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“Your home sold or I’ll buy it”

Dear David, I want to sell my home quickly. I hear that some companies in town will buy my house if it doesn’t sell right away. Is this a good bet? –  HOPEFUL DEAR HOPEFUL: There are many agents in our area who advertise that they will buy your house if it doesn’t sell. These

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What should I look for in a Realtor?

Dear David: This entire city seems to be filled with real estate advertising. I need an agent to sell my house, but I’m not sure how to narrow my choices. What should I be looking for? –  UNCERTAIN DEAR UNCERTAIN: With over 2,500 local Realtors and close to 100,000 agents registered across Ontario, the options

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Struggling to pick a downsizing option

DEAR DAVID: my spouse and I are in our sixties and will be retiring soon. We want to sell our family home and downsize, but we’re struggling with having so many options. This will be our final move and we want to get it right. Any tips? – WEIGHING THE PROS AND CONS DEAR WEIGHING:

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Is virtual staging a good idea?

Dear David: I’ve heard that some people are using virtual staging to sell their homes. Do you think this is a good idea? – LOOKING SHARP DEAR SHARP: Virtual staging has long been the purview of architects and decorators, and it’s growing in popularity with Realtors as well. When trying to sell a vacant home

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Why was my showing over in 2 minutes?

Dear David: We’ve been spending a lot of time getting our house ready for showings. We are disappointed when buyers book appointments, but only stay for a few minutes. In one case, we watched an agent stand on our porch and chat on his phone while his clients went through our house. How do we

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“Groundhog Day” down payment tip for first-time buyers

Dear David: We’re saving for our first home and are almost there. It feels like the hardest part is getting our down payment together. Any tips? – SCRIMP & SAVE DEAR S&S: Last week was Groundhog Day. While this is typically memorable for Wiarton Willie’s weather predictions, it also marks the time for first time

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