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A Pre-Inspection is a Wise Choice When Selling Your Halifax Home - 01/31/11 09:05 PM
Ready to sell your Halifax home? There are many things to do when preparing to put your home on the market. You need to decide which home repairs or upgrades are the most important; the ones that will give you a passing grade in your Halifax home inspection are the ones that should top the list. A pre-inspection by yourself and a professional can be important in avoiding little issues becoming big problems. Another huge benefit is the opportunity to correct any defects before marketing your home. This will make your home more salable and increase the odds of a smooth (0 comments)
Enjoy Nova Scotia's Icewine Festival - 01/28/11 09:07 PM
Whether you live in Nova Scotia, are visiting, or are looking to move here, there's one event you should not miss. It's the Fourth Annual Nova Scotia Winter Icewine Festival taking place from February 3 to 13, 2011. There will be beautiful ice sculptures to admire, wine-paired dinners to enjoy, terrace tastings and, of course, icewine....lots of icewine. There are many things that make icewine unique. In Canada, the grapes must freeze naturally to be called icewine. Most harvests must happen at night because the sun starts to melt the grapes on the vine in the morning, diluting the flavor. Icewine (1 comments)
Credit Reports and Scores are Key When Buying a Halifax Home - Part 2 - 01/24/11 09:23 AM
In Credit Reports and Scores are Key When Buying a Halifax Home - Part 1, you learned that before looking to buy your new Halifax home, it's important to know your credit score. If your credit score is too low, you could find yourself paying a higher interest rate than anticipated or even denied access to certain types of loans. You can, however, take precautions to protect your credit report and credit score. This will ensure better rates and a better choice of mortgage products for you. Here are important steps to take to keep your credit report and credit score (0 comments)
Credit Reports and Scores are Key when Buying a Halifax Home - Part 1 - 01/21/11 10:10 PM
When you are looking to buy your Halifax home, it's important to understand that the pricing of mortgages and other loans is based in a large part on your credit-worthiness. Your credit will be evaluated by lenders in order to approve you for a home mortgage or determine the interest rate given on your loan. There are two main factors to look at: a credit report and your credit score. A credit report is a detailed history of how consistently you meet your financial obligations, and provides a picture of your financial health based on your past behavior. A credit score (4 comments)
New Mortgage Rules Declared - 01/18/11 10:52 PM
If you have been waiting to buy your new Halifax home, wait no longer! On Monday January 17, 2011, Finance Minister Jim Flaherty announced some changes to mortgage rules in Canada that will become effective in March and April, respectively. The maximum amortization period is now 30 years (down from 35 years) for government-backed insured mortgages, when the down payment is less than 20 percent. This new amortization limit will come into force on March 18, 2011. The maximum amount that can be borrowed when refinancing a mortgage is now 85 percent of the value of the home, down from (2 comments)
Maintaining Your First Halifax Home - 01/17/11 04:18 PM
Picture this, Roy Thomas has just found you your new Halifax home. It's exciting being a first-time homeowner and your head is spinning with moving, furniture placement and decorating ideas to make this home your own. The last things you're probably thinking about are when to get the septic tank pumped out or where the main water valve is located. Over time you will learn all about your new house and how to maintain it. You may want to undertake some renovation projects to make it more energy-efficient or suitable for your needs. But in the short-term, here are some basic (0 comments)
Get Your Halifax Home "Move-In Ready" - 01/14/11 10:23 PM
If you are like many homeowners, you may have not thought of remodeling until you decided to sell your Halifax home. Many potential buyers will be looking for a "move-in ready" home. This is simply one where they won't have to do any immediate work. There are simple and inexpensive projects that won't take a lot of time but will be sure to sell your property quickly and with the best price. Unbiased Assessment This is your house. It's natural that you have become numb to some simple aspects like paint, overgrown shrubs or even a dirty exterior. Enlist some good (0 comments)
Finding a Reliable Tenant for Your New Halifax Rental Property - 01/10/11 10:50 AM
So you have decided to buy a Halifax home as a rental property. Great! The easy work begins, having Roy Thomas find you that perfect property. Once you've purchased your new Halifax property, the real work begins - finding a reliable long-term tenant. The plan seems simple enough: rent out your property to someone else so they can pay the mortgage on it, and, in a few years, you'll own it free and clear. But there's a challenge: finding someone trustworthy who will pay the rent on time and who won't compromise the property's value through neglect or outright wanton negligence. (0 comments)
Vanities: The First Step to a Successful Bathroom Remodel - 01/07/11 09:23 AM
If you are looking for a small remodel before putting your Halifax home on the market, look to your guest bath. It may be the smallest room in your house but one that potential buyers will look to when deciding to purchase your home. A successful bathroom remodel is a sure bet to provide a good return on your investment. One of the quickest ways to give your bathroom a clean and updated look is to replace the vanity. Usually, it is the room's focal point so it's important to make it your first decision when deciding on purchases for your (0 comments)
Make Your Halifax Home Green with Recycled Glass Countertops - 01/03/11 10:54 PM
When you decide to update your Halifax home by replacing your kitchen countertops, usually the first task at hand is deciding on materials. A good kitchen countertop needs to be tough, very tough, to handle the rigors it will be put through every day in the average busy family kitchen. One material that is very green, very durable, and increases your resale value may be the last material that comes to mind: recycled glass - a very eco friendly choice. Most of the mainstream countertop options are made from stone or synthetic materials; they are also petroleum based. Petroleum is hardly (0 comments)
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