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Rewards of ownership

September 7, 2019

A home of your own sounds like an excellent idea. But is it a wise move? Will the benefits outweigh any financial risks? Before making your final decision, there are some facts you should know. It can seem a little frightening and kind of like signing your life away. After all, you'll be locked into a loan payment for 15, 20 or even 30 years or ...

Five tips to know before buying

August 17, 2019

Every year thousands of condo buyers call our advisors looking for help out of a sticky situation resulting from a uninformed condo purchase. As the buying season fires up, buyers need to take a few simple steps to avoid disappointment and unanticipated costs. Here are five specific situations buyers have encountered in the past month alone. 1. ...

The Inspection

July 31, 2019

You've found your dream home. But don't buy before ... Your house has been sold, pending an inspection. Now the tough part begins. Here's the drill: Two vehicles pull up outside your front door. From one, out steps the real estate agent, client in tow. From the other emerges the most feared face in real estate sales: the house ...

Home Buyers and Renovators Willing to Spend on Green Upgrades, Says TD Canada Trust Poll

July 29, 2019

Not only is the environment a top-of mind issue for many Canadian homeowners, but the majority are also willing to ante up a higher purchase price in support of their beliefs. The TD Canada Trust Green Building Poll, conducted by Ipsos Reid to examine Canadians' views on environmentally friendly housing, found that 73% of Canadian homeowners or ...

Becoming a Homeowner is a Great Move!

July 28, 2019

Are you currently renting and thinking about joining the ranks of homeowners? You should know that in addition to providing numerous financial benefits, buying a home will help improve your quality of life. Not only do homeowners enjoy more freedom, they also have a strong feeling of pride, as well as peace of mind. It’s definitely a worthwhile ...

THE IMPACT OF MARRIAGE AND DIVORCE ON MATTERS RELATING TO REAL ESTATE BROKERAGE

July 27, 2019

Certain every-day situations in the lives of married couples may have an impact on real estate brokerage. It is important to note that the situations described in this article do not apply to common-law partners. For common-law relationships, you must refer to the rules of civil law, particularly those relating to undivided ...

Home buyers looking for green element, survey says

July 25, 2019

Environmentally friendly home improvements have become a huge factor in home buyer shopping lists, a new survey suggests, and will likely yield a solid return on investment come selling time. Almost three quarters (72 per cent) of the 1,266 Canadians asked in the latest Eco Home Survey by real estate company Royal LePage said they will look for ...

Say goodbye to mold

July 24, 2019

The word mold can strike terror in the hearts of home owners. It can cause health problems, especially for the ultra sensitive person. But consider this. Our homes are more tightly sealed than ever. They are warm and many of us add moisture either with humidifiers or everyday water uses. It's the perfect setup for mold. Mold is a fungus with ...

Disclosure: What Sellers Need to Know

July 21, 2019

States are cracking down on sellers' obligation to disclose known material facts about properties for sale—especially conditions not readily apparent, such as a cracked foundation. A material fact is anything that could affect the sale price or influence a buyer's decision to purchase a home. The major cause of post-sale disputes and lawsuits ...

Making an attractive home-purchase offer

July 18, 2019

It's easy to assume that negotiating is adversarial. You, the buyer, are on one side -- the side that wants to buy a property for the lowest price possible. The opposition on the other side is the seller who wants to sell for the highest price possible. You're locked in a tug of war to see which side will win. It's more productive to look at a ...
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