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Stuck beside a run down semi, Secondary suites

Dear David, We own a semi in a modest neighbourhood. My husband wants to jazz it up with a concrete drive, new kitchen, new bathroom and a fence. The home “attached” to us is somewhat run down and I fear ours can’t shine next to it. Is it better to move and invest somewhere else?

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Choosing a house, managing outdoor maintenance

Dear David, We’ve seen almost 40 houses and are struggling to choose one. Help! – FROZEN DEAR FROZEN: This sounds to me like a “failure to launch” situation, which I’ve run across a couple of times in my career. It could be that your home search is out of synch with the features you want,

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Does a fence add value? Retrospective appraisal?

Dear David, I am wondering whether a fence adds to the value of a home?  – CURIOUS DEAR CURIOUS: The quick answer to your question is yes, especially if you have a larger property. What I have found over the years, is that buyers have an easier time appreciating the true scope of a property

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Market Shifting, Neighbour’s Dead Tree

Dear David, With all the changes we are seeing in the real estate market, are we in trouble? – NERVOUS DEAR NERVOUS: When it comes to real estate sales, supply and demand change on a regular basis. As of today, it appears that we are shifting slightly out of a seller’s market and towards a

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