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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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Popular Home Siding in CanadaThere are so many Okotoks home siding options available that it can be hard for a homeowner to decide which one may best meet their needs. Home siding cannot only make a home look more attractive, but improve a home's R value. When it is time to pick home siding for a new home or replace older siding, it pays to find out more about siding before making a final selection.

What Style Home Do You Have?

Depending on the style of home, some siding options may be better suited than others. A homeowner with a modern or contemporary home may find metal siding a good match. The same cannot be said for the owner of a more rustic looking home. Looking at the types of siding used on homes of the same style in Canada can help focus the search.

Wood Home

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4 Roofing Materials You Should Know AboutMost often, roofs use asphalt shingles because they’re cheap, readily available, and last around two decades before needing to be replaced. However, when replacing a roof or building a new construction home, many homeowners don’t realize that they can choose different roofing materials. There are many different materials that can be used on roofs that have different advantages and disadvantages. Here are some of the different materials homeowners can use on their roofs.

Wooden Shingles

Before asphalt shingles rose to popularity, wooden shingles were the most commonly used type for homes. They’ve become less common due to their price, as they’re more expensive than asphalt shingles, and they aren’t well suited for every climate. Wood warps when

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What You Should Know Before Investing in LandPurchasing vacant land can be a smart decision for an investor who doesn't want the hassle of renting out their home. (Even with the help of property management companies, investors are still ultimately responsible for the well-being of their tenants.) However, vacant land can also end up being more work than many investors realize. It may seem as simple as sitting on the land until the right buyer comes along, but there's more to it than that. See what to consider about raw land before getting started.

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

Patience and Discretion

Few investments are as easy as a quick turnaround and an even quicker profit.

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Home Insulation Information for HomeownersThe insulation in your home can have a big effect on how comfortable your home is. It may also effect property values or the amount a home may sell for. If your home is frequently too hot or too cold, then this could be a sign that the insulation in your walls is lacking. Knowing the signs of poor insulation and what you can do about it can help you take care of your home, reduce your energy bills, and keep members of your family comfortable. Here's what you need to know.

Why Insulation Is Important

Insulation is important because it helps the home stay a comfortable temperature. The better the insulation is, the less money the homeowner must spend running their air conditioner or furnace. This is better for the environment and better for the

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Building Technology Trends in New Home ConstructionAs the demand for residential construction grows in Canada, so does the availability of technological innovations, making for greater efficiency from bidding to project completion. Technologies improve communication, provide more accurate real-time information and address workflow deficiencies. Shifting buyer requirements also help shape the technologies and practices being used in new home construction. Residential construction companies and contractors can benefit from exploring the recent advances impacting the industry.

Faster Construction Communication

Cloud-based platforms and mobile apps have improved the ability for stakeholders to manage workflows and address issues as they arise. Options for the residential construction industry include

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