By: Ricardo Medeiros

How to Fix Common Floor Cracks and                                Stains

Tags: FIX, COMMON FLOOR, REAL ESTATE, REAL ESTATE AGENT, HOMES, AGENT

When you’re selling your home, you want it to look its best to buyers. Unfortunately, buyers are likely to notice any cracks or stains on your floor. Luckily, there are many do-it-yourself solutions to help make your floors look significantly better. Let’s start with stains. If you have carpeting, there are a number of spot cleaning products on the market. But before you try one of ...Read More

By: Ricardo Medeiros

       What’s the “Lifestyle” Score for your Home?

Tags: LIFESTYLE, ASSESSMENT, REAL ESTATE, REAL ESTATE AGENT, HOMES, AGENT

In the business world, a phrase that’s often used is ROI or Return On Investment. It refers to the regular gain (or loss) you’re getting from a particular asset relative to its cost. When it comes to your home, the gain may be more than financial. It may include the benefit of the lifestyle it gives you. For example, a spacious backyard deck pays off in countless pleasant Saturdays wi...Read More

By: Ricardo Medeiros

Dealing with Unsightly Flooring Issues when Selling

Tags: FLOORING, ISSUES, REAL ESTATE, REAL ESTATE AGENT, HOMES, AGENT

When you’re selling your home, you want it to look its best. You want buyers who view it to say, “Wow, I love this place!” However, what if you have a stubborn stain in the carpet, or a cracked floor tile? An unsightly issue like that can be distracting in your otherwise beautiful property. You have a few options. First, try to get the issue fixed. There are specialty cleaners ...Read More

By: Ricardo Medeiros

How to Find a Home that Has your “Big Three”

Tags: CORE CHARACTERISTICS, BIG THREE, REAL ESTATE, REAL ESTATE AGENT, HOMES, AGENT

How do you find the home of your dreams within a price range you can afford? Most buyers start by making a “wish list”. But, it’s easy to get frustrated when you have a long wish list and expect you’ll be able to find a home with every one of those features. You might, for example, have “mature backyard tree” as number 23 on your list, and become disappointed w...Read More

By: Ricardo Medeiros

Home Energy Saving Tips that Won't Leave You Shivering or Sweating

Tags: REDUCE, ENERGY COST, REAL ESTATE, REAL ESTATE AGENT, HOMES, AGENT

If you want to reduce your home energy costs, the easiest way is to turn the thermostat up or down. In fact, you probably won't notice a difference of 2 degrees either way — and the savings can be substantial.   However, if you want to lower your bill even further each month, here are some additional tips that are relatively easy to implement.   Plug or fix the drafts. Even ...Read More

By: Ricardo Medeiros

Need to Sell Quickly? Here's What to Do

Tags: SELL QUICKLY, REAL ESTATE, REAL ESTATE AGENT, HOMES, AGENT

  There are many reasons why you might suddenly need to sell your home. It could be an unexpected work relocation, a change in family circumstances, or simply a desire to move.   Whatever the reason, selling quickly requires some fast action on your part. But that doesn't mean you need to get into panic mode. You can list and sell your property, quickly while still enjoying the proc...Read More

Fire Safety Checks You Should Do At Least Once a Year

By: Ricardo Medeiros

Fire Safety Checks You Should Do At Least Once a Year

Tags: FIRE SAFETY CHECKS, REAL ESTATE, REAL ESTATE AGENT, HOMES, AGENT

Chances are, you know that you should change the batteries in your smoke detectors at least once a year — even if you suspect the batteries are still good.   But that isn't the only fire safety check you should do annually. Here are some other recommended tips to help keep you and your family safe.   Clean your stove burners and oven regularly. Hard grease build-up can becom...Read More

By: Ricardo Medeiros

Is the Psychology of Change Holding You Back?

Tags: PSYCHOLOGY, REAL ESTATE, REAL ESTATE AGENT, HOMES, AGENT

Why is making a big change in life often so difficult?  According to psychologists, maintaining the "status quo" is one of the most powerful motivations we have. If things are "okay", even making a change for the better can be difficult. Our brains resist. You may have experienced this if you’ve thought about selling your current property and finding your next drea...Read More

By: Ricardo Medeiros

Upcoming Changes to Mortgages

Tags: Changes to mortgage rules, REAL ESTATE

 Over $50,000 DROP in purchasing power! Here's a table that illustrates how CMHC's proposed changes measure up to its competitors, Genworth and Canada Guaranty in the default insurer landscape. It's amazing to know that consumers still have a choice in keeping homeownership within reach!Calculations based on: Household income of $100,000 Stress Test rate of 4.94% Annual Prope...Read More

By: Ricardo Medeiros

Cleaning Tips for Instantly Improving Curb Appeal

Tags: CLEANING, TIPS, IMPROVE, NEW HOME, REAL ESTATE, REAL ESTATE AGENT, HOMES, AGENT

As you may know, curb appeal refers to how your property looks from the street, where potential buyers first see it. Your home’s curb appeal can have a big impact on the sale of your property. In fact, it's not uncommon for a buyer to drive by a listing, rather than stop, because they don't like what they see. So, how can you improve your home's curb appeal quickly? One way is t...Read More