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House hunting tips for first time home-buyers in Canada

Buying your first home is a big step. If you're about to take that step, congratulations! Now it’s time to make an appointment at the bank, find a real estate agent, set a house budget and start shopping for your dream home. As someone who just went through this process, I can tell you that buying your first home is both exciting and terrifying at the same time. Buying your own place and having a space to call your own is major adulting; the amount of energy, time and money it takes to find, purchase and move into is considerable.

3 ways to protect your home while on vacation

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If you’re one of the lucky Canadians taking a vacation this year, you might be a bit nervous about leaving your home unattended while away. Although Canada is one of the safest countries in the world, there’s still a lot of anxiety surrounding petty crime and property theft. Fortunately, there are a few ways to protect your home, even while abroad.

Factors that can lower your home insurance costs

Owning a home carries plenty of expenses. One of everyone's favourites (the sarcasm came through there, right?) is home insurance. Intangible expensives like insurance always seem like a waste - until you need to make a claim. 

But whether or not you have to make a claim, you can lessen the monthly or yearly burden of home insurance by addressing a few key areas of your house that contribute to determining the cost of premiums. Here are some considerations to make

6 ways to save on travel in 2017

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Summer is just around the corner, which for many Canadians, means travel plans are coming to fruition. There are few things better than leaving the responsibilities of work and school behind to relax and explore an unfamiliar place. One of them is taking a break to relax and explore while paying less than you expect to.

Home checklist before going on vacation

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We travel for many reasons – business, adventure, rest and relaxation, just to name a few. While travelling may be a good way to escape the same old, same old of your daily routine, it’s important not to forget about your responsibilities at home before you head off. The last thing you want to do is come home from a relaxing vacation only to find your basement flooded, or that your house has been broken into.

What is the Cheapest way to travel across Canada?

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2017 is Canada’s 150 year anniversary. The celebration, along with a battered Canadian dollar, means a lot of Canadians will be taking a domestic vacation this year. If travelling across Canada is your goal, and you’re on a limited budget, this is the article for you!

Practical homeowners insurance advice

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ou’ve probably heard it before: buying a home is quite possibility the single largest financial transaction of your lifetime, so give it the attention it deserves. Something else you should give attention to is your home insurance policy. Your home insurance policy is quite possibly the second largest financial investment you’ll make of your lifetime.

How to plan the ultimate Canadian road trip

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With summer just around the corner, you might be thinking about how you can get the most out of this year before the autumn abruptly arrives. You may even be thinking about a Canadian road trip. This will be the first year that I ever attempt one, so I'm ready to share some ideas on how to make it work. Here's some tips for planning your Canadian roadtrip.

Considerations to make when selecting home insurance

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Some people don’t purchase homeowners insurance because they think it’s a waste of money. I can see that point of view because insurance is one of those products that you continuously pay for, but may never use. The other side of the coin, it's the kind of thing you don't actually want to use. But if you need to use it, it's definitely a good thing to have.

5 popular travel destinations in Canada

With the Canadian dollar holding such low value compared to the U.S. dollar and Euro, many Canadians are considering a staycation this year, or at least vacationing within Canada. But given the size of the country and number of tourist spots, there is no shortage of options out there. Here is some guidance for determining what to see for your upcoming Canadian vacation.