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First-time buyers plan

First-time buyers plan Posted by Michele Cummins on May 22, 2014
Navigating the world of Canadian home buying   Step 1: Figure out how much you can afford. Falling in love with a house you can’t afford can be heartbreaking. Avoid disappointment by fig...

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Title insurance explained

Title insurance explainedPosted by Michele Cummins on May 22, 2014
What is title insurance? Do you need it? Here’s some information that can help you make an informed decision.What does "title to property" mean? Title is the legal term for ownership of pro...

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Types of home ownership

Types of home ownershipPosted by Michele Cummins on May 22, 2014
What type of home is right for you? There are three categories of home ownership: freehold, condominium and cooperative. Each has its benefits and drawbacks - speak to your Royal LePage agent to ...

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Figuring out classified ads

Figuring out classified adsPosted by Michele Cummins on May 22, 2014
Are you mystified by some of the abbreviations and terms that you see in newspaper real estate ads? Take a quick look at the list below, and you’ll sail through the classifieds.air conditioning ...

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Understanding market conditions

Understanding market conditions Posted by Michele Cummins on May 22, 2014
The real estate market is always changing, and it helps to understand how market conditions can affect your position as a buyer. Your agent can provide you with info on current conditions and explain ...

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Understanding land transfer taxes

Understanding land transfer taxesPosted by Michele Cummins on May 22, 2014
If you’re buying a home in a large Canadian centre, you’ll need to add land transfer taxes to your list of closing costs. Unless you live in Alberta, Saskatchewan, or rural Nova Scoti...

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Making an offer

Making an offerPosted by Michele Cummins on May 22, 2014
When it comes time to make an offer, your Royal LePage Real Estate Professional will provide current market information and help you draft a suitable offer. He or she will then communicate the offer t...

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Protect your home with insurance

Protect your home with insurancePosted by Michele Cummins on May 22, 2014
When you purchase a home, you have several insurance options that will protect your investment in different ways. Homeowners’ Insurance Most mortgage lenders insist on fire insurance c...

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Determine what you can afford

Determine what you can affordPosted by Michele Cummins on May 22, 2014
Buying a home involves both one-time costs and more regular monthly expenses. It’s important that you take both into account when you’re figuring out how much you can spend on a home. ...

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Options for empty nesters and retirees

Options for empty nesters and retireesPosted by Michele Cummins on May 22, 2014
The kids have grown and retirement is just around the corner. You’ve decided it’s time to move to a smaller home with lower costs and less maintenance.Figure out what you need You hav...

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Credit checks explained

Credit checks explainedPosted by Michele Cummins on May 22, 2014
A credit check is a routine part of qualifying for a mortgage. If you don’t have a good credit history, getting financing for your home can be a challenge. Here’s how a credit check w...

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8 things to look for when you buy

8 things to look for when you buyPosted by Michele Cummins on May 22, 2014
When you fall in love with a home, the things you like about it can blind you to its problems. Next time you go to an open house or tour a property with an agent, keep your eyes open with these top ti...

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Protect yourself with a home inspection

Protect yourself with a home inspection Posted by Michele Cummins on May 22, 2014
That gorgeous house on the corner lot may look great, but it could be hiding all sorts of expensive, annoying problems, from a leaky roof to faulty wiring to a mouldy basement.Make sure your home is s...

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Choosing a neighbourhood

Choosing a neighbourhood Posted by Michele Cummins on May 22, 2014
You’re not just buying a home - you’re buying a location. And even the most perfect house won’t feel right if you’re in the wrong neighbourhood. Educate yourself about the area...

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Qualifying for a mortgage

Qualifying for a mortgage Posted by Michele Cummins on May 22, 2014
Your Royal LePage agent can arrange to have you pre-qualified for a mortgage before you start shopping for a home. It’s easy, and you’ll avoid possible disappointments down the road if you...

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The Elements of an offer

The Elements of an offer Posted by Michele Cummins on May 22, 2014
Here’s a quick reference to everything you need to know about making an on offer on a property.1. Price Depends on the market and the buyers, but generally, the price offered is different f...

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Real Estate Show-Vacation Properties [VIDEO]

Real Estate Show-Vacation Properties [VIDEO]Posted by Michele Cummins on May 22, 2014
Michele Cummins invites you on a special trip to navigate succesfully and voyage through the rules on how to buy a vacation property. "Ready, let's sail!"    Award Winning Royal Lepage R...

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Finding the right agent

Finding the right agentPosted by Michele Cummins on May 22, 2014
You want to find the right home, in the right location, at the right price - and you want to do it quickly, with minimum hassle. The best way to do that is to work with a professional realtor who ...

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