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How to get your home ready for back-to-school

We know it’s not technically the end of summer, but for families with children in school, the beginning of September marks the end of the season.

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Things you should know before moving into your new condo during interim occupancy

Moving into your new condo is an exciting thing to do, especially if you’re a first-time buyer. If you’re moving in before the building is registered and you’re paying interim occupancy fees, it means there will likely still be construction underway. 

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Tips for owning a dog in a condo building

Despite rising prices, high density condo apartments are still the most relatively affordable housing option in the Greater Toronto Area. This means more people are buying this type of housing, which means more dogs are also living in condo buildings.

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What to expect when applying for a mortgage for the first time

When you buy a new home preconstruction, the builder requires you to provide proof of pre-approval, but this is much different than applying for a mortgage. 

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What your property taxes pay for in the City of Toronto

Property taxes can be confusing. Fortunately, the City of Toronto has a Property Tax Calculator that actually shows how your money is being distributed to various services and infrastructure developments and maintenance. 

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Weekend tasks you should do around your home before August ends

The first long weekend in August is a great time to get some quick home maintenance tasks done. If you’re heading up to the cottage, you can use this post as a to-do list for next weekend or the weekend after.

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Canada launches $100 million program to support first-time buyers

The Shared Equity Mortgage Providers Fund launched at the end of July 2019. It’s a $100 million, five-year program managed by the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation that will support existing SEMPs.

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Shared home ownership goals more important than looks when it comes to millennials dating

According to a new global survey by HSBC Bank of Canada, 61% of Canadian millennials feel anxious about buying a property, compared to just 20% of baby boomers.

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Nearly half of Canadian parents plan to help their kids buy a home

The Housing Affordability Survey, a Leger poll of more than 1,500 Canadians, commissioned by FP Canada, discovered that 48% of parents with children under 18 years of age intend to assist with the purchase of a first home.

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Should we be worried about the increase in mortgages with alternative lenders?

Government policy like the mortgage stress test was introduced to cool Canada’s housing market, which it did, but some buyers have decided to simply go a different route, and it could be bad for the overall health of the market. 

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