Knock, Knock. How to Avoid Door-To-Door Scams

By: Philip Hollett

Knock, Knock. How to Avoid Door-To-Door Scams

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It’s early in the evening and there’s a knock on the door. You answer and are greeted by an official-looking man who claims he needs to see your utility bill to confirm you’re getting your energy rebate. Do you let him in? While he may be legitimate, he may also be using deception to sell you something you don’t want. Here are some suggestions for finding out: • Ask...Read More

ONTARIO LANDLORDS - Keeping Tenants Safe

By: Philip Hollett

ONTARIO LANDLORDS - Keeping Tenants Safe

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WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE N-15 FORM In September 2016, new Ontario Legislation (Bill 132) came into effect allowing people threatened by domestic abuse and/or sexual harassment to terminate their tenancies early, whether they signed a lease or not. This early-notice provision is obtained through an N-15 form which the tenant submits to his/her landlord. What do I do when I receive an N-15?...Read More

Waterdown Ontario November 2016 Real Estate Market Snapshot

By: Philip Hollett

Waterdown Ontario November 2016 Real Estate Market Snapshot

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Burlington Ontario November 2016 Real Estate Market Snapshot

By: Philip Hollett

Burlington Ontario November 2016 Real Estate Market Snapshot

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October Sales strong; inventory remains low

By: Philip Hollett

October Sales strong; inventory remains low

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The REALTORS® Association of Hamilton-Burlington (RAHB) reported 1,418 sales were processed through the RAHB Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) System in October. Sales were 0.3 per cent higher than the same month last year, and broke the monthly sales record for October, set just last year. There were 1,771 properties listed in October, a decrease of 3.2 per cent compared to October of ...Read More

The benefits of hiring an interior designer or decorator

By: Philip Hollett

The benefits of hiring an interior designer or decorator

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When it comes to updating their living space, some homeowners enjoy doing the research and then planning, designing and decorating on their own. Many believe they will save a substantial amount of money. While that may be true, they may also be doing themselves a disservice by overlooking the benefits of hiring an interior designer (for creating and maximizing functional living space) and/ or an i...Read More

Check Your Vacuum Cleaner For Maximum Performance

By: Philip Hollett

Check Your Vacuum Cleaner For Maximum Performance

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There could be several reasons a vacuum cleaner loses its suction. Beyond a full bag or canister, lack of suction might be caused by a blocked pipe or hose. This can be checked using a flashlight and coat hanger or broomstick. It's also a good idea to check the beater head and remove entangled hair or string. Also, be sure the vacuum is set correctly for the surface you're cleaning. Next...Read More

Selling your home in a competitive local market

By: Philip Hollett

Selling your home in a competitive local market

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When you’re about to sell your home, it may be disheartening to see other properties for sale in your neighbourhood. You may be thinking, “That’s a lot of competition! Will our property get noticed?” Fortunately, there are many proven strategies for standing out in a competitive local market. First of all, keep in mind that many home purchasers come from the REALTOR&rsquo...Read More

Flooring options are expanding

By: Philip Hollett

Flooring options are expanding

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When it’s time to replace a damaged floor in your house or condo, or simply cover one that has become tired-looking, you’ll want to consider all the options available. Factors to keep in mind include value and affordability, function and durability, decor and aesthetics, as well as the environment (both in your home and at large). Wood still has the broadest appeal due to its appearan...Read More

Fire Safety Should Be a Household Priority

By: Philip Hollett

Fire Safety Should Be a Household Priority

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At this time of year, more fireplaces, portable heaters and candles are being put into use, so it’s important to take the time to thoroughly educate yourself and your family about fire prevention and response. Here are four valuable suggestions to follow. if you are ever unsure about them, consult your fire department. 1. if you have any combustible fuel units, be sure their exhaust systems ...Read More