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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.

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...

Research the Neighborhood Before Buying a House

It may sound obvious, but really you’d be surprised at just how many home buyers don’t put enough research into a neighborhood before signing on the dotted line. It’s a mistake you may make once in your life, but...

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 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...

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 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...

Moving to Calgary – Known for its Hospitality, Adventure and Spirit.

These days, you may think it impossible for one city to comprise wholesome small-town values with a prospering economy and thriving cultural scene. But if you’ve started thinking about moving to Calgary, Alberta, you’re in for a fantastic surprise. This is a city where you’ll wake up to a mountain...

Are Renters Stupid – The Stigma of Renting

A friend of mine was filling out a credit application to buy a nice, new red car, and checked the box indicating he was a renter and not an owner of his home. He told me later he felt like a second-class citizen. Social Suicide I thought about it. When my...

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...

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