Pruning is much more than the simple act of sawing off limbs and should be a regular part of all tree and shrub maintenance programs. Pruning at the right time and in the right way is critical, since it is possible to kill a healthy tree through neglect or over-pruning. Essentially, pruning should enhance the…

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Although going through the pre-approval process is important, the actual term ‘pre-approval’ is often misunderstood. An important point to be clear on is that while you may be pre-approved for a certain mortgage amount, there are several variables that can derail a final approval once you write an offer on a property. As such it…

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Finding water in your basement can be more than just a nuisance – musty smell, soggy carpets, affected hardwood – it can be a clear indication of larger problems with your home. First, how did it get there? Leaking pipes, poor drainage caused by clogged or broken gutters, or a rising water table in your…

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TORONTO, ONTARIO, April 5, 2017– Toronto Real Estate Board President Larry Cerqua announced that Greater Toronto Area REALTORS® reported 12,077 residential sales through TREB’s MLS® System in March 2017. This result represented a 17.7 per cent increase compared to the 10,260 sales reported in March 2016. For the TREB market area as a whole, annual…

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Term Fixed Closed Rate 6 months 3.95% 1 Year 2.29% 2 Year 2.09% 3 Year 2.34% 4 Year 2.49% 5 Year 2.39% 7 Year 2.98% 10 Year 3.89% Prime = 2.70% Variable Closed (5 yr) = Prime minus 0.70% = 2.00% Variable Open = Prime plus 0.80% = 3.50% Secured Credit Lines = Prime plus…

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Written by Mark Weisleder As a result of bidding wars for condominiums, buyers are being asked to review a condominium status certificate in advance in order to submit an offer without conditions. Here are 6 items to look at and questions that should be asked when reviewing a status certificate in advance to give buyers…

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Written by Lorne Shuman The severe shortage of listings has created multiple offers, bidding wars and unprecedented price increases. Serious buyers are finding it extremely difficult to find suitable properties. Consequently, many buyers are looking to purchase properties via Assignments. This column will explain the basics of Assignment transactions and what you need to know…

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Your house may not be able to talk to you, but nevertheless, it signals you when something’s not right. Windows are particularly communicative. If your windows are more than a few decades old, listen carefully to what they’re telling you, so you’ll know when they need to be replaced. Here’s what to be on the lookout…

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Given that most people spend more than 90 percent of their time indoors, air quality matters. Furnishings, upholstery, synthetic building materials, and cleaning products in homes and offices can emit a variety of toxic compounds, like formaldehyde for example. Indoor air pollution can also be caused by pollen, bacteria, and mould, because outdoor air contaminants find their way…

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March 17, 2017 – Greater Toronto Area REALTORS® reported 5,238 home sales through TREB’s MLS® System during the first 14 days of March 2017. This result was up by 16.4 per cent in comparison to the first two weeks of March 2016, when 4,500 home sales were reported. The strongest annual rate of sales growth…

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