Category Archives: Tips and Tidbits

What is the best Season to Sell my Home?

Common belief has held that the best time to sell a home is in the spring, and the best time to buy is in the fall. Although there is merit to this argument, not everything can be so definitive and … Read More »

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STREAMLINING THE BUILDING APPROVALS PROCESS

Brewer’s Dictionary of Phrase and Fable says the term “red tape” is “so called because lawyers and government officials tie their papers together with red tape. Charles Dickens introduced the phrase.” Red tape makes property developers, builders, architects and ultimately … Read More »

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HOW HOUSING IN CANADA IS DIFFERENT THAN IN THE U.S.

When Canadians visit the U.S., or Americans come to Canada, everything looks familiar but feels somehow different. It’s the same in the two countries’ housing markets – there are enough similarities that it feels normal, but drill down a little … Read More »

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DOGS, CATS AND REAL ESTATE

Canadians love their pets – really love them. About 57 per cent of Canadians own a pet, according to a recent poll by Ipsos Public Affairs. That’s not as many as in the U.S., where 67 per cent of households … Read More »

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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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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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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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Why ‘Under The Table’ Renovation Jobs Are a Bad Idea

Tax evasion is against the law and could result in heavy fines and even jail time for Canadians who are found guilty of bilking the taxman. Yet, “under the table” or “cash deal” jobs have been common in the construction … 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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