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Ask the Inspector: Decks

  Ask the Inspector: Decks Q: How do I check if my deck is built according to correct safety standards? Building a deck is a project often done by do-it-yourselfers; unfortunately, not all decks are built soundly. A deck inspection includes checking the support posts, railings and decking boards to ensure it is in proper condition and safe. These are some key points to look for during ...

Tax Harmonization: Frequently Asked Questions

What is a Harmonized Sales Tax? Ontario plans a major tax reform that will combine both the provincial and federal sales tax on products and services. The combined tax of five per cent GST and eight per cent Ontario sales tax won't change the price on most items. But many items that used to be exempt from sales tax will no longer be so. What is no longer PST exempt? Consumers are most likely ...

True Value of a Real Estate Agent

The process of selling in Canada is effectively controlled by Multiple Listing Service. Over 80% of sales transactions take place though this medium. Under MLS, the members of the service, share the information among each other to expedite the process of selling. The access to private data is not open to the public. The process of selling a property through the services of MLS can be divided ...

Best April In GTA History!

TORONTO, May 5, 2010 - Greater Toronto REALTORS® reported 10,898 sales through the Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) in April, representing a 34 per cent increase compared to April 2009. There were also 20,683 new listings in April - a 59 per cent annual increase. Both the sales and new listings results amounted to new records for the month of April under the current Toronto Real Estate ...