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What Happens when you Make an Offer?

If you want to buy a new washing machine, you simply go into a retail store and pay the listed price. Pretty simple. However, it doesn’t work quite that way when it comes to real estate. Although a home will usually have a “listed price”, you must make an “offer” for ...

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April 2021 Real Estate Market Update

Click here to watch it! I hope you’re enjoying the spring season so far! I have a quick question for you: What kind of professional do you like to work with? For me — whether it’s an accountant, lawyer or investment advisor — I prefer to work with someone who continually adds value. ...

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How Emotions Can Get in the Way of Selling

Like most homeowners, you probably don’t think of your property as just a building with rooms and a backyard. To you, it’s much more than that. It’s a home.  When you walk into your dining room, for example, you don’t merely see the table and chairs. You see memories. You ...

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Is Your Home in “Move-In” Condition?

When buyers view your home, they ask themselves whether they like it. Assuming that the answer is “yes”, they try to determine how much work would be required before they could move in. It’s not uncommon for a buyer to be interested in a property but be turned off by the ...

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Bathroom Staging Tips from Professional Home Stagers

There's a reason why there are "kitchen and bath" stores, and even design magazines devoted to these rooms. A well-staged kitchen and bathroom can make the entire home look better. So, it's no surprise that professional home stagers pay particular attention to these spaces. What do these pros have to say ...

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March ’21 Cochrane Real Estate Update

It’s not uncommon for people to think of a real estate agent as someone who only helps buy or sell properties. And, of course, that’s a big part of what I do for my clients. But you may not realize that I do a lot more. For example, if you have questions ...

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Cutting Down the Time it Takes to Prepare your Home For Sale

If you're thinking of listing your property, one thing that might be holding you back is concern about preparing your home for sale. You may be wondering how much work there will be. Is it going to take a couple of months? A couple of weeks? A few days? That, of ...

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How Much Can you Afford?

Why is it so important to know how much you can afford to spend on a home? Two reasons. First, you don’t want to buy a property and then find out, after you’ve moved in, that you can’t financially maintain it. That would mean having to resell it under stressful conditions. Second, you ...

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Consider the Possibilities

You’re shopping for a new home. You visit a property that looks great from the outside, but when you go inside to explore the rooms, you’re disappointed. The kitchen is cluttered and “feels” small. The living room seems too wide. The master bedroom doesn’t look comfortable at all. Should you strike ...

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Getting a DIY Renovation Done On time and On Budget

Two of the biggest stressors for DIYers are projects that cost too much or take too long. Unfortunately, there’s no sure way to guarantee that one or the other (or both) won’t happen. But there is a lot you can do to minimize the probability. When budgeting, a big mistake DIYers ...

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