Spring cleanup tips

 Here are some tips to conquer cleanup projects.  * Wash the blinds - Metal blinds can be removed from the window and taken outside for washing. Use a scouring brush with a mild cleaner and some water to loosen dirt. Hang the blinds on a slanted surface and hose down with the garden hose to clean off the dirt.  * Clean the windows - Use water and dish soap and a sponge to wipe the inside and … [Read more...]

Thinking of Upgrading Your Kitchen? Ideas for less than $2000

Remodeling a kitchen is still one of the best value-enhancing investments you can make in your home. Remodeling Magazine’s 2011-2012 Cost vs. Value Report says that even minor kitchen remodels return more than 72 percent of your investment at the time of resale. Yet the cost of even a “minor remodel” doesn’t look that minor – $19,588 on average, according to the report. What if you don’t have … [Read more...]

Keep Your Cottage Safe For The Winter. Tips To Secure Your Property.

As summer winds down, and cottage season comes to an end, many people return to their homes with hopes that their cottage is safe and secure during the winter months. Many break and enters are committed as a crime of opportunity and often, criminals see a vacant cottage as an easy target. Listed below are some helpful tips to prevent your cottage from becoming a target of a crime. • Remove all … [Read more...]

Writing A Property Description

As Real Estate Agents, it is sometimes challenging finding the right words to describe the benefits of certain properties.  The challenge is showcasing the features of a property without deceiving people.  Taking photos and jotting down features while walking around the home helps, even looking at other property descriptions will help to get the creative juices flowing.  Asking the sellers what … [Read more...]

Renting? How to Save for a Home

As a renter, with each rent cheque, you may become increasingly anxious for homeownership and the day when these regular payments go towards your own mortgage instead of your landlord’s pocket. When you’re ready, homeownership can make a lot of sense, allowing you to start building equity each month.   So, where do you start? If you’re serious about home ownership, make a plan and commit to a … [Read more...]

Tidy Home = Better Chance Of Selling

Prospective homebuyers want to see the best your house has to offer, not the worst A basement bunker surrounded by curtains and empty beer cases reminiscent of a university frat room; the pelt of a large animal proudly displayed like a tapestry; papier-mache artwork of a pregnant woman's tummy hung in her child's bedroom; a worn bathrobe left hanging in the bathroom. Those are but a few examples … [Read more...]

Keeping Your Grass Green Using Less Water

Watering lawns and gardens, washing cars, filling swimming pools and with periods of low rainfall – in the summertime our water use can double. So how can you keep your lawn green and use less water as the title suggests?  By using a few simple tips, your lawn and garden can cope with dry conditions and you can minimize water wastage. Many people tend to over water which results in significant … [Read more...]

How Interest Rates Affect Your Costs

It's not rocket-science. The more you have to pay in interest, the more your mortgage will cost you over it's life. But most people don't realize just how much difference even a small difference in interest rate can make, particularly if you've amortized your mortgage for 20 years or more. Let's look at the interest you'll pay on a $200,000 mortgage amortized for 20, 25, 30 and 40 years, at a … [Read more...]

Canada Mortgage Rules Change

Buying a first home or taking out a loan against an existing residence will be more difficult for Canadians under new rules announced Thursday, but Finance Minister Jim Flaherty says it's for their own good. For the fourth time in as many years, the finance minister moved to tighten the mortgage and lending landscape — changes that mean up to five per cent of Canadians who might be considering … [Read more...]

Discover The White Sand of the Green Bay Coastline

Lunenburg County is home to some of the finest beaches along the South Shore of Nova Scotia.  You can easily discover accessible white sand beaches which dot the coastline from one end of Lunenburg County to the other. Beginning in Voglers Cove, Highway 331 not only provides a picturesque drive along the scenic South Shore, it’s the main route for finding beaches and water access. Voglers … [Read more...]

NEW HOMEOWNER? – CMHC TIPS

You found the home of your dreams, your offer was accepted, and you just received the keys to your new home. Congratulations, you are now officially a homeowner! So… what happens next? To help you start your new life as a homeowner on the right foot, Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) offers the following tips on how to protect your home — and your investment — in every season: The … [Read more...]

When buying a home, 5% down payment is barely enough

How much skin should you have in the game if you want to buy a home? Is 5% enough? That's what the government says, although there is plenty of discussion about getting consumers to plunk down more before they are eligible to buy a house with a loan backed ultimately by the Canadian taxpayer. At that rate, with $35,000 you have enough cash to buy an average place in Vancouver's pricey but slowing … [Read more...]

WHAT’S GOING ON HERE ON THE SOUTH SHORE?

  The South Shore is always buzzing with activities.  Here are a few dates you may want to mark on your calendars. Come and enjoy! Miller Point Peace Park Day, June 24 2-4pm Privateer Days – Liverpool June 28 –Jul 1 Family sand Castle Competition Rissers Beach,  July 14 South Shore Exhibition, Bridgewater, July 24-29 Tall Ships arrive Fisheries Museum Docks – Lunenburg July 25-27 30 … [Read more...]

TRICKS: To make a small space appear larger

It's a space you affectionately call "cozy" but in the eyes of a prospective buyer the word "cramped" may come to mind. There are tricks to making a small space appear larger and functional - even if it's a nook. Paint: Choose light wall colours in small spaces or even a mid-toned colour if the space is bright, says Allison Roberts of Burloak Home Staging and Design in Burlington. "It's … [Read more...]

Moving? Don’t forget about your pets!

Moving a few kilometres or across the country can be a stressful experience for everyone in the family, including your pet. Along with your vet, your REALTOR® can offer helpful advice that will make the progress a smooth one. Before the Move Similar to humans, pets have their own habits, so it’s important to maintain your animal’s routine prior to and after the move. Since animals easily get … [Read more...]

Fixed vs. Variable Mortgages

Are you a fixed or a variable person? If you’re a homeowner, it’s probably a question you’ve asked yourself once or twice. Buying a home can be a terrifying proposition, but landing yourself that perfect “dream house” does not mean that the difficult decisions are at an end. Every time you negotiate (or re-negotiate) your mortgage, the question (re-)rears its ugly head: Should you choose a fixed … [Read more...]

Scenic Adventures of the Lighthouse Route

There is a certain mystique about Lighthouses. In any coastal community, lighthouses are an integral part of the landscape. They are part of our culture, our history, our folklore, our songs and stories.  I am sure I am not alone with this romance and love of the sea.  Follow the Lighthouse Route along Nova Scotia's South Shore as it winds through historic shipbuilding communities and traditional … [Read more...]

New Proposed Legislation for Mortgage Brokers

Mortgage brokers would have to provide their clients with more information, including commissions from lenders, under proposed provincial legislation. On Monday, Service Nova Scotia Minister John MacDonell tabled the Mortgage Regulation Act at Province House. The proposed act updates a 1966 law governing mortgage brokers and lenders. The last significant change it had was in 1999, the province … [Read more...]

Hiking Gaff Point

        We truly are blessed to live in such a beautiful place.  Living on the South Shore you are never far from spectacular scenery with  Provincial and Municipal Parks, trails, beaches, and designated wilderness areas a short drive away, there are plenty of opportunities for those looking for adventure, exercise or photo opportunities. Hiking Gaff Point is an excellent place to experience … [Read more...]

A Day In LaHave

Venturing down Highway #3 from Bridgewater will reward you with a scenic drive along the winding LaHave River.  Your destination: the LaHave Ferry on Highway 332.  As the last remaining cable ferry in Canada, this unique 5 minute journey gives you a perfect 360° view of life on the river. Turning left as you drive off the ferry, a stop at LaHave Bakery is a must.  Housed in a Victorian-era … [Read more...]

Schools A Big Factor In Home Purchase

There are many factors buyers consider when shopping for a home. From the number of bedrooms to the size of the backyard, prospective buyers have their priorities with what they're looking for in a home. Parents to young children or couples who are planning to start a family soon should also consider the school system. Although granite countertops and interior living area may be foremost on the … [Read more...]

Tips For Preparing Your Home For Viewings

First impressions  are so important when selling a home.  Making potentional buyers picture themselves in your home is critical.  Experience has taught us the following: Clear all clutter from floors to countertops (this makes rooms appear larger) Tidy children's room Touch up with paint any rooms that require it, including your front door Open all curtains and blinds Replace any burned out … [Read more...]

“The Right Agent Makes All The Difference”

Finding the right agent can make all the difference...you are partners in the buying or selling of your property.  Team up with someone you like!  Working with someone that you get along with and trust can make for a more enjoyable process.  When choosing an agent, one of the most important considerations is to ensure that they have a good knowledge of the area you are selling or buying in.  … [Read more...]

Looking for Cottages, Summer homes, Vacant Land

Preparation has been under way for the busy SPRING SEASON...It is during winter months that we get more requests regarding our listings than at other times of the year.  We are full time agents who work evenings and weekends and do our best to get that "SOLD" sign placed on your property.  Call today to have your property added to our listings! … [Read more...]

Thinking of Buying or Selling?

READY FOR A SPRING MOVE?  THINKING of BUYING or SELLING? Get our TEAM POWER working for you.  Let us hang that "For Sale" sign..and get you moving! Call or email us today. … [Read more...]

How much house can you afford?

Along with the excitement of buying a home comes many challenges and questions. It's a complicated process and you'll need to ask yourself if home ownership is right for you, if you are financially ready for it and how much house you can afford. Many first-time buyers want their dream home right away. A white picket fence, trees shading a huge yard, several thousand square feet of living space … [Read more...]