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The impending HST which takes effect on July 1st 2010 will be hazardous to all professions but none bigger than a real estate transaction. With all the rules and laws of the bill still to be finalized, what do we know so far. HST will be a new harmonized tax of 13% charged on all goods and servic...
10/30/2009
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We, as realtors, are always advising clients of the same thing before listing their home for sale: declutter, declutter, declutter!  Many of my clients who, after ruthlessly minimizing their "stuff", realized that a) they never really used most of that stuff anyways, and b) wow- does the house e...
10/28/2009
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Ontario's Home Energy Rating Act takes effect in just 3 months - starting with building owners, and extending to owners of detached or semi-detached homes 1 year later (Jan. 2011), which means that, just like fuel efficiency numbers are looked at when you shop for a vehicle, your energy efficien...
10/27/2009
  July 1st, 2010 is the inevitable date the government has set for the introduction of another tax. This time around the government is playing with fire as they look to harmonize 2 taxes for an across the board 13% tax on all goods and services. Their idea is to increase tax dollars to spend more...
10/26/2009
OK, so admittedly I am a fairly sports minded kind of guy.  I play competitive sports, and I have all my life.  I never thought twice about getting up early for practice.  In fact, practicing sports was fun, and made me a better player come game-time.  Tiger Woods spends an unbelieveable amount ...
10/26/2009
The times they are a-changing.  I have had three clients this week alone who are putting their sprawling family homes with yards and backyard pools on the market to downsize to adult lifestyle condos or bungalows.  One was looking for an easier lifestyle. Now retired and traveling frequently, the...
10/26/2009
  The age old question that will forever consume the real estate mind is what upgrades should we put into our home to increase the value and add to the return on investment.  Real estate upgrades should be looked at in 2 ways, are you doing the upgrades for your enjoyment or are you adding the up...
10/20/2009
  When you are ready to invest in upgrading your home, will all upgrades generate the same sort of return on the investment. Will hardwood floors be as good an investment as a new furnace ? will a new kitchen generate the same return as a new roof and is a finished basement more valuable than hav...
10/15/2009
  This has always been one of the most talked about subjects as long as houses have been standing. What season, what market, what time is the best time to sell your biggest asset. The consumers will tell you, “that is an easy one- the spring of course”. Is the spring the best time to sell your ho...
10/02/2009
  The biggest dilemma in real estate and the decision that keeps people awake at night, is do I sell first or buy first. Either way it is very tricky and can be accomplished if handled properly. If you buy first before selling there is the possibility of getting stuck with 2 homes. If this is you...
10/02/2009
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