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July 12th, 2016

Sell First Or Buy First?

The million dollar question Purchasing a home is most likely the largest purchase you will ever make. Moving can be stressful, and scary. You have two options: 1. Sell your current home first and then purchase your new one. 2. Purchase your new home and then sell your current one. Selling your current home first There is no right or wrong answer but there are factors you should consider with either option.If you sell your ...


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Heritage Properties, London, Ontario
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August 23rd, 2016

What Constitutes a Heritage Designated Property in London?

Did you know that there are approximately 3,900 buildings listed as Heritage Designated Properties in the city of London? And this is only 3% of the structures that can potentially have the designation. Downtown, old east, old north, and old south are where most of the heritage designated properties can be found. In a Heritage Designated property, there are certain criteria based on its architecture, history and context that needs to be followed in order ...


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offer deposit
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July 12th, 2016

Real Estate Offer Deposits Explained

What is the offer deposit? If you have ever put an offer in on purchasing a home, you know that a deposit upon acceptance of the offer is evident. The deposit is a minimum of $1000 but it can be more. The offer deposit is made out to anyone who is decided and agreed upon in the offer to hold it. Therefore, the offer deposit may be made out to a lawyer, homeowner, etc. Most ...


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down payment
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August 11th, 2016

How Do I Save For A Down Payment?

The bigger the down payment the better so start saving! When you buy a house you are going to need to put some money down in addition to the monthly mortgage payment. This amount will vary. In Ontario, you need to have a minimum of 5% down. To avoid mortgage loan insurance you will need 20% down. Either way the bigger the down payment the more competitive your offer. Start saving that down payment in no ...


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home improvement
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August 15th, 2016

Online Home Improvement Tools

At some point, most homeowners will have to do some home improvement work on their house. Maybe you have recently purchased a house and need to change it to your tastes. Or you could be looking to sell and want to add some value before you put your house on the market. Whatever the reason, home improvement is so much easier nowadays. Whether you are looking for inspiration, planning tools, or a way to find ...


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Byron
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August 11th, 2016

London Neighbourhoods – Byron

Byron is located in the South-West part of London, Ontario. The neighbourhood sits south of the Thames river, West of Colonel Talbot Road and extends as far south as Southdale road. The original village was first settled in 1800 and was annexed into London in 1961. Properties The majority of residences in Byron are detached single family homes. Over the years, large subdivisions were developed around the original village. Most of the properties are in ...


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pool
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June 27th, 2016

Install a Pool or Buy a House with a Pool?

Southwestern Ontario can get really hot and humid in the Summer. If you don’t have a pool, you have probably considered installing one or adding it to the list of criteria for your next move. However, be aware of the associated costs. If you are wondering if a pool is suitable for you, read our tips on how to weigh the pros and cons of owning and installing one. Costs of Installing a Pool The ...


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condo
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July 13th, 2016

What is a Condo?

What Is A Condo? When you purchase a condominium, you own a private dwelling called a “unit” and it is registered in your name. If you purchase a parking spot with your unit, that will be registered also. You also share ownership of common elements and of the building which may include lobbies, hallways, elevators, recreational facilities, walkways, and gardens. What Is A Condo Fee? In addition to paying for your unit through means of ...


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Reduce your hydro bill
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September 22nd, 2016

How to Reduce your Hydro Bill

Hydro rates in Ontario are quite high, especially in rural areas. While we have little control on the rates we pay, we can control how much hydro we use. In addition to taking advantage of time-of-use pricing, there are many other ways you can save on electricity. Whether you are a homeowner or renting and paying your utilities, these tips will save you money. Not only are these tips going to reduce your hydro bill ...


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multiple offers
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July 12th, 2016

Multiple Offers

Multiple offers: They are now on practically every listing The London market is so hot, it’s almost too hot to touch. Great for sellers, but for buyers, not so much. It is disheartening to work with buyers and see them time and time again lose the home they anticipate to be their dream home, their forever home, to someone else who with only a few dollars, won winning the bidding war. There is no way ...


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mortgage
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March 25th, 2015

Mortgage Pre-approval

So you have decided to buy a home. The first thing that many people do is rush to realtor.ca to see the hot new listings that are on the market. Then, maybe on the weekend check out a few open houses. Then, they put in an offer on that house they think is just perfect, and exactly what they are looking for. Seems like a lot of work, and possibly a lot of wasted time ...


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Home
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June 20th, 2015

Real Estate Misconceptions

Before getting into this business, I had the same perceptions as many others do about the world of real estate: There is a sign on the lawn, a buyer signs the offer, and done! The house is sold. How easy is that? The general public as a whole, has many misconceptions about realtors, and real estate itself. Many have no clue about the costs, and the work entailed during the process of a sale, or building ...


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building permit
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July 13th, 2016

Building Permit Bylaws in London

Straight from the London.ca website: If you are unsure of any project or it’s dimensions, contact the city. Building Permits: When is a Building Permit Required? A building permit is required for any new building greater than 10m2 (108 sq ft), any addition to an existing building, any material alterations to an existing building which affects: the structural design of the building; mechanical; plumbing services (no limit on size of building); and the use of buildings ...


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Wortley Village
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June 28th, 2016

London Neighbourhoods – Wortley Village

Titled the “heart of Old South”, Wortley Village is a neighbourhood just South of the downtown core in London, Ontario. The area spans Wortley Rd. and extends a few blocks East and West of the street. The neighbourhood was annexed into London in 1890 and is filled with 19th century style homes and local businesses. Additionally, Wortley Village was awarded Canada’s best neighbourhood by the Canadian Institute of planners in 2013. Properties The original houses ...


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update
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June 17th, 2016

Cost Effective Home Improvements

Do you want your home to look magazine worthy but are worried it may be too expensive? The simplest ways to update your home into a new decade doesn’t have to cost much! As a real estate broker, I am constantly in and out of homes for buyers, or on listing appointments helping a seller get market ready on the daily. Don’t underestimate the big difference small changes can make. I see many things that ...


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Realtor
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June 16th, 2016

The 7 Virtues Of A Realtor

According to Wikipedia, Virtue is defined as: “a trait or quality deemed to be morally good and thus is valued as a foundation of principle and good moral being. Personal virtues are characteristics valued as promoting collective and individual greatness.” When working with a realtor, you need to be looking for behaviours showing high moral standards such as the following: 1. Trust Whether it be a husband, wife, mechanic, or realtor, all relationships are built ...


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Curb appeal
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June 16th, 2016

Curb Appeal Matters When Selling

When you are selling your house there are many things to consider. One important thing to ask yourself is, “does my house have curb appeal”? If it doesn’t this may be an area you want to improve on before listing it. First impressions are important for anything and that is essentially what curb appeal is for your home. The exterior of your house will be the first thing a buyer sees therefore you want to ...


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multiple offers
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June 20th, 2015

Multiple Offers: I Have A Secret

After months of logging on to Realtor.ca, that one home pops up that catches your eye and gets you excited. You now want to go and view the home. It is in the price range you have been preapproved for, and it`s in the location you want to move to. You may think this house is “the one“ and have to see it immediately. These kinds of properties go fast, the ones that are priced ...


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agent
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April 3rd, 2015

What Real Estate Agents Know

Being in the real estate profession has its perks. I get immediate alerts on new agent listings, a great amount more of information and history on every home bought and sold, and priceless amount of experience that gives me the edge to know what to do to get the home my clients want. There are a lot of things I know that most don’t, some of these things I think that you should know. When ...


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