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Everything You Need to Know About Hiring a Real Estate PhotographerThey say a picture is worth a thousand words, but in real estate, pictures can also be worth thousands of dollars. Real estate photography, along with other things, helps sell homes by attracting buyers, encouraging competition, and making a good impression before the buyer ever enters the home. If you're a homeowner who is thinking about selling your home sometime in the near future, here's what you need to know about real estate photography.

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Buyers Like Attractive Listings

Buyers like to look at attractive home listings. When they see an attractive listing, they often spend more time looking at it and

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A Homebuyer's Guide to Paying Property Taxes in CanadaWhen buying a home, people need to know about their property tax obligations at every stage of homeownership. Without this knowledge, homebuyers can get caught off guard as tax payments come due. To handle all property tax payments with confidence, homebuyers can fill their minds with information about paying property taxes in Canada early and often. This guide aims to help homebuyers learn all they need to know about property taxes before buying a home.

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New Builds Require an Upfront Tax Payment

When homebuyers elect to purchase a newly-built home, or have one custom built, they must cover an upfront tax

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Debt-to-Income Ratio BasicsSome may think that they are finally ready to buy a home. After all, there are plenty of mortgage loan options to make homeownership more accessible. That being said, the amount of current debt one has can make it harder to qualify for a conventional or other type of mortgage loan.

Debt-to-income ratio is one of a few important factors a lender will review when making their determination to approve an applicant for a home loan. Understand more about what a lender wants to see when it comes to debt-to-income ratio.

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What Is Debt-to-income Ratio?

An applicant may think that they have a high likelihood of

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What Do I Need to Disclose as a Home Seller?Home sellers may have very different ideas about what they need to share with potential buyers. Some may want to give the buyers all the information they could ever want to know, while others would prefer to keep the conversations to the bare minimum. It's why local legislators decided to impose a few guidelines to protect the buyers and promote honesty among the sellers. Those getting ready to put their home on the market and market it to sell - should keep the following in mind.

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Different Forms, Same Result

A disclosure document is one that lists the defects of the home straight from the sellers'

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Home Improvements that Reduce Your Home's ValueMany homeowners naturally assume that any home improvement they make will improve their home's value. This is not always the case. Some home improvements can actually make a home harder to sell, and can lead to lower offers from buyers. If you're a homeowner who wants to improve your home's value, the following home improvements are best avoided.

Altering a Bedroom to Become Something Else

Bedrooms add value to a home, but what happens if the homeowner takes a bedroom away? For example, imagine a homeowner wants to convert their spare bedroom into an office. To do this, they build a desk into the walls. The room no longer qualifies as a bedroom when the time comes to sell the home. This can reduce the value of the house. Homeowners who want

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How to Navigate Your Deck ConstructionConstructing a deck isn't just a regular project for most homeowners. Though some homeowners may try building a deck as a DIY project, most let a professional build it. Tied up in images of backyard parties and barbecues, homeowners can become emotionally invested long before they even get started. This overenthusiasm is normal, but it can ultimately lead to mistakes being made or even laws being broken. Here are a few tips to keep the construction as linear and logical as possible.

Check the Rules

Most homeowners haven't memorized the building codes of Canada or their neighborhood. Some homeowners don't even know they need to ask for permission to first construct their deck. The laws for each home will depend on what province it's located

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3 Tips for Planning Your Home AdditionMany homeowners would rather not sell a home but make upgrades that will accommodate their changing needs. Extra space may be needed when families grow, an aging parent moves in or when business owners work from home. These are only a few of the many reasons for a home addition.

Homeowners need to understand that changing the structure of a home does require thought and planning. Before getting started on a home addition, get a better understanding of what will be required to ensure a legal addition with few headaches.

What Are Your Goals?

Decide on key objectives. What exactly will be accomplished with the home addition? Some common goals homeowners have include:

  • Increasing living space;
  • Boosting storage capacity; or
  • Improving
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4 Advantages of Using Drones in Real EstateOver the past few years, technology has advanced very far, and that change shows itself clearly when it comes to selling a home and real estate. Listings used to be able to just have a few photos, but as time went on, photos became more and more important. Then video walkthroughs of homes became popular as a way to show buyers the home’s layout. Now, the hot new way to show off a home is by using a drone. While using drones may seem like overkill to some, they actually come with a lot of advantages that are impossible to have otherwise. Here are four of the best reasons to use drones while selling a home.

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Is a Canadian Conventional Mortgage Right for You?Interested in buying a home in South East Kelowna? Then it will pay off to get ready to apply for a home mortgage loan. One of first ways prospective homebuyers get a home mortgage loan is by applying for a Canadian Conventional Mortgage. Many residents meet the qualifications to get approved for a Conventional Mortgage Loan. Others may need to make a few adjustments and work on specific factors to get a lender's approval. Learn more about the Canadian Conventional Mortgage Loan and what approach may work best for faster approval with a reputable lender.

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A Conventional Mortgage

This type of mortgage loan

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Top High-Return Kitchen RenovationsIn the past, over half of Canadian homeowners were planning on undertaking a renovation during the year. Some homeowners will hire a professional while others will do a DIY project. And while some have a relatively conservative budget, others plan to go all out on their next remodeling project. Kitchens are a high-traffic area that is often touted as one of the place to get the best returns on a project. However, is a $60,000 project worth it when looking at the ROI?

Homeowners should feel comfortable that a refurbished kitchen general yields a return of 70 to 100 per cent on a consistent basis. Even though trends change, explore some kitchen renovations project offering homeowners a high ROI upon resale.

Appeal to the Buyer

Homeowners who

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