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How to Winterize Your Home in 4 StepsThe cold has a tendency to damage homes, and during the winter, that is especially true. The freezing Canadian winters can wreak havoc on homes, which means Strathmore homeowners need to prepare them for the oncoming cold fronts. There are many ways homeowners can winterize their home in order to help prevent it from being damaged by the cold weather. Here are some ways homeowners can winterize their homes this year.

Reverse Ceiling Fans

When people think of fans, they think of devices used for staying cool when it’s hot. However, what many people don’t realize is that some fans can be used for staying warm when it’s cold. Ceiling fans in particular have this ability. Most ceiling fans have a switch on the base that changes the direction the fan

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4 Tools Every Homeowner NeedsWhether it’s patching holes in drywall or putting a nail in the wall to hang up a picture, every North Calgary homeowner has had some sort of situation where a tool was necessary to complete the job. For new homeowners especially, it’s common to not have the right tools for the job because they haven’t thought about buying a dedicated toolbox. There are many different tools out there, and it can be overwhelming to know where to start when it comes to filling a home toolbox. Here are some of the most useful tools that every homeowner should have in their arsenal. 

A Screwdriver Set

Gone are the days of needing to buy a set of 20 different screwdrivers in order to be ready for a screw of any size and shape. Homeowners can instead opt for a

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Everything to Know About Taking Real Estate Pictures When SellingWhen the time comes to sell your Strathmore home, you're going to need good pictures of your property to make it look appealing to buyers. Some people take their own pictures with their camera, others hire a real estate photographer. Knowing the difference and the benefits of good real estate photography can help you decide which option is best for you.

What is a Real Estate Photographer?

A real estate photographer is a professional who knows how to take attractive pictures of real estate. A typical real estate photographer will know what buyers will find attractive in a property, so they can focus their attention on those elements of a home.

Real estate photographers also know how to take a picture with attractive lighting, taken from the

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Marketing Your Home to Sell: How Real Estate Agents Work to Find BuyersA real estate agent may not have a marketing degree, but that doesn't mean they don't understand the psychology behind buying a Springbank home. An experienced agent knows which buttons to push to maximize the value of a home. So while the home values are limited to the results of the home survey and the price range of the neighborhood, there are ways to influence the number in the seller's favor.

Introducing the Home

Some people are interested in a home because they hope they can flip it for a profit, while others see a place in which they can raise their children and celebrate major milestones. No matter what kind of property a seller owns though, there's a chance for a bidding war.

A real estate agent can position the home to look like the

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3 Agent Red Flags You Should KnowWhen buying or selling a home, hiring a real estate agent is the best way to ensure a good result. The list of reasons to hire an agent is so much longer than the list of reasons not to. However, when Priddis Greens home buyers and sellers go to hire a real estate agent, they need to know not all agents are the same. Just like people from any profession, there are good agents, and there are agents who could use improvement. How does a buyer or seller know if an agent is good? They need to know about these red flags so they can avoid agents who won’t be a good fit for them.

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

The Agent Prices the Home

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Buying a Home in a Seller's Market: What to KnowBuying an Okotoks home in a seller's market can be a big challenge. If you're new to the home buying process, or if you're unfamiliar with seller's market conditions, get prepared for an intense process. These tips can help you purchase a home for a fair price.

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

Understand the Seller's Market

Before getting started with the home buying process in a seller's market, you should first understand what a seller's market looks like. A seller's market is a condition wherein home inventories are low, buyers are plentiful, and many buyers have adequate financial resources to make a good offer.

In a seller's

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Drones and Home Sellers: Why You Should Get Drone PhotographsIf you haven't bought or sold a house recently, you may not be aware of the role that drone photography is now playing in the industry. Drone photography is quickly becoming a popular way of capturing images of real estate that might otherwise be difficult to capture. If you're thinking about selling a home in Okotoks with a large yard, impressive exterior or in a beautiful setting, this is what you need to know.

Why Drones?

Drones are a useful tool for home sellers because they're able to capture images of landscapes unlike any other photography tool. In the past, home sellers who wanted to take aerial images of their property were forced to hire a helicopter photography company. For many home sellers, this was prohibitively expensive. Only the

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Debt-to-Income Ratio Affects Your Ability to Qualify for a MortgageThere are many things that lenders consider when they're trying to decide whether a Heritage Pointe home buyer is approved for a mortgage. Debt-to-income ratio is one such variable. Debt-to-income ratio (DTI) is important because people who have too much debt are more likely to default on their mortgage.

Many home buyers have a hard time understanding debt-to-income ratio, how it is calculated, and what it means to have a high DTI. The more you know about DTI and how it affects your ability to qualify for a mortgage, the more prepared you'll be to get a mortgage when the time comes.

For informational purposes only. Always consult with a financial advisor before proceeding with any real estate transaction.

What is Debt-to-Income Ratio?

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All About Different Types of Real Estate InvestmentIf you're interested in real estate investment, then you probably already know that there are many different kinds of real estate investment. Picking the right type of investment is important for ensuring that your experience in real estate is a good one. This article will lay out the different types of investment, including pros and cons of each, so you can make a more informed decision as you move forward.

For informational purposes only. Always consult with a financial advisor before proceeding with any real estate transaction.

Residential Rentals: Perfect for Beginners

Residential rentals are perfect for beginners because the cost of getting started is usually relatively low (especially compared to commercial real estate). In addition,

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Millennial Home Buying Habits ExplainedMillennials are in the news a lot, even when it comes to their home buying habits. Sometimes this news leads to the circulation of myths and misinformation that can be confusing to people in the real estate market. Whether you're a Millennial who is thinking about buying a home, or if you're a home seller who is trying to understand the behaviors of buyers, here's what you need to know.

Myth: Millennials Only Want to Live in Urban Areas

It's said that Millennials only want to live close to their jobs, and many Millennials are employed in urban areas. This may be why Millennials have a reputation for being city-dwellers.

Although it's true that many Millennials want to live in urban areas when they're young and single, they often make the

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