Author: Marc Shendale

7 Sep 2017

10 steps to home sweet home

Posted by: Marc Shendale

Genworth Canada - Vice President Business Development

Congratulations – you are moving into your new home! Whether you are starting with a plain new build or an older resale home, there’s no better way to make it yours than by putting your stamp on it. Invest a weekend or two into warming up a featureless space or refreshing someone else’s old homestead. Read More

5 Jul 2017

5 ways to boost your financial fitness

Posted by: Marc Shendale

Genworth Canada - Vice President Business Development

Thinking about buying your first home? The race to home ownership is more like a marathon than a sprint: diligent planning, pacing and strategy are the keys to success. Are you ready to approach the starting line? Here are five ways to shape up and boost your financial fitness so you’re set for success. 1. Read More

1 Jun 2017

Find your perfect home type

Posted by: Marc Shendale

Genworth Canada - Vice President Business Development

Single-family detached homes are the most popular choice of Canadian homeowners, but aspiring first-time homebuyers should consider all their options before starting their house hunt. Don’t overlook the perfect option for your family – you may be surprised by what’s out there, at or below your budget. According to Statistics Canada, over half (55 per Read More

5 May 2017

Emotional Homebuyers Can Lose Out On the Best Deals

Posted by: Marc Shendale

Genworth Canada - Vice President Business Development

Buying a home is financial decision, but also an emotional experience. Before we’ve explored every room, we often start imagining our new lives there. Where our furniture will go. The parties we’ll host in the open-concept living-dining space. The mornings we’ll spend at the breakfast bar overlooking the garden or skyline… When a home speaks Read More

4 Apr 2017

Advice for Single Homebuyers

Posted by: Marc Shendale

Genworth Canada - Vice President Business Development

More than a third of first-time homebuyers in Canada are single. If you’re thinking of joining this group, here’s what you need to do and know before jumping into homeownership. Study the market. Identify neighbourhoods you want to live in and check to see how much properties in that area are selling for. Next, figure Read More

1 Mar 2017

What Happens When a Home Sale Falls Through?

Posted by: Marc Shendale

Genworth Canada - Vice President Business Development

Every homebuyer eagerly anticipates closing day. With the home purchase process completed, ownership of the property transfers from the seller to the buyer – you! Closing date is negotiated as a condition of sale. You’ll typically have several weeks between the date that your agreement to purchase (sales contract) is signed and your closing date. Read More

2 Feb 2017

10 First Time Homebuyer Mistakes

Posted by: Marc Shendale

Genworth Canada - Vice President Business Development

If you’re on the hunt for your first home and want to have a smooth and successful home purchasing experience avoid these common first-time homebuying mistakes. 1. Thinking you don’t need a real estate agent You might be able to find a house on your own but there are still many aspects of buying real Read More

1 Dec 2016

Ten Steps of the Homebuying Process

Posted by: Marc Shendale

Genworth Canada - Vice President Business Development

Starting the journey to homeownership can be overwhelming and stressful. But with a little planning, you’ll get the home that’s right for you. A home that strikes a balance between your “wish list” items and the practical realities of the property, location and the housing market. Before you know it, you’ll have a place to Read More

28 Oct 2016

Top Five Home Renovations That Increase Property Value

Posted by: Marc Shendale

Genworth Canada - Vice President Business Development

Looking to increase your homes property value? Here are five of the best renovations you can do to your home to increase property value. These five renovations can sometimes have a return on investment 5-6x what they cost. # 5 Flooring Flooring is one of the most important aspects of your house. You will see Read More

29 Sep 2016

Five Tips For First-Time Homebuyers

Posted by: Marc Shendale

Genworth Canada - Vice President Business Development

Did you know that the majority of first-time homebuyers are Millennials? That’s right; Canadians born between 1980 and 1995 now represent a full 77 per cent of first-time homebuyers. If you fit the mold, then get a leg up on the competition as we enter the year’s hottest real estate month. Here are our five Read More

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