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Monday, June 10, 2024   /   by Evelyn Lopes

Home Design and Interior Decorating Tips: Creating Functional and Beautiful Spaces | Secrets from an Expert Interior Designer

Creating a home that is both functional and beautiful is a goal many homeowners strive for. Whether you're planning a small renovation, a complete home makeover, or simply looking to refresh your space, the principles of home design and interior decorating can help you achieve a harmonious and inviting environment. This guide explores essential tips and insights for transforming your living spaces, balancing the latest trends with timeless design elements, and making your home truly reflect your personality and lifestyle. From selecting the right colors and furniture placement to enhancing curb appeal and understanding the difference between decorating and staging, you'll find practical advice to elevate your home design game.

The Art of Home Design
Home design is an art that combines aesthetics with functionality. Brittany emphasizes the importance of creating spaces that not only look good but also work well for your daily life. She shares essential tips on selecting the right N ...

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Saturday, June 1, 2024   /   by Evelyn Lopes

Mid-Year Market Update for 2024: What Buyers and Sellers Need to Know

Once again, the number one story in real estate this summer is mortgage rates. But unlike last year, when a surprise series of rate hikes from the Bank of Canada sent skittish buyers back to the sidelines, all signs now point to the opposite scenario. Instead of market-chilling rate hikes, economists now expect market-quickening rate cuts—possibly starting as soon as this month.1
That means the housing market is likely to get interesting over the next few months. If fixed mortgage rates continue to drop in anticipation of a lower policy rate, more buyers are expected to show up looking for a deal before home prices take off in 2025 and 2026.2
Listings are also on the upswing and homeowners are feeling increasingly optimistic that their home values will rise over the next year, per a new Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) study. So we could see more sellers-in-waiting regain the confidence to list their homes at strong but realistic prices.3,4
With pent-up demand co ...

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Tuesday, May 28, 2024   /   by Evelyn Lopes

What Makes a Winning Offer?- 12 TIPS for SUCCESS

What Makes a Winning Offer? - 12 TIPS for SUCCESS

Money isn't the only factor that makes a winning offer. In fact, sellers sometimes choose lower offers over higher ones. Here are the 12 key components of a winning offer:

1. Offer Price

Sellers are naturally drawn to the highest and most competitive offer. It’s not just about the numbers; it’s about value. When your offer is close to or above the asking price, it signals to the seller that you’re serious and willing to pay a fair market value for their home. Lowball offers can be a deal-breaker in a competitive market. Make sure your offer price is both competitive and compelling.

2. Financial Qualifications

It’s not just about putting down a price. Sellers want to ensure you have the financial capability to pay that price. Pre-approval letters from a reputable lender or proof of funds for a cash offer can significantly boost your credibility. Cash offers are particularly attractive because they em ...

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Monday, April 1, 2024   /   by Evelyn Lopes

6 Strategies to Save on Home Insurance Premiums

From extreme cold to wildfires and floods, the past few years have brought a historic number of devastating climate and weather events to Canada. In 2023 alone, unusually harsh weather and a string of natural disasters caused more than $3.1 billion in insured damages, according to the Insurance Bureau of Canada, making it the fourth most expensive weather year on record.1 

These events delivered a huge influx of home insurance claims, and analysts expect the increase in both catastrophes and claims to continue. Adding to the problem, construction labour and supply costs have risen, making it more expensive to repair affected homes. Consequently, homeowners' insurance rates have surged: In 2024, My Choice Financial reports that premiums are already up 7.66% since last year and are likely to climb further still.2,3   

In disaster-prone regions, the situation is even more challenging. According to Public Safety Canada, flooding is especially common now, accounting for ...

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Tuesday, March 26, 2024   /   by Evelyn Lopes

The Essential Guide to the Final Walk-Through Before Buying Your Dream Home

The Last Step Before the Big Step: Why the Final Walk-Through is a Must

Buying a home is one of life’s biggest milestones, filled with excitement and dreams of the future. But before you cross the threshold into your new life, there’s a crucial step you shouldn’t overlook—the final walk-through. This step is more than just a formality; it’s your ultimate defense against any surprises that could turn your dream home into a less-than-perfect reality.
Uncovering the Overlooked: The Importance of the Final Walk-Through
Imagine the excitement of moving into your new home, only to discover the beautiful chandelier that caught your eye is missing, or the cozy fireplace that was the selling point doesn’t work. These are not just minor inconveniences but can be real disappointments that tarnish the joy of your new beginning. That’s where the final walk-through comes into play. It’s not just about giving the house one last look; it’s abo; ...

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