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Monthly Archives: December 2013

6 steps to removing your Mortgage Financing Clause

Posted on December 17, 2013 by Ben Sage in Buyer

So if you’re like 98% of home buyers (stats completely made up), you’ve likely got a financing condition on your purchase agreement.  We probably asked for 7-12 days to remove the condition, but you’re a little unclear as to how that exactly happens.  Here’s the process: 1. I send all the necessary paperwork to your […]

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6 Huge Home Inspection Mistakes

Posted on December 17, 2013 by Ben Sage in Buyer

Over the years in Real Estate, I have seen many buyers make mistakes surrounding the Home Inspection Process. Here are 6 of the biggest: 1. Not getting a Home Inspection Sure, you’ve worked in the HVAC business for three years – why would you need to PAY an INSPECTOR to do what you already know […]

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5 Unexpected Things that Home Buyers Want to See

Posted on December 17, 2013 by Ben Sage in Selling

If you’re planning on putting your home on the market, you probably know the basics of what buyers want to see. Clean and uncluttered rooms. Comfortable living room. Functional and spacious kitchen. Bright, modern bathrooms. However, there are some things that today’s buyers are looking for that you might not have considered. Here’s the rundown: […]

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6 Things to think about when preparing to make an offer.

Posted on December 16, 2013 by Ben Sage in Buyer

So you’re getting ready to make an offer!  Here are 6 things you will want to be thinking about: 1. What do YOU want? Think about your ideal closing date If upgrading: Do we want to own two houses for a short period of time? Do you have appliances? Are the appliances in the new […]

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Woodstock Rental Vacancy Continues Downward Trend

Posted on December 12, 2013 by Ben Sage in Buyer, Investment Real Estate, Selling, Woodstock Investment

The Woodstock Rental Market Continued to show strength in favour of landlords over the past six months, putting more upward pressure on rental rates.  My theory is that a lack of available inventory all year long  in the “first time buyer” price range has kept the supply of tenants constant throughout the year. When I last […]

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9 Ways to Make Moving Day Easier

Posted on December 10, 2013 by Ben Sage in Buyer, Moving, Selling

Moving day is SO exciting, but it can also be extremely stressful.  No amount of preparation can eliminate the possibility of something going wrong, but here are some tips that I have prepared as a result of helping hundreds of families with their moves (not physically moving, but you know what I mean!) Pack Your […]

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6 Reasons You Should Stage Your House.

Posted on December 5, 2013 by Ben Sage in Selling, Staging

At some points in my career, for some insane reason, I have not included staging as part of my listing services system.  At some points, I have tried to offer sellers tips of my own, in order to help them prepare their homes for sale. In 2013, I went back to offering a home staging […]

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Woodstock Ontario Residential Real Estate Market Update, December 2013

Posted on December 2, 2013 by Ben Sage in Buyer, Selling, Woodstock Ontario Real Estate Stats

Hello! It’s December 2, 2013, so that means it’s time to take a look at the Residential Real Estate statistics over the past month in the City of Woodstock, Ontario.   It’s felt a little bit “slower” in the past 30 days, and after looking at the statistics, They agree. November saw zero sales in […]

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