What makes a good neighbourhood?

There’s an old saying that ‘the three most important things in real estate are location, location, location. But what makes one community more desirable than another?  Often, it’s the visible aspects of the neighbourhood such as pride of ownership in well-maintained houses, and clean, tree-lined streets.  Sometimes it’s the intangibles, like a look or a …

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Winter’s Coming… Are You Ready?

The trees will soon turn our neighbourhoods into a colourful display of reds, yellows, and orange.  You may be spending the remaining warm days enjoying the great outdoors with the knowledge that the cold winter months are just around the corner. With the arrival of autumn, we need to think about preparing our homes for …

Posted in Home Maintenance

Four Season Housing Market

According to Stephen Dupuis, the old notion of a “spring” and “fall” new housing market has gone out the window. These days, the market in the GTA appears to be driven by the timing of new project openings. According to RealNet Canada Inc. new project openings drove total new home sales up thirty-six per cent over …

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Look To The Future When Buying Home

With today’s interest rates at near record lows, many people recognize that a mortgage payment on a house can actually be comparable to what they would spend on renting an apartment or home.  Perhaps you’re one of them and are ready to take a step up the property ladder. For most people, buying a home …

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Tips for Cost Effective Kitchen Renos

If you’re thinking of selling your home in the near future, investing in a few well-conceived improvements could pay big dividends in terms of improving your resale value. So, where should you spend your money and what value would you place on the improvements while you’re continuing to live in the home? After you’ve considered that, there …

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Toronto Real Estate Board Announces New Zones

I am happy to report that in just a few months (starting in July to be exact), I will be able to search properties on the Toronto Real Estate Board based on ‘actual’ neighbourhoods! While we have been able to create a custom map search on the Oakville Board website for some time and drill …

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