All Blog Entries by Brett Campbell

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What to Do When You Can't Afford Home Repairs?When a home needs a major repair, such as a new roof, most owners will immediately shudder at the sticker-shock of the initial costs. Those who choose to leave their roof as-is because they can't (or choose not to) pay for the roof would be guilty of deferred maintenance. Whether it's because a homeowner is planning to sell the home, even in a buyers market, or because their finances just aren't available, deferred maintenance is never recommended. The good news is that owners may have more power than they think, even if their bank accounts are severely depleted.

The Real Cost of Deferred Maintenance

It costs about four times more to fix a problem that's been left alone than it does to fix a problem in its earliest stages. For example, a

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The Architecture Styles Home Buyers Should KnowBuying a home starts with asking some rather basic questions about what type of property will best the lifestyle of the people living in. Part of this equation is considering how an architectural style will influence how each person interacts with the home. The following tips can help home buyers streamline their open house experience because they can eliminate certain styles before they even get started. Learn more about how buyers can keep a fresh eye and clear perspective for every home they see.


Starting with the more obvious of choices, traditional homes are typically two stories and have a symmetrical quality to them. They're popular because they were constructed to be as beautiful and sustainable as a more expensive home

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Everything You Need to Know About Short SalesWhen a homeowner is having trouble paying their bills on a home that is "under water", a short sale can be a tool to help the homeowner get out of debt. If you're a homeowner who is thinking about selling your home as a short sale, you should understand how short sales work and how a short sale will affect you. Here's what you need to know.

For informational purposes only. Always consult with a licensed mortgage professional before proceeding with any real estate transaction.

What Is a Short Sale?

A short sale happens when a homeowner sells their home for less than they owe on the property. Usually a short sale happens when the homeowner is under water on their mortgage, meaning they owe more on their mortgage than the property is worth. Short

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Bad Home ImprovementsWhile there are many Wood Buffalo home improvements worth the expense, others may not be a good investment for a homeowner. Maintain the equity in a home and make improvements that can offer a good return. Attract a better pool of qualified buyers by avoiding the following upgrades.

Know Your Audience

Not every popular home improvement will appeal to a specific community. Having an understanding of the types of projects that home buyers are looking for will help those looking to sell soon after making a home improvement. There are plenty of home improvements that may not offer a great return.

Home Improvements to Avoid

Why pay to add a pool when a qualified buyer may add in a contingency for the homeowner to have it filled in? Some buyers

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How To Sell Your Home with DronesThere’s a lot of differing opinions regarding drones appearing as they have become more popular. Some people love them, and some don’t. However, what many people can agree on is that drones are great when it comes to their use in real estate. Because drones are able to capture so many different angles of homes so easily, they’ve become popular for using to take photos of homes, but they offer more advantages than just being easy to use. Here are some of the best reasons homeowners should use a drone when selling their home.

For informational purposes only. Always consult with a licensed real estate professional before proceeding with any real estate transaction.

1. Drones Make Listings Look Impressive

When a buyer opens up an online listing

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Bathroom Renovations with High ROIMany Canadian homeowners are planning a bathroom renovation to make a home more attractive before selling their home. However, not all sellers may see a high ROI. The average bathroom remodeling project can cost a homeowner anywhere from $10,500 to $25,000. While some projects may be attractive, owners may not see a significant return due to their cost. Get a better return on a few affordable bathroom renovation projects or when the market supports the cost of a more expensive bathroom remodeling project.

Affordable Bathroom Renovation Projects

Homeowners may see the best return on relatively inexpensive bathroom renovation projects. Many of these upgrades may not require the help of a contractor, cutting out labour costs and keeping a project

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What Homeowners Can Expect During a Foreclosure in CanadaWhen facing foreclosure, Canadian homeowners often feel their stress levels spike, especially in situations where they do not know what to expect. A foreclosure is nothing like selling a home. Many feel overwhelmed and uncertain as soon as the late payment notices roll in. Shutting down in response, however, can only serve to make the problem worse, so it is important for homeowners to prepare to handle the situation at hand. They can do by using this guide to learn what to expect when faced with either of the foreclosure types used in Canada.

For informational purposes only. Always consult with an attorney before proceeding with any real estate transaction.

Types of Foreclosures

A foreclosure in Canada can take one of two routes, both of

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All About Buying Land for the First TimeBuying land seems like it should be simple, but there's more to it than you might think - it is not like buying a new home. Knowing what your priorities are, getting an inspection, and checking out the neighborhood can help you pick the right lot for your needs. Here's what you need to know.

For informational purposes only. Always consult with a licensed mortgage professional before proceeding with any real estate transaction.

Make a List of Must-Haves

Before looking at lots, home buyers must know what their priorities are for their new home. Lot size, layout, location and other features will all impact what kind of home the buyer is able to construct. Thinking through the must-haves before getting started with the home search will help the

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How to Get the Best Returns from Your Kitchen RemodelA kitchen remodel is a smart choice for homeowners who want to increase the value of their property. It might also help when it some time to sell the home. However, the rules of a remodel may not be as obvious as they first seem. Not every project will lead to better offers on a home, so it helps to understand the average rate of returns before diving in. (The ROI refers to return on investment and represents how much money a person will reap after improving different parts of their kitchen.) Learn more about the underlying principles of home improvement and how to use those guidelines to determine the next project.

Standard Advice

When it comes to a kitchen remodel, the buyer needs to think big picture. Just because their kitchen would be

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How To Winterize Your Home in 4 Easy StepsIt’s no secret that extreme cold weather can wreak havoc on a home if it isn’t prepared to endure it. Homeowners can take steps to prepare their home for the harsh cold of winter in many different ways, and this is known as “winterizing”. It’s highly recommended that all homeowners take steps to winterize their homes in order to protect them, especially here in Canada, because winterizing helps prevent damage to the home such as pipes bursting, which is a common and expensive problem. The Spring and Summer are great times to winterize your home - especially if considering selling your home. Here are some easy ways to winterize any home and help it survive the cold.

1. Change the Furnace Filter

Furnace filters normally need to be changed several

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