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Wednesday, September 4, 2019   /   by Sally Niu

Your Home's Fall Checklist

Living in Ontario, you never know when the cold is going to strike. Don't worry! Boiron Group has tips to protect your home for its bite! To save you from a big surprise bill in repairs, fall is the perfect time to take care of these long-neglected repairs and maintenance! Check these 9 areas to get started:
Take Care of the Gutters
Have your gutters cleaned before the leaves fall, and get them covered with mesh to prevent future debris from returning. Clogged gutters can lead to damaged exteriors and water in the basement.
Weather-Strip the House
Weather-stripping is the most cost-effective way to reduce your heating bills this fall. The material wears down over time. Therefore it is important to inspect it periodically.
Tip: To make sure your weather stripping is done properly: Close the door or window on a strip of paper; if the paper slides easily, then your weatherstripping isn't doing its job.
Fix Any Roof Problems
Inspect your roof, top to bottom, before the cold turns ! ...

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Tuesday, August 13, 2019   /   by Sally Niu

GTA Real Estate Market At A Glance - July 2019

This is a hot summer for the GTA Real Estate Market. In the recently released Market Watch Report, the Toronto Real Estate Reported its fourth double-digit growth in home sales since April 2019.
Interpreted intelligently, these statistics could provide invaluable insights for home buyers, sellers, tenants, and landlords alike. From determining your buying or selling strategies, adjusting timelines, to setting up realistic expectations, and predicting investment outcomes, these insights can guide consumers to act from an educated position. 
Drawing on more than 50 years of expertise in real estate, Boiron Group summarized the TREB reports into a bite-sized digest so you can be better informed of today’s market in no time.

Home Sales Increased by 24.3% Year-over-Year
Apparently, GTA homebuyers have not been deterred by the July heat. The Toronto Real Estate Board reported 8,595 residential sales in the month of July 2019, a 24.3% year-over-year increase compared to Jul. ...

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Monday, August 12, 2019   /   by Sally Niu

Patio Season Decor Tips

Make good use of the last month of summer! There’s no better time to invite your friends and family over for backyard get-togethers. Boiron Group has curated the best makeover tips for your patio, so both you and your friends can have a better time.
Focal Point
Every work-of-art needs a focal point. What would it be for your patio? A great example of a patio centrepiece is a gas-fueled fireplace. Fireplaces transform your patio into a cozy entertaining zone, at a reasonable price.
Breakfast Area
What’s better than a breakfast-in-bed? Breakfast on the patio! It’s a great way to start your day and to appreciate the nature around you. Stores like IKEA offer great small patio sets where you can sip your morning coffee.
Lighting
The light elements of a space can make a world of a difference. Spice things up with string lights, lanterns, or even candles. These not only provide a source of light but can also double as decor. 
Rugs
Today’s rugs are madeE ...

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Monday, July 15, 2019   /   by Sally Niu

What do Home Inspectors think of Realtors?

An interview with Lisa Simkins from her side of the flashlight.

Realtors and Home Inspectors tend to frequently cross paths in the home buying and selling process. For Realtors and their clients, the home inspection process can be a major hurdle to clear during a Real Estate transaction. No matter whether the subject property is a condominium or a house, most real estate purchases and sales involve an inspection condition. 

The following interview is with Lisa Simkins, a Registered Home & Mold Inspector in the Greater Toronto Area, who reflected on her observation of Realtors during home inspections. 

What are some techniques you’ve seen Realtors use during inspections?

“There's a wide range of techniques I see Realtors use during my inspections, from sitting in the background while a client tags along with me, to talking to the client separately about other things elsewhere, to hovering with the client and myself. Some of these evolve organically ...

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