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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. 

  • 9 Ways To Simplify Your Finances Now

    Barrie Mortgage MoneyStudies show that folks with complex finances also have the least healthy finances. Here's how to lead a simple money life.

    If managing personal financial affairs were easy, we probably wouldn’t graduate in excess of 15,000 accountants each year. Budgets, credit cards, insurance, retirement savings and more—it’s a lot to track, and things are getting more complex all the time. 

  • Home Inspections For Sellers

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    "The buyer has the upper hand when they have an inspection," says Coldwell Banker consumer specialist and agent Jessica Edwards. "If you are willing to do it ahead of time, you give the control back to the seller."

  • 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.

  • How The Self-Employed Can Get Organized

    checkmarkRegardless of what sort of business you run, paperwork, receipts and tax records are bound to pile up. Combining these with your own personal financial paperwork can be an administrative nightmare if it gets out of control. Then, when tax time rolls around or you're looking to apply for a mortgage, finding the right paperwork can be overwhelming. In this article from Moneysense, Gail Vaz-Oxlade shares some helpful hints for self-employed individuals.

  • 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.

  • Why Working With A Mortgage Broker Is Your Best Option

     imagesCA4U3MDZWhether it’s your first time or your fifth time, shopping for a mortgage can often be confusing and even frustrating. Besides, who really has the time to research and compare mortgage lenders to ensure the best deal? Then there are all those crazy terms and acronyms — beacon scores, LTVs, IRDs and porting – it can make your head spin! Isn’t there an easier way?

  • 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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