How To Make A Small Space Feel Larger

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Pages of glossy magazines are often filled with immense rooms and oversized spaces full of grandeur and twelve-foot ceilings. But the truth is that most of us live in houses, apartments or townhomes built on a much smaller scale. When faced with the size of some of these tiny rooms, it’s easy to get frustrated… Read More

The Offer: There’s More To It Than Just The Price

Fixating on price in real estate may cost you the deal: Sellers who decide that a specific dollar figure will buy their home and won’t budge from that bottom line may sell themselves short. Buyers who drop out of a transaction for a property they love because the seller’s counter-offer shocks them may be quitting… Read More

Top Six Mistakes Sellers Make

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While a seller doesn’t control the real estate market, his actions can significantly contribute to how long their home takes to sell and how much it is sold for. Not Cleaning & De-Cluttering: It may seem obvious, but real estate agents everywhere are nodding their heads in agreement as they read this. Inviting potential buyers… Read More

Toronto Prices Spike Upward in November

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Toronto prices set another all-time high in November, with the average price increasing to $776,684, a whopping 23% above last November. The trend was consistent across all GTA regions and all home types; for example, condo apartment prices were up 15% over last year. It seems only yesterday that there was a glut of condo… Read More

Untangling the New Mortgage Rules

The Federal Government has made two recent changes to the eligibility rules for government-backed insured mortgages: Effective October 17, all borrowers seeking high ratio (less than 20% down payment) mortgages must qualify based upon the Bank of Canada’s five year fixed posted rate (also known as the ‘Mortgage Qualification Rate’ or MQR). Presently the MQR… Read More

10 Tips For Decorating Your Home For Sale During The Holidays

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If you’re planning to put your home up for sale during the holidays, you have a lot of things to consider – most importantly, how to price it right to attract buyers during this busy time of year. But home staging is always a concern when selling a home, and during the holidays, it becomes… Read More

10 Ways to Save Money on Your Home

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Maintaining a home is expensive – but are you spending extra money unnecessarily? Here are 10 of the most expensive mistakes you could be making: Using traditional light bulbs. If you are still using incandescent light bulbs, consider switching them out for fluorescent or even¬† better LED bulbs. The savings can be up to $150… Read More

No Sign of Cooling in Toronto Market

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Toronto area prices and sales once again registered all time highs in October. The average selling price across all areas and all property types was 21% higher than last October, the biggest year-over-year increase so far in 2016. Sales were also up strongly, more than 8% higher than last year. So far we have seen… Read More

Tree Wins Ontario Court Decision

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Backyard disputes over property boundaries and trees growing on or near those boundaries are not uncommon. In what’s being called a “landmark decision” by the winning lawyer, an Ontario court has ruled that trees with trunks that grow across private property lines cannot be cut down without the consent of both landowners. “This ruling prevents… Read More

Harvesting Rainwater

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In some parts of the world, harvesting rain is the only way to get water. About a decade ago, researchers from Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp. (CMHC) started looking at the benefits of using rain as a water source. They discovered that rainwater harvesting (RWH) systems in North America were not only rare, but in… Read More