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Home Security Audit Guide

People tend to think of burglary in strictly physical terms, that is, illegal access to our home, items taken and/or items destroyed. However, burglary can have a significant impact on a person’s mental well-being. Burglary victims will often speak of a sense of violation. This can lead to feelings of fear, anger and emotional distress, […]

Amazed. Inspired. Grateful.

Thank you for your kindness and support. I have had the good fortune to again receive the prestigious National Chairman’s Award with Royal LePage, representing the top 1% nationally.  This accomplishment could not have happened without your continuing endorsement. I am very thankful and appreciative.

Building a Liveable Ottawa

The City of Ottawa has begun its review of strategic documents that guide the development of our city. They include the Official Plan, Transportation Master Plan, Infrastructure Master Plan, Cycling Plan, and Pedestrian Plan. When completed, the Building a Liveable Ottawa 2031 project will set the directions, policies and affordability priorities that will influence the […]

Aboveground fuel tanks

At what age must an aboveground fuel tank be replaced? Is a property insurable with a fuel tank in the premises? Here are some resources: 1. Technical Standards and Safety Authority – www.tssa.org Consumer information on aboveground fuel tanks – www.tssa.org/public/consumer/homeowners/consumerHome05.asp 2. Consult insurance companies for specifics on insurability of the property.

Healthy Homes Renovation Tax Credit

The Healthy Homes Renovation Tax Credit is a permanent, refundable personal income tax credit to assist with the cost of permanent home modifications that improve accessibility or help a senior be more functional or mobile at home. The credit is worth up to $1,500 each year, calculated at 15 per cent of up to $10,000 […]

You are invited!

On Saturday, February 23rd, I invite you to attend a FREE EVENT! This event is designed to help teach families and their children the key skills needed to EARN, SAVE, and INVEST their money in a fun and entertaining format that is easy to absorb. The ideal age group is from 12 years to 23 […]

Check your condo insurance policy!

Condominium owners take note. In most condominiums, there is a blanket insurance policy for the common elements, and the individual unit owner’s policy. An individual owner’s policy should include “chargeback coverage”. Under the Ontario Condominium Act, 1998, a condominium can pass a bylaw to allow the insurance deductibles on the condominium’s blanket insurance policy to […]

Buying brand new is getting more expensive

Buyers often don’t have the advice of realtors when they are buying from a builder. For this reason, many don’t look closely at the Agreements of Purchase and Sale. Let’s face it – these Agreements have always been one-sided. There are a couple of new things inserted into the standard Agreements recently. Some builders are […]

A thought…

“Behold the turtle. He makes progress only when he sticks his neck out.” – James B. Conant

CREA Updates Resale Housing Forecast

The Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA) has updated its forecast for home sales activity via the Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) Systems of Canadian real estate Boards and Associations for  2012 and 2013. CREA’s previous forecast predicted generally stable resale housing activity in 2012, with growth in Alberta and Saskatchewan offsetting slight sales declines in British […]

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