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The decision to sell your home isn’t an easy one. In fact, research has ranked selling a home as second to relationship breakups for the most stressful experience in a person’s life. The same survey said people are more stressed out about selling their home than planning a wedding, getting fired or even becoming a parent.

In other words, it’s perfectly normal to have strong emotions. The good news? Though the experience can feel overwhelming and inspire doubts, it doesn’t have to get in the way of a successful home sale, and there's always a bright side. Here are three stories from homeowners that prove it.

 

The Story: Last Minute Memories 

Nostalgia seems to unexpectedly hit many sellers like a ton of bricks once they see their home

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Here's the situation

Trisha had always wanted to own a cottage but held back because she didn't think she could afford it. She had been looking online for quite some time, and the cottages in her budget were worn down and certainly not what her family was looking for.

One day, her curiosity got the best of her and she decided to reach out to me, just to put her mind at ease. When I was able to show Trisha some cottages in her desired price range, her interest grew stronger and she was determined to get her husband on board.

"I WAS WORRIED THEY'D TRY TO SELL US SOMETHING OUTSIDE OF OUR BUDGET"

"When I was entertaining the idea of buying a cottage of our own, I did most of the searching online myself. I was hesitant to involve a realtor

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Here's the situation

Lucille and her family have vacationed in Muskoka over the past few years. Her cousin had a cottage that they'd often visit in the summertime with their kids. They'd often stay at one of their favorite resorts, the JW Marriott Muskoka. 

Eventually, they reached a point in their life where they could afford to have a second home of their home. The timing finally felt right.

The first place that came to mind? Muskoka. 

photo from shore, overlooking lake.

"WE INTERVIEWED A FEW OTHER AGENTS..."

"There were a couple of properties we wanted to see, so we ended up contacting the listing agents of those properties. We weren't impressed with any of them. After calling Heather, we felt comfortable right off the bat.

When we first met her in person and

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Grab your bags, we’re going on a staycation!

Whether you've got a three-day weekend coming up that you want to take advantage of or you're looking for a getaway, we have some suggestions to make the most of your weekend trip.

1. Deerhurst Resort

Embracing Peninsula Lake, Deerhurst Resort is your year-round retreat for a Muskoka vacation or getaway to Ontario’s famous “cottage country”, one of National Geographic Traveler Magazine’s “Best of the World 2012” recommended places to visit. Ideal for fun-filled family vacations, and year-round getaways.

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2. Cedar Grove Lodge

Cedar Grove Lodge is a cottage resort (open year-round) located on beautiful Peninsula Lake in Muskoka, Ontario. Located a short drive between

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Selling a home in today's market can be a bit frustrating. There's all sorts of home staging and property preparation advice out there, and some of it seems daunting or impossible to follow unless you already live in a haute home or have a serious bankroll set aside to whip your place into shape.

You can't turn a rancher into a Victorian – so don't bother trying. But you do have more control than you may realize over how desirable your listing looks to potential buyers. In order to know what turns a buyer on you need to know what turns a buyer off.

Here are 6 big-time turn-offs that make buyers cringe at the thought of purchasing your home.

 

1. Cluttered, dirty and/or "fragrant" houses

You already know this one. Every seller does. Yet,

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