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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.

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...

Do We Need a Bigger House?

Every time we hear that question – do we need a bigger house - we can’t help but smile. We remember the story of a couple who went house-hunting one day. The husband wasn’t really looking to own a...

When is the Best Time to Buy a House?

Sometimes we don’t have a choice as to when we buy a house. Factors such as changes in employment or family circumstances can dictate our need to buy a home at any time of the year, regardless of what...

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...

Pros and Cons of Buying a Home with a View

We all know how important location is when buying a house, and there are so many aspects of location to consider: proximity to shops and services, the best schools, public transit, recreation, highways… these are just a few of...

Buying Your First House – Investing in a Home

Consider the following questions. Are you in a stable relationship that has been ongoing for several years, with a new addition expected soon? Are you tired of spending money every month without seeing any returns? Do you feel frustrated when you think...

Getting a Cosigner for a Mortgage

An important aspect of a mortgage is being able to ensure the lender that they are not taking a risk in losing money on the loan. In many cases, the guaranteed income or the credit history of the applicants...

Being a Good Renter – What to Think About

What does it mean to be a good renter? Whether you are taking a vacation to a pristine Florida Beach and staying in someone’s home, looking for an apartment to rent for a college student – or trying to find the perfect home to suit your family, renting is big...

Should I Renovate before Selling my House?

Considering selling? Planning to sell a house you own? If so it will probably have occurred to you – or even have hit you squarely in the gut with some urgency – that you should do whatever possible to maximize not only the profit from the sale, but whatever...

When is the Best Time to Buy a House?

Sometimes we don’t have a choice as to when we buy a house. Factors such as changes in employment or family circumstances can dictate our need to buy a home at any time of the year, regardless of what the market is doing. Of course there are always the...