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Spring is an Exciting Time to Buy a Home!

Finally it feels like Spring has arrived and with it comes an increased desire by consumers to start looking at the potential of buying a new home. If the home buying bug has taken a nip at you this spring, consider enlisting the services of a Trained Real Estate Professional who can ultimately save you ...

Royal LePage’s New Mobile App Breaks Industry Barriers With Draw-and-Search Feature

Royal LePage, in partnership with award-winning mobile agency Plastic Mobile, recently announced the launch of the Royal LePage mobile app for Canadian house hunters. Available for iPhone, the new app is simplifying the property search process down to the swipe of a finger. The app’s innovative Draw-and-Search feature allows users to easily zero in on a specific ...

Ottawa Residential Housing Price Increases between 1956 and 2013

As the Nation’s Capital, Ottawa has always been a great city in which to buy real estate, whether for home ownership or investment purposes.  Over the years, when the rest of the country was experiencing dramatic downturns in their real estate markets, Ottawa seemed to be insulated and the housing market remained steady. This historical ...

Now Sellers Can Choose Their Commission Rate

Today more than ever, consumers have choices when it comes to what commission rate they will pay when listing their home for sale.  From flat fees to full service fees, and many options in between, it seems that consumers are spoiled for choice.  But if you’re considering listing your home for sale, you simply must ...

Condominium Living

An Ideal Lifestyle for Some People Wanting Freedom and Forced Savings for Repairs and Replacement So you want to purchase a home but don’t want to spend your weekends mowing the lawn or shoveling snow.  Then condominium living may be just what you’re looking for! With a condominium, you own your individual unit in a ...

Mortgages today offer a new form of hidden savings!

  In years past, when Canadians faced an array of higher interest rates, the majority of the home owner’s monthly mortgage payment at the beginning of the mortgage went to paying down the interest, leaving the principal relatively untouched. The following chart shows just how much the interest rate can impact monthly mortgage payments, the ...

Buying Real Estate for Your Child

For parents faced with the prospect of their children attending a post secondary school in another community, city or province, and finding suitable living accommodations for their loved one can be somewhat daunting and trying to find that perfect home away from home can sometimes be an impossibility. An alternative, when taking into consideration the ...

Making a Claim in Small Claims Court

The information provided below is not legal advice, and it may not apply in every situation. Before making a claim, there are a number of factors you may want to consider, and a number of pieces of information you will need to collect. 1. You Will Need the Legal Name of the Person or Business. ...

Septic Systems and What You Need to Know Before You Buy

It is imperative when considering buying a home that is serviced by a septic system that the system be inspected by a professional septic engineer. Initially this inspection may seem costly, however it can save you thousands of dollars in future repairs or replacement costs. The cost to replace or upgrade a system is far ...

What You Need to Know About Safe Drinking Water Testing

We all rely on safe drinking water in our homes, it is vital to our health and quality of life. If you are buying a home where the water supply comes from a well source there are precautions that need to taken. First and foremost and at the very least, you must have the water ...

Protect Yourself Against Real Estate Fraud and Identity Theft

What is real estate fraud? There are many different types of real estate fraud, but the two that consumers should be aware of are mortgage fraud and title fraud. Mortgage fraud occurs when an individual intentionally provides inaccurate, fraudulent or incomplete information to a lender in order to secure a mortgage that they might not ...

Knob and Tube Wiring in Residential Homes – Insurance May be Denied

The Electrical Safety Authority has received an increasing number of questions about the safety of knob and tube wiring. In particular, purchasers or owners of older homes are finding that many insurers will not provide or renew coverage on such properties. In some cases, the insurance companies are requiring a total replacement of this wiring ...

Mold in Your Home Can Be Harmful to Your Health

All types of mould have the potential to cause health problems and many people are allergic to it. The severity of the health effects depends on the type or amount of mould and any pre-existing health problems. People with asthma or allergies are more susceptible to mould-related problems. Mould weakens its host food source and ...

Household Pests Can be Damaging to Your Home

Household pests have a knack of residing in homes to satisfy their needs of food, water and shelter. If you do not seek the services of a pest control company in time, pests can cause your home a significant amount of damage. Although you may not feel too concerned about a couple of rodents roaming ...

Smoke Alarms are the Law

Effective March 1st. 2006 it became law for all Ontario homes to have a working Smoke Alarm on every story and outside every sleeping area. With this previously announced Fire Code amendment now in effect, it is hoped there will be a reduction of the number of preventable fire-related injuries and fatalities.  The amendment covers ...

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