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Friday Oct 23rd, 2020 Share

An Offer Isn't Just About Price

    Whether you're a home buyer or seller, one of the most exciting, yet stressful parts of the entire real estate process is negotiating an offer. Many of us have spent a fretful few hours, or even a sleepless night, while an endless series of questions filled our minds: Will the price be appealing? Will the offer be accepted? Can we come to terms about conditions? Will the deal go through?  While price is most certainly a major – if not the major –...

Wednesday Oct 21st, 2020 Share

How to Install a Pet Door

    In. Out. Repeat. Sound familiar? Stop playing doorman and install a pet door in your home with this guide.     SHARON LEE   The first and most important step in determining whether a pet door is right for your home is to consider what issues might come from your pet’s new-found freedom. For instance, does your dog or cat have a tendency to run away? Or, do you live on a busy street? Will your neighbors mind if your pet is outside...

Friday Oct 16th, 2020 Share

A Winter ‘tune-up’ for your home

Getting Ready For Winter   Winter is a time of year when many of us resolve to get ourselves in trim, whether it’s joining the gym or a dance class, or perhaps buying some exercise machinery for our home.  We devote a lot of attention to our cars too, putting on the snow tires, changing to winter anti-freeze, loading a bag of salt in the trunk.  But what about a ‘tune-up” to get your home operating at top efficiency?  While we’re snuggled in at...

Tuesday Oct 13th, 2020 Share

Making the Most of a Winter Farmer’s Market

    Winter’s chill is in the air but there’s plenty to do in your hometown during the colder months including checking out a winter farmer’s market.     KATE SPEARS   Winter’s chill is in the air but there’s plenty to do in your hometown during the colder months including checking out a winter farmer’s market. Traditional farmer’s markets usually run from early spring to late fall, but...

Friday Oct 9th, 2020 Share

Prepare Your Home for Winter

    A Manitoba winter can be harsh, and the ice and snow can lead to big homeowner headaches if the proper precautions aren’t taken. Here are a few things that you should do to prepare your home for winter.     TAMARA OAKLEY   A Manitoba winter can be harsh, and the ice and snow can lead to big homeowner headaches if the proper precautions aren’t taken during the milder months of the year. Here are a few things that you should do...

Tuesday Oct 6th, 2020 Share

5 Home Staging Secrets from the Pros

    Home Design pros share their staging secrets for wowing potential home buyers. Suggestions include maximizing light, highlighting architectural features, minimizing visual distractions, and making selective low-cost updates.     ANNE WEST   If you are selling your home, these home staging secrets could help you get top dollar. 1. Know Your Buyer While you want to appeal to the broadest group of potential buyers, you also need to...

Friday Oct 2nd, 2020 Share

Moving Hacks that Make Life Easier

    Whether you are going across the country or across the street, moving can be stressful. Here are some helpful moving hacks that can save you time and money, and just maybe make your life a little easier!     STEPHEN MEADOWS   I’m just going to say it, “I hate moving!” My friends might not believe me since I have done it three times in two years. The only good part is that I’m getting pretty good at finding moving hacks...

Tuesday Sep 29th, 2020 Share

How to Engage in Virtual Open Houses

      Virtual tours and virtual open houses on social media are quickly becoming a popular option for buyers in place of the traditional open house – and offer an incredible opportunity that benefits the consumer.     MATTHEW LIPANI   The real estate industry is always transforming with the development of new technology, and real estate agents have adopted an array of tools that help them provide increasingly sophisticated services to...

Friday Sep 25th, 2020 Share

4 Early Fall Home Improvement Musts

      When it’s summertime, homeowners are usually too distracted by the lure of beaches and yardwork to focus on home improvement projects. By the time the fall season arrives, there’s usually a long list of things to do.     LOUISE GAILLARD   When it’s summertime, homeowners are usually too distracted by the lure of beaches and yardwork to focus on home improvement projects. By the time the fall season arrives,...

Tuesday Sep 22nd, 2020 Share

The Best Ways to Store Fruits and Veggies

to How do you store veggies and fruits? What can stay out on the counter and what needs to go in the fridge?     SHARON LEE   Guest post by Jennifer Tuohy To keep your food fresh, it’s important to know how to use the crisper drawers of your refrigerator properly. Follow the tips below for the best way to store fruits and vegetables both inside and outside of your refrigerator. In a Cool, Dark Place Never store these items in the fridge. Your...

Tuesday Sep 15th, 2020 Share

Move In and Cash Strapped? 6 Tips to Cut Expenses.

    Moving into a new home brings with it the promise of a fresh start and new experiences, but it can also bring some financial challenges. These ideas will help you shift from scrimping to saving in no time at all.     SAM SHALOM   The following is a guest post by Christy Matte Moving into a new home brings with it the promise of a fresh start and new experiences, but it can also bring some financial challenges. Rental or mortgage costs, paying...

Friday Sep 11th, 2020 Share

5 SECRETS TO CUTTING COSTS ON YOUR NEXT DIY HOME DESIGN OVERHAUL

    Transforming a tired living space into one that’s timelessly stylish and effortlessly practical comes with a number of cumulative costs, but there are plenty of ways to save money along the way.     SAM SHALOM   The following is a guest post by Alex Jones With many of us confined to staying at home during the current global pandemic, now could be the ideal time to embark on a DIY home design overhaul. Of course, transforming a tired...

Tuesday Sep 8th, 2020 Share

Dumb Smart Kitchen Gadgets and Smart Smart Kitchen Gadgets

          There are some very useful smart technologies for your connected kitchen. Here are a few from CES that should be on your list.     ATHENA SNOW       The following post is a guest contribution from Matthew Rathbun, executive vice president of Coldwell Banker Elite. I am a geek. I admit it. I’m fascinated by the Internet of Things and smart devices. I also love...

Friday Sep 4th, 2020 Share

Pros and Cons of Adding a Hot Tub

          Hot tubs come in a wide variety of options and can be found to fit most budgets. Check out these pros and cons to adding a hot tub.     SHARON LEE       Guest post by Peter Goldberg Purchasing a hot tub for your home is becoming more and more appealing to those looking to spark joy in their outdoor space. Even the top local landscaping designs...

Tuesday Sep 1st, 2020 Share

7 Areas a Home Inspection Doesn't Cover

7 Crucial Areas a Home Inspector Checklist Doesn’t Cover SHARE         Did you know these items aren’t on your home inspector’s checklist?     LINDSAY LISTANSKIAUG 28, 2015       Guest Contribution from HomeAdvisor Hiring a home inspector is a crucial part of buying or selling a home. An inspector will assess the home for potential problems and identify any issues...

Friday Aug 28th, 2020 Share

Real Estate as an Alternative Investment Opportunity

Real Estate an appealing alternative to volatile stock market   In today’s times of economic uncertainty, roller-coaster TSX performance, and rock-bottom interest rates, many Canadians are turning to real estate as an investment alternative.  Not surprising, when you consider that historically, real estate has proven to be a sound long-term investment.  However, bear in mind that the operative phrase here is long term.  Real estate builds value over time. ...

Tuesday Aug 25th, 2020 Share

Consider Buying Your Cottage During the Winter Months

Buying a cottage in the off season The demand for cottages has increased over the years, and what was once a relatively low cost alternative for a family getaway has now become a significant financial investment.  One way to get good value for your money is to consider buying a cottage in the off season. All things being equal in terms of lot size and square footage, its features and general state of repair, there are three important factors that will tend to determine a...

Friday Aug 21st, 2020 Share

Tips For the Fall Season

Get your property ready for Fall While some people equate Fall with a time of ending and relative quiet, for many savvy homeowners, it’s anything but! Whether landscaping or exterior tasks, Fall is the ideal time to invest some effort to pay you big dividends next year. Fall is the best time to take stock of how your lawn and garden fared over the summer and determine what needs adjustment. Don’t wait until spring to try to remember what didn’t do well in its current...

Tuesday Aug 18th, 2020 Share

WHY GET A PROPERTY SURVEY?

Do You Need a Property Survey?   As a prospective home buyer, you’ve probably got a lot of questions about the buying process, and you may be wondering whether you need an up-to-date property survey.  For buyers, the answer is generally, yes.  However, rather than simply relying on the short answer, you need a clear understanding of when and why you should have one done.   Property surveys are usually done for the benefit of the buyer. A property survey...

Tuesday Aug 11th, 2020 Share

ARE YOU PREPARED FOR AN EMERGENCY?

Be prepared for any emergency There's hardly any area in Canada that hasn't been hit by a disaster of some sort in recent years – from flooding or wildfires in BC, power outages and damaging winds in Ontario and record snowfalls in the Maritimes. The federal government recommends that every Canadian household prepare an emergency kit that will help your family be self-sufficient without power or tap water for 72 hours. Make sure your kit is easy to carry. Keep it in a...

Friday Aug 7th, 2020 Share

To Renovate Or Not?

What’s worth renovating?   One of the questions most frequently asked by homeowners considering a renovation is  “What’s worth doing?”  Well, the answer isn’t a simple one, because it all depends on what you want to get out of it.  Is your purpose primarily to improve your property value, or increase your enjoyment of your home, or a combination of the two?   If you’re thinking primarily of increasing your home’s...

Tuesday Aug 4th, 2020 Share

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS TO A HOME INSPECTION?

The rising importance of specialized Home Inspectors For most Canadians, buying a home is the single largest investment they'll ever make and it's become increasingly true in recent years of record home prices. As a homebuyer, you'll want to ensure you get good value for your investment, and that's why professional home inspections are becoming an integral part of the buying process. In fact, the field is now becoming more specialized and some buyers are even using the...

Friday Jul 31st, 2020 Share

IS YOUR LISTING SELLING SOMEONE ELSE'S HOUSE?

These days, we're starting to see some changes on the Canadian real estate scene. The number of listings being offered for sale -- otherwise known as ‘inventory' -- is growing, so it's starting to take more time now for homes to sell. However, while your home may be on the market a little longer because there are more properties for buyers to consider, prices are still staying strong. But what if you're getting lots of showings, but never any offers? If that's the...

Tuesday Jul 28th, 2020 Share

Let Us Help You Maximize Your Home Search

Maximize your Home Search with Online Buyer Resources At Coldwell Banker®, we recognize that the vast majority of today’s homebuyers use the Internet as part of their home search.  However, the effectiveness of your home search depends largely on what site you use.  Remember, when it comes to quality information, all websites are not the same. To help you in the process, we’ve assembled a comprehensive array of helpful buyer resources and online tools that you can...

Friday Jul 24th, 2020 Share

BUYING TIPS

Buying tips for a strong housing market Canada 's housing market has been on a record-breaking pace and that's good news for home sellers. Buyers on the other hand, can find that their choices are limited in a market that has been so strong for such an extended period. In fact, when demand is so high for attractive, well-priced homes coming on the market, the result can even be “bidding wars” where more than one prospective buyer places competing offers for the same...

Tuesday Jul 21st, 2020 Share

AVOID THESE PITFALLS WHEN BUYING A HOME

Avoid these pitfalls when buying home   Buying a home can be a very complex, and sometimes emotional experience.  Some buyers find themselves getting caught up in the emotional side, and let their heart take over their head.  Here are a few tips from Coldwell Banker on how would-be buyers can stay grounded and avoid some common pitfalls during the home buying process:   DON’T fall in love with the first house or neighbourhood you see.  That...

Friday Jul 17th, 2020 Share

Tips for Visiting an Open House

Real Estate Matters     Tips for Visiting an Open House   There’s a lot of information out there for sellers staging an Open House, but surprisingly few guidelines for the people who come to view them.  For some, an Open House viewing may simply be an impulse activity to satisfy their curiosity about a neighbor’s home.  However, for serious buyers, especially First Time Buyers who have limited experience in seeing different home styles and...

Tuesday Jul 14th, 2020 Share

Curb Appeal

‘Curb appeal' starts at the lawn Selling your home is all about creating a good impression, and believe it or not, that first impression starts right from the curb – literally. A beautiful and well-maintained lawn tells the buyer a lot about your property from the very first glance. While you may be tempted to put off the mowing and watering while you concentrate on getting ready to move, you'll be missing a great opportunity to show that you care about every aspect of...

Friday Jul 10th, 2020 Share

ENERGY EFFICIENCY DURING THE SUMMER MONTHS

Beat the heat and your energy bill During the hot days of summer, many Canadians open their energy bill with a sense of dread. While it may be tempting to run your air conditioning at full capacity for weeks on end, you can't do it without paying a price – in more ways than one. High energy consumption is not only a costly proposition for individual homeowners, it also carries a high cost in terms of pollution that's created as we generate power to meet today's high...

Friday Jul 3rd, 2020 Share

IS THE HOME YOU ARE INTERESTED IN OVERPRICED?

When the price is right...act quickly!   Should you always negotiate the price of a home you’re interested in?  That’s a question more and more Canadian homebuyers are asking these days.  While every transaction is different, some buyers may be surprised to learn that there will be times when it is appropriate -- and even desirable -- to go in at the asking price.  This is where the expertise of your real estate professional really proves its worth. ...

Friday Jun 26th, 2020 Share

INVESTING IN COTTAGE PROPERTY

Investing in a cottage property These days the cottage market is booming, and for good reason. It’s easy to understand why so many people want to own a cottage. A peaceful hideaway in a natural setting where we can enjoy time with our family has universal appeal. Yet, in these times of rapidly increasing prices, buying a cottage means a lot more than just financing a weekend getaway. Today, a cottage is a very significant investment, so you need to know your facts before you buy....

Monday Jun 22nd, 2020 Share

THE TOP MISTAKE SELLERS MAKE

A Seller’s biggest mistake If you’re thinking of selling your home, you'll probably be interested in knowing about one of the most common mistakes homeowners make when they decide to sell their property. When the time comes to sell, everyone wants to get the best possible price for their home, but you need to carefully consider what sale price will ultimately net you the best result. Getting it wrong could result in a loss of what could amount to several thousand dollars in...

Tuesday Jun 9th, 2020 Share

WHAT IS BUYER AGENCY?

WHAT IS BUYER AGENCY? WHY YOU SHOULD USE A REALTOR®TO HELP YOU FIND YOUR HOME When helping you buy your home, I have 3 simple goals. I’m sure these goals of mine are also goals of yours: 1 . To help you determine what type of home is most suitable to your needs. 2.  To help you find that home, at the best price and under the most favorable terms possible. 3.  To help you become a more educated Real Estate purchaser (and seller) for your future...

Friday Jun 5th, 2020 Share

COLDWELL BANKER TIPS FOR VISITING OPEN HOUSES

To plan an effective Open House tour, you should start with a map. Plot out the addresses of where the Open Houses are located, and the times of showings to ensure that you make the most productive use of your time. Better still, plan your Open House tour with your Coldwell Banker Realtor®, who will make up the list of all Open Houses in your target area, including times and do the mapping for you! If you don’t already know the neighbourhood, then that’s the first place to...

Tuesday Jun 2nd, 2020 Share

Recapping the Real Estate of the Union

Recapping The Real Estate Of The Union SHARE         Check out the advice that Coldwell Banker’s® CEO shared for home buyers + sellers to help navigate the real estate market during the Covid-19 pandemic.     Gustavo Gonzalez Apr 16, 2020   SHARE   Ryan Gorman, President and CEO of Coldwell Banker hosted a “Real Estate of the Union” live event via Microsoft...

Friday May 29th, 2020 Share

Transform Your Home For Stay - At - Home

Transform Your Home For Stay-At-Home SHARE         Tips to Create a Functional Space for Your Stay-At-Home Needs     Gustavo Gonzalez Yesterday   SHARE   Guest post written by Laura McHolm, Co-Founder NorthStar Moving Company   What day is it? Where is my laptop? Where can I find a quiet place?  Should we have dinner on the couch…again? Didn’t we have...

Wednesday May 27th, 2020 Share

How To Keep Your Kids' Minds Moving

How to Keep Your Kids’ Minds Moving           Tips on how to keep your kids motivated, learning and entertained during this strange time.     GUSTAVO GONZALEZAPR 30, 2020         Guest post written by Co-Founder NorthStar Moving Company Laura McHolm These are certainly challenging times, especially if you have children who are home because their schools and...
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