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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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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Where Is The Canadian Real Estate Market Going?

For every doom and gloomer out there in the world of real estate forecasting there is an optimist… and one of them is always right. So where is the Canadian real estate market heading in 2013? I for one am … Read More »

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House-happy Canadians Urged to Diversify

If homeownership is the American Dream, perhaps the Canadian Dream is mortgage-free homeownership. A survey by Forum research in 2012 found that 47 per cent of Canadian homeowners are mortgage-free. The Canadian Association of Accredited Mortgage Professionals (CAAMP) says in … Read More »

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Digitizing The Paper Trail: SMART Goals

January is typically the month for setting “To Do This Year” goals. However, digital devices and related trends move us away from traditional goal setting and may leave many with a goal-less 2013. Pen and paper have a long-established track … 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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