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During the process of buying or selling a home, you will unearth countless questions. I know how difficult it can be to sift through all the details in order to find answers relevant and meaningful to you. I have put together the following series of articles that provide clear, concise and useful information on a wide range of issues related to real estate. Here you will find tips on how to save money, real estate insider secrets, renovation advice, and much more.

I would be happy to personally answer any other questions you may have. Remember, I will be here to assist you every step of the way!

  2018.12 Achieve Your Financial Goals in 2019

With 2019 right around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about what we would like to achieve in the coming year. Many have goals pertaining to finances, whether it’s to save for retirement or a large purchase, build wealth through investment or reduce debt

  2018.11 Create a Relaxation Retreat in Your Home

When you create a space that promotes relaxation and stress recovery, your home can be a refuge from the fast pace of life. Even if it is a small area in a larger room, it is important to have a place specifically created for you to unwind.

  2018.10 Get More ROI From Your Kitchen Reno

In addition to being one of the most popular renovations homeowners complete, the kitchen often nets the highest return on your investment (ROI) relative to other areas in your home. While many homeowners give the kitchen a minor update to keep it modern, others choose a full remodel to improve the style and function of the space, enjoy it more and make it more attractive to potential buyers.

  2018.09 How to Retire Well

Conventional wisdom suggests we should save about 10 to 12 times our current income; however, many people approach retirement having saved much less. According to the Canada Project Poll with Macleans,  62 percent of Canadians say they’re “very” or “somewhat” confident  they’ll have enough money to retire at age 67.

  2018.08 Benefits of Reducing Dept

If you’ve set a goal to pay down your debt this year, you’re not alone. According to a recent study, more than half of Canadians have set a goal to pay off debt in 2018.* Strategically reducing or paying off debt benefits your finances tremendously, but can positively impact other areas of your life as well.

  2018.07 Declutter Your Living Spaces

The average person will spend a total of 3,680 hours, or 153 days of their life, searching for misplaced items.* Typically, the only time many of us think about decluttering our homes or spaces is when we’re getting ready to move. 

  2018.06 Hire the Right Contractor or Service Pro

Hiring a contractor can be stressful, especially if you’re planning a major renovation. Use the following guidelines to help you hire the right person for your next home project. These tips also apply if you’re hiring a tradesperson or service professional to tackle any project around the home.

  2018.05 How to Boost Curb Appeal

If you’re thinking of selling this year, I would be happy to help you decide which of these projects would net the best value.  Even if you’re not planning to sell any time soon, updating  and maintaining your home regularly shows you take pride  in owning it.

  2018.04 The Benefits of Great Credit

Whether you want a loan to make a large purchase or you’re applying for a job, a high credit score may give you an advantage.

  2018.03 Do You Need a Financial Planner?

A common misconception is that only multimillionaires benefit from the services of a financial planner, but the truth is many people will find value in the advice of a financial expert.

  2018.02 What to Do if Your Information Has Been Stolen

Identity theft can happen to anyone. Since more people are going online to shop, bank, file taxes, etc., there’s an increased risk of savvy thieves stealing the personal information of millions of consumers.

  2018.01 Market Insights 2018

What’s in store for the market in 2018? While it’s impossible to know for sure, experts analyze current trends to predict what may happen.

  2017.12 Holiday Travel Tips

Since many people take time off to visit family and friends in other places, the holidays are the busiest time of year to travel. It's also one of the most taxing times to travel, with people reporting it was as stressful as moving.'Take the stress out of holiday travel with these tips. 

  2017.11 How to Throw A Party without Going Broke

The holiday season is rapidly approaching, making now the time to start planning your holiday party. Whether you host a holiday party every year or it’s your first one, here are some tips to help you plan a party that’s fun, festive and budget friendly.

  2017.10 The Buying Process

Are you in the market for a home? If it’s your first time purchasing a home, you may wonder what to expect during  the buying process. Even if you’ve purchased a home before,  the process has many variables and may not be the same  every time. If you or someone you know is thinking of buying a home, give us a call! 

  2017.09 Home Selling 101

Selling a home may be a stressful experience, especially for first-time sellers. One of the best ways to ease anxiety and reduce stress is to know what to expect. Here’s a general overview of the selling process. While everyone’s experience may be different, these steps tend to be universal. Of course, once you’ve decided to sell your home, give us a call and we’ll help you every step of the way.

  2017.08 Repair Your Credit

Do you feel your credit stands in the way of getting approved for financing  for a home or a new car? Having bad credit can do more than prevent you from getting approved for a loan; you may also have to pay more for insurance and  provide a security deposit on utilities if you move. 

  2017. 07 Make Moving Easier

Spring and summer are busy times in the real estate market. Although many people look forward to having a fresh start in a new place, they may be anxious about the moving process itself. Here are a few tips to help make it easier. 

  2017.06 Spruce up Your Space

The paint and supplies needed to redecorate a room typically cost less than $100. Can you think of another project that delivers such a remarkable transformation to your home’s look and feel for so little money?

  2017.05 Seven Ways to Invest in Yourself

According to personal development legend Jim Rohn, “to have more than you’ve got, become more than you are.” That’s where personal growth comes in. Personal development includes activities that help you improve your hard and soft skills, cultivate your talents and tap into your potential so you can improve your overall quality of life.

  2017.04 Features That May Sell Your Home Faster

If you’re thinking of putting your home on the market this spring, you may be wondering how to make your home more attractive to prospective buyers. If you’re thinking of listing and you want to update your home, consider these improvements.

  2017.03 What's in Store for 2017

The Canadian housing market is expected to cool off in 2017, but that’s not a bad thing. The market has been hot for the last few years and many feared a crash was imminent. While the market is set to stabilize, a crash is not predicted.

  2017.02 9 Decorating Tips from the Pros

As spring approaches, you may look around your home and feel inspired to brainstorm potential design updates as part of your overall spring cleaning. Whether you want a total makeover or a minor update, follow these tips before you embark on your next design project.

  2017.01 9 Reasons You Need and Agent

Whether you’re selling your first or fourth home, buying an existing property or building a new home, there’s one thing you need: a reputable agent. While some may say you can buy or sell your home on your own, if you’re not familiar with the process, it may lead to more frustration and aggravation than it’s worth. Why go it alone when you can have an experienced professional by your side to help you every step of the way?

  2016.12 Save Money on Home Energy

As we head into the winter months, you may notice one thing: an increase in your energy bill. The reduced amount of daylight drives us to turn on our lights sooner, while the cooler temperatures cause us to crank up the heat inside.

  2016.11 Advice for Today's Home Seller

Selling a home is an emotional process for many sellers, especially first-time sellers and those who have lived in their homes for a long time. People sell for many reasons; whatever yours is, here’s how to handle it.

  2016.10 9 Ways to Give Thanks

What’s the best way to show appreciation and improve relationships with family, friends and anyone you associate with each day? Express gratitude. Aesop, the ancient Greek storyteller, said, “Gratitude is the sign of noble souls.”

  2016.09 Achieve Financial Freedom

The New Year may be several months away, but the time to financially prepare for it is right now. While it may take patience and discipline, financial freedom is within your reach.

  2016.08 Protect Your Information

More than 13,700 Canadians were victims of identity theft in 2014 alone. Most victims discovered their information had been compromised when their banks contacted them about suspicious activity.

  2016.07 7 Tips to Help You Navigate the Buying Process

While most buyers expect to live in their home an average of 14 years, the typical tenure is close to nine years. That means the average buyer will go through the process of buying a home about once a decade.

  2016.06 10 Reasons You Need a Real Estate Pro

If you’re thinking of selling your home, don’t do it alone. Although some sellers may initially try to sell their home themselves, they soon realize they need an experienced professional on their side to help them through the process.

  2016.05 Prepare for an Emergency

Although three-quarters of Canadians say they’re prepared to handle any emergency, the statistics say otherwise. The better prepared you are, the more comfortable you’ll be if you have to put your plan into action.

  2016.04 Find the Home that’s Right for You

For the majority of homebuyers, finding the right property to buy is often the most difficult step of the home buying process— more difficult than saving for a down payment or getting a mortgage. Before you start your search, consider these four important factors.

  2016.03 Basic Home Improvements

In many areas of the country, energy and water costs are on the rise, taking a bigger chunk out of our wallets every month. But, there’s hope. With a few home improvements, you may be able to save money on your utility bills.

  2016.02 9 Tips for Developing Better Habits

More than half of adults make New Year’s resolutions each year. Unfortunately, many give up after a few weeks because they haven’t turned their goals into habits.  Whether you want to lose weight, save for a home or eat more vegetables, adopting good habits is sure to help you reach your goals. Here are a few tips to help keep you on track this year...

  2016.01 Housing & The Economy

Buying a home not only impacts the homeowner’s financial situation, it also impacts national and local economies. Let’s take a look at the impact of housing on the economy.

  2015.12 Save Money this Holiday Season

You don’t need to break the bank on gifts and decorations to make the holiday season memorable for your loved ones and friends.

  2015.11 Why You Need a Trusted Real Estate Professional in Your Corner

If you’re in the market to buy or sell your home,  it’s important to have a capable advocate in your corner to help you navigate through the  real estate process. Here are just a few things I can  offer when you're thinking of getting into the real estate market

  2015.10 8 Great Benefits of Gratitude

Express gratitude every day and reap the benefits! Here are eight key benefits of expressing gratitude all year round.

  2015.09 Never Stop Learning

What’s the secret to nurturing a healthy and active mind as you age? Never stop learning! Learning isn’t just for the classroom;  technology allows you to learn about a variety of subjects from the comfort of your couch. Here are several free and low-cost ways to continue your  education outside of the classroom.

  2015.08 Use Pinterest to Make your Life Easier

Streamline your life with the help of social  media! Pinterest is a popular, image-based  social media site that allows you to create  boards dedicated to your interests and  hobbies. It can also be used to plan meals,  workouts, home renovations, special events  and much more. Here are...

  2015.07 A Mid-Year Review of the Canadian Real Estate Market

Thinking about buying a home or listing your current one? Whether you’re considering a jump into the housing  market or are just curious about what shape it’s in, here  are a few facts about it.

  2015.06 Keep Your Family Safe This Summer

Summer is the time for fun outside with family and friends. However, it’s also when many accidents  occur around the home. Keep your family, friends and neighbours safe with these tips.

  2015.05 Home Maintenance Made Easy

A home is the largest investment that most people will make in their lives. Make sure that it stays in tip-top shape by staying on top of its maintenance.

  2015.04 Improve Your Homes Value

If you’re like many homeowners, you think of two things: How much is my home worth, and what can  I do to improve its value? Your home’s value depends  on many factors, including its location, age, size and  condition.

  2015.03 Protect Your Tech

There’s nothing worse than accidently dropping your expensive smartphone on the ground or in water and damaging it. However, there are ways to protect your device from damage should it take a spill. Here are a few suggestions to help you keep your smartphone in good shape:

  2015.02 It's a Sweet Time to Get in the Market

If you’ve been thinking of selling your home or buying a new one, now is a great time. Experts predict that the market will continue to gain strength throughout 2015. What are you waiting for? Here are a few sweet morsels of information about the national market.

  2015.01 Achieve Your Goals in 2015

Make 2015 the year that your dreams come true! Setting realistic, measurable goals will help you achieve what you’ve always wanted. Not sure how to start? Here are some tips to set achievable goals.

  2014.12 Know Your Neighbours this Holiday Season

Whether you’re new to the neighbourhood or you’ve lived there for years, the holidays provide a great opportunity to meet your neighbours. What better way to get to know the people on your block or in your building than to bring them a small, thoughtful gift to break the ice? The size of the gift doesn’t matter; what matters is building relationships with your neighbours.

  2014.11 Market Overview

"How's the market?" is one of the most popular questions that real estate professionals are asked. Nationally, home prices are steady....

  2014.10 Pay it Forward

5 ways to pay it forward. Express gratitude for everything you have by paying it forward to help your community.

  2014.09 Diagnostic Gadgets for Your Car

On-board car diagnostic gadgets tap into your car’s computer so that you can track performance, diagnose problems and keep your car in top condition.

  2014.08 Get Rid of Pests

Pest infestations not only cause damage, but they can also take a chunk out of a homeowner's wallet.  Here are a few ways to prevent critters from calling your house "home".  Remember, for large infestations, always call a professional.

  2014.07 Top Trends in Bathroom Renovations

The bathroom is the second most popular room in the house to remodel, after kitchens.  60% of homeowners who are renovating their bathrooms are renovating their master bathrooms, with 61% choosing to start from scratch after gutting the existing room.

  2014.06 Landscaping Trends

Refresh your landscaping with these top 3 trends.

  2014.05 Tips for Buyers and Sellers

Traditionally, spring has been the time that many buyers and sellers become motivated to enter the real estate market.  If you are in the market for a new home, or are thinking of putting your home on the market, here are some tips to help you get ready.

  2014.04 Organizing Tips

Nearly 43% of people consider themselves disorganized.  Here are some tips to help you get and stay organized.

  2014.04 Closet of Your Dreams

Perhaps inspired by the closets seen on popular home design shows and websites, homeowners are beginning to look at their closets in a new light.

  2014.03 Sell Online

While garage sales are an ideal way to get rid of the stuff you don't wany anymore, the internet may be the best place to sell valuable items for top dollar. Here are a few sites to help you get started.

  2014.03 Sell Household Items Today

If you are like most people you probably have items in the attic, basement, garage and closets you don't need, use or forgot you had.  Garage sales allow you to make space in your home while making money.

  2014.02 Questions Before your Kitchen Remodel

Thinking of renovating your kitchen? The kitchen is one of the most popular rooms of the house to remodel.  Here are three questions to ask before you get out the sledgehammer.

  2014.02 Fast Fixes for House Sounds

How many times have you been in your house and heard a noise that you can't identify? Here are four of the most common household noises, and how to fix them.

  2014.01 Why Now is the Time to Enter the Market

Here are the top reasons why now is a great time to buy or sell.

  2014.01 How Much Do I Need to Save for a Down payment?

85% want to own a home, but 57% say that the biggest barrier to that purchase is saving for a large down payment. This information is intended to give buyers an idea of the amount they need to save.

  2013.12 Sell Your Home this Winter

Regardless of the time of year there are always buyers on the hunt for a home of their own. This time of year is an opportunity to enhance your homes warm and cozy ambiance.

  2013.12 House Hunting Tips for Any Season

If you are in the market for a home, be sure to get pre-approved for a mortgage. This will help speed up the process when you find the home you want to live in ...  5 house hunting tips .

  2013.11 Keep Your Pipes from Freezing

Frozen pipes can be a problem. Continued freezing and expansion will build pressure and cause the pipe to burst which may be expensive to repair.  Some tips on how to avoid this problem.

  2013.11 Get Your Home in Winter Shape

Is your property ready for winter? A home checklist is a helpful tool to keep your home warm all season.

  2013.10 Random Acts of Kindness

Not only does a single act of kindness brighten the day of the person who receives it, kindness benefits the giver as well.

  2013.10 Grateful to be Your Agent

It is an honour to help wonderful people like you navigate our local real estate market - and your referrals to other great people help my business thrive.

  2013.09 Are You Ready to Buy a Home

Despite the threats of a housing bubble, home ownership is still viewed postively by most Canadians as a good long term investment and is essential to building wealth and achieving financial stability.

  2013.08 Ways to Less Stress

We all feel stress at one time or another. While some people freak out at the smallest thing, others stay cool regardless. Here are some ways to keep your head when stress puts you in a panic.

  2013.07 Renovate Your Landscape

A well landscaped property can add 20% to your homes value.

  2013.06 Speak With your Real Estate Professional

Contact me to learn more about the local housing market, buying a new home or selling your current one

  2013.06 Get Your Home Pricing Right

Pricing a listing competitively from the beginning is the best way to attract buyers.

  2013.05 Make Moving a Breeze

Moving can be tough. But it doesn't have to be.  Take the pain out of the process with these helpful tips.

  2013.04 Why I Work by Referral

Selling your home is a complex process that can be stressful and time-consuming. An experienced Realtor has the knowledge, skills, and connections to help you through the process every step of the way.

  2013.04 Can I Be Of Help?

Working by referral is the commitment I have made to provide my clients with unsurpassed service whenever they need me. This includes building long-term relationships with my great clients.