home ownership

September 27, 2019

What Does A Property Surveyor Do?

Property Surveyors, sometimes referred to as land Surveyors, play a vital role in the real estate world. They are the professionals who determine or confirm the exact boundaries of a property.  Will you need to deal with a Property Surveyor […]
August 15, 2019

This Simple Question Can Save You a Lot of Money

Imagine this scenario… You purchase a new home and move in. A few weeks later, you hear a strange rumbling sound. It’s the furnace. It’s only a year old, yet it’s sputtering like it’s twenty. You realize you’ll have to […]
September 20, 2018

Canadians Can’t Afford NOT To Buy

My friend & mortgage broker, Katherine Martin, sent me an interesting piece on the old debate between renting & buying: Rising rents are making homeownership the affordable alternative according to a new report. In a comparison of expected costs by […]
May 16, 2017

Buying Your Dream Home in a Hot Market

Imagine finding the perfect home, only to discover there is serious interest from at least a dozen other buyers. It’s like scrambling for the last piece of cake at a buffet! Fortunately, there are things you can do to help […]
February 15, 2017

How to Cut Your Electricity Bill in Half

You don’t have to freeze in the winter or start reading by candlelight to reduce your electricity bill. There are many simple ways to use less power with little, if any, impact on your lifestyle. A good place to start […]
January 28, 2017

Your Exit Plan in Case of a Fire

In almost every movie featuring a house on fire, the actors seem to be able to move around the house and see just fine, while beating back flames with a shirt or coat. Of course, that’s not what happens in […]
December 20, 2016

Are You Ready To Buy Up?

No matter how much you love your current property, you may be dreaming of the day you can buy up into a better home in a better neighbourhood. Is that day today, or, is it a few years down the […]
December 15, 2016

Watch Out For Poisons In Your Home

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 90% of exposures to poisons occur inside the home. Almost all are preventable, if you follow some simple guidelines. Look for the poison label on products you buy. Visually, it’s […]
November 30, 2016

Knock, Knock…How To Avoid Door-to-Door Scams

It’s early in the evening and there’s a knock on the door. You answer and are greeted by an official-looking man who claims he needs to see your utility bill to confirm you’re getting your energy rebate. Do you let […]