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What To Look For In Real Estate Listings When Buying A Home

Posted by Cameron Schwenker on August 29, 2017 4:10:10 PM EDT

If you're thinking of buying a home in Niagara, you've probably already perused several listings. That is one advantage of more listings hitting the market in the summer and fall...more to look at it. Even if you aren't looking to buy soon, it's always good to keep an eye on the market.

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Topics: niagara real estate, buyers, first time buyers

4 Hidden Gems In Niagara To Visit Before Fall

Posted by Cameron Schwenker on August 28, 2017 1:35:08 PM EDT

There is never a bad season to live in Niagara. Each of Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter offer their own fantastic experiences and unique places to discover. Year-round enjoyment is part of the reason Niagara's quality of life is so high and why more people from outside the region are waking up to the wonders of Niagara living. It is certainly part of the reason we love living, working and playing here in Niagara.

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Topics: niagara real estate, niagara events

What to know about bridge financing

Posted by Cameron Schwenker on July 24, 2017 3:15:47 PM EDT

If you're downsizing your house or considering Niagara homes for sale, you may be looking to sell your current home first. If you've found your Niagara dream home, then the sale of your current home may be a condition in order for that transaction to go through. 

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Topics: sellers, housing market, niagara real estate, buyers

What's Going On In Niagara - July Edition

Posted by Cameron Schwenker on July 4, 2017 5:23:31 PM EDT

Summer is a great time to live in Niagara. The sun is out, the kids are out of school and there are plenty of great events and activities to take part in.

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Topics: niagara real estate, niagara events

Niagara Is Still A Seller's Market

Posted by Cameron Schwenker on June 20, 2017 11:34:35 AM EDT

The sky has not fallen and real estate prices in Niagara have not decreased in a significant way.

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Topics: sellers, niagara real estate

Should You Renovate Before You Sell Your House?

Posted by Cameron Schwenker on May 22, 2017 4:19:31 PM EDT

One of the big trends that we’re seeing in Niagara’s real estate market is that homes that have been renovated and are well-appointed are selling quickly for over asking price. This isn’t, in and of itself, a big surprise: people like nice homes. The big change, though, is how much better these homes are doing now than fixer uppers or homes that need finishing touches.

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Topics: sellers, housing market, niagara real estate

What To Know When Buying Your First Niagara Home - Part 2

Posted by Cameron Schwenker on April 13, 2017 4:02:30 PM EDT

In our last article, we looked at the importance of knowing your budget and finding the right realtor when it comes to buying your first home. Because it is vital to be well-informed when entering the real estate market, we offer a couple more pieces of advice here in Part 2.

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Topics: niagara real estate, buyers, first time buyers

Tips For Selling Your House This Spring

Posted by Cameron Schwenker on April 13, 2017 4:02:27 PM EDT

March 21st has come and gone, and the sun is finally coming out. Spring in Niagara means warmer weather, the Jaycees Easter Egg Hunt and long walks along the Niagara Parkway. Oh, and an explosion of real estate activity.

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Topics: sellers, niagara real estate

How to Save Thousands of Dollars in Interest and Pay Off Your Mortgage Faster

Posted by Cameron Schwenker on April 13, 2017 4:02:10 PM EDT

If you're looking at homes for sales in St. Catharines, you may be wary of the idea of locking into a mortgage that lasts 25 or 30 years. And that's fair, that's a long time! Just as 1987 and 1991 seem like several lifetimes ago, it is hard to imagine 2042 or 2047, when you'd finally be mortgage-free.

But don't worry, you can pay off your mortgage faster with these simple tips. There are a few easy ways to make extra principle payments that can save you a ton of money in interest expenses and get you mortgage-free sooner than you thought possible. Here are a few simple strategies you can use:

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Topics: niagara real estate, buyers

How To Find (And Buy) The Right House In A Competitive Market

Posted by Cameron Schwenker on April 13, 2017 4:02:03 PM EDT

We’ve written before about how hot the Niagara real estate market is. Between money pouring into the GTA, low mortgage rates and the increasing appeal of life in Niagara, we are certainly in a seller’s market. This can be daunting for buyers, who may think they have no chance of securing the right house for them, or won’t have the budget to make a competitive offer.

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Topics: housing market, niagara real estate, buyers

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