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Tips On Protected Views and Your Legal Address

Tips On Protected Views and Your Legal Address

By Sandra Rinomato

Hey, Where Did My View Go? Only pay for "protected" views! Before purchasing a condo in the sky, verify that your unit's breathtakingly gorgeous view is lawfully protected. Are municipal zoning laws, building regulations or environmental restrictions on the books to prevent someone else from... Read More »

Taking Charge in a Bidding War

Taking Charge in a Bidding War

By Sandra Rinomato

Don't be afraid of multiple offers. You still have some control. There are a few things that can happen if you get into competition. The seller can accept your offer and you will have bought a house. Or the seller can accept someone else's offer and you need to keep looking. Or the seller can work... Read More »

Condo Buying Tips

Condo Buying Tips

By Sandra Rinomato

From the Bank's Point of View You'll find that financing requirements will be affected when you come to buy a condo. For example, your lender will include half the condo fee (which covers maintenance and repairs to the building and common elements, but more on that later!) in your debt calculation... Read More »

Real Talk About Reno Financing

Real Talk About Reno Financing

By Sandra Rinomato

Reno Financing with CMHC If you don't have enough money for a 20% down payment on your house purchase, your lender will require that you seek "mortgage loan insurance" through the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC). This program costs you a bit extra, but it might make it possible for... Read More »

True Tales About Termites

True Tales About Termites

By Sandra Rinomato

Termites are tiny wood-boring insects that are extremely destructive to homes and other buildings. They have been around since the beginning of time because they are adaptable to ever-changing environments. The most common type found, subterranean termites, is extremely tough to control. They're of... Read More »

Talking It Over

Talking It Over

By Sandra Rinomato

If you're planning to buy a house with your husband, wife or any other partner, make sure you discuss your real housing needs and desires before getting too far into the process. What should be on the list? Location, size (how many bedrooms, bathrooms), cost (determined by what you can afford on a... Read More »

To buy or not to buy

To buy or not to buy

By Sandra Rinomato

That is the big question, with no simple answer. Home ownership is not right for everyone at all times in their lives, and life doesn't come with a handbook. If the question has popped into your mind here are some reasons why you should seriously consider it: Owning your home is an excellent way... Read More »

Know your neighbours before you buy

Know your neighbours before you buy

By Sandra Rinomato

Sometimes one of the selling points a seller gives me about their home is "the neighbours are great." It's something that many of us take for granted and don't pay attention to when we buy a home. It most definitely can blight the enjoyment of your home when you realize that you are in the... Read More »

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