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Too often, people rush into buying a house when they’re not ready. Just because you’re sick of renting does not mean you should automatically buy a home thinking it’s the only alternative. Being sick of renting is most definitely a better alternative to buying and ending up with your finances in a mess or with a home that doesn’t fit your needs.

Owning a home is a big commitment, it’s not a guaranteed investment, and it’s a truckload of work. It can be a smart long-term move, but you want to know what you’re getting into. The following tips for buying a home are here to help you get started:

1. Know Your Credit Score. Your credit score is one of the most important factors considered in your mortgage financing. Find out your score before you even

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Purchasing a home, especially as a first time home buyer, is a big decision and there are a lot of scenarios to consider. Now add in buying in a seller’s market, and it’s easy to feel overwhelmed. This guide will help take the guesswork out of the scenario for you and give you some tools and understanding of the process.  

A Brief Explanation of the Real Estate Market

Real estate and the housing market is cyclical, and these cycles are influenced by a number of factors, including interest rates, economic conditions, and consumer confidence. Together, all of these can create a shortage or surplus in housing, which is when we will see either a seller’s or buyer’s market.

A seller’s market happens when there’s a shortage in housing or more

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Are you ready to tackle a renovation project? Whether or not you're thinking of selling your home anytime soon, it’s important to consider the return on your investment before you begin. That way, when it does come time to sell, you will see thatyour hard work paid off and increased the value of your home. Join me as I explore the best renovations with the highest return on investment:

Paint

Painting is the most under-appreciated home improvement. Nothing provides a higher ROI than quality, professionally-done painting. It doesn’t seem like the most glamorous of renovations, or promise the most dramatic before-and-after, but it instills freshness and can flatter your home in ways you’ve never imagined. 

Return on Investment: A fresh coat of

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When you have a potential buyer request a viewing of your home, you have passed the first test. Your home meets some or most of their search criteria and the listing looks appealing enough for them to want to see more! One of the most important things you can do now to ensure your home makes a great first impression for buyers, both online and in person, is to stage your home.

Why Stage a Home For Sale?

Home staging has been growing in popularity for many years in the real estate industry. It’s important to understand that staging goes much further than placing furniture in a home that is going on the market for sale. The prime reasons staging has become commonplace is due to consumer demand and the increase of online home shopping.

Most, if

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Your home provides security, control, belonging, identity and privacy among other things—so is it any wonder that we are always striving to improve our situation? If you have ever rented a home, you will understand how renting can leave you feeling helpless. Living in someone else’s home without the power to make any changes or improvements and paying down someone else’s equity can be frustrating, but those aren’t the only reasons you may be finding yourself ready to buy. There are many reasons why you should consider owning a home, especially right now in 2021:

#1 - Quit Renting

The appeal of no longer renting and having to answer to a landlord is probably one of the biggest reasons anyone considers buying a home. Why contribute to someone

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When you want to know what your home is worth, it’s easy to get confused between a home valuation and a property appraisal. Though they may seem to be the same thing, and in a lot of ways are very similar,  there are some very important differences between the two you’ll want to know in order to better understand the value being determined.

What is a Comparative Market Analysis?

A Comparative Market Analysis, also simply known as a CMA, is a method of property valuation completed by real estate professionals used to estimate the value of residential properties. Your REALTOR® will examine previously sold properties with similar features in your area to create a report to help you determine a realistic listing price for your home buyers may be

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Have you taken the time to browse through the listings in Saskatoon?  If you have, you may have noticed a lack of options available, especially homes ranging in price between $300,000 and $500,000. It’s all thanks to the seller’s market that we are currently experiencing!  

Seller’s Market vs Buyer’s Market vs Balanced Market

Understanding the difference between a seller’s market, a buyer’s market, and a balanced market is important no matter if you’re buying a home, selling a home, or trying to do both at the same time. 

A seller’s market signals that there is more demand for homes than there is supply.  A buyer’s market, on the other hand, happens when there’s ample supply but less demand. In a buyer’s market, not only is there more

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If you’re at all interested in economics, supply and demand, or market behaviours, the past 9 months will likely have intrigued you. It was almost like the boomer effect, only this time it would be more aptly named the “pandemic effect”—a storm of supply shortages, making it hard to find a wide variety of things, ranging from toilet paper to RV’s.

Many who were lucky enough to make the transition to working from home in March were buying up all the computers and laptops, while others were hoping to find a new gaming system to use while they were stuck at home with nothing to do. There were so many home renovation projects happening this spring that the price of lumber was the highest it’s been, ever. And the warmer weather created a wave of people

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Wide open spaces. Views as far as the eye can see. Fresh air. Peace and Quiet. These may be some of the main reasons why owning a rural property appeals to you, and it’s an amazing dream, though it’s not without its pros and cons. But if after weighing the odds, it’s finally time to start hunting for that perfect piece of land, here are some tips to consider along the way:

Avoid Buying Land Without a REALTOR®

You’re more likely to find suitable land when you work with a qualified real estate agent who has experience with buying and selling lots, acreages, and farmland. An agent who keeps their finger on the pulse of land in your area will let you know the moment something new hits the market, and their experience will be invaluable when

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