Recent Articles

Buying a former grow op may not be a bargain

Posted on Thursday December 15, 2011
It may be the cheapest home on the street but buying a house that was used as a ‘grow-op’, to cultivate marijuana, may leave the buyer with many costly regrets. Read more »

Home inspection: plumbing tips

Posted on Thursday December 15, 2011
A good home inspector will conduct a thorough look at your home's plumbing. Read more »

Open House security

Posted on Wednesday December 14, 2011
Don't be paranoid about open house security but do take precautions to make sure your home is not being cased or pilfered during these showings. Read more »

Trapped indoors in a condo? Not anymore

Posted on Monday December 12, 2011
Prospective condominium buyers should be aware of all the outdoor amenities being built into the new, better buildings. Read more »

Picturing resale homes on the Net

Posted on Sunday December 11, 2011
Real estate listing services on the Internet are a great boon to the realtor and prospective home buyer but what they see on the computer screen may not be what they get in real life. Read more »

Equipping the all-seasons yard

Posted on Sunday December 11, 2011
Warm weather now lasts into October in many areas and manufacturers have taken advantage of this season stretching to create a battery of goods that can make the backyard a summer, fall and spring oasis. Read more »

Should I use a mortgage broker?

Posted on Saturday December 10, 2011
A mortgage broker is a bridge between the lender, employed to get you the best mortgage rates and terms and to do the paperwork of financing the home buy. Read more »

Student accommodations: rent or buy?

Posted on Friday December 9, 2011
If you are a parent getting ready to send your offspring off to live in another place while attending university or college, you might consider buying that place instead of renting it. Read more »

Reduce your mortgage term easily

Posted on Thursday December 8, 2011
There are ways to reduce the time it takes to pay off a mortgage. Not only does this mean that the homeowner will actually own his or her own home outright in fewer years than originally planned but that the ultimate cost of the typical mortgage will come down. Read more »

Set aside closing costs

Posted on Thursday December 8, 2011
You don’t want to be scrambling to pay the first mortgage payment after paying closing costs. Read more »

The tiny urban oasis

Posted on Wednesday December 7, 2011
Many urban backyards aren’t much bigger than a postage stamp but even the tiniest outdoor space can be transformed into a superb retreat or entertainment center. Read more »

Home wiring faces unplugging

Posted on Wednesday December 7, 2011
Today, a growing number of devices are wireless and wires within homes are becoming redundant and obsolete except for the transmission of electricity and incoming cable, aerial or satellite dish services. Read more »

Staging by a pro or a DIYer

Posted on Tuesday December 6, 2011
Staging homes for sale has become big business and it is well worth the cost to have a professional staging company work with your realtor to make your house or condo more attractive to buyers and acceptable to their bank accounts. If you are a prospective home seller who is short of cash, however, you can do a good job of staging on your own if you know a few tricks of the trade. Read more »

The yard does not have to wait til the house is done

Posted on Monday December 5, 2011
There is no need to wait for landscaping if the new homeowner can spare just a few hundred dollars to make the yard presentable and usable. Read more »

Open house? Open yard is first stop

Posted on Sunday December 4, 2011
Don’t be in too much of a hurry to dash inside the home with the Open House sale on the lawn. Start your tour in the back yard where you will be spending a lot of your time if you purchase the place. Read more »

First time tenants should know

Posted on Saturday December 3, 2011
If you are a first time tenant, take heed of the rights which are available to tenants in most jurisdictions in North America. Read more »

By-the-month or by-the-year renting?

Posted on Friday December 2, 2011
The commitment that comes from a one-year lease of an apartment may not be best after all for either the landlord or the tenant. This advice may sound like heresy to a traditional renter or investor but does it sound reasonable for you? Read more »

Insurance may influence location, location, location

Posted on Thursday December 1, 2011
It might save you a few dollars to know a bit more about your insurance protection. There are a lot of truths about insurance that normally escape consumers. Read more »

Beware the grey in your home insurance

Posted on Thursday December 1, 2011
Your home insurance policy may be printed in black and white but a lot of what it covers is in the grey area. Read more »

Stay warm but cut back on the furnace

Posted on Thursday December 1, 2011
We are not advising to keep the house’s central heat source off all winter-long but it can be turned on later in the season and off earlier. A family in sweaters can be the picture of comfort amid energy savings. Read more »