Renters for a Weekend or a While: What’s the Best Use of Your Investment Property?

By: Colin Campbell

Renters for a Weekend or a While: What’s the Best Use of Your Investment Property?

Tags: Rental, Rental Investment, Short Term Rental, Long Term Rental, Rental Income

Renters for a Weekend or a While: What’s the Best Use of Your Investment Property?   The residential rental market is now the fastest-growing segment of the housing market. In the United States, the demand for single-family rentals, defined as either detached homes or townhouses, has risen 30 percent in the past three years.1 And in Canada, rental units now account for nearly one-third ...Read More

Should You Buy a New or Existing Home?

By: Colin Campbell

Should You Buy a New or Existing Home?

Tags: New Construction, Resale Home, Custom Home, Previously Owned

Maybe your dream home has the intricate details that you usually find only in older construction - wainscoting and crown molding in the interior, the front porch with a swing, an older tree shading the back yard, and the white picket fence.   Or maybe your dream home has all the conveniences of modern living - open floor plan in the living and dining spaces, large windows, connected, “s...Read More

Real Home Value Calculator: Assessed Value vs Market Value

By: Colin Campbell

Real Home Value Calculator: Assessed Value vs Market Value

Tags: Market Value, Assessed Value, Fair Market Value

Understanding a home’s true market value is about more than pictures, software assessments and price-per-square-foot. Whether you’re a current homeowner thinking of selling or are house hunting, it’s crucial you understand what factors affect home valuation. By partnering with a local market expert, sellers will avoid pricing their house out of the market (the kiss of death in re...Read More

How to Avoid the Top 8 Home Inspection Mistakes

By: Colin Campbell

How to Avoid the Top 8 Home Inspection Mistakes

Tags: Home Inspections, Avoid Home Inspection Mistakes, Home Inspection Tips

    It’s easy to get swept up in the excitement of buying a home. Once you’ve had an offer accepted on your dream house, you’ll probably be anxious to move in. However, before you make a significant financial commitment, it’s best to know exactly what you’re buying.   When you hire a home inspector, you get a professional, in-depth examination of the ...Read More

Increase Your Home’s Value Up to 28% with These 5 Tips

By: Colin Campbell

Increase Your Home’s Value Up to 28% with These 5 Tips

Tags: Curb Appeal, Home Improvements, Home Value

Great curb appeal not only makes your home the star of the neighbourhood, it can also improve its value and help you sell it for more. Whether you’re thinking of listing your home or just want to make your home the envy of your neighbours, here are several ways to increase your home’s curb appeal.   1. Make your home’s exterior look like new. For many potential buyers, the ...Read More

Real Estate Relocation Guide: 7 Steps to a Seamless Move

By: Colin Campbell

Real Estate Relocation Guide: 7 Steps to a Seamless Move

Tags: Move, Moving, Relocating, Relocation, Relocation Guide, Homesearch

Whatever your reasons are for relocating to a new area, the process can feel overwhelming. Whether you’re moving across across town or across the country, you’ll be changing more than your address. Besides a new house, you may also be searching for new jobs, schools, doctors, restaurants, stores, service providers and more.   Of course you’ll need to pack, make moving arrang...Read More

HOUSE CARE CALENDAR:  A Seasonal Guide to Maintaining Your Home

By: Colin Campbell

HOUSE CARE CALENDAR: A Seasonal Guide to Maintaining Your Home

Tags: Maintaining Your Home, House Care Calendar, Maintenance, Caring For Your Home, Seasonal Checklist

From summer vacations to winter holidays, it seems each season offers the perfect excuse to put off our to-do list. But be careful, homeowners: neglecting your home’s maintenance could put your personal safety—and one of your largest financial investments—at serious risk.   In no time at all, small problems can lead to extensive and expensive repairs. And even if you avoid a...Read More

The Home Buyer's Guide to Getting Mortgage Ready

By: Colin Campbell

The Home Buyer's Guide to Getting Mortgage Ready

Tags: Mortgage, Credit, Buyer, Credit Score, Down Payment, Closing Costs, Purchasing Power, AffordAbility

Don’t wait until you’re ready to move to start preparing financially to buy a home.   If you’re like the vast majority of home buyers, you will choose to finance your purchase with a mortgage loan. By preparing in advance, you can avoid the common delays and roadblocks many buyers face when applying for a mortgage.   The Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institu...Read More

Home Design Trends to Watch in 2018

By: Colin Campbell

Home Design Trends to Watch in 2018

Tags: WARM COLOURS, COZY ELEMENTS, MIXED METALS, TWO-TONED CABINETS, BOLD PATTERNS, NATURAL ELEMENTS, FEATURE WALLS, STATEMENT LIGHTING, SMART TECHNOLOGY

We frequently get questions from clients who are taking on decorating and remodeling projects and want to ensure their dollars are invested wisely.   Which looks will last for years to come, and which ones will feel dated quickly? What colors and styles are most popular among buyers in our area? How can I add the most value to my home?   So we’ve rounded up some of the hottest tren...Read More

Welcome Home: 10 Tips to Turn Your Neighbourhood  Into a Hometown Haven

By: Colin Campbell

Welcome Home: 10 Tips to Turn Your Neighbourhood Into a Hometown Haven

Tags: Community, Network, Social, Hometown, Connections, Activities, Neighbourhood, Engagement, involvement

"Communities work better (students perform better, crime rates are lower, kids are safer, people live longer) when neighbours know one another better. Knowing your neighbour on a first-name basis...is a surprisingly effective first step."  - Robert Putnam, Harvard Public Policy Professor and author of Bowling Alone   While advancements in technology have made it possible for us...Read More