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Buying and Selling a Home For Canadians For Dummies [Paperback]

Tony Ioannou , Heather Ball
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Feb. 7 2006 For Dummies (Lifestyles Paperback)
Whether you're new at the home-buying or selling game in Canada, or whether you've played it before, most of us dread the onslaught of flashy, fast-talking real estate agents and property managers. Well, help has arrived. This revised edition of Buying and Selling a Home For Canadians For Dummies prepares you to get what you need and want when buying a new home or selling the one you're in. Everything from arranging your finances and hiring an agent, to researching neighbourhoods and assessing home values is presented in a clear and humorous way to help you get the most out of the process.

Important information to help you:

  • Market your home and sell for the highest possible price
  • Negotiate the best price and terms of sale
  • Find the right new neighbourhood with reasonable prices and the type of housing to suit you and your family
  • Decide whether or not to hire an agent and tips on how to choose a good one
  • Select the best mortgage and understand tax considerations

Updated in the 2nd Edition:

  • Examining zero percent down payments, lines of credit and other alternatives to conventional mortgages
  • Using the ’Net: New, useful sites – and what to watch out for
  • Buying condominiums: An expanded chapter full of useful information on what you need to know before you buy
  • Selling your home on your own: Expanded online resources and tips
  • Fixing up your home to sell: Tips from the designers on how to make your home as sellable as possible

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Includes expanded chapters on buying and selling condos.

The Canadian bestseller, fully revised and updated

Buying a house is one of the most costly investments you'll ever make. Buying a house is one of the most costly investment you'll ever make. Likewise, getting the best price when you sell can help you move up and into something better. Even though a lot is riding on these decisions, sit back, relax, and let this handy reference take you on a tour of the Canadian real estate scene. You'll be charting a course to domestic bliss in no time.

Vancouver-based Tony Ioannou has worked in Canadian real estate for more than 20 years and is a senior associate and manager with Dexter Associates Realty. Heather Ball is a Toronto-based writer and editor.

Discover how to:

  • Select a mortgage type that works for you
  • Choose a home that fits you lifestyle
  • Negotiate your way to the best deal
  • Price your house to sell
  • Make your home attractive to buyers

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  • Explanations in Plain English
  • "Get in, get out" Information
  • Icons and other navigations aids
  • Tear-out cheat sheet
  • Top ten lists
  • A dash of humour and fun

About the Author

Tony Ioannou is currently a senior associate and manager with Dexter Associates Realty in Vancouver, and has been interviewed many times in the Vancouver and national media about the state of the real estate market and the industry in general.
Tony obtained his real estate licence in 1984, and has consistently been a top-producing salesperson with NRS Block Bros., and with Dexter Associates Realty since 1990. In 1990, he obtained his agents (managing brokers) licence, but continues to enjoy working as a residential real estate sales person primarily on the West Side of Vancouver. He has also worked as a division director for the Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver, sits on a number of industry committees, teaches a real estate course to new real estate agents, and speaks to the public about real estate at seminars and shows.
Tony was born and raised in Sydney, Australia, and immigrated with his family to Vancouver in 1973. He completed high school in Vancouver and obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in Urban Geography from the University of British Columbia. He has lived in Vancouver’s Kitsilano neighbourhood for the past 25 years and is an avid mountain biker, motorcyclist, and golfer.

Heather Ball is an editor and writer at Colborne Communications in Toronto. She has worked on book projects covering topics such as genealogy, cooking, and ladder safety. She is also the author of two non-fiction books for children.


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By RAG
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I was undecided on whether to use a real estate agent or not. I found that I got fair and balanced advice!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good for people in 2006, not for 2009 Aug. 6 2009
Format:Paperback
This is covered a lot of things for house buying by providing many Canadian resource. But now is 2009, after the Tsunami, the world changes, the markets change and Canada changes. Therefore, a new version should be release in order to help the poor new home buyers.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A "Dummy" Review Aug. 26 2011
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I purchased the book used and was concerned as to how "used" it would be. I was genuinely happy to see that the book looked almost brand new except for the fact it had a book mark in it. The content of the book has been great. I knew in advance that it would be,Buying and Selling a Home for Canadians for Dummies because I had borrowed the book from the library before ordering it. Useful and a great price!
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