When you’re searching for a home, making appointments to view listings can feel really exciting. You start to imagine yourself in these new spaces and it’s hard not to personalize things as soon as you set foot in a home that caught your eye.


As a top Oakville realtor for over a decade, I’ve certainly seen potential buyer’s excitement turn to disappointment when they finally get the chance to tour a listing that they were interested in. When you’re touring homes for sale, it really is important to keep an open mind, which can sometimes be easier said than done.

What’s Okay to Ignore When Looking for A Home?

Not to worry, as a trusted and experienced Oakville realtor, I’ll always make sure that important concerns are never overlooked. Things like electrical or structural issues, disrepair, or evidence of leaks certainly require attention and may be a reason to forgo putting in an offer on a home. 


However, there are three...

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Making the decision to complete home renovations comes with lots of things to consider. As a top Oakville realtor, I’ve seen plenty of beautiful home renovations and some that look like things just didn’t go as planned. Whether you’re thinking of selling your Oakville area home soon or simply want to upgrade the space you have, there are a few things you can do to make sure the renovation process goes as smoothly as possible.


Depending on the type of renovation you’re considering, time of year may play a factor. While most contractors work all year round, it may be easier to do an addition on your home or renovate your kitchen when not dealing with winter weather and freezing temperatures. 

Simplify Home Renovations with These 3 Tips 

There are a lot of things to consider before you begin any home renovation project. It’s important to be prepared, do your research and have realistic expectations on potential costs. 


Renovation...

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As a busy Oakville realtor, I hear from people all the time that they’re worried their children will never be able to afford to buy a home. It seems to be a common topic of discussion with home prices continually rising while requirements for down payments remain out of reach for many.


Whether you think your children will be interested in living in Oakville or another part of the GTA or would prefer to settle down in a smaller town like Guelph, the thought of buying a home as a young person just starting out can certainly seem overwhelming.

How Parents & Grandparents Can Help the Next Generation

Having the means to help your grown children or grandchildren buy real estate is a blessing and a luxury. However, before you hand over cash or sign on the dotted line, it’s important to take time to explore the best options for everyone involved. 

 

Based on current home prices it shouldn’t be surprising to hear that most young people receive some...

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After the decision is made to buy a house, many people debate about whether they should buy new or purchase an older home. If you are looking to buy a house in Oakville, you will certainly have options when it comes to the type of home you might be looking for. Interestingly, real estate stats report that the percentage of those who strongly or somewhat prefer buying a newly built home weighs in at 41%. So, for the most part, prospective home buyers still favour existing homes.

What To Consider Before Buying An Older Home

Here are some of the more popular reasons to buy an older home.

  • Old world construction. Older homes have stood for decades and tend to have genuine craftsmanship with meticulous attention to detail. You will often hear people say “they don't make them like they used to”!
  • Larger yard. Years ago, when land was cheaper, builders built on larger lot sizes.
  • More character. Interesting architectural features are more common in older homes such as arches or s...
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September 30th, 2021, is National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. 

It is a day to reflect and recognize the tragic history and ongoing impact of residential schools on Canada's Indigenous people and to make sure it is never forgotten.

Hockey Cares would like to acknowledge the Elders who share their experiences while continuing to educate our nation towards Truth and Reconciliation.

Please donate to Hockey Cares, a reconciliation project under True North Aid.

By playing together we learn from each other. Thank you for your support.



 

Hockey Cares was founded by Sue Heddle in 2017. It is a project of True North Aid, with the mission of connecting youth through a shared love of hockey.
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