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The Advantages of Becoming a Homeowner?

Since homeownership is ranked at the same caliber as a graduation, marriage or the birth of a child in terms of life-changing events, it's no surprise that for some, taking the jump into have a home to call their own can be an intimidating process.  When all is said and done though, homeownership provides a number of benefits that not only enhance quality of life, but also improve financial stability.

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Buying a Neighbourhood

Buying a house is more than a financial transaction: It’s a life-changing event that involves interacting with neighbours and becoming part of a community. 
It makes sense to learn everything you can about a neighbourhood before you sign any deals.

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Home Staging 101

There are thousands of home-staging consultants in business for good reason: staged homes sell faster. Why? Successful home staging enables a buyer to see themselves in your home, and not how you’re currently occupying it. Professional staging consultants accomplish this by following some simple guidelines.

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The 5 C's of Credit to Get a Mortgage

Whether you are buying your first home or have been a home owner for years, when you are looking at purchasing a property, finding the best mortgage solution for your specific situation can be an intimidating experience.
The following is an article regarding the f C's of Credit by Kelly Hudson of Dominion Lending.

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Should you "High Ball" your Listing Price?

One of the most important decisions you make when selling your home is setting the listing price. That can be tricky. After all, if you price your property too low, you leave money on the table — perhaps thousands of dollars. On the other hand, if you price your home too high, many buyers won’t even bother to see it, believing it is too expensive.

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Tips for the Perfect Winter Open House

Winter is not typically the most popular time of the year to sell and it may be hard to ready your home for an open house, but these tips can help buyers see past the cold & snow and dream big.
A fresh snowfall can be a picturesque advantage, provided walkways are cleared and a cozy interior awaits prospective buyers.

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New Year's Traditions from Around the World

Have you made your plans for New Year's Eve yet?  Do they include eating grapes, hanging onions on your door or throwing dishes at family and friends homes? 
Around the world, cultures welcome the change of the calendar with unique New Year’s traditions. Here are some of our favourite New Year’s traditions around the world.

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The Origins of 12 Christmas Traditions

From expecting Santa to fill our footwear with gifts to eating cake that looks like tree bark, the holidays are filled with traditions—some of which are downright odd, when you stop and think about them. Where did they come from? Wonder no more. Here are the origins of 12 Christmas traditions.

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Holiday DIY Decorations for Kids

‘Tis the season for holiday cheer, which means it's the perfect time to get into the spirit by crafting some cute and creative DIY decorations.  Kids love the holidays and creating crafts is a great way to make some beautiful memories as a family. Check out some fun and festive ideas you can do easily at home–just add treats (and giggles!).

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5 Place to Cut Your Own Christmas Tree Around Guelph

If a fake Christmas tree just doesn't cut it anymore and you're looking to make a family tradition in the great outdoors, look no further.  The lifespan of a well-watered cut pine is about a month, so now is the time to get outdoors and find the perfect tree for your home this holiday season.  Luckily, Guelph is surrounded by tree farms that offer cut-your-own options to make this festive outing a memorable experience for the entire family.

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Buy, Sell or Renovate? Why the Winter is Best for your Bank Account!

During the fall and winter months Real Estate cools down along with the weather. While many people are hibernating and waiting for the flurry of spring to arrive you could be adding impressive value to your home or saving a bundle by scooping up a great deal! 

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Home Inspections

So you’ve found a house you love. Great backyard, gleaming hardwood, and the kitchen of your dreams. But what about the furnace? The wiring? Leaks in the basement? Before you buy, have the home inspected; no matter how experienced you are as a homeowner, it’s the best way to make sure you really know what you’re getting into.

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Parade Season

The holiday season is in full swing and what better way to get in the spirit then to go out and enjoy your local holiday parades.  There are lots to choose from around Wellington County.  Be sure to check out one or two or ALL of them!!!  Read more to find dates and times for 5 local area parades.  

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The Poppy

The red poppy, a native plant along much of the Western Front during the First World War, has become a powerful symbol of remembrance.  It is the principal emblem of the Royal Canadian Legion, which distributes several million each year to be worn by Canadians on Remembrance Day.

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Halloween Safety

During the Halloween season it is important to keep your child's safety in mind when planning costumes, decorations, treats and activities.  Make sure that Halloween is a safe and happy experience for the whole family by preparing ahead of time.

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Fall tips for the Perfect Spring Garden

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.

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Your Home at a Glance

Have you ever driven up to a restaurant and your first impression was disappointing? Perhaps the windows looked dark and gloomy, the façade was worn and unattractive or for some other reason it just didn't look like a tempting place to eat.

 

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Simple Ways to Reduce your Monthly Utility Costs

Many homeowners think there’s not much they can do about telephone, heating, water and other utility expenses. Sure, you may grumble about a high heating bill one month, but what can you do about it?

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Smart Renovations: Improvements that Pay​

So you’re thinking about doing a kitchen facelift, putting on an addition or landscaping your yard. If you’re renoing your house with an eye to upping resale value, you may want to focus your dollars on projects that will give you the best return.

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Maximize your Curb Appeal

When you’re selling your home, first impressions are everything. A prospective buyer will decide in a single glance if they want to consider purchasing your home, or even step inside and take a look. How does your home look at first glance? Stand on the sidewalk in front of your home and take a good long look. Do you like what you see? Will anyone else?

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