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2019 Property Search Tips

Posted by Nicholas Searle on 11:31 AM

Be nonconventional
Although traditional housing styles, like single-family detached homes, are more valuable, there are many non-traditional dwelling types to consider if you have a hard time finding anything in your price range. Condos, row houses, and townhouses are some other options especially in downtown areas where there is low in...


Going on Vacation? Prevent Flooding before you go!

Posted by Nicholas Searle on 03:52 PM

It is important to prevent water leaks and flooding while you are away on vacation. In almost all condo units and homes there are main water shut off valves which you can turn off before you go away. Its not only important for prevention, but can save you thousands of dollars in damages due to flooding, if you have to turn off the water in an emergency. 

In new...


Is it time to clean your Fan Coil Unit?

Posted by Nicholas Searle on 02:20 PM

For your health and safety, its important to service your Fan Coil Unit (FCU) at least twice a year. A Fan coil unit is used to control the temperature in your space and is part of most heating/cooling systems found in a condo, house or business.<...


Thinking about Downsizing? Meet your 2 Best Allies.... Part 1 of 3

Posted by Nicholas Searle on 08:42 AM

When thinking about downsizing getting professional help can save you a barrel full of money and keep frustration and uncertainty at bay. 



What is Kitec Plumbing? Buyer Beware

Posted by Nicholas Searle on 05:48 PM

Between 1995 to 2007, Kitec plumbing was widely used in Canada.
Chances are that Kitec can be found in houses built or extensively renovated during this time.
It was sold for drinkable water pipes, as well as in-floor and hot-water baseboard systems. We stumbled upon them twice when lo...


Ontario Landlords Can Raise The Rent 1.8% in 2018

Posted by Nicholas Searle on 03:20 PM

The rent control guideline in Ontario tells residential landlords how much they can raise the rent in a given year. The rent increase is linked to the Consumer Price Index. The Ministry of Housing uses it to find out the level of inflation based on prices of such things as groceries and the cost of buying clothes. Based on the Consumer Price Index for 2018, landlords can raise the rent by a maximum of 1.8%. So for example, if your rent is $2,000 per month the landlord can increase it by $36.0...


Best Free Buyer Mobile Apps - for first time or experienced house or condo buyers

Posted by Nicholas Searle on 01:06 PM

Buying a new house or condo can be exciting but also overwhelming in many ways! First its all the financial calculations you have to do. Second its all the complex terminology related to the homebuying process, like warranty’s or inspections, and even researching builders or developers to make sure they have a reliable history. And once you settle on the property, the challenge is how to fit all your furnitu...


Lakeside Lodge Condos, Muskoka - Deerhurst Golf Resort near Algonquin Park

Posted by Nicholas Searle on 01:55 PM

Muskoka is known for its natural beauty all year-round. Lakeside Lodge condos are waterfront suites at the luxury & historic Deerhurst golf resort & hotel in Huntsville, Ontario. Its about 2.5 hours drive north of Toronto or 3 hours drive from Ottawa and close to the edge of the world-famous Algonquin Provincial Park. The Lakeside Lodge condos are unique in their placement within the Deerhurst hotel complex, which offers four-season Muskoka lifestyle options like hiking & cro...


Red Hot Tips for home staging

Posted by Nicholas Searle on 08:13 AM

Staging is all about highlighting a home’s strengths and softening its weaknesses, to attract as many prospective buyers. People perceive well staged homes as worth more than unstaged ones so it’s worth doing! Here are our essential tips for home staging.

1. Declutter your space

The most important part of staging is to minimize clutter. Cleaning out your closets of old clothes and emptying some cupboards is highly recommended. Sufficient storage space is a sell...


How to Choose a Condo balcony

Posted by Nicholas Searle on 09:31 AM

To have a balcony in a condo is critical from our perspective. The major benefits are the fresh air circulation and having an outdoor space without having to leave your unit. Here are some key choices:


Sometimes the size of a balcony is not that important. Even a small balcony can make a room feel a lot bigger, more airy and open. For some people, they might prefer a terrace given the versatility. If you have more budget, why not go...

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