TWO SIDES TO EVERY COIN

It seems that there’s never a dull day in real estate news. There’s no doubt that tougher mortgage rules and an interest hike took a bit of a bite out of the Canadian housing market at the start of the year. And the media seems fixated on the negatives.

But unless you’re buying or selling, watching market dips and bumps can just make you dizzy. Media headlines often don’t show the big picture. More than that, provincial averages don’t tell the whole story either. They neighbourhood, how far a drive from “downtown”, specific upgrades, and even “what side of the street,” affect a home’s value in today’s real estate market. There is no substitute for a professional who can not only deliver an overall view of the market, but who can also deliver expert advice as part of an outline on how specific “micro-market” indicators could affect home buying and selling plans.

BEST  OF THE TOP SPRING CLEANING TIPS

WINDOWS

Let the sun shine in! Cleaning windows from winter’s grime changes the look inside and the view of the greening Spring scenery outside.

AIR VENTS & EXHAUST FANS

Throughout the winter, air vents in kitchens and bathrooms may have acquired dust bunnies. Also, clean the exhaust or hood fan from collected grease & grime.

SEAL

Use these still-cool days to identify windows that need re-caulking or if a door needs new weather stripping, or if an electrical receptacle is drafty. Seal now and you won’t have to wonder what needs doing as you prepare for next winter.