Posts in Kijiji Real Estate

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Hunting for a Student Apartment

Finding student accommodation can be tricky. Considering that rentals near post-secondary institutions are often run-down and more expensive, you’ll likely be living with roommates, and you might be inexperienced in finding an apartment, it can be a very stressful situation. So, what should you do before starting out on a hunt for a student apartment? Do your research. Financially, does it actually make sense to find a rental apartment compared to living in residence? How much do you expect to save by living there? We have a tool for making these comparisons in different markets across Canada easy (link to what that is?), though you should also look through individual Kijiji rental listings to get a good sense of the… read more

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5 Steps to Selling Your Home Like a Pro

You want to sell your home, but you don’t want to pay someone else a big commission to do so, so why not sell your home yourself on Kijiji? After all, you used Kijiji to sell your old TV, your couch, and a bike, how different could it be? Real estate agents really understand how to sell real estate. If you want to do the work of one yourself, understand that you will be doing a lot more work than only posting an ad (that’s the easy part). Be sure you have the time to invest in the process, so you can get top dollar for your home. Step 1 : Getting The Property Ready Before you sell, you should… read more

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How to Turn a Basement into a Homey Hideaway

Whether you are looking for basement ideas for finishing your own family room, setting up an income basement apartment suite you can rent out, or setting up your own basement apartment, the challenges are the same. The basement space is one of the most challenging parts of a home to make feel inviting. They typically suffer from a lack of natural light, low ceilings, and less air flow than most would like. Luckily, there are ways to make this space not only livable, but desirable and inviting. Whether you are fully remodeling, looking for ideas to make a small basement space into a getaway, or trying to transform a basement apartment into a space that will attract a high quality… read more

Thinking of becoming a landlord?

Should I become a Landlord?

So you are thinking of buying an income property. Being a landlord isn’t all fun and games – even assuming you have the cash on hand to invest in real estate, managing a property is costly and time consuming, and can be a huge head ache. What should you consider, aside from your cash flow, before you take the plunge and become a first time landlord? Legal: Understanding your regional tenancy laws and regulations is extremely important. There are a lot of myths and half-truths out there about landlord and tenant interactions. One common misconception is around pets, can I take legal action against a tenant who brings a pet into the dwelling despite the terms of our lease restricting… read more

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How to Negotiate the Price of An Apartment

Finding an apartment is stressful, especially when the monthly prices for the units you check out comes above your budget! Thankfully, advertised rents are not set in stone – but that doesn’t mean it will be easy to get the rent lowered. How can you get the price lowered on an apartment that you have your heart set on? Research the rental market. If it is a landlord’s market and there are hardly any vacancies, you might have to be more competitive to find a place in your chosen location, but it is always worth your while to research extensively on classified rental ads to see what the going rate is for similar units nearby. Don’t forget to chat with… read more