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DIY Quick & Easy Home Repairs

Monday Sep 17th, 2018

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DIY Quick & Easy Home Repairs

No matter what your level of expertise, there are plenty of small fixes you can do around your home with relative ease. Here are four common repairs that any homeowner can do. Fill Cracked Drywall  Using a taping knife, smooth a piece of nylon drywall tape over the crack, working from the centre toward the edges. Cover the tape with a thin layer of joint compound and let dry. Scrape any large bumps or grooves. Apply a second coat of compound, feathering at the edges. Sand, prime, and... [read more]

How To Prepare Your Garden in The Fall For Spring

Friday Aug 31st, 2018

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Autumn is the perfect time to lay the groundwork for a gorgeous spring garden. Experts say this time of year is critical for how your yard will look year-round. Follow these steps in the Fall for a beautiful Spring.  Lawn Repair Early in the Fall, repair dead spots on your lawn by digging straight down, as deep as necessary to remove all the soil containing roots. Fill the hole with new soil and stamp down to turf level. Seed the area with a mix that matches your existing grass.... [read more]

Expect an uptick in national home prices following sluggish first half of 2018

Thursday Aug 30th, 2018

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According to the Royal LePage House Price Survey* and Market Forecast Survey, home price appreciation slowed nationally in the second quarter of 2018, marked primarily by year-over-year price declines in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA). The Royal LePage National House Price Composite1 showed that the price of a home in Canada increased 2.0 per cent year-over-year to $613,968 in the second quarter of 2018. When broken out by housing type, the median price of a two-storey home rose 0.8 per... [read more]

Best Dog Groomers in Mississauga

Tuesday Aug 28th, 2018

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Best Dog Groomers in Mississauga

  This past weekend celebrated Dog Appreciation Day, and in honour of that here is a short list of the top 5 Best Dog Groomers in Mississauga.   5.) Matted Grooming Address: 1170 Burnhamthorpe Rd W, #32, Mississauga Phone: (905) 232-2352 Services: Full Groom Bath & Brush Bath & Tidy Up Cat Grooming A La Carte Services Additional Services (Nail trim/grind, ear cleaning/plucking, teeth brushing, anal glands, flea bath, skunk... [read more]

TREB Must Allow Sold Data To Public, What Does This Mean For GTA Real Estate?

Thursday Aug 23rd, 2018

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TREB loses Supreme Court bid to appeal

As I'm sure you've seen in the news, on Thursday, August 23 the Toronto Real Estate Board has been told by the Supreme Court they will no longer hear appeals on releasing sold data to the public.  This legal battle has been going on for years all the while the U.S. has been releasing their numbers for the past 10 yrs.  What does this mean for agents in the GTA? To start, not much for the good agents out there. Any decent agent will already be providing their... [read more]

Moving to Mississauga

Thursday Aug 23rd, 2018

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Moving to Mississauga

A Complete Guide For Moving To Mississauga Moving to Mississauga? Top 5 Reasons Why You Should... And More!   So you're thinking of moving to Mississauga... And I can understand why! There is a lot going on in Mississauga, after all, it's the sixth largest city in Canada. Rich with culture, history,  festivals and events, Mississauga has grown from being a suburb of Toronto to a large city of villages. Creating its own city skyline separate from Toronto (and... [read more]

Top Yoga Studios In Mississauga

Tuesday Aug 21st, 2018

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top yoga studios in mississauga

  5.) Hot Yoga & Pilates Address: 1170 Burnhamthorpe Rd W Unit 28 Phone: (289) 521-1468 Be prepared to experience fitness like never before! Enjoy the Original Hot Yoga (Bikram Yoga), Inferno Hot Pilates and Yin Yoga. This unique and powerful combination of classes will allow you to enjoy phenomenal flexibility, strength and cardio training in a fun, motivating and supportive atmosphere.  Through regular practice with HOT Yoga and Pilates, you... [read more]

Best Spa in Mississauga

Wednesday Aug 15th, 2018

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Best Spa In Mississauga

There is no shortage of great spas and relaxation centres throughout Mississauga if you need to get away and relax from the stresses of life. I've compiled a list of the top 5 spas in Mississauga to help you narrow down the list so you can choose the best spa in Mississauga so you can start relaxing sooner! Keep in mind there are many more highly rated spas in the city to choose from. Have a favourite one already? Leave a comment below to share!  See the top 5 spas... [read more]

Renting Vs. Buying

Thursday Aug 09th, 2018

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Renting vs buying

Everything You Need To Know About Renting vs. Buying in Mississauga   Renting vs. Buying may be one of the biggest debates within real estate after the classic " when's the perfect time to buy and/or sell" conversation.  Keep reading below for my Top 6 Considerations that you will need to ask yourself before deciding to rent or buy your next home. 1. Motivation What's your motivation for finding a new place? If you're planning on starting... [read more]

Best BBQ Restaurants in Mississauga

Tuesday Aug 07th, 2018

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Best BBQ Restaurants in Mississauga

There’s nothing like amazing BBQ on a Summer Day! And there are so many amazing places to eat in this wonderful city! In fact, I’ve compiled a list of the best BBQ restaurants in Mississauga! Have a favourite you'd like to share? Leave a comment below! In no particular order: RD's Southern BBQ 25 Aventura Court (905) 670-2255   The Port House Social Bar & Kitchen 139 Lakeshore Road East (905) 271-0016 Holy Smokes... [read more]

Mississauga Real Estate Market Update

Monday Aug 06th, 2018

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July 2018 Mississauga real estate update

Here's what happened in the City of Mississauga last month for real estate. Home prices have slightly dropped, however, are still up from this time last year! This is great news for buyers and sellers. We are still short on inventory and continue to see a demand for condo apartments with an 11% increase in price and +15% in sales volume. July was yet another busy month in real estate despite this Spring being one of the slowest in 10 years. Sales activity is up while the market continues... [read more]

The Way Urban Towns in Erin MIlls

Saturday Aug 04th, 2018

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Location, location, location…. Top 10 Reasons to Purchase at The Way: The Way is surrounded by greenspace & parkland in a very established area of Mississauga.    The Way is located next to South Common Centre which offers Walmart, Grocery, Shoppers Drugmart, GoodLife Fitness, Restaurants and more, all within a short walking distance of The Way. The Way is right next to South Common Community Centre and Library. The Way is located a short distance from... [read more]

Upcoming Mississauga Events - July 27 to August 2, 2018

Thursday Jul 26th, 2018

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Upcoming Mississauga Events - July 27 to August 2

A new week and a new set of events happening around the city! What's your event of choice? Friday, July 27 YYZ Live Toronto Pearson International Airport - 6301 Silver Dart Drive 6:00 PM - 6:40 PM 'Mah-I-Meer' Film Screening Living Arts Centre - 4141 Living Arts Drive 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM On The Verandah Benares Historic House -1507 Clarkson Rd. N. 7:00 PM - 11:59 PM Birthday Pawrty At Dogtopia Erindale Dogtopia of Erindale - 1100... [read more]

Best Wedding Venues in Mississauga

Tuesday Jul 24th, 2018

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best wedding venues in mississauga

Last week I posted a list of photographers in the area, now it's time for the best wedding venues in Mississauga and the GTA! Recommended   Atrium - Burlington's Premiere Boutique Venue 5420 North Service Road Burlington, ON, L7L 6C7 The Atrium is our top choice after looking at several options ranging from Toronto to Hamilton. The care, dedication, and attention to detail by the owner, Alex, far surpassed any other venue we visited. That's why... [read more]

Upcoming Mississauga Events - July 20 to July 26, 2018

Thursday Jul 19th, 2018

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Upcoming Mississauga Events

With Summer now in full swing check out some of the events happening around Mississauga this coming week! Be sure to get out there and explore what this great city has to offer. Friday, July 20, 2018 AGM Tot Spot! With Guest Storyteller Sally Jaeger Art Gallery of Mississauga 10:30am - 11:30am #BollywoodMonster Concert C Cafe at Mississauga Celebration Square 4:00pm - 11:00pm JOE AVATI & FRIENDS 20/20 VISION ANNIVERSARY TOUR 8:00 PM - 11:59... [read more]

Best Wedding Photographers in Mississauga

Tuesday Jul 17th, 2018

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Best Wedding Photographers in Mississauga

Your wedding will be one of the biggest days of your lives, you want to have the best wedding photographers in Mississauga. Don't leave your memories to chance, hire a professional photographer to capture every moment so you can cherish those photos for years to come.  My fianceé and I did countless hours of research, viewing portfolios, scouring the internet and asking friends so we could find the perfect photographer for us. After meeting Kasia from Focca... [read more]

Upcoming Mississauga Events - July 13 to July 19, 2018

Friday Jul 13th, 2018

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Mississauga events

Below are just a touch of what is happening this week in Mississauga! Friday, July 13 Come To The Airport 10 am - 11:59 pm GTAA Administration Building - 3111 Convair Drive On the Verandah 7:00 PM - 11:59 PM Benares Historic House - 1507 Clarkson Rd. N. CSC Mississauga Soccer 9:00 PM - 11:00 PM Iceland - 705 Matheson Blvd E   Saturday, July 14 After Dark Earth Market 4:00 PM - 10:00 PM Celebration Square - 300 City Centre Drive BBQ with... [read more]

Mississauga Upcoming Summer Concerts!

Tuesday Jul 10th, 2018

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Mississauga Summer Concerts

Thursday 12 July 2018 Arlene Paculan West Edge/Common Ground Cafe, Mississauga, Canada   Friday 13 July 2018 Epitaph99 and The Joey Corsino Band TJX Home Office, 60 Standish Ct, Mississauga, ON L5R 0G1 Candice Sand Mississauga Golf & Country Club, 1725 Mississauga Rd, Mississauga, ON L5H 2K4   Saturday 14 July 2018 Jeremy And Jenn - An Acoustic Duo Roc n Docs 105 Lakeshore Rd E., Mississauga, ON   Saturday 28... [read more]

The New 'Mortgage Stress Test' Is For Everyone. And It's Complex

Wednesday Mar 07th, 2018

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As of January 1st, every borrower needs to pass a new “Mortgage Stress Test” (MST) to qualify for a mortgage loan at a bank. And it won’t matter how much downpayment you have. Even if it’s 20% or over, you’ll still be subject to the MST. Once you pass the test, you’re not required to actually make a 20% down payment  - you can still take advantage of a lower one and a lower mortgage rate. But first you have to pass 'the... [read more]

The Latest Mortgage Rate Hike May Only Have a Negligible Effect.

Monday Jan 22nd, 2018

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Last week, the Bank of Canada hiked the interest rate another quarter point to 1.25%—a seemingly superficial number depending on which part of the country you’re in. The housing demand in Canada’s three largest cities is so great that removing a handful of buyers—as the new mortgage rules and interest rate increase will do—will have a negligible impact. However, in cities like Edmonton and Calgary, they’re recovering markets and this change will be harder... [read more]

Did you know there are 2 different kinds of Mortgage Pre-Approvals?

Saturday Dec 09th, 2017

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No, you haven’t read the title incorrectly.  The phrase “Mortgage Pre-Approval” has 2 distinct, different meanings. I always want you to have a preliminary Mortgage Pre-Approval before we look for a residential home for you to purchase. This 1st type of pre-approval, is really a personal financial pre-approval (not on a specific property), based on your income, asset to debt ratio, credit history and report, amount of your anticipated down payment and other... [read more]

The "Bank of Mom and Dad" - What Now?

Saturday Dec 09th, 2017

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Many parents are helping their adult children buy their first homes. However it’s important that parents think carefully about their own future needs, before opening the doors to the “the Bank of Mom and Dad,”.   First time home buyers are usually in need of this type of assistance from their parents, adding to (topping-up)  the down payment. The new "Mortgage Stress Test" will likely make this scenario a lot more common. The Real... [read more]

Will The Public Be Able to Access Toronto's "Sold' Data?

Wednesday Dec 06th, 2017

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It's definitely going to be a while. Currently the general public can’t access Toronto's past home sale prices without the help of a Realtor. For privacy, it's controlled by the Toronto Real Estate Board (TREB). But that might very well be changing. A 2016 Federal Court ruling which ordered TREB to end its strict controls on some housing data has recently been upheld, despite an appeal. Canada’s competition commissioner had argued that TREB’s... [read more]

Our Market is Recovering But....

Tuesday Dec 05th, 2017

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Toronto Real Estate Board President Tim Syrianos announced that Greater Toronto Area REALTORS® reported 7,374 transactions through TREB's MLS® System in November 2017. This result was up compared to October 2017, bucking the regular seasonal trend. On a year-over-year basis, sales were down by 13.3 per cent compared to November 2016. New listings entered into TREB's MLS® System in November 2017 amounted to 14,349 – up by 37.2 per cent compared to November 2016, when... [read more]

Inventory Up, But Sales Down. Yet Prices Are Still Increasing.

Tuesday Jun 06th, 2017

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Toronto's 2017 May/June market is very interesting: "Inventory" for sale is up (as is every spring); "sales" are down (more for buyers to choose from) yet prices have still increased year over year. There's no real reason for the slowdown in the number of properties sold. It's a 'healthy adjustment that isn't triggered by anything'. The interest rate hasn't changed/increased, and we're not in a recession. So the question is... [read more]

You DO Need a Realtor When Buying Pre-Construction Condos & Homes !

Saturday Apr 29th, 2017

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Not having your own Real Estate Agent to perform due diligence could land you in a horrible situation and losing thousands of dollars. You may have heard about two recent condo projects in downtown Toronto having been converted into ‘rentals’ with 181 innocent buyers of a  complex on King St. West, near Liberty Village, out as much as $40,000 each.  Another condo project,  “The Selby”, at Sherbourne and Bloor, abandoned their plans, as well. As... [read more]

What Ontario's New Foreign Investment Tax Means.

Saturday Apr 29th, 2017

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Legally known as the Non-Resident Speculation Tax (NRST), this new tax is 15% on the purchase or acquisition of an interest in a Residential (only) property in the Greater Golden Horseshoe by individauls who aren't Canadian citizens or permanent Canadian residents. It is also applies to foreign corporations and taxable trustees. This NRST tax is in addition to the Ontario Land Transfer Tax. and, in Toronto, the Toronto Land Transfer Tax.  The legislation,is retroactive to April... [read more]

Save Money: Pay Down Your Mortgage

Thursday Mar 09th, 2017

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Today’s interest rates are still at an all-time low, which gives you several great opportunities. For current homeowners, paying down mortgage debt is more beneficial than ever with the low interest rates we are continuing to enjoy.  My advice to homeowners is to take advantage of paying down 'the principal' of your mortgage, which can be up to 20% twice a year depending on how the mortgage is structured.   Another option to consider is to... [read more]

It's Critical to Increase Your Property and Contents Insurance

Thursday Mar 09th, 2017

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So often, once we bought our home or have lived in it for a long time, we neglect to continuously take stock of what's inside.  Our  property/building insurance is in place but the value has increased, and we accumulate small and large valuable items that require protection too. When was the last time you thought about the increased value of your property and what’s inside your home? First, I advise ensuring that your real estate property (the building) insurance... [read more]

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