Author: The Brandow Team

Is Your Home Your Retirement Plan?

If you are approaching retirement, you no doubt have given thought to how your home will factor into your finances once you find yourself on a fixed income.  Here are a few things to consider in advance:   IF YOUR HOME IS YOUR RETIREMENT PLAN…TIMING IS EVERYTHING! While Ontario’s real estate market continues to be sizzling hot, surveys estimate that up to three quarters of Canadians expect their homes to become their primary income source when they retire. Over the past 10 years, this strategy has been a strong, reliable one.  House prices have tripled, even quadrupled in some...

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Can Hamilton Keep Up With Toronto?

Southern Ontario as a whole has had to develop a thick skin to thrive despite the scorn it takes from the rest of Canada.  Toronto, especially, has endured insults and criticism from Canadians coast-to-coast, it seems.  To hear British Columbians, Maritimers, or Montrealers tell it, Hogtown is next door to hell. Honestly, despite the incomprehensible loyalty to their city’s hockey team, it’s puzzling  to me that such venom is directed at Ontario’s vilified capital city.  I quite enjoy Toronto, though I’ve never lived there. For many Ontarians, the city of Hamilton is just a landmark along the QEW between...

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De-Mystifying The Home Buying Process

Buying a house should be an exciting time!  Finding your home usually means the realization of a dream at least a few years in the making. First-time buyers in particular, though, sometimes find themselves overwhelmed with the process involved in finding, financing, and taking possession of a property.  Instead of enjoying the experience, they lose sleep and spend as much time worrying and stressing as they do shopping. We would like to help by breaking down the process, step-by-step, so that you can know what to expect, and do as much of the preliminary work ahead of time so...

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