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Selling your home with or without a real estate broker February 10 2017 | by Multi-Prêts Hypothèques The saying goes that if you want something done right, you do it yourself. If that is indeed true, what about when it comes to selling your home? Do you sell it yourself, or do you use a real estate broker? Let’s examine both options. The costs of purchasing or selling a house February 10 2017 | by Multi-Prêts Hypothèques Given its importance, a real estate transaction must be treated very different from an ordinary purchase. Aside from the amount initially negotiated and agreed upon between the buyer and seller, there are also other substantial fees that must be paid by the involved parties. Is it worth renovating before selling? Looking for the best return on investment? Renovate the kitchen. February 1 2017 | by Multi-Prêts Hypothèques Is it worth it to renovate before selling? Absolutely! But it all depends on the work you plan to do. Shopping for a home: Did you miss something? January 25 2017 | by Multi-Prêts Hypothèques No doubt you live a hectic life. That said, when shopping for a home, sweating the small stuff can make all the difference between making a sound or sloppy investment. Besides the typical concerns (price, neighborhood, condition of property) before taking that big step there are many other questions buyers forget to ask along the home buying journey. Of course, a building inspector can help you with all the technical aspects related to the property, but have you thought about a home buying to-do checklist? Not to worry, we are here to help make your life easier! The hidden costs of buying a house January 25 2017 | by Multi-Prêts Hypothèques No question, buying a home or condo is one of the biggest investments you’ll ever make in life. That in mind, buyers should be aware that the actual purchase price of the property is only part of the ultimate cost and expenses related to buying it. When it comes to costs associated with a purchase, we often think of the obvious… whether you’ll have to redo the roof, replace the windows, etc. But there are many other hidden expenses related to homeownership that often get overlooked – potentially costing you thousands of dollars at the end of the day. gift Choosing the perfect gift for your hostess or host! December 8 2016 | by Multi-Prêts Hypothèques To bring or not to bring is the question. This holiday season, the moment you accept an invitation there’s an unspoken understanding that your hostess or host will be awesome, and you will be the perfect guest. So, what’s the secret? Simple  never show up empty handed! That in mind, here are some great gift ideas sure to make you a guest to remember. Christmas tree Tips and Tricks – For a safe holiday season November 30 2016 | by Multi-Prêts Hypothèques Gifts! Wreaths! Christmas Trees! Security! The holiday season remains a time to get in the spirit by dressing up your home to create the perfect Christmas vibe. No surprise the holiday season is also prime time for safety mishaps including fires and falls. To avoid becoming another statistic or prime time headline on the evening news, be diligent when it comes to home safety. Here are some basic rules to follow when installing your Christmas decorations. snow covered lamp Tips to visit a home in winter November 10 2016 | by Multi-Prêts Hypothèques When people wish to quit their apartment in July, they are looking for houses at the beginning of the year, and this means during winter. Even if you can’t visit the backyard, visiting in winter has some benefits! Couple looking at a renovation plan Renovating your home: Québec’s programs and tax credits November 9 2016 | by Nathalie Champoux Nothing beats an entirely renovated home. Did you know that Québec offers governmental programs and tax credits that can help you cut your renovation costs? coffee table Home staging October 28 2016 | by Multi-Prêts Hypothèques When visiting a home for sale, potential buyers only take a few minutes to make up their mind about the property. First impressions are very important, so hide your toothbrushes and macramé decorations! And to really add the perfect touch to charm visitors, you should turn to home staging. Here is how to make your house appealing to visitors.