Scams Are on the Rise
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by Susan Donaldson
1M ago
The more consumers increase their use of online shopping using a variety of sites and payment methods, the more susceptible they become to fraud. This includes false threats or enticements from scammers posing as retail, bank and credit card companies. With personal profiles being shared more frequently, it stands to reason that hackers will gain increased access to email addresses and other contact information. In addition, the scammers’ methods of “phishing” for personal information has become increasingly sophisticated, with correspondence that is often difficult to distinguish from ..read more
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Synthetic and Composite Countertops
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by Susan Donaldson
2M ago
New countertops have always been a major contributor to kitchen makeovers, and the range of choices has never been greater. Beyond laminates and tile, or natural stone, wood and bamboo, some durable acrylics have become quite popular. But, there are also newer composite materials that offer advantages which might make them an ideal compromise between natural and synthetic countertops. Generically known as solid surface, engineered stone or quartz composite, they go by many different brand names, and have unique features not found in other surfaces. For example, they tend to be harder ..read more
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The Psychology of Clutter
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by Susan Donaldson
3M ago
There’s an interesting psychological characteristic of clutter. We tend to notice it more in other people’s homes than in our own. In fact, we may not even realize a room in our house feels cluttered and uncomfortable to visitors. That’s why making each room look neat and spacious is so important when you’re selling your property. Although the task may seem daunting at first, decluttering is relatively easy to do. The simplest technique is to box things. You’re going to move anyway, so boxing makes sense. You can store the boxes of items you’re keeping in your garage. If you have a lot ..read more
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Kitchen Improvements for under $100
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by Susan Donaldson
4M ago
Is it really possible to improve your kitchen’s look for about the cost of a takeout gourmet dinner with the family? Obviously you’re not going to be able to do anything major, such as replace the cabinets within that budget. But, there are many surprisingly low-budget ways to spruce up the kitchen. Here are a few ideas: Do you have old cabinets? You’d be surprised by how much newer they can look simply by replacing the knobs and/or handles. Pick a colour that blends, rather than contrasts, with the cabinets. Does your sink have a few stains? That’s not unusual! There are special clean ..read more
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How Much Time Should You Spend Viewing Homes?
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by Susan Donaldson
5M ago
Asking how much time you should spend viewing properties for sale is a little like asking, “How long should I spend trying on shoes?” The answer seems obvious: As long as it takes to make a decision! Buying a home is significantly more complex than purchasing shoes – and the stakes are higher too! You need to make sure you have all the information necessary to confidently make the best decision. There are basically three stages to viewing a property: Macro, Micro, and Professional. When you view a home on a macro basis, you’re looking at it from an overall perspective. For example, you ..read more
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How to Get the Buyer’s Perspective on your Property
Ryan Morris Real Estate Team Blog
by Susan Donaldson
5M ago
When you walk through the front door of your home, you have a very different experience than a buyer would. You see the familiar. You see the memories. You see your life. In fact, you might even wonder why anyone would hesitate to fall instantly in love with your home. Buyers, however, don’t have that same perspective. When they walk through your front door, they see a place they’ve never been before. To them, it’s a stranger’s home. They’re looking at your property with a critical eye. They’re asking questions like, “Is the living room large enough? Do we like the feel of the place? Is ..read more
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The Right Lighting to Showcase Your Home
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by Susan Donaldson
5M ago
The top retail store chains invest heavily in creating just the right lighting to make their products look great. Why? They know that lighting makes a measurable difference to sales. The same is true when you sell your home. Lighting can make a big difference in the impression your home has on buyers. There are two types of light sources, manufactured and natural. You need to consider both when staging your home for sale. Think about the mood you want to create in each room. For example, you might want the kitchen to seem bright and alive. If yours isn’t quite like that, check whether y ..read more
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5 Ways to Add Fun to the Selling Process
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by Susan Donaldson
5M ago
When you think about selling your property, do you dwell on the possible work and stress involved? You’re not alone. Many homeowners share the same concerns. But it doesn’t have to be that way. In fact, there are plenty of ways to add some fun, anticipation, and even a sense of adventure to the selling process. Here are just a few ideas: Plan fun things to do when your home is being shown. That can include walks, sports activities, or trying something you and your family have never done before. Declutter for your own benefit. Instead of thinking about decluttering as a chore required f ..read more
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The Importance of Depersonalizing your Home
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by Susan Donaldson
5M ago
When a buyer views your home for sale, they want to visualize themselves living there. They want to imagine cooking in the kitchen, relaxing in the living room, and enjoying get-togethers with family and friends. However, when they see a baseball trophy on the mantle with your name on it, that visualization crumbles. That’s why it’s smart to depersonalize your home as much as possible when selling. You don’t have to go too far. Simply do what you can to remove items that scream “We live here!” Consider stowing items such as: Trophies, diplomas, certificates and anything else with a nam ..read more
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Is There a Best Season to Sell?
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by Susan Donaldson
5M ago
It’s interesting to note how so many things have their “season.” Hockey in the winter. Vacations in the summer. Gardening in the spring. Even retirement reportedly occurs more often in the fall than any other time of year. To some extent, even real estate seems to have a season. The spring is traditionally an active time for home sales. But, does that mean you should wait until spring to list your home? Here’s the reality… Properties sell all year round. There are buyers actively looking for homes at all times of the year. In fact, there are bound to be buyers that would be interested i ..read more
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