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The Offer With Strings Attached

You put your home up for sale. You work hard to make it look attractive to potential buyers. Then, you finally get an offer. But there’s a catch. The offer comes with a string or two attached… a couple of “conditions”. Should you be worried? First of all, don’t panic. It’s common ...

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Understanding the Costs of Selling a Home

If you’re planning on moving, you’re probably focused on how much your new home is going to cost. However, it’s also a good idea to understand the real costs associated with selling your current property. In fact, there are some costs and expenses you may not have anticipated. Here are a ...

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Making a Small Room Seem Bigger to Buyers

When you’re putting your property on the market, you want to make it seem as big and comfortable as possible. After all, buyers are attracted to space. However, you probably have at least one room in your home — and perhaps even more — that feels small and a little ...

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OREA Posts Guidance on Real Estate Transactions In Stage One Of Ontario’s Framework For Reopening The Province

Background  OREA’s number one priority throughout the COVID-19 pandemic has been your health and safety and that of your clients. When the Ontario Government declared a State of Emergency in March, OREA strongly urged its Members to immediately cease open houses, stop in-person showings and limit face-to-face interactions with clients and colleagues ...

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Home Safety is More than Locked Doors and Alarms

When it comes to home security, most homeowners think about door locks and alarms. These are, of course, very important. However, there is also a lot you can do around your property to prevent the possibility of a break-in. One important part of home security is outdoor lighting. Your home doesn’t ...

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Creating a Realistic New Home Budget

You’re probably aware that there’s more to the cost of a new home than its purchase price. So, to help you make an informed decision, ask yourself the following questions: How much do you expect to pay for moving expenses? Don’t forget to include packing materials in your calculations. “Closing costs” are ...

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Restrictions Placed on Short-term Accommodation During Emergency Period

This notice to inform and clarify the Government of Ontario’s requirement that short-term accommodation rentals can only be provided to individuals who are in need of housing during the emergency period. In its communications regarding the list of essential workplaces, the Government of Ontario included the following: Short term rentals during the ...

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Give Your Outdoor Space a Wash & Haircut

When preparing a home for sale, most people focus on making the inside look as appealing as possible. But the outside of your property deserves your attention too. After all, it’s the first thing a potential buyer sees. You can dramatically improve the appearance of your property by giving it a ...

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COVID-19 Overview of Government Relief Programs

Government policy with respect to the COVID-19 pandemic is being updated regularly. Royal LePage is maintaining this living document for updates. As changes are introduced, they will be updated here. The Government of Canada has announced Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan, which includes a comprehensive set of economic measures to help ...

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Virtual Open Houses & N12 Evictions

  Government policy with respect to the COVID-19 pandemic is being updated regularly. I have two important news updates for you. One is on virtual open houses and the other is related to NR12 evictions. Open House Prohibition & Virtual Open Houses On April 4th the Province of Ontario announced a prohibition on open ...

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