Jun

16

The House is Only 10 Years Old So What Possibly Could Be Wrong With It?

As a full-time realtor I have shown just about every age and type of property.   From century old farm houses, new condominiums, war-time housing, heritage homes, to new construction and the one thing which is consistent in my process is keeping an unjandiced eye. What do I mean by this? When I look at a […]

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Feb

07

You See 1 House, But I See 2: Severing Properties

 Where There Was One House There Are Now Two I wrote about this issue a couple of years ago, but I think this is a good time to update. About 8 years ago I was hired by the executor to list her mother’s house who had passed away.   She was rather apologetic when she was […]

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Sep

06

How To Protect Your Basement From Sewer Back Up Flooding.

  Having lived through a sewer back up in my basement last year, the one thing you do not want is to repeat this hellish experience.  I think we all agree that Toronto thunderstorms have become much more intense and violent from what they were just a decade ago.   With 80 to 120ml of rain […]

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Jul

09

Toronto Flooding Recovering From A Flooded Basement

The cover is a copy of an article I wrote for Zoomer magazine last year.   So July 8, 2013 will certainly go down as a memorable from most Toronto residents.  In the time of a little more than three hours parts of the city received 126 mm of rain (with most coming down over […]

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Oct

05

Ontario Finally To Strengthen Protection For Home Buyers.

I read a press release this week where the Ontario government is looking to put mandatory minimum qualifications for home inspectors.   This is so overdue, as British Columbia and Alberta have had this for years. Dozens of home inspectors in a year approach me and hand me their business cards and if it doesn’t note […]

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Sep

07

Breaking News! Winter Is Coming To Toronto

Though, we true Canadians secretly wish that winter would never come, it always has a way of catching us when we are the least prepared. So don’t be the Toronto home owner who is caught with the lawn furniture covered in 6 cm of snow, drafty doors/windows, an unserviced furnace or clogged eaves toughs as […]

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Mar

20

Selling Your Home This Spring? You Have to Spend Money To Make Money

Spending a Little Time and Money Equals a Bigger Payback The old adage says ” to make money you have to spend money” and in selling your home it is so applicable. Homes are our living space and day in and day out we can live with the old appliances, a dated bathroom, broken screens […]

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Jan

28

Average Expenditures First 3 Years Of Owning a Home

According to Statistics Canada the average Ontario home owner spends $15,875 in the first 3 years of a home purchase. As well within those first 3 years those same Ontario home owners will spend $6,325 on furniture and appliances. The spin off benefits from resale homes certainly provides a significant contribution to our local economy. […]

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