Leon Martin
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Whose responsibility is the home inspection? Buyer or seller? - July 14, 2011

I read an article in the Toronto Star last month about a very unhappy new homeowner. Glenda Halliwell had purchased a home using the services of a realtor and a home inspector, but had waived the final home inspection at closing. She did this because she believed (falsely) that there were no major problems with her home. Four months after the inspection, and two months after closing, Ms. Halliwell's home flooded. There were clear signs of water damage, mould, mildew, moisture, rot, dust and drywall deterioration. These signs should have been recognized by the inspector and addressed before closing - but they weren't. Ms. Halliwell sued her agent, the inspector and the seller.

Family Fun Weekend in Elmira, Ontario: The Amazing Race is on! - July 7, 2011

Every year, Family Fun Weekend is held at West Montrose Family Campground and this year is no different. On July 23, local residents will meet for food, entertainment, rides and games. And this year the Kin Club of Woolwich presents a special treat for those who have a more adventurous spirit - a Woolwich-style Amazing Race!

QR Codes: What are they and how are they used in real estate? - June 30, 2011

You've probably seen them in restaurants, grocery stores, airports and on signs, but do you know what they're used for? At some point, many of us decide that we've got enough technology in our lives and ignore what seems to be passing fad. QR Codes are a perfect example of technology that over-saturated brains tend to dismiss as relatively unimportant. QR Codes, however, are really neat little devices - and very useful when it comes to buying and selling real estate.

Is your realtor getting the picture? - June 23, 2011

When presented with a combination of words and images, most of us will look closely at the pictures and then scan the text. Why is that? For some reason, we're naturally drawn to images, and whenever possible, we ignore the text. What does this have to do with real estate, you ask? Well, what's become blatantly obvious over the years is that those real estate agents who post images of homes they have on the market generate more interest than those who don't. And interest, more often than not, converts into sales. The advantages extend to everyone involved - the seller, the buyer and the realtor.

Tax Tips for Rental Property Owners - June 16, 2011

Real estate is an attractive investment to many. While you're paying off your own home, your tenants could be paying for the second one. Ideally, during this time, the value of your second property will increase. If you find the right property and the perfect tenants, there's not much that can go wrong - except the tax man.

How to Choose a Mortgage Broker - June 9, 2011

Your home is likely the biggest investment you'll ever make. Since you'll be paying for it for the next 25-30 years, you'll want to make sure that your mortgage agrees with you. Decisions you make now could affect you for years to come - for this reason, it is imperative that you find the right person to put together your mortgage. The more you know about your broker beforehand, the better.

Why use a Mortgage Broker? - June 2, 2011

One of the most commonly asked questions I get is, "Why use a mortgage broker?" Many homeowners feel as though the mortgage rate their bank offers is good enough, so why bother with a broker? Why, indeed. Let's take a closer look at the advantages of working with a mortgage broker.

DIY Home Staging Tips - May 26, 2011

In today's competitive market, you've got to stay on top of trends if you want to stand out from the crowd. It's unfortunate, but most people just can't afford to hire a professional home stager. That doesn't mean that they shouldn't still make some minor changes to their home's appearance before putting it on the market. Here are some DIY home staging tips to help you get one step closer to selling your home.

Are they ready for homeownership? - May 20, 2011

How many times have you had the thought, "If only I know then what I know now" Probably, too many times to count. Remember what first-time homeownership was like - the uncertainty, the questions. As your children invest in their first home, along with the advice you may have to offer, here are some valuable questions you can ask to help them determine whether or not they are prepared for homeownership.

Spring Clean your Finances in Five Easy Steps - May 19, 2011

At last, spring is here! And what do most people do come spring? That’s right – clean! It’s time to get rid of the junk you’ve collected, and organize what you’re going to keep. To most people, spring-cleaning applies only to the home, but your finances could most likely use a good cleaning too.

The 10 Dos and Don'ts for Getting the Ideal Mortgage - May 18, 2011

Make all loan and debt payments on time, especially during the months leading up to the time you plan on filing for your mortgage application. Delinquencies can reduce your credit score dramatically.

If only I knew then what I know now - May 17, 2011

I’ve always thought that there should be a mandatory personal finance course offered to high school students. Many of us enter the ‘real world’ clueless about money, and what we do know, we’ve usually found out the hard way. If only I knew then what I know now…

Tips for a Hot Spring Market - May 16, 2011

There’s no doubt, summer is the hottest season of the year, but when it comes to real estate, spring is hot, hot, hot. Eager homeowners have worked diligently throughout the winter months in preparation for the spring market. Between March and June, excited buyers come out in droves, and race from one property to another in search of the perfect home. And so it begins – the battle of the buyer.

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