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Category Archives: Tips & Advice

Team BB Trusted Partner – these architects Inc.

these architects Inc is an architecture office with studios in Fonthill, and Toronto.  They specialize in renovations and new builds of residential custom homes, working closely with the home owner to guide them through the process from pre-design through to construction. They also specialize in commercial projects ranging from interior design to new builds, in…
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Factors Sellers Overlook When Preparing for A Move

As exciting as it is to move into a new home, the process can be time consuming and stressful – especially if you have overlooked factors involved in preparing for a move. If it’s been a while since you have last experienced a move, here are a few reminders to help prepare yourself for what…
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Hallex Environmental – Local Experts in Environmental Site Assessments

Hallex is a full service engineering and environmental firm based in the Niagara region providing a complete range of services that includes engineering, environmental science, cost consulting, commissioning and project management. Hallex Environmental provides a complete range of services to the residential, industrial, commercial and institutional marketplace for both small and large projects. WHAT IS…
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Tech Tools to Empower the Average Buyer

The 21st century homebuyer is powerful. They’re well equipped, informed and ready to fight for their dream homes. Still, with all the tech tools the buyer has at hand – nothing beats having an experienced, knowledgeable real estate agent in your homebuying corner. We rank the ways today’s buyer can better prepare to partner with…
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“Going Crazy for Cannabis” by Mark Weisleder

Here is an interesting video and article by Toronto area lawyer, Mark Weisleder about smoking and growing cannabis in private homes/ condos/ apartments and the impact on Real Estate Brokers, Landlords and Condominium Boards. Going Crazy for Cannabis I have now given over 30 seminars on the new Cannabis Act to real estate brokerages, real…
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Cannabis Legalization and Real Estate Disclosure Requirements

What happens with real estate transactions involving a home that has had this number of cannabis plants grown within it? On October 17, 2018, it became legal to purchase small amounts of marijuana and grow up to four plants per residence (not per person) in Ontario. Nonetheless, the prospect of purchasing a home that has…
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Deciding Whether to Stay Or Sell

Deciding whether to stay in your current home or look for a new one is tough. So tough in fact, that there is a reality TV show about it! If you’re struggling to make that decision, here are some tips that can help: Find out the current market value of your home. This will give…
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5 Ways to Get Involved in Your New Community

The boxes are unpacked, the house is set up and everybody's settled into their new routine after the big move. Life is beginning to feel a bit more normal. But now that you're here and the immediate tasks have been taken care of, you want to get involved in your new community. What do you…
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Tips to Increase Home Value

Whether they’re about staging, adding storage or remodeling wisely, these suggestions will help your home stand out on the market A Designer’s Top 10 Tips for Increasing Home Value
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Thinking of Selling Privately? Here’s a Few Reasons to Think Twice

In today's market conditions of low inventory and accelerated price growth homeowners may find themselves tempted to try selling their home on their own, known in the industry as a For Sale by Owner (FSBO). There are several reasons this might not be a good idea for most Sellers.   1. There Are Too Many…
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Why Bargain Hunting Is a Bad Idea

It seems like every month there is a new website offering deals on everything from electronics to travel. In fact, the “coupon industry” is booming. This trend has conditioned people, more than ever before, to look for bargains and become determined to pay well below the market price for merchandise. There’s nothing wrong with that.…
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Need a New Beautiful Driveway? Call Rob Enter Landscapes

'Need a New Beautiful Driveway' was the subject line of my email when I reached out to Fenwick-based landscaper, Rob Enter - and as you can see he sure knows how to deliver! We first met Rob at the 'Bunglaows at Lookout Point', the new homes site that we are marketing in Fonthill for Langendoen…
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How to be a Smart Home Shopper

Lately, viewing and selecting a home to purchase has become an extremely fast-paced experience. You see a home you like, you're attracted to some of its key features and, before you know it, you have to make a a quick decision to put in an offer. However, if you haven’t taken the time to consider…
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What Renovations Produce Highest Return on Investment?

As a new or existing home owner, you will most likely re-sell your property at some point in the future. Often, as properties age, their appeal can substantially subside. A facelift may be in order to help restore lost market value. Unsure how best to invest your renovation $'s? Call us to discuss - we're…
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How to Avoid Home Buying Horrors

7 mistakes to avoid when buying a home prepare so that you don’t have nightmares later 1. Make sure your lender has done their appraisal of your home Just because you are pre-approved for financing, it does not mean you will get your money on closing. There are always more lender conditions to satisfy, whether…
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GUEST POST via ‘The Mortgage Guy Niagara’: Understanding Penalty Payments

Many borrowers choose a five year term for their mortgage product as it suits their home-ownership plans as well as locks in a consistent payment which makes monthly budgeting easier. Did you know that statistically, the average borrower will refinance, move, renew, pay-down or pay-off their mortgage in 3.5 years? This means, the average borrower…
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Be clear about rental items in real estate contracts

Author: Mark Weisleder When you sell your home, if you expect the buyer to take over any of your rental obligations, be clear, or you will end up paying for it yourself later. Here's why: Aidong Gu sold his home at 4082 Robin Ave. in Niagara Falls to Anna Carnovale on July 19, 2012. The…
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Government Programs for Home Buyers

CMHC Purchase Plus Improvements RRSP Home Buyers' Plan 5% Down Payment Program HST New Housing Rebate Land Transfer Tax (LTT) Rebate Program Government Programs for Home Buyers A home is usually the single largest investment that most people make in their lives. Achieving your dream can be made easier by taking advantage of various Government…
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How To Pay Your Mortgage Off Early!

If you're like many people with a mortgage, you're probably looking for ways to pay it off sooner. Below are some great tips to help you reduce your principal and eliminate your mortgage debt faster, so that you have more money in your bank account for retirement, investments or a relaxing tropical vacation. If you're…
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When can you walk away from a house deal? – Moneyville.ca

Putting your home up for sale can be a tough decision, but once made and the ball is rolling, you may not be able to change your mind. Last week’s column about a $3.3 million home sale that went wrong for the seller prompted several related questions from readers. Here they are: Is there a…
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How to avoid home closing day anxiety

Lots of things can go wrong on closing day. If you’re careful and think ahead, you can avoid a lot of anxiety later. Sometimes, though, you have to go with the flow. They only left us one key. The front door has two locks! This happens more often than you think. Calling the sellers won’t…
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Does a minute matter in a real estate deal? – Moneyville.ca

The standard Ontario real estate contract says deals must be concluded no later than 6 p.m. on the day of closing. But if you’re a minute late, will that kill the deal? On Friday, Nov. 30, 2007, lawyer Michael Gatien went to the Cornwall, Ont., registry office to register a deed on behalf of his…
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5 tips to help hire the right mover – moneyville.ca Blogs

When I moved from a two-bedroom condo into a house in April, it cost $750 and took about six-and-a-half hours.  We got estimates from five or six movers and ended up using one that came highly-recommended from a friend. I had no idea that Ministry of Consumer Services receives almost 300 inquires and complaints about…
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