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A Guide to Home InsuranceHaving insurance on a home is a good way to protect the investment in it. Because a home is generally the biggest purchase a person will ever make, it is vital that they protect it and keep it safe. While it is not always possible to control what physically happens to the home, it is possible to control how much financial damage a problem with the home causes. Insurance is designed to reduce the financial liability and risk to the homeowner, and by doing that there is a higher chance that homeowner will have security and peace of mind in their home for years to come.

For informational purposes only. Always consult with a financial advisor before proceeding with any real estate transaction.

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Selling in a Buyer's Market? Tips For a Successful SaleSelling a home in a buyer's market can lead to decreased profits and a more difficult sale overall. Homeowners who want to sell in a buyer's market must price their home strategically, negotiate thoughtfully and prepare their home for sale before putting it on the market. Understanding what a buyer's market is and knowing how to sell a home in a buyer's market can help homeowners who want to put their home up for sale in unfavorable market conditions. There are some selling tips that can help sell a home in a buyers market.

For informational purposes only. Always consult with a licensed real estate professional before proceeding with any real estate transaction.

Price It Right

If a home is priced much higher than homes of comparable

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What to Do When You Find Unpermitted WorkOne of the biggest perks of owning a home is not having to ask permission from a landlord to paint the walls or hammer nails. However, homeowners may take this level of ownership to the extreme, assuming they can complete a variety of home improvement projects around the home, without qualifying the work with an official authority. One estimate puts the percentage of unpermitted work in Canada at a full 70%, so chances are, there's something in your home that isn't officially up to code. Those who discover unpermitted work in their home can take the following steps to fix it.

Check the Permits

Every province and neighborhood has its own opinions about which kinds of jobs need permits—and these opinions can change from year to year. Some local

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A Short Guide to Buying Your First HomeWhether it's a first home or the first home in a few decades, new Canadian home buyer may not know or fully understand the stages of finding and purchasing their own property. Using this short guide can make it easier for everyone to clarify and work through each step to fulfill their dream of homeownership.

For informational purposes only. Always consult with a licensed mortgage professional before proceeding with any real estate transaction.

Defining the Budget

A home buyer's budget is determined by a variety of different factors, and buyers are often shocked at what they can or cannot afford. No matter how much a buyer is pre-approved for though, they'll need to visit a variety of lenders to get a true idea of their purchasing power. A

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The Pros and Cons of Owning a CondoMost property owners are attracted to condos primarily because they're less expensive than a single-family home. However, there are far more reasons to choose (or not choose) a condo beside price. Whether or not a condo is right for a homeowner depends entirely on the circumstances and the priorities of the future owner, so learn more about what to consider before making the final decision to buy a condo.

Budgets and Locations

Purchasing a condo has the potential to be a very cost-effective solution for those keeping a sharp eye on their budget. Larger condos may offer the same square footage as a single-family home for less, and they give people downsizing from a larger home a chance to remain property owners without an exorbitant mortgage.

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5 Basic Tools for A New Homeowner ToolkitMoving into a new home comes with new responsibilities, such as performing routine maintenance or doing home improvement projects. Homeowners now have to shoulder the burden that landlords or an HOA may have handled in the past. There are some small tools that can help new homeowners tackle routine maintenance tasks and save them money.

A Tape Measure

From furniture to lumber for a new project, it is important to buy the right size for a perfect fit. New Canadian homeowners may find a 25-foot tape measure with a one inch long blade the best choice as it is long enough to meet the majority of measuring needs and is made not to buckle.

A Flashlight

A flashlight can be used in the home, the car or the great outdoors. Some homeowners prefer

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How Technology Is Slowly Changing Residential Home BuildingThe construction industry has moved along at its own pace when it comes to adapting different kinds of technology, even as breakthrough after breakthrough debuted on the market. However, residential builders are starting to recognize how new advancements can save them time and money in the home construction process. Whether an individual is planning to build or remodel their home in the future or they're just curious about the shifting methods of home construction, it's useful to know the trends to better predict the future of the residential building industry.

The Scouting Process

Scouting for the best locations to build has long been a time-consuming process for many builders. Not only are photos typically insufficient to get the full scope

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Popular Roofing Materials and When to Use ThemThe roof of the home is often out of sight, out of mind for many homeowners, even though it's one of the most important protective components of the home. When it comes time to decide which roofing materials to choose, it's important to consider the decision from different angles. In other words, choosing materials solely based on cost, convenience, or aesthetics isn't always the best move. How do the basics of how different roofing materials stack up against each other?

Composite Shingles

Composite shingles can last anywhere from 15-50 years, depending on quality and upkeep.Composite or asphalt shingles remain a popular option because they're affordable and they don't require a lot of maintenance. Even though they're made from a variety of

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Household pests can cause serious damage to home, property and healthThe backyard may offer a natural habitat for all sorts of creatures that are beneficial to the natural environment, but most homeowners wouldn't invite a single one of those critters to take up residence indoors. If a home seems to be a magnet for unwanted pests, it's time to take some serious action.

In many cases, protecting your home against such onslaught is relatively routine, handled easily with DIY inspections and simple preventive measures. If, however, there is evidence of existing damage or an infestation has grown out of control, it's time to call in a professional. Doing nothing will only result in a bigger problem and, typically, more expense.

Inspect Parts of the Home

Unwanted pests—whether they are flies and other insects,

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Tips for Selling a Home with PetsAs pets are part of the family, homeowners often let their furry friends get comfortable within their property. While this is great for everyone's quality of life, it can present challenges when a household decides to put their home up for sale.

By working with an experienced real estate agent, homeowners can sell their home with pets quickly and for the highest price possible.

Preparing the Home with Pets for the Market

Sellers who want to list their property after pets have been living in the home should take extra measures to get the house ready for the market. Most pet owners can attest to the fact that pets drool, have accidents and generally carry odors with them, which can linger in the home. All carpets should be thoroughly

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