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How Do I Choose the Best Real Estate Agent

Choosing the Best Real Estate Agent Choosing the Best Real Estate Agent for you can have a great impact on your home buying and selling experience. This is a big investment, finding the best real estate agent at the beginning ensures you won’t have any regrets at the end. Things to consider when looking for […]

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DIY Tips for Staging Your Home Like a Pro!

  Home staging can be an easy and affordable way to sell faster and show buyers your property is well worth the investment. Start with a fresh mindset and try to imagine you’re stepping into your space for the first time. Then use these tips to get your home in top shape and let the […]

New Measures Introduced in Ontario to Cool Blazing Real Estate Market

Premier Kathleen Wynne today announced measures for controlling the real estate market in an effort to protect local buyers from getting priced out by escalating rents and swelling home prices 16 measures — most of which must be passed legislatively before being implemented were announced. They include: A 15% tax on home purchases by non-resident foreigners in […]

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How the New Mortgage Rules Affect You

With Toronto and Vancouver home prices soaring to unprecedented heights amid years of historically low interest rates, regulators have stepped in to introduce new mortgage rules aimed at tightening up the market.  Industry officials estimate that roughly 1 in 12 new home purchases could be impacted. Here are some examples of how these changes could affect you in our local London home […]

Disclosing Defects

Buyer Beware when it comes to real estate. Author: Kristina Bradley In the world of residential real estate, there are two kinds of defect that buyers and sellers should be aware of. The patent and the latent. Patent Defects Patent defects are those that can be discovered by inspection and ordinary vigilance on the part […]

Fall Home Maintenance Tips

Leaves are falling! It seems premature but in case you need some time to mentally prepare yourself here are a few things you can do in the coming months to protect your home inside and out.  Interior Maintenance Seal windows and doors to reduce drafts and water seepage Have furnace and hot water tank inspected for […]

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Ontario’s New Traffic Laws

Ontario’s new “Making Ontario Roads Safer Act” (Bill 31) will come into effect September 1st creating some new rules for driving and stiffer penalties for breaking them. Distracted Driving Looking at, texting or talking on your phone while driving currently incurs a fine of approximately $200.  As of September 1st Fine:  up to $1,000 and 3 demerit points. Drivers […]

Closing Costs

You should allow at least 1.5% of the purchase price for closing costs although I recommend approximately 2% to be on the safe side. These may be made up of the following fees: Legal Fee and Disbursements A lawyer will charge a fee for their professional services involved in drafting the title deed, preparing the […]

Does your House Smell like Cigarette Smoke?

Author: Kristina Bradley A recent survey of 401 Ontario real estate agents and brokers found that most agree that it is more difficult to sell a home where owners have smoked. The survey estimates a potential loss of up to $107,000 on a home in Ontario, where the average price is currently around $369,000–or a whopping 29% loss […]

Getting Your House Ready for Fall!

Fall is upon us! Before the weather gets too bad here are some home maintenance tips that will keep your home running well all winter long. EXTERIOR Check the foundation for cracks and caulk around the areas where masonry meets siding or where pipes and wires enter the house. Another area to check is around the windows and […]