Category Archives: Buying

Welcome to the Buying section. Here you will find articles about how to buy a home, first-time home buyers, the cost of buying a home and much more.

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Home Inspection Checklist: Focus on Plumbing

There are hundreds of factors that people consider when buying a new house, but it’s easy to overlook something as basic – and as expensive to fix – as the plumbing. Here are a few steps you can to take to spot potential plumbing problems before you sign a contract: Continue reading

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4 Things You MUST Know about your Mortgage

4 Things You MUST Know About Your Mortgage

You faithfully pay your mortgage every month, but do you know what goes into it? Probably not. When your current loan term is up, you should take some time to study what goes into your payment. It might help you make a better decision when it comes time to renew your mortgage. Here are a few terms you must know to help you understand your home mortgage. Continue reading

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Know the Guts of Your Home

Getting to Know the Guts of Your Home

Anyone shopping for a home needs to know where a few key organs of the house are − and why they are important. The point of knowing the where of these parts is not to make you an all-around master handyman; but knowing how to find them may help you recognize a problem. Continue reading

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5 Ways to Cope with Emergency Costs in the Home

5 Ways to Cope With Emergency Costs in the Home

Every person is faced with emergency situations, sometime or the other during his lifetime. An unexpected financial emergency can be extremely stressful, whether it is a medical emergency, job loss, unexpected home repairs or losses due to natural calamities. Dealing with an emergency can be very costly, especially when the situation is particularly devastating. The following are five effective ways to cope with emergency costs in the home. Continue reading

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Warning Signs of Foundation Problems

Here are some simple ways to identify the warning signs that the home you want to buy has foundation problems. Continue reading

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House vs Apartment: 5 Reasons it’s Better to Buy a House

Living in an apartment can feel liberating as you more than likely don’t have responsibility for a great deal of the maintenance and work that goes into the establishment. If there’s an issue with the building (for instance the roof leaks) it is up to the superintendent to deal with the issue. However, there are some advantages to buying a home than an apartment. Here we look at one side of the debate House vs. Apartment and give 5 reasons why you’re better off buying a house than an apartment. Continue reading

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Investment Property

How to Choose the Right Neighborhood for Real Estate Investing

If you are looking to invest in real estate, you will want to make sure you choose the right investment property. One of the biggest factors to consider is the neighborhood. You will only make a return on your investment if the home is desirable to potential tenants. Here are 5 tips for how to choose the right neighborhood for real estate investing. Continue reading

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Pros & Cons of Buying a New Home Before Selling

What are the pros and cons of buying a new home before selling your own home? We have the answers. Continue reading

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Community Living

Community Living: Why It Matters to Get to Know Your Neighbors

When you start looking for a new home, one of the most important things to do at an early stage is get to know your neighbors better. This process should start as early as possible, even before you have moved into your new home, and it can help to prevent a number of issues from arising in the future as well as helping you and your family to settle in better. Here are a few of the most important reasons why community living is so important and why getting to know your neighbors matters. Continue reading

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Advice for Canadians Buying U.S. Real Estate

Advice for Canadians Buying U.S. Real Estate

Despite their proximity and cultural similarities, the U.S. real estate market operates differently than its Canadian counterpart. There are also a whole host of expenses – from taxes to home insurance costs – that Canadian homebuyers might not expect to incur when they imagine a sun-drenched American vacation home. Here is some advice for Canadians looking to buy U.S. real estate. Continue reading

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