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How to Prepare Your Home For Photos

Wednesday Dec 06th, 2017

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Better Homes & Gardens shared this list of 34 things to do to prepare a home for professional photography.  Inside the Home De-clutter as much as possible. Put away toys, clothing, dishes, towels, shoes etc. It’s a lot cheaper to put these things away before the photo shoot than to pay to have the photos “photoshopped”. Depersonalized to a certain degree. Photos of young children and any potentially offensive art (believe me, I’ve seen it... [read more]

Is it time for a new furnace?

Wednesday Nov 29th, 2017

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Sooner or later, every furnace dies. Ideally, you don't want to wait for the unfixable breakdown to happen in the dead of winter before shopping for a replacement. Begin your research before you've got an emergency and you'll have time to choose a furnace and service company wisely. Here are some factors to consider. Age. If your furnace is over 15 years old, it's unwise to trust it for more than a few years longer; repair costs are also more expensive for older models.... [read more]

6 Tips To Sell Your Georgina Home Over The Holidays

Tuesday Nov 28th, 2017

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♪ Baby it's cold outside... It's true that buyer activity slows down over the holidays, but there are still a significant number of people looking to buy in the area.  How can you appeal to them?  1. Price it properly Don't overshoot with your asking price. Buyers who have the luxury of waiting until the weather gets warmer will overlook your home if the price seems too high.  2. Offer incentives Make spirits bright by offering bonuses... [read more]

Why List Your Home Over The Holidays

Monday Nov 27th, 2017

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This time of year is spent visiting family, feasting on turkey and giving gifts. Unfortunately, selling a home usually isn’t at the top of the holiday list. Many buyers don't want to move their furniture and belongings in the winter, and the fact that the holiday season is coming up (creating both time and financial pressures) only compounds the situation. So why sell over the holidays?  Higher price  Generally speaking, homes listed in the winter months get a... [read more]

10 energy saving winter hacks

Sunday Nov 26th, 2017

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The holiday season can be full of cheer, but it can also be expensive. Heating costs at this time can eat up a large portion of your energy bill. Follow these winter hacks from Hydro One so you can keep heating costs down: 1. Keep the cold out by sealing your windows with plastic sheeting. It'll prevent wind from seeping in through spaces between the window and the wall. 2. Use a slow cooker instead of the oven. A slow cooker uses 65 per cent less energy in seven hours than an... [read more]

Understanding renovation quotes

Sunday Nov 26th, 2017

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Price is a critical aspect of any renovation project. What will it cost to do the job you want? Alternatively, how far can you go on a set budget? Determining the cost of a small project, like replacing your roofing, can be fairly simple. Just make sure all the contractors bidding the job are providing the same services and identical quality materials. For more complex projects, it often takes a few conversations with contractors to define the project to the point where they can begin... [read more]

The ins and outs of renovation warranties

Monday Nov 13th, 2017

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When you hire a contractor to renovate or improve your home, there are many details that need to be spelled out in your work order or contract. These include a thorough description of the work to be done, the work schedule to be followed, and what amounts you will pay the contractor and when. You need these details written down and signed by both you and your contractor so every aspect of the project is clear. Without a written contract, you're simply rolling the dice in terms of what... [read more]

GTA REALTORS® Release October Stats

Monday Nov 06th, 2017

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TORONTO, ONTARIO, November 2, 2017 – Toronto Real Estate Board President Tim Syrianos reported 7,118 residential sales through TREB’s MLS® System in October 2017. This result represented an above-average increase between September and October of almost 12 per cent, pointing to stronger fall market conditions. On a year-over-year basis, October sales were down compared to 9,715 transactions in October 2016. Total sales reported through the first 10 months of 2017 amounted to... [read more]

Keep warm this winter with a well-insulated attic

Monday Nov 06th, 2017

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The key to a more comfortable, affordable home could be your attic. That's because homes built more than a few years ago may not have enough attic insulation. Not only have building codes changed, but insulation in this space tends to compress and become less effective over the years. “If your heating bill seems high, check your attic,” advises Jamal Hamad, director of pro tool rental and installation services at The Home Depot Canada. “Topping up your insulation in... [read more]

The role of an agent in buying or selling your home

Wednesday Oct 25th, 2017

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If you have a sore tooth, you consult a dentist. If your furnace breaks down, you call up an HVAC specialist. Why wouldn't you consult an agent when buying or selling the most expensive purchase of your life?If you are looking to enter the real estate market, you want someone who is experienced and has extensive local knowledge in the area. While the idea of being your own agent may be appealing, flying solo could end up costing you a lot more in the long run than the agent's commission... [read more]

What millennials want in a home

Thursday Oct 19th, 2017

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When entering the residential market, it's important to appeal to as many people as possible, especially young, first-time homebuyers. They're one of Canada's fastest-growing markets, but their tastes and priorities are quite different. “The next generation of first-time homebuyers knows exactly what they want in their first major investment,” explains Christopher Alexander, regional director at Re/Max Integra. “Sellers need to be strategic before putting their... [read more]

How to get your home ready for market

Thursday Oct 12th, 2017

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If you are a homeowner who has been toying with the idea of selling and you've finally decided to put up the for sale sign, there are few things to consider before driving the stake into the ground. “Fall and winter are ideal times to get your home ready for market,” advises Christopher Alexander, regional director at Re/Max. “Prepping your home for market before things heat up in the spring is a great way to ensure your space gets noticed by potential... [read more]

Simple home updates before the holidays

Thursday Oct 12th, 2017

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Holiday entertaining can be stressful, and every good host wants to impress. Before the cooking begins and the guests arrive, consider tackling a few projects that will refresh your space to make a great impression without breaking the bank. Depending on your skill level, here are a few quick ideas from The Home Depot Canada to inspire and inform. Beginner: Modernize your hardware. Stay on trend by upgrading your cabinet knobs and pulls. To give your space a contemporary feel, look for... [read more]

Rethink renovation materials to ensure safety and performance

Tuesday Oct 10th, 2017

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by Scott McGillivray We're fortunate in Canada to be protected by strong building codes that ensure our homes are safe and efficient. Building codes set out what we need to achieve and standards that need to be met, but typically, the choice of building materials remains at the discretion of the homeowner or contractor. That's where potential lies to either get things right or to make costly mistakes. That's because not all building materials are created equal. And one of... [read more]

5 facts you need to know about heating your home

Thursday Oct 05th, 2017

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As Canadians, we rely on heating systems more than most nations in the world. But our need doesn't necessarily translate into knowledge. If you're unhappy with the comfort or cost of keeping your home warm in winter, here are some things to consider. Insulation is key. While the kind of energy source and heating equipment you have can affect annual costs a lot, don't even think about upgrading your system until you've optimized insulation levels in your home. For most... [read more]

GTA REALTORS® Release September Stats

Thursday Oct 05th, 2017

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October 4, 2017 -- Toronto Real Estate Board President Tim Syrianos announced that Greater Toronto Area REALTORS® reported 6,379 sales through TREB's MLS® System in September 2017. This result was down by 35 per cent compared to September 2016. The number of new listings entered into TREB's MLS® System amounted to 16,469 in September – up by 9.4 per cent year-over-year. "The improvement in listings in September compared to a year earlier suggests that home... [read more]

Turn energy efficiency into savings

Wednesday Sep 20th, 2017

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by Scott McGillivray If your older home holds more chill than charm, it could be that it's time to consider a few energy efficiency upgrades. Many are simple and cost-effective, but can make a considerable impact on your monthly energy bills. The savings from upgrades typically start right away and can really add up over time. Employ these top upgrades to help create savings: • Replacing older windows can reduce your energy bill up to 15 percent. • Sealing ducts... [read more]

GTA REALTORS® Release August Stats

Monday Sep 11th, 2017

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Toronto Real Estate Board President Tim Syrianos announced that Greater Toronto Area REALTORS® reported 6,357 home sales through TREB's MLS® System in August 2017. This result was down by 34.8 per cent compared to August 2016. "Recent reports suggest that economic conditions remain strong in the GTA. Positive economic news coupled with the slower pace of price growth we are now experiencing could prompt an improvement in the demand for ownership housing, over and above the... [read more]

Should you do it yourself?

Monday Sep 11th, 2017

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Planning a DIY renovation project? Here are some questions to ask yourself first. Do you have the skills? Many of today's home improvement products make it easy for do-it-yourselfers, but other projects require specialized skills. Seeing something done on a television renovation show isn't the same as having practical experience. Getting in over your head can end up costing more money, and frustration than hiring a professional in the first place. Do you have the... [read more]

Multi-purpose must-haves to conquer life's mishaps

Tuesday Aug 29th, 2017

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Every household has a handy junk drawer with a mismatch of useful items for everyday life. But no matter if yours is in the kitchen, garage or family room, there are a few essential household helpers to help get you through any bind. Here's what to stash in your junk drawer. Quality tape. There is a reason that duct tape has been called the “handyperson's secret weapon” or “father's favorite fix-all.” Its uses are endless, so be sure you have the best... [read more]

Thinking of Listing Your Home For Sale? Read This First

Monday Aug 14th, 2017

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Whether you're looking to downsize into a smaller home or want to find something that fits your growing needs, there are a few key considerations that you must face to maximize the return on your real estate investment. Selling your home is a very important decision and we realize how nerve wracking it can be. Homeowners looking to list their properties should consider the following four tips to ensure that their experience is a good one: 1. Research prospective agents. As... [read more]

Market Continued to Adjust in July

Tuesday Aug 08th, 2017

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August 3, 2017 -- Toronto Real Estate Board President Tim Syrianos announced that Greater Toronto Area REALTORS® reported 5,921 residential transactions through TREB's MLS® System in July 2017. This result was down by 40.4 per cent on a yearover- year basis, led by the detached market segment – both in the City of Toronto and surrounding regions.While sales were down, the number of new listings reported were only slightly (+5.1 per cent) above last year's... [read more]

Think carefully before paying a contractor up front

Friday Aug 04th, 2017

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You've decided to get going on your dream renovation and worked out the details with a contractor. Now you're anxious to get the work started. But the contractor wants half the money up front. What should you do? Think very carefully before paying. Then think about finding a different contractor. Outside of specific circumstances — such as pre-ordering high-value custom products that cannot be returned, paying for permit fees, road cuts, tree removal, building demolition, or... [read more]

Bathroom renovations top the list of home improvements

Monday Jul 24th, 2017

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Bathroom makeovers were the most desired project in Canada in 2016, according to a recent study. From luxurious double showers to deluxe power rooms, we're spending an average of $8,000 to renovate this space. Upgrading fixtures, appliances and new tiling are core essentials for a deluxe bathroom, but how can you transform this space into your own home spa? The trend that most designers are moving towards is a skylight, a surprisingly affordable addition to any renovation project. Here... [read more]

Transform your dark attic into usable bright space

Monday Jul 24th, 2017

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An attic or loft conversion is a terrific way to maximize the unused square footage and increase the value of your home. Depending on your family's needs, you can renovate the space to turn it into a bedroom, studio, office/study, or kids' playroom. Here are some ideas to help you turn this design challenge into a valuable addition to your home. Embrace architectural features. Often seen as a negative, the attic's classic defining feature is usually a steeply sloped ceiling.... [read more]

New home deposit protection changes coming to Ontario

Friday Jul 14th, 2017

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When new home buyers put down a deposit on a new home or condominium in Ontario, they enjoy peace of mind that their deposit is protected should anything go wrong with the sale. Since 2003, Tarion, which backstops the new home warranty, has provided consumers with deposit protection of up to $40,000 for new freehold homes and up to $20,000 for condominiums. Condominium deposits also have the added protection of being placed in trust and protected under the Condominium Act. This level of... [read more]

More Moderate Price Growth in June

Thursday Jul 06th, 2017

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July 6, 2017 -- Greater Toronto Area REALTORS® reported 7,974 sales through TREB's MLS® System in June 2017 – down by 37.3 per cent in comparison to June 2016. The number of new residential listings entered into TREB's MLS® System, at 19,614, was up by 15.9 per cent compared to June 2016. While this annual rate of growth was sizeable, it represented a more moderate annual rate of growth compared to May 2017, when new listings were up by 48.9 per cent... [read more]

3 tips to take your backyard to the next level

Wednesday Jul 05th, 2017

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Stepping into a backyard oasis is the best way to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Whether you are creating a space for the whole family or a private retreat, it takes planning and people to turn your dream into a reality. Design expert Kimberley Seldon partnered with the Electrical Safety Authority to share tips and hidden electrical considerations for three outdoor design ideas. Open-air living. Canadians want to be outdoors to soak up the warm weather all season. To... [read more]

Tips for keeping your home cool during a heat wave

Friday Jun 23rd, 2017

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It can be hard to enjoy your stylishly decorated home or even get a good night's rest when it's scorching outside and your air conditioner or fan can't keep up. Beyond being uncomfortable, it can be dangerous for your health if it gets too hot indoors. This is especially true for older adults or young children, or if you have certain medical conditions such as breathing difficulties, heart problems, or a mental illness like depression. Fortunately, there are simple changes you... [read more]

3 Tips To Sell Your Home In Today's Market

Saturday Jun 10th, 2017

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In today's market, if you want to sell your home it's going to need a refresh and clean. According to a March 2015 study published in the International Journal of Marketing Studies, “cleanliness, scent, lighting and colour,” were all factors that influenced customers’ attitudes and perceptions about the homes they saw. With that in mind, here are 3 tips for getting your home ready to sell: #1. Clean, clean, clean You know how realtors are always reminding... [read more]

Wondering about changes to Ontario's new home warranty program?

Saturday Jun 10th, 2017

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You may have heard in recent news reports that the Ontario government intends to make substantial structural changes to the administration of the province's home warranty program. Any changes that come will affect thousands of home buyers and builders, so it's a good idea to stay informed on what that means for you. Tarion is the not-for-profit consumer protection organization that regulates new home builders and administers the program. In this role, they help administer the... [read more]

3 ways to hit your game-day eats out of the park!

Saturday Jun 10th, 2017

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From the national anthem to the ninth inning, you're sure to work up an appetite cheering for your favourite baseball team. If you can't take your family out to the stadium, bring the ballpark to your backyard with these easy and affordable tips for a fun weekly family tradition: 1. Get cozy outside. Watching the innings at home? Take your family outside to view the game in your own outdoor theatre. Hang a white sheet on a clothesline, gather comfy lawn furniture and get out a... [read more]

Active Listings Increase in May

Friday Jun 09th, 2017

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June 5, 2017 -- Toronto Real Estate Board President Larry Cerqua announced that Greater Toronto Area REALTORS® reported 10,196 sales through TREB's MLS® System in May 2017 – down by 20.3 per cent compared to 12,790 sales reported in May 2016. Sales of detached homes were down by 26.3 per cent. Sales of condominium apartments were down by 6.4 per cent. Active listings – the number of properties available for sale at the end of May – were up by 42.9 per cent... [read more]

4 tips to make your next painting project a success

Tuesday Jun 06th, 2017

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Everyone wants their home to stand out and look beautiful, and an easy way to achieve this is with a fresh coat of paint. From preparation to flawless finish, there's a lot to consider if you want the job done correctly. These easy-to-follow tips will help you obtain the best results on your next DIY adventure. 1. Picking brushes. Choose your brush based on the project and type of paint you'll be using. A wall brush is great for painting large flat surfaces, and they generally... [read more]

Know Before They Grow

Thursday May 25th, 2017

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The old saying goes that “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” If you’re new to caring for a lawn, you may not know that this is especially true when it comes to your yard. If left untreated, weeds can weaken or even destroy a healthy stand of grass. These simple lawn care tips, courtesy of Bayer Advanced lawn and garden expert Lance Walheim, can help you ward off weeds and enjoy healthy, green grass year-round. Start with the basics. Grow turf that is so... [read more]

What to know when shopping for an all-season cottage

Thursday May 25th, 2017

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Wouldn't it be great if you didn't have to wait for cottage season and could spend all winter on your dock? A four-season cottage is ideal because it is accessible yearlong. “It is no surprise that a growing number of cottage-goers are looking to enjoy these benefits year-round by converting their summer homes into all-season properties or purchasing four-season cottages,” explains Ettore Cardarelli, president of the Ontario Real Estate Association. According to... [read more]

Make mouth-watering barbecue steaks with this secret rub

Tuesday May 16th, 2017

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Do you have a natural gas BBQ? It's easy to see why so many top chefs prefer to cook with natural gas. Natural gas barbecues allow you to cook with more even, direct and precise heat. They're also energy efficient and hook up to your home's natural gas connection, meaning you can say goodbye to those frantic moments when you're low on propane and need to run out for a tank refill. Get started with this delicious recipe, from grill master and renowned chef Rob... [read more]

Escape to your outdoor oasis with the latest patio trends

Monday May 08th, 2017

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When the warm weather finally hits, Canadians are eager to get outside, kick back and relax with friends and family. Whether you're starting from scratch or refreshing your already enviable patio, there are more options than ever to make your backyard retreat the perfect place to disconnect and unwind. Megan Schroeder, patio merchant for The Home Depot Canada shares some of this year's top trends in outdoor living. Make the most of small spaces. Get away from the urban grind by... [read more]

When looking for a new home should you buy or sell first?

Monday May 08th, 2017

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For a homeowner, there is no easy answer when deciding whether to sell your existing home or find a new one first, as there are pros and cons to consider with both options. “Several factors will impact your decision, including your personal finances, your timeline and local market conditions,” explains Ettore Cardarelli, president of the Ontario Real Estate Association. “It is different for each homebuyer.” If you sell your existing home before buying a new one,... [read more]

Dress your home to impress when selling

Monday May 08th, 2017

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As the saying goes, you only have one shot at making a good first impression. When it comes to selling a home, the first impression that buyers get can make the difference of a house selling or not — and for how much. Here are just a few things you can do to improve your home's curb appeal: 1. Landscaping: Prune trees, trim hedges, weed flower beds and mow the lawn. 2. Doors and windows: Give your front door a fresh coat of paint or a good scrub down. 3. Hardware: Polish... [read more]

4 Simple Steps to a Lawn Mower Tune-up

Wednesday May 03rd, 2017

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You rely on your lawnmower to run all season long, and a little bit of time spent tuning your mower engine in spring can help keep it running at its peak performance. A simple tune-up on a walk-behind mower can be done in 20 minutes or less and, if you do it yourself, is a cost-effective option. The key is having the right supplies on-hand. You may need a new air filter, spark plug, engine oil and fuel treatment. One simple way to take care of this task is with Briggs & Stratton’s... [read more]

Strong Growth in New Listings in April

Wednesday May 03rd, 2017

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May 3, 2017 -- Toronto Real Estate Board President Larry Cerqua announced that Greater Toronto Area REALTORS® entered 33.6 per cent more new listings into TREB's MLS® System in April 2017, at 21,630, compared to the same month in 2016. New listings were up by double-digits for all low-rise home types, including detached and semi-detached houses and townhouses. New listings for condominium apartments were at the same level as last year. Total sales for the TREB market area as... [read more]

How to choose the right material for your deck

Tuesday May 02nd, 2017

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Looking to take on an outdoor patio or deck project as the weather warms up? There are several deck materials to consider, that each have their own unique features and benefits. It is important to weigh these considerations carefully prior to starting your project. Here are a few insights from Steve Trescher, director of merchandising building materials at The Home Depot Canada, to help you get started. Pressure-treated. This wood is among the most popular and cost-effective options... [read more]

Outdoor upgrades that add value to your property

Monday May 01st, 2017

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During the warmer months, there's often nothing better than spending a weekend outside working in the garden or fixing up the house. Sharon Grech, Colour & Design Expert at Benjamin Moore, shares some ideas for weekend summer projects that add value to your property. Deck it out. A great way to make a fresh statement in your backyard or breathe new life into an aging deck is to give it a colour makeover. Grech recommends Benjamin Moore ARBORCOAT, a premium stain available in... [read more]

3 tools to rent for a green and healthy lawn

Monday May 01st, 2017

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Whether you're working on your own yard or you're a professional with clients to serve, the arrival of warm weather is the perfect time to build a healthy lawn that will make the neighbours green with envy. “A well-kept lawn is about more than just looks. It also creates oxygen, reduces noise pollution and removes emissions from the air,” explains Jamal Hamad, who leads the pro and tool rental departments at The Home Depot Canada. Tool rentals are popular for lawn... [read more]

Simple ways to brighten your home

Thursday Apr 20th, 2017

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Small adjustments to everyday items you rarely think about can create a big impact. Try these easy, chic ideas the next time you're looking for a weekend project. Fresh furniture. Use white or light-coloured furniture to open up any space. Think cream couches and white dressers or side tables. Design experts are loving acrylic furniture right now, so if you're feeling fashion forward, try it in a coffee table or shelving unit. Seamless window treatments. Sleek and... [read more]

Complete a Schedule 3 to report your 2016 home sale on your taxes

Thursday Apr 06th, 2017

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For the 70 per cent of Canadians who own a home, it is a place to live, raise our family, and it connects us to our community. Due to Canada's tax system's Principal Residence Exemption, when we sell our homes, any increased value or “capital gains” are not taxed. This generous tax break matters to Canadian homeowners. Collectively, we have about $3 trillion in home equity and our homes are often our largest financial asset. However, starting with our 2016 income... [read more]

Tight Market Conditions Continue in March

Thursday Apr 06th, 2017

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April 5, 2017 -- Toronto Real Estate Board President Larry Cerqua announced that Greater Toronto Area REALTORS® reported 12,077 residential sales through TREB's MLS® System in March 2017. This result represented a 17.7 per cent increase compared to the 10,260 sales reported in March 2016. For the TREB market area as a whole, annual sales growth was strongest for condominium apartments and detached houses. The number of new listings also increased on a year-over-year basis, at... [read more]

Tips from Hydro One for Opening Your Cottage Safely

Monday Mar 27th, 2017

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As a cottager, soon you will likely be headed this way on weekends to enjoy warm weather by the lake. Hydro One reminds us that there are a few things that you can do when you open your cottage for the season to ensure the next few months are spent relaxing and not working around your summer property. 1. Upon arrival, do a circle check and inspect the power line feeding your cottage. Take note if there are any tree branches that have grown too close to the power line — they could... [read more]

4 tips to managing a small flood in your home

Thursday Mar 23rd, 2017

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Small floods are a nuisance for homeowners. If left untreated, they can lead to bigger issues like mould and structural damage. When caught early and addressed promptly, flood clean up and repairs may cost less than your insurance deductible to fix independently. Here are some small steps homeowners can take to help determine if it is necessary to open a claim with their insurance company when experiencing a minor flooding.   1. Call a restoration company. Call a reputable... [read more]

What are renovation shows not telling you

Saturday Mar 18th, 2017

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Renovating a home can be a wiser investment than moving and popular makeover shows are certainly inspiring. However, these shows can also leave viewers with mistaken impressions. If life was like TV, we could dream up an addition on a Friday evening and be drinking coffee in it on Monday. While most of us know that's unrealistic, some may have to experience living through a renovation to understand how complex and time-consuming construction can be. If a project is worthwhile, time... [read more]

How to regulate the heat in your home

Tuesday Mar 14th, 2017

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When the winter weather hits, you might find that you just cannot keep certain parts of your home warm, especially if you have a room situated right over the garage. These rooms usually have inadequate or non-existent heating ducts, because it is difficult to install them properly in the ceiling of a garage. Fixing the cold bedroom problem is about two things: adding the right kind of floor insulation, and increasing the amount of heat directed into that freezing bedroom. Here are some steps... [read more]

How to create the perfect playroom

Friday Mar 10th, 2017

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Children are full of surprises. From your heart to your home, they sure do make an impact. If there's room to spare, it's great for kids to have their own space––a place to play, make noise, jump around and unleash their creativity. But how does one create this super room that has to be fun, safe, multi-functional and inspiring? It's more than possible, and it just might save your sanity. Follow these top tips to create the perfect playroom. Soundproof: Kids are... [read more]

GTA Realtors Release Monthly Housing Market Figures

Thursday Mar 09th, 2017

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Toronto Real Estate Board President Larry Cerqua announced that Greater Toronto Area REALTORS® reported 8,014 residential sales through TREB's MLS® System in February 2017. Despite the fact that February 2016 had one more day due to the leap year day, this result was up on a year-over-year basis by 5.7 per cent compared to 7,583 sales reported last year. "The February statistics tell me that many Greater Toronto Area households continue to view home ownership as a great... [read more]

3 tips to safely spring into renovation season

Tuesday Feb 28th, 2017

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 With the snow finally melting away in most parts of Canada, it's time to get out of hibernation mode and start those home renovations you've been thinking about all winter. Whether you are just painting the kitchen or building a new backyard deck, updating your home is not an easy task. Planning projects like these can be overwhelming, and even a seasoned pro is prone to making a mistake now and then. Minimize makeover mishaps with these tips: 1. Looking to repaint? Do not... [read more]

Pricing Your Home For Sale in Georgina

Wednesday Feb 22nd, 2017

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Setting the listing price for your home requires many considerations. If you go too high, your house may not receive the interest you hoped. If you price too low, you can generate a lot of interest, but you may not get offers at the price you hoped to generate from prospective buyers. Here's a few things to keep in mind: Decide when to sell. Many homeowners will lean toward the spring and fall markets to list their homes, but don't discount March, April and September. Buyers... [read more]

5 recipes for DIY spring cleaning

Sunday Feb 19th, 2017

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Many of the products we use while spring cleaning our homes are filled with ingredients that have negative long-term effects on our health and environment. For example, ammonia, sodium hydroxide and triclosan are some of the culprits found in products ranging from laundry detergents to glass cleaners. These ingredients can linger on surfaces and are easily absorbed by our skin, exposing us and our children to hazardous chemicals with unhealthy side effects. Fortunately, you can make your... [read more]

We love hockey... and everyone who loves it should be able to play

Friday Feb 17th, 2017

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We asked you to share personal stories about Youth Sports in Georgina.  A Sutton, Ontario resident shared the following story with us. Though it may not be about Georgina sports in particular it's a very interesting read.  I grew up in Sundridge, a small village south of North Bay where, in the winter months hockey really was the only game in town. We played it on our frozen lake, in back yard rinks, on the road and in the arena. Sundridge was small but a mighty hockey... [read more]

Share a story with us about Youth Sports in Georgina!

Thursday Feb 16th, 2017

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We asked if you had any stories about playing sports in Georgina and we got quite a few to share with you! I remember.... The first time my daughter stepped on the ice. She had joined Can-Skate at the Georgina lce Palace and had never been on skates. Her first time out, one of the assistants stayed with her the entire time and held her hand while she worked her way around. She looked so scared but still had this little smile and now, almost 4 years later (she\'s almost 10 now), the... [read more]

Successful home purchases and renovations start with a budget

Wednesday Feb 08th, 2017

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Spring is the time for house sales and renovation projects. Besides deciding what neighbourhood is best for your family or what tile pattern matches the kitchen, there are lots of costs to consider and often many unexpected expenses. Creating and sticking to a budget is key to keeping your finances on the right track. A budget will show you where your money is going and whether you have enough to cover your expenses. It will also help you allocate funds for unexpected expenses. The... [read more]

Is there a “right” time to sell a home?

Wednesday Feb 08th, 2017

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Once you've made the decision to sell your home, you probably want to complete the process as soon as possible, but you also want to sell for the highest price you can obtain. Cycles in the market driven by the overall economy can create a shortage of homes or a surplus of homes. “In a 'seller's market', where many buyers are competing for relatively few homes, speed and top price can go hand-in-hand,” explains Ray Ferris, president of the Ontario Real Estate... [read more]

New home buyers find free financial tools online

Wednesday Feb 08th, 2017

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Buying a home is often stressful and involves lots of considerations. One of the first is what amount should you borrow given your circumstances. Many financial institutions and mortgage brokers offer mortgage calculators. You can also check out the Financial Consumer Agency of Canada's (FCAC) free calculator, as well as other free tools and educational resources to help manage your money. FCAC has two tools to help home buyers: a Mortgage Qualifier tool and a Mortgage Calculator... [read more]

Strong Start to 2017

Saturday Feb 04th, 2017

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Toronto Real Estate Board President Larry Cerqua announced that Greater Toronto Area REALTORS® reported 5,188 residential transactions through TREB's MLS® System in January 2017. This result was up by 11.8 per cent compared to 4,640 sales reported in January 2016. Annual rates of sales growth were higher for condominium apartments than for low-rise home types. January 2017 picked up where 2016 left off: sales were up on a year-over-year basis while the number of new listings was... [read more]

Do you know what buying your house will really cost?

Friday Feb 03rd, 2017

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When you're house-hunting it's easy to focus on the “big” numbers like asking price and offer price. But before you sign the purchase agreement, you should take time to budget for the additional costs that come with every home purchase. Taxes The most significant costs for most purchasers are taxes: property taxes, land transfer tax, and in some cases, harmonized sales tax (HST). Property taxes can vary widely by region, and need to be considered when comparing... [read more]

Tax relief for first-time home buyers

Thursday Jan 26th, 2017

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As a first-time home buyer, what would you do with an extra $4,000? As of January 1, 2017, that's how much the provincial land transfer tax rebate will give back to Ontario's first-time home buyers. “That extra money could go a long way toward beefing up your down payment, covering closing costs or purchasing appliances for your new home,” advises Ray Ferris, president of the Ontario Real Estate Association. “The government of Ontario deserves credit for helping... [read more]

3 renovations that offer the best ROI

Thursday Jan 26th, 2017

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Got resale on your brain? Renovating is a great way to increase your property's value before it comes time to sell. But the cost can be challenging, especially if you're on a budget and want to make sure the projects you choose give you the biggest bang for your buck before you commit to knocking down any walls. If you're interested in cashing in on the red-hot housing market, here are a few projects worth investing in before the “for sale” sign goes up: 1.... [read more]

4 tips for increasing the value of your home

Thursday Jan 26th, 2017

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You know your home is an investment and with the recent rise in property values you may be considering selling in the foreseeable future. Professional stagers are experts at making changes that will appeal to the most general home buyer. But you don't need a pro to achieve this effect in your own home. Staging your home doesn't have to be complicated — clean up, depersonalize and keep it feeling light. Your potential home buyer will feel right at home in no time with these... [read more]

How to stage your home like a pro

Thursday Jan 26th, 2017

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As the Canadian real estate market heats up, houses are listed every hour. If you want to get in on the real estate game but don't have the extra cash to hire a professional designer, take a deep breath. Staging your home is simpler than you think, and all it takes is a bit of elbow grease, some rearranging and a little paint. “You can get up to 15 per cent more for your home if it's staged properly,” Toronto-based realtor Nasma Ali points out. So how do you... [read more]

How to win with multiple offers

Thursday Jan 26th, 2017

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In a hot market, there are more buyers than homes for sale. Some homes will sell before they are even registered in the local MLS. That means that sellers are often presented with multiple offers. How can you position your offer to be theone the seller accepts? The best way to gain an understanding of how multiple offers work is to know how they benefit the seller. Multiple offers mean that the seller has his/her pick of offers. Just because a seller is entertaining... [read more]

How to research the warranty status on a home under 7 years-old

Thursday Jan 26th, 2017

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Buying a newly built home that is under warranty doesn't necessarily mean you have purchased directly from a builder. To fully understand your rights, here's some background. Almost all new homes built in Ontario come with a warranty that is provided by the builder, and backed by Tarion. The warranties last for the first seven years of a new home, and cover defects in workmanship, violations of the Ontario Building Code, and major structural damage. This warranty stays with... [read more]

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