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Preparing a thorough budget is one of the keys to a successful home purchase. Of course, it's not just a property's sticker price that buyers need to consider. If you're getting ready to buy your dream home, there are several other costs you'll have to cover before you can take ownership. 

By knowing what to expect financially, you can avoid being caught off guard on closing day. Here are the major costs you'll be responsible for before you can call your new living space home...

Deposit 

A deposit is required when you make an offer on a home. This money will count towards your down payment, and you ultimately get to decide on the amount (though higher sums are more attractive to sellers). While it's true that your deposit is due early on

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Are you gearing up to purchase a home? If you're like most buyers, you'll need to obtain a mortgage first. Unfortunately, this step can be stressful, time-confusing, and a little bit confusing. Many buyers find themselves wondering what lenders are looking for—and how they can secure a loan that will truly meet their needs.

The good news is, there are a few things you can do to help ensure that the path to homeownership is smooth. If you're preparing to apply for a mortgage, here are five tips for increasing your chances of success...

1) Whip your credit into shape

Credit is one of the first things lenders look at, so it's important to get yours looking as good as possible. Start by getting a copy of your credit report. If it contains any

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Summer is well underway, but it’s also far from over. For those of us lucky enough to live in Vaughan, there’s no shortage of fun, family-friendly attractions and events to check out before fall begins. Explore the natural world, hop on an amusement-park ride, or enjoy some incredible cuisine—just don’t forget the sunscreen!

If you’re ready to help your kids make the most of summer in Vaughan, here are five things to do before the school year begins...

1) Visit Canada's Wonderland

Canada’s Wonderland is one of the top destinations for families not only here in Vaughan, but across the country. The incredible rides and games at this massive theme park are a huge draw for fun-seekers of all ages. If you have little ones, you’ll want to visit

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Are you thinking of selling your home? If so, you may be wondering about the best time of year to do it. While conventional wisdom says that spring is ideal, that’s not always the case. There are actually some major advantages to putting your home on the market during the summer. With a bit of planning, selling during the hottest months can make for a quick, profitable, and low-stress experience.

If you’re trying to decide when to sell your home, here are five reasons to consider the summer...

1) It’s a great time for curb appeal

No doubt about it: homes tend to show well in the summer. The grass is green, the sky is blue, and the sun is lighting up every inch of your property. It all makes for fantastic curb appeal—which is important, since

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Are you ready to buy a home for the first time? If so, there are a few things you should know. While finding the perfect place to live is a rewarding experience, it can also be complicated. From obtaining a mortgage to setting a price range to hammering out your agreement with a seller, getting the process right is the key to success. Luckily, there are a few steps you can take to help ensure a great outcome.

If you're a first-time home buyer, here are five ways you can prepare for one of the biggest purchases you'll ever make...

1) Obtain pre-approval

First things first: if you're going to need financing, you should get pre-approved for a mortgage. During this process, a lender will look closely at your financial history and current

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Are you looking for the perfect family-friendly neighbourhood? From local schools to nearby recreational opportunities, there are many factors that determine whether a community is a great place to raise your kids. For many families, attractive, multi-functional green space is high up on the list. Whether you’re planning a hike, setting up an afternoon picnic, or just hoping to find a jungle gym your little ones can crawl around on, you’ll find plenty of fantastic options in and around our city.

From friendly neighbourhood parks to large conservation areas, here are five of the best green spaces in Vaughan...

1) Concord Thornhill Regional Park

While it’s well known for its off-leash dog area, Concord Thornhill Regional Park has a little bit

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Do you remember the feeling you got the first time you saw your house? Were you excited? Full of anticipation? If you're like most buyers, you were probably attracted to your home's exterior before you even set foot inside. Now that you're getting ready to sell, it's time to ensure that the home hunters who drop by for a tour get that same feeling—and the best way to do that is by boosting your curb appeal.

Fortunately, making the exterior of your house stand out doesn't have to take a lot of time or money. With a few simple improvements, you can grab the interest of more buyers and start paving the way toward a successful sale.

If you're about to put your home on the market, try these six quick tips to boost your curb appeal...

1) Add

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Are you searching for your perfect family home in Vaughan?

If you’re like most buyers, you probably have a pretty long list of "must-haves", and chances are that being near to great schools is one of them.

Fortunately, Vaughan has no shortage of great schools where your little ones can get a top-notch education. With a bit of consideration and some guidance from the right real estate agent, you can ensure that your next home is close to the one that’s ideal for your family.

Public schools in Vaughan are administered by the York Region District School Board. 

Without further ado, here are five impressive Vaughan schools that every parent should know about...

1) Michael Cranny Public School

Without a doubt, Michael Cranny Public School

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Few feelings compare to the one you get when you find the house of your dreams. It’s the moment when the time you’ve spent pouring over listings and attending home viewings finally starts to pay off. While you’re certainly entitled to celebrate at this stage, remember that you don’t own your ideal property just yet. Now is the time to secure your new home by impressing the seller with a truly irresistible offer.

To start, there are 6 parts to a home-purchasing offer that you should know:

  • Price - Depending on the local market conditions and information provided by your Real Estate Professional, the price you offer may be different from the seller's price.
  • Deposit - Your deposit shows good faith and will be applied against the purchase of
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Do you need to sell your home quickly? Many sellers find themselves in a situation where time is of the essence. Maybe you have to relocate for work, or to be closer to family. Perhaps you simply can’t wait to start the next chapter of your life. Whatever your reason for needing to sell your home in a hurry, there are steps you can take to help expedite the process.

If you’re looking to shorten your selling timeline, try our top five tips for a quick and convenient home sale...

1) Target your most likely buyer

Not every home buyer has the same needs and preferences. That’s why it pays to use a targeted approach. Knowing who’s most likely to purchase your home (whether it’s a growing family, a young professional, or a downsizer) allows you to

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