Surefire Tactics to Getting More Money for Your Home

By Debi Thompson | May 9, 2017

Photobuay/iStock All home sellers hope their place will fetch a big, fat price. And while you can’t control everything that determines a house’s market rate—like, say, the state of the stock market or the quality of your local school district—there are plenty of things within your power that can nudge that number higher. A lot higher, in fact. Granted, manipulating your home’s […]

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Get to know Guelph: The Old University Area

By Debi Thompson | Apr 7, 2017

Old University. Talk about sophisticated. Clean is one word that comes to mind.  Stately homes, immaculate yards, grand rooming or tenement houses, wide streets. This established, upscale neighhourhood on the rise of land just to the south of the confluence of the Eramosa and Speed rivers, has a most visible air of civility and affluence […]

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What You Should Know About Home Renovation Rebates

By Debi Thompson | Mar 30, 2017

t’s tax season in Canada – one of the most stressful times of the year, to be sure. There’s a mountain of paperwork to be filed, and if you have just purchased a home, that pile may look decidedly Himalayan. While not a task many relish, tackling those taxes –and filing for various buyer and […]

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Canadian Real Estate Association Updated Forecast

By Debi Thompson | Mar 16, 2017

Ottawa, ON, March 15, 2017 – The Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA) has updated its forecast for home sales activity via the Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) Systems of Canadian real estate Boards and Associations in 2017 and 2018. Canadian housing market trends continue to display considerable regional divergence. In British Columbia, activity in the Lower […]

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Soaring Toronto house prices refill empty nests

By Debi Thompson | Mar 14, 2017

Janet Barber does not dwell too much on the view from her driveway. Many of her longtime neighbours up and down the block have cashed in on the area’s soaring house prices and moved away. Where their modest wood homes once stood, much larger architect-designed houses of stone, steel and glass fill the lots. Across […]

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8 Unwritten Etiquette Rules Every Home Seller Should Know

By Debi Thompson | Mar 2, 2017

If you’re trying to sell your home, you’ve probably scrutinized it, staged it, and scrubbed it down from floorboards to rooftop as if the folks from Architectural Digest were stopping by for a cover shoot. OK, so it’s in immaculate shape—but your home isn’t the only thing under scrutiny here. You are, too! That’s right: […]

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7 Signs That You’ve Picked the Right Realtor

By Debi Thompson | Feb 24, 2017

Buying or selling a home can be a complicated and stressful experience. There can be a lot of moving parts involved that may come as a surprise to people who have never been through the process before. This is why having a great real estate agent is critical. Picking the right agent isn’t always easy, […]

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First-Time Canadian Real Estate Buyers Are Making Record Down Payments

By Debi Thompson | Feb 24, 2017

Canadian real estate prices have been skyrocketing, leaving a number of questions about affordability. The common assumption is that first-time buyers are deteriorating, but a survey from Mortgage Pros Canada might indicate otherwise. The national mortgage industry association’s chief economist William Dunning prepared a report on the state of the residential mortgage market. It notes […]

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6 Reasons You Should Never Buy or Sell a Home Without an Agent

By Debi Thompson | Feb 21, 2017

By Rachel Stults | Feb 4, 2016  It’s a slow Sunday morning. You’ve just brewed your Nespresso and popped open your laptop to check out the latest home listings before you hit the road for a day of open houses. You’re DIYing this real estate thing, and you think you’re doing pretty well—after all, any info you might […]

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