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How to thaw and prevent frozen pipes in your home

In the last week, the City of Toronto received more than 200 calls from residents because their water wasn’t working. According to a release from the City, more than 90% of the water issues were due to frozen pipes on private property. 

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5 things to consider when applying for a mortgage

When you buy a new home preconstruction, there can be a few years between getting pre-approved for your mortgage and your final closing (when you actually need to qualify for your mortgage).

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Home maintenance tasks to complete in January and February

Here are a few home maintenance tips for January and February, courtesy Tarion Warranty Corporation. We elaborate on a few of the tasks, and you can check out the full list on Tarion’s website.

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The growing demand for storage space in the Greater Toronto Area

As both first-time buyers and empty nesters eye the condo market for their new home purchase, one thing has become clear - storage space is essential. 

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Tips for living in a new home construction zone

When you buy a preconstruction home, there’s a good chance you’ll be moving into a construction zone. Some people are indifferent to this busy, dusty environment, while others have a hard time dealing with it.

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Moving during winter doesn’t have to be a nightmare

So, you’ve decided to move during the winter, or maybe your new construction home is ready for occupancy and the builder has told you when you have to move in, and it’s in the middle of February.

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Improve your homebuying skills with these behavioural tips

Smart home technology has made it much easier for homeowners to set up audio and video surveillance, so when you’re walking through a potential home with your agent, gushing about how you’re willing to pay way more is probably a bad idea. 

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3 ways to improve the mortgage stress test

At the end of 2018, I wrote about the idea of reducing or repealing the mortgage stress test. Now I want to suggest some possible amendments that would make the stress test more fair now that interest rates are rising and home prices are still high. 

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Is Toronto real estate still a good investment? INFOGRAPHIC

Is Toronto real estate no longer the sound investment it was long considered to be? To find out, Zoocasa compared the market’s year-over-year performance to that of three popular investments.

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2019 will be another challenging year for first-time buyers

You thought first-time buyers had it tough in 2018 - it’s looking like 2019 may be even harder on singles and couples looking to step onto the homeownership ladder. 

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