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Deposit, Appreciation in Value, New Builds

Dear David, Do I need to put down a deposit when buying a home? How much do I need? – Ready to Buy Dear Ready, Putting down a deposit on a home you intend to buy is standard practise and shows the seller that you are acting in good faith. The amount that the seller

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Best Area in K-W, Ceramics Style, Right Sizing, Basement Finishing

Dear David, Where is the best area to live in K-W? – New in Town Dear New, Thankfully, Kitchener, Waterloo (and Cambridge) boast many great neighbourhoods with options to suit a wide variety of price ranges. The best area to live really depends on what works best for you: would you like amenities in walking

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Condo Home Inspection, First-time Home Buyers, Ceiling Damage

Dear David, Do I need a home inspection when buying a condo? – Unsure Dear Unsure, I always recommend a home inspection to my buyers, as a matter or good practise. That said, it really depends on how much of the property is under the responsibility of the condo corporation. In a high-rise apartment style

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Grants for Disabled, Freehold Condos, Property Tax

Dear David, Are there incentives available for people who are disabled and want to buy a home? Any renovation grants? – Looking for Options Dear Options, While the federal government does not have a program specifically for individuals with disabilities, the first-time Home Buyer’s Plan (HBP) extends grant eligibility for those living with a disability

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Condo Appreciation, Banks or Brokers, Staging, Foreclosures

DEAR DAVID: Is the appreciation on condominiums as fast as that of detached homes? – CONSIDERNG A CONDO DEAR CONDO: The short answer is yes, with certain stipulations. In the case of apartment condos (not townhouses), established properties like Seagram’s or Bauer Lofts seem to be pacing with the rest of the market. Some newer locations appear

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Viewing Homes, Financing, Realtor Fees, CMA

DEAR DAVID: How many homes should I be viewing before putting in a purchase offer? — NERVOUS BUYER DEAR NERVOUS: There is no magic number; you look until you find the one that feels like home. While some of my clients find the perfect place right away, others take time viewing numerous homes to feel

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