5 NEGOTIATING TACTICS THAT CAN KILL A SALE

By: Kevin Gouveia

5 NEGOTIATING TACTICS THAT CAN KILL A SALE

Tags: Negotiating a sale, buyer, seller

  Negotiation is a subtle art in real estate, but skilled negotiators can usually find some common ground that satisfies all parties. On the other hand, using the wrong negotiation tactics can sink a deal pretty quickly. Here are some negotiation tactics buyers (and real estate professionals) should avoid:       Lowball offers: Going far below market value when you ...Read More

MUST-HAVE TOOLS FOR HOMEOWNERS

By: Kevin Gouveia

MUST-HAVE TOOLS FOR HOMEOWNERS

Tags: Tools, House projects, Maintaining your home

  MUST-HAVE TOOLS FOR HOMEOWNERS   When you own your home, things are going to break and, unless you want to spend your money on visits from a neighbourhood handyman, you’re going to need to fix them yourself. Luckily, you don’t need an arsenal of tools to handle most home maintenance fixes. These five tools will cover most of your basic projects.     ...Read More

UPSIZING YOUR HOME

By: Kevin Gouveia

UPSIZING YOUR HOME

Tags: Upsizing, moving, growing family

  Unfortunately, our homes don’t always grow with us. What may have initially worked fine for a single person, a young couple’s starter home, or a family with a newborn can quickly become too small as families expand and multiple generations live under one roof. Remodelling and adding to your home is one option for creating more space, but it can be costly, and the size of your p...Read More

5 CRITERIA FOR PRICING A HOME

By: Kevin Gouveia

5 CRITERIA FOR PRICING A HOME

Tags: Location, Home Value, Community, Sold

When you put your home up for sale, one of the best ways to determine the asking price is to look at comparable sales and current market conditions per community. There’s rarely a perfect apples-to-apples comparison, so a pricing decision often relies on comparisons to several recent sales in the area. Here are five criteria to look for in a sales comparison.     1. Location:&nb...Read More

EYE-CATCHING WAYS TO DECORATE WITH PLANTS

By: Kevin Gouveia

EYE-CATCHING WAYS TO DECORATE WITH PLANTS

Tags: Plants in home, decor, tips

  EYE-CATCHING WAYS TO DECORATE WITH PLANTS Using plants as décor is a great way to add a little colour and a natural, bright feel to any room. There are endless types of plants to choose from and various ways to display each one, but here are a few of our favourite combinations.       Geometric pots. Find geometric pots or planters of various sizes and plant ...Read More

TIPS FOR STORING WINE AT HOME

By: Kevin Gouveia

TIPS FOR STORING WINE AT HOME

Tags: Storing wine at home, How to keep wine

      TIPS FOR STORING WINE AT HOME If you are a big wine connoisseur or just saving a few bottles to crack open on special occasions, it’s important to understand how best to store them safely until you’re ready to partake. Follow the guidelines below!     Temperature To ensure each wine bottle maintains the proper flavour and aroma, storing it at t...Read More

TOWNHOUSE VS. CONDO: WHICH SHOULD YOU BUY?

By: Kevin Gouveia

TOWNHOUSE VS. CONDO: WHICH SHOULD YOU BUY?

Tags: condo, townhome, buy

  Whether it’s your first time buying or you just want to purchase something smaller, townhouses and condos are both great options. Check out the differences between the two to help aid you in your search!   Condominiums   Condominiums are similar to apartments in that you purchase an individual unit inside of a larger building, but not the property it sits on. This gener...Read More

HIDDEN FEES TO BE AWARE OF WHEN PURCHASING A HOME

By: Kevin Gouveia

HIDDEN FEES TO BE AWARE OF WHEN PURCHASING A HOME

Tags: Buying a home, hidden fees, how much money is needed at closing

Purchasing a home is arguably one of the biggest financial decisions you will make in your lifetime. As you start your hunt, don't forget there will be other costs associated with your purchase then the price of the home. Here are 5 fees to keep in mind as you begin to budget.       Home Inspection-  This is a crucial step in the home buying process. The findings t...Read More

PREPPING PETS FOR THE MOVE

By: Kevin Gouveia

PREPPING PETS FOR THE MOVE

Tags: Moving with pets, how to move with pets, prep pets for move

PREP YOUR PETS FOR THE BIG MOVE   Your moving day is set and it’s time to start preparing. As you’re making your lists and checking them twice, don’t forget to factor in your furry friends. Here are some tips for making sure the process goes smoothly.     Medical records    When moving to a different city or Provence, one of the main things you nee...Read More

WHAT TO DO WITH AN UNFINISHED BASEMENT

By: Kevin Gouveia

WHAT TO DO WITH AN UNFINISHED BASEMENT

Tags: Unfinished Basement, Basement Reno, Basement ideas

Although currently dimly lit and a little rough on the eyes, your unfinished basement still has a lot of potential. With just a little love and the help of the following 5 ideas, you can spice it up in no time and get some great use out of the space.       Add a pop of colour. Give your basement a whole different look without a big renovation by adding some colour to space....Read More