Housing

The Institute: September Luxury Market Report

The Institute’s Luxury Market Report is your guide to an analysis on the trends and comparative data on the top-residential markets throughout Canada and the United States. September’s report reviews the current statistics for the luxury market in North America month over month, as well as the 13-month trend. This month we review the return of a more normal pace in the luxury real estate market, but explain why it might be too soon to start calling it a buyer’s market. The markers are there for change, but much will depend on two different criteria: 1.) whether inventory levels rise this...

Contractors Work

Why You Should Look for Contractors Before You Have a Problem

If your roof is leaking or you have another urgent problem with your house, you’ll need to have a contractor repair it as soon as possible so it doesn’t get worse. Finding a qualified contractor can be a complex process, but you won’t have much time to do your homework if water is pouring through the ceiling. If you research contractors in advance, you’ll be prepared should an issue arise, and you’ll be able to avoid further problems. You Will Be Able to Find a Qualified and Reputable Company Not all contractors provide the same level of work and have...

Real Estate Brokerage

Brokerage Safety and Security Checklist, 4 Critical Steps to Take Today

The real estate industry is a dangerous one. Even for agents who feel capable, even in areas that seem safe, there is always the possibility of a life-or-death situation arising during the many long hours agents spend alone, often in unfamiliar neighborhoods. Follow these four steps to “Lead with Safety” and protect yourself as you work. Establish a Strong Safety Culture Safety culture starts at the top. If agents, staff, teams, and vendors know that safety is important to you, it will be important to them, too. The benefits of a safe work culture include reducing liability, increasing morale, and...

Homee

5 Habits of Clean People That You Can Adopt in Your Home

For some, keeping house comes naturally. For others, particularly those with young children, it can feel like a constant battle. If your home is not as tidy as you would like, implementing some carefully chosen new habits can be all that it takes to tip the scales. Make cleaning and tidying more manageable than ever before by adopting these habits “clean people” already know. Leave Your Shoes by the Door Sometimes, the secret to keeping your home clean and tidy is to simply avoid dirtying it at all. Your shoes are host to grime and germs that accumulate throughout the...

Home Renovation

10 Ways to Make Your Home Look Expensive on a Budget

No matter the value of the space we call home, we want it to look as luxurious as possible, even on a small budget. Decorators share tips on small upgrades that add more than their money’s worth of grace and glamour. Quick tip: choose one or two as your budget permits. A Grand Entrance – First impressions begin at the doorway. Start with a clean and freshly painted door, add a nice doormat and a potted plant or two and be sure the entryway is effectively lighted at night. Attractive Lighting – Good lighting can bathe a room in luxury, and a huge array...

Real Estate Agent

What to Look for in a Luxury Real Estate Agent

Especially when buying a luxury home, it’s essential to work with an agent who is deeply versed in the high-end market and can guide you every step of the way. If you’re looking to buy or sell a luxury property, your time and privacy are of high priority. When you’re ready to buy or sell your luxury home, here are some tips to help you select the real estate agent who will be the best fit for you. Luxury Real Estate Experience While decades of professional experience in other professional fields is an asset to real estate agents, it’s essential...

Real Estate

Batten Down the Hatches: Real Estate Coaches Discuss How to Thrive in the Face of a Recession

You’ve heard the whispers and seen the headlines. The housing market is changing, and a recession could be on the horizon. While that term carries emotional baggage for folks who remember 2008 and 2009, it also means that real estate agents will need to rethink their gameplans to keep the ball rolling in the right direction as the market shifts. RISMedia spoke with several prominent real estate coaches to delve into what strategies agents should implement to better withstand and thrive during a potential economic downturn that could bring a mixed bag of consumer implications. Speakers:  Darryl Davis, CSP, founder...

Real Estate Housing

3 Housing Options for Lower Income Buyers

Do you have a smaller budget but want to own a home and start building equity?When you are looking at housing options for a lower income, it can seem like an uphill struggle. But if you are willing to look at less traditional property types, you might have more options than you realize.Some types of houses for low-income buyers allow you to build a home on a budget that will last for decades. We look at three options for people on a lower income.Shipping container homesIf you like the idea of recycling as much as possible, using a shipping container for...

Home Inspection

Routine Inspections are Important, Even If Your Roof Is New

Roofing problems are sometimes obvious, but they often go unnoticed for years. Then, when a homeowner realizes there’s an issue, the situation is so serious that the roof requires significant repairs or replacement. Routine roof inspections can prevent this type of scenario. You should have your roof inspected once a year, plus after a major storm or any time you suspect there may be a problem. Regular Inspections Can Detect Problems Before They Get Worse Often, a roof leak occurs because a minor problem wasn’t found and addressed. Roof issues can be hard to spot from the ground. Even if...

Tips to Properly Clean an Oven

Tips to Properly Clean an Oven

From day-to-day cooking to baking your show stopping dessert that everyone requests at potlucks, it’s no wonder that your oven gets its fair share of grime and buildup. While cleaning your oven might be a chore that everyone loathes, modern ovens make it more simple than ever before. With a few key tips, you can keep your oven looking great for years to come. Clean It Regularly Like any other cleaning task, the longer you wait to complete it, the more difficult the job. For this reason, experts recommend that ovens should be cleaned every 3-6 months. Just like any...