By: Marilyn Rogers

Air Condition Your Home Or Cottage Efficiently This Summer

Air Condition Your Home Or Cottage Efficiently This Summer

It’s that time of year again! Summer is on its way and it will be here before you know it. And it seems the summers get longer and hotter as the years go on, and maybe it feels like some days your air conditioner is no match for the soaring temperatures outside. But if you run your air conditioning properly, you’re in for a much more comfortable few months.   Keep Cool   If you use a window or portable air conditioner, use curtains or blinds to keep it cool when the sun is shining directly on it.   Use A Thermostat   For as little as $30, a programmable thermostat can allow you to have much more control over your air conditioning – and your bills. You ca...Read More

By: Marilyn Rogers

Eek! Termites! What Are The Signs Of An Infestation And What Do You Do?

Eek! Termites! What Are The Signs Of An Infestation And What Do You Do?

Termites are found across Canada and just one colony can be made up of over one million individuals – and they spend 24 hours per day eating.  It’s well-known that termites eat wood, but they also create their homes out of it. Left untouched they can destroy the structural integrity of a home’s frames, structure and floors.  If you have a home in a rural area or a cottage that has a lot of wood components, know the signs.   Signs of a termite infestation in your home   Weak, cracking wood   Termites can affect wood in many different places, from furniture to a home’s actual structure. Damage to this wood can appear insignificant – at le...Read More

By: Marilyn Rogers

Moving? Here Are Three Scams To Be Aware Of

Moving? Here Are Three Scams To Be Aware Of

Nobody likes moving. Hiring a professional moving company can take a lot of the (literal) weight off your shoulders during an already hectic and stressful time. But it’s important to make sure you’ve hired a reputable company that wont end up creating more problems than they solve. Here are three little-known scams:   Bait and Switch:   Some moving companies may provide a flat rate in advertisements or in a written quote before they begin loading your possessions into their truck. Unfortunately, this rate increases immensely once the possessions are loaded, due to a cache of hidden fees like dispatch fees, mileage fees and additional labor costs. If you don’t pay,...Read More

By: Marilyn Rogers

Going Away On Vacation? How To Protect Your Home

Going Away On Vacation? How To Protect Your Home

Worrying about your house is one of the quickest ways to bring down a summer getaway. Before you head off on vacation this year, follow these tips to keep your home safe and get some hard-earned peace of mind.   Wait to Facebook   No one wants to think about it, but it’s not wise to broadcast that you’ll be away from home for an extended period of time, even among friends and family. Save posting your pictures and sharing your experiences for until you get home.   Be home…sort of   One of the best ways to prevent your home from being a target for break-ins is to  make it look occupied. Set your lights on timers and ask a neighbor to bring in your n...Read More

By: Marilyn Rogers

5 Tips To Have The Best Moving Experience Possible

5 Tips To Have The Best Moving Experience Possible

Moving is no fun for anyone, really. While the excitement of moving into a new home is significant, there’s a lot of work to be done before you get there. Many Canadians opt to hire a moving company instead of doing it all themselves, and this can be a solid option for many busy families. However, not all moving companies – or moving agreements – are created equal. Here are five ways to ensure your move goes as smoothly as possible:   Check reviews. Do your due diligence on whatever moving company you decide to hire. This can include checking out the Canadian Better Business Bureau website or websites specifically tailored to contractors like movers, such as Homestars....Read More

By: Marilyn Rogers

Fixing Foundation Problems Before Selling Your Home

Fixing Foundation Problems Before Selling Your Home

If a foundation issue is found during a home inspection – which will be requested by any knowledgeable buyer – it’s a pretty big deal. Foundation issues can be extremely expensive to repair, and the buyer will have plenty of reason to ask you to knock down your asking price of make the repairs.   There are different types of foundation issues and ways to handle them before selling. For example, if your basement has some smaller moisture intrusion issues they could be left alone before selling, but buyers should be made aware. If the issue is larger, like a foundation crack, it should be fixed immediately.   Budget   Many home sellers have a budget set aside t...Read More

By: Marilyn Rogers

New Mortgage Rules Could Delay First-Time Home Buyers

New Mortgage Rules Could Delay First-Time Home Buyers

Even with the new $4,000 Land Transfer Tax rebate for first-time home buyers, up from $2,000 and in effect January 1, 2017, first time home buyers might delay their purchases due to the new federal mortgage rules.   “More rebate means more money in the pockets of first-time buyers which benefits both home owners and the province,” said the CEO of the Ontario Real Estate Association, Time Hudak. “The money that home buyers get back either ends up going towards their mortgage or more often they spend it on furniture, appliances, renovations.”   The new rules were announced in October, and they require home buyers to qualify for a mortgage at a higher interest ...Read More

By: Marilyn Rogers

First Time Home Buyers In Peterborough Can Get A Rebate Of Up To $4,000

First Time Home Buyers In Peterborough Can Get A Rebate Of Up To $4,000

The provincial government has announced that it is doubling the existing land transfer tax for first-time home buyers, in effect as of January 1, 2017.   The land transfer tax rebate was previously a rebate of $2,000, and now it will provide $4,000 for first-time home buyers who purchase a home in the province.   The land transfer tax is not something that can be financed, and must be paid upon closing. As such, it can add thousands of dollars to the up-front cost of buying a home. In the Peterborough area, the average land transfer tax is about $3,000.   “I know many families in Peterborough are working hard to save for their first home and thanks to our government,&rdq...Read More

By: Marilyn Rogers

Demand for Detached Homes Is Growing Even More In Ontario

Demand for Detached Homes Is Growing Even More In Ontario

The demand for detached homes with more space and backyards is only growing in Ontario. According to new research released by the Ontario Real Estate Association, about half of the number of Ontario residents who are planning on purchasing a home in the next 24 months want that home to be a detached home., which is an increase of 13 points over last year.   Only 14% of Ontario residents who are looking to buy a home in the next two years are looking to buy a townhome, while 19% say they will likely buy a semi-detached home.   “With limited supply of this housing type, it’s becoming increasingly difficult to meet the demand,” said the CEO of the Ontario Real Estate...Read More

By: Marilyn Rogers

Housing Outlook For Ontario Is Strong Going Into 2017

Housing Outlook For Ontario Is Strong Going Into 2017

The Ontario real estate outlook is strong going into the winter months, according to the Ontario Home Ownership Index, a tool developed by the Ontario Real Estate Association, which measures home ownership trends and perceptions.   The Home Ownership Index is now at 131 points, which is an all-time high.   Some of the highlights of the latest research include:   55% (up 5% from last year) of Ontario residents think the current real estate market in neighbourhood is favourable, while 51% (up 11% from last year) of Ontario residents think the real estate market in their city is stronger than last year.    43% (up 5%) of Ontario residents think their city’s real e...Read More