The Three Most Important Responsibilities Buyers Have

December 18th, 2014

For most first-time buyers, it’s better to accept that for dreams to come true, you have to do the groundwork. Yes, you will be far more independent than you would as a renter, but you will still have some very real responsibilities to make homeownership work. Here are the top three responsibilities you’ll have as a homeowner.

Seven Ways To Rock Your Hanukkah Party

December 18th, 2014

If you’re attending a Hanukkah party this year, you might be tempted to bring a few traditional dreidels (yawn) or a plate of classic jelly donuts (yum, but still). Or, you could rock this year’s Hanukkah party by bringing one of these.

What Makes A Smart Suburb – And What to Run Away From

December 17th, 2014

For all the talk about people abandoning suburbia for urban cores, American moving trends still gravitate towards less dense spaces. According to a recent review of Census data by Trulia Chief Economist Jed Kolko, most movers in the US trend towards ‘lower density, lower unemployment, and cheaper housing.’

Homeowners’ Advice: Don’t Invite a Christmas Burglary

December 17th, 2014

If you’re a fan of classic Christmas movies like Home Alone, you know what can happen while you’re gone for the holidays. Empty homes are targets for burglars looking for gifts of electronics, jewelry, and other fenceable merchandise.

5 Home Projects Only a Professional Should Do

December 17th, 2014

It’s easy for homeowners to get caught up in the world of Pinterest and do-it-yourself blogs. While unique, custom projects can be a great way to personalize or spruce up your home, some projects are better left to professional contractors. Next time a friend or client has a brilliant idea to attempt one of these projects on their own, let them know why some things are best when left in the hands of pros.

Dreaming of a Green Christmas? Top 5 Ways to Conserve Energy and Reduce Waste This Holiday Season

December 16th, 2014

Although the holidays are a time of year filled with joy and entertainment, many people are put off by the costs associated with preparing for the season. By cutting down on waste and energy inefficiency, you can fully enjoy the holidays without breaking the bank.

Should You Litigate or Arbitrate?

December 16th, 2014

We bought our house about a year ago. Recently, we discovered a number of defects, which were not disclosed to us by the sellers. The mediator suggested that instead of filing a lawsuit, we should go to binding arbitration. What is the difference between litigation and arbitration?

Agents New Years Resolution: Better Communication in 2015

December 16th, 2014

Being a real estate agent means that you communicate with people everyday, and communication is an essential factor in growing yourself and your business. Despite the growing ways that we are able to communicate today, messages from one person to another can still get ‘lost in translation’.

Wind Turbines and Property Values

December 15th, 2014

Wind turbines are a hot topic in Canada, particularly in Ontario. Community opposition groups, court challenges and study after study are in the news. Jim Adair looks at the latest information about how wind turbines impact property values.

Rise Of The 18 Hour City

December 15th, 2014

In recent years, many mid-size cities have begun to adopt a middle of the road approach incorporating the excitement and opportunity of large cities with the restive periods of a quieter hollow. These 18 hour cities are beginning to make waves in real estate rankings, and Emerging Trends lists them as their first major trend of 2015. What is underpinning this new movement in real estate, and why do these cities have so much appeal?