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One of the best things about buying a home is no longer waiting on a landlord to fix any issues that may come up in your living space. On the other hand, one of the worst things about owning a home is that any issues that do arise on your property are entirely your responsibility. That’s why, when you become a homeowner, one of the most important things you need to do is familiarize yourself with the most common tasks you may need to complete should an issue ever arise. Here are some of the top contenders:

1) How to Shut Off Your Water

Water damage can be one of the most costly repairs you may encounter as a homeowner. And knowing how to stop it before it gets out of hand may just be the difference between a few minutes with the mop and a

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Earlier this year, with the statistics forecasting our best year yet, no one could have imagined the impact of COVID-19 on the Saskatoon real estate market. Self-isolation and social distancing were things we had never even dreamed of and they quickly became our reality without much warning. Soon after, the market slowed dramatically, leaving both buyers and sellers worried what the future would hold. 

Luckily, though, the warmer weather brought with it a sunnier outlook, and as recoveries continue to rise, so do sales. This means, if you’ve been toying with the idea of selling your home in 2020, this summer is a fantastic time to do so—and here’s why:

#1 - Awesomely Low Interest Rates

With the current economic climate in the state that it is

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In the season of social distancing and staying at home, COVID-19 has impacted our economy harder than I believe any of us could have ever imagined. Stocks plummeted, gas prices reminded me of my teenage years, and travel is quickly becoming more and more of a distant memory. On the other hand, though, sports and fitness companies have seen more activity than ever and toilet paper has officially become a new currency!

With so many parts of the economy impacted in vastly different ways, it’s hard to know how every market is doing. So it only makes sense that one of the most common questions I’m getting right now is about how real estate has fared throughout all of this. And, let me tell you, it’s been a bit of a rollercoaster.

COVID-19’s Impact on

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Home to a fantastically diverse population, Saskatoon features many different neighborhoods to choose from. Whether you’d prefer mature and settled or new and bustling, you can find it here in the City of Bridges! 

If you’re looking for the right neighbourhood to start your home search, there are many things to take into consideration, like lifestyle, access to amenities, and community life. Here are some of the most popular neighbourhoods in Saskatoon right now:

Nutana

The original settlement of Saskatoon, Nutana is situated right along the South Saskatchewan River and is one of the most popular neighbourhoods in the city. Not only does it offer easy access to the natural beauty of the river views and Rotary Park, but it’s also just a

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If you’ve ever fallen in love with a horse, there’s a good chance you may have found yourself Googling “equestrian properties for sale” before you even realized it. And, if you have, you may even have found a few promising properties for sale! As promising as they look, though, if you’ve never bought a horse property before, you may be understandably feeling a little lost when it comes to what you should be looking for. Be assured, though, you are not alone! 

Many aspiring horse property owners like yourself will feel unsure in their real estate search. But, by simply following these 8 simple tips, buying a horse property of your very own can be a breeze!

1. Find a Knowledgeable REALTOR®

Just as you wouldn’t expect a dog-lover to possess

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For many first time home buyers especially, the common misconception is that the only costs of buying a house is the price of the home itself. However, unlike buying a new TV, where you simply pay the cost, grab the box, and walk out the doors, buying a house means quite a few financial steps to get to the finish line. Here are just a few of the most common costs associated with buying a house:

Down Payment

In order to obtain a mortgage from a lender, you’ll need to provide proof of financial stability and income in the form of a down payment. Usually this is anywhere between 5% and 20% of a home’s purchase price, but it can certainly be more than that, if you can afford it! Though, the minimum down payment required in Canada is 5%, and anything

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With hundreds of acres of land spanning the province, Saskatchewan is a great place to be if farming is your passion! Whether it be crop production or livestock you’re planning for, here in the land of the living skies, there’s a plot for you if you know what it is you’re looking for. Regardless of whether you’re a new or experienced farmer, buying farmland can often be quite a confusing process. But all it takes is asking the right questions to feel more secure in your investment. 

Here’s what to ask when buying farmland:

What Type of Farmland Are You Looking For?

For those less experienced in the agricultural industry, you may think that all it takes to start a farm is just a couple hundred acres of land. However, depending on the type of

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When selling your home, the goal is to make it look its best to make a fantastic first impression on potential buyers, similar to getting dressed up for a blind date. And, just like a blind date, that pressure to impress can easily have us feeling self-conscious about each and every detail, wondering exactly what we need to do to get everything in tip top shape. 

If you’re selling your home and find yourself similarly self-conscious and stressed, here’s a handy checklist to keep you confident that you’ve done all you can before every showing.

#1 - Start Outside & Boost Your Curb Appeal

While it’s easy to become fixating on cleaning up all the clutter indoors, it’s important to remember that the very first impression being made on potential

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One of the most common questions I get when working with new clients, especially first time home buyers, is “what’s the difference between a buyer’s market and a seller’s market?” These terms are commonly discussed when talking about real estate and have been particularly sensationalized on television. But while you may know them and have a general understanding of what they mean, the details of what makes these markets actually are may be a little less clear. So, let’s clarify that, shall we?

What is a Seller’s Market?

A seller’s market is when there are more buyers in the market than there are homes for sale. This means the demand for housing is higher than the actual supply of homes available, so sellers are at an advantage. They know that

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You’ve heard it over and over again, “Why are you still renting? You’re just paying someone else’s mortgage!” And, while that’s technically true, making the move from tenant to owner is a huge step, and one that should never be taken lightly! If you think you’re ready to start wading into the water of being a first time home buyer in Saskatoon, here are a few questions to ask before getting started:

 

1. Am I Financially Ready to Become a First Time Home Buyer?

Just because you’re “paying someone else’s mortgage”, doesn’t necessarily mean you can afford to pay your own just yet! The benefit of tenancy is the option to call it quits after the conditions of your term are met; you can just wipe your hands and walk away. As a homeowner,

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