Real Estate

All you need to know about buying and selling a house can be found in our real estate section. We cover all aspects of locating, buying or selling a new or existing home.

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...

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...

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...

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...

What Upgrades Increase the Value of a Home?

It’s a common mistake – homeowners spending thousands of dollars in upgrades then finding their home isn’t worth what they thought. Or you find it difficult to sell because those upgrades you made don’t appeal to a wider market....

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...

Moving to a Small Town – Is it a Good Idea?

You’re going the full monty by moving to a small town! “Oh what a marvelous idea” some will say, while others will say, “you’ve gone bananas, old boy.” That’s because like most things in life, there are pros and cons...

How Much did you Really Profit from Selling Your House?

$100,000 Profit? Your mother always told you, “You will need math someday!” Well, that “someday” has arrived! You’re thinking of selling your house for $400,000 and you paid $300,000 when you bought it, so you are tempted to spend that...

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...

Protecting Your House When You Are Away

So, you are getting away for a bit. Locking up the house, closing the garage door – turning on a few timers to turn lights on and off and taking off for a vacation. Is your house going to...

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...