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New vs. Pre-Owned Homes: 10 Important Things To Consider

Buying new vs preowned home

When you go searching for your perfect home, you’re going to find all kinds of options. Some buyers have a strong preference for new builds versus pre-owned homes, while others are open to whichever best suits their needs.

In this post, you’ll find some tips and information that may help inform that decision. At the very least, you’ll learn issues to watch for and questions to ask of your real estate agent as you evaluate and compare your options.

Make sure you’re taking these factors into consideration in your home search.


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Property Maintenance Checklist

bill mcfarlane property maintenance checklist

The changing seasons are always a great reminder that it’s time to take care of the checks, updates, and routine maintenance that keep our homes and property looking their best.

Freezing temperatures, snow and ice, spring melt, winds, and sun can all take their toll. Taking the time to conscientiously work your way through this checklist at least once per season can help you catch any issues before they become major problems. Keeping to a regular schedule can help you catch small issues before they become big problems and protect the value of your home.

You may not need to check every item on the list each and every season. You’ll see which items are recommended for spring, fall, once annually, or as needed in the infographic below.

Feel free to print a copy and keep it handy. Or, bookmark this page so you can return to it as you carry out your inspection and maintenance duties.


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Owen Sound Real Estate Guide

Owen Sound Real Estate Guide

Thinking of relocating to or investing in Owen Sound? In this guide, you’ll find key demographics, average home prices, things to do and more.

Owen Sound has fast become known as a hub of arts and culture, destination for outdoors adventures, and the ultimate place to find work-life balance. This modern city of 21,000 serves as city centre for much of the larger region of Grey and Bruce counties, and many who live outside the city boundaries visit daily for employment, shopping, school, healthcare and more.


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9 Real Estate FAQs for Grey & Bruce Home Buyers

9 Real Estate FAQs for Grey & Bruce Home Buyers

The current real estate market is on fire so if you’re thinking of putting your property up for sale, there’s no better time than now. 

However, if you’re looking to buy, current real estate conditions can feel like a minefield — especially for first time buyers. In this post, you’ll learn some common real estate terms to help you evaluate listings and see the questions buyers ask most often when trying to purchase real estate in a fast-moving market.

1. Are Low-Ball Offers Advisable?

When considering a low ball offer that’s below the asking price, you run the risk of souring a prospective sale. They are commonly rejected unless the property is overpriced to begin with, therefore before making your offer, it is advised to research some influencing factors which might sway the seller’s decision. 


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The Final Walkthrough: What to Expect as the Seller

The Final Walkthrough: What to Expect as the Seller

If you’re selling your home, the final walk-through is an important part of the process. But what is it, and are there any special considerations you should keep in mind?

In this column, you’ll learn what to expect, how to get prepared, and what you can do if there are any issues during your final walkthrough. Use this guide to help reduce stress and avoid any confusion as you finalize your real estate transaction!

What is the final walkthrough?

The final walkthrough occurs just a day or two before closing on the house. It allows the buyer to give the premises a last look over before completing the purchase. 


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Tips for Protecting Your Privacy When Selling Your Home

Selling your home is an exercise in trust, and it can be stressful to have strangers walking through your home. There are a few safeguards to keep in mind to protect your privacy while allowing potential buyers access to their future dream home. 

De-personalize your house

Not all of the people who attend open houses are interested in buying your home. (You know a couple of the neighbours from down the street will check out your home if you have just renovated.) Criminals regularly scope out potential targets by casually touring an open house. 


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Buying in a Hot Market

The real estate market has been on fire for a few months now. If you’re selling, there’s never been a better time to put your house on the market. If you are trying to buy, however, it’s a cutthroat market with many properties being sold astronomically above the asking price. It is possible to find a home to buy in a red-hot market, if you follow these tips.


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10 Steps to a Successful Relocation Move to Owen Sound & Area

Moving to a new, unfamiliar community can be very exciting, but it’s also a major life decision filled with emotion and change. Whether you choose to move to Owen Sound or any of the other towns in Grey and Bruce counties, we know you’ll find lots of friendly people to welcome you. 

To make your transition go smoother, consider these suggestions:


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Why People Choose New Construction Homes

Why People Choose New Construction Homes

When it’s time to buy a new home, you may be wondering whether to build a house from the ground up or choose an already well-loved home. 

It’s not always an easy decision. While the financial aspect of purchasing a home certainly plays a large part, so do lifestyle and convenience factors. Which house is the best for you — a new build or an existing home? Let’s look at some of the factors that will play into your decision.

The appeal of a new build home

There are a number of compelling reasons people choose to build a new home, or to purchase directly from the builder.


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FAQ: Buying a House in Grey and Bruce

FAQ: Buying in Grey and Bruce

Thinking of buying a house in Grey-Bruce? Here are some of the questions we most often get from clients.

Where can I buy property in Grey and Bruce?

Our region has an abundance of beautiful properties along the shores of Lake Huron and Georgian Bay, up the Bruce Peninsula, throughout our rural areas, and in our many small towns.

The largest urban centre in the region is Owen Sound, with a population of 21,341. Other major towns include Saugeen Shores, Hanover, Meaford, Kincardine, and Walkerton. The Bruce Peninsula features the town of Wiarton at its base, Lion’s Head in the middle, and Tobermory at the tip. 

How much do homes cost in Grey-Bruce?

The average price for homes sold in Grey and Bruce counties surpassed $502,000 in September, 2020. That marked an increase of about $100,000 or 23.5% over the year prior.


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