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4 Things Proactive Homeowners Do in September

Ah, September. The weather is changing, and we're getting back to our normal, post-summer routines. It's also a great time to give the house a little extra love and maintenance... Stain the... Read More

7 Landscaping Mistakes People Make

Before you rush into planting your dream yard, keep a few tips in mind. You can just picture it: a pretty cottage garden overflowing your front yard, with tons of heavy, scented... Read More

Is Local Real Estate at Risk of Overheating?

Had it been asked one year ago, if the Canadian real estate market was at risk of overheating, the answer would probably have been “absolutely not.” In fact, when the COVID-19... Read More

Renos That Pay Off On Resale

If you’re planning to do some home renovations that pay off on the resale market, you’re not alone. Renovations are the premise behind many successful house-flipping... Read More

Double Digit Price Gains In The Market

Canada’s housing boom is now spread so widely across the country that 41 markets — from Halifax in the east to Abbotsford, BC in the west — recorded double-digit annual price... Read More

Winnipeg’s Record-Breaking Activity Continues...

Is the Winnipeg real estate market deterring first-time homebuyers? At first glance, it would appear that the monumental growth of the city’s housing market is preventing young... Read More

Inside Manitoba’s Hottest Real Estate Markets

In January 2021, the number of properties sold across Manitoba was up a jaw-dropping 28% from January 2020. With numbers like this, it’s no surprise that Manitoba is in demand, as one of... Read More

Buyer's Fear of Missing Out

It’s clear that the pandemic likely won’t be causing a double-digit percentage drop in Canadian home prices as some economists had predicted back in 2020.The market is now... Read More

Affordability Comparison Between US and Canada

The US and Canada endured a historic economic downturn. The two neighbours faced a once-in-a-century global health pandemic. Washington and Ottawa broke the budget to cushion the economic blows... Read More

Why Buying a Home in Winter is Awesome

  It might seem counter-intuitive, but buying a home in winter – from house-hunting, to getting all your worldly belongings from point A to point B – can... Read More

Will Real Estate Prices Cool This Winter?

  The COVID-19 pandemic shook the Canadian (and global) economy, causing business closures and job losses across many industries. But the public health crisis has failed to drive a stake... Read More

10 Pre-Winter Tips Before The Snow Falls

You’re still revelling in the heat of summer, but believe it on now, winter is coming. Once September hits, you’ll want to start working your way through this fall home... Read More

Home Maintenance Tips For September

Fall’s cooler temps are perfect for deck and yard improvements. Ah, September. The weather is changing, and we're getting back to our normal, post-summer routines. It's also a... Read More

Make Your Yard A Bug-Free Zone

  Be the home on the block that bugs run from. Image: TLC Gardens/David Winger Photography A lush spot for outdoor entertaining? Great. Perfect. A constant... Read More

How Tech Helps You Buy or Sell a Home

  With most of the country staying home, it's not your typical spring real estate season.  You'd think social distancing has made it difficult to meet with your bank lenders, or... Read More

Organize Your Home In a Month - In an Hour a Day

A super-easy plan for getting organized without adding to your home-is-school, home-is-work, home-is-everything time burden. Did you ever notice that your self-improvement... Read More

COVID-19 Relief Measures To Help Canadians

      Buying or selling a house is a big undertaking under normal circumstances, let alone in the midst of a pandemic. With economic impacts and the uncertainty that... Read More

5 Things Perfect Outdoor Entertaining Spaces Do

  Image: Urbanism Designs Outdoor entertaining spaces aren't always equal when it comes to home value (think about that house with the falling-down... Read More

The Most Common Spring Cleaning Mistakes

Don’t open the windows. That spring breeze is no help at all.   Once there's even a glimmer of spring, you're ready to throw open your windows and let the breeze blow away the... Read More

5 Critical Home Office Designs

  Photo by Mia Baker on Unsplash It was supposed to be the area where I sat down and solved my clients’ problems, but after watching my daughter come in to sit... Read More

Cleaning Tips To Combat Covid-19

A bleach solution or rubbing alcohol is your best bet for keeping your home sanitized. There’s everyday clean, guest clean, and then there’s COVID-19 clean. Let’s get... Read More

Smart Ways To Spend Your Tax Refund

With tax season right around the corner, many Canadians are collecting their tax slips outlining your earnings and investments, gathering receipts and perhaps you’re even planning how to... Read More

Winnipeg Real Estate is Very Affordable!

Winnipeg real estate prices have been on an incline, but despite the growth, the city’s housing market ranked #2 of 16 Canadian cities when it comes to... Read More

How Much Is A Down Payment?

Rising housing prices are putting some homebuyers into a tough spot. A 2020 RE/MAX report reveals that 38 per cent of Canadians named high housing prices as... Read More

The 3 Most Affordable Markets for Home Buyers

  Owning a home is more accessible than you might think, especially if you look beyond Toronto and Vancouver. Attention-grabbing headlines highlighting pricey homes in Canada’s... Read More

Interest Rates Heading For A Cut This Spring

Photo: Oliver Mallich/Flickr A consensus is emerging among economists tracking the trajectory of Canadian interest rates for 2020: rates are heading down in the first half of the... Read More

10 Most Popular Kitchen Upgrades

The 2020 U.S. Houzz Kitchen Trends Study sheds some light on the most-coveted kitchen remodeling projects.  1. Large islands with... Read More

4 Reasons Why Your Home Isn't Selling

Photo: christian koch / Unsplash If you thought selling a home was as easy as plonking a ‘for sale’ sign on the lawn and waiting by the phone, think again. In... Read More

Top 14 Features Millennials Are After

We’ve rounded up the most sought-after features among today’s Millennial homebuyers.   1. Garage Photo: bevolo/Instagram 2. Large... Read More

4 Reasons Staging Your Home Makes a Difference

We’ve been told not to judge a book by its cover, but first impressions usually impact our decision-making, whether we care to admit it or not. Therefore, a well-staged home typically... Read More

6 Hidden Expenses Buyers Often Forget

Buying a house is one of the biggest purchases you will make in your lifetime and a lot goes into the planning and finances of purchasing a home, especially if it is your first home. From a... Read More

Winnipeg Market Outlook 2020

Winnipeg to remain a balanced market in 2020, prices to increase 2% The Winnipeg housing market is currently balanced, which is expected to prevail in 2020 as a result of reasonable prices... Read More

Where Does The Couch Go?!

  Modern-Day Tips for Arranging Your Furniture By Laura Love Bardell @ REMAX.COM Today’s couches are so much more than the three-seater pieces of days past. Sectionals are... Read More

11 Fresh Holiday Colour Palettes

...for those who are tired of red & green! If you're getting tired of the same old, same old when it comes to holiday decorating, let's shake things up with a brand new color palette! Use the... Read More

How To String Xmas Lights & Save $$

  You’ll need a partner. And some heavy-duty extension cords... Image: Susan Vineyard/Getty Christmas lights can be modest displays to show... Read More

7 Organization Tips for Your Holiday Gear

  Storage tips that’ll make packing up jollier. Image: iHeart Organizing Decking the halls is good fun and all, but shuffling through piles of wreaths,... Read More

Preparing Your House for Winter

5 Crucial Cold Weather Tips for Preparing Your House for Winter Our winterizing your home checklist will help you keep your house cozy and safe from winter’s frigid... Read More

How To Keep Your Pipes From Freezing

  5 Tricks to Keep Your Pipes from Exploding This Winter Even if you think they’ve already started to freeze. Image: Skowronek/Shutterstock ... Read More

16 Rules Every Organized House Follows

  Homes don’t clean themselves. But these easy-peasy rules (wake and make!) will make you feel like they do. Here's the thing you may have noticed... Read More

Spot the 9 Problems With This House

Telltale signs you’re flubbing homeowner maintenance, like parking on grass... Image: HouseLogic   You've closed on your first home. You got your keys. You got your... Read More

5 Trees That'll Withstand The Worst Storms

  More curb appeal, less hassle. That’s what these trees offer. Image: Claus Nedergaard Don't spend your time during a storm side-eyeing the towering... Read More

Front Door Options: Don’t Make the Wrong Choice

  Not all exterior doors are equal. Here are the pros, cons, and costs of different types. Image: Natalie Valls Not only does replacing your front door kick... Read More

Summer Home Maintenance Tips

  Invest in quality tools while they’re on sale this month. Image: Devyn Caldwell Temps start to soar in June when days start to get longer. Stop... Read More

How to Keep Your House Cool Without AC

  You don’t have to switch on the air conditioner to get a big chill this summer. These tips will help you keep your house cool without AC, which will save energy... Read More

Program Your Thermostat the Right Way

  According to a study by the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, nearly 90% of Americans say they’ve rarely (or never) programmed their thermostat because... Read More

Buy Your First Home in One Year

A real yard. Closets bigger than your average microwave. The freedom to decorate however you darn well please! Making the switch from renting to owning is exhilarating, but many... Read More

10 Clever Uses for Hydrogen Peroxide

  Non-toxic. Low-cost. Hydrogen peroxide is your cleaning arsenal’s secret weapon. When it’s time to clean, have your trusty green cleaners at the ready... Read More

8 Ways New Homeowners Wreck Their Yards

Avoid these rookie mistakes to keep everything beautiful. You’ve done it. You own a house with a yard. The great outdoors. Amber waves of grain. OK, maybe not grain, and ideally... Read More

Replace or Reface Your Kitchen Cabinets?

  Refacing kitchen cabinets might be “superficial,” but the results and savings are dramatic! Refacing your kitchen cabinets includes covering the exposed... Read More

Time To Check Your Sump Pump!

  Ah, spring. The birds are chirping, the sun is shining, and the melting snow and rain are causing the groundwater levels to rise, putting you at risk of a flooded basement. Most of... Read More

8 Ways To Remove Pet Smells

You probably only think you’ve eliminated pet odors for your Open House. Here’s how to make sure so you don't 'Smell-Out Potential Buyers!!" Having pet odors inside... Read More

DIY Ideas Just In Time For Valentine's Day

Roses are red; violets are blue — here are romantic improvements that add value, too! Just in time for Valentine’s Day: home improvement ideas to make you and your home... Read More

7 Worst Habits Homeowners Need to Break

  Guilty of buying cheap stuff? Pack-ratting? Here’s how to change your ways. Bad habits are so easy to fall into. But in the end, we know they only make us... Read More

8 Things Inspectors Won't Tell You

  What’s included in a home inspection may not be as important as what isn’t.   A home inspection may feel like a final exam, but it’s not... Read More

Organize Your Home In Less Than An Hour

    Did you ever notice that your self-improvement pacts with yourself are action oriented? Walk 10,000 steps a day. Fix that leaky faucet..... But “get... Read More

Fall Landscaping Tips & Ideas

  Fall landscaping preparation ideas ready your yard for a long winter and glorious spring. Fall landscaping chores are your last chance to prepare your property for... Read More

Tips to Stop that Back to School Clutter!

The new school year is always stressful, so don’t let back-to-school clutter make matters worse. Here are ways to cut down on clutter chaos. When your kids go back to school... Read More

August Tasks Before the Winter Face Mask

You’ll Be Glad You Did These 4 August Tasks When January Comes!!! #1 Call the Snow Plow Now If you live in snow-prone areas, now’s the time to get your name... Read More

4 Must Haves for The Easiest-to-Clean Bathroom

  A toilet that’s missing those annoying, nasty grooves? Sign us up. No matter if you keep your home sealed tight, leave the windows open, have a steady stream of... Read More

6 Tips to Dump Your Ugly Tub for a Gorgeous Shower

  The No. 1 thing to avoid: getting rid of your only tub. Imagine a spacious shower with no slippery porcelain hump to step over … and no more battles with the... Read More

5 Preventable Disasters for New Homeowners!

New homeowners can be a little 'clueless' when it comes to disasters in and around the home... Like what to do when a tree falls... You know what to do if someone is having a... Read More

Important Items New Homeowners Need to Know!

  You might be tempted to fiddle with one of these to get super water pressure. Don’t. Just don’t. If only homes were as user-friendly as a smart phone when... Read More

What Should Be in an Emergency Survival Kit?

Preparing and keeping a fully stocked home emergency preparedness kit could be the key to your family’s safety if disaster strikes. Your Most Important Papers If a flood... Read More

How to Fix Gutter Slopes and Other Common Gutter Problems

  Maintaining gutters is the most important thing you can do to prevent water damage to your home. Gutters are designed to do one thing — channel water away from the... Read More

5 ‘Gotta-Dos’ In April for a Worry-Free Summer

Battle bugs before they bite (or sting!) you — and check the attic for problems. Tackling five simple tasks now gives you a head start on spring. That will leave you plenty of worry-free... Read More

6 Tips Homeowners Overlook with Spring Cleaning

We've done some research of the years and have discovered 6 things that homeowners tend to overlook when it comes to Spring Cleaning! #1 – INSPECT & CLEAN THE VACUUM – A... Read More

Roof Leaks

Roof leaks are one of the leading causes of preventable property damage. A leaking roof can be disruptive and costly, and can eventually cause mold, damage to interior finishes, and even... Read More

7 Features That Date Your Home

7 FEATURES THAT DATE YOUR HOME 7 Features That Date Your Home Thu, October 1, 2015 There’s a fine – and often subjective—line between “vintage” and... Read More

Easy Greening for Homeowners

EASY GREENING FOR HOMEOWNERS Now is a great time for homeowners to take steps toward saving energy and reducing their environmental impact. While replacing those old leaky windows and installing... Read More

3 Ways to Separate Wants & Needs in a New Home

RE/MAX HOUSING BLOG 3 Ways to Separate Wants from Needs in a New Home Wed, June 17, 2015 Rolling Stones fans and savvy homebuyers both know you can’t always get what... Read More

9 Kitchen Trends That Can't Go Wrong

Your kitchen is the one place where you want to be really careful about trendy choices. The last thing you want is a kitchen that’s out of sync in just a few years simply because you... Read More

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Dealing With Back-to-School Jitters - Part 5 of a 5 Part Series

If your child is dreading their return to the classroom, try these solutions!Going from long, lazy summer days back to the rigors of a classroom can be a bumpy road for your child. It... Read More

Dealing With Back-to-School Jitters - Part 3 of a 5 Part Series

If your child is dreading their return to the classroom, try these solutions!Going from long, lazy summer days back to the rigors of a classroom can be a bumpy road for your child. It... Read More

Dealing With Back-to-School Jitters - Part 4 of a 5 Part Series

If your child is dreading their return to the classroom, try these solutions!Going from long, lazy summer days back to the rigors of a classroom can be a bumpy road for your child. It... Read More

Dealing With Back-to-School Jitters - Part 2 of a 5 Part Series

If your child is dreading their return to the classroom, try these solutions! Going from long, lazy summer days back to the rigors of a classroom can be a bumpy road for your child.... Read More

Dealing with Back-to-School Jitters - Part 1 of a 5 Part Series

If your child is dreading their return to the classroom, try these solutions!Going from long, lazy summer days back to the rigors of a classroom can be a bumpy road for your child. It is... Read More

Benefits of Home Staging

  There are two main benefits of home staging: faster selling time and higher sales price of real estate.According to the National Association of Realtors, staged homes sell 80% quicker, and... Read More

The Kitchen Spring Cleaning Everyone Should Do (But Doesn’t)

  by MARYANN TOMOVICH JACOBSEN, MS, RD on MAY 23, 2014 This is Kitchen Revamp, a new ongoing series about simplifying cooking in my house I was reaching for a can of kidney beans... Read More

Should You Move Or Remodel?

When your house no longer suits you, you can move or remodel. Find out which big change is the right investment of your housing dollars.  Calculate how much your remodel will cost and add it... Read More

7 Tips For Staging Your Home

Make your home warm and inviting to boost your home’s value and speed up the sale process. Warm, neutral-colored paint is key when staging your home. Image: Radius Images/Getty... Read More

Pet Odor Can Chase Away Buyers

Don’t let pet odors derail your home sale.   Open the windows while you're cleaning to help air circulate and eliminate bad odors. Having pet odors inside your home can turn... Read More

5 Things you forgot to clean in your Bathroom.

            If you can’t remember the last time you cleaned your bathroom, we don’t want to know what’s living in your tub. Probably, a host of... Read More

What's Best for Kitchen Countertops?

  Q. I’m redoing my kitchen and trying to figure out the best material for the countertops. I like the look of granite, marble, Caesarstone, Silestone, soapstone... Read More

7 Simple Habits for an Awesome Start to Your Day

  .“A person is a success if they get up in the morning and gets to bed at night and in between does what he wants to do.” -Bob Dylan The alarm bell goes off. You slowly open... Read More

Balancing Your Income Between Your Needs and Wants

  The best time to start saving is while you’re still young. You still have plenty of time to make mistakes and the luxury of time to fix them, along with some bad spending habits... Read More

18 Fresh Interior Design Trends to Watch For in 2014

  Two thousand and fourteen; it sounds so futuristic, but here it is, right on our doorstep.  In this article, we’ll delve into what we believe will be the heavy hitting... Read More

DIY Travel Hacks That Will Change How You Pack Forever

Packing for a trip can be a daunting task, this we know. Whether you're concerned about saving space in your bag or the size restrictions on the liquid toiletries, organizing all of your... Read More

The 5 Best Time-Tested Remodeling Projects — and the Worst

  Although kitchens and bathrooms always steal the spotlight in a home remodel, they aren’t necessarily the ones that have the highest return on investment when you sell your... Read More

iDoorcam Wifi Door Bell

Home automation is making it even easier for you to answer your door without ever leaving your couch. iDoorcam is the latest in the next generation doorbell and what I think is my personal favorite... Read More

Ceiling Issues & Maintenance

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Fall Maintenance Checklist

You’ll be ready for winter’s worst and head off expensive repairs when you complete this checklist of 10 essential fall maintenance tasks. 1.Stow the Mower  If you’re... Read More

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