22 involved a…