All About Nova Scotia Real Estate

By Tina Parker, CNE, REDM, SRES, CSP Home Staging REALTOR, Halifax
(EXP Realty Canada Inc.)
You may not be aware of it, but many paint and pigment companies choose colors that they think will be hot in the coming year. Shades of green seem to be an overwhelming favorite for 2022, with almost every company choosing some green hue as either their top pick, or part of their overall range of choices. In fact, green is so well-represented this year that there’s really only one company that seems to be bucking the green trend entirely, but it’s a big one.Pantone Color Institute, the company that actually manages color standards, broke from the pack with a significantly different choice for color of the year. Before we get to what that choice actually is, though, let’s take a moment to consider the rest of the color of the year choices from other companies. This will help you to appr...
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By Tina Parker, CNE, REDM, SRES, CSP Home Staging REALTOR, Halifax
(EXP Realty Canada Inc.)
Since the beginning of real estate statistics being recorded in Nova Scotia, there has never been a market as we are experiencing. Everywhere is starved for inventory but it's a first for us here. It's truly is unbelievable.
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By Tina Parker, CNE, REDM, SRES, CSP Home Staging REALTOR, Halifax
(EXP Realty Canada Inc.)
A young family matches perfectly to a 36 year of a house sold by the original owner moving on to their next chapter. Only two times in 11 years have I been privileged to be a part of a journey that seem to come out of a romance novel. Not your typical romance novel but a real estate love story.
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By Tina Parker, CNE, REDM, SRES, CSP Home Staging REALTOR, Halifax
(EXP Realty Canada Inc.)
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By Tina Parker, CNE, REDM, SRES, CSP Home Staging REALTOR, Halifax
(EXP Realty Canada Inc.)
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By Tina Parker, CNE, REDM, SRES, CSP Home Staging REALTOR, Halifax
(EXP Realty Canada Inc.)
Hooboy. You’ve finally bought a house, but the paint is so, so dark. “It’s only paint,” you told yourself as you walked through the place, and repeated at your walkthrough prior to closing. “It’s only paint.” And while it’s true that it’s only paint, and paint can always be painted over, going over dark walls is a much different story than trying to paint over light colored walls. Reds, purples, browns, and dark grays are particularly tricky, though anything with much pigment can pose a significant challenge if you’re not prepared. But don’t worry, we’ve put our best painting tips together to help you conquer your dark wall challenges.Tip #1: Primer Is Not OptionalIt can be easy to scoff at basic prep work when you’re “just painting,” but as with any project in your home, the end result...
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By Tina Parker, CNE, REDM, SRES, CSP Home Staging REALTOR, Halifax
(EXP Realty Canada Inc.)
Choosing a Walkway De-icerAs the threat of winter ice and snow increases, many homeowners start stocking up on deicer and other products to try and keep their walkways safe and clear throughout the winter. Not all deicer products are created equal, however, and some can actually do some harm around the home. Not only can some deicing compounds harm plants around your walkway, but they can even cause some damage to your walkways as well if you aren’t careful.Obviously, damage to your lawn or property isn’t ideal when trying to use a product to keep yourself and your family safe during the winter. With several options available, how do you know which deicer is best for your home? While it may differ based on the composition of specific deicer products, here are some things that you can lo...
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By Tina Parker, CNE, REDM, SRES, CSP Home Staging REALTOR, Halifax
(EXP Realty Canada Inc.)
The third quarter of 2021 shows a dramatically higher percent of sales than single family homes but the demand on inventory continues to rise prices in Halifax, Nova Scotia. These statistics are for Condominiums only so be sure the check out a separate post for Single Family homes.
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By Tina Parker, CNE, REDM, SRES, CSP Home Staging REALTOR, Halifax
(EXP Realty Canada Inc.)
The third quarter of 2021 shows the demand on housing inventory continues to rise in Halifax, Nova Scotia thus putting an upward pressure on prices on all homes. With values increasing rapidly in the Halifax Regional Municipality, sales climbed 21.3% outside the limits versus Halifax's 9.5% sales increase.These statistics are for Single Family Homes only so be sure the check out a separate post for Condominiums.
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By Tina Parker, CNE, REDM, SRES, CSP Home Staging REALTOR, Halifax
(EXP Realty Canada Inc.)
The pressure on accommodations in Halifax, Nova Scotia still prove to be driving prices on all homes including rental units higher. These statistics are for Single Family Homes only so be sure the check out a separate post for Condominiums.
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By Tina Parker, CNE, REDM, SRES, CSP Home Staging REALTOR, Halifax
(EXP Realty Canada Inc.)
The pressure on accommodations in Halifax, Nova Scotia still prove to be driving prices on all homes including rental units higher. These statistics are for Condominium only so be sure the check out a separate post for Single Family homes.
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By Tina Parker, CNE, REDM, SRES, CSP Home Staging REALTOR, Halifax
(EXP Realty Canada Inc.)
Your roof is one of the most important parts of your house, as problems with your roof can end up causing damage to a variety of other parts of your home. While most people are familiar with shingle roofs when it comes to home roofing options, there are actually a few different roof types available. One that is gaining a significant amount of popularity in recent years is metal roofing, due in part to its extreme durability and resistance to environmental factors that can damage traditional shingles. Once upon a time, metal roofing was largely made up of flat panels which seemed more at home on businesses or other non-residential structures. The material has come a long way since then, however. Modern metal roofing often mimics the look of shingles or tile roofs, adding a unique beauty ...
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By Tina Parker, CNE, REDM, SRES, CSP Home Staging REALTOR, Halifax
(EXP Realty Canada Inc.)
Organization is an important part of keeping your home clean and tidy. Unfortunately, organization doesn’t always come easy to homeowners. It may be that your home just lacks the storage solutions that you need to effectively organize, or your house simply isn’t large enough to effectively contain all your family’s stuff. Maybe there is enough room, but the way your rooms are laid out makes things a bit difficult. Whatever the reason, you might feel like you’re fighting an uphill battle with organization and that it never lasts as long as you’d like.There is no one-size-fits-all solution to getting your house organized, but there are some things that might help. Not all of these suggestions are likely to fit your specific situation, but a few might point you in the right direction to st...
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By Tina Parker, CNE, REDM, SRES, CSP Home Staging REALTOR, Halifax
(EXP Realty Canada Inc.)
When you think of a garage area, most likely the first thing that comes to mind is a place to store your car or other vehicles. You might also picture some shelving or storage on some of the walls, but for most people, the garage is largely a single-purpose structure. It doesn’t have to be this way, however; for an increasing number of homeowners, the garage is becoming a multipurpose room with easy access to fresh air, light, and the outside in general via the garage doors.There are a lot of options available when it comes to converting a garage into some other space. To really get the most out of these conversions, you might consider upgrading or changing your garage door as well. The type of door that you have can make a big difference in the overall effectiveness of your converted s...
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By Tina Parker, CNE, REDM, SRES, CSP Home Staging REALTOR, Halifax
(EXP Realty Canada Inc.)
So-called “smart” devices are increasingly popular, adding new features and functionality to just about every room in your home. One room that you might not consider for a smart upgrade is the kitchen, but you should. There are several sensors and connected devices that can transform your kitchen into something special. One great option that is often overlooked is the addition of a smart faucet to your sink.While smart faucets are not as well known (yet) as other smart home add-ons such as smart lighting and smart thermostats, they can have a significant impact on how you use your kitchen. Not only can you turn the faucets on and off in different ways, but you can also have your smart faucets automatically save you money on your water bill. If you’re wondering whether a smart faucet mig...
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By Tina Parker, CNE, REDM, SRES, CSP Home Staging REALTOR, Halifax
(EXP Realty Canada Inc.)
For some homeowners, trees are a major component of their landscaping. Trees can bring a lot of beauty to your yard while also providing shade and habitats for birds and other animals. Unfortunately, unkempt trees can be kind of ugly and in some cases may even be dangerous. If you’ve got trees on your property that are looking a bit shaggy or that have simply seen better days, here are a few things to consider when trying to decide if they need a trim. Cosmetic IssuesWhen you’re trying to decide whether to trim your trees, the first thing that you should do is look at the general appearance of the tree. You can obviously trim off lone branches that stick out at odd angles, but there’s more to cosmetic considerations than just that. You should also look at whether there are many crisscro...
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By Tina Parker, CNE, REDM, SRES, CSP Home Staging REALTOR, Halifax
(EXP Realty Canada Inc.)
Whether it’s with knobs, pulls, handles, or some other hardware, you need to have some way to access your cabinets. If your cabinets are relatively new, that hardware is probably fairly modern. But for older cabinets, you may need to replace the hardware, and it might be kind of tricky to figure how to get it. This can make replacing old cabinet hardware stressful, especially if you’re not sure where to start. While your success will depend on the specific pieces that you’re looking for and how recently they were manufactured, here’s some info that will hopefully point you in the right direction if you find yourself on a hardware hunt.The Need to Match HardwareWhy do you need to match old cabinet hardware, anyway? There are a few reasons. The most common is that handles and knobs someti...
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