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4 Things You Should Know About Tiny HomesThe exact opposite of the McMansion, the newest trend in housing is the tiny home. A tiny home is a home that is 500 square feet or smaller. They are often mobile, so homeowners can hitch them to a truck and move them, and they are usually a fraction of the cost of a traditional home. Because of this, many people are tempted to buy their own tiny home. However, tiny homes may have some issues that buyers need to know before investing in one. Here is what every buyer interested in tiny homes should know before they purchase one.

Tiny Homes Often Don’t Have Traditional Plumbing

When a Varsity Calgary home is 500 square feet or smaller, there isn’t a lot of space for the traditional things homeowners like having, such as plumbing. Normal flushing

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4 Window Types You Should Know AboutWhen purchasing a new construction home, the buyer has a certain amount of power when it comes to making decisions for what the home will have. From the wood used to make cupboards to the type of doorknobs on each of the doors, buyers can choose a lot of what will go into their new home. One of the bigger things a buyer can choose is the type of windows that will be installed in the home. There are many different types of windows buyers can choose from that can drastically change how a home looks. Here are some of the different types of windows and what sets them apart from each other.

Single- and Double-Hung Windows

The most common window choice for homes is the simple single-hung or double-hung window. The difference between the two is how they

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Guide for New Landlords Looking to Rent a HomeRenting a home instead of selling the home, even in a buyers market, may look like a great way to generate extra income. Some Canadian homeowners are well suited to the task and rent out primary and secondary homes. However, there are challenges that can arise when renting out a property and a discussion with a financial planner may help one ascertain whether it is worthwhile to try to rent according to applicable housing laws and restrictions. Understand more about what it takes to successfully rent a home today.

For informational purposes only. Always consult with an attorney or certified tax expert before proceeding with any real estate transaction.

Canadian Landlord Obligations

Those looking to rent a home for the first time may want to

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Seller Disclosure When Listing a HomeSellers do have certain obligations when working with potential buyers. Canadian homeowners aware of certain issues, such as mould, basement flooding or unpermitted work, may not be able to keep the information to themselves. Potential buyers should be privy to details about a home in specific circumstances and when regulated by the laws in the province or territory. Seller disclosure should not be overlooked when selling property in Canada, as details can make a significant difference to buyers.

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

Read the Real Estate Disclosure Form

Sellers are responsible for completing the Real Estate Disclosure form or

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How Is VR Being Used to Sell Homes?Virtual reality (VR) is still a novelty for the vast majority of people. Their experience with it may be limited to anything from video games to pop-up exhibits in amusement parks. But those looking to purchase a luxury home may have more exposure to VR than sellers realize. The nicer a home is, the more VR can show off its quality. Sellers who help buyers become attached to the property—before they set foot on it—have the best chance of getting the unicorn price they were hoping for. See why VR has been so successful for those who want to maximize their marketing.

Extra Eyes

Consider a new home buyer located in a fast sellers market who has seen 10 properties in the course of a single weekend. They may have strong memories of two, vague memories

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Selling Your Home? How to Research the Real Estate MarketWhen the time comes to sell your home, it's important to know what's going on in the real estate market where you live. Having an understanding of the real estate market can help you make smart decisions before and during the sale process.

Doing research typically involves reading articles online, talking to real estate professionals, and making observations about the other homes that are selling in your area. As you're doing your research, below are the questions you should be seeking to answer.

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

>Is it a Seller's or Buyer's Market?

A seller's market occurs when homes sell for high prices and home

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3 Warning Signs Sellers Need To KnowJust like buyers can on the lookout for signs that a home isn’t all it’s promised to be, sellers should also know and be able to recognize the different signs that can show that an offer just isn’t worth the trouble it could bring. Accepting a bad offer can cause a homeowner to lose money, not move on time, or even worse, so it’s important to recognize the signs. Here are some of the most common red flags that sellers need to know and why they should raise flags when they show up.

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

1. Small Earnest Money Offer

When a buyer makes an offer on a home, they also include what is known as an earnest money

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Red Flags for Home BuyersIt is all too easy to get wrapped up in the idea of buying an Upper Mount Royal home. Unfortunately, in the excitement buyers can ignore signs of one or more potential issues that may raise their heads down the road. This can be of particular importance to those new owners who may already be maxing out their budget with a purchase, and may not have the extra funds to address issues occurring right after becoming a homeowner. Use the following suggestions to know when to make an offer and when it is best to move on.

Too Good to Be True

A home that is listed below the average asking price when compared to recent comps may be a windfall or be cause for concern. Considering that a homeowner is not only buying a home but is generally going to reside

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Taking care of septic systems is good for the environment & the wallet.Many homes, particularly those in rural areas, still use septic systems to treat wastewater from the home. It's important to know the difference - especially if a home buyer is considering purchasing a home with a septic system. A septic system is a self-contained wastewater treatment system that uses microbes to break down material. Septic systems consist of four main components:

  • The Pipes from the home. This carries the wastewater out and away from the home.
  • The Tank. The septic tank holds the wastewater underground while it breaks down.
  • The Drain field. Partially treated wastewater is pushed down into the drain field as more wastewater enters the septic tank.
  • Soil. The soil performs the final cleaning of any remaining contaminants,
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Easy Home Office Ideas to Streamline Your WorkspaceThose who work from home or require a quiet space for computer-related endeavors will likely want to keep their home office zone separate from common living spaces. And when it comes time to sell a home, a home office is always an asset. So whether one decides to convert a spare bedroom or create a nook in a garage or attic space, here are some quick ways to create a home office that's cozy and functional.

Consider a Flexible Standing Desk

Working long hours from home often means many hours sitting in a chair, which can negatively impact health and result in soreness in the body. However, standing desks are all the rage in both traditional and home office spaces. By alternating between sitting and standing during the workday, some experience

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