Category: Home Ownership

    My basement flooded. Five reasons why home insurance is so important

    It was the Friday night of the August long weekend and I was all ready to step out the door for the start of my summer holidays when I surprisingly stepped in to a large puddle of water… in my basement. Looking further, I discovered that my three-year-old hot water tank had been leaking and […]

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    New research shows, savings more important when buying a home

    In the fall of 1997, I moved back home to live with my parents. I had been living on my own since I was 23, attending university, teaching and living abroad. I boomeranged home when I was trying to decide my next career move. While my parents made it easy to live with them, it […]

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    What Home Buyers Need to Know About Multiple Offers

    In 1998 my family sold my grandma’s home, a home that she had lived in for 40+ years for $91,500. Back then, there were no multiple offers and we weren’t experiencing a “hot” sellers market. Even so, she would have been astonished at this princely sum.  My grandmother had always treated her home with pride, […]

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    Q&A: Facts to Know Before Purchasing Your First Home

    If you are in the position to purchase a home, it is imperative that you be realistic about what you can afford and understand what you are getting into. As my niece, Tekla, prepares to purchase her first home, I sat down and answered some questions for her on the basics of home ownership – […]

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