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Check Your Power Line

As we are in our winter season, potential power outages may be a concern. In Canada a loss of power can be serious in freezing temperatures. The heavy overhead power lines coming into our homes carry enough power to run and heat the building with all of its appliances and equipment. That is a dangerous amount of power if there is a malfunction. Make the time to walk around the outside of your ...

Is Paying Down Your Mortgage Delaying Your Retirement?

The article linked below written by Rob Carrick of the Globe and Mail looks at whether homeowners are better off paying down their home mortgage or using that cash to invest. According to the article the key determinant is whether the rate of return on your investments exceeds the interest rate on your mortgage.   Here it the article: Saving for retirement beats paying down your mortgage. There ...

Jets Trade!!!!!

The Winnipeg Jets may have just punched their ticket to the playoffs with a block buster trade last week. They were a couple of pieces short and I believe they may have closed the gap from being a pretender to a playoff contender. Only time will tell but for now they seem to be playing playoff hockey already...

With Spring coming , Here are 6 tips to get your house ready!

Spring is in the air or is it? Good old Manitoba. With the sun and warmer weather comes the realization that Old Man Winter has been torturing the outside of your house for the last six months. Before you break out the patio furniture and start planting your gardens, you might want to follow these six tips to get your home ready for a headache-free season. 1. Check your gutters and ...

TOP 10 COMMON REPAIRS COSTS~~~~~~~

   In the life of every home, repairs happen. Here are the top 10 most common repairs that, sooner or later, your house will require. Congratulations on buying your first house. Now, you have to learn how to keep it in good repair. To be safe, you should set aside money every year — 1% to 3% of your home’s purchase price — for repairs and maintenance. The good news is that most ...

Tips & Tools for Home Sellers

CLOSING THE SALE Your negotiations were a success. But before your house is truly sold, it’s time for the vital final steps known as “closing”. Your REALTOR® and lawyer will take care of the many complicated and time-consuming legal maneuvers. That’s why you hired pros. CANADA'S MONEY LAUNDERING REPORTING REQUIREMENTS By the time you accept an offer, your REALTOR® will also advise you of reporting ...

Slow January for Brandon Single Detached Home Sales

Slow January for Brandon single detached home sales Sales of single detached homes in the City of Brandon recorded through the MLS® System of the Brandon Area REALTORS® were down on a year-over-year basis in January 2015. Single detached home sales in the City of Brandon numbered 22 units in January, down 48.8 per cent from January 2014. While January 2015 was quiet, the size of the year-over-year ...

Six energy efficiency ideas

Six Surprising Alterations that can Make Your Home Even More Energy Efficient Making your home more energy efficient not only decreases the size of your carbon footprint, but it also helps you to save money. Your home may even have a better resale value compared to others in the neighborhood if you make it more efficient. As a homeowner trying to go green, you might feel like you already know the ropes ...

City of Brandon - January 2015 Home Sale Statistics

Year on year volume is down, but average price is up. Source: http://breb.mb.ca/index.php/stats

Winter home projects free up summer time!

Having a lazy day once and a while isn't bad, but if you are stuck indoors because of the cold, why not turn your snow day into a 'go-day'? The weather outside may be frightful, but home improvement can be oh so delightful. Window Treatments Window treatments become tired looking after several years of sunlight and use. If your window treatments are dur for an update, now is the time to start shopping! ...