Archives for Real Estate News

April Newsletter

Spring Cleaning – Get the Kids Involved As the warmer temperatures begin to roll in, there is no thought more prevalent than the beginning of spring cleaning. Spring is a time when all the forgotten places of winter begin to come to light, and there is nothing more refreshing than refreshing your home. A major topic these days is how to involve your kids in spring cleaning, especially in a way that is fun and engaging for them. The hope is to get your kids involved and wanting to help clean, not only to teach them the value of hard work, and the importance of cleaning up after themselves,
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February Newsletter

Canadian Home Prices See Healthy Gains in Fourth Quarter of 2018 According to the Royal LePage House Price Survey released last month, year-over-year home prices made healthy gains in many regions across Canada in the fourth quarter of 2018, continuing the recovery from the most significant housing correction since the financial crisis. The Royal LePage National House Price Composite, compiled from proprietary property data in 63 of the nation’s largest real estate markets, showed that the price of a home in Canada increased 4.0 percent year-over-year to $631,223 in the fourth quarter of 2018. Royal LePage projected modest home price appreciation
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January Newsletter

Condos in Canada’s Popular Winter Recreational Regions Post Strong Gains in 2018 According to Royal LePage, prices in many key winter recreational real estate markets are experiencing healthy year-over-year price appreciation, as retirees, investors and buyers looking for winter getaways continue to spur demand.Across Canada, trends vary based on the region. In western Canada, the median price of a condominium in winter recreational regions rose at a faster pace compared to detached properties, while the median price for the latter dipped. In particular, condominium prices in Whistler and Mont-Tremblant (Station) increased 26.5 percent and 30 percent, respectively. Click here to
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Helping your trees and shrubs make it through winter

Helping your trees and shrubs make it through winter A short lived fall season is slowly drifting away and old man winter is gearing its way back into our scenery. Before we break out the warm blankets and hot cocoa, many of us are scrambling to pack away the garden gnomes and outdoor decor and begin the process of winter care for our trees and shrubs. Unfortunately, through the frigid temperatures of the winter months, our trees and shrubs are susceptible to different types of damage that we must be aware of in order to properly protect them through the
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The Secret Season: Fall Golfing

The Secret Season: Fall Golfing The air is crisp, the weather is cooler, and the leaves have begun to change. The beginning of fall tends to symbolize the end of the year, but to let you in on a secret – just because the year is ending, doesn’t mean the golf season has. Golf is a enjoyed pastime of so many, and the changing of colours tends to be a sad realization of golfers that the season has ended. However, the beginning of fall is truly a beginning of the fall golf season. There are so many beautiful reasons to
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September Newsletter

Fall tips for the perfect spring garden Autumn is the perfect time to lay the groundwork for a gorgeous spring garden. Experts say this time of year is critical for how your yard will look year-round. 1. Early in the fall, repair dead spots on your lawn by digging straight down, as deep as necessary to remove all the soil containing roots. Fill the hole with new soil and stamp down to turf level. Seed the area with a mix that matches your existing grass. Be sure to water regularly for the seeds to germinate and sprout. 2. For bountiful
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WETT Inspections

WETT Inspections Although it is the middle of summer now, eventually the cold seasons will come again. When it is cold outside, a warm blaze in the fireplace is a great way to stay cozy. Besides fireplaces, some people heat their homes or do cooking with woodstoves. Fireplaces and woodstoves are great sources of warmth during the chilly months, but it is also important to inspect them and use them safely. Cold weather is still months away, but that makes it a perfect time to get your fireplace or woodstove inspected and ready for when it is needed. WETT Inspections
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July Newsletter

Canadian Recreational Property Prices Forecast to Appreciate 5.8% in 2018 According to a cross-Canada survey of Royal LePage’s recreational property specialists, the nation’s recreational market is primed for healthy single-digit growth in 2018, as buyers across the land flock to lakes and streams, and the seaside and mountain tops, with an eye towards retirement or a secondary home to raise children. Looking ahead to the end of the summer market, the price of a recreational property in Canada is forecast to increase 5.8 percent year-over-year to $467,764. When broken out, the majority of provinces are also forecast to witness strong
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The Benefits of Living the Condo Life

The Benefits of Living the Condo Life Let’s imagine for a moment that you finally make it home after a long day; you’re tired, you’ve had an early start, and you just want to come home, perhaps unwind a little, and not worry about any (added) maintenance or stress. Except, it’s summer time; your grass needs cutting, your yard needs work, and there are a few outdoor repairs that need some fine-tuning. Or, it’s winter – your laneway needs shoveling, and the ice that’s collected on your front steps needs some salting. Well, let’s not get too apprehensive just yet.
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June Newsletter

Bank of Canada shifts tone on rate announcement, signaling likely July hike Canada’s central bank has cleared the way for a July interest rate hike, warning that it will need to act soon to keep inflation from pushing past its 2-percent target.The Bank of Canada kept its key interest rate target unchanged at 1.25 percent last week, citing the impact of trade uncertainty, a slowdown in housing activity and mounting “stress” in emerging markets. Bank of Canada Governor Stephen Poloz generally does not broadcast future rate moves with explicit forward guidance. But on Wednesday, it’s was what Mr. Poloz and
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