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Learn all you need to know about buying a new or used house. We offer helpful advice on everything from what to look for to where you should buy your next home.

Financing a Second Home

There are two reasons why people purchase a second home. The way that a second home is financed will often depend on the type of second home it is classified as. Second homes can either be vacation homes or...

Selecting a Home Builder – Who Should Build your House

If we learn anything from the story of the Three Little Pigs, it's that your home must be built on a solid foundation. Well, we all know that a house of straw or sticks is no good and comparatively...

Buying a Foreclosure – Getting a Good Deal on a House

Buying a foreclosure is one way of getting a really good real estate deal. When a piece of property is foreclosed, that means that the house owner has defaulted on mortgage payments and despite a notice of default, is...

Buying a Spec Home – Pros and Cons

While many of us are happy to buy a home that someone else has lived in, there are also many couples and families who are not so enamored with the idea, preferring to buy something brand new. There are...

Buying a Show Home – Is it a Good Idea?

Builders or building companies often construct a model or “show home” to use as a live advertisement for their work, especially when they’re building a new subdivision or exclusive communities. This means that the home is usually illustrative of...

Buying a Home in a Competitive Market

Many people found out in 2005 just how difficult buying a home could be. That year saw a record number of homes sold in the United States and Canada, and they sold at record prices. In fact, some of...

Bidding Wars – How to Win the House or When to Walk Away

Just when you thought it was over: Deciding on an agent, Learning areas and neighborhoods, Learning new terminology like functional obsolescence, The unexpected revisit of your five-year plan, Hugs and hate with your mate, Unfolding and folding maps, Burning untold gas and rubber, Walking around strange homes...

Buying a House – All you Need to Know about Purchasing a Home

Buying a house is not like buying dish towels off a store rack. It requires putting on your thinking cap. Do you know that some people actually use an agenda planner to jot down monthly tasks along with dollar...

Buying a Smaller House – The Joy of Owning a Smaller Home

Do you share our opinion that buying a smaller house is like buying freedom to be able to engage in other activities more enjoyable than playing dust detective? Or does the prospect of buying a smaller house conjure up...

Choosing the Right Home Builder

If you’re about to start building a home, chances are it is something that you’ve been planning and dreaming about for quite some time. It can be a very long and stressful process, but it’s also an exciting time...

Common Real Estate Terms – Selling a House

Every profession has its own lingo and often when we are entering a world we are unfamiliar with we feel intimidated by that lingo. When entering the realm of home buying for the first time, it’s not uncommon to be overwhelmed simply trying to understand what the jargon means,...

Tips on Staging a House

With just the right special effects, good staging can transform a home into a house of dreams. Done wrong and a home can become more like the set of a horror movie, a real house of screams. Home staging has become the norm in today’s uber-competitive real estate market. The...

Setting an Asking Price for Your Home

When you’re selling your home, setting an asking price is the most crucial factor. Yes, making sure your home is clean, tidy, and well maintained are important factors too, but first you need to get potential buyers through the door. Set the price too high and you can wait...

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