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Tax Rules for Selling Your Home

Until recently, if you purchased a home, you were required to keep track of the original cost and the cost of improvements to the home for tax purposes. Then, when you sold the home, if you made a profit [more…]

Getting Sizes and Placement Right when Staging Your Home

To get your house in shape for showing it to potential buyers, you make plans to stage it so that it shows off its best features. The staging process involves everything from art on the walls to rugs on [more…]

How to Plan and Stage a Successful Open House

You’re selling your home and using an open house to show it off. You need to stage your home ahead of time, of course, as well as set the price, and take care of all the details that go into an open house [more…]

Open House Checklist

Sometimes, part of the plan of staging your house is to make it look its best for an open house. An open house is always nerve-racking, so before any potential buyer steps foot in your house, make sure [more…]

Shopping List for Home Staging

As you prepare your home for sale, you want to stage it as attractively as possible. Consider purchasing some of the items in the following table — realtors purchase these items and use them over and over [more…]

Home Staging For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Staging your home properly can not only help you sell it, but help you get a good price for it. The effort spent in finding the right accents and accessories can pay dividends in selling time — and you [more…]

Household Items Included with the Sale of a Home

When buying a home in Canada, make sure that you know exactly which household items and appliances will be included with your purchase. The following three parts of the contract tell you just that, enabling [more…]

Deciding to Sell your Home: Tips for Canadians

Like most Canadians, you may find it hard to decide whether or not to sell your home. Even if you love your house or condo, you may have a good reason for selling — especially if it won’t meet your changing [more…]

House Selling For Dummies Cheat Sheet

When it’s time to sell your house, you need all the advice you can get. What you can expect from a Realtor, what you can — and should — research yourself, and what to do after the sale are all important [more…]

Finding an Enthusiastic Real Estate Agent

If you’re not handling the sale of your property yourself, you’re relying on a real estate agent to bring in buyers and get them interested in your home. Make sure the agent you choose understands your [more…]

Understanding Likely Buyers for Your Home

Different kinds of properties suit different kinds of buyers. If you can second-guess the kind of people who may be attracted by your property you can: [more…]

Cleaning and Decluttering Your Home before Selling

Home buyers are looking for a place they can imagine themselves being happy and proud of. So, when you come to sell your home, your job is to ensure that nothing gets in the way of your home ‘communicating’ [more…]

Adding Value to Your Home with Cosmetic Changes

Repaint your property inside and out in a fresh neutral colour to lift its value (proportionately by more than many pricier renovations). Paint or replace tired-looking cupboard doors in kitchens and bathrooms [more…]

Building More Storage into Your Home

One of the biggest complaints of home owners is the lack of storage; this can be a turn-off to likely buyers who are inspecting your home.

Showcasing your home is all about highlighting the possibilities [more…]

Ensuring a Smooth Transaction from Home Sale Contract to Settlement

A contract isn’t binding until each of you, the home buyer and the seller, has a copy signed by both of you. If you’re selling via private treaty sale: [more…]

Targeting Your Real Estate Marketing

Real estate agents often encourage you to spend thousands of dollars on advertising and marketing that may not even be appropriate for your property.

Big glossy advertisements don’t necessarily result in [more…]

Pricing Your Home Properly

List your home at a price that is likely to target the right buyers. Too high and you’re narrowing your potential buyer pool, too low and you’re only going to get the opportunistic bargain hunters. [more…]

Preparing Your Home for a Pre-Sale Inspection

The repainting, polishing, cleaning and decluttering are all done in preparation for the sale of your property. On inspection day, make sure your home is fresh and welcoming. Sweep the front step, polish [more…]

Being Prepared to Negotiate When Selling Your Home

When you get an offer from a buyer that may be much lower than you would like, reply courteously letting the buyer know that you’ve done your homework and that you’re expecting a price a little closer [more…]

Selling Your Home For Dummies Cheat Sheet (Australian Edition)

As soon as you make the decision to sell your home, you need to look at your asset in a different way. No longer just the place where you and your family live, your home is now a product that you need [more…]

Preparing for a House Viewing as a Home Seller

The majority of prospective home buyers go with their gut instinct and decide whether to make an offer on your property almost as soon as they’ve set foot inside the place. Try to convince them that they [more…]

Redecorating Your Bathroom for Resale

Thinking of selling your place within two years or less? Shift your bathroom colors into neutral white, almond, and other classics that prospective buyers prefer. If you don’t know what’s hot and what’s [more…]

How to Collect Rent Effectively

It's your job as property manager to collect rent. You can make this routine task fairly straightforward by instituting some basic policies and following them for every tenant. Use the tips in the following [more…]

What to Do before Showing a Rental Unit

As a property manager, you're always showing prospective tenants empty rental units. The following list can help you develop your pre-showing routine of tasks to take care of so that each unit shows its [more…]

How to Determine a Prospective Tenant's Rental Needs

In property management, one of the best ways to screen prospective tenants is to figure out what they need in a rental and gear your sales pitch accordingly. Some questions to ask over the phone or during [more…]

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