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WHY AIRBNB IS JUST PLAIN AWESOME

I am a huge Airbnb supporter, because I believe the site has really revolutionized travel by featuring literally every interpretation of a the phrase “roof over your head.” To better understand why I love Airbnb so much, here are some advantages to the site from both the Listing and Renting sides.

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“IT’S A JUNGLE IN THERE!”- A GUIDE TO TASTEFUL GREENERY

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If you’re trying to sell your home, your choice in plants and their position within your space may, believe it or not, push the less plant-minded potential homebuyers out the door. At the same time, if selected and positioned carefully, plants can take your space to the next level! So here is your guide to tasteful greenery or the do’s and don’ts of home horticulture.

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Social Media: Using Video

The truth is, video marketing (as in having professional videos done) can be very costly and from an economical stand point, it doesn’t make much sense. Videos can cost anywhere from 300-2000 depending on quality, and that is a large amount to invest in all your listings. However, on that million dollar listing, it may be something to consider. However, you should keep in mind that today’s post is all about making some great videos the DIY free way (meaning free!).

Once again, just as in the previous post on Photo apps, there are many video apps, but I am only going to touch upon my two favourite DIY apps – Instagram and Hyperlapse (both the same company, but different purposes).

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THE COMMISSION GAME

Commission is the percentage of money paid to the REALTOR©’S involved in any real estate transaction typically based on the selling price of a property. In most situations there are two REALTOR©’S that need to be paid. The REALTOR© retained by the people selling their home, and the REALTOR© acting for the people who are buying the home. While there is no “set” commission rate, in most transactions in our local market, it will range from about 4%-6% (of the selling price).

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HOW TO SAVE THOUSANDS ON YOUR NEXT HOME PURCHASE

Nowadays, everyone loves a good deal; so why wouldn’t you be looking to save thousands of dollars on your next real estate purchase?

The first thought for most, is a “DIY” (do-it-yourself) approach to save on realtor commissions to in turn “get the best deal” on a property, but here are some important considerations that may change your opinion, and ultimately, save you thousands on your next purchase:

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THE NITTY GRITTY ON PROPERTY TAXES

One of the “fun” things about owning a home is property taxes. Who doesn’t love taxes? A property tax is based on the value of a piece of real estate, and is assessed by the local government. While we usually never question the tax we are being charged it is important to at least have a general understanding on how property taxes are determined so that if you ever question the amount you are being charged you know where to look.

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MAKING A DOWN PAYMENT

The down payment is so critical in the real estate transaction. Your down payment is the number which dictates what your price range will be when looking for your new home. Before I go any further, if you only take one thing out of this post. Remember this: “The greater the down payment, the greater the savings”.

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PRICE YOUR HOME TO SELL

When selling your home it’s important to make a good first impression. Newly listed homes generate the most interest within the first couple weeks of being listed.

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WHY YOU SHOULD GET A MORTGAGE PRE-APPROVAL

A lot of people always wonder why they need to apply for a mortgage pre-approval, so here is the nitty-gritty on why it is so important.

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HIGH QUALITY PHOTOS WILL SELL YOUR HOME

When it comes to real estate, you need a solid marketing plan in order to create maximum exposure for your property.

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