Entries by Diana Klejne

>Will new mortgage rules trigger winter buying?

> The Canadian Real Estate Association is concerned that changes to mortgage rules will force Canadians to buy homes through the traditionally slow winter market rather than waiting until the spring. The federal government said that in 60 days, Canadians will no longer be able to obtain mortgages that have an amortization period of longer […]

>6 Common Mistakes Made By Burnaby Homebuyers

> There are some common mistakes that homebuyers make and Burnaby real estate agents see them time and time again. Read through these common mistakes so that you can avoid making them and have a smooth sale. 1. Lack of budgeting for insurance. In many instances homebuyers opt for insurance deals to save a few […]

>Strategies to Avoid a Foreclosure

> A mortgage represents that largest single source of investment (and debt) for individual Canadians. Protecting that investment during uncertain times will have a significant impact on long-term financial health. Foreclosures are the worst case scenario for homeowners since it results in the loss of part or all of a property investment. Consider the following […]

>Top 10 New Year’s Resolutions

>New Year’s Eve has always been a time for looking back to the past, and more importantly, forward to the coming year. It’s a time to reflect on the changes we want (or need) to make and resolve to follow through on those changes. Did your New Year resolutions make our top ten list? 10. […]

>My real estate wish list for 2011

> Canada is still one of the most desired destinations for immigrants and the Canadian real estate market has stayed strong in 2010. As we look to 2011, I believe that with certain improvements, the process of buying and selling a home could be much less stressful, with benefits to both buyers and sellers. With […]

>Boomers ready to downsize, says survey

> For their next move, Canadian boomers are looking to downsize to smaller homes. According to the TD Canada Trust Boomer Buyers Report, four-in-five Canadian boomers say their next move will be to a smaller home, either to save money (46 per cent) or to enjoy more luxurious features (34 per cent). Three-quarters of boomers […]

>The Joy of Handmade Holiday Cards

>There are few holiday traditions as time-honoured as greeting cards. A mailbox bursting with good tidings from family and friends is one of the fundamental joys of the season. Although their history dates back 19th century England, when a mere 1,000 copies of a design by artist John Horsley were printed, billions of greeting cards […]

>How to Make Your House a Show Stopper

> Showing a house is a lot like going on a first date: you try to look well groomed even if that’s not how you normally look! The old adage about first impressions being the most important is just as true for your home as it is for you. A clean house gives prospective buyers […]

>Tax-Deductible Moving Expenses

> People have many reasons for moving: job opportunities, proximity to family, school and retirement among others. The common denominator in all these situations is cost: moving can be an expensive proposition. It makes sense to try to offset some of those costs by claiming tax deductions. Unfortunately, many people never realize these tax benefits […]

>Information for buyers -How Realtors Help

> Is now a good time to buy? It could be. A REALTOR® can help you make that decision – and others, such as what type of home to buy and where. Home buying is a complex process that can be confusing. A REALTOR® can guide your through every step. REALTORS® understand the market, the […]

>CMHC — Home Buying Step by Step

>CMHC — Home Buying Step by StepCMHC’s Homebuying Step by Step guide is here to make things easier for you by providing the information you need to make a wise homebuying decision. This section provides examples and worksheets that will guide you through the entire homebuying process, from the moment you make the decision to […]