All Blog Entries by Brett Campbell

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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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What Sellers Need to Know About the Risks of FSBO Home SalesThose considering putting their Stone Creek home up for sale might be tempted to undertake the process without the assistance of a real estate professional. However, there are many things to contend with during a For Sale By Owner (FSBO) home sale. Without an agent overseeing the complexities of home inspections, appraisals, financing and title searches, a few common problems are bound to arise during the process. Here are some top pitfalls and risks of FSBO home sales.

FSBO is Time Consuming

There's a reason why being a real estate agent is typically a full-time position, as selling homes takes an enormous amount of effort. There is the time spent trying to attract and find buyers and a myriad of paperwork required that will have varying

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Tools for the HomeNew homeowners may find that costs add up quickly when hiring someone to perform routine maintenance and make minor repairs in a home. One way to stay within the budget is to tackle a few basic tasks and repairs. Explore some common tools every homeowner should have to help meet their needs when making repairs and performing maintenance.

Get It Exact

Whether it is for buying new furniture or measuring for new lighting in your home, new homeowners cannot go wrong with buying a tape measure. Get one long enough to provide sufficient length, like the 25-foot tape measure, and look for one with a blade to prevent buckling.

See in the Dark

Inside the house or in the car, every homeowner should have a portable flashlight. Use it to check out

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What Strategies Top Agents Use to Market HomesWhen it comes to selling a home using marketing strategies, not all real estate professionals strive to get much exposure beyond putting a sign in the yard and posting an ad in the Multiple Listing Service (MLS). However, doing the bare minimum and crossing fingers isn't enough to get a home sold for what it's worth in a reasonable period. Here's what real estate professionals should be doing for sellers in today's marketplace.

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

The Best Realtors Go Beyond Multiple Listing Services

The first question to ask potential agents is how they plan to actively market the property and draw in buyers. If all they

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4 Siding Options For Your HomeWhen it comes to a home’s external appearance, nothing can define it quite as much as its siding. There are many different options on the market that homeowners can choose from, whether they’re buying a new construction home or updating their old siding. Each type of siding comes with its own advantages and disadvantages, so it’s important for homeowners to learn about the types they’re interested in order to make an educated decision. Here are some of the most popular types of siding and what makes them each unique.

Wood Siding

When it comes to classic choices, wood easily is one of the most well-known. Wood is easy to cut and shape, so it’s a popular choice for siding, and it can potentially last decades if the homeowner takes care of it.

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Modern Home Technologies and Materials for Home OwnersModern homes are more efficient and functional than ever. New building technologies come out all the time to save homeowners money and reduce their dependence on fossil fuels. If you're thinking about building a home in the next few years, here's what you need to know about building materials that can help.

Solar Thermal Cladding

A home's cladding is its siding, which usually takes the form of a traditional material like brick, wood or vinyl. Solar cladding is designed to look very much like traditional siding while it absorbs energy from the sun. Solar cladding can be used to heat the home's interior, and the home's plumbing as well. Solar thermal cladding is the perfect product to accompany solar panels on the roof of a home.

Some

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What You Should Know About Green Construction TechnologyThe construction industry isn't often associated with the green movement, largely because it's continued relying on traditional building methods long after the craze hit its peak. However, this stereotype is being challenged by start-ups and tech companies who see a niche market they can capitalize on. Luckily, developers, construction companies, and buyers alike are all starting to come around to more sustainable building methods. New home buyers often make a decision based on sustainable building materials and techniques. Learn more about which trends are starting to gain traction in the Canadian housing market.

Using the Earth's Core

The Earth's core is a stable temperature no matter how hot or cold it happens to be on its surface. Canadians

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All About Millennial Home BuyersThere are a lot of rumours surrounding Millennial home buyers. Some of these rumours say that Millennials don't want to buy homes and can't ever afford to anyway. The truth of the matter is that many Millennials are entering the real estate market and many more are considering entering in the near future. If you're a Millennial who is thinking about buying a home someday, here's what you need to know.

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

1. Millennials Can Afford to Buy a Home

Buying a new home does take careful budgeting and some saving. A typical down payment on a house is 5%, or larger for a house over $500,000. Many home buyers start

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