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Roof spring maintenance

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One of the most importance home maintenance considerations is spring melt and drainage. Moisture created by spring melt affects a roof much more severely than a simple rain shower. The pressure from the remaining ice and snow forces water to back up under the shingles and through pinhole sized gaps. It can even cause more water to be drawn in …

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The price of renovations

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If you are looking for a home in Saskatoon, you may come across one that interests you but it may not be exactly perfect. Maybe the home needs new flooring or windows or even a new kitchen. These may seem like a daunting task and you may be unable to conceptualize the final project but that’s why you have hired …

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The new tax implications of selling your home

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At the beginning of this week, Finance Minister Bill Morneau introduced changes to the current tax model around selling your primary residence. This, along with the new mortgage rules are an attempt to ensure foreign investors abide by our current tax laws. Although these changes are focused on foreign investors, the changes will also have an affect on those Canadians …

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Winter fire safety

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Baby it’s cold outside. Well, not really if you’re experiencing the above seasonal warm temperatures here in Saskatoon. But sorry to break the bad news. The cold will be coming. It’s unavoidable. During the winter months, the chance of a residential house fire increases as we try to stay warm. There are things that we can do as homeowners to …

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Saskatoon’s newest neighbourhood, Aspen Ridge

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Aspen Ridge is one of Saskatoon‘s newest neighbourhoods. Situated north of Evergreen, this residential development is set to be a complete community. It is designed to accommodate all aspects of your daily life including a range of housing options, employment opportunities, art, culture, recreational facilities, and other amenities. The main entrance road is McCormand Rd and connects residents to Evergreen, …

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Featured as an Expert Insight on Point2 Homes

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I recently was asked to give my expert market opinion in the Saskatoon real estate market by the real estate portal Point2 Homes. Point2 Homes is a real estate website that attracts over 3.5 million visitors each month from all over the world. To read the full interview, please visit their Expert Insight page. Tell us a few words about …

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How Canadian real estate prices vary from the U.S.

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The price of real estate varies quite significantly across the country but also varies quite a bit from our neighbors to the south. The largest variance is seen in the U.S. where the price of real estate can be between anywhere between $86,000 to $3.3 million. Canada on the other hand sees a much smaller swing. The data was released …

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First time buyer’s being tested

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I made the news again! The Globe and Mail featured me in a recent article about the new mortgage rules and the effect they’ve had thus far in the Saskatoon real estate market. “First-time buyers lost a lot of their purchasing power and will have to curb their expectations on their first home,” says Kari Calder, a realtor with Century …

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Looking for a cheaper alternative? Look east.

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With the new mortgage rules in effect, first time buyers are finding that it’s more difficult than ever to buy a home. With the average house price in Saskatoon at $350,000, it can be very discouraging. Searching across Canada, hope can be restored. In Saint John’s, New Brunswick the old north end is filled with century old homes, many that …

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Budgeting for renovations

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Housing affordability in Canada has been a hot button issue in the last few years and while some believe it’s not an issue those people aren’t considering all the expenses. Daycare, retirement savings, maintenance on the home and renovations are largely excluded from their thinking and the price of renovations has increased. Whether you want to or not, home renovations …

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