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Things to Think About Before You Renovate

Posted by Cameron Schwenker on December 11, 2017 3:18:08 PM EST

Home renovations can be an exciting time, but they can also cause a major headache. Having been through multiple home renovations in the past, we have discovered a few tips and tricks to help future homeowners who plan on conducting renovations. If you plan on renovating your home in the future, read these tips prior to starting your renos.

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Topics: sellers, Design

Kitchen Trends of 2017

Posted by Raiana Schwenker on November 13, 2017 4:20:25 PM EST

Kitchens were once a hidden part of the home, where no socializing took place, but that couldn’t be less true today. In contemporary homes, kitchens are one of the main rooms; it is a place of gathering where days often begin and end. The repositioning of the kitchen as an essential part of the home has therefore changed the aesthetic, and it has become one of the most decorated rooms in the home. Here are four of our favourite kitchen trends of 2017.

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Topics: sellers

Home Renovation Tips: 101

Posted by Cameron Schwenker on November 10, 2017 5:10:06 PM EST

The real estate market typically begins to slow down during the winter months. This is when homeowners begin renovations in hopes to have their home listed on the market for the upcoming spring. If you are one of those homeowners who is completing renovations this winter, here is a list of ways to help reduce stress affiliated with home renovations.

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Topics: Insider, sellers

Three Things To Do In Niagara in November

Posted by Raiana Schwenker on October 31, 2017 8:22:00 PM EDT

The days may be getting shorter but Niagara is still long on options for fun this November. The wineries, restaurants and beautiful outdoor spaces that make Niagara unique are still great places to visit as the weather drops. Just remember to pack a scarf!

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Topics: Insider, sellers

Fall Trends In Staged Homes For Sale

Posted by Raiana Schwenker on September 28, 2017 12:00:00 PM EDT

The fall season is officially here. With every new season comes new trends in the interior design industry. If you're considering selling your home during the fall season, there are some trends you may want to consider following when staging your home. You can ask your real estate agent for advice on staging, or for recommendations for a home stager to help you. Having outdated decor can make your home look less appealing to buyers. By keeping up with some of the more recent trends in the interior design world, you may find buyers are more interested in your home. 

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Topics: Insider, sellers

What You Need To Know About Selling Your Home This Fall

Posted by Cameron Schwenker on September 15, 2017 4:23:49 PM EDT


The Niagara real estate market continutes to be strong for sellers. Just-released July and August market numbers show that the average sale price in every city increased noticeably over 2016, which was itself a seller's market. You can see more on the Sally McGarr Market Report below.

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Topics: sellers, housing market

Should You Set An Offer Deadline on Your Niagara House For Sale?

Posted by Cameron Schwenker on July 31, 2017 3:25:03 PM EDT

A growing trend in the Niagara real estate market is the addition of "deadline offers" to Niagara homes for sale.  This stipulation in the listing means that any offers for the home must be submitted by a certain date and time, and all offers will be reviewed at that time. 

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Topics: sellers, housing market

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

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

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