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5 dos and don’ts for picking the perfect area rug

By: Tony Johal

5 dos and don’ts for picking the perfect area rug

Tags: Perfect Area Rug

Shopping for a new area rug can be downright scary. What other piece of decor has the power to completely transform the look and feel of your space — for better or worse? With so many materials, colors and patterns to choose from, it can be extremely difficult to pull the trigger on such a big purchase. Read Full Article: https://www.livabl.com/2019/04/5-dos-donts-area-rug.html ...Read More

Mike Holmes: Keeping water from seeping into your home

By: Tony Johal

Mike Holmes: Keeping water from seeping into your home

Tags: water damage, prevention, home, advice

At this time of year it’s important to check that there’s proper grading around your home to ensure that water moves away from your foundation. Make sure your gutters are in good working order as well, advises Mike Holmes. Read Full Article: https://nationalpost.com/life/homes/mike-holmes-keeping-water-from-seeping-into-your-home    ...Read More

7 tips on how to plan a realistic budget for your home renovation

By: Tony Johal

7 tips on how to plan a realistic budget for your home renovation

Tags: Home Renovation

  When it comes to home renovations, ‘as seen on TV’ isn’t always reality. Home reno shows on HGTV and other networks often receive products and materials for free or at discounted costs, making a substantial renovation seem affordable. For some real world advice on planning a budget for your home renovation, we turned to interior designer Rebecca Hay of Rebecca Hay De...Read More

A first-time homebuyer’s guide to finding the right mortgage term and amortization period

By: Tony Johal

A first-time homebuyer’s guide to finding the right mortgage term and amortization period

Tags: BUYER GUIDES

Photo: James Bombales Qualifying for a mortgage is a huge milestone for a first-time buyer on the quest to homeownership. In a time of restrictive mortgage rules, federal stress testing and climbing prices, scoring your first mortgage is a tough, but crucial component of the home buying journey. “We are finding, especially for first-time home buyers, unless they have a large gifted down pa...Read More

One-third of NA's fastest growing urban markets are in Canada

By: Tony Johal

One-third of NA's fastest growing urban markets are in Canada

Tags: Real Estate

Fully 1/3 of the fastest growing North American metropolitan markets in terms of housing prices are in Canada, according to a new analysis by real estate portal Point2 Homes. Over the past 5 years, 18 of the 83 large urban real estate markets in the continent experienced home price growth rates larger than 50% – and of the 18 leading cities, 6 are located in Canada. Read full article here....Read More

5 ways to tell if your home suffers from poor insulation

By: Tony Johal

5 ways to tell if your home suffers from poor insulation

Tags: Buyer Guides

Home insulation may not sound as exciting as buying a new sectional for your living room or re-doing your kitchen backsplash, but it’s just as important when it comes to making your home feel comfortable. In addition to keeping your home warm in the winter and cool in the summer, insulation can help lower your energy bills and maintain your home’s value. Read full article here. ...Read More

By: Tony Johal

17 ways to make inexpensive IKEA products look like a million bucks

Tags: IKEA

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By: Tony Johal

Homeowner jailed for failing to install smoke alarms before fatal fire

Tags: Smoke Alarms

  This is a tragedy and a reminder to ensure that Smoke Alarms and Carbon Monoxide Alarms are in good working order (this can be the body of the text) A man has been sentenced to jail time for violating two Ontario Fire Code requirements after a fatal house fire in Hamilton. According to a news release from the city, Luciano Brancalion pleaded guilty to fai...Read More

A first-time homebuyer’s guide to building a healthy credit history for homeownership

By: Tony Johal

A first-time homebuyer’s guide to building a healthy credit history for homeownership

Tags: first time buyer, healthy credit history, homeownership

Spotty credit card payments might not seem like a big deal when you’re first starting out, but that banking boomerang will hit you hard when it comes back around during that first home purchase. If you have an icky credit history, or outstanding consumer debt, you’re not alone. For every dollar of disposable income, Canadians owe roughly $1.78 to creditors, according to a recent ...Read More

5 ESSENTIAL FINANCE TIPS THAT EVERY FIRST-TIME HOMEBUYER SHOULD KNOW

By: Tony Johal

5 ESSENTIAL FINANCE TIPS THAT EVERY FIRST-TIME HOMEBUYER SHOULD KNOW

Tags: finance tips, first time buyer, real estate

The buying process might appear straightforward to any first-time buyer— you find the house you love, sign on the dotted line and get the keys. But prior to those months of browsing MLS and late-night offer negotiations, are months —even years— of carefully coordinated financial planning, budgeting and discipline. Financially preparing for homeownership can never happen too earl...Read More

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