By: Shawn Lepp

Real Estate Market Remains Strong As We Head To Phase 3

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

The Durham real estate market saw an overall decrease in the number of new listings coming onto the market compared to May 2021. The number of new listings for June was 1,655, a decrease of 19.19% month over month and a decrease of 10.87% when compared to June 2020. The number of sales for the month of June was 1,425 a decrease of 9.46% compared to May 2021 and an increase of 11.12% year over year...Read More

By: Shawn Lepp

How To Nail The Socially Distanced Cookout This Summer

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

(NC) Summer cookouts are a great way to enjoy delicious food and good company. Whether you are staying in with family or planning to host a socially distanced get-together, optimizing your outdoor space is key to ensuring a safe, and comfortable experience. Here are five quick tips to help you nail backyard or patio entertaining this year. Create a comfortable outdoor space. Find creative ways ...Read More

By: Shawn Lepp

Tips To Protect Yourself From The Sun And Prevent Heatstroke

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(NC) Summer is finally here, and you’re probably ready to run out into the sun full speed. Although there are many benefits to spending time outdoors and soaking up the rays of sunshine, it’s important to take precautionary measures to ensure you avoid the pain and inconvenience of a sunburn or heatstroke. With exposure to high temperatures, you can become ill with nausea or headaches...Read More

By: Shawn Lepp

How To Take Care Of Your Home This Summer

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(NC) Summertime is here, and regardless of whether you prefer to spend it indoors or out, there are simple maintenance tasks you can do to keep your home in tip-top shape. Clean your air conditioner Air conditioners provide much-needed relief on sweltering summer days, so it’s important to ensure your AC system is prepared to handle the heat. A good time to clean your air conditioner is bef...Read More

By: Shawn Lepp

Tips For Opening Up The Cottage For The Summer

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(NC) We all know that opening up the cottage or cabin for the season comes with countless chores. But no matter how many lists you create and how many people are involved, there’s always something you might forget. Here are some key reminders: Evaluate the perimeter when you arrive. Do a quick walk around the property to check for any over-winter damage or uninvited guests. Air out the ...Read More

By: Shawn Lepp

Spring Home Maintenance Checklist

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

(NC) Winter is tough on our homes; the consistent below-freezing temperatures, freezing rain and snowstorms can take their toll. While the beginning of spring is welcomed with a sigh of relief, it signals that homeowners need to get to work on seasonal maintenance tasks to repair any casualties of the co...Read More

By: Shawn Lepp

3 Easy Ways To Create A Calming Space At Home

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(NC) Most of us are spending more time at home than ever before. With our spaces being used for both work and living, they should be as comfortable and calming as possible.   Create a peaceful sanctuary in your home with these three easy tips:   Spend time decluttering   The&nb...Read More

By: Shawn Lepp

5 Tips For Effective Remote Learning

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(NC) As schools continue with virtual learning, most parents are looking for new ways to keep their kids engaged and on track. Fortunately, there are some simple tips and tricks that can help. Stay ahead of the learning curve with these simple remote learning tips. 1. Keep to a school schedule. School time means structured time, and maintaining that schedule will be your best tool to separate cl...Read More

By: Shawn Lepp

Working From Home? There’s A Tax Deduction For That

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(NC) The COVID-19 pandemic means that many of us have been working from home part or all of the time. But did you know that you could be eligible to claim a deduction for home office expenses on your 2020 tax return? The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) has introduced an easy way for employees who worked from home because of COVID-19 to claim these expenses, called the new temporary flat-rat...Read More

By: Shawn Lepp

5 Best Outdoor Living Space Ideas

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

(NC) After being forced to spend more time inside this year, it’s important to make any outdoor space in our home an oasis for enjoyment. Whether you have a tiny condo balcony, a spacious backyard or something in between, draw inspiration from these ideas to create a relaxing space. 1. Define your area Add some charm and outline visual boundaries for your outdoor space by setting up a trell...Read More