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5 Things to Know About Real Estate Deposits

5 Things to Know About Real Estate Deposits
5 THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT REAL ESTATE DEPOSITS   When it comes to deposits there is many things to think about, whether you are the buyer or seller. Here are some common questions I’m often asked about real estate deposits. 1.  When does a deposit have to be paid? The standard agreement of purchase and sale states that the deposit must be submitted “herewith” or “within 24 hours of the acceptance of this Agreement”. Neither alternative is legislated but an accepted good practice. The reason that buyers are encouraged to come up with the deposit immediately is to demonstrate to the seller commitment to complete the transaction. Sometimes a buyer may not be able to submit the deposit within 24 hours for good reason. For example, when a buyer lives out of the area in which the property is being purchased, it’s unlikely that even using courier the required deposit will be received within 24 hours. This happens quite often to me when selling cottages. Buyers often live two, three…

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Fall Lawn Care Tips

Fall Lawn Care Tips
During the fall season what you do for your lawn will have a great impact on what your lawn will look like in the Spring. Here are four simple steps you can take to help ensure your lawn will be healthy, green and the envy of the neighbourhood next year: 1 - Aerate. This means to puncture your lawn with small holes throughout to allow the fertilizer, sunlight, water and important nutrients that grass needs to grow deep within the ground. 2 - Fertilize. Basically this means feed your lawn before it goes to sleep for the winter. 3 - Overseed. This is when you spread new grass seed all over your existing lawn with a spreader; it will help your lawn grow richer and fuller. 4 - Mow. In November, mow your lawn one more time as short as you can without scalping your lawn. This will help all the other steps work better.

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Shipping Containers Pieced Together to Create a Beach House

Shipping Containers Pieced Together to Create a Beach House
Creative and inventive things are happening in our town of Lakeshore. STONEY POINT — More than half of an expansive new house was erected in a matter of hours Tuesday, as six hulking shipping containers were hoisted onto a concrete foundation facing Lake St. Clair. Believed to be the first home in the region made from these 40-by-8-by-9-foot steel boxes, there will be a total of 10 containers once four more arrive in the next week to form the second floor. “This is a ready-made house!”  the excited owner Sandor Abri said as he enthused about the benefits of this emerging construction trend that involves aligning the containers side by side and stacking them one atop the other, welding them together and then cutting out sections for windows, doors and big interior openings. He pointed out his new home won’t require the killing of any trees. The steel panels he cuts out for windows, doors and other openings will be recycled. And the house product will be incredibly solid. These…

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A Family Affair

A Family Affair
Why is it so important to include your kids in your move , no matter how old their age?  Searching for the right home can be an exciting and emotional process for any buyer, but for parents, there's the added challenge of how to handle the kids expectations. After all, moving is a family affair . Kids need to feel like they're part of the process, but how much there involved depends on many things, one of the most important ... their age.  Toddler's, may seem too young to include in the house hunting process, but once you're down to a few options, take the time to build their excitement. Show them features of the home they might enjoy, discuss how much fun they will have playing and exploring their new home. If possible check the neighborhoods kid- friendly offerings.  Children in the elementary, Tween and Teens may have a sense of anxiety with the thought of having to leave the stability and security of their home and neighborhoods. Parents should discuss the time line…

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My Town

My Town
As mentioned I have a desire for helping others and supporting my local community. What will you find in my community of Lakeshore you might ask ? To begin, it's on the shores of Lake St. Clair offering Sandy beaches, stunning sunsets, paddle boarding, boating, numerous golf courses, camping, spectacular restaurants and many more activities throughout all seasons. But most importantly you will find, friendly, honest people that are happy to help their friends, neighbours and passer byes. With that being said we have a thriving community always willing to think of the next latest and greatest development, beautification projects and activities to bring our quaint little town together.  Lets' root for each other and watch each other grow  I have worked with a great committee of people improving on an event that brings local businesses and organizations together. What better way to celebrate the return of the warm weather then heading into the town and "Stroll the…

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Boomers, Millennials and the McMansions No One Wants

Boomers, Millennials and the McMansions No One Wants
Boomers, Millennials and the McMansions No One Wants   As baby boomers look to downsize out of their suburban McMansions, a generational showdown is looming: Millennials might be coming into their own as the province’s biggest  group of first time home buyers, but they aren’t exactly  lining up with offers in hand for those large, expensive homes in the suburb’s. Instead they're looking for a different kind of home- the same ones, in fact, that the empty nesters are looking to buy.   It’s a battle of the millennials vs. baby boomers playing it out in the province’s suburban housing markets.   Younger and older generations alike are gravitating towards smaller dwellings in more urban, walk able suburbs and towns with restaurants and coffee shops around the corner. It’s leading to a real estate woe: Increasing, boomers are getting stuck, because most can’t buy the home of their dreams until they unload their current ones. And many millennials have neither the desire…

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