Would you believe that homes in which homeowners have done improvements or upgrades on sell 30% faster than homes with no upgrades? It’s true! 


According to a recent analysis by Knock, homes with modern renovations sold in an average of 8 days compared to 12 days for those without home improvements. Homeowners who made two or more improvements decreased their days on market even more, selling in an average of 6 days, nearly 40% faster than homes with only 1 renovation.


The top five improvements...

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The deadline to apply for the BC Home Owner Grant is coming up on July 4, 2022! Here are some things you need to know when applying.

What is the Home Owner Grant?

The home owner grant reduces the amount of property tax you pay for your principal residence.

The grant is available to homeowners who pay property taxes to a municipality, or to the province if they live in a rural area. If you pay your property taxes to a First Nation, contact the First Nation directly.

Most eligible property owners qualify...
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Spring is here, which means we’re entering the season when more homeowners want to sell their homes. But how do you help your home stand out from the rest of the homes on the real estate market? How can you attract more buyers and, ultimately, get a higher sale price than competing homes?


There are a few trends for 2022 that you should keep in mind if you’re wanting to sell your home. Some of these are simple adjustments and—such as installing new security features while others would...

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More than 75,000 people in Canada filed fraud complaints in 2021, many of them in the senior population. As an SRES® designee, it is important to be aware of current scams targeting the 55+ community so you can help advocate for them if a need arises. Here are some tips that can help you identify a scam before falling victim.
 

1. Verify the Organization

Call them back: Scammers want to build trust fast—preferably in a matter of seconds. They will often pretend to be from a government...

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Here are four pro-tips you might want to consider as we head into the cooler months of the year.


WINTER BLOOMS

Beautiful flowers aren't only found in spring. There are a few species that will bloom through the winter, like pansies and violas. Ensure they're planted in well-draining soil and space them 10-15 cm apart. You'll have a display of bright florals to cheer you up on dreary days!


Winter Pansies


PLANTING TULIPS

Fall is the time to plant bulbs that will grow in spring, like tulips. Ideally, you want to plant...

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There's yet another reason to pick that walkable community you've been thinking about for your next home. Walking is good for brain health and could contribute to keeping seniors more cognitively fit. 


That's according to new research by the BRAIN Lab at Colorado State University. It shows that aerobic exercise, particularly walking, positively affects – refreshes – the brain’s white matter. "White matter deterioration is associated with cognitive impairment in healthy...

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As the season changes from summer to fall, it's a good time to go through an end-of-summer cleaning checklist. Here are four tips to get you started:


Clean Outdoor Furniture

Scrub all patio furniture and wash or wipe cushion covers. Cover outdoor furniture or store in a covered area to avoid rust and dirt accumulating over the winter.


Scrub the Grill

The BBQ's time to shine is coming to an end. Give it a thorough clean to remove grease and grime. Try this all-natural grill cleaner recipe:

1 tbsp baking...

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Green home upgrades like installing a heat pump, adding insulation, and putting in new windows, can reward you with greater comfort and lower energy bills. 

Still, such projects can get expensive. 

By tapping the Canada Greener Homes Grant, you may be able to defray some of the costs. 

The federal grant program, launched in June, provides up to 700,000 grants of up to $5,600 for energy efficiency upgrades to eligible homeowners. 

Given that buildings account for 18% of Canada's...

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* Update hardware, faucets, sinks, grout in kitchens & bathrooms.

* Paint throughout with neutral colours. A blank slate is best.
* Declutter & Depersonalize. Put excess furniture in storage.
* Add Fresh Flowers.
* Use double beds instead of queens and kings.
* Never cook a meal before a showing. 
* Increase wattage in lightbulbs. Brighten up your rooms. Add lamps to eliminate dark spaces. 
* Glass tables make rooms appear larger.


Sell your homes faster with these Real Estate tips....

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