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Fixer Uppers – The Pros & Cons

Good things come to those who wait. This could not be more true when purchasing a home that requires a little more love than a move-in ready property. Learn about the pros and cons of fixer uppers from Jonathan Scott and Drew Scott. Continue Reading…
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Good Home with Great Bones

House hunting can be a stressful and exciting time. You want to find something that makes you feel good about the structure and interior of the property. Here are 4 signs that the home you want to buy has ‘great bones’. Learn More
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Dealing with Snow and Ice

A couple of warm days in the winter don’t mean anything. February means we are still in the middle of one of the coldest months. Here are some ways you can maintain snow and ice on your property with some ease. Start Right Here
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Home Security

Avoid the risk of burglary and theft, save yourself the stress of dealing with stolen possessions and a damaged property. Learn about the best home security systems in Canada and the provinces where they provide the service.  Get Started Here
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It’s fall…sort of!

It sure doesn’t feel like autumn, does it? But, nonetheless, today is the first day of fall. With this summery weather though, we really have to ask what the rest of the year is going to look like as winter approaches. Does this unusual warm weather mean we’re going to pay dearly with a cold, bitter winter? According to Environment Canada senior climatologist Dave Phillips: Not so much! “It is so Canadian to worry about winter before summery weather is even over.” Well, can you blame us? “There is going to be something for everybody. There are going to be
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Fall Maintenance Tips

Fall. Arguably one of the most beautiful times of the year! The weather has cooled and the leaves have begun to change, reminding us that winter isn’t all that far away. Before the snow flies, our homes need a little TLC in order to ensure our warmth and safety over the months – yes, months – of winter. We’ve prepared a few tips on where to begin and what to include in your home maintenance checklist for the fall: • Inspect and clean out your eaves trough. In order to ensure a smooth and safe flow of water away from
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Rain Gardens: Pretty & Practical!

Curbside appeal is important, especially if you’re considering listing your property. It plays a role in maximising value and marketing potential, and is a must-do for the Spring/Summer Market. But, curbside appeal isn’t just pretty window dressing or the “Awe!” factor. The best appeals actually serve a function that adds to the practicality of your property. Here is a neat article on an idea that not only adds to your curbside appeal, but could potentially help keep your basement dry during the rainy season. This also translates well to certain areas of Ottawa and the Ottawa Valley Click HERE for
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CMHC announces new rules to make it easier for homeowners to rent out property

In this Financial Post article, Garry Marr discusses the impact of upcoming changes from Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp (CMHC) that will permit homeowners to count 100% of the income from their secondary units when qualifying for a loan.  Currently, homeowners with legal units can only count 50% of the income from legal rentals.  By making it easier to borrow money, Marr suggests CMHC will be bringing more people into the market, and that is expected to boost affordable housing, especially in hot markets like Vancouver where secondary units make up almost 20% of the city’s rental stock.  To read
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