Category Archives: Blogs from a Buyer’s Perspective

CANADIAN RENOVATION SPENDING WILL STAY STRONG FOR YEARS

If you’re getting your house ready to sell, chances are good that you’ll be spending some money to fix it up and make it more attractive to buyers. If you just bought a house, you’re likely going to spend some … Read More »

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Owning a Home Makes Families Happier, Healthier

There are lots of reasons why Canada’s homeownership rate is one of the highest in the world, at about 70 per cent. The best reason is because owning a home makes families happier and healthier and in most cases, more … Read More »

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What Do Young Canadians Want? Home Ownership, But It’s Getting Tougher

With Canada’s housing market levelling off after more than a decade of unprecedented growth, lately there’s been a lot of research about what young Canadians think about buying a home. Is it as important to them as it was for … Read More »

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Most Canadian Homeowners Have No Plans to Downsize

A recent survey by Leger Marketing, sponsored by Royal LePage Real Estate, found the demand for suburban detached homes remains strong among baby boomers and their children, known as Generation Y. “Baby boomers are the wealthiest generation in Canadian history,” … Read More »

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Radon Gas Is Second Leading Cause of Lung Cancer

Ongoing research into the presence and effects of radon gas has produced some disturbing results – the gas is in almost twice as many Canadian homes as previously estimated. Health Canada estimates that radon exposure causes the deaths of about … Read More »

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9 Tips for Plunging in AND Avoiding Buyer’s Remorse

You can be sure even in the face of uncertainty. Pundits and professionals can’t agree on the state of real estate markets and whether prices are on the way down, but if you’re sure you want to become a homeowner, … Read More »

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Canadian Home Ownership Trends Point To Smaller Houses

For the last decade there’s been an unprecedented condominium boom in Canada’s major cities. There has been lots of concern that the condo market is overbuilt, particularly in Vancouver and Toronto. “Who is going to live in all of these … Read More »

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Which Real Estate Decisions Will You Make in 2013?

In the last weeks of what has been both an action-packed and a wait-and-see year, attention will shift from 2012 goings-on to projections for 2013 – as if anyone knows for sure. January will see the annual forward-looking media broadcasts … Read More »

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Why Condo Fees Are Your Friend

When you meet first-time buyers and asks them, “What are you looking for in a Durham condominium?” a common answer is, “Low maintenance fees.” “When I hear this, a little orange flag goes off in my mind as it’s time … Read More »

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Real Estate’s “Loose Ends” Are Expensive

Loose ends can unravel good intentions and well-laid plans. Compound this vulnerability with uncertain times, and you’ll hear a lot of “if only I’d…” from those stricken with hindsight clarity. “Loose ends” result from procrastination, unfinished projects, incomplete research, or … Read More »

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