ty lacroix: Bungalow For Sale in London Close to Cleardale Public School - 10/17/09 08:31 AM
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ty lacroix: Avoid These 81/2 Buyer Traps When Buying Real Estate Part 2 - 10/16/09 05:04 PM
Avoid These 81/2 Buyer Traps When Buying Real Estate Part 2
 In part 1, we covered, bidding without sufficient information, buying the wrong home and unclear title. Lets' cover the rest:
 Inaccurate Survey 
Before the purchase is completed, a survey or title insurance should be a must. Most lenders will not issue a mortgage without a survey or title insurance. Again, a good REALTOR* will have a clause in the offer to protect you and make sure you discuss this with your lawyer.
Unexpected repairs  
Don't expect every seller to disclose every physical detail that will need to be … (0 comments)

ty lacroix: Why Women Make Better Financial Decisions - 09/15/09 03:58 PM
Whenever I list a home or help a married couple purchase one, usually one of the spouses is the financial decision maker. Now, I am not going to hang myself by saying if it is the husband or the wife, but this little anecdote below may give you a sense of what I am finding out! Dan was a single guy living at home with his father and working in the family business. When he found out he was going to inherit a fortune when his sickly father died, he decided he needed a wife with which to share his fortune. … (1 comments)

ty lacroix: August Was Not A Bad Month For Real Estate In London and St.Thomas - 09/03/09 12:03 PM
In August, 747 homes exchanged hands in the jurisdiction of the London and St.
Thomas Association of REALTORS® (LSTAR), a 2 per-cent decrease over August2008.
 
 This includes 600 detached homes (down 1.2 per cent from August 2008) and 147condos (down 5.2 per cent from August 2008).
 
Year-to-date 4,619 detached homes and1,069 condos have been sold - down 8.4 per cent and 18.2 per cent respectively compared to the same period in 2008.
 Sales in St. Thomas did extremely well - 75 homes exchanged hands in August 2009, a 50 percent increase over August 2008!
All of this is good … (1 comments)

ty lacroix: Save up to $1,350 on home improvements purchased before February 1,2010 - 08/24/09 10:48 AM
Over the weekend I was helping a client purchase a home and one of their concerns were some repairs that this home required. The estimated repairs were around $5,400 and I asked if they were aware of the home renovation tax credit and other incentives provided by various government agencies?
They were not so I provided them with a number and website to go to. And this morning, I went on a listing interview (which was successful) and in suggesting some minor upgrades which would maximize the selling price, my new clients were not aware of any incentives. Again, I gladly provided this information … (2 comments)

 

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