Incandescent vs. CFL vs. LED Lighting - which one is the best?

By: Jessie Banwait

Incandescent vs. CFL vs. LED Lighting - which one is the best?

Tags: Renovations

As we enter the end of daylight savings time, you'll probably notice yourself turning on a lot more lights in your home. It got us thinking, what lightbulbs will save you money on your electricity bill? The short answer is: LED lights. With technology innovations driving down the cost, LED lighting is the best option. It's great for the environment, and really pays off in the long run. T...Read More

By: Jessie Banwait

New Service: 3D Walkthroughs via Matterport / April 28, 2015

Tags: Real Estate

Augmented reality gaming, 3D printing, and artificially intelligent assistants have become common place amongst many technology enthusiasts and will continue to become more prevalent. In real estate, there are also many innovative solutions that are available to agents to enhance a listing. Although, we are a few years a way from beaming yourself into your future home...Read More

By: Jessie Banwait

5 Steps to: Buying a Home Part 2 / February 26, 2016

Tags: Purchasing, Buying a Home

Purchasing a home is a major milestone in everyone’s life. Having finished the planning process and found a home that you love. It is time for the finishing steps. We will be talking about the required procedures for purchasing a home.   Step 1:  Make an Offer   The Real Estate Agent will negotiate a fair offer based on the value of comparable homes in the same neighborhood, a...Read More

By: Jessie Banwait

5 Steps to: Buying a Home Part 1/ February 26, 2016

Tags: Planning to, Buying a Home, 5 Steps

In this month’s blog post, we are going to talk about planning and how crucial it is when buying a home. Our team defines planning, as bridging the gap between where you are standing today and where you want to reach.   Planning involves setting objectives – what ‘needs’ do you want to be satisfied and deciding the appropriate course of action to achieve them. Planning...Read More

4 TIPS ON STAYING COMMITTED TO YOUR NEW YEAR RESOLUTIONS/ JANUARY 28, 2016

By: Jessie Banwait

4 TIPS ON STAYING COMMITTED TO YOUR NEW YEAR RESOLUTIONS/ JANUARY 28, 2016

Tags: New Year, 2016, Goals

  Greetings and Happy New Year, January has come with amazing gas prices, surprisingly good weather, and New Year resolutions! It is easy to get caught up in sweeping resolutions such as, having a healthier lifestyle or staying organized. Making goals that reflect on your past, help in creating realistic goals for your future. It’s been proven that 84% of people lose interest within 2...Read More

WHY SIGNING BACK YOUR MORTGAGE RENEWAL IS NOT IN YOUR BEST INTEREST/ NOVEMBER 25, 2015

By: Jessie Banwait

WHY SIGNING BACK YOUR MORTGAGE RENEWAL IS NOT IN YOUR BEST INTEREST/ NOVEMBER 25, 2015

Tags: Mortgage, Renewal

When it comes time for their mortgage renewal, most Canadians simply sign back the notice to renew their mortgage without investigating all their options. Studies show that approximately 94 per cent of Canadians sign back their notice of renewal on their existing mortgage and end up with a posted rate of interest instead of the bank’s best discounted offers. However, talking to a mortgage ...Read More

6 RENOVATIONS THAT MAY HURT YOUR HOME’S SELLING PRICE/ SEPTEMBER 25, 2015

By: Jessie Banwait

6 RENOVATIONS THAT MAY HURT YOUR HOME’S SELLING PRICE/ SEPTEMBER 25, 2015

Tags: Renovations, Selling a Home

With any major renovation ideas, it is imperative to do your due diligence before making permanent and costly changes to your home. Some renovations can actually be detrimental to your chances of selling your home for a good price. These supposed improvements add nothing to your bottom line and end up making your home less attractive to potential buyers. We recommend that you always c...Read More

By: Jessie Banwait

BEFORE & AFTER: A COMPLETE GUT: PART II/ SEPTEMBER 8, 2015

Tags: Renovations, Before & After

BEFORE & AFTER Existing stone replaced, stucco, and covered porch   What a transformation! Existing brick, siding, and stone was completely removed and replaced with faux stone and stucco. The original design was done by David Small Designs. What do you think? Are you looking to do any renovations or landscaping, let us know! ...Read More

By: Jessie Banwait

BEFORE & AFTER: A COMPLETE GUT - PART I/ JUNE 9, 2015

Tags: Renovations, Before & After

One of our most recent projects includes a complete gut! The entire house needed to be redone from plumbing to electrical to the actual structure. The greatest transformation occurred in the main living space which is located at the back of the house. This area was long, narrow and overly crowded with washroom that jutted out from the middle acting as a barrier between the kitchen and fam...Read More

IS MORTGAGE INSURANCE A SCAM?/ MARCH 18, 2015

By: Jessie Banwait

IS MORTGAGE INSURANCE A SCAM?/ MARCH 18, 2015

Tags: Mortgage, Insurance, Policy

I've been reading a few articles lately on the prevalence of people getting "cheated" out of hundreds of thousands of dollars because of hasty approvals on their mortgage life insurance. Here are pointers on how to be smart about your life insurance: Don't hastily fill out pre-approval health applications. It may lead to a rejected life insurance claim&n...Read More