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Can I have a fire pit in Toronto?

There’s nothing like relaxing in front of a nice campfire when you’re out in the woods surrounded by cottages or tents with something warm in your hand, hugging a flannel. But what about when you want that same campfire experience at home, in Toronto?

6 tips to save for a down payment

If you’re looking for some practical everyday tips that can jumpstart your savings and keep them banked, then you’ve come to the right post. You can enter the housing market too, if you make a plan to save. Sacrifices will be made, and hurdles will be overcome.  

Can smart-tech help me cut down on home expenses?

As the future unravels, a prominent theme is emerging: the use of smart technology in the home. Whether it's a wireless speaker that can dictate a cooking recipe in real time, to the likelihood of personal robots in the future, there are simple solutions in the form of smart-tech that can actually save you money on diverse home expenses.

How to vet prospective tenants for your rental property

Do you have a rental property you’re trying to list? Maybe an empty basement you have outfitted into the perfect bachelor pad? We’ve put together a useful guide that will help you narrow down prospective tenants. Your investigation will require some online research and patience to find the perfect fit.

Steps to protecting your home from winter damage

As Canadians, we can handle the winter. We bundle up for the frigid temperatures outside by wearing toques, scarfs and gloves. But our homes aren’t so lucky. Winter is mother nature’s toughest season, especially on our homes. Without adequate preparation, you can find yourself with a burst pipe and a flooded basement. Don’t let this happen to you. Here are some basic steps to protecting your home from winter damage.

Should I lock into a fixed rate mortgage with another hike on the horizon?

A row of houses in a city.

Soup or salad? Butter or margarine? Fixed or variable? There are many choices we have to make in a daily basis. Some are simple, while others...not so much. The decision of choosing a fixed versus a variable rate mortgage is something homeowners grapple with everywhere. With an interest rate hike widely expected next spring, should you lock into a fixed mortgage? Let’s take a look at some things to consider.

5 mortgage terms you need to know

Are you confused by all the mortgage terms out there? You’re not alone. Amortization, term, fixed, variable… where does it end? Luckily, you’ve come across the right article. Here is a breakdown of five terms you need to know about a mortgage, so you’ll be confident when dealing with your lender, and another step closer to owning your own home.