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One of our agents, Kent Braaten, wrote a great blog on fixing your credit and saving money.  These are two things that are central to the financial well being and the ability to buy a property in todays market.  If you follow some of these simple tips you just might get some very positive results.  Click here to read the full post

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You’ve purchased a new home, and now it’s time for the move!  Here’s some do’s and don’ts for moving:

Do clean – Don’t pack items that are dusty or dirty, clean items before packing them. 

Do pack a suitcase – Pack two weeks of clothing and supplies, make sure to include any items you use daily.  Be sure to put your bag in the car before movers arrive so it doesn’t get lost.

Do pack and label before moving day – Give yourself plenty of time.  You need to ensure everything is packed and labeled before movers arrive, to avoid the headache of scrambling to pack while the movers start loading boxes.

Don’t place small objects directly in boxes – Label sandwich bags or small containers for your small items, making putting everything back together a

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Should I remodel my kitchen or bathroom?

Ideally, a lot of us would like to remodel the kitchen and bathroom at the same time.  Unfortunately, that’s not always possible.  Here are a few things to help you decide which to complete first:

Kitchen remodels tend to have a better return on investment if you plan your project well and spend wisely you’ll get the most for your money while likely adding the optimal resale value to your home.

Consider what suites your lifestyle best.  If you don’t plan to sell your home in the foreseeable future a kitchen renovation might be a better option if your family spends a lot of time there.  However, if you enjoy long soaks in the tub and the kitchen is only used to unpack your takeout, then a bathroom

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How to find the home right for you

You've gotten your finances sorted and you've now been pre-approved with a budget in mind, what should you do? Well, now comes the fun part. Searching for the house that's right for you.  

Wants. vs. Needs - First I recommend to sit down and determine your wants vs. needs. This is a big one that will help you determine what is important to you and what you are willing to negotiate on. In an ideal world, you will be able to find a home with all of your wants and needs under budget, however, realistically, you may have to decide what you're willing to give on. Use my Wants vs. Needs checklist found here to help you and come up with a better picture of what it is you are looking for.  

Research - After we've

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What to do in the meantime

Now that you've purchased your new home- whether it's your first home, one that you've downsized into, or one you've added to your investment portfolio, there are a few things to remember to do while you are waiting for your chosen possession date.

Insured - You will need to ensure that your home has fire insurance set up for the property effective whatever the date of possession will be. I always recommend shopping around to a few insurance providers as their rates can vary greatly. Bring a copy of your feature sheet with you as they will need to know the specifics of the property. Also, bring a copy (or ensure that one gets sent) to your lawyer. If the lawyer doesn't have confirmation that your insurance is in place,

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You’re ready to purchase a home, you’ve saved up your down payment now all that’s left to do is qualify for your mortgage and begin house shopping right? Well not quite, there are some additional costs that you may want to consider before you begin the search for your dream home. 

  • Lawyers Fees – You’ll need to hire a lawyer to review the terms of your offer which will cost around $2,000-$5,000 depending on the purchase price.
  • Home Inspection – This is not only a good idea but a necessary part of the buying process.  It’s important for you to be aware of any issues with the property before you purchase it.  Prices vary with the size of the home, but you can expect to pay approximately $500
  • Home Insurance – If you have a mortgage, you must have
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