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If you've been seeking a solid source for home buying tips, your search is over.

This site is relied upon for valuable advice by thousands of consumers every month. And if you would like to know even more, I invite you to check out my new book The Happy Agent. It's not just for industry insiders, but also for real estate buyers and sellers interested in learning the ins and outs of buying and selling real estate.

Do you have questions, but are unsure where to get real estate answers? If you're asking any of the following questions, or another, you've come to the right place. I'm a bit of a hybrid - a successful real estate broker who can both write and teach. And I enjoy helping people by offering tips learned during a rewarding 42+ year career. Go ahead and click each question below for dependable, honest answers. Consider this my realty guide gift to you.

Where do I find Home Buying Tips?

Is there a Home Buying Guide somewhere?

Rent or Buy? Which way is best for my family?

What are Life Leases?

How do I Buy a Home?

Government First Time Buyer Programs?

Will I find a home by visiting Open Houses?

Is scouring print real estate Advertising a good home search method?

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How will the Multiple Listing Service® assist me?

What's the easiest method for Real Estate Search?

Any advantages to buying a For Sale By Owner?

Buying a Condo? What should I know?

Any savings in buying a Foreclosure or Power Of Sale?

Should I consider a Fixer Upper?

Is the Basement Apartment in the house I'm interested in buying legal?

What typical Closing Costs should I expect?

What are pros and cons of buying a Brand New or Resale?

Country Living or City Living? Which way is right for me?

What should I know when buying a Rural Property?

What's involved in Buying Land and Building a Custom Home?

I own a house already. Should I Buy or Sell First?

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What's involved in Trading Houses?

Commonly used Real Estate Terminology.

Are an Insured Mortgage & Mortgage Insurance different?

When should I arrange Home Insurance?

What's a Comparative Market Analysis?

What are the benefits of Title Insurance?

What is a Pre-Approved Mortgage?

How does a Real Estate Agency help a buyer?

How do I go about Finding a REALTOR®?

Should I work with only One Real Estate Agent?

Will an agent teach me the steps on How to Buy a House?

What REALTOR® Fees should I expect for their services?

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What does a Real Estate Buyer Agent actually do?

Learn what a Real Estate Agent Can Do for you.

How do I make a Real Estate Offer on a property?

What Clauses should be included in a real estate contract?

How do I Sell My Present House before buying another?

How do I successfully Negotiate an Offer to Purchase?

How do I handle a competitive Bidding War?

If my condition fails to fulfill, how are Deposit Refunds handled?

How can I Improve My Offer without raising the price?

Is a Home Inspection report worth the expense?

What's the difference between Patent and Latent Defects?

How do I change my Closing Date?

I've bought a home. Now what? Want some Moving Tips?

How do I determine Real Estate Values?

Should I consider Investing in Real Estate?

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Do you prefer to control your destiny and where you live and raise a family?

Are you afraid of an eviction notice to vacate your landlord's property?

Ready to move out of your parent’s home and into your own?

Does paying off your landlord’s mortgage instead of your own bother you?

Would you prefer to improve your own home and build equity?

Want to invest in your own home instead of paying unrecoverable rent?

If your answer to one or more of these questions is yes, you may be ready to take the plunge into home ownership. With today's low interest rates, you might be surprised at how low the carrying costs could be.

Learning how to buy a house or a condo is really not that complicated if you have good, honest guidance. After you've clicked on the various links on this page for home buying tips and advice and are still confused, you have a few options. You can visit the CMHC website for more information, or carry on seeking answers in the marketplace, or send me your questions. Or if you're in my part of the world, contact me for a no-obligation ...


I'll give you all the home buying tips face-to-face and guide you through the entire process of buying a house or condo. If you're not in my market area, I may be able to arrange a consultation with a good agent in your area. In the meantime, stay awhile and enjoy my website and all its home buying tips.

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If you're interested in a definitive guide to buying and selling real estate (including maybe changing your life), whether privately or with the guidance of a qualified realty agent, check out my book The Happy Agent. It's chock full of tips and techniques involved in searching for and negotiating to purchase real estate that I learned and practiced during my successful 4 decade realty career. A small investment of your time and a pittance of your money could conceivably save you thousands of dollars and a ton of heartache, and help you trade in real estate like a pro.

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