What to do with a Messy Neighbour?

The unkempt, cluttered front lawns and overgrown gardens of nearby properties can reduce the price of a home for sale by as much as five to ten percent. Even if you’ve invested countless hours into keeping your grass perfectly manicured and your gardens weed-free, your next door neighbour might not share the same meticulous habits.…

How to Judge the Potential of a Fixer-Upper

With Canada’s hot housing market, even poorly neglected, rundown homes are soliciting bidding wars from eager buyers. But fixer-uppers can often become money pits as renovations reveal hidden problems that cost more than expected. On the other hand, outdated décor and some unpleasant aromas are an easier fix than you might think. Before you write off…

When Not to Use the First-Time Home Buyers’ Plan

The First-Time Home Buyers’ Plan is a powerful financial tool for new homeowners. This government program allows purchasers of their first home to withdraw up to $25,000 tax-free from their RRSP to put towards a down payment. While it’s an excellent program for young investors, it might not be right for everyone. Here are a…

10 Home Maintenance Tips for Spring

After a long, dark winter, spring’s bright sun and warm winds are, well, a breath of fresh air. The only downside? All that sunshine spotlights your leaf-filled gutters, cracked sidewalks and the dead plants in last year’s flower beds. The checklist below will help you target the areas that need maintenance so you can get…