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4 Tips For Purchasing a Home in a Competitive MarketWhen preparing to buy a home, a buyer may hear terms like “competitive market” or “seller’s market” get thrown around. But what do these terms mean for buyers? A seller’s market is what happens when there are more buyers looking for homes than there are homes for sale, creating a lot of competition among buyers to get one of the homes. As one can imagine, this can make buying a home difficult. However, there are strategies buyers can use to help improve their chances of buying a home. Here are some of the most effective.

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Don’t Wait To Offer

In an ordinary market, buyers typically have time to deliberate

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How to Remediate Unpermitted WorkAnytime there is work done to a house, it's important to see if a permit is needed. Some things, like painting a wall, are never going to need a permit. But for homeowners who want to do something with electrical, plumbing, or other major systems, a permit is probably going to be necessary. But that doesn't always mean a permit is obtained, especially by homeowners doing major DIY renovations. Unpermitted work can be a real problem for a person who has bought a house and now wants to make some changes. They may need to remediate the unpermitted work before they can go forward with their project, and that can mean time and money.

Why Should Work Be Permitted?

Work should be permitted in an effort to make sure it's safe and that it follows

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Home Buying Contract ClausesWhen a buyer makes an offer on a home, they'll usually include a number of clauses in the contract. These clauses, also known as contingencies, help protect the buyer at various stages of the home buying process. These clauses enable the buyer to walk away from the deal penalty-free, if certain conditions are not met. These protections enable the home buyer to determine for certain that the house they want to buy is right for them.

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Home Sale Contingency

The home sale contingency is the clause that states the purchase of the house will only go through if the buyer is able to sell their existing home.

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What Is LMI and How Much Does It Cost New Homeowners?Lenders Mortgage Insurance (LMI) is a specific type of insurance policy provided to lenders to protect them. It's offered just in case the lender defaults on their payments. Learn more about when it's required, why lenders insist on it, and how homeowners can release their responsibility from its payments.

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The Basics of LMI

LMI is not paid to the insurance company directly by the homeowner. Instead, a homeowner will pay the lender the cost of the policy, and the lender will turn around and pay the insurance company to keep the policy going. As a general rule, all homeowners who are unable to produce a 20%

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The Home Warranty: What a Homeowner Needs to KnowThere are a number of great ways to protect a home and the investment in it. A lot of these ways can be handled by the homeowner themselves, through maintenance of the home after they purchase it and due diligence during the buying process. But there are some other things that can also be done, and they could go a long way toward making sure a surprise problem doesn't cause a big financial issue for someone who has recently purchased a new home. One of these protective options is a home warranty. Here's what homeowners should know about these.

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What Do Home Warranties Offer?

A home warranty is a good way

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Tips for Buying a Brand-New HomeA brand new home is often a symbol for hopeful homeowners who can't wait to start a new life with a clean slate. However, buying a newly constructed home means playing by a slightly different playbook than traditional home purchases. For a better chance at keeping the whole process in perspective, it's time to plan ahead with the following tips.

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Schedules and Deadlines

Construction crews will usually do everything in their power to keep to their original schedule, but there may be unexpected weather delays that derail the completion date of the home. In addition, different provinces may enforce their

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Canadian Tax Concerns When Selling a Vacation HomeThey say the two happiest days spent in a vacation home are the day it's purchased and the day it's sold. While deciding that it's time to sell a vacation home can be a relief in many ways, there are also a few factors that need attention for a smooth sale with no surprises. Top among these are the tax considerations of the sale. Knowing what to expect in advance when selling a home can help avoid unexpected tax issues later on.

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Is It a Primary or Secondary Residence?

In Canada, a family can typically only consider one residence their primary residence. In most cases, this will be the place where the owners spend at

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Important Mortgage Facts to Know When Buying a Vacation HomeThe idea of having a separate home to go to when taking a vacation can be really exciting. But for anyone who plans to do this and who plans to buy that home with a mortgage loan, there is important information they need to have. Mortgages for vacation homes are not going to be quite the same as loans for first homes, so asking all the right questions before signing on the dotted line can help prevent significant misunderstandings. Here are the main things any vacation home buyer should know when they start looking for a second home and a mortgage to go with it.

In most cases, the mortgage rates for vacation homes are higher than they are for homes that are occupied as primary dwellings. There are several reasons for that, with one of those

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Foundation Damage Information For HomeownersFoundation damage can cause serious problems with a home if it's not identified and repaired in its early stages. It's important for homeowners to be able to determine when a home has foundation damage. Knowing the signs, what to do and how to get the home repaired can help.

Warning Signs of Foundation Damage

Foundation damage is frequently subtle, and sometimes the warning signs can be difficult to detect. Often it takes a homeowner with a good eye or intuition to determine that their home's foundation has a problem. Some of the most common warning signs of foundation trouble include:

Cracks in the Foundation

Foundations can develop cracks, even if the foundation is in good condition. However, cracks that are wider than 1/2 of a

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5 Ways to Downsize Without CompromiseHomeowners may have any number of reasons to downsize to a smaller home. Whether it's to save money or because the household has shrunk in size, purchasing a new, smaller home can be a wonderful decision for home buyers. This checklist can help future homeowners think about what they will need in a new home, and how they can meet their home-buying needs.

List Reasons for Downsizing

Everyone has a different reason they want to downsize their living arrangements, and all are valid choices. When buyers are honest with themselves about the reasons they want to buy a smaller home, they can make selecting the right property that much easier. People may be looking for:

  • Less space to clean or maintain
  • Exterior property maintenance services
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