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Energy upgrades that can help your home sell faster Moving is stressful. Between hoping you’ll get the price you want for your current home and then packing up all your possessions into boxes, it’s no wonder that by the end you swear “I’m never doing this again!” According to a recent CENTURY 21 Canada survey which asked more than 1000 real estate agents what homeowners want, homes with energy efficient features are increasingly important to buyers, and they’re willing to pay a premium for appliances and upgrades that increase efficiency. But where should you start with so many options on the market? It really depends on your budget. Low cost upgrades (under $100): Light fixtures: If some of your lighting is looking a bit dated, you may need to upgrade it…
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Now I should preface this by saying I'm not speaking for all REALTORS® with this post, but I can say with quite a bit of certainty I do speak for a lot, certainly our team. For the record we absolutely love working with sellers, we take great pride in pricing properly, keeping our sellers updated on market conditions, making sure the property looks as good as possible, etc. But just in the name of good fun, today we'll reveal some secret thoughts that many REALTORS® have during the selling process.

1) "You think your home is worth HOW MUCH?"

I think my favorite part of our listing presentation is the section on how NOT to price a home. We run down a list of

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Everyone likes the idea of a fixer-upper. That is, until you're actually fixing it. Nothing has the potential to destroy a marriage quicker than a huge fix-up project, other than maybe Monopoly. But obviously given the right set of circumstances, they can make a lot of sense. Let's examine some of those.

1) Well, they're real cheap, aren't they? Usually they are priced very very low in accordance with all the fixups required. The National Association of Homebuilders, says people shopping for a fixer-upper can expect to spend 20% to 25% less than what they'd have to shell out for comparable homes that are move-in ready. Homes with serious issues—such as with the foundation, termites, or

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We know, this isn't a super-fun concept. Buyer's are more educated than ever. and in almost every case, they have every intention of using that knowledge to obtain the best possible purchase price for their next house. And now that we find ourselves squarely in a buyer's market, all of the buyer's leverage will be amplified accordingly. If you're a seller, and you have every intention of selling in this market, this isn't necessarily a reason to panic, although it is necessary to refine your selling approach to achieve your goal of selling the house in a timely manner. How's that done? Well, let's take a look and lay out what needs to be done in a market like this:

1) Price the thing right! This

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Debt has a bad rep. And it should! There are more bad kinds of debt than good, and when as anybody knows, it can get out of hand rather quickly with a couple of big purchases. But let's dig a little deeper into debt as it pertains to the average Canadian household. It is true Canadian debt has reached an all-time high. However, a closer look reveals it's not irresponsible debt.

It's worth nothing that the biggest portion of debt is related to mortgages (two thirds to be more specific), while the remaining third is split between consumer credit (29%) and other loans.

Also, the growth in household debt has been a logical progression from ultra-low interest rates.…
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Sun is out, it's a Monday...let's keep things simple today. Here are some tips to help the moving process, if you have children and/or pets.

1) Start preparing ahead of time. This involves a lot of discussion with your kids, especially young ones, about the move. This gives them time to wind down, figure out the new situation, accept the change. Have a Q & A session with them. All of this helps with the transition, moving day can be a very challenging day for young kids who weren't adequately prepared.

2) Visit the new area. Take the kids and pets to parks around the house. Let them see how much fun the new area has to offer. If there is a dog park, and your

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First off to be clear, I am aware I don't have to tell most of you to buy a house in summer months - they are the busiest of the year for a reason. But I still would like to take some time to shed some clarity on certain perceptions have regarding buying between June-August.

1) Prices aren't necessarily higher. At all. A common myth suggests it's always a sellers market during this time, and as such, prices are generally higher. Of course this can be true in certain cases, it's far from a constant. Don't believe me? Examine our current market as a good example. Saskatoon is squarely in a buyer's market last time we checked, and I'm writing this on June 19. The point is, each summer has to be

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On paper, the word "comparable" is pretty vague. There is no official criteria for it, and so many times the concept is applied incorrectly, yet it's the main tool for figuring out the right price on a property. A huge part of a good REALTOR® is not only analyzing comparable properties in the proper way, but also explaining why they're relevant. Let us take this opportunity to share some hard facts about those things to help you establish a logical criteria.

1) Some agents get most frustrated at the "well, the house on my street sold for _____ amount" reference point when it comes to pricing a house. And I get that (we will talk about that below), but I think the biggest misconception is the

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Far too often, people sell their house and along the way, learn some tough lessons that they could have known before if they spoke with the right people
(For example, The Turnkey Group...). It's never a fun thing to look back in hindsight and wish you could have done some things differently. So if you're selling, here are some good pieces of selling wisdom that we would like to impart BEFORE you list your place.

1)You see "kitschy home stuff", buyers see a bunch of clutter. Seriously, de-cluttering a house is maybe the most important thing you can do as a seller. It not only helps the optics of making sure your square footage is being appreciated, it also helps the buyer assume there is pride of

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Whether you prefer to tent, reconfigure the van, or stretch out in your comfy RV, Saskatchewan camping facilities all over the province provide the selection and value you want. National parks, provincial parks, regional or private campgrounds – it’s your choice. Search now for detailed information about what’s available. And don’t forget the marshmallows! Looking to start planning your weekend getaway? Start here and view the top summer car camping items to take with you on your trip. Items range from batteries to stoves, sleeping bags, kettles, coolers and pots..
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