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Getting a DIY Renovation Done On time and On Budget

Posted on Jan 28, 2023

Two of the biggest stressors for DIYers are projects that cost too much or take too long. Unfortunately, there’s no sure way to guarantee that one or the other (or both) won’t happen. But there is a lot you can do to minimize the probability.

DIY BUDGETING GOTCHAS
When budgeting, a big mistake DIYers make is not considering the little things. For exa...

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What if your Ideal Home Isn't Available?

Posted on Jan 28, 2023

Imagine you're looking for a new home. You have a list of all the features you want, just like you would have a grocery shopping list. However, when you explore the homes currently on the market, none meets all your criteria.

WHAT DO YOU DO? YOU HAVE A FEW GOOD OPTIONS
First, you can take a second look at your list. Does your new home need every sing...

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Why a Condo Might Be the Right Move

Posted on Jan 28, 2023

If you are thinking of buying property this year, either as your home or as a rental unit, it could be worth your while to seriously consider a condo.

There are some definite benefits to purchasing a condo. Here are some reasons why it could be a great choice for you:

IT’S A GOOD INVESTMENT
Buying a condo could be a very smart investment. While houses...

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The Best Deals for First-Time Home Buyers

Posted on Jan 28, 2023

With Ottawa’s new First Time Home Buyer Incentive (FTHBI), there’s a lot of confusion about what are the best incentives for new home buyers.

While the FTHBI has too many downfalls to recommend, there are plenty of other programs that genuinely help first-time buyers, with little or no downsides.

FIRST-TIME HOME BUYER’S TAX CREDIT
What do you get?
You...

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Your Credit Score, Your Mortgage Rate, and You

Posted on Jan 28, 2023

The concept of a “credit score” or “credit rating” can be confusing for anyone, especially those preparing to purchase their first home. It’s important to know how your credit score might impact your mortgage rate, but also, what you can do to improve your score before you start looking to get a mortgage.

WHAT IS MY CREDIT SCORE?
Credit scores are de...

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COVID-19 and Ottawa Real Estate

Posted on Jan 28, 2023

I would like to take the time to express my wish that you are all well and are finding ways to get through this. It is a strange and challenging time for us all.

As many of you may now know, Real Estate is one of the services that has been identified as essential. We as an industry have ways to help those who need to buy or sell their homes, while m...

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