Tips on Refinancing Your Mortgage

Mar 7, 2017 7:06:43 AM Share this:

Refinancing may help lower your monthly payments. Here are a few tips for those thinking about refinancing.

Mortgage rates are rising in western real estate markets, in response to a very bullish market in the last few years. The good news is that they’re rising from record lows. Refinancing your mortgage now may help you lower your payments, especially if you’ve owned your home for some time and want to see if a better rate can make those monthly payments easier. It’s not right for every situation, but depending upon your circumstances, it could help you out a great deal.

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Topics: Finance, Mortgages

What to Look for: Hiring Contractors

Mar 7, 2017 6:55:40 AM Share this:

It can be tough deciding which contractor to go with. We've provided a brief list of tips to help.

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Topics: Advice, Repairs

Buying Investment Property On A Low Income

Feb 22, 2017 1:00:00 AM Share this:

There is no sugar-coating the fact that if you are a low-income earner, buying an investment property will require a lot of discipline and sacrifice.

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Topics: Property Management

Sell Your Home In Winter

Jan 19, 2017 2:02:00 AM Share this:

When hot chocolate is disappearing off the supermarket shelves, and families are rugging up and heading off to the ski fields for holidays, what about selling your home?

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Topics: Selling

How Important Is Rental Yield When Investing?

Dec 14, 2016 3:02:00 AM Share this:

When it comes to buying investment property, is rental yield the iron-clad indicator you can take to the bank? Or is it another statistic that can mislead or misrepresent the potential of a property?

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Topics: Property Management

Open Home: Making The Most Of a Showing

Nov 2, 2016 1:00:00 AM Share this:

Open homes give you a great first impression of a property and you’ll know almost immediately if it’s one you want to pursue. But that first visit can be much more than a “once over lightly” impression. How do you make sure you’re getting as much information from it as possible.

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Topics: Open House

Moving House With Kids?

Oct 4, 2016 6:00:00 AM Share this:

Moving house with kids can be stressful and upsetting for everyone, but particularly young children, especially if they’ve previously only known one home. But with a little foresight, planning and some good old distraction techniques moving to a new home need not be traumatic.

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Topics: Buying

What Should I Repair Inside My Home Before Selling?

Sep 30, 2016 3:02:00 AM Share this:

When it comes to preparation, Olympic athletes leave no stone unturned.

Because the competition is so intense, preparing for the Olympics becomes life and death, with endless months of training, and unyielding focus. Preparing for a game of volleyball down the beach with some friends – not so much.

The same principle applies when preparing your property for sale and deciding what to repair, and what not to. Where do you draw the line? What do you fix and what do you leave? (In this article we look exclusively at the interior of your property).

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Topics: Selling, DIY

Getting To Know Your Neighborhood

Sep 19, 2016 10:54:04 AM Share this:

Buying a new home often means moving to a new suburb, city or even country. It may be a new location you chose simply because you loved it, or it maybe it’s where you need to be for work or family. Whatever the reason for your change in location, it can be a little daunting finding ways to get to know the neighborhood and have it start feeling like home.

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Topics: Buying

What Do Your Property Tax Dollars Go Towards?

Jul 22, 2016 6:57:14 AM Share this:

By Landon Miller of Harcourts Premier Properties, California USA

If you’re like many other property owners, you likely cringe when you get your property tax assessment in the mail. But as annoying as it may be to have to open your wallet to pay these pesky taxes, they do actually serve an important purpose.

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Topics: Property Management, Property Tips, Landlords