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Selling your home seems like a pretty simple idea. The steps appear to be straight forward… 1) call a REALTOR® 2) clean the house 3) have people come through your home 4) get an offer 5) put up the sold sign 6) move Stress starts from the moment you don’t see and realize the big … Read moreFive easy steps to reduce stress when selling your home
Have you ever planned a long needed vacation just to have something more urgent interrupt your plans before you even get a chance to relax? How about the times when just as you “touch wood” for making a casual declaration like “I never have issues with my car. It’s always reliable” just to have something go wrong? Well Karma works in funny ways and house purchases are no exception.
Currently, as a home buyer you will pay a Provincial Land Transfer Tax. This adds thousands to the home purchase. This may change in the future if the province grants Municipalities the authority to collect additional tax revenues by way of a Municipal Land Transfer Tax. Toronto buyers currently pay a Provincial and a Municipal … Read moreHave you heard about the Municipal Land Transfer Tax?
Have you been possessed by a scary spirit? With Halloween just around the corner, making a haunted house is a perfect way to celebrate or to spook your guests. To transform your house will take planning, hard work, and creativity. 1. Start by planning a path… either inside your home or outside. Figure out the scale … Read moreHow to create a spooky house!
Choosing the length of your amortization period, which means the number of years you will need to pay the full balance of your mortgage, is an important decision that can affect how much interest you pay over the life of your mortgage. Historically, the banking industry’s standard amortization period has been 25 years, … Read moreLonger or shorter? Your amortization affects how much your mortgage really costs.
The Bank of Canada announced on July 16th, 2014 that it was keeping its trend-setting overnight lending rate at 1 per cent. The overnight rate has not moved in almost four years, and the Bank’s July announcement and accompanying Monetary Policy Report (MPR) suggest the most likely scenario right now is that the overnight … Read moreBank of Canada signals low rates for longer
Drive Up Your Curb Appeal Is your home’s first impression being hindered by a bland driveway, or an eyesore of a walkway? If so, it might be time to kick start your curb appeal with a few upgrades. From repairing to repaving, a little attention to your home’s entryway can go a long way when … Read moreDoes Your Home Have Curb Appeal?
The Bank of Canada announced on April 16th, 2014 that it was keeping its trend-setting overnight lending rate at 1 per cent, where it has been parked since September 2010. The Bank also published its latest quarterly Monetary Policy Report and updated its economic growth and inflation forecasts. The Bank’s global economic growth outlook remains … Read moreBank of Canada holds interest rates steady
Your roof has a tough life. Just when it’s survived another long, cold Canadian winter, it faces the heat and humidity of the summer months ahead. That’s why spring is the perfect time to assess the state of your roof, and to decide whether you need to take steps to improve its condition. Here is … Read moreA Guide to Roofing Improvement. Repair? Replace? ROI?
This is not a trick question! I’d like to find out who you would recommend as a realtor anywhere in Canada. We often get clients selling their homes and leaving Kingston and area. They don’t know who they would use once they get to their new destination. I’d like to offer them names of realtors … Read moreWho is your favourite realtor?