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5 tips to create a cozy home!

Tip #1: Make Your Entrance Appealing! The entrance to the home is the thing that makes the first impression on people. A mirror is always a good idea, as it’ll give the room a more spacious feel. Another idea is to not have a lot of furniture that clogs the movement. The most important, however, is good lighting. Having…

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Location, location, location…

There’s an old saying that goes like this: “The three most important things in real estate are location, location, location!”  And believe it not, this is some if the best advice around when buying a home. When you’re house hunting, it’s important to remember that when you buy a home, you’re also buying the neighbourhood.…

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Beat the Heat and your Energy Bill…

During the hot days of summer, many Canadians open their energy bill with a sense of dread. While it may be tempting to run your air conditioning at full capacity for weeks on end, you can’t do it without paying a price – in more ways than one. High energy consumption is not only a…

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Dos & Don’ts for Home Buyers…

For most Canadians, buying a home is the most significant investment of their lives. Housing inventory is moving up in most major centres across the country, leading to a more balanced market.  Historical data demonstrates that purchasing a home has proven a sound long-term financial investment. However, home buyers – especially first-time buyers – are often understandably…

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What’s worth renovating?

One of the questions most frequently asked by homeowners considering a renovation is “What renovation is worth doing?”  Well, the answer isn’t a simple one, because it all depends on what you want to get out of it.  Is your purpose primarily to improve your property value, or increase your enjoyment of your home, or…

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Buying a Home in a Competitive Neighbourhood…

Imagine you’ve dreamed of living in a particular neighbourhood, perhaps for years, and then, when you’re finally ready to make a move, finding out that the area is competitive and buying there is definitely a challenge. Should you be disappointed?  Absolutely not! There’s a lot you can do to buy into a popular neighbourhood, even…

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Do you have Real Estate needs away from home?

Today’s real estate consumer has far more complex real estate needs than the home buyers and sellers of past generations. Gone are the days when Mom and Pop would buy a modest home, raise their family there and frequently live in the same place for many years. Today’s very mobile society is also an affluent…

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Avoid these pitfalls when buying a home…

Buying a home can be a very complex, and sometimes emotional experience.  Some buyers find themselves getting caught up in the emotional side, and let their heart take over their head.  Here are a few tips on how buyers can stay grounded and avoid some common pitfalls during the home buying process: DON’T fall in…

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Buying tips for a strong housing market…

Canada’s housing market has been on a record-breaking pace and that’s good news for home sellers. Buyers on the other hand, can find that their choices are limited in a market that has been so strong for such an extended period. In fact, when demand is so high for attractive, well-priced homes coming on the…

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Looking to move?

The steps involved in buying or selling a home can seem overwhelming and that’s especially true when deals happen fast.  A recent survey by RECO found that the majority of Ontarians who bought or sold a home in the last five years weren’t in the market for very long. Among the buyers surveyed, nearly 57…

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Buying first or selling first…

  Buying first or selling first…which is the right option? There’s no right or wrong answer to this question, but you should think carefully about your needs, financial status and tolerance for risk before you commit to either strategy, because both options come with advantages and disadvantages.  When you’re ready to make a mover, work…

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Get instant curb appeal…

It’s amazing how many home sellers spend a considerable amount of time and money getting the interior of their home ready for showings, yet they pay almost no attention to that all-important first look at their home’s exterior. As your real estate professional can tell you, some buyers won’t even bother taking a look inside…

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A building permit is in your best interest…

A home improvement boom is in full swing in Canada and homeowners are investing more money in renovations than ever before. Whether it’s a do-it-yourself task or a major professional project, more of today’s homeowners are investing time and money to make their residences more functional and comfortable. One of the requirements of your home…

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5 tips for Single home buyers…

Canada’s housing environment has more single home buyers entering the market than ever before. Many people across the country who may have never considered buying a home in the past are recognizing that a mortgage payment on a house can actually be the same or less than what they would spend on renting. For most…

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Are you ready to buy a vacation property?

Canada’s ‘baby boomer’ generation is the most affluent group ever seen in Canada.  The ‘boomers’ have either already inherited, or are poised to inherit, their parents’ wealth.  The result is a transfer of assets and an increase in discretionary income on a scope never before seen in this country.  And many of these newly affluent…

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