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Preparing to put your home on the market takes a lot of work. You may have to do serious de-cluttering, spotless cleaning, fresh painting or home staging. But what about outside? Nice landscaping isn’t just icing on the cake – it’s an investment that pays off. Several studies have shown that landscaping can add anywhere from 4% to 15% to the value to your home, and speed up its sale by as much as six weeks.

’Tis the season

The housing market is hottest in the spring and summer. This means that your property is on full display and that outdoor living is more top-of-mind for buyers. They want to envision themselves enjoying the home inside and out for all four seasons.

Landscaping 101

Many people don’t realize that landscaping is a

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Buying or selling real estate can be challenging enough at any time; but a hot seller's market is a whole new level of potential stressors — for both buyers and sellers. The supply of homes is low, demand is high, and sellers are often navigating complicated, multiple offer situations. Similarly, buyers are often left drying their eyes with the broken shards of their rejected bid.

Tips for Buyers:

Commit

To succeed in a seller’s market, you have to make house hunting a priority. Treat house hunting like job hunting: regularly scour listings and commit to a Realtor® whom you trust and has a proven track record. It doesn't cost you anything to have someone representing you, and it comes with a host of benefits, most importantly that you will have

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I want to focus specifically on the mistakes that I see many young people making today regarding real estate and offer some real world strategies for overcoming these concerns.

 

Whether or not you own any property yet, these tips should help you navigate the often muddy (but often profitable) world of real estate.

1.) Living With Mom And Dad Too Long

Admit it, as you are reading this, someone’s face is coming to mind.. and maybe it’s yours?

If you are staying with Mom and Dad simply to escape the reality that you are grown up, it’s time to grow up and get a job, start paying your bills and meet the world. The only exception I make to this rule is if you are living at home to save money or get out of debt.. but if that’s you, don’t use

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The internet is full of “hacking tips.” I’m sure you’ve seen them, with clever tricks like storing your pancake mix in old ketchup bottles or dipping your Oreos with a fork through the frosting. Sure, those are fun little tricks – but how much do they really improve your life?

Today I want to share a “life hack” that, when properly implemented, can have a dramatic effect on your wallet and the financial destiny of your family. This is much more than simple tricks or ideas to shave five minutes off your work day.

This is epic, life changing stuff.

I’m talking about hacking your housing and living for free. I’m talking about building wealth automatically and getting paid to do it. I’m talking about buying an owner-occupied multifamily

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Older Canadians work longer, live longer and consider retirement as their life’s reward to be relished, not as a time to slow down. They want the financial freedom to do the things they love, and they want to remain independent and active as long as they can.

The first set of Canada’s baby boomers turned 65 in 2011; by 2026, the number of seniors is expected to reach about 7.8 million. This means changes for the real estate industry as more boomers downsize and the number of residents living in active retirement or age-restricted lifestyle communities rises.

Anne and Bernie Bruneau have been living in one such lifestyle community since 2009. Country Meadows in Wasaga Beach, ON is a land lease community open to residents age 50 and older owned by

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If your photos seem too bright, cluttered or ordinary, you can take simple steps to avoid these and other common photography mistakes. 

“Photographers know it takes a good eye, practice and patience to make the most out of every moment,” says Bill Robbins, an award-winning advertising photographer, commercial film director and current program chair of professional photography at Brooks Institute, a leading provider of higher education for film, graphic design, and photography. “Whether you’re a professional or amateur photographer, it’s also about trying new techniques and experimenting with everything from lighting to composition.” 
    Robbins offers these tips for overcoming four common photography errors and turning any good photo into a great…
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(BPT) - Helping children with their homework requires more than an understanding of the subject matter, whether it’s algebra or world literature. To help children succeed throughout the school year, it’s important for parents to nurture positive study habits and organizational skills, and provide kids with a home environment that fosters concentration.

“Whether your kids are just learning to read, write and spell, or they are studying for the SATs, we parents have an opportunity to help instill work and study habits that will stick with our children for life,” says education and parenting expert Dr. Michele Borba, who is the bestselling author of 22 parenting books and a frequent TODAY show contributor.

Borba offers parents some easy tips to help children

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Many people turn to surveillance cameras as a way to make their home and office more secure. There are so many different types of security measures on offer, however, that it can be hard to know which is the right type of equipment for your needs. This article explores the different security measures and tools available and what the advantages and disadvantages of each of them are. 

CCTV cameras can be attached to the outside of the building, can be placed over the door step, can be placed inside or can be entirely hidden from view. There are even dummy cameras available that provide a good deterrent aspect but don’t actually incur any additional cost of filming. All cameras that can be seen work well as a deterrent. A burglar is far less likely to break

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Many people have asked this question:

“When does the spring real estate market actually begin?”

Looking out the window at the snow and ice, it may seem premature to ask this question, but I’d say that the spring market actually starts as early as the beginning of February. Granted, the number of listings and sales this early in the year are not likely to match the level of activity we see in March, April & May. Never-the-less, there’s generally a spike in activity in February and it’s certainly the start of a market that will grow over the coming months.

Some others feel that the spring market does not really begin until the month of March. There may be some truth to this in the sense that March is generally when we start to see signs of warmer

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It’s amazing how quickly our homes can start to look dated. Even if they were once the height of fashion, they can easily start to feel stuck in the past, and for many people it is enough to make them consider moving, unaware that it is simply the fact that things feel stale that is giving them such wanderlust. 

There is plenty that can be done, easily and cheaply, to make a house feel more modern though. A change of paint is always a great way to start. Finding out the colors that are currently in vogue is a great way to instantly transform a room. On top that, interesting and modern artwork and contemporary knick knacks will also instantly bring a room up to date. 

Home lighting is also a surprisingly date-specific kind of thing. Older light fittings will

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