Give your house exterior an annual checkup

By: Philip Hollett

Give your house exterior an annual checkup

Tags: Philip Hollett, Real Estate, Home Ownership

Although we can’t predict where or when it will arrive, or how severe it will be, almost every region across the country should expect some form of extreme weather this winter. So, it would be wise to prepare for it in advance. Start at the top – look for loose roofing materials and pay close attention to seals around vents, pipes and chimneys. Also make sure your rain gutters and dow...Read More

Creating a pantry when you don't have one!

By: Philip Hollett

Creating a pantry when you don't have one!

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A pantry is the ideal nook for storing extra food and other items ordinarily crammed into the kitchen. It’s also a nice design feature, as it harkens back to the days of country kitchens with spacious pantries. You might be thinking, “That’s nice, but our home doesn’t have a pantry.” That’s okay. These days, there are many ways to create a pantry in your home &...Read More

When it comes to offers, it's not always about price

By: Philip Hollett

When it comes to offers, it's not always about price

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When considering which of two or more competing offers to accept for your home, there is no doubt price plays a huge role. After all, if Offer #1 is $10,000 higher than Offer #2, that’s an enticing difference that puts thousands of extra dollars in your pocket. However, price isn’t the only thing you should think about when comparing multiple offers. There are other factors you need to...Read More

Waterdown Ontario September 2016 Market Snapshot

By: Philip Hollett

Waterdown Ontario September 2016 Market Snapshot

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Burlington Ontario September 2016 Real Estate Market Snapshot

By: Philip Hollett

Burlington Ontario September 2016 Real Estate Market Snapshot

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Record Sales for the Month of August

By: Philip Hollett

Record Sales for the Month of August

Tags: Philip Hollett, Hamilton-Burlington Real Estate Market Info

The REALTORS® Association of Hamilton-Burlington (RAHB) reported 1,409 sales were processed through the RAHB Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) System in August. Sales were 9.2 per cent higher than the same month last year, and set a new record for sales in the month of August. There were 1,645 properties listed in August, a decrease of 10.8 per cent compared to August of last year. &ld...Read More

Finding an Honest Home Improvement Contractor

By: Philip Hollett

Finding an Honest Home Improvement Contractor

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You can’t call yourself a dentist unless you have specific hard-earned credentials. Just about anyone, however, can hang a shingle and call himself a home improvement contractor. That’s why choosing a reputable ?one is so difficult. Here are some tips: - Find out if he or she is truly in business full-time. A part-time or occasional contractor may not have the experience necessar...Read More

How Much Time Should You Spend Viewing Homes?

By: Philip Hollett

How Much Time Should You Spend Viewing Homes?

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Figuring out how much time you should spend viewing properties for sale is a little like asking, “How long should I spend trying on shoes?” The answer seems obvious: As long as it takes to make a decision! Buying a home is significantly more complex than purchasing shoes – and the stakes are higher too! You need to make sure you have all the information necessary to confidently ...Read More

Should you own a fire extinguisher?

By: Philip Hollett

Should you own a fire extinguisher?

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You’ve seen fire extinguishers in commercial environments, such as schools, stores and workplaces. Does it make sense to have one in your home? According to the experts, yes. In fact, a fire extinguisher can quickly put out a blaze that would otherwise quickly grow out of control. There are several types of fire extinguishers that are made especially for residential use. That means they put...Read More

Not-so-obvious reasons to meet with a RealtorĀ®

By: Philip Hollett

Not-so-obvious reasons to meet with a RealtorĀ®

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When is the best time to meet with a REALTOR® like me? Chances are, you would say, “When I’m thinking of buying or selling a home.” You’d be right, of course! However, there are many other good reasons to meet with me. Here are just a few: • You want a professional opinion as to the current value of your property, so you know what it would likely sell for in today...Read More