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Costly Closing Mistakes

Your offer has been accepted, the building inspection passed with flying colours, now you’re on the road to the closing date! Although you have more breathing room now, the deals not done until all documents have been signed on closing. Here are some things NOT to do before that day. Debt to Income Ratio The ratio of your monthly income to your monthly debts is one of the main factors the lender considered when qualifying you. It can be tempting but don’t take out any loans for renovations you want to do on your future home. Also, don’t be tempted
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5 Decisions to Make before Buying a Home

In the market for a new home but have no idea where to start? There are several decisions you should begin to make before you even start your home search. See how your finances stand up. A financial adviser or your real estate agent also can help you crunch the numbers. Going through the mortgage pre-approval process lets you know how much lenders will allow you to borrow – plus it helps you show sellers that you have the funds to back up your offer. What do you need in your new home? How many bedrooms or bathrooms do you
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Fido Friendly Homes

If you are in the process of buying a home everyone will have their different opinions on what you should look for. But what about those who can’t speak? Just how can you tell if your four-legged family members will like their new home. Perhaps the most obvious one is go for a home with a yard! You may want to make sure it’s fenced in as well. If it’s not fenced, make sure the city by-laws allow this before you make a decision. If you just can’t seem to find a home with a proper yard in your price
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Tips Before You Leave Your Home Alone

Leaving your home during the holidays? Follow these tips to keep it safe and save a few bucks on bills while you’re gone. Put mail on hold An overstuffed mailbox or a pile of newspapers at the bottom of your driveway can be an invitation to thieves. Not only is it a sign that no one’s home, identity thieves can find all sorts of goodies while sorting through unattended mail. Put lights on a timer It makes it appear that someone is home. If you can, switch your exterior lights to the “motion-activated” setting. Unplug Your electronics will still suck
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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 you
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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
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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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Canada Day Activities

The Canada Day Long weekend is just ahead of us! Not sure what to do? While you have plenty of options in Leeds and Grenville! Just check out the list below! Leeds County FARMER’S MARKET – from 8:00 am to 1:00 pm be sure to check out the totally local Brockville Farmer’s Market. They have everything from plants to organically grown fruits and vegetables – even lots of delicious homemade treats. 1000 ISLANDS REGATTA AND FESTIVAL – This is one of Brockville’s most popular events happening on the Canada Day weekend on Blockhouse Island. This is the 10th annual event
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Moving with Kids

Let’s be honest, no matter how well you plan and organize moving is not an easy task. It can bring about many feelings such as sadness, excitement and stress. Luckily, before the big day comes there are simple and effective ways you can ease these feelings – not just for yourself but for your children too. Here are some helpful ways to transition your kids to a new home. Involve Them There is enough activity that comes with purchasing a home so it may be tempting while you are viewing them to leave the kids at home or with a babysitter/relative. If
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