The Importance of Marketing Your Home to Sell

The Importance of Marketing Your Home to Sell

The importance of marketing a home to sell is a detail that is often overlooked. Selling your home is a big deal, and frankly, quite a large transaction, so doing things cost effectively is often top of mind for a seller. That said, the importance of positioning your home so that it stands out from the crowd has been proven time and time again. So why does marketing matter? 

The Fallacy of List Price

The Fallacy of List Price

Us in the Real Estate business are always faced with the issue of price... or more accurately the "list price" of the homes we act as purchasers agent or the homes we list ourselves for sale. You may not realize it, but we are always asking other agents their thoughts on price as well. I always ask other agents "What do you think of the price?". When they say it is priced correctly I always take credit, when they say it's overpriced, I always say it was the vendors choice... just kidding (I can hear the other agents snickering).

Canadian Misconceptions in American Residential Investment Properties

Canadian Misconceptions in American Residential Investment Properties

There are many misconceptions by Canadians about buying investment properties in America. This is due to both the type of taxation and geographic challenges inherent in this process. Of the most popular misconceptions is that of the automatic 30% withholding tax on all rents (income) that the IRS states is a mandatory flat tax. This usually means the property manager collects it for them...

Removing Barriers for Affordable Housing in Every Level of Government.

Removing Barriers for Affordable Housing in Every Level of Government.

There has been a lot of political discussion recently about affordable housing. It is often thought that this domain involves exclusively social housing, as in the case of our marketplace, those properties managed by Newfoundland and Labrador Housing or, to a lesser extent, The City of St. John’s, which are all income tested. While an important issue in itself this discussion does not discuss social housing but rather that segment of the marketplace dominated by what is erroneously referred to a “the working poor”...

designNotes Feature: All About That Brass

designNotes Feature: All About That Brass

Our Design Studio Coordinator, Sara is becoming a regular feature in Downhome's local Home & Cabin Magazine. Her sense of style is on display yet again in the magazine's Spring 2015 issue. Grab a copy and turn to page 24 to see some ideas for decorating with bold and glamorous brass. You decide if you want to splurge or save on this timeless metal:

Interior looks to love from some of Newfoundland's Best Designers

Interior looks to love from some of Newfoundland's Best Designers

Our Design Studio Coordinator, Sara Kirby, has made a great name for herself in the local design scene. Recently she's been featured out Downhome's Home & Cabin publication as a guest contributor and featured designer quite regularly. 

Tips for keeping your home warm, comfortable and energy efficient

Tips for keeping your home warm, comfortable and energy efficient

Taking the time to ensure that your home is energy-efficient can be a bit daunting at first, but it is an important step to ensuring that your home is warm and comfortable for you and your family. Changing your habits and making some small upgrades can go a long way toward saving energy in your home. Our experts have compiled some quick tips to help keep you on track year-round.