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Short-Term Rentals

Today, renting a room in your house (or the entire house) via an online service, such as Airbnb, to unknown travelers is becoming quite common. Short-term rentals provide extra income for homeowners and a unique way for visitors to experience a city.   If you think you’re up to being a host of a short-term rental, here are three things to keep in mind.   Legality The rise in popularity of Airbnb and other sites hasn’t been without its controversy. There are concerns that short-term rentals don’t have to pass the same certification...

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Get Winter Ready!

As much as we don’t want to admit it, the temperatures are cooling and winter is on its way. The snowy season doesn’t have to be as much of a hassle if you are prepared. Just like your car, you have to get your home winter ready, which can save you money and major headaches in the long run. 1. To prevent ice dams – ridges of roof ice that prevent melted snow from draining – ensure attic vents are free from debris. Poor soffit ventilation can damage shingles and cause mold inside your home. 2. If you are keeping clay pots outside in the winter make sure ...

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Home Automation

You’re at work when the thought hits you, “Did I lock the door when I left this morning?” You check your smartphone, see that you didn’t, and click the“LOCK” button. Now your house is secure. That’s home automation for you! But, is home automation a good idea? That depends on a number of factors. On the pro side, home automation can improve your quality of life. There are automation products that will adjust heating/cooling depending on whether or not you’re home, make your morning coffee when you get out of bed, and the list goes on and on. These conven...

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Dog Days of Home Buyers

This topic has been in papers, on the news and discussed on every platform of social media – millennials. Many articles and some of my blog posts have mentioned millennials in the real estate marketplace. If you have read any of these articles/blogs you will know that millennials want a more tech savvy and eco-friendly living environment. However, 42% of these buyers want something that hasn’t been touched on until recently and that is additional yard space. Not for their kids – but for their four-legged companions. Only buying a house for more spa...

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3 Reasons to Talk to a Realtor Today

You might naturally assume that it is most important to talk to a Realtor when you’re selling or buying a home. But there are many other circumstances in which it makes sense to give me a call. Here are a few examples. 1. When you’re at the “thinking about it” stage If you’re just thinking about selling your home, and haven’t made a firm decision yet, you might feel uncomfortable calling a Realtor. Don’t be. In fact, I welcome your call. We can discuss what your current property will likely sell for on today’s market, and determine the type of home you q...

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Back to School Home Organization

For many parents, the first day of school for their children is around the corner. This can be a very exciting time but with it comes the stress of supplies, school lunches, paperwork etc. Google is loaded with lots of ideas for keeping organized during the school year. However, too much information can be overwhelming so here is a list of my four favourite simple yet effective ideas.   Make a Separate Email Account Just as your house may feel cluttered and disorganized around back to school time so can your email. Notes, schedules and permission ...

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Small Outdoor Spaces

This weekend is supposed to be a rare rain free one, so why not take this opportunity to talk about enjoying outdoor spaces? Even with the sunny weather ahead sometimes it’s not as simple as just heading to the backyard to lounge around. If you live in a condominium/apartment you probably don’t have a backyard, but that doesn’t mean you can’t transform your balcony into an outdoor oasis. Every balcony size in every building is different. If you are lucky enough to have a large sized one try adding a hammock and some pillows. You can even add curtains if ...

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Hallway Hacks

Some people don’t give hallways much thought when painting and decorating. Instead, they focus on rooms. The fact is, a great looking hallway can have the same, if not more, impact than the most eye-catching family room or bedroom, especially when you need to go through the hallway to get there! Here are some painting tips that can bring a dull hallway to life: • Paint the hallway the reverse of the rooms around it. If the rooms are dark, use light colours in the hall. If the rooms feature simple colours, consider being more dramatic in your choice of ha...

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No Homes for Sale?

No Homes for Sale in the Area You Like? Here’s What to Do… Imagine there’s a neighbourhood you’d love to live in someday, but, every time you drive through, you rarely, if ever, see a For Sale sign. It’s as if homes get gobbled up by buyers the moment they get listed. It’s true, properties do tend to sell quickly in desirable, in-demand neighbourhoods. Does that mean you’re destined to either hope for a lucky break or miss out on ever living there? Fortunately, no. There are practical things you can do to increase your chances of getting into that...

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