Time to Retire Your Home?

  A recent Ipsos poll has found that as homeowners age, their attachment to their home grows, resulting in nine out of ten Canadian homeowners age 65 and older voicing their preference for staying in their current home throughout their retirement.* Would that make sense for you? All wishes and intentions aside, the reality is that almost 15 percent of …

Words That Work

After trudging through one property after another with your real estate representative, you’re just about ready to give up on finding your perfect next home until you take one step into a certain front door and realize … “This is it!” Unfortunately, you may not be the only person who feels that instant connection. What can you do to give …

Site Unseen

Could you imagine buying your next house, before even physically stepping foot into it? For any number of reasons, you may find yourself in that position. In the process of being transferred from one end of the country to the other, and have time and logistical considerations that make it impossible to visit properties in person? Looking to buy an …

Home Sales, Prices on the Rise

Toronto Real Estate Board (TREB) President Garry Bhaura announced year-over-year increases in both home sales and average sale prices processed through TREB’s MLS® System in October 2018. Greater Toronto Area REALTORS® reported 7,492 sales through TREB’s MLS® System in October 2018 — a 6 percent increase compared to October 2017, while the average sale price for October 2018 was up …

Scary Smells in the Basement?

If your basement smells more frightening than fresh, it’s not enough to simply mask it with air fresheners, which are a temporary fix at best. It’s vital to track down the cause of the smells, starting with these common sources: Dampness. The biggest cause of a musty basement is typically mould and mildew, both directly related to moisture that gets …

The Fifth Wall

Homeowners aiming to make a decorating statement will often apply a bold or vibrant paint shade on one wall of a room as an accent feature. If you’re trying to decide which wall to treat, don’t forget about the “fifth wall” … the ceiling! Michelangelo was onto something way back in the 1500s when he painted the Sistine Chapel ceiling; …

Selling? Don’t Overdo It!

There’s lots of advice to be found about how to prepare your home for sale, but it’s just as important to recognize when to take a deep breath and leave well-enough alone, as sometimes over-improving can lead to under-performing. Have a house with a big backyard? You may decide that an impressive landscaping project is just the ticket to a …

SOLD | 678 Frobisher Court, Oshawa

Opportunity Awaits. $430,000 Investors and First Time Buyers are you listening? Super neighborhood, court location, close to Oshawa Centre and easy 401 access. Invest in this well-built legal 2 FAMILY DWELLING with excellent schools nearby, gas fireplace in living room; master bedroom features a walk-in-closet; and 2 pc bath. walk-out from main floor family room to deck overlooking back yard …

Is it Time To Talk About Grandma?

Organizing Your Parent’s Real Estate Needs Before It’s Too Late Death is the easy way out when it comes to real estate holdings. Whether it’s just the family home or a collection of properties, probate law assigns someone to facilitate their valuation, taxation and redistribution in a timely manner without much in the way of interference from their previous owners. …