By: Shawn Lepp

April Showers May Bring Water Damage

Tags: Buying a home in Durham Region, Selling a home in Durham Region, Home Improvements

(NC) Water damage is a real concern for Canadian homeowners at this time of year. Get ahead of the risk by taking the3 following steps to prevent flooding in your home this spring. Inspect your roof. Once your roof is clear of snow, make sure you inspect it for any loose or missing shingles. If you’re not comfortable on a ladder, use binoculars to check from ground level. If you do spo...Read More

By: Shawn Lepp

Tips For Getting Your Home Ready For Spring

Tags: Buying a home in Durham Region, Selling a home in Durham Region, Home Improvements

(NC) As we emerge from winter hibernation, it’s time to turn our attention to the seasonal chores that come with the first signs of spring. Here are some tips to help make sure your home is in tip-top shape. Move winter gear to storage. Ever find yourself stumbling over your snowblower to get your hands on the lawn mower? Now’s the time to organize your garage to make sure spring...Read More

By: Shawn Lepp

Tips On Choosing The Right Mortgage For You

Tags: Buying a home in Durham Region, Investment Properties in Durham Region

To get a good deal on buying a home or property, it is important to choose the mortgage that best suits your needs. When shopping for a mortgage, it's crucial to understand some of the options and features available to you: Amortization period versus mortgage term The amortization period is the length of time it will take you to pay off the mortgage in full. If your down payment i...Read More

By: Shawn Lepp

Market Update Ending January 2020

Tags: Selling a home in Durham Region, Market Update

We ended 2019 with strong growth in the number of sales and a dip in the number of new and available listings. This trend continued into the start of 2020 where we saw stronger growth in the average selling prices of homes due to tighter market conditions when compared to a year ago. The increase in the number of buyers looking for homes may be a result of the nicer weather we have seen through D...Read More

By: Shawn Lepp

RRSP vs. TFSA: What's The Difference

Tags: Buying a home in Durham Region, Selling a home in Durham Region

(NC) As tax season quickly approaches, many of us are re-evaluating our finances and looking for the best place to put our money. RRSPs and TFSAs are two popular investing options that can help grow your savings. But what's the difference, and how do you choose the right one for you? We asked Jenny Diplock, Associate Vice President, Personal Savings and Investing at TD, to share key informati...Read More

By: Shawn Lepp

Top 5 Tax Tips You Need To Know

Tags: Buying a home in Durham Region, Selling a home in Durham Region, Home Improvements

(NC) Tax filing can be complicated, and this year provincial and federal governments have introduced many changes that can only add to the confusion. To help, here are five ways to confidently manage the filing process. Take note of key dates. Whether you owe money or not, it’s important to file your taxes on time to avoid the interruption of benefits, interest and any penalties. The...Read More

By: Shawn Lepp

4 Tips To Get You Through Winter Driving Season

Tags: Buying a home in Durham Region, Selling a home in Durham Region, Home Improvements

(NC) We try as hard as we can to forget everything winter brings, but when the windchill and -20°C temperatures return, it’s important to be prepared and remember proper driving techniques as roads get slick with ice. Here are four tips to keep you safe on the road: Winter tires are the support you need. When the temperature drops below 7°C, the grip and function of your all-...Read More

By: Shawn Lepp

How To Set Smart Financial Goals

Tags: Buying a home in Durham Region, Investment Properties in Durham Region

(NC) Goals are an important part of any financial plan, whether you want to pay off credit card debt, save for retirement or go on that family vacation you’ve been dreaming about. They are like the GPS or road map in your car that help you reach your destination.  And, if you really want to increase your chances of achieving your financial goals, make sure they’re SMART, as in S...Read More

By: Shawn Lepp

Good News For Investors – Potentially Bad News For Tenants

Tags: Buying a home in Durham Region, Investment Properties in Durham Region, Renting in Durham Region

As you have seen in the papers this week, the effects of the Progressive Conservative government’s legislation that would end rent control for all newly-built or newly-converted rental units are being felt by some Tenants who moved in a year ago. This change was part of the Government’s Housing Supply Action Plan that were announced last year. As a tenant, this means that if you moved ...Read More

By: Shawn Lepp

How To Adjust Settings To Protect Your Privacy

Tags: Buying a home in Durham Region, Selling a home in Durham Region, Home Improvements

(NC) Privacy settings give you some control over the way organizations handle your personal information online. As more of us become concerned about how our information will be used online, we’re taking steps to protect it. According to research conducted by the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada, 75 per cent of Canadians have changed their privacy settings to limit the personal i...Read More