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It's easy to get caught up in the moment when buying a new home. While it may feel like love at first sight, you'll want to make sure everything in the house is functioning properly before making a purchase. This is where a professional home inspector comes in handy.

Without a home inspection, you are relying on the seller to disclose everything that's wrong with the property. This is risky because it is in the homeowner’s best interest to sell you on well maintained home. Often times the homeowner will underplay repairs, or simply be unaware of potential problems.

Having an impartial expert evaluate the house is the best way to get an informed and unbiased assessment of the property. They will look for clues that may cause bigger problems down…

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Home renovations are a great way to add value to your home. But not all renovations are made equal. In fact, some may even detract from the asking price when you decide to sell. So which home improvement projects should you invest in to ensure the best return on investment?

Here are 3 home renovations that you should consider for 2020:

Energy Efficient Upgrades

The reality is that in 2020, energy efficient homes are a top priority of many homebuyers. Whenever you get a chance to renovate or remodel your home so that it's more energy efficient, you should do it.

Window replacements are a great place to start. New windows not only add to the resale value of your home, but also help decrease your current home energy bill. Another basic yet…

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Buying or selling a home is one of the biggest decisions of your life. Which is why finding a real estate agent with the knowledge and experience to guide you through the process is key.

Here are the top 4 tips for finding an agent that is perfect for you:

Get referrals from your network

With so many real estate agents vying for your attention, it can be hard to narrow it down. A great place to start is by asking family and friends who have bought or sold property recently. They can help refer you to an agent with whom they’ve had a good experience with.

Ideally, you’ll want someone with experience working with clients who are similar to you. For instance, the needs of a first time home buyer are different than someone looking to downsize. It…

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Cozy Home Decor Tips For Winter

In order to get through the cold Canadian winter, you'll likely be spending more time at home than usual. But that doesn't mean you need to sit in boredom, waiting for the warmer months to melt away your misery.

Here are 3 cozy decor tips that will make you happy to stay home in the winter.

Add Earthy Elements

In contrast to the blooming flowers and bright florals of summer, winter allows you to embrace natural materials and rustic elements in your home. Bring the outdoors in with cedar boughs, pine cones, and birch candles to add a homey and warm feel to your space.

Leaving a stack of wood beside the fireplace gives you easy access on chilly nights, while also providing a chic display. If you have a non-functional fireplace, you can still make…

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As house prices continue to skyrocket across Ontario, buyers and renters need to find new and innovative ways to enter the housing market. One such way recently suggested by the Ontario government in their Ontario's Housing Supply Action Plan is through co-ownership. 

Co-ownership housing is a shared living arrangement where two or more people own and live in a home together. Co-owners may share living spaces like kitchens and living rooms, or the home may be divided into separate units.

Living with multiple people has a range of benefits including the option to live in neighbourhoods you couldn't afford on your own, fostering a sense of community with your housemates, and lowering your cost of living.

Buying a home with other people is a big…

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Top 3 Tips For Selling A Home In The Winter

When it comes to selling your home, winter may be the last season you’d consider listing. However, there are many benefits to listing your home during the colder months that you may not have considered. Home buying happens all year round, and there are still plenty of buyers out there.

Here are the top 3 reasons to list your home in the winter:

Show Off Winter Features

Selling in the winter provides you the perfect opportunity to highlight features and upgrades that show your home is winter-ready. Potential buyers can see and feel the advantages of an energy efficient home, which you can easily highlight in the winter months. They also tend to sell for higher prices than homes without.

Make sure your driveway and walkways are salted and clear of…

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As 2019 comes to an end, we look back on a year of resilience for housing markets across Toronto and the GTA. Not only did sales numbers stabilize and resume an upward climb, but prices also demonstrated some strength and sustainability.

Leading real estate experts are expecting this trend to continue into the new year. Royal LePage forecasts a 4.75% increase year-over-year to the aggregate price of a home in the GTA. The median price of a condominium and two-storey detached home are expected to rise 6% and 4.5% year-over-year respectively.

The positive forecast is supported by strong immigration numbers that are likely to maintain a sustained demand in Canada’s most populous housing markets.

Tight market conditions influenced by low supply…

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