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Stress Free Tips For Getting Your Home Show Ready

Wednesday Apr 03rd, 2019

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There are many reasons why people list their homes for sale.  Some are lucky to have control over the timing in which they put their house on the market, while others may be forced to list quickly due to a relocation, a new baby on the way, aging parents moving in, etc.  Timing is often a critical component related to the speed of a sale.  The spring and fall markets tend to be the busiest and most active markets.  This may lead to many showings over a short period of time,... [read more]

Does Your Home Have Kitec Plumbing?

Wednesday Mar 27th, 2019

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Was your home or condominium constructed or heavily renovated between 1995 and 2007?  If so, it may contain a Kitec plumbing system.  Kitec was widely used in both Canada and the U.S. during this time and was sold for pipes for drinkable water pipes, as well as in-floor and hot-water baseboard systems.  If you have Kitec in your home, it is cause for concern.  It will be an issue when you go to sell, but if pipes leak, or worse yet, burst, you have have extensive damage and... [read more]

Prepping Your Home For a Spring Sale

Tuesday Mar 05th, 2019

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Despite the endless cold weather, it might surprise you to know the spring real estate market is fast approaching.  Many Buyers begin their home search in March and April with the intention of closing during the summer months.  It should come as no surprise that the real estate market coincides with the school calendar as parents want to ensure their kids finish up the school year without disruption.  That said, I thought it was a good time for a post about how to start preparing... [read more]

Why Florida is the Perfect Place for Snowbirds and Snowflakes

Monday Jan 14th, 2019

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Happy New Year everyone!  2019 has officially arrived and with it have come sub-zero temperatures.  I understand some people love this weather and all that it brings.  Skiing, snowboarding, outdoor skating, snowmobiling and various other activities are enjoyed by many who reside in the Great White North, however I am allergic to this weather.  I suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder, which is affectionately known as SAD.  It causes depression, most often beginning in... [read more]

Real Estate Tips for Today's Youth

Thursday Dec 13th, 2018

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When I was 17 years old graduating from St Mildreds and headed off to Laurier University, it dawned on that not only would I would be living on my own, but I would also be in charge of my own finances.  As a young person, this was a startling revelation. Up until that point, I had always lived at home and was fortunate my parents paid my way.  I can't even remember if I had a bank account.  This was well before the days of debit cards and decades before... [read more]

Winter Weather Calls for a Hearty Soup

Thursday Nov 29th, 2018

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Cold weather and soup seem to go hand in hand.  If you're anything like me, you avoid going outside in subzero termperatures.  I'm convinced I suffer from seasonal affect disorder and if I can't escape the dreary winter weather, I am most content curled up in mycomfiest pyjamas with a hot cup of tea or a steamy bowl of homemade soup.  I have many favourites and some really great recipes including this one, which is easy, filling, and delicious.  I haven't... [read more]

Could A Condo Work For You?

Monday Nov 26th, 2018

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Are you at that stage where you want to downsize or "rightsize"?  Trying to get into the market as a first time homebuyer?  Or maybe you're an investor looking to diversify your portfolio?  Either way, it's possible a condo could be the right fit.  Traditionally, condos have gotten a bad rap.  They come with a set of rules and regulations, have monthly condo fees and have historically enjoyed less appreciation over time than detached homes. ... [read more]

Bolognese That Will Blow You Away

Thursday Nov 22nd, 2018

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Bolognese sauce is a meat based sauce that originated in Bologna, Italy, hence the name.  In Italy, it is known as ragù alla bolognese or commonly just ragù.  Genuine ragù alla bolognese is a slowly cooked sauce, and its preparation involves several techniques, including sweating, sautéing and braising. Ingredients include a characteristic soffrito of onion, celery and carrot, different types of minced or finely chopped beef, often alongside small amounts... [read more]

The holiday season is fast approaching

Monday Nov 19th, 2018

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Is it just me, or did October drag on too long while November is passing us by at lightning speed?  With these November days dwindling it means the holiday season is almost here, and that means parties, holiday functions, baking, family events, school plays and recitals and the list goes on and on.  In order to cope with the seemingly neverending schedule of events that December holds, time management skills are key.  Having a well stocked supply of wine also helps.  While... [read more]

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