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Changing Your Financial Direction in 2020

(January 16, 2020)

Guest Blog Post by Brandi Pierik of Dominion Lending Centres


If you live paycheque to paycheque, the idea of somehow having enough money to invest and eventually have financial freedom seems about the furthest thing possible. But experts in financial education like to point out, no matter your income and place in life, a few changes to the way you’re living life can make all the difference. No matt... read more.

Property Assessment Versus Market Value

(January 09, 2020)



By now you have received your Property Assessment from The City. You might be wondering, is this the amount your home would be listed for if you were to sell it?

Not necessarily. Property Assessments are calculated using Mass Appraisal, which is based on gathering basic information (year built, size, sold price) from transactions in the local market over the previous calendar year. The Market Value... read more.

FRESH Christmas Tree Safety

(December 04, 2019)

If your Christmas isn't complete without a trip to the local tree farm or lot to pick out a fresh and fragrant spruce or pine, here are a few tips from the Christmas Tree Association to keep the threat of fire at bay this holiday season! 




  • Fresh trees are less likely to catch fire, so look for a tree with vibrant green needles that are hard to pluck and don’t break easily from its branches. The tree... read more.

PROTECTING YOUR HOME WHILE on holiday

(December 03, 2019)

With only a few weeks until Christmas, it's time to start thinking about how to protect your home while you're away over the Holidays. From breaks in, water damage, and more, there are a few simple precautions you can take to ensure your arrival home isn't more stressful than getting through a busy airport.

Timers - Set lights in your home up on timers - use main areas where you would spend a lot... read more.

FINANCIAL LITERACY & REAL ESTATE

(November 05, 2019)

Looking to buy a home? Are you ready? Are your finances ready?




Being a financially literate consumer isn’t just about saving for a down payment and qualifying for a mortgage. There are other costs to consider when looking to buy a home and when owning a home.

Beyond the down payment, other costs that are commonly forgotten in the home-buying process include:
a deposit at the time of the offer
mort... read more.