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September 2014

Found 5 blog entries for September 2014.

By John Schmoll | U.S.News & World Report LP – Tue, 16 Sep, 2014 3:27 PM EDT

As any homeowner will tell you, home maintenance is something you can count on when you own a home. Whether it's an air conditioner on the fritz or a dishwasher that needs to be checked out, there are always issues to address.

It can be tempting to let issues slide if they're not that troublesome, but giving into that temptation can be costly in the long run. Just as a car needs regular maintenance, so do many things in the home in order to keep them working as they should. If ignored, these routine maintenance items can become major repairs that will cause a drag on your budget. A key way to avoid taking this budgetary hit is to spend a little now to care for items you

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Every homebuyer knows the mantra “location, location, location”. But location, of course, is a relative word. Being located next to a prison or a land fill won’t do much for your home’s resale value. But there are a  select few things that people will always pay more to live by. Mountains and oceans are two of them, but since those aren’t exactly nearby for most in the country, here are four things that everyone should look out for…

Rapid transit

Homebuyers will fork over extra cash to live near efficient public transport.  With real-estate prices in urban centres climbing alongside the cost of gas, it’s easy to see why. Then there are hard-to-find parking spots, steep rates for parking lots, and headache-inducing traffic jams.

“The number one

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You've just finished renovating your home from top to bottom. That means attic, basement, and every square inch of living space in between.

Okay, so your place now looks like the Palace of Versailles - but you also had about as much work done to it as the Queen did Buckingham Palace (and that little project just about bankrupt her!).

Sure, some of those expenses may well pay for themselves come resale time, but not all. You knew that - and that’s why you shied away from the skylight installation, the pool, and the new asphalt driveway. 

But there’s more to it than that.



Fixer-upper fixations

The Appraisal Institute of Canada compiles a report each year based on findings from a survey of its members to determine which reno

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It is our privilege to recognize the tremendous work of LC Platinum Realty’s August 2014 Top Producers. Their dedication to exceptional service is apparent in their results.

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Home Buyers' Plan (HBP)

The Home Buyers' Plan (HBP) is a program that allows you to withdraw funds from your registered retirement savings plans (RRSPs) to buy or build a qualifying home for yourself or for a related person with a disability. You can withdraw up to $25,000 in a calendar year.

Generally, you have to repay all withdrawals to your RRSPs within a period of no more than 15 years. You will have to repay an amount to your RRSPs each year until your HBP balance is zero. If you do not repay the amount due for a year, it will have to be included in your income for that year.

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