By: Shawn Lepp

How Home Design Trends Are Evolving For Physical Distancing

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

(NC) COVID-19 has brought changes to everything, and home design is no exception. Experts are expecting to see lasting impacts on everything from the materials we use to the rooms we prioritize. Check out these and other noteworthy trends: Houses over apartments. Many people who live in condos or apartments do so to be closer to the action – work, entertainment and shops – and ne...Read More

By: Shawn Lepp

Experts Share Interior Design Hacks For Your Office

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

(NC) We tend to focus on decorating and renovating our home, upgrading our kitchen tiles or investing in luxurious bedding. But we spend most of the day at work, so why not spend some energy enhancing this space? With the right features, you can even become more productive. Here, Kane Willmott, CEO and founder of iQ Offices, a Canadian coworking company featuring workspaces designed for productiv...Read More

By: Shawn Lepp

Three Ways A Deck Can Make Staying Home More Enjoyable

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

(BPT) - With so many people across the country staying put in their homes right now, a fun and functional outdoor space is more important than ever. Amusement parks and concerts are closed or canceled and spring is around the corner, beckoning families outdoors. Millions of people are working remotely and looking for a more natural option for their home offices. A well-thought-out deck could be th...Read More

By: Shawn Lepp

Social Connection in the Era of Physical Distance

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

By now, we all know we need to put physical distance between ourselves and others to slow the spread of COVID-19. But physical distance doesn’t have to diminish social connectedness. In fact, to mitigate the psychological toll of social isolation, finding ways to connect is more important than ever. With guidance from Dr. Keith Dobson, a clinical psychologist and professor at the University ...Read More

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

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(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