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November 27, 2019

Important Documents to Have When Selling Your Home

Important Documents to Have When Selling Your Home You may not realize in the hustle and bustle of the home listing process, but there are a few crucial documents you should have on hand when selling your home. Don’t get caught empty handed, spending hours frantically searching for a piece of paper you stashed at the bottom of your “junk” drawer. Avoid putting yourself in this position, and get these documents prepared ahead of schedule. It could be the difference […]
November 27, 2019

5 things that can go wrong on closing day

5 things that can go wrong on closing day Closing day for a house deal is stressful. But no matter how well you plan, you must be prepared for unforeseen things to arise. If you handle them the right way, your deal will still close and more importantly, you’ll be satisfied with the result. Here are some the things that I have seen come up: Where is my privacy? A seller advertised the home as having large evergreens in the […]
November 27, 2019

Common questions about real estate deposits

Here are some common questions about real estate deposits 1. When must a deposit be paid under the standard Ontario real estate contract? In Ontario, the standard real estate contract gives the buyer two choices; you can pay the deposit immediately when you present your offer to the seller, or you can agree to pay it within twenty four hours after the seller accepts it. Most buyers prefer the second option. If you are in a bidding war, you will […]
November 27, 2019

Should I approach a home sold “as is” differently from other listings?

Should I approach a home being sold “as is” any differently from other listings? Buying a home can be a very emotional experience. There’s the excitement of finding a place that meets your needs and wants and the stress that comes with such a big purchase. There’s also the uncertainty about whether you’ll be able to come to terms with the seller and land your dream home. Some people will decide to place an offer because they fall in love […]
November 27, 2019
10 COSTS YOU SHOULD CONSIDER WHEN BUYING A HOME

7 Factors That Affect Your Home’s Value

7 Factors That Affect Your Home’s Value There are many factors that can affect the market value of your property, ranging from home improvements to the mood of the seller. All of this is a lot to internalize, but you can make an informed decision while pricing your home if you tackle these issues one at a time. 1. Location Your home’s proximity to public transportation, train stations, shopping facilities, schools, etc., plays an import factor in determining your property’s […]
November 27, 2019

First-Time Home Buyers’ Tax Credit (HBTC)

First-Time Home Buyers’ Tax Credit (HBTC) You or your spouse can claim the $5,000 HBTC. The maximum credit is $750 ($5,000 x 15%, the lowest personal tax rate). To qualify: You or your spouse must have acquired a qualifying home after January 27, 2009. You can’t have lived in another home owned by you or your spouse in the year you buy your first home – or in any of the 4 previous years. Principal Residence Exemption
November 27, 2019

The Managed Forest Tax Incentive Program

The Managed Forest Tax Incentive Program The Managed Forest Tax Incentive Program (MFTIP) offers a reduction in property taxes to landowners of forested land who prepare a plan and agree to be good stewards of their property. The Ontario Forestry Association and the Ontario Woodlot Association help the Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR) deliver the program. Program guides and information are available from MNR or either association. The MFTIP guide explains how to prepare a plan that is eligible for […]
November 27, 2019

15 THINGS COTTAGE BUYERS NEED TO CONSIDER

15 THINGS COTTAGE BUYERS NEED TO CONSIDER 1. Privacy: You have to decide how much privacy you would like to have at your cottage. How close do you want your neighbours to be? Do you want to be on a crowded, busy lake, or a quiet one with only a few cottages? 2. Accessibility: Cottages that are accessible only by water are generally less expensive, though you have to add in the cost of buying and maintaining a boat, plus […]
November 27, 2019

30 Reasons to relocate to Bancroft!

30 Reasons to relocate to Bancroft! Medical/Personal Care New doctors available and more coming New hospital New medical clinic to attract new physicians Optometrists, chiropractors, dentists, denturists, foot care and alternative health care practitioners are all available in Bancroft Long Term Care Facility Hospice North Hastings Veterinary CareEducation Secondary School Public and separate elementary schools Loyalist College Campus – including full programs and many e-learning opportunities Early Years Centre and licensed childcare facility Public libraryHousing Competitively priced residential making this […]
November 27, 2019

RECOMMENDED INTERIOR THINGS TO DO BEFORE LISTING YOUR PROPERTY

A LIST OF RECOMMENDED INTERIOR THINGS TO DO BEFORE LISTING YOUR PROPERTY 1. Start spring cleaning now. 2. Get rid of all your junk and clutter. 3. Wash all your windows. 4. Paint walls fresh, using light colours, such as off-white or beige. 5. Open curtains so lots of light gets in. 6. Get your carpets professionally cleaned. If you’re thinking of replacing carpets, go for beige. 7. Remove leaves or extentions from tables to make the rooms look bigger. […]