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Best Value for your Home

Still remains a sellers market throughout the Greater Toronto Area as TREB states show a strong  increase in singles,semis and townhouse markets. A strong increase in residential sales reported through the TorontoMLS system in June. Sales were up by 15.4 per cent year-over-year. “Home buyers in the Greater Toronto Area are confident in their ability to purchase and affordably pay for ...

Something About Summer

You ever notice how so many people seem to be happier in the summer?   There is the obvious reason -- the sun, vitamin D, etc. --  but if you dig deeper, it feels like people are enjoying life more, trying to accomplish more and spending time with friends and family. Don't get me wrong; I love winter, I love hockey, I am a winter person.  But this ...

Father's Day Activities

   Dads often get the short end of the stick when it comes to gifts. Ties, ugly sweaters, soap on a rope, you name it. Here are two secrets about Father’s Day presents: first, nobody has ever actually wanted soap on a rope and second, what your father really wants on Sunday, June 15 is the gift of your time. So forget getting him the latest biography by a retired athlete, and make some ...

Happy Mother's Day

Mother’s Day is right around the corner. But don’t feel like you have to break the bank to show mom how much she means to you. A bouquet of flowers, homemade crafts or cards, chocolates, breakfast in bed or giving mom a spa day are some ways that show mom how much you appreciate everything she does for you and the family. Whatever you decide to give your mom or wife this year, be sure ...

Divorce: To Sell or Not

I know no one wants to discuss divorce and the sadness and struggles that may come with it, but while sitting with friends a few nights ago, our conversation turned towards "What happens with the house in a divorce?"  I realized at that moment I should write a quick blog about it.  As a real estate agent, I understand the importance of a home. It's more than just shelter.  A ...

Fructose intolerance: Which foods to avoid?

  Fructose is a sugar found naturally in fruits, fruit juices, some vegetables and honey. Fructose is also a basic component in table sugar (sucrose), and high-fructose corn syrup is used to sweeten many processed foods and beverages. When your digestive system doesn't absorb fructose properly, it can cause abdominal pain, diarrhea and gas. People who have fructose intolerance should limit ...

5 Crucial Steps Before Home Selling

Before you start making repairs, before selling your home or marking dates on your calendar for an open house, it's smart to prepare a home selling plan. Of course, you want top dollar, but you could make costly home selling mistakes along the way if your enthusiasm for quickly selling causes you to run out and stick a for sale sign in the yard before you're fully prepared to sell. Motivation for ...

Living with An Older Home

The charms of living in an older home can be many - history, style, craftsmanship, quirks. But there's no denying that living in such a home has its challenges. Maintenance can be tricky and expensive, especially if certain systems and features have been neglected over the years. Let's take a look at some common situations found in many older homes:   Energy inefficiency is ...

March Break Ideas

 March Break Ideas     "I’m bored!There's nothing to do." Those words are enough to make a parent's heart sink like a stone. Spring Break, or March Break, is just around the corner and a week of unstructured time could be a kid's recipe for boredom. However, a little planning around your personal time and budget, and you can craft a unique and interesting March Break plan ...

Do detox diets offer any health benefits?

Detox, or detoxification, diets are popular, but they're not scientifically proven. Detox diets are touted as a way to remove toxins from the body. Specific detox diets vary — but typically a period of fasting is followed by a strict diet of raw vegetables, fruit and fruit juices, and water. In addition, some detox diets advocate using herbs and other supplements along with colon cleansing ...
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