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How to Reduce Allergens in Your Home

Do you find yourself congested and reaching for a box of tissues at the first sign of spring? According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA), you’re not alone. More than 50 million Americans suffer from allergies of some kind, and more than 24.5 million are affected by asthma. While there’s no cure-all […]

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Candy-Corn Candles for Halloween!

If you’re anything like me, sweets aren’t really you’re thing – especially around this time of the year when I know my son will be coming home on Halloween night with an excessive amount of cavity causing candy! However that does not mean I cannot get in the festive mood by doing a few crafts. […]

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Plumbing Maintenance Tips

A healthy plumbing system can help lessen the chance of leaks, ruptures, clogs and other not-so-nice events. Homeowners who take some basic precautions and implement a few simple steps can be more confident in the state of their home’s plumbing, and can save on costly repairs as well. Know where the main water shutoff valve […]

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Fall Home Maintenance List

The days are getting noticeably shorter, and maybe there’s a nip in the air – fall is definitely on its way. Now is the perfect time to get your home in shape before winter rolls in, while the weather is still pleasant enough for spending time outdoors. Seal it up: Caulk and seal around exterior […]

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Snowball or stacking? How to pay off your credit card debt

Last week we talked to personal finance experts about the biggest money mistakes Canadians make. Ringing up consumer debt on credit cards and not paying them off in full topped the list of mistakes we make that could cripple us financially. The numbers are significant: for every dollar that Canadians earn, we owe $1.63 to […]

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Why it’s important to check your credit history

  You’ve likely sorted through some post-Christmas/ shopping bills—question is, are all the charges yours? Credit and debit card fraud goes up in January after the busy shopping season, so it’s important to check that someone didn’t steal your credit card number or identification. Equifax Canada says only one in 10 Canadians check their credit […]

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How to get your home ready for Summer!

Summer will be here before you know it, and we’re definitely glad about that. And now is a great time to get your home in top shape for the months ahead. Whatever your weather, caring for your home now will help to ensure a worry-free, comfortable summer. Follow a few of these tips each week […]

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Should you rent or buy? This real estate calculator will help you decide

To rent or buy?  That is a question Canadians across the country face as they weigh the pros and cons of making the leap into home ownership. Conventional wisdom says to buy property. We’re not making any more land, and with the Bank of Canada keeping interest rates low and mortgage rates falling it might seem like a […]

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When you’re income-rich, but asset-poor

Canada supposedly got off easy after the global recession. But a months-long Global News investigation has found the reality for many Canadians isn’t nearly as rosy as the headline figures suggest. Increasingly, families across the country find themselves in an instability trap, facing labour uncertainty and an eroded safety net. The social and economic implications are […]

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Looking to buy a home? Ways to save for the down payment

You’ve decided to get into the housing market, scouted out neighbourhoods, maybe even attended a few open houses – but now reality is setting in. You need a down payment to buy a home, and you have nothing saved. Read on for strategies and tips for saving for a down payment. Pay off your credit […]

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What affects your credit rating and how can you improve it?

Do you know what your credit rating is? So much rides on it: your ability to get a credit card, rent an apartment or buy a home. But how much do you really know about what goes into your credit score? To try and demystify the elusive credit rating process, we spoke with the Paul […]

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4 dos and don’ts of buying your first home

Thinking of buying your own place? It’s normal to feel a little overwhelmed. After all, it’s the biggest purchase you can make. In an effort to remove some stress from the equation, here are a few tips from the experts. What to do when you’re a first-time home-buyer: 1. Get pre-approved. Some real estate agents won’t even work with you […]

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4 Dreamy White and Wood Kitchens to Learn From

White too bright in your kitchen? Introduce wood beams, countertops, furniture and more!  While a recent Houzz kitchen survey shows that many homeowners prefer white cabinets, there is such a thing as too much white in a kitchen. To keep your fresh white kitchen from looking like a Snowmageddon highlight reel, look to natural wood […]

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Your January Home Checklist

Make a fresh start in the new year with a healthy pantry makeover, organized files and a decluttered home. Of course, once the energy of those new year’s resolutions begins to fizzle, you may be in need of a midwinter boost — when that time comes, try cozy accents and a few light-enhancing tips to […]

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Set the Mood with these 4 Romantic Bedroom Colors – Just in time to prepare for Valentines Day next month!

According to a recent Houzz survey, intimate or romantic is the third-most desired atmosphere for a master bedroom, after calming and cozy. Let’s take a look at four colors sure to bring about that loving feeling. The Cross Interior Design 1. Raspberry pink. This hot reddish-pink hue is arguably the color of love. I think […]

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Summer Home Maintenance Checklist

You should always maintain your home regularly inside and out to ensure that major issues are avoided and to alleviate some of the work that needs to be done when you are preparing your home to sell.  I’ve compiled a list of some important items that should be done inside and outside your home when […]

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Four Little Fixes You Can Make When Prepping a Home for Sale

Four Little Fixes You Can Make When Prepping a Home for Sale For Sale (Almost) Homeowners make a lot of memories in their houses, and there’s no doubt it’s emotional for them to say goodbye to their well-loved kitchens and family rooms when they put their homes on the market.  Unfortunately, potential buyers will not […]

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Say Hello to Spring: Take The Party Outside!

Get out your sunglasses, your sandals, and your biggest pitcher — we’re taking our entertaining outside. The most important thing about entertaining outdoors? Playing it cool. There will be no fancy tablecloths, no brass candlesticks, no fussing about timing or making things perfect. Here are our tips to make your outdoor entertaining as stress-free — and […]

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Key Facts about the Increase in CMHC Mortgage Loan Insurance Premiums

Mortgage loan insurance helps protect lenders against mortgage default and enables consumers to purchase homes with a minimum down payment of 5% with interest rates comparable to those with a 20% down payment. Mortgage loan insurance is typically required by lenders when homebuyers make a down payment of less than 20% of the purchase price. Effective […]

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Using your Equity

Is it time to renovate that kitchen or put an addition on your home? Or maybe you’re tired of paying those high-interest credit cards. Or you’re considering purchasing an investment property. If you’re self-employed, you might need a cash infusion. So where do you get the money? Well, if you have enough equity in your […]

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Spring Checklist for the Home

OUTSIDE YOUR HOME Clean out and repair eaves troughs and downspouts Ensure downspouts extend from your home by at least six feet  or set  up a rain barrel to catch water runoff Repair driveways, walkways, patio deterioration and seal cracks Paint or stain exterior trim, fences and decks as needed Repair damage on the outside […]

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Keep your home dry during the Spring thaw

Spring is here, bringing longer days and warmer temperatures. That melting snow is a welcome sight, but it also presents a flooding risk. Fortunately there are things you can do to protect yourself from springtime flooding. KEEP THE WATER OUT Before the snow begins melting, clear away any snow and obstructions that have accumulated around […]

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Getting that “Down Payment” might be easier than you think…

For many first-time homebuyers, saving the 5 per cent downpayment is one of the big obstacles to home ownership, especially if you’re paying rent, paying down student loans, and trying to live a life. Here are some programs and tips that can give your downpayment a boost – to get you into your home faster: […]

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Mold Growth

Mold is not something we want in our homes. However, mold can grow on pretty much any surface where moisture is available. Moisture is the key to mold growth. Unfortunately, almost every building material is capable of maintaining mold growth and residential homes are full of moisture. Some of the main causes of mold growth […]

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The Invisible Killer

Realtors are often faced   with a lot of unknowns when it comes to getting   that home sold.  Whether you represent the buyer or the   seller, asbestos can mean all your hard   work was for naught – but it doesn’t have to.    Here is what you need to know about asbestos to help   avoid unnecessary delays […]

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Uncommon Tips for Making Your Home Show Better

Most people know the basics of preparing a home for a viewing or an open house: make sure everything is clean and tidy, mow the lawn, sweep the walkway, etc. But there are a number of lesser known tips — tips you often don’t hear about — that can make your home even more attractive […]

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5 signs that you need to service your air conditioner

Your air conditioner is one of the most hardworking pieces of equipment in your home. In the hot and humid weather, they hum day and night to make your life comfortable. In the process, they gather a thick layer of dust particles that clog the air filter and their moving parts suffer wear and tear […]

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Rooftop Failure: What to watch for

It’s your home’s hat. An umbrella. A lid for the family pot, if   you will. And it is one of the most important aspects of any sound building. Unfortunately, your roof is also   one of the most common problem areas found during a home inspection. Your roof takes a lot   of wear and tear! The […]

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Outdoor Living Space Project Tips

Spring is a popular time for homeowners across Canada to get outside and apply some good old sweat equity to their home investment. Winter months cooped up inside can spawn some creative ideas and solutions that backyard DIY’ers can’t wait to apply. But unfortunately, perhaps in their haste, some homeowners are guilty of poor planning […]

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How to ensure your A/C is ready for the hottest day of the year

Spring is here and that means it’s time to schedule A/C maintenance before you need to turn your air conditioner on. A comprehensive air conditioning tuneup by a qualified air conditioner technician will benefit you in three major ways. It will: Extend the operating life of your air conditioner. Ensure your system operates efficiently all […]

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The enduring power of maps: ‘You find where you are on it’

What’s the first thing you do when you see a map of the world, asks British author Simon Garfield? “You find where you are on it,” he says. And then you think about all the places you might go.             Maps have always had those dual powers: They help us […]

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Why Did Former Competition Bureau Head Decide Not to Follow Her Own Advice on The Sale of Her Toronto Home?

Melanie Aitken, the feisty former Competition Bureau Head, recently sold her Toronto home in the quiet Moore Park neighbourhood. Ms. Aitken did not follow her own advice and chose to hire a full service real estate broker instead. Do as I say but not as I do Ms. Aitken listed her home with a full […]

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3 Criteria for Selecting the Right Professionals

No one buys or sells a home alone. You need the help of a professional – and likely a whole team of professionals – to assist you in achieving your goals and protecting your interests. A real estate transaction can be stressful enough. So when it comes to choosing professionals to help you – before, […]

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New Office, Same Great Service!

We are pleased to announce that we have relocated to our Oakville location!  Same great service with a new location to better serve you! Scan the QR code or save our new contact information below. 251 North Service Road West, Oakville, ON L6M 3E7 Office: 905-338-3737 Fax: 905-338-7351 Website, email and direct line remain the […]

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Foundation Crack Concerns

Foundation Crack Concerns Cracks in foundation walls are not an unusual sight. In fact, most homeowners have discovered minor cracks in their basement walls or in stone or brick work, whether they own a home that was built recently or one that has been standing for many years. But sometimes even small, seemingly insignificant cracks […]

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Housing prices up in most Canadian markets in early 2013: Royal LePage

By The Canadian Press   – Thursday, April 4, 2013 TORONTO – Average prices for three common types of housing were up year-over-year in most Canadian markets in the first quarter, national real estate company Royal LePage said Thursday. Royal LePage said the average price for a standard two-storey detached house was up 2.2 per cent […]

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Home Safety Throughout the Year

Home safety is a year-round concern. Eliminating hazards around your home should be a major priority no matter what season it is. Hazards fall into three main categories: fire, electrical and chemical. Here are some tips that will help you identify dangerous conditions and reduce your chances of a preventable disaster. Fire hazards Remove old […]

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No crash in store for Canadian housing market: Scotiabank

TORONTO — A slowdown in Canada’s housing market will continue through 2013 and years of stagnation may follow, but no crash is likely because demographic trends will support demand in the medium term, a report by Scotiabank said on Monday. The report by Canada’s third-largest bank said that home sales have already dropped more than […]

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Why you shouldn’t over improve your home before you sell

If you’re considering selling your house, you might be tempted to sink some money into home improvements. After all, gleaming new hardwood floors or a stunning wrap-around deck will make your property sell a lot faster, and for more money. And you’ll more than recover your investment with the higher selling price. Right? Maybe not. […]

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Your Guide to New Year’s Eve in Toronto

New Year’s Eve The lowdown on where to find family festivities, parties for singles, and what’s happening at bars, restos, clubs and attractions across town. Read your guide to New Year’s Eve in Toronto here

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Holiday Giving Guide

Have you wanted to make a donation to a local charity but just don’t know which one to donate to?  Well, that’s me!  So I googled it.  I found a really great website that gave me some tips on how to pick a charity and can be confident in knowing that my money is being put […]

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Coconut Snowmen, how fun!!

Our snowman is made of vanilla ice cream rolled in coconut. His eyes, mouth, and buttons are licorice candies, his carrot nose marzipan, and his hat a toasted marshmallow atop a chocolate cookie. To make these snowmen, you will need three ice-cream scoops in varied sizes. Shoestring licorice cut into small pieces can also be […]

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10 Frugal but Fabulous Holiday Party Ideas

Follow these tried-and-true budget-friendly holiday party ideas to throw a memorable holiday party that won’t break the bank! Holiday parties are fun, but let’s face it, can be expensive to host —  especially during a season where you’re already spending money left and  right. This year, throw a memorable bash without going broke with these  […]

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9 Steps for Showcasing a Listing During the Holidays

Whether it’s wreaths or menorahs, your sellers shouldn’t overdo it around the holidays. Here’s how to stage a listing properly during “the most wonderful time of the year.” December 2012 | By Barbara Ballinger Gone are the days when houses were best listed come spring when flowers bloomed or in late summer before the beginning […]

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Christmas Eve Dinner

Make a meatless Christmas Eve feast full of flavor, featuring fresh, roasted salmon with the recipe’s posted on the Food Networks site!  Complete with an apetizer, main dish, salad, 3 side dishes and 2 desserts!   I can’t wait to try the roasted salmon dish, mmmmmmmmmmm!  Enjoy! Click here to view each recipe online

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Average Home Renovation Costs

After having experienced a small renovation personally last week (I had hardwood floors installed), I came to the realization that it’s really not that bad at all! In fact, it’s almost addicting! So I then googled to see what it would cost to do a few more upgrades to my place and see if I could […]

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How do I decorate baby’s first bedroom?

The question We just bought our first home and we want to transition our one-year-old from a crib in our bedroom to a bedroom of his own. Do you have any style tips on creating a cozy and inviting bedroom space for a wee boy? The answer It’s so important to have your own time […]

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As GTA real estate softens, how to reduce risk

For every pundit who says the GTA real estate market will crash, there is someone else who says it will remain stable or even grow. I fall into that camp. Even so there are signs of weakness in the market. June resale figures for the GTA are 5 per cent lower than a year ago, […]

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Becoming a Real Estate Agent

How to become a Real Estate Agent The real estate industry in Canada is one of the most prestigious industries and real estate agents have become the most sought after professionals in their field. There are various branches of real estate where someone can specialize, and this makes it a profession that cannot easily go […]

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Home Staging for Selling Your Home

For those who do not know what home staging is all about, they have come to the right place. This is the process of improving the appearance of your home by making it more appealing to a prospective buyer. Many people think that selling a house is very simple process of just putting an advert […]

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