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Choosing The Right Colors For Each Room In Your New Home
Posted on Mon, 15 May 2017, 12:35:00 PM  in Home buying tips,  Home selling tips, etc.
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Choosing The Right Colors For Each Room In Your New Home

If you have just purchased a New Canadian home and would like to get started on painting but are stumped at where to start, you may find comfort in the list of colors and their common places listed below. You may use this guide as a reference or create your own style as you see fit.

Below you will find a list of colors that are commonly used in rooms throughout a Canadian home. While some colors may seem more practical for one room than another, it is important to remember that once you sign that final contract with your sales representative, then you are free to paint any room in your home in any color that you would like regardless of the suggestions listed below.

 

White

Choosing The Right Colors For Each Room In Your New HomeWhite is often a color that is used in areas of the home that get little light or need to appear brighter and cleaner. These rooms often include, but are not limited to: basements, bedrooms, bathrooms, and kitchens because of its ability to distinguish whether the walls are clean or not.

 

Cream, Beige, Tan, Brown

This group of colors can, and often are, very similar to each other and are consequently used for similar purposes. These colors compliment rooms that you would like to look cozy or welcoming. These rooms most often include: living rooms, hallways, kitchens, and bedrooms.

 

Orange

Orange can be a bold paint choice or it can be found in such a pale shade that it appears similar to the color group listed above. Because of its versatility, it can cover any of the rooms listed above.

 

Blue

Blue is a color that can be found in the majority of houses in Canada. It has a calming affect on people and is often used in spaces where people spend a lot of time. These spaces include, but are not limited to: bedrooms, bathrooms, and living rooms.

 

Green

Green, like blue, tends to make people calmer. There is an unspoken quiet, thoughtful, and tranquil space created inside of any room that is green. For this reason, green is most often seen in studies, bedrooms, kitchens, and common family areas.

 

Red

Red is always a bold choice no matter what shade you choose to paint your room in. Red should be reserved for areas that get a lot of light. It is a favorite among adolescent bedrooms, and occasionally in living rooms or home theaters.

 

Purple

Purple is always a beautiful color to accent a room in. It can have all of the calming and tranquil properties of blue and green, with all of the personality and brightness of Spring. While most commonly seen in girl’s bedrooms and master bedrooms, pale shades of purple may even be found in kitchens, bathrooms, and living rooms.

 

Black Chalkboard Paint

If you have a toddler or adolescent with a creative mind, you may consider painting a wall of their room black with chalkboard paint. This will allow them to release all of their creative energy into a piece of artwork that they will not get in trouble for creating.

 

Advice To Keep In Mind

Just because the colors are listed above does not mean that you have to follow them. You are completely free to choose whatever color scheme you would like in any room of the house you choose to put it in. The above information is simply listed as it is seen in many Canadian homes.


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How To Say “Goodbye” To Your Beloved First Home
Posted on Sun, 30 Apr 2017, 01:40:00 PM  in Home selling tips
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If you are moving away from the first Canadian home that you have ever purchased, you may be having some feelings of intense sadness. That is understandable considering the feelings you had when you were first buying this Canadian home you will now be leaving behind. You chanced it all to get this home in particular and now you’re leaving it for the next chapter in your life. Good luck.

Here are a few tasteful ways to savor that last little bit of time you have left with your beloved first Canadian home before officially signing it away with your sales representative.How To Say “Goodbye” To Your Beloved First Home

 

Plant Something In the Yard

When you step back and look at all that you have accomplished in the amount of time that you have spent in your house, you may be realizing that virtually everything in the house and in the yard have been touched by you at some point. It can be a jarring or saddening thing to think about all of that hard work, blood, sweat, and tears disappearing with the new set of family members to live there. Take this time to come up with something that you can plant in the yard. Think of this item as something that will likely be a permanent fixture that can never be removed. If you live on a wooded lot or have a lot of trees in the backyard, consider planting a tree. It will not be singled out to be cut down and will likely not even be special to the family that moves in, but it will give you the closure you need. That baby tree will make you feel like a part of you will always be with that house and that property. If you can’t plant a tree or flower, then plant an item that meant something to you in the yard. Simply dig a small hole and plant an old piece of trim or a shard of glass from the first window that you ever broke in the house. Even though you won’t be able to watch this bloom for years to come, you can be confident that the item will remain there for many years to come.

 

Fill The Home With Your Favorite Scents

When you think of being at home what is the first thing that often comes to mind? The smells that remind you of home when you’re not there, right? Think of baking your grandmother’s famous cookies from a recipe that is strictly secret between the two of you. Make your favorite dinner and let the smells fill up your home. Maybe these smells come from the scents that you have always used in your baths after a long day of hard work. Whatever smells make you think of home when you are not there are the perfect smells that you should be filling your home with in your last days. Make your memories something special.

 

Create Something

There is nothing more inspirational than the items, people, and environments that mean the most to you. Take these last few days to write poems, stories, or journal entries of all of your fondest memories in the home. If you are not much of a write, then consider making some sort of piece of artwork that you can take with you to remember your first home with. This may be a painting or pastel piece that you have created. Maybe it is a piece of jewelry created using something from the home. Whatever you choose to create should have special meaning to you.


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How To Increase The Appeal Of Your Home When Selling
Posted on Sat, 15 Apr 2017, 01:40:00 PM  in Home selling tips
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When selling a home in Canada, there is almost always something you can do to increase the appeal that your house will have to potential buyers. Some of these things can be easy, quick to do, and cost little to nothing. Other options will require a great deal of time, a set of complex skills, and a good chunk of money. Do not be ashamed if you cannot complete some of the more financially costly options because virtually no house on the market is absolutely perfect unless you personally designed it.How To Increase The Appeal Of Your Home When Selling

If you’re interested in increasing the appeal of your home, then keep reading.

 

Do A Quick Scan Around

The very first things that you should be fixing are the things that have always bothered you and your family members living in the home. If you know that the light sockets need new covers, then replace them with quality covers. If you noticed that the trim in the bathroom is starting to break, crumble, or fall apart, then do your best to replace the trim in the bathroom. If you notice that the carpet has a stain, try to clean it with a carpet cleaner. Any imperfection that you notice will be noticed by at least a portion of the potential buyers that come to look at your home while it is listed.

 

Do A Little Research

If you are not sure of what potential buyers seem to be attracted to, then simply do a quick search on the internet. Many buyers are requesting homes with little to no repair work that must be done and houses that have brand new stainless steel appliances. Many other buyers also like homes with landscaping in the yard and an entry way that is in good condition. These things are likely going to change over time, so remain vigilant in your searches while you are selling your home.

 

Hire Some To Stage Your Home

Sometimes all a house will need is a good interior design artist. These professionals have been hired for years and make a living off of rearranging furniture and staging houses for sales, moves, and personal uses. If you can afford to hire someone to come in and stage your house, consider doing so. Some of these individuals will even be kind enough to give you free advice if you cannot afford to pay for their services.

 

Ask Your Sales Representative What They Think

Sales Representatives have a lot of experience selling homes. They have met with sellers, consulted with potential buyers, and have done research on what tactics work to sell homes the most efficiently with the least amount of effort. Simply ask your sales representative to take a quick tour of your house and take notes as they feel necessary. Once they have completed their tour, then have them talk to you about what they have found. If you hear anything that you have not already considered, make a note of it and see what you can do to address it.

 

Advice To Keep In Mind

You will never be able to meet every need for your potential buyer no matter how hard you work to fix up your house. The right buyer for your home will always be considering things like painting the walls a different color, landscaping differently in the yard, and replacing appliances, roofs, sinks, and doors. The best that you can do is to try and make sure that your home is liveable and that everything you can fix has been fixed to the best of your ability.


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Guideline for Canadians Looking to Buy or Sell a Home
Posted on Fri, 31 Mar 2017, 03:40:00 PM  in My services
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As stressful as it might be, buying or selling a home is probably the most important undertaking you will ever be involved in. The procedure for selecting a house involves both finance and lifestyle considerations; one needs to choose wisely to avoid regrets in the future. In the Canadian market, one needs to secure a good deal and at the right time. By the basic law of supply and demand, one should buy at a time when many people are not looking for houses. You also need to be aware of the details during contract negotiation, have knowledge on what qualities to look out for, and still keep the mortgage interest as low as possible. Selling on the hand should be done at a suitable time to ensure that you make enough money to secure yourself another home.Guideline for Canadians Looking to Buy or Sell a Home

There are myriad reasons that may drive you to sell your home. If you find your home’s location unsuitable, then that may be a reason enough to sell it. Location may be unsuitable in relation to work, or if you are retiring and therefore require to move to a place with a low maintenance cost. The size of a house may also drive one to sell. If your family is growing and you cannot get a permit to expand it to add more bedrooms, then perhaps it is the right time to sell. On the other hand, if your kids have all moved to college, it is always a good time to downsize before any of them decides to move back. You may decide to sell for unfortunate reasons, say divorce or at worst death of a family member. This may be crucial in helping you leave bad memories. Financial reasons are a key factor to selling. If you cannot sustain the cost of a house or you need money to pay for something else, relocating is always an option. For a change in lifestyle, especially among young and rich, many people move to more classy homes in reputable cities.

Buying a home should always be done with utmost keenness. One needs to ensure that the previous owner had properly maintained the house. This helps to reduce repair costs when you later discover damages in the house. One needs to check every area of the home from ensuring that roofing is in good condition and has a long lifetime to checking whether the smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are working. For the windows, they should be well sealed and double paned, and the foundation should have no cracks, especially on the outer side. Plumbing and wiring is another important area. One should ensure that knob and tube wiring is not made of aluminum because it is expensive to replace, and that the plumbing is not leaking and the water is adequate. The areas around bathtubs or showers should have no signs of water damage or mold, and all appliances such as fridges should be in good working condition.

Before purchasing a house, it is always important to find out if it is right for you. You need to evaluate your current and future needs. This is very important in determining the size of the house you will buy. If you are in a young family that is looking to having children soon, you should buy a home that has several rooms. If you are looking to fit in into a group of rich friends, then you will require buying a good house with additional features such as a pool. There are extra things to check such as house maintenance and energy efficiency if you need a mortgage home loan.


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Buying a Home: Tips for Surviving a Bidding War
Posted on Wed, 15 Mar 2017, 03:35:00 PM  in Home buying tips
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Buying a home can feel like a roller coaster ride filled with emotional highs and lows. One of the lows that buyers dread the most is finally finding the perfect dream home only to get caught up in a nasty bidding war. Your heart tells you to do everything you can to get the house while your head tells you that you need to stay within budget. The following tips will help you put your best foot forward and improve your chances of getting your offer accepted.

 Buying a Home: Tips for Surviving a Bidding War

Have Financing in Place:

You may be up against all-cash offers, so ensuring that you have a lender's preapproval in hand will strengthen your position by allowing you to remove the financing contingency from your offer.

 

Make a Competitive Offer:

You should avoid the temptation to make a lowball offer. You run the risk of insulting the sellers to the point that they refuse to even counteroffer. An experienced REALTOR® can help you prepare a thoughtful offer based on market analysis, their experience with the local market, as well as information they can learn from the listing agent regarding the seller's motivations.

 

Adjust to the Seller's Schedule:

Closing dates are typically negotiated for a time that is convenient for both sides. Agreeing to close at the seller's convenience may give you a leg up over the competition. If the sellers need a little extra time to arrange their move, you can even agree to rent the property back to them after closing.

 

Remove Sales Contingencies:

Offers that are contingent upon inspections or you selling your current home can make a seller nervous. Removing these stipulations can improve your odds of acceptance when there is stiff competition; however, you should consider the consequences of removing the contingencies very carefully. For example, you want to ensure that you have enough funds in reserve to cover two mortgages for a while. You may also opt for an "information only" inspection so that you will at least have an idea if there are potential issues with the home and can plan accordingly.

 

Make it Personal:

Realtors often recommend that buyers in a bidding war submit a personal letter with their offer detailing why they fell in love with the house and what it will mean for their family to live there. This will help the seller connect with you on an emotional level and may help tip the scale in your favor.

 

Know When to Walk Away:

It is important to know your top price before submitting your offer. It is all too easy to overpay for a home when we let our emotions gain control. No matter how perfect a home may appear, it is not worth it if you end up struggling every month to meet your mortgage payment. If you are patient, you will find the right house at the right price.

Finally, you should trust your REALTOR®. There is a good chance that they have been through more than one bidding war and can help you come up with best possible strategy to get your offer accepted.


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Tips For Choosing Rental Properties That Are Guaranteed To Provide Phenomenal Returns
Posted on Tue, 28 Feb 2017, 10:45:00 AM  in Home buying tips
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Purchasing rental property is a great way to establish long-term financial health. The right unit will serve as an ongoing, passive stream of income that can bolster or even replace earnings that are generated from your primary employment. This is an excellent investment strategy for retirees or for those who intend to leave the workforce within the next several years. It is also perfect for consumers who already own their own homes outright and are ready to expand their portfolios. In order to ensure optimal returns from this investment, however, there are a number of key features that you should look for.

 Tips For Choosing Rental Properties That Are Guaranteed To Provide Phenomenal Returns

  1. A Prime Location

No matter what your goals are when shopping for property, location means everything. This is always going to be the sole feature about your unit that you don't have the power to change. You can alter the flooring, add in new cabinetry and even redesign the look of the property exterior. Where your investment is located, however, is a static condition. You also have to account for the fact that location will play the greatest role in determining how much you're able to charge for rent. Even if a unit has cutting-edge amenities, it won't fetch a reasonable price if it's situated in a high-crime, low-interest and otherwise undesirable neighbourhood.

 

  1. Modern Amenities

Just like home buyers want the latest and most innovative amenities, property renters are starting to demand these things as well. Features like smart thermostats, triple and even quadruple-pane windows, and energy efficient heating and cooling systems can help renters save considerable sums of money on their monthly overhead bills. If any property you're targeting doesn't have these things, find out how much it will cost to add them in on your own.

 

  1. A Robust Rental Market

Certain neighbourhoods are filled with attractive and relatively affordable houses, and yet, the local rental markets are not ideal. This is often the result of limited, local options in employment, limited options for commuting, or average rental prices that are far above the regional norm. Find out how other rental property owners are faring within specific neighbourhoods and determine just what the average rental costs are. These should be sufficiently high for covering your own ownership expenses while allowing for some manner of profit.

 

  1. Quality Schools

If you intend to invest in a multi-unit development or a property type that is best-suited to small and growing families, make sure to target neighbourhoods that have top-rated schools. Many properties will have local school information posted right on their listings. You can compare this data with the details that are offered by major school review sites online.

 

  1. Low Crime Rates

Take a minute to read up on local crime statistics. Even some of the best locations are not immune to problems like burglary and vandalism. Not only will issues like these make your units less marketable, but they can also have a noticeable impact on property values over the years.

 

  1. Ease Of Transportation

When shopping for homes, apartments or condos to rent, most people are looking for options that will simplify their daily commutes. As such, some of the best properties will be located within close driving distance of major transportation routes. It is also important to consider the options in local, municipal transportation that exist as well. With more consumers looking to limit both their fuel costs and their carbon footprints, choosing properties near solid bus routes or train stations is a good idea.

 

  1. A Strong Job Market

A strong job market and a robust rental market usually go hand in hand. If there are plenty of options in nearby work, locals will be able to pay their rent. When shopping for an investment property, check around for new businesses, business expansion and low unemployment rates. It's also possible to find desirable rental properties just outside of bustling metropolitan areas, so long as the options for commuting are good.

When using investment property to generate passive income, it's vital to diligently research your options. Choosing a modern, updated home that located in a safe and top-rated community will invariably provide better returns than will choosing a property in a high-crime, low-interest district. Consulting with a reputable REALTOR® before finalizing any purchase decisions is the best way to avoid investment mistakes that will diminish your profit potential.


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5 Tips to Help Improve the Exterior of Your Home
Posted on Wed, 15 Feb 2017, 10:40:00 AM  in Home selling tips
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When it comes to selling your home, curb appeal is very important. Potential buyers may skip over your home based on the outside, without taking the time to view the inside. Therefore, you will need to keep the exterior of your home well-maintained. Remember that you only get one time to make a first impression with buyers.

 5 Tips to Help Improve the Exterior of Your Home

Pretend to be the Buyer

Before you begin improving the exterior of your home, you will need to determine what needs to be fixed or changed. Examine the outside of your home by walking around the property and taking notes and pictures. You can write down what changes need to be made, and compare your notes to the photos that you have taken. Look at what needs to be repaired, cleaned, or replaced altogether. You should also drive by the home in a car, during the day and at night. Look for anything that seems off, such as a ball stuck on the roof or a crack in one of the windows.

 

The Cleaner, the Better

If the outside of the home has chipped paint, cobwebs, and stains, buyers will likely keep driving by the home, instead of stopping to come in. This is true regardless if your home is in a great Canadian neighborhood, near all of the best amenities. Cleaning the home and adding a fresh coat of paint is one of the simplest changes to make. When you don’t, buyers will wonder what big issues you have failed to take care of on the inside of the home, such as plumbing, electrical wiring, and more. If there are cracks in the steps or sidewalk, see how much it costs to have those issues resolved. A cheaper way to clean the outside of the home is with a pressure-washer. It will generally work on the sidewalks and driveway, as well as decks.

 

Add Some Color

Painting the home is a good way to make your property look more colorful and refreshing. You can also spruce up the home’s exterior by planting some colorful plants. Add a few plants to the porch, or plant some flower beds in the front of your home. Stay away from artificial flowers; this is a turn-off for most buyers, especially millennials. You can make the home seem brighter by opening the curtains and blinds. Homes that look brighter and more welcoming sell faster than homes that have a dull exterior.

 

The Numbering

If you have old, dingy numbers on your door, buyers may take this as a sign of a poorly maintained home. The numbers on your home need to be shiny, clean, and easy to read. Replace any dingy numbers on the home with clean numbers that complement the style of your property. For instance, if you have completed upgrades and renovations to the property that coincide with the current trends, the numbers on the outside of the home should be more modern.

 

Take a Look at the Roof

You can look up toward the sky to see if any repairs are necessary. Check for dirty or missing shingles. If the roof looks dingy or streaked, change the shingles before placing your home on the market. Sometimes all it takes is a good cleaning to give the roof that appeal it needs to attract buyers. It is important that you give your roof that extra glance. Keep in mind that a buyer will thoroughly check out your home, which includes a roof inspection.

Making a great impression with buyers could bring you closer to selling your home, for a great price. If you use these tips, you could wow buyers from the curb, and get them into the house for a proper viewing!


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6 High-Return Home Upgrades That Every Homeowner Should Consider
Posted on Tue, 31 Jan 2017, 09:15:00 AM  in Home selling tips
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All homeowners should have strategic plans for updating their properties throughout the years. These efforts are essential for keeping residential units on par with local standards and for ensuring high returns on these investments. Whether you intend to remain in your current abode for the rest of your life or want to sell your property for profit within the next several years, following are six, high-return upgrades that are well-worth consideration.

 6 High-Return Home Upgrades That Every Homeowner Should Consider

  1. New Siding

Having new siding installed is an investment that will pay for itself many times over. New siding will improve overall building insulation, thereby making it both cheaper and easier to maintain ambient temperatures indoors. This upgrade can be especially beneficial for buildings that have asbestos-containing siding at their exterior. It will eliminate the need for costly and unpleasant disclosures that can bring sales to a grinding halt, while additionally protecting the health of both residents and locals.

 

  1. High-End Rooftop Drainage Systems

Property owners are often encouraged to invest in projects that increase the curbside appeal of their units. While incorporating new landscaping features can certainly add aesthetic value, it is far better to focus on property additions that have intrinsic and functional value as well. One of the most popular improvements among savvy investors is the addition of all-copper gutters and downspouts. Copper gutter systems are incredibly durable and long-lasting. In fact, these additions are estimated to last for up to 100 years. They also beautify residential building structures and are capable of making them stand out, which can be especially beneficial if you're attempting to offload a unit that's surrounded by a number of similar-looking buildings.

 

  1. All-Copper Sinks

Copper isn't just a great addition for the outside of your property. It's also the perfect way to enhance the beauty, value and usability of bathroom and kitchen sinks. This metal has inherent, antimicrobial properties that naturally limit the presence of harmful bacteria. They're also less prone to rust and corrosion over time, even when used extensively. Available in a vast range of shapes, sizes and styles, both hammered and smooth copper sinks blend well with a number of contemporary and conventional decorating schemes to create a luxurious look that's surprisingly easy to maintain.

 

  1. Basement Finishing

For property owners with unfinished basements, investing in services to complete and enhance these spaces is the ideal way to build sweat equity. These projects greatly increase the amount of usable space at the interior of the home. At the very least, a finished basement can become a functional storage space. With vision and a slightly larger budget, a finished basement can also be turned into a functional wine cellar, an additional family room, an office or even an in-law apartment.

 

  1. Hardwood Floors Or Ceramic Tiles

The latest trends in modern property designs include a concerted move away from carpeted flooring. More consumers are concerned with maintaining acceptably high indoor air qualities. Carpet fibres can trap and retain pet dander, dust, dirt and many other allergens. Investing in hardwood flooring, ceramic tiles or other hard, durable flooring options will make your floors easier to maintain and can greatly increase the overall marketability of your property.

 

  1. Smart Home Technologies

Smart home technologies are investments that are virtually guaranteed to provide excellent returns, whether you want to sell or intend to stay right where you are. The addition of a smart thermostat will give you the ability to remotely control your home HVAC system for far more manageable energy bills. Smart security systems and smart entertainment features also make properties far more comfortable and convenient for all property residents.

Although many home improvement plans focus solely on the kitchens and bathrooms, there's much more that you can do to improve the value and appeal of your property throughout the years. Upgraded, rooftop drainage systems and smart features and functions will make it easier to attract qualified buyers in even the most competitive markets. New sinks with their own anti-microbial properties along with other strategic home additions can also greatly increase the level of enjoyment that you get from your home right now.


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First-Time Homebuyer Mistakes to Avoid
Posted on Sun, 15 Jan 2017, 09:15:00 AM  in Home buying tips
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Probably you have been planning to acquire your dream house for long. You have scrimped and saved enough to cover the down payment, and you have even come across these lovely apartments for sale. It is your first time in the real estate market; so, you aren’t sure how to go about a successful purchase. If you don’t want to be caught up in a financial mess, here are the mistakes to avoid:First-Time Homebuyer Mistakes to Avoid

 

  1. Not Considering What You Can Afford

Consider what you afford so that you look at homes within your price range. Looking at homes outside your price range will make you lust for relatively expensive homes thus stretching your means financially. Experts suggest that you prepare a list of all your monthly expenditure including student loan payments, groceries, vehicle costs, credit card payments, health insurance and so on. Also, remember significant expenses that occur only once a year, such as annual vacations or insurance premiums. This will help you realize how much you can spend on your new home every month.

 

  1. Skipping Mortgage Qualification

What the bank is prepared to lend you and what you can afford may not match up, particularly if you have unstable income or poor credit. So, before placing an offer on a home, ensure you get pre-approved for a loan. This will help you save the seller, the seller’s agent and your agent’s time if you sign the contract and then realize later that your bank is willing to lend you a mortgage you find unacceptable.

 

  1. Neglecting To Inspect

Let’s face it—owning a home is a dream that many would wish to accomplish however tough it may be. Sometimes we come across an offer that we find hard to resist: a house that looks like it is in a perfect condition, and the price is affordable. You quickly rush to sign the papers ignoring the inspection while not knowing what is awaiting you— this is a money pit of expensive repairs.

 

  1. Ignoring To Hire an Agent

Avoid walking into an open house alone. Always hire a real estate agent. A real estate professional will help you a great deal to avoid some of the simple mistakes you could otherwise make.

 

  1. Being too picky

It is good to put everything you wish for in your new home wish list. However, avoid being too inflexible because you may end up continuing to live in a rented home for a significantly longer period than you anticipated. Usually, first-time homebuyers have to compromise on some items because of limited funds. You may be forced to live on a busy street, make some repairs in the home, accept the outdated decor, or live without that extra bedroom. Though you can choose to continue living in rented space until you can afford everything on your wish list, you will have to make a decision whether it is important to become a homeowner now or a few years later.

 

  1. Lacking vision

Even if you can’t afford major renovations in the home, it is worth to cope with the ugliness for a while and in turn get a house that you can afford without strain. If the home fits your needs regarding the unchangeable things such as the size and location, don’t allow the physical imperfections cloud your judgment and turn you away. Furthermore, upgrading the home by yourself is far much cheaper than paying the seller who has already upgraded it for you.

Buying your first home may seem stressful and devastating, and it isn’t without its fair share of potential pitfalls. Being fully informed of the issues ahead helps you protect yourself from these costly mistakes thereby giving you confidence while shopping.


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Getting Ready to Sell Your Home? What to Do About Nightmare Neighbors
Posted on Sat, 31 Dec 2016, 10:05:00 AM  in Home selling tips
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Do you have nightmare neighbors? Maybe their yard looks like the local landfill. Or, they have several not-so-friendly pit bulls that bark and growl every time someone walks by. These types of neighbors are definitely a nuisance, and can be a nightmare when it comes time to put your home on the market. They can cause potential buyers to run the other way.Getting Ready to Sell Your Home? What to Do About Nightmare Neighbors

Thankfully, there are things that you can do to resolve with these types of issues. Here are some steps that you can take to deal with unruly neighbors before you put your home on the market.

Strike up a Kind Conversation

Initially, engage your neighbor in a friendly, tactful conversation about the issues at hand. Approach your neighbor in a kind, yet assertive manner and try to work out a solution. Avoid becoming accusatory or confrontational. It will not get you anywhere. Explain that you are getting ready to put your home on the market, and you would really appreciate their help in maintaining their property or addressing other concerns. Appeal to their interests. Explain that it will also benefit them by driving up home values in the area. If your home sells for a good price, it will increase the value of their home, as well. If the neighbors are renters, then talk directly to the owner, pointing out to the owner how resolving this issue will benefit them in the long run. They have a vested interest in the neighborhood values and will likely take action to preserve that interest. 

Complain to the HOA

If you have tried to talk to your neighbor, and they refuse to cooperate, then the next step is to complain to the homeowner’s association or HOA, if you live in a subdivision that has one. Homeowner's Associations have very strict rules on how homes that are part of the HOA must be maintained. When you contact the HOA, it is best to provide photographs as evidence that your neighbor is in violation of one of the codes. It would be helpful to review the codes before contacting the HOA. If your neighbor is in violation of HOA rules, the association will initially send letters asking them to remedy the situation. If you neighbor ignores the letters, the HOA will fine them, and bring legal action, if needed. The HOA can even foreclose on a home if fines and fees are unpaid. 

Contact the City

Many cities have bylaws that prohibit noise and nuisances. Check to see if your city has bylaws or ordinances in place. If they do, then file a complaint. The city will usually send the owners a notice advising them that they are disturbing the neighbors and that further action will be taken if the disturbance does not stop. It is always best to keep an incident log when making reports. 

If All Else Fails

If you have tried all of the above and gotten nowhere, it might be time to file a lawsuit. This is something that should be considered only as a last resort. Lawsuits are expensive and time-consuming. You would most likely have to prove the harassment is intentional and meant to prevent you from selling the home. 

Dealing with nightmare neighbors can be stressful. But, it does not have to prevent you from selling your home for what it is worth. Keep the above tips in mind when you list your home and consult a knowledgeable real estate professional for guidance, as they can provide expert information to help you sell your home, even in less than ideal situations.


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