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Category: Home Ownership (35 posts)

  • March 25, 2021 @ 2:36 PM
  • Posted by Bryan Guertin

Top 10 Considerations When Moving to a New Area

Peak Moving Season being just around the corner, most movers and other professionals in the industry will tend to encourage moving during the offseason. No matter where you are moving to, here are som

  • August 12, 2020 @ 3:27 PM
  • Posted by Bryan Guertin

Top 3 Home Improvement Ideas to Increase the Value of Your Home

Homeowners are often excited about home renovations and updates. Some property owners also use that opportunity to fulfill their wish lists, such as adding a master bedroom or hardwood flooring. Wit

  • July 15, 2020 @ 5:30 PM
  • Posted by Bryan Guertin

Home Inspections, How They Can Benefit Home Buyers and Sellers

Owning a home is one of the most valuable investments you can make. While good living spaces should be as comfortable as possible, with time they should also be able to increase their ROI. That's why

  • October 23, 2019 @ 3:24 PM
  • Posted by Bryan Guertin

How Many Homes Should You Tour Before Buying?

If you are beginning the home-buying process, you may begin to wonder how long it will take until you find the perfect home for you and your family. The answer to that varies due to different factor

  • October 9, 2019 @ 3:22 PM
  • Posted by Bryan Guertin

When is the Best Time of Year to Buy a Home?

Spring may be the most popular time of the year to buy a new home, but is it the best time of year to go home shopping? While the best time to browse real estate is when you need a new home, there are

  • August 28, 2019 @ 11:12 AM
  • Posted by Bryan Guertin

Exploring the Pros and Cons of Purchasing a Condo

When you decide to take your first step on the property ladder, you will have plenty of property-types to choose from. Many buyers prefer to buy an existing single-family home, some want to buy a plot

  • August 14, 2019 @ 11:12 AM
  • Posted by Bryan Guertin

10 Benefits of Buying a Newly Constructed House

There are two options available when seeking a new home for your family. You can purchase a resale (meaning an older home that has already been lived in) or a new construction. While each choice pro

  • February 13, 2019 @ 11:39 AM
  • Posted by Bryan Guertin

7 Reasons to Start House-Hunting in the Winter

In most parts of the country, spring and summer are the peak periods for the property market. If you're planning to buy a home, it's traditional to start looking for property in April or May, with the

  • January 9, 2019 @ 12:30 PM
  • Posted by Bryan Guertin

Buying Your First Home: When Are You REALLY Ready?

Purchasing your first home is the dream of a lifetime and a massive investment toward your future. The process is full of hopes and aspirations but is also a huge commitment to take on. For those who

  • October 24, 2018 @ 11:44 AM
  • Posted by Bryan Guertin

Real Estate: Four Features of Profitable Rental Property

Investing in real estate can be a frightening task for a first-time buyer. While the rewards can be huge, there are also a number of risks that you will need to consider. However, if you know what to

  • August 22, 2018 @ 11:00 AM
  • Posted by Bryan Guertin

5 Reasons Why Your Home Isn't Selling

You've put your house on the market, and you're ready to start spending all the money you know you'll make from the sale. There's only one problem. Your house isn't selling. After trying to figur

  • June 27, 2018 @ 12:25 PM
  • Posted by Bryan Guertin

6 Home Renovations That Will Increase Your Home's Value

Home renovations can be an expensive and time-consuming commitment, and whether you plan on staying put for the long haul or flipping the house right away, it's worth knowing which renovation projects

  • June 13, 2018 @ 10:34 AM
  • Posted by Bryan Guertin

Things to Consider Before Moving Into an Over-55 Oakville Community

Many people, as they approach retirement age and the kids are gone, begin thinking about downsizing. One of the more popular choices for reduction is moving to one of the over-55 communities that ar

  • May 23, 2018 @ 11:20 AM
  • Posted by Bryan Guertin

Should You Buy a Home or Continue Renting?

While owning a home and a plot of land was once part of the 'American Dream' for many people, the times have changed. The global financial crisis which resulted in a massive shift in the housing marke

  • May 9, 2018 @ 11:48 AM
  • Posted by Bryan Guertin

Don't Expect the Appraisal to Prove Great Buy on a Home

Buying a home can be fun and exciting, especially when you drive a hard bargain and get that seller over a barrel.  You did your research, caught a home with higher than average days on the marke

  • March 28, 2018 @ 11:07 AM
  • Posted by Bryan Guertin

5 Things to Consider Before Flipping a House in Ontario

House flipping can be a tempting way to make fast money, but not every fixer-upper has the potential to be profitable. Here's five things to consider before buying a property in Oakville, Burlington,

  • January 10, 2018 @ 11:43 AM
  • Posted by Bryan Guertin

The Advantages and Disadvantages of Buying a New Home

If you're planning on investing in real estate, then you're going to have two main options: to buy an existing home or buy a new home. An existing home is a house that has been lived in before, wherea

  • November 22, 2017 @ 11:32 AM
  • Posted by Bryan Guertin

7 Inexpensive Home Staging Ideas for a Quick Sale

When your home is on the market, first impressions matter more than ever. If a potential buyer doesn’t like what they see in the first few minutes, that bad start could color the rest of their e

  • September 27, 2017 @ 11:16 AM
  • Posted by Bryan Guertin

Preparing to Sell? Do This First

So you've made the decision to sell your home. What you do to prepare - from the outside in - will make all the difference in whether prospective buyers choose to take a look.  First impr

  • June 28, 2017 @ 12:15 PM
  • Posted by Bryan Guertin

4 Things You Need To Know When Buying A Vacation Home

Everyone looks forward to a vacation, and many people return to their favorite spot each year. If you really enjoy your annual destination, you might be ready to invest in a vacation home. There are m

  • May 24, 2017 @ 11:41 AM
  • Posted by Bryan Guertin

3 Simple Updates to Help Sell Your Home Fast

If you're getting ready to sell your home, you may be wondering what you can do to help it sell quickly. How can you make your home more appealing without investing a lot of time or money? The answer

  • April 26, 2017 @ 12:00 PM
  • Posted by Bryan Guertin

Getting Your Whole Family on Board When Selling Your Home

If you are selling your home, this can be a challenge when you are in charge of getting your family on board as well. Selling a home with kids has its own challenges, but it isn't impossible. Here are

  • January 25, 2017 @ 11:51 AM
  • Posted by Bryan Guertin

Timing Your Home Sale in Oakville

Timing the sale of your Oakville home is easier said than done. There are all sorts of factors to consider, from seasonal advantages to the economic climate of Southern Ontario region. And that's in a

  • December 14, 2016 @ 11:07 AM
  • Posted by Bryan Guertin

Protect Your Home Against Burglars While on Holiday

Burglars look for opportune moments to enter homes in search of valuables, and they don't take breaks for the holidays. In fact, many burglaries take place during the holidays, especially when people

  • November 9, 2016 @ 12:11 PM
  • Posted by Bryan Guertin

Curb Appeal on a Budget

If you're like most people looking to sell your home quickly, you already know the importance of curb appeal. While more and more homebuyers are looking online for homes for sale, a majority still do

  • August 24, 2016 @ 3:38 PM
  • Posted by Bryan Guertin

5 Simple Ways to Get Your Home Ready to Sell

If you are working up to selling your home, there are a few quick updates that you can do to get it in better shape for the market. Minimal time upfront getting your property ready to sell can make al

  • July 27, 2016 @ 11:36 AM
  • Posted by Bryan Guertin

Rent or Buy? 3 Tips to Help You Decide

The decision to buy or rent a home in is one that should not be taken lightly. After all, the choice you make is going to affect you for at least a year and probably much longer than that. While this

  • June 22, 2016 @ 10:54 AM
  • Posted by Bryan Guertin

Staging Your Home for a Quick Sale

When it comes to staging your home for a quick sale, the right accessories can make all the difference. You want your home to look spacious and uncluttered, but that does not mean leaving your rooms e

  • May 25, 2016 @ 9:40 AM
  • Posted by Bryan Guertin

Before You Hire a Realtor Ask These 5 Questions

Selling a home is a big decision. An equally big decision is choosing a Realtor. On a basic level, your Realtor is responsible for finding the best buyer for your home at the price you're asking. Howe

  • December 22, 2015 @ 11:53 AM
  • Posted by Bryan Guertin

5 Sure Signs it's Time To Downsize

As you grow older, your needs will start to change. One of the main things that you may want to consider altering is your accommodation or property.  But how do you know when it is time to downsi

  • December 9, 2015 @ 10:34 AM
  • Posted by Bryan Guertin

4 Hidden Problems That Could Be Hurting Your Home Sale

One of the biggest fears that home sellers have is that their property will end up on the real estate market for months on end. This is a nightmare for a number of reasons. First of all, having your h

  • November 24, 2015 @ 1:34 PM
  • Posted by Bryan Guertin

Advantages & Disadvantages of Buying a New Home

If you're planning on investing in real estate in Oakville, Milton, Burlington and Mississauga, then you're going to have two main options: to buy an existing home or buy a new home. An existing home

  • September 23, 2015 @ 12:14 PM
  • Posted by Bryan Guertin

Boost Your Chances of a House Sale in Oakville

Is your Oakville home currently on the market? Are you hoping for a quick sale and want to stack the odds in your favour? One powerful option to consider is to maximize the potential of the open house

  • August 12, 2015 @ 12:32 PM
  • Posted by Bryan Guertin

10 Cheap Home Upgrades That Pay Off

If you're thinking of renovating your home, you're in good company. Canadians spent a record $67.8 billion in home renovation in 2014 - an increase of 2.7% from 2013. While many homeowners are opting

  • June 29, 2015 @ 9:19 AM
  • Posted by Bryan Guertin

4 Ways To Make Your Backyard A Summer Haven

Enjoying your backyard in the summer months is a treat if you have been cooped up indoors during the cold and wet months. Here are four ways you can spruce up your yard and make it a summer haven. 1.