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Seeing through home sellers' camouflage

Mortgage rates have started to climb again. While that's probably a good sign for the economy, it may also be a wake-up call for people who have been hitting the snooze button on the time in which they hoped to buy a house.

If you're one of the many Canadians just entering the buyer's market, it's easy to get caught up in the critical aspects of home buying and forget some of the details. The clock is ticking, rates are rising and what matters in a house is location, location, location, right?

Yes and no. Location matters, but if you're not careful and observant when making your choice, you could get a great location and still end up with a money pit.

In some cases, people anxious to sell their home have been known to make a few cosmetic adjustments to hide the areas where their house might need a little extra care or even some serious repairs.   eg: A fresh coat of paint in the basement

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