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  • 1st Time Landlords

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    With house prices, unemployment rates, and divorce rates increasing annually, it seems like a no-brainer to offset your housing expenses with rent... especially if the basement is a space you can do without. Being a landlord sounds simple. Most peoples understanding is that they'll have to find tenants, fix leaky taps, spruce up the house, and comply with various bylaws.

  • 5 Issues You Will Miss Without A Home Inspection

    T5In hot housing markets, buyers sometimes offer to waive the inspection to help their offer stand out from the crowd, writes Dan Steward, an industry veteran. But most real estate professionals agree this is a bad idea. Here's 5 reasons why.

     

  • 7 Essential Steps for Pricing Your Rental Property

    lease agreement-smPricing a rental property is more complicated than most investors understand, especially if you want to get it right. 

    We've all heard stories about what a neighbour or another investor was able to rent their unit for. If they could get that rent, you should be able to get the same, right? Unfortunately, that's just not true. In fact, that type of logic can run you into some big trouble as a landlord. 

  • How Did You Pick Your Real Estate Agent?

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    Ontario home buyers and sellers could use better tools and resources to help pick the right real estate agent. A recent survey release today from Zoocasa and Survey Sampling International (SSI) revealed most (86%) Ontario home buyers and sellers used a real estate agent on their last transaction, but only half (50%) reported being confident that they picked the right one.

  • Mortgage Basics

     abcWhat is a mortgage, and who owns my home if I have secured financing to purchase it?

    Whether you’re new to the home buying process, or a seasoned investor, I bet you didn’t realize that there are at least 20 top mortgage related terms that you may want to understand prior to speaking with a real estate agent or loan officer.

  • Will Your Renovation Pay Off

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    Ahh, the sweet sounds of summer are back: nail guns, power saws, digging and demolishing. Ok, they’re not exactly sweet sounds, but they are certainly familiar to anyone who lives in Canadian suburbia.  With reports of real estate prices being instable and fluctuating, it seems that everyone is running to the hardware stores to spruce up their homes in hopes to increase their property values.

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