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Heard about how homes are selling like hotcakes right now? Did you list your home in this market, only to realize that it's been sitting on the market for a few months now? Wondering if your Realtor spun you a great marketing yarn? Don't fret if your home seems to be the only one not selling, because there's multiple reasons that a home just won't sell. Sometimes, it's out of your control. Most of the time, however, there are changes you can make which will change your standing among the home buying crowd. Today, we're going to go over the top ten most common reasons that a home just won't sell, and what you can do to improve your chances of selling:

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10) Timing

For the last year, we've seen a healthy market for sellers. Inventory has…

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Is it blasphemous for us to talk about winter while it's still autumn? Well, while we don't want to think about the cold right now, maybe it's a good idea for you to think a season ahead. With some restrictions back in place, it may be a good idea to assess your living situation and how it works in our current world situation. Here are 5 ways you can make user friendly adjustments in your home before winter, without completing expensive renovations or moving:

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1) Create Multi Purpose Rooms

The demand for multipurpose rooms and furniture has increased sizably since the start of the pandemic. Obviously the most notable space people are opting for is an office. As more people work remotely, homes are adapting to accommodate the…

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What's the difference between a home valuation and a property appraisal? 

If you've begun the process of selling your home, you've likely already come across these two terms. While it's easy to get confused - because they are similar - there's a difference that sets these two terms miles apart in the eyes of the law. Put very simply, that difference is estimate vs. exact. Let's delve further into this difference:

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Home Valuation

Home valuations are done by real estate professionals in order to estimate the value of a property. The method they use to do this is called a Comparative Market Analysis, also simply known as a CMA. A Realtor will examine previously sold properties with similar features in the area to create a report. This report…

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Are you one of the many homeowners who procrastinates maintenance tasks? Or are you simply not sure about everything that needs to be done in order to maintain your home?

There are small problems all around your home that can be fixed quite easily, if caught in time. Those same issues, if neglected, can turn disastrous and expensive in a matter of months. Clogged gutters could turn into water-damaged walls, chipped paint can lead to wood rot, and dirty filters will shorten the lifespan of your furnace. Fortunately, we've put together a list of common home maintenance tasks that are often overlooked to help you protect your largest investment with a routine maintenance schedule!

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1) Regrout and Recaulk Bathroom Fixtures 

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Newly built homes appeal to buyers for many reasons, one of the most important being that they have no issues from previous owners. Whatever the reasons are though, if you're considering buying a brand new home, it's crucial to understand the good and the bad. Let's take a look at the pros and cons together:

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The Pros

1) Interior & Exterior Customization

You get the luxury of laying our your home the way you want it to look! Some builders offer pre-designed packages with layout and color scheme options. Working with a custom builder will allow you complete freedom with every choice, from light fixtures to flooring layout.

2) Pristine

Every detail is clean, shiny and untouched. Everything in that new place was put there for…

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With a new school year in full swing and summer vacations at an end, we fall back into our routines (seasonal pun intended!). Everyone's life demands different things at different times, and this can leave our homes in a mess. It doesn't take long, either! Cleaning ends up feeling like a monumental task by the end of the week. The last thing you want to do is sacrifice your weekend, your time to relax, to washing, drying and tidying. The secret to keeping a cleaner home is to complete simple tasks on a daily basis, so that clutter never gets out of control. Here are five tips on how to do it: 

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1) Empty Your Dishwasher Every Morning

If you've got one, use it! Put away the dirty dishes before bed, so that they don't have to sit on the…

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Getting advice on how to show your home to buyers can be endless: "Do this, do that, make sure you do this, and make sure you don't make these mistakes..." It can make you want to pull your hair out in frustration! There's too much to remember! Well, we're here to help you out. The easiest way to show your home to potential buyers is to remember the five basic senses - sight, smell, hearing, taste and touch. 

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How does remembering this help you sell your home? The senses are what we use to perceive the world around us. In a new place, we can't rely on our memories or the words of others to describe what we're being exposed to. For buyers, they'll be using each one of their senses to interpret your home, and analyze how it can work for them.…

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Moving is exhausting! It's especially exhausting if you're a procrastinator. However, we've got the tips that'll turn this task from daunting to launching! That is, to say, our tips will make your move much more efficient:

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1) Create a Schedule for Packing

As soon as you have a general date of when you'll move, start developing a packing schedule - trying to stick to it as much as possible. There is no perfect schedule, you just have to find what works best for you. This could be packing 3-4 boxes each day, or you blocking a certain number of full days for packing. Another good schedule to create is one of moving-related tasks, like transferring utilities and changing your address with the post office and other services. If you have…

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Fresh air..

Close to nature..

All of these things come to mind when one thinks of rural living, and at least one of them is a main reason for people that choose to own rural property and/or land. If you're thinking of owning your own piece of land, here are some tips to guide you in the right direction:

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1) Avoid Unsuitable Land By Choosing A Realtor

Some Realtors only specialize in residential properties, others are strictly commercial. If you find a Realtor who dedicates their time to selling a majority of rural properties and land, you'll want this Realtor with you for the whole process! Not only do they probably possess years of experience, but they also keep their finger on the pulse of the land -…

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What makes this small dot on the map a fantastic place to call home? Why would an average-sized Saskatchewan city be better to live in than a larger centre like Saskatoon, or the capital, like Regina? Here are ten reasons why one should make the move to little ol' Yorkton, Saskatchewan:

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1) Small Town Mind, Big City Body

Yorkton possesses the highly sought after small town charm: where the whole community is close-knit. This is rare to find in a city, mainly because of population size. Once you reach a certain number of people, it's not possible to know everybody. Even though this city numbers nearly 17,000, there's a neighbourly demeanour about the people. Maybe it's the layout of the place, maybe it's the proximity to so many farms,…

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