Last time we talked about the many costs associated with buying a home. While there are a few less individual fees for selling (and many may not apply), the overall total cost is usually much greater. Legal Fees and Disbursements: You’ll need a lawyer to take care of all the legal documents, transfer of ownership and ... Continue Reading: Seller Closing Costs
Lately we’ve had a bunch of people asking us (especially first time home buyers!) what kind of fees they can expect to pay in addition to the purchase price of the house. Well we have put together a comprehensive list so everyone can get an idea of what they’re looking at in terms of total ... Continue Reading: Additional costs to buying a home
One very common question we encounter in real estate is this: "Should I buy a new home from a builder, or a resale home?" The answer to this question depends on the buyer and what they have their heart set on. The important thing is to understand the pros and cons of each choice, and ... Continue Reading: Buying New vs. Resale
Hardwood floors are a tasteful upgrade and often wise monetary investment for your home. They come in many different types of wood, finishes and stains, the varieties are seemingly endless! While we could write dozens of pages on the topic, we’re just going to stick to the basics for this article.One of the first things ... Continue Reading: Whatcha know about hardwood floors?
Many real estate buyers have this misconception that all properties being sold under "Power of Sale" are being sold under market value and represent a good opportunity to get a great deal. A property being sold under the "power" of the bank is most commonly referred to as a "Power of Sale". Some people also ... Continue Reading: Purchasing a “Power of Sale” property
Moving is never easy. Furniture, accessories and clothing accumulated throughout the years can surprise and overwhelm even the most organized of people. Here’s a handful of tips and advice we’ve picked up along the way that might help you when it’s your turn for a big move. The most important thing when moving is planning. A ... Continue Reading: Tips for Moving In and Moving Out
Lately, the market has been very active, and we have been running into multiple offers more frequently. Being in "competition" is certainly a very different scenario than a "typical" offer situation...but many people are uneasy about competing for a home. It is important to fully understand the multiple offer process, in order to feel more ... Continue Reading: Multiple Offers
(From our friends over at Pillar-to-Post) A home inspection, also known as a building inspection or a property inspection, is a thorough visual assessment of a home conducted by a certified professional home inspector at a specific point in time. While a home may be inspected for many reasons, most home inspections occur before a home ... Continue Reading: Everything about Home Inspections
What can you do to help prepare your home for sale? Cleaning, decluttering and de-personalizing your home will go a long way towards impressing buyers and helping them imagine themselves living there. There are many other minor things you can do that will increase your sale price and help reduce your time on the market. Update light ... Continue Reading: Home Staging and preparing your home for sale
What is Title Insurance Title insurance is an insurance policy that protects you, the home owner, against challenges to the ownership of your home or from problems related to the title to your home. The policy provides coverage against losses due to title defects, even if the defects existed before you purchased your home. A title ... Continue Reading: Title insurance, why is it important?