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House Warming IdeasHome ownership is the ultimate dream to many people. It’s no wonder then that many people choose to commemorate this milestone with a housewarming party. If you’ve ever been invited to one—or thrown one yourself—you’ll no doubt be aware of the custom to give new homeowners a housewarming gift. It’s a thoughtful gesture that shows just how happy you are for them. 

However, the truth of the matter is that while new homeowners will graciously accept any housewarming gifts, some of these gifts won’t see the light of day. That’s why it’s vital to select a gift that your loved one, friend, or coworker will actually use. If you’re stuck for ideas, consider the following 5 gift ideas that are sure to be appreciated.

A Cookware Set

Skip the butter dish

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Brick Home or Stick Home? Which is Right for You?Although there are many building materials that can be used to make a home, two of the most common types of building materials are stick and masonry. These two types of homes are very different from one another. Knowing the differences between stick homes and masonry homes can help you decide which type of High River home is right for you.

Stick Home Characteristics

Stick homes are homes that have been built from wood. They have a wooden frame and wooden siding. Wood is a common material used to build homes because it is relatively inexpensive. Stick homes are built in all parts of the country. Wood is a traditional building material that has been used for hundreds of years.

Pros and Cons

Wood is common primarily because it is inexpensive

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Price a Home Properly to Ensure a Quick SaleEvery home seller wants a quick sale. And every buyer wants a bargain. Pricing your home too low can raise questions in a potential buyer's mind just as easily as an inflated price tag will drive people away. Finding the sweet spot involves some concentrated research, and it must be determined based on realistic expectations and an understanding of market trends.

Before listing a De Winton home for sale, consider the following:

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

Market Trends

The most reasonable, and most effective course is to work with a real estate professional who can research local trends, and supply you with background information

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A Breakdown of the Home Closing ProcessClosing on a new Chestermere home is an exciting step, but the complexity of the process might take some wind out of buyer's sails if not approached properly. Between all the paperwork and negotiations, buyers will certainly feel challenged at some point, but these tips will help streamline those procedures.

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

Hire Real Estate Professionals

It often requires an entire team of real estate experts working alongside other agents such as attorneys, lenders, notaries, insurance reps and other solicitors to get the keys in the hands of new owners. Buyers purchasing homes in certain provinces may have the ability

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What to Know About Being Late for Your Mortgage PaymentEvery home buyer who doesn’t pay in cash will need to use a home loan to borrow money from a bank or other lender. There are many types of mortgages that buyers can choose from, but all mortgages need payments to be made every month in order to stay on track. No homeowner ever wants to be late with their mortgage payment, but sometimes things happen that cause a payment to be late. This is what happens if a homeowner is ever late with their monthly mortgage payments and what a homeowner should do if they ever know in advance they’re going to be late.

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

Grace Period

In Canada, most mortgage lenders

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What is a Home-Buying Wish List?A home-buying wish list may sound a little like a goal board where Bearspaw home buyers imagine everything from a fireplace in the bedroom to a full-fledged coffee shop in the basement. But a real wish list is a little more practical than that. It's about carving out necessities to guide buyers while they explore different neighborhoods and home styles.

Questions to Ask

Here are a few questions for all buyers to consider as they map out their list:

  • What's the ideal age of the home?
  • How far will children have to travel for school?
  • What architectural styles fit the family's lifestyle (e.g., avoiding stairs for younger children)?
  • Should the home be close to a major freeway or public transit?
  • How much maintenance work will the
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Moving house as fast as possible is always a challenge for people struggling with short-notice deadlines and tight relocation plans. To leave a property on the clock is possible has nothing to do with an itinerary move and you better be prone to multiple compromises during the process.

That’s why the Justin Havre team gathered top-of-the-line moving and packing tips that will help you save time and effort when you have to get out of your old property and relocate.

Check them out and start over with greater success than you have imagined.

How To Move Out Of The House Quickly - General Tips

Living with your parents is absolutely frustrating. Here’s how to get out of your parents’ house as quickly as possible.

Communicate with your

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How to Budget for Buying a HomeA budget can be precisely what buyers need to stay on track when it comes to their finances. And while it may not be the most exciting part of owning a home, it's not actually difficult to map out. As buyers research the average costs of a variety of properties (e.g., single-family homes, condos, etc.) in any given area, they can start to get an average ballpark of what they can afford. From the down payment to the closing costs, learn more about what it takes to put everything in order.

Compare and Contrast

Prospective buyers need to first account for every penny they make per month. This should include not only standard paychecks, but also dividends, bonuses, freelance work, etc. From there, total all monthly expenses, including:

  • Savings
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Fireplace Maintenance Tips For New HomeownersFireplaces need proper care in order to remain safe to use. If you're a new Copperfield homeowner with a fireplace, there are several things you should know about the care and maintenance of your fireplace. The following tips will help you take care of your chimney and fireplace.

Service Your Fireplace Once Per Year

Fireplaces need to be serviced at least once annually, even if they're rarely used. Small cracks that develop in the flu, deterioration that occurs in the chimney, and even bird nests can make a fireplace unsafe to use. Servicing fireplaces can help catch these problems before they lead to chimney fires, house fires and other problems.

Most homeowners get their fireplace cleaned out and serviced at the same time. The technician

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How to Keep Your HVAC System in Good ConditionHVAC systems need regular maintenance in order to work efficiently and reliably. Often, new Altadore homeowners are unaware of what kind of maintenance their HVAC systems need. If you just recently purchased a home, here's what you need to know about taking care of your HVAC system.

Change the Air Filter

Air filters clean the air that flows through your ducts. The air filter keeps contaminants out of your HVAC system and thus helps keep your HVAC system functioning properly. Air filters need to be replaced approximately every three months when the HVAC system is in use. To replace the filter, remove the filter from its slot near the return air duct, then insert the replacement. If you don't have a replacement air filter, use the old filter to

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