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How to Buy the Right Home, Quickly

How to Buy the Right House, Quickly You’re in a rush. You have just three weeks to find and buy the right home. Whoa! How are you going to make that happen? Don’t stress. Here are some tips that will help you find the right home in a limited amount of time: Get a pre-approved mortgage. With this document you’ll know exactly what you can afford. A seller will take your offer-to-purchase more seriously, too. Find a good real estate agent. Look for recommendations from friends, family, co-workers and online. A good REALTOR® can help you find and view the best opportunities on the
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Smart Packing Tips

Smart Packing Tips The last thing you need after a long moving day is to discover that a valuable item has been damaged. That’s certain to dampen your spirits when you’re just getting settled into your new home. Here are some packing tips to help ensure that doesn’t happen: Avoid worn-out or damaged boxes as they are more likely to tear open during a move. Pack glass and similar items in bubble wrap or foam chips – but not too tightly. Include just enough to ensure there’s no rattling. Use small boxes for heavier items. A big box of books
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In the Thick of It

They always warn you that when you’re doing major house renovations, especially to an older home, you’re likely to have some surprises…and boy, is that ever true! My first surprise in my new home came when we took out the wall between the kitchen and dining room. Low and behold, duct work that we didn’t expect! So, the first order of business was to get all parties on the same page. There were many, many opinions but we finally decided to build a wider bulkhead and a bump out in a wall. This wasn’t the ideal solution, but the most
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Renovations Galore – The Start!

As some of you may have read in the last newsletter, I bought a new home in April. The summer flew by, and amid the insanity of the Ottawa real estate market, I was also busy planning my move and renovations on the new house. (I think I’ll just talk about myself this time around, but if you would like to discuss our hot market, please don’t be shy to reach out!) I had this grand plan.… I was going to have five weeks of overlap between the time that I had to move out of my current home and move
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Be a Savvy Home Viewer

  The last thing you want to experience after purchasing a home is “buyer’s regret”. That’s the sinking feeling you get when you realize, days or weeks later, that you may have made the wrong decision. Say, for example, you bought a home based on your first impressions. When you viewed it, you thought it was just perfect. Then, a few weeks after you moved in, you discovered that the bedrooms are smaller than you had originally thought and the street is loud and busy. That wouldn’t be a very good feeling! That’s why it’s important to become a savvy
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