May, 2016

Mobile Housecreep Coming Soon

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May 5th, 2016 Comments

Housecreep just celebrated its 3rd anniversary. What better way to celebrate than with a big announcement?Later this year, we will be launching a new and improved Housecreep. We take your feedback to heart, which is why we constantly strive to improve the website in every way possible. One issue that comes up quite frequently is the mobile friendliness of Housecreep, or rather, its mobile unfriendliness. This has been on our to-do list for a good while now, but we can happily say that Housecreep V3 will provide a better experience for those of you who use the site on your phones and tablets.So stay tuned for Housecreep V3!Have a great idea for Housecreep? Why not let us know and maybe you'... Read more

May, 2015

What's the Buzz?

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We have a new feature to tell you about and we're pretty excited. It's called Neighbourhood Buzz and we'll be rolling it out, starting with Toronto!What the Neighbourhood Buzz feature is exactly, is a way for people to comment on and learn about neighbourhoods in a fun and interesting way. People can pin comments anywhere on the map and talk about anything from the safety of the neighbourhood, the kinds of restaurants in the area, to the overall vibe. When people are browsing Housecreep, not only will they see the addresses of homes listed in our database, but also when they zoom the map to a certain level, they'll see all the comments listed for the visible map area.We'd like ... Read more

March, 2015

What's In Your Walls? Part II

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My wife and I will be undertaking home renovations this week. With the excitement comes trepidation, not because of the costs involved, but because of the potential for surprises. When I say ‘surprises’,  I am not referring to the typical, like mould and bad wiring, but rather, the atypical, like oregano in the walls or maybe a creepy chapel under the house.These gems will give you a sense of what I am talking about;In 2012, an Auburn PA family was simply trying to install insulation when they came across something that made their skin crawl. Lining the interior of the wall, from floor to ceiling, were dozens of dead animal carcasses (mostly chickens!), spices, and ... Read more

October, 2014

Ghost Town For Sale

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October 29th, 2014 Comments Tags: ghost town historical properties

Given the time of the year, one would think this is an article related to Halloween. Not the case at all. The entire village of Johnsonville, Connecticut is listed on the auction website "auction.com" with a starting bid set at $800,000. The village is located 30 minutes away from Hartford and was once a thriving community, with it's main employment coming from a number of twine mills, that used a nearby river as a power source. The village was constructed in the 19th century, and was mainly made up of housing for the mill workers. In 1924, fire destroyed one of the main mills, which directly impacted the twine industry and it seems, was the beginning of the decline of the village.... Read more

September, 2014

Stigmatized Homes, Bargain Homes

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In today’s steeply priced housing market, bargain homes are a rarity. However, if you aren’t bothered by superstition and bad juju, then a stigmatized sale property might offer the cost savings you’re looking for. Randell Bell (of Bell, Anderson & Saunders), known as the “Master of Disaster”, specializes in appraising stigmatized properties. He states that a buyer can expect a 15% to 20% diminution in value for two to three years after the incident. Considering that home ownership is harder to attain than ever – in fact, the RBC reports that home affordability is only getting worse – a discount of this sort can be significant.Here are a few of the more notable stigmatized ... Read more