That trickling sound you hear outside in your downspouts is the sound of Spring. The temperatures are on the rise and the last piles of snow are gradually melting away. Soon the robins will arrive, worms in beak, and we will have the chance to look back and honestly say, “It wasn’t such a bad winter after all was it?” Now comes the task of surveying Old Man Winter’s damage and getting our homes ready for some glorious sunshine. Here are some tips that will help your home recover from winter: Continue reading
It can be said that this is the chicken and egg question of the real estate world. If you already own a home and are planning to move to a new one then you will get stuck on the same question. Should you buy a house first and then sell your house or should you sell your house first and then buy one? Ideally, you would be buying and selling them at the same time, but that maybe harder than it sounds. It can take months to buy or sell a home which puts people in a predicament.
There is no single answer to the question which will be right for everyone; the right answer depends totally on the market and your own personal situation. Below are a few tips that hopefully help you at least get you started with your decision. Continue reading
Few things in this world make parents more proud than the ‘acceptance letter’. After some ups and downs through high school, cramming, guidance counselor visits, and writing application after application, one day it arrives. Upon realizing that your little girl/boy has just taken a major step in their lives, tears of pride and joy are bound to start flowing. However, unless little Einstein managed to also secure a full scholarship, the tears of joy quickly turn to the dreaded “how are we going to pay for this”? Thankfully, there may be an answer. Continue reading
The Regional Municipality of Durham is warning residents about new and aggressive water treatment sales tactics that are being used in the region. Many residents have been calling into the Region regarding door-to-door salespersons asking to see residents’ water meters and to test their water. The problem is, the region doesn’t sell, nor does it endorse, the use of water treatment filters or equipment. Continue reading
Isn’t it great when you find the perfect house and it fits within your budget as well? The only not great part is many other people who want it too, and you are going to have to beat the competition to make that house your home. The housing market in the Durham region is very active thanks to so many people moving here and every good house we have seen, more likely than not are being sold having multiple offers. So if you really have that house and are sure to be facing a bidding war, here are some tips to help you win the war. Continue reading
There has been a lot of talk and some controversy about the recent news that Canada’s central bank is open to the possibility of negative interest rates. Financial industry professionals have been panicking and making many different statements about this possibility. If you don’t know what negative interest rates exactly mean, don’t worry, as we will be explaining that. What interests us the most is the effect negative interest rates can have on the local housing market. Continue reading
The Durham Region Council has approved the 2016 Regional Business Plans and Budgets, and much like the collective blood pressure of region’s residents, property taxes will be going up. Continue reading