Home Buying Blogs – Cochrane

Home buying advice for Cochrane, Alberta residents by Justin Havre & Associates.

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What to Look for When Buying a HomeHomebuyers have a difficult job ahead of them when it comes to evaluating a Gleneagles home. If they're too critical, they might never find a property that checks off all their boxes. However, there are certain red flags that buyers not only need to be able to spot, but also to follow up on before they make an offer on the home. Here are four culprits that should be on everyone's list as they search.

For informational purposes only. Always consult with a licensed real estate professional before proceeding with any real estate transaction.

Water Damage

Because this system is used constantly, water needs to be in tip-top shape. Any degree of discoloration in the kitchen or bathroom needs to be taken seriously. Sellers may try to cover up water

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Which Home Architectural Style is Right for You?Home architectural styles can vary dramatically. If you're searching for a Bow Meadows home, it's important to recognize that not every architectural style will fit your lifestyle and personal preferences. Knowing the different home styles and how they can affect you can help you decide for yourself which architectural styles to focus on when you're looking for a home. Having this information can help you narrow your search.

Want to Age In Place?

Some activities become more difficult when you get older. Specifically, going up and down stairs and performing household chores can become very challenging. For this reason, people who want to age in place usually look for a home that is in good shape and unlikely to need major maintenance or

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New Technology in Residential Construction: Information for Home BuyersNew home construction building has changed a lot over the years. At one time, most homes were made from simple brick and wood, and other traditional materials. Today, many homes are made from modern materials, using new technologies. If you're a home buyer who is thinking about building a home, here's what you need to know about the materials available to residential contractors.

3D Printed Homes

3D printers have been making headlines for years, and now they're becoming so useful that they're actually able to construct entire homes. To do this, 3D printers set layers of concrete in the shape of a house. Using 3D printer technology, home construction is fast and simple.

At this time, most builders talk of using 3D printed homes to construct

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Stock a Home Repair Kit with Tools to Handle Basic Home RepairsOne of the best housewarming gifts a new homeowner could receive is a basic toolbox for DIY projects. Stock it with easy-to-use tools and a selection of helpful items even a novice can use to make small repairs, troubleshoot potential problems and perform simple tasks. Think about jobs such as hanging art without damaging walls, or replacing doorknobs, rather than more serious renovation projects.

Stocking such a toolbox can be painless, with a little advice from a local hardware store, or a trip to a big box store. Consider the following:

Planning and Measuring Aids

  • 25-foot tape measure
  • Small speed square
  • Torpedo level
  • Carpenter's pencils

Simple Hand Tools

  • Two hammers, a standard clawfoot, and a smaller ball peen,
  • A
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All About Real Estate Investment for Property BuyersReal estate investment is an excellent way to diversify your portfolio, especially if you enjoy some managing and caring for a property. If you're thinking about getting your start in real estate, here's what you need to know about the different types of real estate investment and what's involved in being a landlord.

For informational purposes only. Always consult with an attorney, financial or tax advisor before proceeding with any real estate transaction.

Residential Rental Properties

Buying a home, even in a competative market, as a rental property is a common starting point for people just entering the world of real estate investment. Residential rental properties are a favorite for beginning investors because single family homes are a

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How Sustainable Technology Is Used in Residential BuildingsGreen technology has been noticeably absent in traditional construction in North America. This isn't to say that the technology isn't being utilized, but it also hasn't been adopted en masse the way environmentalists have hoped it would be. However, this is beginning to change as developers and construction companies alike see the benefits of using sustainable solutions. More and more homes are using smart home technology. See how Canadians have started to embrace the green movement, and what it means for the future of building.

New Heating Systems

Zero Carbon standards haven't been implemented in Canada yet, but Ontario is certainly beginning to set the right example. The development company known as The Cora Group has been busy finding

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Buying in a Seller's Market: What You Need to KnowA seller's market is a market condition that occurs when there are fewer homes than buyers, and many buyers are in a good position to compete with one another for homes. In a seller's market, home prices are high, and can go higher because of bidding wars. Buyers who want to be successful must be fast when they make their offer, and offers they make must be good. Here's what you need to know.

For informational purposes only. Always consult with a licensed real estate professional before proceeding with any real estate transaction.

Know What You Want

A buyer who knows exactly what they want can make an offer confidently. A buyer who knows exactly what they want may also feel more comfortable making a more competitive offer as a result.

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Top Millennial Home-buying MythsMillennials are currently the largest demographic cohort, but there are still a lot of misperceptions about their habits, especially when it comes to home buying. As a result, many people in this age group are getting the wrong idea about whether they should buy a house or whether they even can. Learning the truth behind some common myths can help Millennials better understand the best choices when buying a home:

"Millennials Just Don't Buy Houses."

Many pundits believe that Millennials are breaking from the habits of their parents are are foregoing home purchases altogether. However, the facts show something different. On average, Millennials tend to rent about six years before venturing into homeownership. During their parents' era, the

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Credit Score to Buy Home in CanadaIt's no secret that the Cochrane Canadian housing market is tight. Borrowers need to make themselves very attractive to banks to be approved for a loan, especially in cities like Vancouver and Toronto. Part of this is securing a high credit score. Understanding what goes into a credit score and how it affects an individual's mortgage outlook is imperative for informed home buyers.

For informational purposes only. Always consult with a licensed mortgage professional before proceeding with any real estate transaction.

What is a credit score?

A credit score is the three digit number distilled from a number of factors that influence an individual's creditworthiness. These include:

  • the length of their credit history.
  • how much debt they
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What You Need to Know About Closing Costs for a Home PurchaseBefore a home purchase can be complete, closing costs will be paid. Closing costs can amount to quite a bit of money, and can sneak up on buyers who aren't prepared. Altogether, closing costs may cost as much as 3 or 4% of the sale price of the home. For this reason, it's important to know what closing costs are and when they are due.

For informational purposes only. Always consult with a licensed mortgage professional before proceeding with any real estate transaction.

What You Need To Know About Closing Costs

Closing costs are the administrative fees associated with the sale of a home. Many different entities will charge a fee at the time a home sells, and these fees can vary from one place to another and from one home sale to another.

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