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Tips: Buying A Home

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Closing Day Checklists for Buyers & Sellers

I love checklists. Not only do they simplify my life, but they keep things orderly during a real estate transaction when things can get so busy and sometimes go off the rails. Real Estate Lawyer Mark Weisleder penned a real estate column for The Toronto Star from 2009 to 2012. He still has lin... Read More

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Buying Real Estate As Investment Property

Owning your first home is a great way to learn all the ins-and-outs of buying real estate. Building your real estate portfolio is a beneficial way to diversify and save for the future. Increasingly, people are opting to purchase an investment property to help save for their children's education... Read More

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Walkable Neighbourhoods: The New-Style Communities

During an average week, how many places can you, or do you, walk to? If you’re like many Canadians, it’s difficult to get everything done in one day on foot—at some point, you need to drive - whether to school, work, or shopping. Recently, I have noticed a trend away from a car-centred style... Read More

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5 Reasons To Use A Real Estate Agent

When you hire a real estate agent whether you are buying or selling your home, what exactly are you getting? Experience and expertise in real estate transactions! Most people sell only a few homes in their lifetime, usually with several years in between each sale. Even if you’ve done it before, ... Read More

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Hidden Costs Of Home Buying

The selling price is only one of the real estate related costs you’ll encounter when purchasing a new home. Getting your real estate agent involved in helping you prepare a budget will ensure that nothing is overlooked. Along with a wide network of suppliers, experienced real estate agents have a... Read More

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Joint home ownership: What you need to know.

Co-ownership or joint ownership, isn’t a new idea. But with housing prices on the rise, joint home ownership is proving to be an affordable option for many new home buyers and families. There are many reasons to consider jointly owning a home. Beyond affordability, people can enter a joint hou... Read More

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Moving Made Easier : 7 Great Ideas

It may have been a while since you moved. If so, the task probably looks pretty daunting. Believe it or not, real estate agents chat about moving almost as much as we do homes or taxes. Whether it’s moving-in or moving out, there’s lots to do, and there’s simply no point in denying it, it’s... Read More

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FAQ: Buying or Selling Rental Properties

Real estate rental properties can be a great investment. Many homeowners have been able to pay off their mortgage a lot quicker by renting out a basement unit. Not every rental situation has to be adversarial. There are numerous cases when the homeowner and tenant become life-long friends or a st... Read More

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5 FAQ About Real Estate Transactions

In my daily chats with prospective buyers and sellers, I find myself answering questions that range from: Is an open house really necessary? to When will I receive my money?. In a seller’s market, which best describes today's market - when there are more buyers than houses - there are some fre... Read More

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8 Tips On How to Compete With Multiple Offers

HGTV recently shared a wonderful post on their blog: ‘Competing with Multiple Offers: Five Key Tips’ by Sarah Daniels. It was such a great post, I decided to reference it in my June 2nd e-newsletter and curate the post here for our blog. The HGTV post starts out… In a sellers’ market, whic... Read More