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Should we buy a fixer-upper?

You may not be able to afford a ready-made version of the house you want right now, but adding the components over time can get you there eventually.

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Stuck beside a run down semi, Secondary suites

Dear David, We own a semi in a modest neighbourhood. My husband wants to jazz it up with a concrete drive, new kitchen, new bathroom and a fence. The home “attached” to us is somewhat run down and I fear ours can’t shine next to it. Is it better to move and invest somewhere else?

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Countertop investment, Power of Attorney

Dear David, We’ve recently repainted our kitchen cabinets and would like to update the countertops. Quartz looks nice, but is it really worth the investment? – UNSURE ABOUT STONE DEAR UNSURE: Do the cabinets look good with a new coat of paint? If so, then go ahead with quartz counters. Quartz is a long-wearing choice

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Heritage home, First time buyers

Dear David, It’s my understanding that if you own a heritage home, you can’t change the outside but can do anything you want to the interior. Is that correct? – HISTORY BUFF DEAR HISTORY: Well, yes and no. There are different designations under the Ontario Heritage Act and individual homes may have unique considerations. Cities

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