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04/06/2017: The Foundation is the Home’s Most Important Structural Component

The foundation is the home's most important structural component.

A serious foundation problem can quickly turn into an expensive nightmare.  Buyers realize this and won't purchase a home until it's been properly repaired or worse, they'll simply walk away.

If you notice cracks, bowing or anythin [Read More...]


02/09/2017: 5 Tips to Help Plan a Home Renovation

Thinking of renovating? Think of these five tips first.   Tip #1: Don't underestimate the cost of renovations Homeowners consistently set unrealistically low budgets for a few of the most popular renovation projects. For example, on average, Canadians budgeted just under $4,200 for a new fence, [Read More...]


01/16/2017: Finding "The One"

Decisions, decisions. When you're on the market for a place to call home, the options can seem endless. You can only commit to one property, so how do you know when it's time to stop looking and take that leap into ownership? You instantly feel possessive about the property: No matter how long you'v [Read More...]


01/16/2017: What are the Top Homebuyer Turnoffs?

When preparing your home for sale, reality television would have us believe you need to invest a small fortune in decorating and renovations. Truth be told, the things that drive buyers away most cost very little to fix. Here are the top three: 1. Clutter, Dirt & Odours Every buyer has come across t [Read More...]


11/18/2016: Staging your Home for the Holidays

Happy November, everyone! Holidays are not far away and it's important to carefully stage your home during the holidays.

Decorating your home for the holidays is a festive tradition but it's important that buyers are still able to imagine themselves living there.  Here are a few seasonal staging t [Read More...]


11/04/2016: Reduce Our Energy Use

Greetings, As we all know, the summer months are behind us and winter is just around the corner. As the weather is getting colder and colder, the thermostat temperature gets warmer and warmer.
This can get pretty costly. A few small changes can make a huge difference to your monthly energy bill.  [Read More...]


10/03/2016: Asparagus, Mushroom & Goat Cheese Frittata

Ingredients: 8 eggs 1 medium yellow onion, cut lengthwise 1 bunch asparagus, cut in ½-inch diagonal slices 3 cloves garlic, crushed 6 to 8 oz mushrooms, sliced 2 to 4 tbsp olive oil 1 tbsp butter 5 oz goat cheese black pepper to taste pea shoots Directions: (preheat oven to 450F) Melt butter and [Read More...]


08/04/2016: HOME SALES HOT STREAK TAKES A BREAK IN JULY

HOME SALES HOT STREAK TAKES A BREAK IN JULY KITCHENER-WATERLOO, ON (August 4, 2016) –– There were a total of 588 home sales in Kitchener-Waterloo and area though the Multiple Listing System (MLS® System) of the Kitchener-Waterloo Association of REALTORS® (KWAR) in July. This represents only a [Read More...]


07/18/2016: Mango Golden Milk Ice Cream

Ingredients: 1 can (14 oz) full fat coconut milk
1 carton coconut cream (Let's Do Organic makes an additive free version)
OR 2 cans of coconut milk
1” piece of fresh ginger, peeled and grated
Pinch sea salt
3 tsp ground turmeric
1/16 tsp ground black pepper
½ tsp ground Ceylon cinnamon
1 tsp vani [Read More...]


06/15/2016: What is your Kitchener home worth?

Find out now by booking an appointment with the best realtor in Kitchener-Waterloo - Michael J. Saunders. Take a moment and send your name, email and telephone number, press “submit” and I will be in touch with you pronto! Michael has his cell phones in hand! Call now to schedule a time for  [Read More...]


06/15/2016: Pina Colada Thai Crepes

Pina Colada Thai Crepes With Mascarpone, Butter Rum
Maple Syrup, Toasted Coconut
& Pineapple

 

  INGREDIENTS
Crepe
½-cup unbleached all-purpose flour ½-cup white whole wheat flour 1 tbsp. cane sugar ½-tsp. sea salt 1 ½-cup whole milk 4 large eggs 3 tbsp. unsalted butter, melted Filling 1 cuRead More...]


06/09/2016: Continued Heat in the Cambridge Market

Stats from the Cambridge Association of REALTORS illustrate total sales in 2016 so far have reached 1,304 units, up 1.1 per cent from this time last year. It marks the second best start to a year since 2002. May 2015 set an all-time monthly sales record, and in comparison to that, this May has been [Read More...]


06/03/2016: Residential sales through the MLS® System of the Kitchener-Waterloo Association of REALTORS® hit an all-time high for the month of May

Residential sales through the Multiple Listing System (MLS® System) of the Kitchener-Waterloo Association of REALTORS® (KWAR) hit an all-time high for the month of May as home sales continue to trend upward in the Region. There were 752 properties sold in KW and area which represents a 19.6% incre [Read More...]


06/01/2016: Beauty and the Budget

Everyone wants their home to look nice! But sometimes budgets come in the way of making visions a reality. Here are some ways to help make it happen without exceeding your budget. 1. Neutral colors are the way to go! Neutral colors create a sophisticated look, and allow for an easier makeover late [Read More...]


05/17/2016: Home Sales Hot Streak Continues in April

Residential sales through the Multiple Listing System (MLS® System) of the Kitchener-Waterloo Association of REALTORS® (KWAR) continue to outperform previous years, and the month of April was no exception. There were 667 properties sold in KW and area which represents a 9.5% increase compared to [Read More...]


05/06/2016: Game Changing Home Improvements

I came across an article on Pinterest and thought it offered a great snapshot of the effects home improvements may have on your overall value of your home.  There was a survey completed by 27 interior designers, 18 real estate agents and 113 potential home buyers. Based on the insight the particip [Read More...]


04/22/2016: Brantford and Area Marketwatch

Friday April 22nd, 2016 Brantford,  
Hello from Brantford! Today's forecast is calling for a high of 16C cooling off for the
weekend. This market is really starting to move with some listings getting
competing offers.
Activity remains high as we have more buyers than sellers at the
moment, especial [Read More...]


04/15/2016: Brantford and Area MarketWatch

Friday April 15th, 2016 Brantford,  
Hello from Brantford! Today's forecast is calling for a high of 15C with warmer weather
coming for the weekend, welcome spring, fianlly. This market is really starting to move with some listings getting
competing offers.
Activity remains high as we have more buy [Read More...]


04/01/2016: Brantford and Area MarketWatch

Friday April 1st., 2016 Brantford,  
Hello from Brantford! Today's forecast is calling for a high of 9C mostly cloudy with
some rain. This market is really starting to heat up as spring takes a
foothold.
Activity remains high as we have more buyers than sellers at the
moment, especially in the $250 [Read More...]


03/03/2016: Brantford and Area MarketWatch

Sunday February 28th, 2016 Brantford,  
Hello from Brantford! Today's forecast is calling for a high of 10C mostly sunny with
rain coming later today and into tomorrow. This wierd weather is not having a negative effect on the market.
Activity remains high as we have more buyers than sellers at the [Read More...]


02/12/2016: Baby it's cold outside!

Okay, so we had some nice weather for February, ... and now that we are experiencing seasonal temperatures, and weather, we are all freaked out. Truth is – it is normal for us to have cold in February. Come on, we are Canadians after all. A little snow and cold shouldn't scare us into the depths o [Read More...]


01/16/2016: Why BUY when you can RENT?

I am often ask why should I buy when I can rent and have a hassle free living? Really hassle free? Having to call your landlord when there is a problem with the house you are renting to have the issue(s) fixed. How about repeated phone calls about the same issue? What if your landlord is out of to [Read More...]


01/05/2016: Inexpensive Home Improvements

Can I Improve my Home on a Tight Budget? The decision to sell a home often makes us look at it differently. Suddenly, the scuffs and clutter that have been around for years come into sharp focus. Seen through "buyer goggles", your functional family home can suddenly seem in need of some major TLC. F [Read More...]


01/05/2016: The True Cost of Buying a Home

What Costs are Associated with Buying a Home? While an aura of mystery can surround the true cost of buying a home, this is no time for smoke and mirrors! An experienced Realtor will shed light on the closing process, help you establish a realistic budget & recommend trusted professionals to help yo [Read More...]


01/05/2016: The Right Realtor Makes a Difference!

Why Do I Need an Experienced, Full-Time Realtor? Here are four great reasons... 1. Peace of Mind. Realtors are bound by a strict code of ethics, insured and committed to long-term education. They understand the big picture (the nuances of the local market)...and smaller stuff like the correct handli [Read More...]


12/16/2015: What You Need to Know About the Mortgage Process

Choose an Experienced Mortgage Specialist
Just like in the real estate business, a seasoned pro will have a better handle on how to manage tricky details that may arise in your financial status or credit history. When it comes to your largest purchase, play it safe. Be the beneficiary of your mortga [Read More...]


11/24/2015: Top 10 Home Buying Mistakes

For most buying a home is the most expensive purchase they will ever make in their lifetime.  Just one mistake can not only put a "downer" on the whole home purchase experience, it can also be the worst mistake someone makes that can ultimately mean disaster. Looking to by a home in the Cambridg [Read More...]


11/18/2015: Some of the World's Most Exclusive Homes

Here are some of the World's Most Exclusive, Homes located in Beverly Hills California [Read More...]


11/18/2015: Whaaaaat? Milk In A Bag?

What can I say...That's how we drink it, Eh! [Read More...]


11/12/2015: Chattels...What Are They?

A chattel is a movable object that is not attached to the home or has not been “annexed” to the property in a legal sense.  For instance, appliances are usually considered chattels unless the appliance is “built-in” such as a built-in dishwasher.  Electronic thermostats, and light fixture [Read More...]


11/12/2015: Putting Property In Children's Names Is Risky

Here is an interesting article written by Bob Aaron, a Toronto Real Estate Lawyer There's a common misconception that the best way to avoid Ontario's probate fees on the value of an estate is to place the family home and other assets into joint ownership with a child or children, so that the prope [Read More...]


11/12/2015: Exclusive or MLS® Listing, What's the Difference?

A "Multiple Listing" allows REALTORS® to put your home on the Real Estate Board's MLS® System - a great tool to market our your home and help find a buyer, because the listing information is shared with all the members of the Real Estate Board, here in Cambridge that's well over 300 members. With [Read More...]


11/12/2015: 344 Sqft Apartment Transforms Into 24 Rooms

In Hong Kong space is a premium, apartments are small and very expensive. See how Architect Gary Chang transforms his 344 sq.ft. apartment into many rooms with various designs just by adding sliding walls and panels.   [Read More...]


10/30/2015: Happy Hallowe'en , Time to Fall Back

                                                 Happy Hallowe'en   RE/MAX Twin City Realty Inc., Brokerage
515 Park Road North
Brantford, ON N3R 7K8
Canada
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09/18/2015: The Chicken & Egg Dilemma: Buy First or Sell First?

When you own a home, the decision to move can trigger a "chicken-or-egg" conundrum: should you sell your current home before buying, or vice versa? A variety of factors can affect your decision. Buying First If you're shopping for a highly specific features or in an area with limited inventory, buyi [Read More...]


09/18/2015: The Importance of Home Staging

Staging sells homes. While some may debate it's importance, the National Association of Realtors (NAR) reports that professional staging can increase a home's selling price by 5 to 9 percent. Those are major dollars, and in my experience, the statistics ring true. Home staging is not the same as dec [Read More...]


09/18/2015: Active Adult Communuities

Each season of life brings fresh priorities. For many of today's active Zoomers, the freedom offered by exclusive adult communities fits well with their lifestyle & travel plans. What usually sets these developments apart is their wide range of services. Homeowner Association fees commonly include l [Read More...]


09/18/2015: What is Knob & Tube Wiring?

"Knob and tube" wiring, also known as "open" wiring, is the oldest type of residential electrical service and was considered the norm until the 1940s.  The system consists of individual strands of copper wire, supported on their run by ceramic knobs. Ceramic tubes protect the wires as they pass th [Read More...]



09/11/2015: Brantford and Area MarketWatch, Friday, Sept.11, 2015

Friday, September 11th, 2015 Brantford,  
Hello from Brantford. The forecast for today is overcast with some showers expected and
a high of 21C. If your considering listing your home or buying, there has never
been a better time. Interest rates are still at an all time low.
Call us at 519-770-2907 [Read More...]


09/04/2015: Brantford and area MarketWatch, Friday September 4th, 2015

Hello from Brantford.

The forecast for today is hot and humid with a high of 27C.

If your considering listing your home or buying, there has never
been a better time. Interest rates are still at an all time low.
Call us at 519-770-2907 for a no obligation opinion on what you
should be able to sell [Read More...]


08/28/2015: Brantford and area MarketWatch, Friday August 28th, 2015

Friday, August 28th, 2015

Brantford,
Hello from Brantford.

The forecast for today is sunny with a high of 24C, Saturday and
Sunday 26C with hot humid weather returning for next week.

If your considering listing your home or buying, there has never
been a better time. Interest rates are still at a [Read More...]


08/08/2015: Brantford and area MarketWatch August 8th, 2015

Friday, August 8th, 2015

Brantford,
Hello from Brantford.

The forecast for today is cloudy with a high of 24, hot and sunny
tomorrow going up to 28.
If your considering listing your home or buying, there has never
been a better time.
Call us at 519-770-2907 for a no obligation opinion on what you [Read More...]


07/24/2015: Kitec Plumbing

Recently, RECO released an article on material facts that mentioned how the issue relates to Kitec plumbing (sometimes referred to as a Kitec system). A number of registrants have asked for more information about Kitec itself. Kitec plumbing  was commonly used in homes built between 1995 and [Read More...]


07/21/2015: K-W Real Estate News from Geraldine Mahood--July 2015

http://realestateword.com/newsletter/archive.php?sid=0&nid=1176&aid=483 [Read More...]


07/08/2015: What is in a Price Part 2

So your home is listed for sale and so are some of your neighbours. Everyones home seems to be sitting on the masrket with lots of people looking but no one making an offer. You feel your home is better situated and up dated then your competitors. Did you consider whether or not there is a newer su [Read More...]


07/08/2015: What is in a Price

Is the LIST PRICE on a property the ticket sales price? This has been the most recent point of concern during my last round of open houses. Most eceprience buyers know this is a jumping off point for negotiation, but as a first time home purchaser this is a good question. The list price is certainly [Read More...]


07/03/2015: Brantford and area MarketWatch Friday July 3rd. 2915

Friday, July 3rd, 2015

Brantford,
Hello from Brantford.

Mostly sunny today and a high of 24C. The weekend looks fabulous
going up to 28C by Sunday.
Inventory is still low so there has never been a better time to
list your house.
Call us at 519-770-2907 for a no obligation opinion on what you
shoul [Read More...]


06/26/2015: Brantford and Area Marketwatch June 26th, 2015

Friday, June 26th, 2015

Brantford,
Hello from Brantford.

Mostly sunny today and a high of 23C. They are calling for a wet
cool weekend. Inventory is still low so there has never been a
better time to list your house.
Call us at 519-770-2907 for a no obligation opinion on what you
should be able to [Read More...]


06/23/2015: Brantford and Area MarketWatch June 19th. 2015

Friday, June 19th, 2015 Brantford,  
Hello from Brantford. Sunny with cloudy periods today and a high of 21C. Inventory is 
still low so there has never been a better time to list your
house. 
Call us at 519-770-2907 for a no obligation opinion on what you 
should be able to sell your house for. [Read More...]


05/26/2015: You're Pre-Approved For a Mortgage… Now What? Tips for First Time Home Buyers

Thank you to Ashley Graham, mortgage broker from TD Bank in beautiful British Colombia for giving us these useful tips for first time home buyers.  As we all know, making any major purchase can be slightly overwhelming – and the purchase of your first home is no different.  You'll find yoursel [Read More...]


05/22/2015: Brantford and Area MarketWatch May 22nd 2015

Friday, May 22nd, 2015

Brantford,


Hello from Brantford.


A little cooler today with partly cloudy skies a forecast high of
14C and a 20% chance of rain. The Spring Market is in full swing,
we have more buyers than sellers at the moment so there has never
been a better time to list your house. Call us at 51 [Read More...]


05/12/2015: Just Listed - 419 Lausanne Crescent - Clair Hills - Waterloo

New Listing in Waterloo's Clair Hills
419 Lausanne - $379,900
Former Ivystone Model Home 
2 2 Bedroom Raised Bungalow. 
1,970 square feet of finished living space.  
Hardwood in Living room & Dining room. 
Eat-in Kitchen with tile flooring. 
Family room with gas fireplace. 
Unique split entry [Read More...]


05/11/2015: Spring Market Is In Full Swing!

KITCHENER-WATERLOO HOME SALES IN APRILBY ADMIN • MAY 5TH, 2015KITCHENER-WATERLOO, ON (May 5, 2015) –– Residential sales through the Multiple Listing System (MLS® System) of the Kitchener-Waterloo Association of REALTORS® (KWAR) were strong in April with 539 properties sold in Kitchener-Wate [Read More...]


05/01/2015: Brantford and area MarketWatch May 1st. 2015

Friday, May 1st, 2015Brantford, 
Hello from Brantford.
Sunny with cloudy periods today with a high of 19C the weekend
looks like it will be great. The market is really hot right now
so if your thinking of selling now is a great time.
Call 1-888-759-9679 for a free recorded message on How To Sell Your
Hom [Read More...]


04/27/2015: 1st time homebuyers need Bank of Mom & Dad

Over 40% of first-time home buyers in Canada can't afford a house without their parents' help, report suggestsCanadian Press | April 23, 2015 | Last Updated: Apr 23 12:47 PM ET
More from Canadian PressTyler Anderson/National PostBMO's 2015 Home Buying Report found that 42 per cent of first-time buye [Read More...]


04/22/2015: Higher Prices Don't Deter First-time Buyers

Higher Prices Don't Deter First-time BuyersWritten by Jim Adair on Monday, 20 April 2015 3:19 pm A new survey of first-time buyers in Canada reveals they are more financially savvy than the general population, well-educated, employed and married or in a common-law relationship. Most of them are m [Read More...]


04/21/2015: Brantford and Area MarketWatch

Friday, April 17th, 2015Brantford, 
Hello from Brantford.
Sunny with cloudy periods today with a high of 21C looks like a
nice few days ahead, so get out and enjoy it. It's a great time
to list and buy, especially with interest rates at historic lows. Hello [[firstname]],In the past 7 days we had 94 n [Read More...]


04/14/2015: Brantford and area MarketWatch Friday, April 10th,2015

Friday, April 10th, 2015

Brantford,
Hello from Brantford.
Overcast and warmer today with a high of 14C some rain on the way
as well, we need it to get those spring flowers growing.
In the past 7 days we had 83 new listings in Brantford and
area, 20 price changes, 51 conditional sales and 49 solds. [Read More...]


04/07/2015: Cuba Real Estate Not For International Buyers, Envoy Says

OTTAWA - Vast, sandy expanses of undeveloped Caribbean coastline, sprawling green countryside and the faded but lingering beauty of old Havana have sparked many a business development fantasy in some of Cuba's more entrepreneurial visitors. Those dreams of new beach resorts, golf courses and condos [Read More...]


04/06/2015: Real Estate Word -- Calculating Closing Costs -- April 2015

Real Estate Word -- Calculating Closing Costs [Read More...]


04/03/2015: Brantford and area MarketWatch, Friday April 3rd, 2015

Friday, April 3rd, 2015

Brantford,
Hello from Brantford.

The Slavin Team would like to wish everyone a very Happy Easter!

The forecast today is some rain and a high of 16C, finally some
spring like weather.
Hello Rick,

In the past 7 days we had 98 new listings in Brantford and
area, 26 price cha [Read More...]


04/02/2015: Five Financial Lessons.

Your money Five financial lessons from 'Game of Thrones' (like avoid debt) By Chris Taylor New York - Reuters Published Friday, Mar. 27 2015, 6:00 AM EDT Last updated Thursday, Mar. 26 2015, 4:18 PM EDT If you ever find yourself at a fan convention for the popular HBO series "Game of Thron [Read More...]


04/02/2015: What's In A Name

For thousands of years, the Earth has been marked by paths and trails made by animals travelling to watering holes and making annual migrations. As humans began to venture, often in search of food and shelter, these animal paths developed into human passageways. In Brant County and Brantford, many e [Read More...]


04/01/2015: Brantford and area MarketWatch March 27th, 2015

Friday, March 27th, 2015

Brantford,
Hello from Brantford.

It's currently -1C, warming up to 1C then going down over night
to -10C today. The cold weather just keeps hanging on.
In the past 7 days we had 83 new listings in Brantford and
area, 17 price changes, 57 conditional sales and 47 solds.
Ou [Read More...]


04/01/2015: New Listing - 202 Pineland Court - Laurelwood

$419,000 - MLS   Terrific updated family home on a quiet Laurelwood court. Open concept main floor. Kitchen island with breakfast bar, tiled backsplash and stainless appliances. Three generously sized bedrooms, 2 with Walk in Closets. Carpet Free Home, Fully finished basement. Updated Family room w [Read More...]


03/26/2015: Should you stay or should you go?

I have many clients who were so excited as first time homeowners years ago who are now reevaluating their homeownership needs. Whether family size has changed, or for lifestyle reasons, they want to consider moving up or simply moving on to something different. The first details that you should look [Read More...]


03/24/2015: Brantford and area MarketWatch, Friday March 20th, 2015

Friday, March 20th, 2015

Brantford,
Hello from Brantford.

It's currently -1C, warming up to 9 or 10C today. This would be a
great weekend to visit a Maple Syrup festival.
Hello

In the past 7 days we had 92 new listings in Brantford and
area, 19 price changes, 42 conditional sales and 51 solds.
Th [Read More...]


03/06/2015: Kitchener-Waterloo Residential Home Sales - February 2015

HOMES SALES GAIN SOME STEAM IN FEBRUARY
Residential sales through the Multiple Listing System (MLS®) of the Kitchener-Waterloo Association of REALTORS® (KWAR) were down 3.0 percent in February compared to the same month last year and up 43.9 percent compared to January home sales.

Click Here fo [Read More...]


03/06/2015: Kitchener-Waterloo Residential Home Sales - January 2015

2015 HOME SALES OFF TO A COOL START
Residential sales through the Multiple Listing System (MLS®) of the Kitchener-Waterloo Association of REALTORS® (KWAR) were down in January compared to January of 2014. There were a total of 290 residential properties sold last month, a 9.9 percent decrease co [Read More...]


03/06/2015: Just Listed - Northlake Woods Sidesplit

Nicely updated Northlake Woods home. Great School zone, short walk to Northlake Woods PS. Open concept Kitchen/Living/Dining Room. Two Walkouts to back yard. All windows updated, Roof (2004 - 30yr Shingles), Furnace & AC (2013), Water Softener (2014).
$329,000 mls
Lots of house for the price. [Read More...]


03/04/2015: Choosing a Home with Confidence

How Do I Know When I've Found the Right House? The house-hunting process stirs up many emotions. It's a lot like dating: finding "the one" is a daunting task, and the thought of commitment makes many people nervous. Some basic considerations can help narrow down the options.

Cast a Wide Net
The MLS [Read More...]


03/04/2015: Open House Risks

Can an Open House put my home at risk?
Traditional Open Houses are a common real estate tool, even though the prospect of opening your home to strangers is rightfully unnerving. If an Open House is done, it needs to be properly managed in order to ensure your valuables are protected.

Keep a Log
Fo [Read More...]


02/09/2015: 2015 HOME SALES OFF TO A COOL START

KITCHENER-WATERLOO, ON (February 5, 2015) -- Residential sales through the Multiple Listing System (MLS®) of the Kitchener-Waterloo Association of REALTORS® (KWAR) were down in January compared to January of 2014.
There were a total of 290 residential properties sold last month, a 9.9 percent dec [Read More...]


02/02/2015: Street Parking Banned in Kitchener, Waterloo and Cambridge due to Snow

Read article here: Kitchener-Waterloo & Cambridge Street parking banned [Read More...]


01/30/2015: Coffee House Boosts Property Appreciation

http://www.repmag.ca/news/coffee-house-boosts-property-appreciation-187654.aspx Coffee house boosts property appreciation [Read More...]


01/30/2015: Lighter side super fan takes fandom to a whole new level

http://www.repmag.ca/news/lighter-side-super-fan-takes-fandom-to-a-whole-new-level-187657.aspxLighter side super fan takes fandom to a whole new level [Read More...]


01/30/2015: Banks’ prime-rate cut falls short of BoC in a bid to protect profits

Banks' prime-rate cut falls short of BoC in a bid to protect profits [Read More...]


01/27/2015: SOLD! Laurelwood Townhouse For Sale

Listed at $349,000 mls Great Laurelwood court location. Open Concept floor plan. Kitchen with Island open to great room with gas fireplace. Hardwood on Mainfloor. Huge Master Bedroom with 5 piece ensuite and large Walk-In closet. 2nd floor Laundry. Finished basement with bathroom rough-in and new wa [Read More...]


01/27/2015: Kitchener- Waterloo Residential Home Sales - November 2014

November Home Sales on Par with 2013, Up on a Year-to-Date Basis
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01/27/2015: Kitchener- Waterloo Residential Home Sales - December 2014

KITCHENER-WATERLOO HOME SALES FINISH STRONG IN 2014
click here for the full article [Read More...]


01/23/2015: Big news! Bank of Canada lowers overnight rate

In a surprise move, the Bank of Canada announced today that it is lowering its key rate down to 0.75 per cent in order to "provide insurance" against the risks to the economy posed by the sharp drop in oil prices. This is the first time the overnight rate has changed since September 2010. [Read More...]


01/10/2015: Senior Travel TIps

Seniors Tip: Travel Tips for Family Caregivers Travelling with someone who has a disability or illness can seem overwhelming; however, it can be possible with good advanced planning. Here are some tips to consider: A good place to start is a visit to the care recipient's doctor for a check-up and c [Read More...]


12/16/2014: Nobody Parties Better...


"Nobody in the World Sells More Real Estate than RE/MAX." ...and Nobody parties better than RE/MAX Twin City!
It's hard to believe the year is already coming to a close.
As 2014 ends, it was time to celebrate the holiday season with our annual RE/MAX Twin City Christmas Party and celebrate we did [Read More...]


12/11/2014: Say No To Another Home Owner Tax

The Municipal Land Transfer Tax (MLTT) hurts the real estate industry.
In 2006 the Government of Ontario allowed the City of Toronto to charge home buyers a Toronto land transfer tax - a whole new municipal tax that is almost equal to the provincial land transfer tax (around $4,000.00 for the avera [Read More...]


12/09/2014: Sold - 387 Beaver Creek Road, Waterloo, ON

Listed at $458,800
Beautiful Open Concept Former Model Home features a gourmet Kitchen with w/o to deck, spacious dinette overlooking great room with 12 ft. ceilings and gas fireplace. Large Master Bedroom with Ensuite. Main floor Laundry. Prime Laurelwood location just a 500m walk to Laurelwood P [Read More...]


12/04/2014: Thinking of a Mortgage? Protect Your Credit Score!

How can I protect my credit score?
With the holidays in full swing, it's important to be aware that little things (like applying for store credit to get a discount on your purchases) can impact bigger things (like your credit score when you're trying to get approved for a mortgage).

Avoid CollectiRead More...]


11/25/2014: Should I Consider a Reverse Mortgage?

Should I Consider a Reverse Mortgage?
If you're concerned about having enough money to live comfortably when you retire, reverse mortgages are a consideration -- but pose some risk.

What is a Reverse Mortgage?
Reverse Mortgages are "life term" loans in which seniors can receive up to 45% of the val [Read More...]


11/15/2014: 10 Tips to Help Your Bathroom Sell Your House

10 Tricks to Help Your Bathroom Sell Your House [Read More...]


11/15/2014: Which Is Better?

Which is better?

A great place to start: Look at the comparison of the costs and benefits of each.

A monthly rent payment goes into your landlord's pocket. After 5 years of paying rent, your wallet is lighter and you don't have much to show for it.

A monthly home payment goes to your lender and [Read More...]


11/15/2014: What Do You Want?


What do you want?

Do you realize that renting prepares you for buying?

It helps you figure out what you want.

With every move, you discover things: the neighbourhoods you like, the sorts of kitchens you prefer, and the fact that popcorn ceilings drive you crazy. You're in a great position to buy [Read More...]


11/11/2014: 2.5 Acre Building Lot overlooking the Grand River and Grey Silo Golf Club

6 Grand River Drive - $1,200,000 mls
Build your custom home on one of the nicest lots in Waterloo! 2.5 acres. Prime cul-de-sac location in Country Squire Estates. Overlooks Grey Silo Golf Course and the Grand River. Spectacular views. Quiet neighborhood. Convenient location within city limits. Just [Read More...]


11/11/2014: Million Dollar Sunsets at a fraction of the price!

135 Huron Road, Point Clark, ON - $349,000
Enjoy Lake Huron's famous million dollar sunsets for a fraction of the price. This waterfront, 4 bedroom, 2 bath cottage features an open concept main floor, wood stove in the family room. Ceiling fans in all bedrooms. 270 degree wrap around deck. Detached [Read More...]


11/11/2014: 4,800 sqft on 1/2 acre Waterloo's Colonial Acres

595 Manorwood Drive - $1,350,000 mls
Park like setting in Waterloo's Colonial Acres Private back yard with covered patio overlooking concrete pool with 3M epoxy liner in ground hot tub, all self cleaning. Custom kitchen with Porcelain tile floor, granite counter tops, gas range, large Thermadore f [Read More...]


11/11/2014: Kitchener-Waterloo Residential Home Sales - October 2014

Home sales surged in the month of October with a total of 563 home sales through the Multiple Listing System (MLS®) of the Kitchener-Waterloo Association of REALTORS® (KWAR) compared to 481 during the same period in 2013, an increase of 17 percent.
Year-to-date 5,800 homes were sold, which is [Read More...]


11/04/2014: SEPTEMBER HOME SALES REACH RECORD HIGH

KITCHENER-WATERLOO, ON (October 3, 2014) -- 553 residential properties were sold through the Multiple Listing System (MLS®) of the Kitchener-Waterloo Association of REALTORS® (KWAR) in September, marking a new record high for the month. September's home sales were up 14.3 percent over last year. O [Read More...]


10/22/2014: The BIG Question: Why?


Do you remember why you rented in the first place? Did you think your rent payment would be less than your mortgage payment? Did you want to be able to call your landlord to fix things when they broke? Were you unsure where you wanted to live? Were you unsure if you wanted to make a large commitme
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10/21/2014: Ride Of A Lifetime!

There is no question that the RE/MAX Hot Air Balloon has become one of the most widely recognized corporate symbols in the world. Even from a distance the red, white and blue balloon is a well recognized icon. There's nothing quite like the serene feeling you get while floating over the city at suns [Read More...]


10/15/2014: Kitchener- Waterloo Residential Home Sales - September 2014

September Sales Stats are out. Single detached sales volume is up over 15% and average price is up almost 9% over last year.
Click here for September 2014 Sales Stats [Read More...]


10/09/2014: Are Do-it-Yourself MLS Listings Worth the Cost?

Are "Do-it-Yourself" MLS Listings Worth the Cost?
When the price seems too good to be true, be sure to ask questions. A commission-free business model that entices DIY sellers with low-cost MLS listings must be a registered real estate broker in order to access the MLS system. If they aren't a regi [Read More...]


10/08/2014: Why Are You Still Renting?


Are you ready?

It's a fate that befalls most renters at one point or another: the pain of dealing with a landlord, or seeing your monthly payment vanish, and watching rents go up and up. Sound familiar? Then it might be time to start thinking about buying a home of your own.
The expense of payin [Read More...]


10/03/2014: Purchasing a FSBO: Do you need a Realtor's help?

Purchasing a FSBO: do you need a Realtor's help?
The tools have gotten fancier in recent years, but little has changed with "For Sale By Owner" home sales since the 1970's. With a laminated sign and magic marker from the hardware store, any FSBO can be up and running.

A FSBO vendor is trying to sa [Read More...]


10/02/2014: Don't Need a Will ?

Top 10 Reasons You Should Never Write a Will · You have spent a lifetime working, saving and generally deferring consumption to fund your retirement. Now that your money has outlasted you, it will be awesome to see how the government divides your assets. Governments always make amazing decisions aRead More...]


09/23/2014: HOME SALES REMAIN STRONG IN THE MONTH OF AUGUST

KITCHENER-WATERLOO, ON (September 4, 2014) -- With a total of 567 homes sales through the Multiple Listing System (MLS®) of the Kitchener-Waterloo Association of REALTORS ®, the month of August posted a 9.2% increase in homes sales compared to the same month last year.
Home sales in the month o [Read More...]


09/23/2014: Reasons why the Bank of Canada will keep interest rates low

The Bank of Canada announced on September 3rd, 2014 that it was holding its trend-setting overnight lending rate at 1 per cent.
The overnight rate has not moved in four years. It's likely that it will remain where it is for some time yet. Why?
1) Inflation is on target -- Inflation recently incre [Read More...]


09/19/2014: CONDO INSURANCE - DEDUCTIBLE

Protect Yourself from Condo Insurance Deductible

Protect yourself against condo insurance deductible There is a lot of confusion out there by buyers and real estate salespeople as to what insurance is required when buying a condominium. The mistake is thinking that the insurance policy foRead More...]


09/08/2014: Kitchener-Waterloo Residential Home Sales - June 2014

Click here for K-W Home Sales Stats-June 2014 [Read More...]


09/08/2014: Kitchener-Waterloo Residential Sales Stats for July 2014


Click Here for Residential Sales Stats for July 2014 [Read More...]


09/08/2014: Kitchener-Waterloo Residential Home Sales - August 2014

Click Here for K-W Home Sales Stats for August 2014 [Read More...]


08/18/2014: Who Should Attend My Home Inspection?

When purchasing a home, your Realtor should always attend the home inspection. Unfortunately, this doesn't always happen.

Given an inspection can take upwards of three hours, some Realtors choose not to attend or arrive towards the end of the appointment. In my eyes, this is simply not acceptable. [Read More...]


08/14/2014: STRONG JULY HOME SALES

KITCHENER-WATERLOO, ON (August 6, 2014) -- There were a total of 662 residential properties sold through the Multiple Listing System (MLS®) of the Kitchener-Waterloo Association of REALTORS® (KWAR) in July, an increase of 5.9 percent compared with 625 in July 2013. Home sales in the month of July [Read More...]


08/13/2014: Canadian house prices continue upward swing in July

Canadian home prices showed momentum in July, rising 1.1 per cent from June, according to the Teranet-National Bank house price index. Victoria, Ottawa, Toronto and Quebec City had the highest month-to-month increases, and 10 of the 11 cities that the index tracks saw prices rise from June. The out [Read More...]


08/09/2014: July was smokin' HOT!

KITCHENER-WATERLOO, ON (August 6, 2014) -- There were a total of 662 residential properties sold through the Multiple Listing System (MLS®) of the Kitchener-Waterloo Association of REALTORS® (KWAR) in July, an increase of 5.9 percent compared with 625 in July 2013.
Home sales in the month of July [Read More...]


07/17/2014: Why Would a Homeowner Choose to List Their Home Exclusively?

Why Choose an "Exclusive" Listing?

While “exclusive” real estate listings are certainly in the minority, there are instances when they can work in a homeowner's best interest, at least over the short term.

Not Quite Ready for Sale
When homeowners are preparing a desirable home for the MLS market, [Read More...]


07/17/2014: What is a Home Inspection?

What is a Home Inspection?

When buying a home, “inspection” is one of the most common conditions included in the Agreement of Purchase and Sale. For the vast majority of home buyers, the completion of their real estate purchase is contingent on a home inspection being performed.

The home inspectio [Read More...]


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