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5 Home Security System TipsEnsuring the security of ones Canadian home is an important goal for homeowners. These tips help people determine which home security system will be right for them.

1. Make a List of Needs

Home security systems offer a variety of protections available for homeowners. People will have an easier time sorting through what is possible if they first create a list of what they expect from a home security system. Homeowners should walk through their day and identify moments when they need security most, including:

  • travel
  • protecting valuable items
  • security while at home

This discussion should involve all members of the household including any older children and teenagers who may be entering or exiting the home at different times.

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Your Guide to Mold RemovalMold isn't just a nuisance for a Canadian homeowner, but an expensive health hazard that can get out of control quickly. Because it can hide in nooks and crannies all over the home, mold remediation can become complicated for a homeowner quickly. Learn more about how mold can affect residents and what can be done about it.

Safety First

Mold and mildew are both the product of too much moisture in the air. Unlike mildew though, mold can't be killed with simple surface cleaners. When homeowners know they have mold in their home, their first step should be to keep everyone away from it. Illnesses caused by mold typically present as cold-like symptoms, so anyone with a mysterious cough or sore throat should be taken to a doctor immediately.

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How to Get the Best Lighting in Each of Your RoomsMany homeowners forget the importance of their lighting until they're in a different environment. Soft lighting has the potential to calm the nerves while harsher lighting may inadvertently make a resident feel anxious. When going through each room, there are tips to keep in mind regarding both the practical aspects of lighting as well as some of the less tangible ways that an overhead glare may influence residents. Many lighting upgrades and changes can be done by a homeowner, while other more complicated lighting jobs should be left to the professionals.

Living Room Lighting

From watching a movie to reading a book, living room lighting should be designed to handle a variety of activities. Interior decorators suggest layering the light. When

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Roofing Material Maintenance: What Every Homeowner Needs to KnowRoofing maintenance is important for maximizing a roof's service life. Different types of roofing materials are maintained in different ways. Here are different roofing materials and how to maintain them for a longer life.

Metal Roofs

Metal roofs are often among the easiest to maintain types of roofing material. Metal roofs are smooth so that leaves, pine needles and organic debris often roll off the roof into the gutters. Gutters for metal roofs need to be cleaned regularly because they can fill easily. Low slope metal roofs may need to be cleaned periodically. Homeowners with a metal roof should have their roof inspected once every two years to ensure that the screws that hold the roof are tight and secure, and that the caulking is holding

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Seek character, proven talent and customer focus when selling a homeBefore selecting a real estate agent to market a home, it it is wise for sellers to consider just what is necessary to find a qualified buyer. Sellers should also consider what it takes for a real estate agent to move an offer to acceptance and then to closing. A real estate professional has numerous responsibilities to assure that every transaction progresses as seamlessly as possible from listing to final resolution. The value of customer service in all Canadian real estate transactions cannot be overstated.

Attention to Details

Canadian real estate agents need an awareness of the real estate market, whether it's a buyers market or a sellers market. An effective agent must understand basic advertising and promotion. They must also pay

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How Credit Score Is Important for Buying a HomeYou may be considering the option of buying a home. Home ownership can have a host of benefits, allowing Canadian residents to customize their property to meet the needs of their lifestyle and to begin building equity in their own home. Many Canadians have made the switch in becoming homeowners. And though some people can pay for their home entirely in cash, others cannot. For those that cannot pay for a home in cash, a mortgage may be necessary. A mortgage is a loan to buy a home where the home becomes the collateral for the loan, (also called a mortgage).

There are several requirements for obtaining a mortgage, a key requirement is a credit score. Applicants will need to prepare to apply for a home mortgage loan. One main factor in applying

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Did You Factor In Closing Costs?It is not only the down payment that should be a concern for prospective Canadian homebuyers. Closing costs can come up to a not inconsiderable sum, and may be as much as 4 per cent of the selling price of a Canadian home. Those looking to buy a home need to account for the fees and expenses associated with closing on a home. In many instances, payment is required prior to closing.

Understand more about closing costs and the need to budget for specific fees before taking the steps to purchase a home.

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

Closing Costs: Deposit and Down Payment

Closing costs may vary depending on whether or not prospective

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What Sellers Need to Know About a Buyer's MarketWhen a real estate market is flooded with homes, buyers can afford to be choosey. Sellers, however, may see themselves at a disadvantage in a buyer's market, because buyers are able to choose from more available properties and are more likely to include contingencies within a contract. However, it is not necessarily a bad time to sell a home if it is a buyer's market. Sellers simply need to know what to expect from potential buyers and understand how to navigate the market when selling a home.

Learn more about selling a home in a buyer's market today.

What Is a Buyer's Market?

In a buyer's market, there is more supply of houses than demand. Because of this, home buyers can choose to be more selective about the homes they purchase, which

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5 Essential Tips for Buying a Home in a Seller's MarketIn a seller’s market, there are more buyers looking for homes than there are homes for sale, creating a lot of competition between the buyers. For a seller, this is a fantastic time to list a home. But for a buyer, it can a difficult time because the market moves so quickly that buying a good home can feel like an impossible feat. Fortunately, it’s not impossible, but it can still be hard, so buyers need to know what to do in advance. Here are X tips all buyers should know before heading into a seller’s market.

Time is Of The Essence

Between tiring obligations like work and school, it can be easy to push home viewings to the weekend. However, buyers who are serious about finding a home need to go to showings as soon as they see a home with

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What Should First-time Homebuyers Know About Home Insurance?Home insurance is often necessary for first-time homebuyers. However, all home insurance companies and their policies are not the same and some groups of customers have been less than satisfied with their home insurance company in Canada. Home insurance is generally needed for those homebuyers taking out a home mortgage loan on a home. What should homebuyers know about home insurance before choosing a policy?

Why Homeowners Buy Home Insurance

A house is an investment and it can be expensive to make repairs should serious damage occur. A home is vulnerable to vandalism, fire, storm damage and more. Homeowners can protect the equity in their home when purchasing home insurance. Home insurance policies can differ significantly. Homeowners should

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