By: Lynn Oles & Lisa Hartsink

INCREASE RESALE VALUE WITH NEW COUNTERTOPS

Tags: RESALE VALUE,COUNTERTOPS

(NC) Want a quick way to boost what your home is worth? According to a recent survey conducted by Houzz, countertops are the top upgraded feature in most homes and the material most likely to be splurged on. There are several materials to consider when replacing your countertop. Here, The Home Depot shares insights that will help you decide which style is the best for your lifestyle. Consider the...Read More

By: www.newscanada.com

KEEP YOUR HOME COOL ALL SUMMER LONG

Tags: heat, cool, air conditioner

(NC) No matter how much we enjoy spending time outdoors during our short summers, we always want our homes to be comfortable spaces for living.   But even with an air conditioner, this can be tricky during the hottest days of the year. Use these tips from Health Canada to create a more pleasant indoor environment for your family and guests: Simplify your cooking. When the weather is go...Read More

We Did It!

By: Lynn Oles & Lisa Hartsink

We Did It!

Tags: Environment,energy audit,HER&D,energy score,OREA

The Ontario Real Estate Association has successfully fought back against the Home Energy Rating and Disclosure (HER&D) program. Since 2016, OREA has been fighting to stop HER&D. If implemented,  HER&D would require a home owner to conduct an energy audit before listing their home for sale. The program put home owners of older homes, at a huge disadvantage. Receiving a low energy...Read More

By: Lynn Oles & Lisa Hartsink

MOVING? HOW TO FIND THE RIGHT NEIGHBOURHOOD

Tags: Search for neighbourhood,search for house,search streets,search stats

  (NC) The search for the perfect house begins with the search for the perfect neighbourhood, which can be daunting. Searching for something so open-ended and with so many variables can be an overwhelming task, but it doesn't have to be. You just have to know where to start your search and where you can take it from there. Get ready to find that dream neighbourhood. Search yourself....Read More

By: Lynn Oles & Lisa Hartsink

The Benefits of Staging

Tags: STAGING, BENEFITS, SELLING A HOME

When you are selling your home, you are not only selling the property but also the feeling of comfort, homeliness and warmth associated with it. Staging a home contributes immensely to creating that feeling and making potential buyers fall in love with what they see. Remember, buyers need to be able to imagine themselves living there, and they can easier do so in a perfectly arranged setting. Stag...Read More

By: Lynn Oles & Lisa Hartsink

How Will The New Stress Tests Affect Canadian Homebuyers?

Tags: New Stress Tests, qualifying for a mortgage, homebuyers

The year 2018 is around the corner, and Canadian homebuyers are going to face a very tough mortgage approval procedure as soon as we step into the new year. Since OSFI announced the introduction of new stress tests this fall, the real estate market became one of the major topics again. The real estate market has gone through some turbulent changes this year, and we have seen the government interv...Read More