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Enough with the Mortgage Rule Changes Already

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The housing market has seen a lot of changes over the past several months. It all started with the new stress test on insured mortgages last year. Then there was Ontario’s Fair Housing Plan in the spring. More recently we’ve seen higher mortgage rates. If that hasn’t been enough changes to get used to, OSFI… Read more

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How to Keep your Sanity (and Relationship) Alive During a Renovation

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MY HUSBAND AND I bought our first house a few years ago. Before we even closed, we had dreamt of all the imaginative, colourful ways to decorate and renovate our house. We felt prepared, excited, and optimistic. Until we started the actual renovations that is. Like so many other newbie home renovators, we had a VERY steep… Read more

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What Does Ontario’s Fair Housing Plan Mean for First-Time Homebuyers?

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Last week the Ontario Liberals released a 16-point plan ahead of this week’s provincial budget aimed to cool the red-hot real estate market in Toronto. With the premier’s approval rating at a woeful 12 percent and a provincial election set for June 2018, it became too politically costly not to do something. When the government… Read more

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Springtime – Cleaning checklist!

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It’s finally spring! The crocuses and tulips are beginning to show themselves, days are a little brighter and the birds are singing again. But before you get too comfortable, let’s get you to work! Each season brings new opportunities for preventative maintenance on your home…Spring is no exception. Regular upkeep of your home can save… Read more

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5 Renovations That WON’T Increase Your Home’s Value

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Just because you upgrade doesn’t mean you’ll profit when it comes time to sell. If you’re hoping to increase your home’s value (above and beyond the cost of an upgrade itself), you should know that the upgrades you value might not be valuable to potential buyers. In fact, you may never recoup the full cost of… Read more

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Three Major Factors to Consider When Buying a Home

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Buying a home is a stressful thing – I mean, it’s not something you do everyday so you want to make sure you’re making the right decision. But what should you look for? We’ve helped thousands of home buyers over the past couple of years and have found that ultimately there are three things you… Read more

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Declutter 101: Where Do I Start?

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Clutter can be incredibly frustrating. After cleaning sometimes you may be satisfied, but other times your house still looks dirty. What is all this stuff and where did it come from? There’s also multiple forms of clutter. Sometimes it’s obvious, like knickknacks or toys or books. (Things you said you were going to put away… Read more

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Yes It IS Possible to Sell Your Home During Christmas

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There are many reasons why you may be selling during the holiday season – maybe you’ve finally decided to move across the country in the New Year, you’re getting transferred to another office overseas, or you’re downsizing to a smaller condo so you can finally travel the world. What ever the reason, the holiday season… Read more

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Halloween Decor that Isn’t Cheesy

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Halloween is such a fun time of year, but over the years, there hasn’t been much progress in the decor department. Since childhood, you’ve seen the same pumpkins, plastic skeletons and hanging ghosts that have become Halloween staples but let’s face it, they ARE a little cheesy.  Since you’re grown up now, why not add some more sophisticated… Read more

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Be Comfortable In Your New Home

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Even if it’s not your first home, buying a new property is more than finding the perfect 2 bedroom + den with chef’s kitchen in the right neighbourhood and school district.  More than making sure you know about when the windows and roof were last replaced, there are some other factors to consider that go beyond that,… Read more

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