Category Archives: Tips & Advice

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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Home inspector sued for failing to discover mould in older home

This recent article by Real Estate Lawyer, Author & Speaker Mark Weisleder is an eye opener! A recent Ontario Court of Appeal decision confirmed a lower court ruling that a home inspector could be liable for failing to find a cause of mould, especially when knowing that the buyer was allergic to it. In the…
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Who pays if a tree falls in your yard?

Among the most popular questions that come up time and again are about trees on the boundary between houses or properties. Who owns them? What are the rules about cutting branches or roots that extend onto your property? If you think a tree is dying, can you cut it down? If your neighbour’s tree falls…
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Home Inspections Not Just for Buyers

So you’re getting ready to take your car to the dealer for an estimate of its trade-in value. What do you do first? Most likely you get it detailed – and this means more than simply vacuuming it out. Picture yourself steam cleaning, stain removing, de-odorizing and buffing until it shines. Preparing your home to…
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Green Housing Tips

Making the decision for an eco-renovation For a complete homeowner's guide to green renovation please CLICK HERE. Some of you may be considering your home renovation ideas with your extended families and friends. While you're imagining your new and improved lifestyle in that dream kitchen, en-suite, basement or addition, I encourage you to think about greening your…
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Downsizing in Niagara

Aging boomers are a primary real estate demographic throughout North America. This important market segment has an even greater impact in Niagara because our Niagara census metropolitan area currently has the fourth largest percentage of seniors in all of Canada.

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Expert Advice- Why Experience COUNTS!

I was chatting with a friend the other day and we got talking about real estate “horror stories”. For each one that came up I offered my advice concerning how a prudent and well seasoned Realtor would have prevented each of the situations from happening. My friend commented that I sounded just like Mike Holmes…
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We Help You “Find it Local”

  As real estate professionals, it our primary goal to provide our clients with the most thorough information possible when it comes to finding a place to live. Each and every day John and I actively promote the value of our vibrant Niagara lifestyle and demonstrate our  deep personal commitment to helping our local communities thrive. In…
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