How to Create House Appeal in the Fall

Spring may be the season for cleaning, but Fall is the perfect time for working on your exterior house appeal. It makes sense to put off some tasks during July and August since it’s likely you are on vacation or it’s simply too hot to work outside comfortably. The invigorating energy of Fall can get you back on track in…

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Making Extra Mortgage Payments Can Be Beneficial. But Should You Do It?

Perhaps you have had your home in Waterloo Region for a few years now. You’ve purchased all of the necessities that didn’t originally come with your home – a lawnmower, gardening tools and maybe you have updated your furniture and you’re pretty much settled in. Now you’re realizing you have a little extra money each month and it occurred to…

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The Pros and Cons of Renting out Part of Your Home

On the surface it seems like a fabulous idea: Carve out a portion of your home, rent it out and use the rental income to pay your mortgage. You get to live basically “rent free” while at the same time reaping the tax benefits of writing off some of the costs associated with accommodating a rental apartment in your home….

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What Does a Real Estate Agent on The Mark Maurer Team do for YOU?

    You might think that the profession of selling real estate is all about showing homes and taking a commission. Showing homes is certainly part of the job but any GREAT agent earns their commission. There are dozens of tasks involved in the purchase or sale of a home and each must be accomplished with precision and skill. Many…

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Mold Facts and Myths Every Homeowner Should Understand

Our good friends at Restoration 1 Kitchener have spent a great deal of time dealing with mold caused by water damage AND the myths and misconceptions surrounding mould. Recently it occurred to them that they should collect some of the most repeated of their little nuggets of mouldy wisdom into an article of some kind, so that they could get the word…

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How You Can Make Your Home Look and Feel Bigger

  What we place in our homes and how we place these items can define any given space. The world is a crowded place these days, and living spaces are shrinking fast. No matter what the actual square footage of your Kitchener-Waterloo home may be, there are so many ways to open up your space and not only make it…

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Living in Waterloo, Ontario: The Great Outdoors and So Much More

Life in a smaller city can be just as sophisticated and entertaining as a metropolitan area. You just have to choose the right small city. Waterloo, Ontario has the amenities of a bigger city but none of the hassle. The Tri-Cities area of Waterloo, Kitchener and Cambridge has quite a bit to offer! Waterloo, Ontario is studded with parks, bordered…

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Living in Kitchener-Waterloo: Best Places for Foodies

  Think the big city is the only place to get a really good meal? Don’t be fooled by the urban centers’ reputation. A smaller city can be just as gourmet as any metropolitan area. Kitchener-Waterloo has some fantastic spots that will satisfy even the most discerning foodie’s sensibilities. If you want to find out about Kitchener-Waterloo restaurants, this is…

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6 Factors That Lead to Overpricing Your Home

Overpricing your home for sale in Kitchener or Waterloo is not only a promise for headaches down the road but can actually contribute selling your home below market value. One of the most, if not the most crucial factors contributing to the successful sale of any property is – PRICE. If priced correctly, your Kitchener-Waterloo home stands the best chance…

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The Realities of Selling Your Own Home

    FSBO is a real estate industry abbreviation for the term “For Sale By Owner.” For some of you homeowners, there is a temptation to try to sell your own home when the time comes to move. It’s a tough job and homeowners seem to manage it with varying degrees of success. However, a much larger number of homeowners fail…

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