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Sell High and Rent for a While: Is Now the Time to Get Out?

With buyer demand climbing, inventory shrinking, and house prices rocketing skyward, some property owners are looking for more creative ways to ensure they protect the equity in their homes from the impending “crash” that they fear. As realtors, we are often asked our opinion of trying to ‘time the market,’ whether we think it is time to sell, time to buy, or time to exit the market and wait it out.  The answer is very seldom as simple as it seems, and will certainly be different depending who is asking. Just this week, we received an inquiry from a...

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5 Affordable Things To Do In Burlington This Weekend

This weekend, we decided to show some love to Burlington.  In 2016, Money Sense rated Burlington as the second best Canadian city to live in (right after Ottawa, which, in our opinion, could be the subject of debate…but let’s not get off-topic). If you are in or near Burlington this weekend, and looking to make some winter memories on this last January weekend, you’ve come to the right place!  There is something for everyone.  Here is a sampling:   I.   Fans of Big Band and Swing are in for a treat this Sunday, January 29, 2017.  The Burlington Performing...

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5 Things to Do in and Around Hamilton Before Spring

No matter how long you have lived here, there will always be new things to discover and experiences to try.   Since we love this city and all that it offers, it’s pure pleasure to share some of the gems we have found buried in Hamilton’s calendar of Things To Do in Our Own Backyard:   I.   Did you have any idea that the McMaster Museum of Art sponsors Sketching Thursdays?  From 4:30-7:00 p.m., budding artists are encouraged to attend the Alvin A. Lee building to indulge their talents and/or learn from a local Art student.  The best part...

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Closing Costs – Be Prepared

  It’s no secret that buying a house is likely the largest purchase a person will ever make.  Most buyers do more mental and scribbled math during the process of figuring out how much house they can afford than they ever have or will again. The problem is that sometimes, there are real costs that get left off the budget sheet, and closing day becomes a mad panic to come up with the extra cash. Don’t feel that you have to just know everything – ask questions!  By the time you are ready to buy, you should have a...

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Baby, It’s Cold Out There! 5 Simple Ways to Keep Your Home Warmer This Winter

Winter lovers, rejoice!  The season has shown up early this year, bringing frigid temperatures and lots of snow for most of Southern Ontario (and Vancouver, too, for that matter…). Avid skiers, hockey players, and other “true Canadians” are sure to have a full and happy season if this keeps up.  But if they are also home owners, they are going to have to figure out how to budget enough for home heating costs while funding their winter hobbies. There are some simple, inexpensive ways to stop the cold from getting inside this season so that when you’re ready to...

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