5 Basic House Types and Their Pros and Cons: From Bungalow to a Multi-level

 

If you’ve ever been involved in a house hunt, either for yourself or someone close to you, you’ll know that there are many different types of houses. Of course, there are differences in colour, location, materials, lot shape, and more, but there are some general construction types that describe the shape and layout of the home.

 

Each type has its pros and cons, and each has its own base of fans, depending on their preferences and their needs in a home.

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New Build versus Resale Home – What’s the Difference?

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The opportunity to buy greenfield new builds is quickly slowing down due to the growth boundaries put on the Region of Waterloo. However, there are still many options for home buyers wanting something that hasn’t been occupied before, from infill townhouses to condos in the downtown core. So if you are looking for something new- you totally can have it.

 

But for those looking for something older with character and in a more established neighbourhood, Kitchener Waterloo has those options too! From our tell-a-tale yellow brick Victorian houses, cute little bungalows on the East End, to the old, winding roads of Colonial Acres and the stately homes of the 60’s, there is a housing type for everyone.

 

The question is: what are you looking for?

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4 Things Couples Must Agree on When Purchasing a Home

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Couples don’t have to agree on everything in life, everyone is entitled to their own opinion. However, when home hunting, there are some basic points on which a couple must agree if they are to happily spend the next few years living under the same roof.

 

After going on home hunting trips with several dozens of couples, I’m confident that I have nailed down the key points on which couples buying homes have to agree on before they make an offer on anything. Otherwise, figuring out where the opinions overlap can take a lot of time and grief, leading to missed opportunities and potential for tension in the future.

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Landscaping Trends for 2018 that the Low-Maintenance Homeowner Will Love

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Whether you have just moved in and consider your new yard a clean slate, or really want to update your garden this year, the landscaping trends of 2018 have inspired me to start planning early and keep an eye out for the items that I need to turn my property into an oasis.

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6 Little Pre-Sale Investments That Can Raise Your List Price by Up to $10,000

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When selling a home, the goal is to get the highest offer price (and profit margin) possible with the best conditions for you. Everyone has their own way of trying to attain this, from first completing extensive renovations, to doing almost nothing and hoping that the market carries them through.

Most often the best course of action is to do some sprucing up before the “For Sale” sign goes on the lawn. However, the key is to do things that don’t cost too much yet bring a significant increase to the listing price, or at least the price that buyers are willing to pay for your home.

Here are 6 ideas that I have seen work in the past and could be something for future sellers to consider doing before putting up their properties for sale:

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Ride the Real Estate Wave of 2018 by Investing in Vacation Properties

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To make the most of a “wave”, you need to catch it early. One such wave was buying properties in Toronto and renting them out. Then came the wave of rehabilitating properties outside of the GTA and making them attractive to people fleeing the rising prices there. There have been plenty before and there will be plenty more trends, but sensing when one is about to form and investing in it as soon as possible gives the best returns.

 

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Why Kitchener Waterloo is the Best City to Raise a Family in

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Almost everyone has a point in life when they want to benefit from the energy and anonymity of the big city. However, after a few years of personal and professional experience, many decide that they want a different pace for their family. They look for areas that are safe, affordable, have good school boards, and give their kids (or future kids) opportunities for growth.

 

They look for places like Kitchener Waterloo.

 

With a population of 583,500 and an average home price of $458,750, the Region of Waterloo has become attractive for those considering leaving Toronto or even those moving from other areas of Canada or abroad. What are those key features making it a winner for many young families?

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