Category Archives: Buying a house

Should I sell first or should I buy? Strategies in a hot market!

The Ottawa real estate market is hot, hot, hot. We are wayyy down on inventory. Sellers are afraid to list in case they can’t find a home they love. They’re also worried that they can’t afford to carry two homes … Continue reading

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Ask Peggy: What’s my recourse if the previous owners smoked in the ensuite of the house after I purchased their house and before I moved in?

Lots of people have serious smoke sensitivities: I know, I’m one of them. I walk into a house that someone has smoked in and within a few seconds, I can’t breathe. Unfortunately, unless you spelled out the importance to you … Continue reading

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Can a realtor refuse to double-end a deal?

I recently received this email from someone who follows my blog: I’m faced with a situation whereby I submitted an offer to a selling agent. Documents accompanying my offer include 1) Form 310: Buyer Customer Service Agreement, 2) Form 810: Working … Continue reading

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One showing: an offer, happy clients!

I sometimes think of my job as  matchmaking and if I do it well, I can find a buyer a property fairly efficiently. But finding the right  buyer for the right house in one showing is my new personal record! I had … Continue reading

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Want to sell your house? Make it easy for a realtor to show.

I’ve just had a crazy week trying to organize 24+ showings for an out-of-town couple that were serious buyers with a healthy budget. Why was it so crazy? Because of the Rubik’s cube of restrictions that sellers had put on properties … Continue reading

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Passing up Good Deals for the Wrong Reasons

One of the mistakes I find buyers often make is passing up on good deals because they wonder why, if the price is so good, no one else has bought the property, and think there must be something wrong with it. In a hot … Continue reading

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Moving with a Pet? Here are some tips.

The following is a guest post, contributed by John at MovingFC.com. Thanks, John! ___________________ Are you a pet owner who is looking for a new home or will be moving to a new one soon? Unfortunately, your moving experience is … Continue reading

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