The Impact of Culture in a Neighborhood

By: Jean Boynton

The Impact of Culture in a Neighborhood

Tags: don't just buy a home buy a lifestyle,neighborhood events,lifestyle

   Buying a home is an investment – hopefully a lucrative one, provided market conditions are right at the time you buy and again when you sell. But a home is a unique investment opportunity in that, while you own and live in it, it’s a huge influencer on virtually every aspect of your life, from your family structure and social circle, to employment options, recreational pu...Read More

Property Ownership 101:Property Taxes and Title Search

By: Jean Boynton

Property Ownership 101:Property Taxes and Title Search

Tags: property taxes,title search, assessment,rates

As all homeowners should know, buying a house is a task that can be as difficult as it is expensive. There are many costs associated with owning a property—be it maintenance, renovations, or mortgage payments. However, one cost that is commonly overlooked when purchasing a home is property tax. A property tax can cause quite the headache for any novice homeowner, which is why it’s cru...Read More

Top 5 Mistakes that Sellers Make

By: Jean Boynton

Top 5 Mistakes that Sellers Make

Tags: prevent mistakes,important details, be ready to sell, experience a benefit

There are many reasons why a home may sell within days, or sit on the market for an extended period of time. Often, important elements of the transaction can be overlooked by homeowners who lack the proper experience and try to work on their own, or by homeowners who choose the wrong agent. Below is our list of the Top 5 Mistakes that Sellers Make 1 – Incorrect Pricing One of the most com...Read More

The Cost of Selling your home without a Real Estate Agent

By: Jean Boynton

The Cost of Selling your home without a Real Estate Agent

Tags: hire an agent,for sale by owner, missed opportunities, save money ,less attractive offers

Sharing a real life story helps people understand , the difference it can really make . This article was written by Diane Amato, February 19, 2019, a freelance writer from Toronto who enjoys writing on finance, travel and technology. Everybody likes to save a little money. So when Rossana was ready to sell her condo a few years ago, she figured she could save some cash by selling it herself &md...Read More

10 Things to do before you sell your house

By: Jean Boynton

10 Things to do before you sell your house

Tags: prepare, paint, clean, get fit to sell, don't leave money on the table, best first impression,declutter

The following 10 steps are a way to get a good head start on preparing to sell your home. 1. Welcome buyers. Make your front door visible and accessible to buyers. Paint the door, clear debris and clutter from the walkway and yard, mow the lawn and prune hedges.  Fix broken screens, doorbells, roof tiles, shingles and outdoor lighting, and replace your doormat. Exterior defects ca...Read More

Reverse Mortgage

By: Jean Boynton

Reverse Mortgage

Tags: financeinfuture,equityrelease,reversemortgage

Financing your home is probably one of the least fun aspects of home ownership. Nevertheless, it’s essential. And when it comes to a reverse mortgage, things get a little more interesting. With a reverse mortgage, you can take advantage of the value of your home without selling it. Sounds pretty good, doesn’t it? Before you call your bank, here are all the facts about how reverse mortg...Read More

Grey Highlands 2019 Budget Released

By: Jean Boynton

Grey Highlands 2019 Budget Released

Tags: taxes,grey highlands, budget,finances

  Grey Highlands has approved its 2019 budget and it comes with a combined tax rate increase of 2.96 per cent. The approved budget represents a hike of $75 per year on tax bills for a home assessed at $300,000. According to a document provided by the municipality, the 2019 budget in Grye Highlands also includes additional debt of $1.47 million , user rates of $628,000 and a draw from reserve...Read More

Technology Helps Sell Your Home

By: Jean Boynton

Technology Helps Sell Your Home

Tags: security,sellers,smartphone,real time

  Recently, more advanced technology has streamlined the process to make accessing a home for sale easier. The technology behind electronic lock boxes makes their use not only efficient, but very safe for the homeowner.  The only people that have the ability to open a lock box are real estate agents or associated professionals (inspector, appraisers). SentriLock’s lock box re...Read More

Saddle Up for Success!

By: Jean Boynton

Saddle Up for Success!

Tags: therapeutic riding,grey highlands secondary school,bluewater district school board, saddle up, horses,hope haven

Grey Highlands Secondary School students are participating this year in the Saddle Up For Success program as part of a partnership between the school and Hope Haven Therapeutic Riding Centre in Markdale. This is a research-based school program established to help students develop self-confidence and stronger self-regulation and coping skills to better deal with feelings such as anxiety, ...Read More

Do you want to surprise your sweetheart with a special Valentine’s Day?

By: Jean Boynton

Do you want to surprise your sweetheart with a special Valentine’s Day?

Tags: Valentines,hot spots,sweetheart,dining,treats

    Why not enjoy an awesome culinary experience at a gem of a restaurant in Lake Eugenia at The Flying Chestnut Kitchen surrounded by a romantic atmosphere and wonderful staff or if fine dining is not your groove well then drop into Fire & Ice, Markdale at the old Fire hall building tastefully renovated to a relaxed diner & café for a beverage perhaps an  appe...Read More