Eight Ontario Real Estate Boards Form Regional MLS® System!

This is exciting news for our clients! Eight Ontario real estate associations have joined together to create a regional shared MLS® data system. This represents MLS® based listings and sales data from more than 7,000 Realtors belonging to the following local boards: Brantford Regional Real Estate Association (BRREA) Cambridge Association of REALTORS® Inc. (CARI) Guelph …

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Knowledge is Power…

Knowledge is power. Knowledge shared is power multiplied. We want to share some facts with you that have to do with the single greatest investment that you will ever make – your ‘real property’ At a recent seminar, we learned that the most litigious matters today DO NOT deal with personal injury, but rather with …

Posted in Buying and Selling, Home Renovation, Living, New construction

New Minimum Down Payment Rules Effective February 15, 2016

This past December, Finance Minister Bill Morneau announced changes to the rules for government-backed mortgage insurance. Effective February 15th, the minimum down payment for new insured mortgages will increase from 5% to 10% for the portion of the house price above $500,000. The minimum down payment will remain at 5% for homes with a purchase …

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Country Living – Reducing the Risk of a Barnfire

Some good information courtesy of the Ministry of Agriculture, via the Ontario newsroom. This is especially important, as loss due to fire can be financially and emotionally devastating. Some of the recommended best practices include: Hiring a qualified professional to assess all farm buildings Getting all electrical equipment inspected yearly by a licensed contractor Only using CSA …

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2016 Water & Wastewater Rates for Halton Region:

Interested in learning more about the 2016 water and wastewater rates for Halton Region? For details use the link below to view the water & wastewater rate card published by Halton Region for 2016.  2016 Water & Wastewater Rate Card for Halton Region  

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Putting Your Profits to Work…

The government has passed the contribution limit for (TFSA) Tax Free Savings Accounts into law! Starting in 2015 and during subsequent years, you can invest up to $10,000 annually. If you’re thinking about ways to invest your profits from a home sale, then this increase could become a part of your strategy. The Canadian government proposed raising the annual contribution …

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