5 reasons to donate to the food bank this holiday 

By: Cora Weekes - News Canada

5 reasons to donate to the food bank this holiday 

Tags: Christmas, Holidays, Charity, Food Bank, Donations, JOb Loss, Holiday Spirit, Holiday Cheer, Merry Christmas, Hunger 

(NC) Many of us are getting in the giving spirit. One of the most impactful ways people can help their community is by making a donation to the food bank. Here are five reasons why: 1. Food banks help Canada's most vulnerable populations. More than 37 per cent of people helped by food banks are children and nearly half of the households helped have children. Some of the primary reasons peopl...Read More

Selling your home or renting out an income suite? Get top dollar with these tips

By: Cora Weekes - News Canada Scott McGillivray

Selling your home or renting out an income suite? Get top dollar with these tips

Tags: Selling Homes, Buying Homes, Pro Tips, Wow Factor, Modern, Lighting, Paint, Renters, Buyers, SEllers, Rental Suite, Landlord, Tenant 

(NC) I've sold and rented more than my fair share of real estate over my career. To get the most from my investments, I've come to know what works and what doesn't. While a lot of variables can influence a property's potential, one of the biggest is wow factor. How your home or rental suite shows to perspective buyers or renters is hugely important, because you really want them to ...Read More

Do you know what's covered in your new home warranty? 

By: Cora Weekes - News Canada

Do you know what's covered in your new home warranty? 

Tags: New Home Warranty, New Homes, Builder, Mandatory Warranty, New HOme Issues, Coverages, Electrical, Plumbing, Workmanship, Problems With New Homes, 7 Year Warranty, One Year Warranty, Defect In Work

(NC) Almost every new home or condo in Ontario is covered by a mandatory new home warranty program. This coverage is provided by the builder and is administered by Tarion, a consumer-protection organization. While the builder provides the warranty, its cost is often passed on to the new home buyer. But this one-time fee, ranging from $385 to $1,500, depending on the value of the home, gives you s...Read More

What's yours and what's shared in a condo? 

By: Cora Weekes - News Canada

What's yours and what's shared in a condo? 

Tags: Condo Living, Builder, Homeowner Package, Unit Owner, Common Elements, Warranty Coverage, Building Codes, Purchase Agreement, Board Of Directors

(NC) There's no doubt that condominiums are an increasingly popular choice for new homeowners. In 2016 alone, more than 22,600 new units became homes for Ontarians who are looking for the condo lifestyle and amenities. If you're thinking of joining them, a good first step is to understand the difference in responsibility between what you own and what all the building's unit owners shar...Read More

Is a home equity line of credit right for you? 

By: Cora Weekes - News Canada

Is a home equity line of credit right for you? 

Tags: Home equity, interest rates, Mortgage, Low Rates, Term Mortgage, Lenders, Line Of Credit, Interest ONly Payment

(NC) Buying a new home is an exciting but often stressful experience. The variety of financing options now offered by lenders is overwhelming. One of the most popular options is a home equity line of credit. With interest rates typically lower than other forms of credit, this line of credit can help you reach your financial goals. However, there are several factors to consider when deciding if th...Read More

RENT YOUR COTTAGE WITH CARE AND CONFIDENCE

By: Cora Weekes - News Canada

RENT YOUR COTTAGE WITH CARE AND CONFIDENCE

Tags: COTTAGE RENTAL, cOTTAGE INSURANCE, COTTAGE RENTAL INCOME, COTTAGE REAL ESTATE AGENT, COTTAGE REALTOR, COTTAGE PLUMBING COTTAGE ELECTRICAL SYSTEMS, COTTAGE AS BUSINESS, COTTAGE FINANCINES, COTTAGE VACATIONS

(NC)—As much as we wish life was a constant vacation in the countryside, most Canadians are in and out of the cottages they own. So when personal finances are tight, renting out your idyllic cottage is a smart way of turning your lakefront dream into an affordable reality.  “Renting your cottage to others for a few weeks here and there is a great way to alleviate the financial st...Read More

Are you eligible to claim the 'caregiver' amount?

By: Cora Weekes

Are you eligible to claim the 'caregiver' amount?

Tags: TAX REFUND, tAX qUESTIONS, tAXATION, tAX reBATES, tAX aCCOUNTANT, tAX aNSWERS, tAX wrITE OFFS, tAX CLAIMS, TAX CLAW BACKS, TAX REAL ESTATE 

(NC) The tax experts at H&R Block answer one of the most frequently asked questions at this time of the year: Q) I support my elderly parents by sending them money on a regular basis. Can I claim the caregiver amount? A) The caregiver amount was created to encourage Canadians to help care for their parents or relatives at home. If your parent or parents are 65 or over, have less than $19,435...Read More

IF YOU HAVE A LEGAL PROBLEM, FREE RESOURCES IN ONTARIO COULD HELP.

By: Cora Weekes - News Canada

IF YOU HAVE A LEGAL PROBLEM, FREE RESOURCES IN ONTARIO COULD HELP.

Tags: ONTARIO LEGAL HELP, FREE LEGAL ADVICE, DIVORCE, LANDLORD & TENANT ISSUES, LEGAL PROBLEMS, EMPLOYMENT ISSUES, LAWYER'S ADVICE, FREE LEGAL CONSULATIONS

(NC) Do you think you are being unfairly treated by your employer? Are you going through a divorce or a child custody matter? Or maybe you are having difficulties with your landlord? Many people experience these types of issues, but not everyone is aware of their legal options. A Department of Justice report found that over 85 percent of people surveyed did not seek legal help when facing these a...Read More

Plan Canada's Gifts of Hope

By: Cora Weekes

Plan Canada's Gifts of Hope

Tags: Charities, Donations, christmas, giving back, those less fortunate, food banks, non governmental organizations, gift of hope

(NC) This is the time of year when everyone talks about "giving back" and helping those less fortunate than ourselves. Fortunately, many of us are easily able to meet our basic needs, but there are still too many at home and abroad who lack essentials such as food and shelter. The holiday season with its spirit of caring for families and strangers alike is a good time to think about givi...Read More

HOW TO PROTECT YOURSELF FROM ILLEGAL HOMEBUILDERS

By: Cora Weekes - News Canada

HOW TO PROTECT YOURSELF FROM ILLEGAL HOMEBUILDERS

Tags: NEW HOMES, ILLEGAL BUILDERS, TARION WARRENTY, BUILDER QUALIFICATIONS, RESEARCH BUILDER, USING REALTOR FOR NEW HOME PURCHASE, CONSULT LAWYER, ASK FOR INFORMATION PACKAGE

(NC) Looking for a newly-built home is both a stressful and an exciting endeavour — but it shouldn't be a dangerous one. Last spring, an Ontario man was jailed for repeatedly building and selling homes that were poorly built, unsafe, and not enrolled in the province's new home warranty program. Called illegal building, it's not uncommon. Fortunately, this new home warranty progr...Read More