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Thursday, Jan 19, 2017

ABC's of Real Estate, London ON

Real Estate Terms The following are commonly used real estate terms: In real estate, C is for. . . . Caveat Emptor: A Latin expression meaning, "Let the buyer beware". Because the onus of examining the goods or property being purchased is on the buyer, the buyer is therefore at risk. Chattel: Personal property that is tangible and moveable. Commission: Monies paid to a brokera ...

Friday, Jan 13, 2017

Record year for home sales in London area

The London and St Thomas Association of Realtors says 2016 was a historic year for real estate, with residential sales surpassing 10,000 for the first time. In 2016, a total of 10,193 homes were sold, up 8.8 per cent from 2015. "Overall, it was an incredible year for residential real estate in our region," said Stacey Evoy, LSTAR 2016 president. "Throughout 2016, we observed high demand with lo ...

Thursday, Dec 22, 2016

Neat Christmas Facts

  Today, in the Greek and Russian orthodox churches, Christmas is celebrated 13 days after the 25th, which is also referred to as the Epiphany or Three Kings Day. This is the day it is believed that the three wise men finally found Jesus in the manger. In the Middle Ages, Christmas celebrations were rowdy and raucous—a lot like today’s Mardi Gras parties. From 1659 ...

Friday, Dec 09, 2016

If You Plan on Selling Your Home During the Holidays

  Back off on the decorations. Should you put out those blue and white candles and prominently display your menorah? What about hanging a wreath on your door or showcasing a Christmas tree in front of a window? What's overdoing it? What's not? People carry biases and prejudices with them. Why give them more information than they need to know about you? By not decorating, you are protecting ...

Friday, Dec 02, 2016

Why is Buying a Home in the Winter a Smart Move?

Why is Buying a Home in the Winter a Smart Move?  Home prices tend to dip, sellers can be more motivated and the holiday spirit just makes people want to be in a home. The combination of fewer buyers and slow business also means lenders and real estate agents might compete a little harder for your business. Shopping for homes in the winter months also gives you a unique vantage point of a pr ...

Thursday, Nov 24, 2016

Winter Preparation Checklist

Give your home a once-over and tend to winter preparation tasks and repairs before the year’s first frost.  You’ll lower your energy bills, increase the efficiency and lifespan of your home’s components, and make your property safer. Windows and Doors Check all the weatherstripping around windows and doorframes for leaks to prevent heat loss. Replace weatherstrippin ...

Wednesday, Nov 16, 2016

19 Things to Do Immediately to Reduce Your Home Energy and Maintenance Costs

19 Things to Do Immediately to Reduce Your Home Energy and Maintenance Costs 1. Check the insulation in your attic – and install more if needed. If you have an unfinished attic, pop your head up there and take a look around. You should see insulation up there between the beams, and there should be at least six inches of it everywhere (more if you live in the northern pa ...

Monday, Nov 14, 2016

6 Basic Mortgage Rules to Follow

Whether this is your first home or fourth, really understanding your mortgage and how it works is crucial. After all, it’ll probably be the biggest loan of your life!   What IS A Mortgage? In the most basic sense a mortgage is a loan to buy a property. The process of securing a mortgage means lender approval based on your income, credit rating and other debt.    Understan ...

Wednesday, Nov 02, 2016

The Benefits of a Less-Than-Perfect Home

The Benefits of a Less-Than-Perfect Home Do you have a clear image of your perfect dream home? Have you made a list of all the features it must have? Will you walk away from a property that doesn’t have huge mature trees in the back yard, or a wrap-around deck, or a large country-style kitchen, or comfy sunken living room? (Or all of the above?) It&r ...

Wednesday, Nov 02, 2016

15 Minutes Before a Showing

15 Minutes Before a Showing When preparing your house for a viewing, you’re obviously going to make sure it’s clean and tidy. After all, you want to make the best impression possible on potential buyers. But in the minutes before the buyers are due to arrive, there are a few final touches you need to do in your house to ensure it looks its best. Put away coats, hats a ...

Wednesday, Nov 02, 2016

7 Simple Repairs That Will Help Sell Your Home Faster

7 Simple Repairs That Will Help Sell Your Home Faster There’s a lot of competition in the housing market these days. When you put your home up for sale, you’re bound to be up against several other similar listings. That’s why it is important to make sure your property is in a good state of repair so that it makes a good impression on poten ...

Monday, Sep 12, 2016

Why a REALTORĀ®??

The REALTOR® Difference However, not every licensed or registered broker or salesperson is a REALTOR®. To be a REALTOR®, the agent must be a member of The Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA). And to be a member of CREA, an agent is expected to be: Committed to the REALTOR® Code: The code is the accepted standard of conduct for all real estate practitioners who are REALTORS& ...

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