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Toronto (GTA) 2018 Property Tax Comparison

Tuesday Jul 17th, 2018

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  No matter where you live in Toronto (GTA), if you own a home or condo you'll pay property taxes. We crunched the numbers from municipal websites & found out which locations in Toronto (GTA) have the highest & lowest total tax rate for RT Residential property class.      Bear in mind, cities may include different expenses in their tax rates that aren’t necessarily direct comparables between two... [read more]

Saving Money

Monday Nov 13th, 2017

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By Lucas  When purchasing an upgraded home or condo, it is often necessary to cut out many other expenses in order to afford the down payment and subsequent monthly payments. It might seem tricky, but eliminating little luxuries you’ve grown accustomed to can make a difference. First ask yourself: do I really need this item or have I just become used to having it? Next, make a list of pros and cons. Your pros would include the benefits of maintaining such an expense. The cons... [read more]

The Most Common Questions Asked by Home Buyers—Answered!

Monday Nov 13th, 2017

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Buying a home is thrilling, scary, sometimes weird, often epic, and never dull. You’re ponying up a huge wad of cash for a place you’ll inhabit hopefully for years to come. As such, you’re bound to have a lot of questions throughout every step of the process. So to head you off at the pass, we asked real estate agents to spill the beans on most common questions buyers ask them—and the answers, of course. You’re welcome. Q: What home can I... [read more]

Rent To Own Opportunities

Saturday Nov 11th, 2017

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If you are reading this document, you are likely considering a unique way into home ownership, for one reason or another. Rent-to-Own (RTO) is an alternative method to home ownership, when the more “traditional” options are not available due to a variety of reasons. Although it is not extremely common, RTO is a very effective way for people who have been declined a mortgage to overcome any financial obstacles and own their own home sooner! People typically embark in a RTO... [read more]

Easy & Temporary Ways to Dress Up a Rental Like You Own It

Saturday Nov 11th, 2017

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  Easy & Temporary Ways to Dress Up a Rental Like You Own It Jason Loper   Just because you don't own your apartment doesn't mean you can't dress it up, cover the not-so-pretty parts and give it your own personal touch. Here are some ways you can bring temporary personality and style to your home...   • Unsightly old counter tops can temporarily become granite with Appliance Art's Instant Granite. Similar to Contact Paper, the peel... [read more]

Bathroom Trends For 2017

Thursday Jul 27th, 2017

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Staying on top of the latest trends in home decor isn’t for everyone, but even for traditionalists, it can be fun to incorporate some new ideas. Here are five bathroom decor trends that are appearing in 2017. Geometric Patterns: Many homeowners are selecting bold patterns in geometric shapes, like chevrons, triangles, or hexagons. These patterns can add intrigue and continuity to your tile or shower curtain. Plants: Even the best-designed bathrooms can benefit from some small... [read more]

Reconsider These Choices When You're Designing Your Kitchen

Thursday Jul 27th, 2017

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The kitchen is one area of the home that sees the most wear and tear. All the water, heat, and food spills add up quickly so it’s important to focus on quality and lasting appeal when you’re choosing materials for a kitchen remodel. Here are a few things you should avoid: Cheap Laminate Countertops: The bottom rung of laminate is extremely susceptible to wear and tear. It can melt if you forget to place a hot pad under a pan that’s fresh out of the oven and the edges... [read more]

Hidden Homeowner Costs

Thursday Jul 27th, 2017

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Budgeting for buying a home can be difficult enough when you're just weighing mortgage options and a purchase price. But there are many other factors that go into the cost of home ownership. Some of them are one-time expenses that you'll pay during the home buying process, while others will be recurring costs for as long as you own the home. Closing costs There are several smaller fees that add up to a rather large sum when you're going through the closing process-loan fees,... [read more]

What affects Property Values?

Thursday Jul 27th, 2017

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Some the features that increase property values are obvious-like a remodeled bathroom, a modern kitchen, or a sought-after neighborhood. But here are a few features and circumstances you have not have realized can affect property values. The neighbors: Not every neighborhood or community has an HOA that can keep the neighbors from going overboard with decorations or neglecting to care for their home. Homes adjacent to crazy neighbors can potentially be undervalued. Trendy groceries and... [read more]

Avoid these Two Big Mortgage Mistakes

Thursday Jul 27th, 2017

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We all know that searching for and viewing potential homes is the fun part of the home-buying process. The not-so-fun part? The mortgage. But if you don't pay attention to the details, your mortgage can end up dragging down the enjoyment of your new home and cause some major regrets. Here are a few mistakes to avoid to ensure that you love your mortgage terms as much as your hew home. Don't find your home first: Shopping around for the best mortgage rate should be the first... [read more]

From Decorating To Staging

Thursday Jul 27th, 2017

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Once you've decided to put your home on the market, you're looking to sell quickly for the best possible price. One tactic that can help sell your home faster is staging. At first, staging may seem like a real estate term that doesn't actually mean anything. Isn't staging just decorating? Well, not exactly… Appeal to the masses Your home is likely decorated to your tastes. It could be colorful and eclectic, or rugged and industrial. But when you're staging your... [read more]

Priority Tasks For Your Move In

Thursday Jul 27th, 2017

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Moving into a new home is an exciting time, and you're probably daydreaming about decor and paint schemes and new furniture. But before you get into the fun stuff, there are some basics you should cover first. Change the locks Even if you're promised that new locks have been installed in your home, you can never be too careful. It's worth the money to have the peace of mind that comes with knowing that no one else has the keys to your home. Changing the locks can be a DIY... [read more]

Five Money Saving Green Upgrades

Thursday Jul 27th, 2017

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Going green is great for the environment, but that's not the only benefit. When you make green upgrades in your home, it can also lead to some major savings. Solar panels: The upfront cost is big, but the long-term savings are huge. Solar panels will cost several thousand dollars to install, but ongoing maintenance costs are very low, and a typical system could save you hundreds of dollars per year. You can even sell your surplus electricity. Wood furnace: Wood-burning furnaces are... [read more]

Foreclosure v.s. Power of Sale

Tuesday Dec 27th, 2016

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In the unfortunate circumstance that a homeowner is past-due on their monthly mortgage payments, they pave the way for a “foreclosure” on their property. In today’s market, banks and other lenders do not turn to foreclosure to take away the homes of homeowners who are in arrears. Instead, they perform a "Power of Sale" which is wholly different from a Foreclosure. What is a Foreclosure? Foreclosures are laborious, grueling, and costly to both the... [read more]

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Ryan Rennie | Sales Representative | Right At Home Realty Inc., Brokerage | 30-480 Eglinton Ave. W. | Mississauga, ON L5R 0G2 | Office. 905-565-9200