Entries by Diana Klejne

>Boomers ready to downsize, says survey

> For their next move, Canadian boomers are looking to downsize to smaller homes. According to the TD Canada Trust Boomer Buyers Report, four-in-five Canadian boomers say their next move will be to a smaller home, either to save money (46 per cent) or to enjoy more luxurious features (34 per cent). Three-quarters of boomers […]

>The Joy of Handmade Holiday Cards

>There are few holiday traditions as time-honoured as greeting cards. A mailbox bursting with good tidings from family and friends is one of the fundamental joys of the season. Although their history dates back 19th century England, when a mere 1,000 copies of a design by artist John Horsley were printed, billions of greeting cards […]

>How to Make Your House a Show Stopper

> Showing a house is a lot like going on a first date: you try to look well groomed even if that’s not how you normally look! The old adage about first impressions being the most important is just as true for your home as it is for you. A clean house gives prospective buyers […]

>Tax-Deductible Moving Expenses

> People have many reasons for moving: job opportunities, proximity to family, school and retirement among others. The common denominator in all these situations is cost: moving can be an expensive proposition. It makes sense to try to offset some of those costs by claiming tax deductions. Unfortunately, many people never realize these tax benefits […]

>Information for buyers -How Realtors Help

> Is now a good time to buy? It could be. A REALTOR® can help you make that decision – and others, such as what type of home to buy and where. Home buying is a complex process that can be confusing. A REALTOR® can guide your through every step. REALTORS® understand the market, the […]

>CMHC — Home Buying Step by Step

>CMHC — Home Buying Step by StepCMHC’s Homebuying Step by Step guide is here to make things easier for you by providing the information you need to make a wise homebuying decision. This section provides examples and worksheets that will guide you through the entire homebuying process, from the moment you make the decision to […]

>What is Halloween?

>Halloween (or Hallowe’en … but also known as Samhain, Summer’s End, All Hallow’s Eve, Witches Night, Lamswool, and Snap-Apple), is a holiday that’s celebrated annually on the night of October 31. It originated in Ireland, and is celebrated in quite a few countries including Ireland itself, the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Japan, New […]

>Do it Your Self, or an Expert’s touch ?

> Many homeowners these days are willing to get their hands dirty with home improvement projects in the hopes of saving money – especially with the fabulous free courses being run by many home improvement superstores on an ongoing basis. But although some projects can be tackled by homeowners, the do-it-yourself (DIY) route isn’t always […]

>Know your facts about Mortgage and HST

> New Mortgage Rules: 1. VRM (variable rate mortgage) and fixed mortgage terms less than 5 years are now qualified on the bank posted rate when the LTV is 80% or higher on a purchase or refinance. 2. Minimum down payment for rental units is now 20% 3. Maximum LTV (loan to value) is now […]

>Thinking of Selling?

>Selling your home is one of the most important decisions you will make in your life. Your home is likely your largest asset – this may be the biggest financial move you’ve ever made. Selling your home is an involved process that affects your family and your future. Before you begin this process, you’ll want […]

>Thinking about Buying Real Estate?

>If you are a first time home buyer or an investor with a real estate portfolio. Buying Real Estate is one of the biggest decisions you will ever make and one of the most stressful processes for sure. When you own your own home, your hard-earned dollars contribute to your mortgage instead of rent and […]

>How to Feng Shui Landscaping

>Feng Shui is all about balancing the elements around you to create a harmonious environment. Creating an atmosphere of positive energy will give you energy and peace. It can help your landscaping coming alive both physically and spiritually for you. Make your landscape harmonious and a welcome retreat for yourself and your guests by utilizing […]