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Why To Buy A House In the Spring

Why To Buy A House In the Spring

Whether it’s a New Year’s resolution or a long-term plan, buying a new home in the spring can be a smart decision. This is for many different reasons, not only because of the time of year but also to do with the current real estate market. Overall, the reasons for buying a new home differ for each person and family. Below are some reasons why springtime may be the right time for you to become a homeowner.

Tax Refunds

Usually no one is excited to file their taxes, with all the collecting of documents and extra paperwork. For those who end up getting a refund in the mail, tax season can be beneficial for entering the housing market. Whether you are making sure you have enough for a down payment or enough for after you purchase a property, a little extra from your tax refund will help.

School’s Out Soon

If you buy a new home in the spring, it is highly likely you will be moving in the summer. This means that not only is it good weather for moving, but children will be out of school.  Depending on your child’s situation, this makes the move to a new home and school a much easier task than it would when school is in session.

Good Moving Weather

Moving during the spring can include rain but it can also include clear skies. Although it may not be hot, moving is much easier when there is relatively pleasant weather and no extreme amounts of rain or snow.

Spring Cleaning

Nothing says springtime like cleaning, decluttering and organizing. If you are planning on buying a new home and moving from your old one, organizing your belongings is a vital step. Consider going through your personal and household items to decide what will make the move with you and your family. One way of categorizing your possessions is making separate piles for keeping, donating and throwing away.

Market Inventory

Spring has traditionally been the best time to enter the housing market because inventory is usually high this time of year. However, demand is still strong with buyers. Over the past several years, there has been a strong seller’s market but inventory is now increasing, making this a good time to purchase a property.

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8 Ways to Brighten Up Your New Home

8 Ways to Brighten Up Your New Home

Looking to refresh your living space? Update and style your home? Sometimes new décor and style comes with a heavy price tag but not always. With planning, inspiration and a little effort, every home can get a fresh look. Below is a list of ideas on how to update your home’s style, without breaking the bank.

Fresh Paint

A fresh coat of paint can transform a space, for both interior rooms and the exterior of the house. Choose a colour that blends with your furniture and other décor or try white paint for a classic, clean look.

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What to Know About Waterfront Properties

Who can resist a home near the water? Whether it’s by an ocean or lake, waterfront properties are well-known for their spectacular views and ideal locations. Below are some tips on what to consider when buying a waterfront property.

Location

With a waterfront property, it’s important to remember that location is a significant aspect. Even if you love the appearance of a house, the location of your waterfront property is just as important. Is it close enough to the water? What is the view like? Is the property private enough? These are all questions you should ask yourself.

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5 Home Buying Questions You Need to Ask

Buying a new home is an important decision. Below are some typical questions you should ask yourself and your Realtor before you make the final choice.

What Is The Condition Of The House Like?

The condition of the house you are thinking of buying is possibly the most important factor to consider. Remember that the curb appeal, or exterior, of the house is just as significant as the interior of the house. Think about if you would be comfortable owning an older home, how many improvements need to be made and how much you are willing to invest to fix or renovate the house. Common areas to pay special attention to are the house’s roof, floors, foundation and existing fixtures.

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What To Do When You First Move To Your New Home

What To Do When You First Move To Your New Home

Moving to a new home can be a challenging process. There is packing, organizing and many other tasks that can take up your time on the busy move-in day. Below are five tips of what to do before and on move-in day that can help you and your family settle into your new home.

Have The House Cleaned

Even if your new home is in good condition, it’s always wise to have it professionally cleaned before you fully move in. This includes thoroughly cleaning the bedrooms, kitchen, bathrooms and even steaming the carpets.

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BUYING A HOME? HERE’S HOW TO GET STARTED.

Thinking of Buying a Home?

Whether you’re buying your first home or your fifth, here are a few tips to get you started.

GET MORTGAGE PRE-APPROVAL

 

Talk to your bank to find out how much of a mortgage you can obtain. You’ll be required to provide verification of income, how much money you owe (credit cards, car loans etc.), as well as other information such as confirmation of investments or other assets. The bank reviews all your information to see if you qualify for a mortgage and if so, how much financing they will provide. You’ll have to go through this process at some point, so you may as well know up front how much you have to work with. That way you won’t be looking at properties you can’t afford to buy.

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