November 2017

Navigating the Real Estate Maze

Posted on Nov 29, 2017

Have you ever wanted to try to make your way through a maze at an amusement park or farm field? If you don’t know the layout, it can take a long time to find your way through. You’ll hit a lot of dead ends, go around in circles a few times, and maybe even become frustrated before you finally find your way out.

The same can be said about buying or se...

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Crunching Numbers

Posted on Nov 22, 2017

Buying and selling a home is, in many ways, a numbers game. You have to consider the selling price of your property, the purchase price of a new home, your budget, your required financing, and much more.

You can lose this game easily if you’re wrong about just one of those categories. For example, if your home ends up selling for 10% less than you e...

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Certain Renovations Require Licensed Trades

Posted on Nov 15, 2017

Sometimes, despite your do-it yourself skills or confidence, a repair or renovation requires a professional. In some cases, the municipal bylaw requires that a tradesperson perform certain work, and/or that a building inspector ultimately approve it. Moreover, insurance companies may not honour claims that stem from uncertified plumbing and electri...

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Common Items that Can Cause Fires

Posted on Nov 13, 2017

You never want to smell smoke in your home and realize there’s a fire. That’s why it is important to be diligent about fire safety. Experts recommend that homeowners be especially careful with the following common household items:

• Portable heaters. Never leave one in a room unattended. Make sure paper and other combustible materials are well away...

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Do Open Houses Still Work?

Posted on Nov 06, 2017

Buyers are using the internet to search for properties more than ever before. In some cases, they can even go on a “virtual” tour of a home using their smartphone or desktop computer. So, you might be wondering if the old fashioned Open House still works these days?

The answer is yes. Otherwise, you wouldn’t see them advertised. If Open Houses didn...

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