October 2017

Found 6 blog entries for October 2017.

When it comes to buying or renting a home, there aren’t really any definitive answers. What it really comes down to is you and your circumstances. Are you alone? Are you a single parent? Do you have a family? Are you retired? Some even more integral questions you need to ask yourself before you decide are listed below:

  • Are you still going to be in the same place in 5 years?
  • How much money do you have for a down payment?
  • Have you considered the hidden costs of owning a property?
  • What does the housing market look like?
  • Are there any good rentals in your area?

Although choosing between renting or buying shouldn’t be a terrifying endeavor, it can be overwhelming. Keep on reading to see some distinct advantages and disadvantages of

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So today is October 26th, and with Halloween right around the corner, The Turnkey Group feels it's imperative to outline how some of the common elements associated with this time of year can affect the housing market. This might get a little eerie, so if you're spooked out by ghouls and ghosts, this isn't the post for you...

Question 1: "I bought a house, but my home inspector somehow missed the fact that there's a zombie living in the attic. What's my next legal step? How does this affect resale value?"

Good question! It's never fun when this happens but it's an unfortunate, albeit remote possibility for any home sale. To answer your first question, home

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Hey everyone. So as of January 1st, 2018, when I'm sure you'll all be feeling not hung over at all, you'll also have to deal with some extremely significant mortgage changes taking effect. Instead of me attempting to explain them, I will take the words from our trusted mortgage specialist Geoff Rathgaber to clarify what's going on:

  • When qualifying clients, federally-regulated financial institutions (FRFIs) will be required to approve conventional or uninsured residential mortgages at the greater of the contract rate plus 2% or the 5-year benchmark rate published by the Bank of Canada. This change applies to conventional / uninsured mortgages only.

The government’s objective is to slow the housing market and ensure long term

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Hey everyone, we are trying this new thing where we highlight a neighborhood in Saskatoon and talk about some of the finer points of each area. This city is growing and changing so much, we thought it would be a good idea to make people more aware of what's going on in all the various parts of this amazing city. So without further adieu, here is River Heights!

You may have guessed this by the name.  River Heights has some AWESOME walking trails right by the river. Truly an awesome place to move to if you enjoy getting outside and strolling around. River Heights is also fairly close to Lawson Heights Mall, as well as being adjacent to the Canarama Shopping Centre strip mall. Plus most

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I'm very excited about this particular blog, because I think it's a very important aspect of the moving process that goes largely ignored by buyers and their agents. I do understand why, it's hard to really know much from viewing a home beside them. But, having said that, there are things an agent should do in my humble opinion. For example, if I'm showing a property and the neighbors are outside, I will ALWAYS strike up a conversation, just to try and get a quick gauge on what they're like. 99% of the time they seem friendly and great, but I have picked up on a couple odd things that I didn't hesitate to pass on to my buyers. For example, one neighbor I spoke to didn't hesitate to provide a litany of petty complaints against the

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