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Natural Mosquito Repellants for you and your yard

Nothing disturbs the enjoyment of your backyard faster than a pesky mosquito buzzing around your head. You can always cover up with long sleeves and a hat or apply insect repellent, but there may be another way. Have you ever thought of adding some mosquito-repelling plants to your garden? Oils found in certain types of plants, especially herbs, are natural mosquito deterrents—lemon balm, peppermint, ...

Summer Holidays..

With the kids out of school and summer vacation in full swing the amount of buyers out there has decreased but the number of new listings has increased considerabely. With lots of new listings, the time is rite to buy your first house or to maybe move into something newer or bigger. 

The World's Most Expensive Hotels - $3,900 a Night For One In British Columbia

What would you pay for a relaxing night at a top tier hotel? I bet it isn't $3,900!   But some people pay that, and some people pay even more. Check out the most expensive hotels in the world:

And the most expensive place to live in Canada is..........

House prices have increased in Westman, but we still have it pretty good relative to other cities. Market analytics firm Mercer released its annual cost of living survey this week and the most expensive places to live in Canada (in descending order) are: - Vancouver - Toronto - Montreal  - Calgary  - Ottawa And the most expensive place to live in the world?  That would ...

Weed Control Tip

I have not tried this yet, but I have heard that you can kill portulaca weed in your garden by spraying it with Off mosquito repellent.  If you try this, I would appreciate your feedback.

Brandon Single Detached Home Sales Step Back in May

Sales of single detached homes in the City of Brandon recorded through the MLS® System of the Brandon Real Estate Board were down on a year-over-year basis in May 2014. Single detached home sales in the City of Brandon numbered 79 units in May, a decline of 11 per cent from May 2013. That said, the past decade has seen a number of years in which May sales numbered in the 80 unit range. On ...

Home Buying Flow Chart

Blaine, a very nice fist time buyer once suggested it would be handy to have a 'flow chart' for buyers. I, mentally, keep track, but agreed it would be practical. Here then is a relatively short and simple schedule of events. 1) See mortgage broker or, if you prefer, your banker. Ask them to help you determine how much of a mortgage you can comfortably afford. Important to remember that, ...

Home Buyers Agenda - part 5

Make the right Offer Once you have found the house you want to make your home, then it is time to write the right offer. The Realtor will fill out all the necessary documents including the offer. Things to think about to make the right offer: What items should you ask to be included? What items should you ask to be excluded? What conditions should be on the offer?    Financing ...

Sump pumps

A sump pump is a pump used to remove water that has accumulated in a water collecting sump basin, commonly found in the basement of homes. The water may enter via the perimeter drains of a basement waterproofing system, funnelling into the basin or because of rain or natural ground water, if the basement is below the water table level. Sump pumps are used where basement flooding happens regularly ...

Get prequalified before house hunting!

Acquiring a mortgage preapproval prior to house shopping does a great deal to reduce your stress. Instead of wondering how much you can afford, with preapproval you will understand your budgetary restrictions perfectly. Furthermore, preapproval is simple to obtain. At no cost, your lending institution can provide you with a written preapproval. This preapproval will come with no obligation and can ...