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So, this post might be awkward for some to read. And it certainly will get exponentially more awkward if you already bought a house with a spouse and DIDN'T do any of these. But some of the most productive talks are those awkward ones because they need to happen! More and more people are foregoing that whole marriage thing and buying a house before any nuptials. And that's great. But there are some things everyone should do that might seem like common sense, but simply don't get done. Everyone needs to acknowledge worst case scenarios, putting heads in the sand is a recipe for disaster. Let's get into it:

1) This one in my opinion is the hugest on this list - discuss credit history with each

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Ever say this when you've been shopping for a home? "I just hate the paintjob here". Good agents will always remind the buyers that paint can be corrected without too much hassle, and we stand by that. In fact, here are some tips to make the process even easier, dare I say even somewhat fun...ok, let's not get crazy, but with some wine and these tips, maybe it won't be too bad at all! Actually first tip: wait until you're done before you crack the wine...

1) A brilliant paint job—free of clumps and unwanted "texture"—starts with getting just the right amount of paint on your brush. This ridiculously simple trick can help: Wrap a rubber band vertically around your paint can so that it bisects the

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Saskatoon housing market stable despite downturn



In case you didn't want to read the whole article, here are some important things to take away from the article:

-the average price of a home in Saskatoon declined just 1.2 per cent from the first quarter of 2016, to $340,303.

-Martensville’s population ballooned by 25 per cent over the last five years, but growth has since slowed to more sustainable levels, allowing commercial and industrial development to catch up.

-Saskatoon recorded 723 sales worth a total of $246 million in the first three months of the year, compared to 714 sales totalling $245.8 million in the same

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Home renovations are one of the least fun things in the world. Your life is thrown into chaos and it's always more cash than you figured it would be. Now, we can't do anything about the disruptions they cause but we think we might be able to help you with the cost angle.

1) Try not to do a complete remodel. By that we mean, refurbish existing fixtures. Replace handles, stain the cabinetry, replace drawer handles, reface moldings. These sorts of things can give your kitchen a significantly improved look without the enormous pain and costs of redoing a kitchen. In fact, restaining cabinets can save you 50% in regards to buying new cabinetry!

2) Pick decent,

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So as many of you may have heard, a fairly important new provincial budget just got released, and it did affect a lot of things. STC, libraries, cigarettes, BEER! But as it pertains to real estate, there was one significant change, and that was PST expanding to construction serves. Here's the basic rundown:

Starting April 1, the provincial sales tax (PST) will be expanded to construction services. After some initial confusion within the industry as to what that meant exactly, the province has clarified that it won't be a full six per cent applied to contracts.

So under the current system, PST is applied to building materials that go into a construction project.

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There have been long held vestiges of popularity in Saskatoon, and for the longest time our city of bridges has been very east/west side. Thankfully, we are starting to see these barriers being broken down, with many buyers looking for value on both sides of the River. Buyers are recognizing that their almighty dollar might stretch a bit further in some of Saskatoon's more-up-and coming areas. Here are some always popular areas with a fast sell time and high list-sale ratio currently in Saskatoon, as well as the areas that are now feeling the effect trickling down effect! If you live in one of these areas, and are thinking of selling, now may be the time!

1) Varsity View & Nutana and the effect

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Selling your house involves a lot of common sense things, namely decluttering, cleaning, putting away the disco ball...but the fact is, you still are allowing people you don't know into your home, and access to every room in the house. This means some basic safety guidelines are in order to protect your privacy and personal things in your home.

1) Hide your valuables. It's exceedingly rare for any buyer to have a seedy agenda when viewing a home, but it's still a good idea to have your important keepsakes tucked away from plain view. Also prescription drugs. Again, 99.9999% of buyers would never even consider illicit activity in regards to being grabby while viewing a house but why not err on the

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Let's be honest, March isn't the most fun month. For every beautiful glimpse of spring we see, we get two retreats back into the winter darkness. Everything melts on a Tuesday, Thursday brings down an 8 cm snowfall. But that doesn't mean you're excused from some basic home maintenance jobs that every responsible home owner should get on top of when March hits. The cool thing? These are all SO EASY, anybody can do these without searching youtube 'how to' videos.

1) Clean those gutters! Get those pine needles out of there, along with debris. . Overflowing gutters and blocked downspouts can damage siding and foundations. If you're feeling really conscientious, you can install a gutter guard, which

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If you just bought a new house, furniture shopping can be fun. Appliance shopping, generally not so much. Luckily for you, Team Turnkey looked into some clever little secrets behind buying them, and will share them here to make the process much less painful!

1) Look beyond advertised prices. Big manufacturers dictate the minimum prices stores can advertise for. BUT! That doesn't mean the actual cost is the same. If you approach a sale associate with this information in mind, there's a decent chance you can get it for less that advertised price. Consume Reports says that on average, people who haggle save around $200! I'd say that's worth the effort.

2) Time

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If you're reading this, you probably own a home. There is also a good chance that not only do you own a home, but you aren't exactly sure where all the really important things are in that home. Let's make sure you know where five of the most imporant ones are

1) Where is my water valve?

Every home is different, but you can likely find your main valve near the perimeter of your house, at ground level, nearest your water meter. If your water pipes are visible (in the basement, for example), follow them until you reach the main inlet and valve. It's possible it could be somewhere out of sight, like in a crawl space or closet but this isn't common. If you can't

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