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If you've been seeking an honest, dependable 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 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, including lots of home buying tips.

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 (now retired), who can both write and teach. And I enjoy helping people by offering tips learned during a rewarding career that spanned more than four decades.

Go ahead and click each question below for dependable answers to many common questions. Or if your question is not on the list, contact me.

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Where do I find Home Buying Tips?

Is there a Home Buying Guide somewhere?

Rent or Buy? Which way is best for me?

What is a Life Lease?

I'm Buying An Old House? What should I know?


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?

Thinking about Downsizing homes? Things to consider.

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How will the Multiple Listing Service® assist me?

What's the easiest method for Real Estate Search?

How to go about Improving Your Credit Score?

Any advantages to buying a For Sale By Owner?

What should I know about Buying a Condo?

Any savings in buying a Foreclosure or Power Of Sale?

Should I consider a Fixer Upper?

Is a Basement Apartment legal?

What Closing Costs should I expect?

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

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

What should I know about buying Rural Property?

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

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

What is a Bridge Loan?

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What's involved in Trading Houses?

Common Real Estate Terminology.

When should I arrange Home Insurance?

What's a Comparative Market Analysis?

What's the difference between Insured Mortgage & Mortgage Insurance?

What are the benefits of Title Insurance?

What is a Pre-Approved Mortgage?

As a buyer, how does Real Estate Agency help me?

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?

How do I determine Real Estate Values?

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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?

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 Bidding War?

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?

What should I know about Seller Latent Defect Disclosure?

If my condition fails, how are Deposit Refunds handled?

How do I change a Closing Date?

Is Investing in Real Estate right for me?

Now that I've bought a home, any Moving Tips?


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Would you prefer to control your destiny and where you live?

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. In today's low interest rate environment, you might be surprised at how low carrying costs can be.

Learning how to buy a house or a condo is really not that complicated, provided you have good, honest guidance. After you've clicked on the various links on this page for home buying tips and advice, but 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.

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In the meantime, grab a cup of coffee and stay awhile. I hope you 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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