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It's Big Bike Time Again

  Century 21 Heritage Group Ltd. rides again! The 2014 season is upon us and we are looking for enthusiastic riders in each office to join us in the fight against heart disease and stroke.   Realtors, Staff and Members of the community are welcome to register on our Heritage Has Heart Big Bike to ride with us for a worthy cause. Visit www.bigbike.ca ...

Sales and Average Price Up in March

April 7, 2014 -- Toronto Real Estate Board President Dianne Usher announced that Greater Toronto Area REALTORS® reported strong year-over-year increases in TorontoMLS home sales and the average selling price in March 2014. Home ownership affordability, backstopped by low borrowing costs, continued to be a key factor underlying this growth. A total of 8,081 sales were reported in March 2014 – ...

Buyer's Closing Costs

Buying a home involves more out-of-pocket than just the down payment. There are also closing costs to pay for items such as title searches, disbursements fees, inspections, courier charges, etc.  Closing costs are on top of the purchase price. How Much Are Closing Costs? As a rule of thumb, closing costs to buy a home run about 2 to 4 percent of the purchase price. The total ...

Real Estate Council of Ontario (RECO) Aims to ease bidding wars.

The Real Estate Council of Ontario has launched a new public education campaign aimed at curbing bidding wars by warning buyers not to be overly influenced by emotion when purchasing a home. The regulatory body has no plans, however, to probe whether the practices of the realtors it regulates are contributing to the escalating problem of bidding wars, especially in the Toronto market, says ...

4 steps to improve curb appeal

While it’s too early to get outside and get to work, it’s never too early to start planning your springtime projects. Here are four simple steps that will be well worth your time. Liven Up Your Landscaping Brown spots in your lawn, overgrown shrubs, and worn out mulch do wonders for making your house look more worn down than it actually is. If you’re ready to spruce up ...

My Photo (Photo of the day) featured on urbantoronto.ca

Photo of the Day: A New Perspective on Toronto May 24, 2012 12:00 am | by Evan Manning  This shot was taken from the corner of Yonge Street and Stouffville Road in Richmond Hill, by Forum member jaycola. With skyline pictures taken from a series of predictable locations downtown, there is little variation in the perspectives they provide. So it's always refreshing to see a view of the city from ...

DID YOU RECEIVE YOUR LITTLE BOOK OF GREAT BIG ENERGY SAVINGS?

  There are coupons inside! It is an Ontario booklet with energy saving tips.  The calendar said that spring arrived this week-- not so sure that Mother Nature and Father Winter have agreed to this yet, as it is still cool with snow falling. This book is a good reminder of how to practice being energy efficient!  1. When leaving a room remember to turn lights off! 2.  When ...

Staging the House

Home staging is about illusions. It's beyond decorating and cleaning. It's about creating moods. Staging makes your house look bigger, brighter, cleaner, warmer, more loving and, best of all, it makes home buyers want to buy it. Which is the whole point...right? Contrary to what you might think, it's about more than preparing the house for sale.  Staging is what you do after you've cleaned, ...
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Real Estate: Have you ever built a house that in the end you hated?

Building houses is hard, very hard. There are so many details to them and it's very hard to appreciate what they will look like at the end. Many of us will not have had time or opportunity to figure out what we like so we figure it out as we go. Most seem to do just fine, but every once in a while, enough mistakes are made that it's really pretty terrible. So, let's see your stories here. ...

Who Is St. Patrick Anyways?

  Did you know that St. Patrick was the Patron Saint of Ireland? Rumour has it that he was known for banishing all snakes from Ireland, but this rumour was sensationalized by gossip. He was actually born in Britain to a well-to-do family. At 16 years old he was taken slave by a group of Irish raiders who were attacking his family’s estate. The Irish raiders brought him to Ireland where ...
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