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Top 1% in 2016!

Seen here is David receiving Royal LePage’s Top 1% in Canada award from Mark Rashotte and Jeff Nelles.  This is the 11th consecutive year that David and his Team have achieved this ranking. Congratulations and many thanks to our loyal clients and friends who make this possible!

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Home Energy Audits

When you mention an ‘audit’ to Canadian taxpayers, there’s a good chance the associated thought will be a negative one. However, the federal and provincial governments are now trying to put a positive spin on another type of audit; that is, a Home Energy Audit. A Home Energy Audit shows how your home uses energy and where it is being wasted. It identifies improvements you can make to your home’s heating, cooling, and hot water heating systems. It also pinpoints other inefficiencies that COULD result in hundreds of lost dollars each year...

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Buying A Home With A Rented Hot Water Tank?

In 2002 Direct Energy signed a consent order with the Federal Competition Bureau that protects customers from long-term contracts and exit fees related to hot water tank rentals. The consent order expires in 2012 but Direct Energy asked for relief based on the intense competition from door-to-door rivals using the same tactics. The Competition Bureau agreed to long-term contracts and exit fees with water heaters installed after 16 September 2010, or in new homes built after January 1st, 2011. Direct Energy refers to a ‘buy-out schedule located on o...

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Erica’s Testimonial

My name is Erica Campbell and I would like to express my gratitude to David Weir for the Real Estate skills he displayed with me when I bought my first home. It can be very scary to buy your first home, especially when you don’t know enough about the industry. David Weir was referred by a co-worker and once we had our first meeting, David took me under his wing and made the purchase a lot more comfortable. He didn’t just show me homes. He explained the pros and cons of each home and it was obvious that he wasn’t putting the sale before my needs. He was g...

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Smoking at Home Reduces Property Values!

We have been telling Buyers and Sellers for years that smoking inside the home impacts value. Following is but one survey that confirms just how negative smoking can be with regards to the market value of a home. Thanks to Mark Weisleder for his article.

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Why Homeowners Should Beware of Icicles

Quinte’s freeze-thaw weather patterns often create sparkling icicles that look magical. But, they actually identify a dangerous — and potentially costly — hazard, an ice dam. Imagine coming home from work to find water streaming down your interior walls and soaking into the hardwood of your foyer. What would you do?   What Is An Ice Dam   After frantically tracing the flow, you would find that a pool of water had formed behind a thick ridge of ice in the gutters – hence the term ice dam. Snow on the roof had been melted by heat loss, caus...

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Is It Time to Downsize? Ask Yourself These 4 Questions First

If you’ve reached the time of life where you are contemplating downsizing your home, the first question to ask, according to this Realto.com post, is what kind of lifestyle do you want after downsizing? By defining how you want to live, you can narrow your search and focus on housing that will meet those requirements.   For example, if you want to escape the bluster of winter and relax on a beach, local climate conditions and geography will drive your hunt. Or, if you like social activities, you would seek active adult communities where you can inte...

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What’s the best property type for your first home?

Inexperience can cause first time home buyers to be confused by the multitude of available options. This post by Caroline James is an excellent introduction to the advantages and disadvantages of five popular property choices: a large detached house on a suburban block, a small home on a sub-divided lot, a townhouse, an apartment in a small block and an apartment in a high rise block. To read more click here. The post What’s the best property type for your first home? appeared first on Team Realty. Source: Blog

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8 Mistakes That Could Screw Up Your Home Sale

Usually we hear “buyer beware”, but real estate author Michael Corbett advises sellers to beware and gives 8 reasons why in this trulia.com post.  Always work with professional help, including a real estate agent.  Their expertise, experience, neighbourhood knowledge and resources will help you plot a course through the selling process.   Overpricing is a temptation to be avoided since most buyers are savvy and have the advice of an agent.  Ensure that you use high quality photos because 90% of buyers shop for home online. Complete repairs like leak...

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5 Tips For Eco-Friendly Renovations

If you are renovating, you should consider the green strategies suggested in this realestate.com post by Danielle King.  For example, add insulation to the roof and external walls and you could save 25% on energy costs.  Replace inefficient windows or add window film since up to 40% of your heating can be lost through windows in winter.   Energy efficient appliances, LED lighting and solar panels will also contribute savings, while protecting the environment. Implement water collection techniques to use rainwater for toilets and the garden.  Include...

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Canadian Home Prices Are Growing At One Of The Fastest Paces In The World

The Canadian real estate market continues to boom, according to this Financial Post offering.  With a year-over-year increase of 8.2%, Canada ranked 4th of the 23 countries studied in Scotiabank’s report Global Real Estate Trends, behind Ireland (13.3%), Sweden (10.5%) and Australia (8.3%).  However, the report warns the trend could change if economic uncertainty and high unemployment counterbalance the attraction of low borrowing costs.  To read more click here. The post Canadian Home Prices Are Growing At One Of The Fastest Paces In The World appeared ...

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Here’s What Pushes People to Buy Homes in 2015

If you want to sell your property quickly, at near the asking price, it is important to know why people are buying.  In this post, Realtor.com chief economist, Jonathan Smoke, suggests we pay attention to the five main triggers for home buyers: they have grown tired of their home and want a change, interest rates are exceptionally low, housing prices are favourable in many markets, they need or want more living space and they have the money to spend. To read more click here. The post Here’s What Pushes People to Buy Homes in 2015 appeared first on Team R...

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