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What to look out for when buying a preconstruction home

With many new condos and houses being built all over the country, a homebuyer may want to get in on the action by buying a pre-construction home. Whether you’re drawn by the fact that you can customize your home since it’ll be built especially for you or you’re looking for a longer amount of time […]

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Ever heard of a skinny home?

When it comes time to buy a home, you’ve probably heard of townhouses, condos, duplexes, triplexes, semi-detached or detached homes. But chances are, you probably haven’t heard of a “skinny home” or a “thin home” before. Recently, a skinny split-level home on West 15th Avenue in the Point Grey neighbourhood in Vancouver sold for $1.35 […]

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Bill proposed for greater transparency of Tarion’s builder records

The Government-created corporation protecting new home buyers, Tarion, may become more transparent if recently proposed legislation passes. In December, Queen’s Park tabled a bill that would require the private corporation to provide details about home builders and their track records. The Tarion Accountability and Oversight Act bill was tabled by NDP MPP Jagmeet Singh. It […]

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Wood-frame building codes changing across Canada

The case for building taller wood-framed buildings is gaining traction with provinces and cities adapting their building codes to allow for taller wood structures. Most recently, Calgary announced a change to its rules allowing for six-storey buildings with wood frames, an increase from four-storeys. City planners hope this will encourage developers to build more mid-rise […]

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Maintain your new home to preserve its value

When we buy a home, we hope that it’ll be a great place to live. But we also hope to own a property that will see its value appreciate over time and become a nice retirement nest egg when the time comes. It’s important to maintain your property so it’ll help you achieve the retirement […]

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How to choose a builder for your home

If you’re looking to buy a preconstruction home, the process is slightly different than buying resale. You’ll have the floor plans to help you decide whether the home’s layout is suitable for your needs and by visiting the builder’s sales centre they can walk you through more details of what the finished product should look […]

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What is the Ontario Condo Rebate?

The Ontario Condo Rebate, also known as the New Residential Rental Property Rebate, is open to both Canadian and foreign investors. The rebate allows you to receive an HST rebate on a new home (or condo). To qualify for the Ontario Condo Rebate you must provide proof of a one-year lease for the property you […]

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How the Legalization of Cannabis will Affect Landlords in Canada

The legalization of cannabis will affect landlords in Canada since renters won’t know what to do about banning its use inside their rental properties. October 17th, 2018, was the official date for its legalization and landlords are more worried than ever. Many have started acting and prohibiting tenants from using cannabis. However, many tenants feel […]

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