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5 Tips For First Time Home Buyers

There is a generational dread that millennials are doomed to never own homes but that couldn’t be farther from the truth. Mark Mackay and his girlfriend Kristin Renaud are young buyers who were able to purchase their own home 15 mins away from downtown Ottawa. Keep reading to learn more. Start Right Here
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House Hunting Tips

Choosing a home to suit your needs can be difficult. Rushing into the decision because you’re excited about the purchase can also lead you off course. Check out these house hunting tips that are sure to help you through the process.   Learn More
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Good Homes with Great Bones

Calling all homebuyers! Ever heard of the phrase ‘this house has great bones?’ and wondered what it exactly meant? Alison Davin of Jute said to her great bones means, spaces that flow into each other in a natural order and function well”. Here are 4 signs that the house you want to buy has great bones. Learn More
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New Builds in Findlay Creek

Let us help you get one of the contemporary new builds in Findlay Creek! If you have been thinking about making a move to the south of Ottawa then now might be your chance. The basic layout for the Lilythorne community consists of 4 bedrooms, 2.5 baths and 2,465 square feet. Learn More
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Fixer Upper – The Pros and Cons

Investing in a fixer-upper is one of your many options in real estate. However, it does bring up some important questions like are you prepared to live in a renovating home? Contractor Jonathan Scott and real estate agent, Drew Scott discuss the pros and cons of buying a property that isn’t move-in ready. Learn More  
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Homeownership

Did you know that as your home increases in value the more equity you end up getting? This is one of the many perks of becoming a homeowner, and investing in a property and building your credit are another. Review the advantages of homeownership now. Learn More
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What to Expect From A Home Inspector

Mike Holmes discusses home inspection and what buyers should and shouldn’t expect from the visit. It’s important to reduce risk but you should know that inspectors are not always obligated to check every little thing. Here are a few reasons why you should limit your expectations. Learn More
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Modernizing Laws for Real Estate

The Ontario government is trying to allow bid war disclosures in the future. This means you won’t have to blindly offer more money on a house, hoping to beat your competitors. Transparency might help make the process a little bit easier. Learn More
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CMHC wants to make it easier for self-employed Canadians to get a mortgage

  Are you self-employed and looking to buy a home? The CMHC is giving lenders more guidance and flexibility on determining whether a self-employed person qualifies for a mortgage.They are implementing changes in order to make it easier for self-employed individuals to obtain a mortgage, as these Canadians tend to have a more difficult time qualifying. This is due to incomes varying and being less predictable than those with salaries/are employed by a business. Click here for the full story.  
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Skipping Home Inspections a Major Red Flag for New Buyers

When you are planning on purchasing a home, one of the most important things to have done is a home inspection. Many buyers don’t think it’s necessary, or is too expensive. But, having a thorough walk-through of the property will help pin point problems early on and save you money down the road. A home inspection will look beyond the cosmetics of the home and take a serious look at the home’s systems (HVAC, wiring, plumbing) and structural aspects, like the roof. Click here for more information on why you need a Home Inspection.  
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