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5 Tips For Keeping A Cool Head In A Red Hot Market

5 Tips For Keeping A Cool Head In A Red Hot Market
Knowing the right questions to ask and steps to take before starting the house hunt is one way to help keep emotions in check. And, many common home buying missteps can be avoided by following these five tips. Read and understand everything before you sign When you hire a real estate representative to help you buy or sell a home, you will be asked to sign an agreement that defines your relationship with the representative’s brokerage. It is a legal contract that contains rights and responsibilities for both parties. Similarly, if you purchase or sell a home, you will be asked to sign a legal...
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Toronto homeowner fined $10,000 for using agencies like Airbnb

Toronto homeowner fined $10,000 for using agencies like Airbnb
Justice of the peace wants to send message to stop short-term rentals. The defendant was “thumbing his nose at the community and the city,” he said. An empty wine box sits on the street in front of the house 5 Glenelia Ave. last March. The house was a notorious destination for short-term renters and the owners have been fined $10,000 for violating Toronto bylaws. A justice of the peace has imposed a $10,000 fine on the owner of a Willowdale home who violated city bylaws by accepting short-term renters, often using web sites such as Airbnb to find them. Justice of the Peace Gerry Altobello rejected...
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New Toronto Land Transfer Tax Hike

New Toronto Land Transfer Tax Hike
Toronto City Council has approved changes to the Toronto land transfer tax percentages for some home buyers with closings March 1, 2017 or after. The good news is that first time buyers will not be affected. A recommendation to harmonize Toronto’s land transfer tax with the province’s rates will cost other residents an additional $750 to move house. NEW CHANGES TO TORONTO LAND TRANSFER TAX! City of Toronto Council has approved changes to the Toronto Land Transfer Tax that mean additional Toronto Land Transfer Tax costs for some home buyers with a closing date on or after March 1, 2017,...
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Little Things Make a Big Difference

Little Things Make a Big Difference
There’s no doubt about it. A completely renovated room – especially a kitchen or bathroom – will really impress home buyers. That room will probably look brand new and very stylish. But you don’t have to do a full “tear-down-the-walls” type of renovation to upgrade the look of a room. In fact, just a few minor improvements can make a big difference. For example, upgrading wall plates is an easy and inexpensive way to add a lot more style and personality to a room. In the kitchen, installing new hardware on existing cabinets can have a dramatic impact. So, look around your house to...
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12 Tips to Season-Ready Your Condo

12 Tips to Season-Ready Your Condo
Home maintenance is something we often neglect. Even though your condo may have a property manager for exterior maintenance, the inside of your unit is still largely your responsibility. Between our daily and weekly responsibilities, maintenance is something that often falls by the wayside. But it’s essential. Like your vehicle, your home and property benefit from regular tune-ups. Fun, right? We know: not so much. But here’s the good news. Taking on home maintenance in 10-minute bursts is the smart way to get it done. Here’s our checklist of 12 things you can easily manage, each in 10 minutes...
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