Finding the right neighbourhood We always hear the term; Location, Location, Location, however do you know what this means to you?  When looking for a new place to call home, you have to remember that it is not just the house you are moving into but also the neighbourhood, and you want to make sure it is the right fit for you and your family. Here are some things to consider when choosing the location of your new home; What do you want to be surrounded by? It is important to decide what type of setting you feel most comfortable in.  For example if having land, privacy and few neighbours is a must then you definitely want to focus your attention away from cities and highly populated areas and perhaps start looking down those country roads just on the outskirts of town. However if you prefer being close to amenities, schools and neighbours then definitely focus your attention on subdivisions and urban areas. Distance to work, family and friends  Another helpful tip is to consider the length of time it will take to get to and from work or school.  Nobody wants to be stuck in rush hour traffic everyday.  Perhaps before making any decisions, time your drive to and from and decide if it is something you are willing to do for the next couple of years.  You may also want to think about the distance in between yourself and family/friends.  For many people being close to family is a must, however that is not the case for everyone, so you will need to decide if that is a key factor or not. What is in the area? Always ask your realtor about the area you are considering to call home.  You will want to consider the distance to amenities and the demographics of the area, especially if you have children, it may be nice to be located in a neighbourhood with other families and parks nearby.  It is always a good idea to explore the area and see what is around before making an important decision. Any criminal activity? Whether you have children or it is just you moving in, do a little research on the area to ensure that you are not moving into the “sketchy” or “questionable” area of town.  You want to make sure that where you will be residing is safe.  Again this is something your realtor should be able to disclose when searching for the perfect location...

When deciding to put your home on the market, it is important to choose a realtor that you feel will provide you with the best possible service.  You want to ensure your realtor is qualified, knowledgeable and trustworthy.  These guidelines below will help you conduct an interview for realtors that will leave you with all the necessary information to make the perfect choice. 1) Background and Experience Don’t be afraid to ask questions about their backgrounds; where they grew up, their interests, why they decided to become a realtor etc.  This will help to build a personal connection with your realtor. Ask questions about their experience; How long have they been a realtor Where are their strengths ( residential, commercial, first time buyers, investment properties) What services they provide 2) Knowledge of the area  You want to make sure your realtor is knowledgeable of the area for many reasons when listing your home and/or finding you a home; Knows average sale prices of homes in the area Knows the average time a home is on the market Knows all the nearby schools and amenities, in order to properly market your home or find you a new one 3) Testimonials and Packages  Don’t be afraid to ask if your realtor has testimonials from past clients.  This is a great way to receive feedback about the performance of that realtor. You can also ask your realtor to provide you with a sellers or buyers package.  This package should be something for you to keep that outlines your realtors’ background information, experience, statistics of the brokerage and/or the realtor, mission statements, where your home is marketed and what services that specific realtor is willing to provide. 4) Review of Information Always ensure your realtor is willing to review and explain all paperwork and formalities with you.  You should never agree to, or sign anything without knowing exactly what it entails. 5) Ask Questions! Make sure you ask any and all questions that you feel your realtor should be able to answer.  Don’t let you interview end with any questions unanswered.  A good realtor should be able to make you feel comfortable and certain about your decision! ...