Home Selling Blogs – Fort McMurray

Home selling advice for Fort McMurray, Alberta residents.

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Everything You Need to Know About Professional Real Estate PhotographyAt some point before listing your house for sale, you'll have to decide whether a professional real estate photographer is right for you. Though they do cost extra money, using professional photography in the listing can help sell a home faster and for more money. Knowing your priorities and understanding the benefits of real estate photography can help. Here's what you need to know.

What Does a Professional Real Estate Photographer Do?

Real estate photographers take pictures of properties before they're listed for sale. These photographs can be used in listings, marketing materials, on social media and on websites promoting the sale of the property. Professional real estate photographers have special equipment that can put properties in the most

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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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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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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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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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elling Your Home When You Own PetsPets can complicate the home selling process. Pet owners who want to sell their house can still do so, but they must first prepare their house to ensure that buyers will be interested. If you're a pet owner, 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. Take Pets Out During Showings

Not all home buyers feel comfortable around animals, and some home buyers are allergic to pet dander. Leaving a pet in the house during a showing can cause problems that could cost homeowners their a sale. To help ensure that buyers feel comfortable when viewing a home, homeowners must take their pet (or pets) out during showings.

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Selling a Home In A Buyers MarketSelling a home in a buyer's market can be frustrating for homeowners who want to get the most out of their investment. By staging the home, pricing it right and by staying open to negotiation, many homeowners can sell their home for a fair price.

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

Make Your Home Look Desirable

Staging is the art of making the home look like the kind of place a buyer would want to own. In order to stage a property, homeowners must keep in mind what buyers really want. For example, buyers want homes that are spacious, clean, well-maintained and beautiful.

Landscaping is one of the first things that home sellers can do

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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.

For informational purposes only. Always consult with a financial advisor before proceeding with any real estate transaction.

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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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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Selling Papers Are a Necessary Part of a Home SaleSelling a home requires concentration, attention to detail, and assembling a lot of necessary documentation. It can be daunting, but knowing what is needed, and when, makes the task easier. Listing a home is, in many ways, just the beginning of the process, and whether a seller works with a professional real estate agent or takes on the task personally, it helps to organize the legal papers early in the home selling process.

It should be simple to gather the necessary paperwork in a binder or folder, and make arrangements to either convey copies or the originals (as needed) to the real estate agent and/or legal representative prior to or soon after listing the property. Some of the documents are required for legal purposes; other information is of

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