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Motivation for Renovation

Tuesday May 23rd, 2017

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With the spring market swinging toward summer, property sales are still feeling the heat. Here are five renovation tips that can help you get the most money for your property. Update Flooring Buyers are looking for updated flooring when evaluating potential homes for purchase. Remove any outdated carpeting and replace with either hardwood flooring, laminate, or ceramic tiles. Surfaces like these are easier to clean and alleviate allergy flare-ups. New Fixtures and... [read more]

5 New Ways to Celebrate Mother's Day with Mom

Tuesday May 23rd, 2017

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  Mother’s Day is upon us and if you have yet to find the perfect gift for mom, worry not! We’ve rounded up five amazing events and workshops in Toronto you can attend with her. Let the experience show her just how much you love and appreciate her!     For The Foodie Mum: Mother’s Day Walking Food Tour Saturday, May 13th from 1:30PM - 3:30PM Hit the streets for a local walking tour focused on showcasing the culinary delights and... [read more]

Leslieville Food & Drink Festival 2017

Tuesday Apr 25th, 2017

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On Saturday, May 6th, join us and indulge in the second annual Leslieville Food & Drink Festival featuring cuisine, wine, beer, spirits, and arts from over 40 Eastside restaurants, breweries, wineries, and artists. In support of local business and the Michael Garron Hospital. The festival features: – Cuisine, Craft Beer, Wine from the East – Art Gallery Feature – Artisan Food Market – Silent Auction – Live Music The festival will... [read more]

7 Ways to Naturally Freshen Up Your Home For Selling

Tuesday Apr 25th, 2017

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  Prepping your house to put it up on the market can be a bit of a process, but putting in the time upfront to freshen it up can pay off in the end. When a potential buyer comes through the front door, you want their first breath to smell like home (and full-asking price).     DONE AND DUSTED Sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but the best way to freshen up your living area is to get rid of the dirt, right down to the dust particles. A clean microfibre... [read more]

3 Ways To Stand Out In The Spring Market

Tuesday Apr 25th, 2017

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Spring: The season of the year when the flowers are blooming, the birds are chirping and there are numerous new listings on the market. Although the spring can be one of the best times to list your home, it can also be one of the most competitive times. We recently asked our RE/MAX Influencers—a panel consisting of RE/MAX Sales Associates from throughout Canada—for their top tips of how sellers can stand out during the busy spring market. 1 – Clean up... [read more]

Family-Focused March Break 2017 Activities Around Toronto

Tuesday Apr 25th, 2017

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  March is already here and with it comes the much anticipated March Break for children and youth across the city. We've rounded up 7 awesome family-focused events and activities happening in Toronto for you to check out with the kids this year.  Wizard World Fun Park has been dubbed “Toronto’s Ultimate March Break destination”. With daily live shows, over 25 carnival rides, exotic reptiles, games, magic shows, and carnival treats, we can see why;... [read more]

Winter Stations Take Over The Beaches

Tuesday Apr 25th, 2017

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  This year’s Winter Stations Design Competition, the temporary interactive exhibit, launched on Family Day transforming lifeguard stations across the city’s east end beaches, from the foot of Woodbine Avenue all the way to Balmy Beach Club.  Now in its third year, Winter Stations showcases 8 art installations designed to celebrate Toronto’s winter waterfront landscape. The theme this year is “catalyst”, with artists and designers asked to... [read more]

DIY Home Energy Survey Checklist

Tuesday Apr 25th, 2017

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In our minds, when it comes to the home, nothing beats a good Do-It-Yourself project. When a house has specific energy-related issues, homeowners and potential buyers can begin the diagnostic process. We recognize that this isn’t necessarily a replacement for professional evaluations, but the DIY approach can help to uncover issues for quick fixes or further investigation.   Take the time to inspect the items on our list below and make note of any stand out... [read more]

Celebrating Family Day 2017 in Toronto

Tuesday Apr 25th, 2017

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  Family Day 2017 is around the corner and we’ve rounded up some local Toronto events for an array of fun family-focused activities. For more information on any of the events posted, click the images.   FAMILY FUN FEST   WHERE: Downsview Park, 40 Carol Road, Toronto, ON WHEN: Saturday, February 18th - Monday, February 20th DETAILS: Come check out Toronto’s indoor amusement park with over 30,000 square feet of rides, activities, and... [read more]

Canada Day Events Around Toronto and the GTA

Tuesday Apr 25th, 2017

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Get ready to celebrate Canada's 149th birthday with events happening around the city of Toronto and surrounding areas, with family attractions such as parades and midway rides, markets, live performances, and - of course - fireworks! For a full breakdown of the day's events across the GTA, check out this curated list. [read more]

Victoria Day Weekend Events in Toronto

Tuesday Apr 25th, 2017

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While many people use the Victoria Day long weekend as an opportunity to escape the city and partake in their first camping excursion of the season, the city of Toronto comes alive at this time with various events to keep you busy all weekend long. With events focusing around food, culture, music, film, and dancing, Toronto is offering up something for just about everyone. Check out this curated list of events from blogTO and start filling up your weekend! [read more]

Spring Into Home Maintenance

Tuesday Apr 25th, 2017

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Spring has sprung! With the warmer weather finally upon us, now is the time to give your home a maintenance inspection to ensure everything is ready - and fresh! - for the coming months.                     Indoor Maintenance: Inspect and change out HVAC filters (monthly) Inspect fire extinguisher for adequate pressure and wear Test smoke detectors Rotate/flip mattresses/cushions Shake out... [read more]

The Future Looks Bright! Greater Toronto 2016 Housing Market Outlook

Tuesday Apr 25th, 2017

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CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD FULL REPORT For more information on this or on the real estate market in Beaches, Riverdale, Leslieville, Danforth Village or any of the Greater Toronto Neighborhoods, please contact us Wafa Masri or Jalila Freve (416) 699-9292 or www.weselltoronto.com, to answer any of your questions or for a complimentary home evaluation. [read more]

Why wait for the Spring Market - Winter can be an excellent time to buy a house!

Tuesday Apr 25th, 2017

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So real estate wizards tells us that spring and summer are the prime seasons for house hunting. Buyers are more likely to get out and shop when the weather is nice. It is a more pleasant time of year, and sellers know their yards look better when not covered in snow. Yet there are some very compelling and logical reasons for going shopping for a house in the fall and winter. Here are some pros & cons to buying a home in November & December. PROS Fewer Buyers to Compete... [read more]

25 Halloween Safety Tips

Tuesday Apr 25th, 2017

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Halloween should be a fun and exciting time for the whole family. These safety tips for parents, children and homeowners will keep everyone safe and happy this Halloween. Tips for Parents 1. Do not use masks. Masks make it hard for children to see what’s around them, including cars. Try a hypoallergenic (less likely to cause an allergic reaction), non-toxic make-up kit instead. 2. Make or buy costumes in light-coloured material. 3. Place strips of reflective tape on the... [read more]

Best Summer Camps in Toronto

Tuesday Apr 25th, 2017

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As the school year comes to an end you may think, “Why should I send my kid to camp?”, but then you realize why it can change your child’s life. Camp is where your kids can build relationships with others, build team working skills, learn things that you should know in the adult world, but in a kid-friendly environment. Not all camps are the same, but that’s what makes each individual camp unique. The following are 5 quite popular camps in the GTA. The Ontario Science... [read more]

The Best Farmers Markets in Toronto

Tuesday Apr 25th, 2017

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You may think, “Why bother going to a farmer’s market when there’s a grocery store a block away?” Well, there are many reasons you should shop at farmer’s markets, rather than the local grocery. Farmer’s markets give you the opportunity to eat local, so you know where your food is coming from! Rather than 600km away, it comes from farms that are much closer to home. That also means that the closer food is, the fresher it is, which means the tastier! Buying... [read more]

16 Tips You Can Increase Your Investment Property Value & Profit From It

Wednesday Apr 26th, 2017

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Now that you bought your investment property and have a tenant in there, how do you increase property value without having to fork out a lot of money? Besides inflation, you can also make some changes yourself in order to get that extra equity out from your investment. 1. Painting the property Painting is one of the most common methods to increase property value with less money. A well-painted property can enhance the curb appeal of the area and make tenants feel as if they are... [read more]

Is Downsizing Right for you?

Wednesday Apr 26th, 2017

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The number of people choosing to downsize from their current homes to a more manageably sized one is on the rise. Many say continuing to maintain a large family home can be difficult –  both physically and financially Zoomers(baby boomers with ZIP) moving have so many options — from buying another house or condominium to moving into a rental accommodation, independent living community or continuing care retirement community. Some of the Advantages to... [read more]

Reasons why the Bank of Canada will keep interest rates low

Wednesday Apr 26th, 2017

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Reasons why the Bank of Canada will keep interest rates low The Bank of Canada announced on September 3rd, 2014 that it was holding its trend-setting overnight lending rate at 1 per cent. The overnight rate has not moved in four years. It’s likely that it will remain where it is for some time yet.  Why? 1) Inflation is on target -- Inflation recently increased and is tracking close to the Bank’s 2 per cent target. However, the Bank believes the... [read more]

Helpful Back to School Guide

Wednesday Apr 26th, 2017

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I hope you can use this back-to-school checklist to make sure you're ready when the big day arrives. After all, there's a lot to accomplish before school begins! If you start early, you can easily tackle this list in just a few weeks, and the payoff will be a much easier back-to-school season for your entire family.   Have a Fashion Show Before you head out to the mall for new clothes, have each child try on the clothes they haven’t worn since... [read more]

Helpful Back to School Guide

Wednesday Apr 26th, 2017

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I hope you can use this back-to-school checklist to make sure you're ready when the big day arrives. After all, there's a lot to accomplish before school begins! If you start early, you can easily tackle this list in just a few weeks, and the payoff will be a much easier back-to-school season for your entire family.   Have a Fashion Show Before you head out to the mall for new clothes, have each child try on the clothes they haven’t worn since... [read more]

Helpful Back to School Guide

Wednesday Apr 26th, 2017

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I hope you can use this back-to-school checklist to make sure you're ready when the big day arrives. After all, there's a lot to accomplish before school begins! If you start early, you can easily tackle this list in just a few weeks, and the payoff will be a much easier back-to-school season for your entire family.   Have a Fashion Show Before you head out to the mall for new clothes, have each child try on the clothes they haven’t worn since... [read more]

60 Reason Why We Love Toronto

Wednesday Apr 26th, 2017

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What an amazing city we are blessed to call home! It’s easy to leave, just as easy to come back and if we don’t love it who will?   1. It is the Centre of the (Canadian) universe. 2. We can finally buy a decent burrito. 3. We can hang up our laundry without stirring up gossip. 4. We have independent bookstores in every neighbourhood – and new ones are still opening. 5. Our sports teams wear blue and purple, and... [read more]

60 Reason Why We Love Toronto

Wednesday Apr 26th, 2017

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What an amazing city we are blessed to call home! It’s easy to leave, just as easy to come back and if we don’t love it who will?   1. It is the Centre of the (Canadian) universe. 2. We can finally buy a decent burrito. 3. We can hang up our laundry without stirring up gossip. 4. We have independent bookstores in every neighbourhood – and new ones are still opening. 5. Our sports teams wear blue and purple, and... [read more]

Is Downsizing Your Home Right For You?

Wednesday Apr 26th, 2017

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The number of Zoomers choosing to downsize from their current homes to a more manageably sized one is on the rise. Many say continuing to maintain a large family home can be difficult –  both physically and financially. Zoomers moving have so many options — from buying another house or condominium to moving into a rental accommodation, independent living community or continuing care retirement community.   Some of the advantages to downsizing may... [read more]

Top 10 Mistakes to Avoid When Buying a New Construction Condo or Home

Wednesday Apr 26th, 2017

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Buying a new construction home, whether a condo, townhouse or detached is a bit different then buying a resale. 10 Mistakes to watch when buying a new build in Toronto:  Mistake #1: They fall in love with the model home Most people fall in love with the model, but you have to realize that everything you see in that model home is often an upgrade.  Upgrades are a major portion of a builder’s 10% to 20% profit margin. Mistake #2: They trust the floor plan Condo... [read more]

Top March Break Events in Toronto!

Wednesday Apr 26th, 2017

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Not everyone can get away for March Break. Check out these cool and fun activities in Toronto and the GTA that will make you and your child jump for joy and chase away those winter blues.   The Toronto Zoo   The Toronto Zoo is Canada's premier zoo known for its interactive education and conservation activities. Want an easy way to turn your child’s frown into a smile? Visit the Toronto Zoo’s adorable baby polar bear cub and giant... [read more]

Getting the Most Money When Selling your Home

Wednesday Apr 26th, 2017

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Start with an Open Mind Take a tour with a Realtor and get some outside opinions on what areas you should focus your dollars on and what’s needed to get the maximum offers. Too often investors/home owners become either too emotionally attached or not attached at all. I have worked with investors who were renovating a property and blew their budget on some obscenely expensive tile they “had to have” and had nothing left for furnishing the place. On the other hand... [read more]

Winter Survival Guide

Wednesday Apr 26th, 2017

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Winter is in full force.  There's nothing we can do about the weather, but here are some things you can do to make the cold winter months more bearable.   Learn how to wrap layers Start with a tank top, a long sleeve thermal, a t-shirt, a flano (flannelette), a hoodie, a neck warmer & toque, then pull the hood over the toque,  wrap a scarf around the hood & toque covering your mouth so only the eyes are showing. Then add... [read more]

PREPARING YOUR HOME FOR WINTER

Wednesday Apr 26th, 2017

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Don't let the winter catch you unprepared. Here are a few tips that you can do to get your home winter ready.    Have the Furnace Inspected Call an HVAC professional to check the fan belt that runs the blower, vacuum out dust and debris, and oil the bearings if necessary. Buy enough filters to see you through the winter months and change them monthly--when filters become clogged with dust, the furnace doesn't operate efficiently and your energy bill goes up. Set... [read more]

Secrets to a Stress-Free Thanksgiving

Wednesday Apr 26th, 2017

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Stay Connected To the Meaning of Giving Thanks   Make a point to use the entire week of Thanksgiving to focus on who and what you are grateful for in your life. Consider keeping a gratitude journal or starting a new tradition on Thanksgiving Day for everyone to talk about what they are grateful for. If the prospect of seeing a member of your family or an in-law makes you tense, take a few minutes during the week to write down at least three reasons you have to be thankful for... [read more]

Five renovations that don’t add value to your home

Wednesday Apr 26th, 2017

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Every homeowner must pay for routine home maintenance, such as replacing old wiring or plumbing, or staining the deck, but some choose to make improvements with the intention of increasing the home's value. Certain projects such as adding a well thought-out family room - or other functional space - can be a wise investment, as they do add to the value of the home. Other projects, however, allow little opportunity to recover the costs when it's time to sell. Even though... [read more]

Why it's a bad idea to work with more then one real estate agent

Wednesday Apr 26th, 2017

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Every day we receive phone calls and emails from potential buyers and sellers asking for help in getting some information on specific properties or for help in buying & selling a home. One of the first questions we ask everyone is, "Are you working with an agent?"  Sometimes the answer is, "Yes, I am working with my friend (or son, or cousin, etc.)"  Not everyone knows how the real estate process works, so we like to explain it to them and... [read more]

8 Things On My To Do List This Summer - What's on Your List???

Wednesday Apr 26th, 2017

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We decided that this year before time got away from us we would put together a Summer To Do List that includes great activities & well-earned downtime! What's on your list??   1. Get out from behind the TV,  it’s a long winter and we can catch up on everything when it’s cold and miserable outside!  2. Remind ourselves that weekends are for playing, not for doing chores. Our summer resolution: Do laundry in the... [read more]

Planning an extended holiday or retirement in Sunny Florida or Arizona? Here's a little checklist before you go.

Wednesday Apr 26th, 2017

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  Buy travel insurance early Canadian health coverage is limited in the United States, not adequate for medical emergencies, and travel coverage often can't be bought after you've left Canada.  Many providers offer a discount when policies are bought well in advance of departure. In addition, if you develop a medical condition before your trip and you haven't already secured a policy, this could delay or prevent coverage. To save on premiums, choose a policy... [read more]

Here Are Some Great Ways for Staying Active in Retirement!

Wednesday Apr 26th, 2017

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You’ve dreamed of it all your life – retiring and having the freedom to follow your passion, whether it be volunteering, writing the next great novel, sleeping late or travelling the world. With people living longer these days, you have many years ahead of you to enjoy. That’s why it’s important to stay active during retirement. Here are five ways to stay active during your retirement years.    1. Join the Toronto... [read more]

What Not To Buy Mom For Mother's Day!

Wednesday Apr 26th, 2017

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I wanted to dedicate this week's Blog to all the wonderful Moms out there!  Here are a few gifts you should avoid giving on Mother's Day.   Cleaning Equipment The last thing you want is Mom to feel like is that she is your maid. Don't put a damper on her day by reminding her of household chores.   Cooking Paraphernalia Rather then giving her something she has to cook with why not suggest that you make... [read more]

What Not To Buy Mom For Mother's Day!

Wednesday Apr 26th, 2017

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I wanted to dedicate this week's Blog to all the wonderful Moms out there!  Here are a few gifts you should avoid giving on Mother's Day.   Cleaning Equipment The last thing you want is Mom to feel like is that she is your maid. Don't put a damper on her day by reminding her of household chores.   Cooking Paraphernalia Rather then giving her something she has to cook with why not suggest that you make... [read more]

Creating Retirement Wealth with Real Estate

Wednesday Apr 26th, 2017

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Tips to Buying a Turn Key Investment Property We have compiled this short but fundamental list to take into consideration if you want to buy a lucrative and highly profitable Investment Property.   1. Choose a proven real estate professional that specializes in investment properties. Ensuring you are using the right investment property specialist will give you peace of mind and is essential for a successful investment. Check the Realtor’s track record, ask... [read more]

Are You Financially Equipped For Retirement? Here's a Guideline to Get You Ready!!

Wednesday Apr 26th, 2017

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Start Saving Canadians spend an average of 20 years in retirement. If you’re not saving, it’s time to start.   Estimate Your Retirement Needs Experts estimate that you will need about 70% of your preretirement income – for lower income earners, the figure is 90% or more – just to maintain your current standard of living when you stop working.   Participate in a Workplace Retirement Savings Plan If your employer... [read more]

Are You Financially Equipped For Retirement? Here's a Guideline to Get You Ready!!

Wednesday Apr 26th, 2017

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Start Saving Canadians spend an average of 20 years in retirement. If you’re not saving, it’s time to start.   Estimate Your Retirement Needs Experts estimate that you will need about 70% of your preretirement income – for lower income earners, the figure is 90% or more – just to maintain your current standard of living when you stop working.   Participate in a Workplace Retirement Savings Plan If your employer... [read more]

HANDLING YOUR INHERITANCE WISELY

Wednesday Apr 26th, 2017

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  Canada’s Zoomers are in line to inherit a vast cumulative fortune in their retirement years. Here are a few helpful guidelines with spending and investing your inheritance.   Start with your children’s education Helping your children pursue post-secondary education is a costly proposition. Use the first big chunk of your inheritance here because it will help set them up for success, as well as provide you with a guaranteed 20% return. That is the... [read more]

HANDLING YOUR INHERITANCE WISELY

Wednesday Apr 26th, 2017

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  Canada’s Zoomers are in line to inherit a vast cumulative fortune in their retirement years. Here are a few helpful guidelines with spending and investing your inheritance.   Start with your children’s education Helping your children pursue post-secondary education is a costly proposition. Use the first big chunk of your inheritance here because it will help set them up for success, as well as provide you with a guaranteed 20% return. That is the... [read more]

A Grandparent's Guide

Wednesday Apr 26th, 2017

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Seven Easy Steps to Handling Your New Role   1. Set the Stage for Peaceful Relationships Right from the get-go, many expecting parents experience tension or a feeling of being torn between two – or even three or four – sets of grandparents forcefully asserting their wishes. It's a recipe for stress that soon-to-be moms and dads definitely don't need. As much as you can, stay positive, be flexible, and go with the flow. Focus on supporting the expecting... [read more]

The Perks & Pitfalls of Retirement Living & Investing Abroad

Wednesday Apr 26th, 2017

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  Are you thinking of retirement lifestyle abroad? Dwindling pension benefits are forcing many Canadians to rethink how they’ll spend their golden years, but that doesn’t necessarily mean giving up their dreams of a sun-soaked retirement. Some experts say that with proper planning, uprooting to an exotic locale can actually help cash-strapped seniors stretch their retirement dollars. Here are a few of the advantages & disadvantages to consider.  Most people... [read more]

Paradise Retirement Destinations Beyond Canada's Border for $1500 a Month

Wednesday Apr 26th, 2017

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  There comes a time in all our lives when we or a loved one is looking to downsize, move to a warmer climate, or enter assisted living. Do you know all your different retirement options? As your RE/MAX Global Real Estate Specialist I can assist you. There are still numerous countries around the world where unspoiled natural beauty, secluded beaches, friendly people, and a relaxed way of life are waiting for you. And you don't have to spend a fortune to enjoy them. In... [read more]

Keep More of Your Money - 7 Tax Saving Tips for Seniors

Wednesday Apr 26th, 2017

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1. INCOME SPLIT AND SAVE Seniors are allowed to split up to half of their eligible pension income with a spouse or common-law partner. Income splitting allows some seniors to enjoy a significant tax reduction. In the situation where the lower-income spouse has very little income, the tax savings are substantial.   2. GET YOUR BENEFITS Any senior receiving Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS) through Old Age Security should file on time to ensure their benefits continue... [read more]

Keep More of Your Money - 7 Tax Saving Tips for Seniors

Wednesday Apr 26th, 2017

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1. INCOME SPLIT AND SAVE Seniors are allowed to split up to half of their eligible pension income with a spouse or common-law partner. Income splitting allows some seniors to enjoy a significant tax reduction. In the situation where the lower-income spouse has very little income, the tax savings are substantial.   2. GET YOUR BENEFITS Any senior receiving Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS) through Old Age Security should file on time to ensure their benefits continue... [read more]

Keep More of Your Money - 7 Tax Saving Tips for Seniors

Wednesday Apr 26th, 2017

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1. INCOME SPLIT AND SAVE Seniors are allowed to split up to half of their eligible pension income with a spouse or common-law partner. Income splitting allows some seniors to enjoy a significant tax reduction. In the situation where the lower-income spouse has very little income, the tax savings are substantial.   2. GET YOUR BENEFITS Any senior receiving Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS) through Old Age Security should file on time to ensure their benefits continue... [read more]

7 Reasons Why Sex is Better After 50...

Wednesday Apr 26th, 2017

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  So, you have heard that sex after 50 sucks. Experts have predicted nothing but a dismal sex drive and decreasing hormones for women who have survived half a century. Hmmm…are you sure they are talking sense? After all, there are plenty of women in their 50's who are kicking up a wild storm and rediscovering their sexuality. What’s stopping you? If you need more persuasion, take a look at these top 7 Reasons Why Sex is Better After 50…   1. NO... [read more]

7 Reasons Why Sex is Better After 50...

Wednesday Apr 26th, 2017

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  So, you have heard that sex after 50 sucks. Experts have predicted nothing but a dismal sex drive and decreasing hormones for women who have survived half a century. Hmmm…are you sure they are talking sense? After all, there are plenty of women in their 50's who are kicking up a wild storm and rediscovering their sexuality. What’s stopping you? If you need more persuasion, take a look at these top 7 Reasons Why Sex is Better After 50…   1. NO... [read more]

Nine Things To Do Once, Maybe Twice, When You're Over 50!

Wednesday Apr 26th, 2017

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  You know all those little things you told yourself you couldn’t do when you were younger!   1. Learn to speak a foreign language, at least a little. 2. Fall in love with a younger man or an older woman.                                 3. Learn to sing a new song and perform it in front of someone. 4. Write a play or a novel. Write letters to all your loved ones 5. Get in... [read more]

Toronto Seniors Living Options

Wednesday Apr 26th, 2017

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There are many different types of senior living options available today. Each offers a different lifestyle and level of care. Below is a brief description of some of your options INDEPENDENT RETIREMENT LIVING There are many intimate and luxurious retirement residences. Independent Retirement Living communities are ideal for seniors capable of living alone and for those who do not require specialized care (though Home Care is available for those who may need extra assistance). The... [read more]

Toronto Seniors Living Options

Wednesday Apr 26th, 2017

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There are many different types of senior living options available today. Each offers a different lifestyle and level of care. Below is a brief description of some of your options INDEPENDENT RETIREMENT LIVING There are many intimate and luxurious retirement residences. Independent Retirement Living communities are ideal for seniors capable of living alone and for those who do not require specialized care (though Home Care is available for those who may need extra assistance). The... [read more]

Top 5 Travel Destinations - Do you Agree??

Tuesday Apr 25th, 2017

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Which ones would you choose? 1. Colombia Until recently Colombia was thought of as a no-go zone for tourists, but travellers are now realising what the locals have always known – Colombia is a gorgeous, friendly country with something for everyone. 2. Laos With crowded cities, abusive street-hawkers and chaotic traffic, travel in Southeast Asia can be exhausting. In contrast, a visit to the tiny land-locked country... [read more]

Picking the best and letting go of the rest! 10 Downsizing Tips

Tuesday Apr 25th, 2017

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It’s human nature to save and tuck things away just in case we need them. A move presents a perfect opportunity to simplify... A chance to free yourself from all the “stuff” you really don’t need or use. As we get older, our lifestyle simplifies when we transition to a smaller home. We cook less, have little or no yard maintenance, and change many of our activities. The sorting process for the move shifts from picking a few items to discard, to “picking... [read more]

FREE EXECUTOR KIT: A checklist for choosing an executor

Tuesday Apr 25th, 2017

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1. Make a list of the people you know and trust who could do the executor job well.  2. Consider the advantages of appointing more than one executor to work together. Perhaps neither one alone has all the tools necessary to get the job done, but as a team they do. This also has the benefit of sharing the load on more than one set of shoulders, and providing checks and balances - two heads may well be better than one. 3. Consider the value of a corporate executor, to reduce strain on... [read more]

Nine Things That May Disappear in Our Lifetime

Tuesday Apr 25th, 2017

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As part of the Zoomer Generation it's hard to believe these things may not be part of our children and grand children's lives. I posted this back in October but felt is was worth sharing again!   Whether these changes are good or bad depends in part on how we adapt to them. But ready or not, here they come.....   1. The Post Office  Get ready to imagine a world without the post office. They are so deeply in financial trouble that there is probably no... [read more]

Every Canadian Should Have a Will and Estate Plan

Tuesday Apr 25th, 2017

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1. Your family won’t starve in the cold. Without an estate plan you may not leave enough money to your family to make sure they’ll always be warm and well fed. 2. Less of your estate will pay a permanent visit to the income tax department. Without an estate plan you won’t be able to take advantage of tax-saving strategies. 3. Your family won’t have to weep before a judge to get the right to manage your estate. If you don’t make a... [read more]

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