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What to Expect From Your REALTOR?


Buying home The REALTOR Commitment You’re trusting a REALTOR® with your most valuable possession, your home. REALTORS® take this responsibility very seriously. Here’s what we promise you. Your REALTOR® is highly trained. REALTOR® training is so rigorous that candidates often fail the pre-registration courses. Those who do pass must master a long, diverse list of subjects ranging from housing construction to family law. Your REALTOR® is continuously trained. We keep pace with the times. All Licensed REALTORS® must take continuing education courses to make sure their knowledge on subjects like legal issues and technology are up to date. Your REALTOR® does everything by the book. A licensed REALTOR® must be registered under provincial laws that govern exactly how real estate can and cannot be traded. These regulations are your legal guarantee of professional behavior. Your REALTOR® is an ethical businessperson. REALTORS® must adhere to the extensive Code of Eth…

What to Expect From Your REALTOR

Image REALTORS® help you get the most for your home and they remove stress and confusion from the process. Here are just some of the advantages. Your REALTOR® Explains the Process A REALTOR® will not take it for granted that you know all the ins and outs of the buying process. Instead, he or she will provide you with a detailed explanation of what to expect so you are fully informed throughout this complex decision-making process. REALTORS® Assess Your Needs One of the first questions a REALTOR® will ask is, ‘Why are you moving?’ A REALTOR® will also explore any time constraints you might have (perhaps imposed by the need to relocate for employment), your financial situation and any future plans.  They need a detailed picture of your wants and needs in order to serve you better. A Plan to Find Your Dream HomeA REALTOR® will help you recognize what you’re looking for in a new home. An outdoor pool? A double-car garage? A fenced-in yard? A particular building design? W…

How to maintain your concrete paver driveway

Image (NC) An interlock driveway or walkway can add distinct curb appeal and elegance to an otherwise dull outside of your home. This is typically the first element that anyone sees when visiting or passing by your house; therefore, it's important to maintain and keep it in top condition. If there is a valid argument against selecting properly installed interlocking concrete pavers, it is that the jointing sand used to stabilize the pavers creates ongoing and frustrating maintenance issues. It erodes with the onset of wind and rain. It is fertile ground for airborne weed seeds and an inviting home for nearby ant colonies. This is especially true with the popular high-end, tumbled pavers with irregular edges and rounded corners. Larger spaces between pavers mean a greater chance that sand will wash away. However, there are several simple solutions that maintain your interlock pavers and allow hardscape projects to withstand the test of time. Invented by Technis…


When I bought this property along Richmond Street West, just east of Bathurst, I immediately had an idea for a building. I didn't want to do an all glass contemporary structure, instead I envisioned a more historic themed building that could have been comfortable here 100 years ago. I’ve added a contemporary edge to the building to make it look appropriate for 2014 and beyond. For inspiration, I looked to the Meat Packing District of Manhattan where a good number of older buildings are left to tell the historic record. I am calling it The Harlowe, I think it’s the most beautiful name and it suits something that cares about the past but wants to be of today. - Brad J. Lamb The Harlowe represents something truly rare in housing today; timeless beauty with a sense of crafted quality. It’s obvious that The Harlowe has a true understanding of history because she reflects it in her style. While she is heavily influenced by a time gone by, she is thoroughly modern. Coming home to The Harlowe means walking past …

Poll: Canadians spending $$$ on renovating over moving

Are you planning on moving into your dream home, or spending money to renovate your current home? Survey says: renovate! A CIBC poll released this month indicates Canadian homeowners will spend an average of $17,000 this year on home renovations. One Toronto resident tells us why she’s one of the renovators like the many surveyed for the poll. Highlights of the PollWhile projected budgets are down, the number of homeowners planning to renovate has remained high at 42 per cent this year in line with 40 per cent last year;$17,142 is the average amount that Canadian homeowners plan to spend this year;Basic home maintenance (64 per cent) such as paintingflooringgeneral repairs and replacing appliances is the top planned renovation, followed by outdoor landscaping (32 per cent), upgrading bathrooms (29 per cent) and kitchens (28 per cent). KEY FINDINGS The percentage of Canadians who say they plan to invest in renovations in their home in the next 12 months: 20152…

Product Feature: Your ultimate guide to marble


Think marble is only for the kitchen, the bathroom, or the outrageously wealthy? Think again! For modern marble, there are few if any rules about how to use it. Follow my tips for how to work with this sought-after material and get a rock-solid look for your next renovation. On a budget? Use it in small quantities Marble can be one of the most budget-busting materials, but the unique, luxe appeal can really enrich a room, or even a whole home. To satisfy your craving for marble on a budget, consider using it for a bathroom vanity top or backsplash (especially in a powder room), where the amount of material needed will be relatively low compared to a full kitchen counter. Tip: Alternately, consider applying a marble backsplash to just a small area: The space between the range and rangehood;A single wall;Short backsplash a few inches tall. Then, use sleek white subway tiles for the remaining walls, and the precious stone will be the star of the show. Let the ti…

Prevent pests with effective S.P.R.I.N.G cleaning tips

(NC) Before rushing outdoors to break cabin fever after this historically cold winter, don't go too far. Experts tell us that a little spring cleaning can go a long way when it comes to pest control. “With this year's bitter winter, it's possible that more pests than normal will be in search of the shelter, food and water homes offer,” says Alice Sinia, PhD, a resident entomologist for leading pest control company, Orkin Canada. “As temperatures rise, pests become more active, so homeowners should take the necessary steps while cleaning to help protect their homes against possible infestations.” Spring is the perfect time for pests to exit their hiding spots and become more visible. To prepare for this says Sinia, establish an integrated pest management (IPM) approach toward pest control. IPM incorporates proactive techniques such as exclusion, sanitation and home maintenance to help keep pests out of your home. The following tips – motivated by S…

Tips for ensuring your homes safety

(NC) Homeowners have a lot to consider when thinking about their homes safety. Electrical safety is an important aspect of homes structure that homeowners need to keep top of mind. May is Electrical Safety Month and Hydro One wants to encourage homeowners to make electrical safety inside their homes part of their routine home checklist. Just because electrical wires are not exposed in your home doesn't mean electrical safety should be forgotten. Here is a list of things to check off your list this spring: • Keep electrical cords away from heat and water as they can both damage the insulation and create a shock hazard. • When you're changing a light bulb, be sure to turn off the switch or circuit. • Put safety caps on any unused electrical outlets, especially if there are young children in the house. • Inspect cords and plugs. Make this part of your routine prior to using a tool or an appliance. Replace electrical cords that have cut, broken or cracked insulation and remember …

City of Toronto Interactive Zoning By-law Map

Image City of Toronto Interactive Zoning By-law MapThe City of Toronto enacted a new zoning by-law in May 2013. Fortunately, there are many great tools available on the City’s website ( to help you find the zoning of an area or of a specific address. There are links to help you understand how the City Planners measure grade, the height of buildings, roof height, setback, lot coverage, and the floor space index. The main page also has links for Frequently Asked Questions and for contacting the City’s Planning Department. If you want to read or download the Zoning By-law, you may do so by clicking on the PDF link in the centre of the page.

In this five minute tutorial you will learn how to access the City of Toronto’s interactive Zoning By-law Map, search for a property, understand the zoning label associated with that area of the city, and search for specific information in the By-law.

Watch this video to get valuable information regarding Zoning…

Be Home Smart: Benefits of Working With a Registered Real Estate Professional


Market Watch April 2015