Finding the Perfect “Kid-Friendly” Neighbourhood

By: Philip Hollett

Finding the Perfect “Kid-Friendly” Neighbourhood

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Fast forward a few years and imagine that your kids have grown up. They’ve come back to the “old neighbourhood” to reminisce. What will they remember? The playground where they hung out with their friends? The quiet cul-de- sac where they learned to ride their bikes? The park where they picnicked and flew kites? Lasting memories are built in neighbourhoods where amenities match ...Read More

Consider a New Look for Your Balcony

By: Philip Hollett

Consider a New Look for Your Balcony

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If you’re thinking about refreshing your balcony decor this spring or summer, why not think beyond furnishings and accessories? Thanks to removable materials that are designed to comply with various condo balcony regulations, you can achieve a dramatic makeover with artificial floor surfaces that look surprisingly natural. For example, some decking packages come in workable squares made of...Read More

Waterdown Ontario April 2017 Real Estate Market Snapshot

By: Philip Hollett

Waterdown Ontario April 2017 Real Estate Market Snapshot

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Burlington Ontario April 2017 Real Estate Market Snapshot

By: Philip Hollett

Burlington Ontario April 2017 Real Estate Market Snapshot

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Record March Sales; Low Inventory Continues in 2017

By: Philip Hollett

Record March Sales; Low Inventory Continues in 2017

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The REALTORS® Association of Hamilton-Burlington (RAHB) reported 1803 sales were processed through the RAHB Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) System in March. The month’s all-property sales set a new high for the month of March, surpassing the record set just last year by 22.2 per cent. There were 2,197 properties listed in March, an increase of 17.5 per cent compared to March of...Read More

Fresh Air Sells

By: Philip Hollett

Fresh Air Sells

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Household smells can be a problem because we get accustomed to them... when they are in our own homes. However, it takes just a few seconds in a stranger’s home, to know if a smoker lives there. The smell is in the air! So when you put your home on the market, think about the common smells you might have lingering around your property. Remember, you may no longer notice them, but a prospect...Read More

How Long Will Your Home Appliances Last?

By: Philip Hollett

How Long Will Your Home Appliances Last?

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If you’re paying a lot of money for a new washing machine, wouldn’t it be nice to know how long you should expect it to last? There is, of course, no exact formula for figuring that out. Every brand and unit is different. There are however, some broad estimates. According to an article in Consumer Reports, a washer and dryer will hum along just fine for about 10 years, with a likeliho...Read More

Important Things to “Fix Up” before Selling

By: Philip Hollett

Important Things to “Fix Up” before Selling

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When you’re preparing your home for sale, it’s not unusual to need to fix up a few things around the property. After all, you want your home to look its best to buyers, so that you get good offers, quickly. What do you need to fix? Here are three categories that will help you create and prioritize your list. 1. Anything that squeaks or creaks. Is there something in your home that ma...Read More

How to Cut Your Electricity Bill in Half

By: Philip Hollett

How to Cut Your Electricity Bill in Half

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You don’t have to freeze in the winter or start reading by candlelight to reduce your electricity bill. There are many simple ways to use less power with little, if any, impact on your lifestyle. A good place to start is with your electronics. According to the David Suzuki Foundation, “Any gizmo that has a clock, digital timer, remote control or standby mode is sucking energy when it...Read More

What Do Buyers Want to Pay for Your Home?

By: Philip Hollett

What Do Buyers Want to Pay for Your Home?

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If you’re selling your home, you’ll have a very personal perspective on what it‘s worth. You’ll remember all the hours you put into making the backyard flower garden beautiful, or the money you spent on installing new hardwood floors in the living room and hallways. It’s natural to want these improvements factored into the asking price. However, potential buyers don...Read More