By: Sandy Brittain

MLS Pictures

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Why do homes look better in pictures sometimes than they do in reality? Pictures on the MLS system can look really great and then when you visit the home you are disappointed by the condition of the home. A kitchen, for example, may look newer and you discover it's just been painted. Part of the issue is the size of the pictures. They are really small, but if you look closely at the picture of...Read More

By: Sandy Brittain

Mortgage Broker or Bank?

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What's the difference between using a Mortgage Broker or going to the bank? The one advantage that is key is that using a Mortgage Broker is equivalent to having someone shop for a mortgage for you. Not only will they do the research, Mortgage Brokers have specialized training to look into the details of the mortgage, beyond just the interest rate. Sometime the things outlined in the fine prin...Read More

By: Sandy Brittain

To Renovate or Not to Renovate

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Are you trying to decide if you should renovate before selling or just take a little lower price and avoid the hassel? Here are some things to consider. There are a pool of potential buyers in the market looking for a home. Most buyers want a home that is ready to move into without any work. The majority of buyers are willing to do minor things like paint but they don't want to replace kitchen...Read More

By: Sandy Brittain

Preparing Your Home To Sell

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Look at the paint colours builder are using. If you choose to freshen up your paint try to keep colours fairly neutral. Always paint trim white! Bedding, drapes and towels in model homes are new and colour coordinated. Consider replacing your linens. Another observation is that there are no family pictures on the walls. A model home is decorated so anyone visiting can envision themselves living i...Read More

By: Sandy Brittain

Your Credit Score

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If you require a mortgage to purchase a home it is likely that the lending institution will check your credit score. It is not uncommon for errors to exist on your credit report which may have an impact on your mortgage applicaton. It may even result in a higher interest rate being offered. You can view and fix any mistakes on your credit report prior to preparing a mortgage application. Avoid dis...Read More

By: Sandy Brittain

Is Your Home Easy to Show?

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Once a property is listed for sale, potential buyers will want to view it. Be generous with the hours you allow showings. Weekends and evenings are the most common times for showings. If you limit times (i.e. no showings after 8 pm or 24 hours notice required) it will have an impact on the ability of some buyers to see your home. Ensure that the listing office has contact information for you in or...Read More

By: Sandy Brittain

Pets

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Do you have a pet? Many people have pets in the home. While they provide companionship and enjoyment to the owners they can be problematic while selling a home. A barking dog, pet droppings on the floor and odors can scare away potential buyers. Consider making plans to remove your pets during showings and air out the house before buyers visit. Remember, people that don't have pets notice pet ...Read More

By: Sandy Brittain

The 'For Sale' Sign

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What are the pros and cons of having a 'For Sale' sign on your property? Every Realtor markets properties a little differently, but in essence there are only so many tools available to a Realtor to let the world know a property is for sale. One of these tools is a 'For Sale' sign. Some sellers don't want neighbors, family or friends to know they are selling until the property i...Read More

By: Sandy Brittain

Southfield Ave. Courtice Development #1

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According to the Municipality of Clarington Planning Services Department “20012544 Ontario Limited & 289143 Ontario Limited has submitted applications to permit a subdivision on 4.55 ha in Courtice consisting of 82 single detached dwellings. The proposal is for two blocks of a previously draft approved plan of subdivision, one intended for a public elementary school and the other for a s...Read More

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