5 Reasons Housing Markets Are Thankful

5 Reasons Housing Markets Are Thankful

In a November 26th article RealtorMag says, “The housing market has seen plenty of challenges the last few years, but could brighter days be ahead? Based on recent housing reports, some markets are reporting a rosier picture now than for the first half of the year — and growing optimism heading into next year for a lasting turnaround .”  They give five market gauges that many in the real estate

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How to Protect Your Home While Away

How to Protect Your Home While Away

With the winter holiday travel season approaching and a steady increase of crime in North America, home safety is a big concern these days. When leaving your home, whether going to the store, out to dinner or for a visit to Grandma’s, the following advice could pay big, big dividends. A residence that presents a “lived-in” appearance is a deterrent to burglars. Never leave notes that can inform a burglar

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7 Ways to Cut Your Heating Costs this Winter

7 Ways to Cut Your Heating Costs this Winter

Consumer Reports answers the following questions: What’s the cheapest type of heating fuel? Do I need to get my duct work cleaned? How often should I have my heating system serviced? What’s the best way to deal with drafts? How can I tell whether I have enough insulation? Can I use a space heater in a bathroom?and What should I set my thermostat to during the winter?

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Is Your Home Fully Winterized?

Is Your Home Fully Winterized?

If you are concerned about winterizing your home, a still-pertinent 2007 article in About.com by Bob Formisano may interest you. He writes in detail about getting your home ready for winter. There is a tutorial entitled “Easy Home Winterizing”, with an easy-to-implement, comprehensive list of things to check. From plumbing systems to your roof, he’ll walk you through each system and hit the major things to check before winter comes

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Holiday Safety Tips: Protecting Your Loved Ones This Winter

Holiday Safety Tips: Protecting Your Loved Ones This Winter

Quicken Loans says, “Here’s a scary statistic:  From 2005–2009, 240 home fires started in the U.S. because of Christmas trees.  As a result, 13 deaths, 27 injuries and nearly $17 million in property damage occurred, according to the National Fire Protection Association. Every year, personal and retail crimes increase during the season of goodwill. These unfortunate circumstances can be greatly reduced by taking the proper precautions both inside and outside

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SOLD — Stoney Creek home with great potential

SOLD — Stoney Creek home with great potential

Status: Sold Golden opportunity for this affordable, spacious 3+1 Bedrm semi with garage. Full eat-in Kitchen + Dining rm. Gas FP in huge Family room. Hardwood & ceramic flrs on main level. Furnace ’09. Shingles ’04. Large fenced yd. Convenient to everything. Won’t last. Fast Facts Home Style: Semi Detached – Raised-Elevated Ranch Lot Size: 30 x 148 feet Bedrooms: 3+1 Bathrooms: 1.5 Garage: Yes – Attached Garage, Front Drive, Inside Entry Driveway: Surfaced Basement:

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HOW TO CHOOSE CHRISTMAS GIFTS ON A TIGHT BUDGET

HOW TO CHOOSE CHRISTMAS GIFTS ON A TIGHT BUDGET

Are you wondering how you are going to be able to buy presents during the holidays with your budget being so tight? Here are some suggestions on how to join in the spirit of giving without overspending. 1 — Shop at your local $1.00 store. You can find some practical, and even nice, gifts there. Look them over carefully before purchasing, but most dollar store items are good quality. 2

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GREAT INDOOR TODDLER GAMES TO FIGHT CABIN FEVER

GREAT INDOOR TODDLER GAMES TO FIGHT CABIN FEVER

What’s the hardest month for parenting? Depends on where you live, but November and February are certainly contenders everywhere. Look no further for simple, TV-free fun when the weather outside is frightful Dance, dance! Put on some music and have a little swirl or a hop around the kitchen with your little partner. Sock toss Grab a laundry basket and a pile of rolled-up socks, stand a few feet away,

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5 WAYS HOME SELLERS CAN PREPARE FOR THE SPRING MARKET

5 WAYS HOME SELLERS CAN PREPARE FOR THE SPRING MARKET

With spring being the busiest time for real estate, homeowners planning to put their homes on the market shouldn’t wait for flowers to bloom before getting ready to sell. Having a few months to prepare can make for a much smoother selling experience. If you’re a prospective home seller, here are five things you can do now to get ready for a spring sale: Start Packing It may sound crazy

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HOT HAMILTON CONDO MARKET OUTPERFORMS DETACHED HOME SALES

HOT HAMILTON CONDO MARKET OUTPERFORMS DETACHED HOME SALES

20 percent more condos sold in September as sold in the same month in 2013 By Kelly Bennett, CBC News Posted: Oct 16, 2014 11:56 AM ET Last Updated: Oct 17, 2014 9:26 AM ET One sector of Hamilton-Burlington’s hot housing market is outpacing even the region’s overall record-breaking sales growth so far in 2014: Condos and townhouses. Twenty percent more condos were sold in September than in the same

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