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November 2014

Found 5 blog entries for November 2014.

It’s the bubble that just won’t burst. The hot ticket that keeps getting hotter. The party that never ends. The metaphor that... alright, you get the idea.

 

We're talking about the Canadian real estate market. The industry has been booming for well over a decade. Bidding wars are now commonplace and fixer-uppers in major cities are hitting seven figures. So how do you keep your head amid the frenzy? How can you wade through all the clutter and the chatter to suss out the info you need to make wise decisions?

 

Well dearie, you always have us in your back pocket. And we’ve got the Real Estate Council of Ontario (RECO) on our side, especially since they’ve found that 41 percent of Ontario homeowners and 45 percent of first-time homebuyers wish

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By Martha Uniacke Breen
Photography istockphoto.com

9 ways to revamp your bathroom without undergoing a large-scale renovation.

According to designer Robin Siegerman, principal of Sieguzi Kitchen & Home Inc. and author of Renovation Bootcamp: Kitchens, bathroom renovations can be surprisingly expensive for the (generally) smaller size of the room, because so much of the expense is hidden in the walls, such as electrical and plumbing. But if your bathroom is in relatively good shape but uninspired from a design standpoint – often the case with condo units, for example – there’s much you can do to give it a spiffier look, with little or no professional help. Here are a few tips.

9 budget-friendly bathroom makeover ideas

1 Replacing an ugly bathroom

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By: Joseph Richer Registrar Real Estate Council of Ontario, Published on Fri Nov 14 2014

I’ve been saving up for a couple of years and I’m ready to buy my first place. I’m worried about making the wrong decision when it comes time to buy. How can I make sure that doesn’t happen?

First off, congratulations on reaching this milestone. Saving for a home often involves sacrifice, careful planning and persistence and those traits will serve you well as you go through the buying process.

For most of us, buying or selling a home is the single biggest financial transaction we’ll ever make. With November marking Financial Literacy Month in Canada, it’s a good time to remember that home is more than just where the heart is, it’s also

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Consider your home needs for space, schools and traffic

By: Joseph Richer Registrar, Published on Fri Oct 31 2014

We’re expecting our first child soon, and so we’re looking to get a bigger place. What do I need to know?

Congratulations! Whether it’s a boy or a girl, parents-to-be often start looking for a bigger home when there’s a baby on the way.

And just like having a baby, buying a home can lead to a long to-do list. Especially when you already live in a home that first must be sold — there’s a lot to think about.

Before you embark on the house hunt, think carefully about what you’re looking for. Now that you’re going to have a child, your priorities will probably be different than when you bought your current

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The Law

By law, if you buy a resale condo, you:

  • do not have a cooling-off period to cancel the purchase (if you buy a newly-built condo, you have 10 days to cancel)
  • have to request and pay a fee to receive a status certificate which includes copies of the declaration, by-laws and rules

If you decide to use one, make sure to work with a real estate professional registered with the Real Estate Council of Ontario (RECO).

Status certificate

When you are buying a resale condo, be sure you receive and understand the status certificate.

You should consider making your offer conditional on your satisfactory review of this certificate. We also recommended that buyers get advice from a lawyer and accountant.

A status

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