Univeristy student friends outside in city

Long hours of studying before an exam. The first difficult presentation in a course. Cheering on the athletes at the big game. For university and college students, this is what post-secondary education is all about—and they’re said to be some of the best years of your life.

But what about the future? Is it a good idea to purchase a home while still getting a certification or degree? It’s not an easy answer. Let’s go over the things you should consider. 

Durham Region Housing Market Analysis

One of the greatest considerations you should take into account before purchasing a home is the real estate market in your ideal area. But here are some of the facts: Durham Region, like the rest of the GTA, has seen housing prices increase over the past…

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Aerial of suburban homes and street

The community of Brooklin, Ontario is part of the Durham Region and is found within the town of Whitby.

This historic community has seen a boom in economic growth and development over the years, as many buyers, particularly families, have moved into the area. Brooklin is known for its welcoming community, easy access to major highways, and safe residential neighbourhoods. The community hosts numerous events and festivals during the year, especially during autumn and winter. 

Consistently growing in population, Brooklin offers residents an escape from the big city lifestyle, and instead offers a mixture of suburban and rural living—although you’re never far away from fun and excitement. 

A Long History

Primarily made up of peaceful,…

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People discussing home selling offer at table

Selling your home is a huge undertaking! There’s so much that goes into the process. But if you find yourself in the fortunate situation where you have multiple offers on your home, what are your next steps? How can you make the best decision? We’ve compiled some important steps to help you pick the best offer for your home. 

Discuss Offer Expectations

When you’re starting the process of listing your home, one of the first things you want to ask yourself is this: What are my offer expectations? What do I hope to sell my home for?

If you have a partner or family members who are involved in the process, it’s important to discuss this with them, too. They can likely provide some additional insight, and you can all get on the same page.

A real…

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Our phones are on us pretty much 24/7. They’re likely the first thing you check when you wake up, and the last thing you check before you go to sleep. Why wouldn’t you use it to make your life easier? 

From transit to food, there are simple ways that you can better connect with your community. So whether you’re new to the area or just spending some time in the Durham Region, here are a few apps that will help make your life more convenient. 

Ridesharing and Delivery Apps

If you’re new to the Durham Region or even to Ontario, you might wonder which apps are most popular for ridesharing and delivery. By far, Uber (and by extension Uber Eats) and Lyft are the most frequently used in the area, as well as DoorDash and SkipThe Dishes. 

However,…

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Home with sold sign out front

If you’re about to begin the process of selling your Durham Region home, or if this is simply something you’ve been considering, then you’ve probably asked yourself the question, “Well, how much can I get for my home?”

Of course, this is a difficult question to answer! The short answer is that this depends on a wide variety of factors, particular to each individual property. However, if you’re feeling particularly lost in regards to how to price your home, we have a few tips that can help steer you in the right direction!

Know Your Home’s Worth

The very basis of understanding what to price your home comes from what exactly your home is worth. That being said, this isn’t always any easy thing to figure out. Some things that will affect your…

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happy realtor women from dan plowman team in a home for sale

You’re preparing to purchase a home in Ontario. Congratulations on such a huge step! Because this is likely one of the largest purchases you’ll ever make, you’ll want to be sure that you’re safe and protected. That’s where home insurance comes in!

Home insurance helps protect you in case of an accident—and there are many different policies you can choose from. We’ll help answer a few of your most frequently asked questions.

The Basics of Ontario Home Insurance

Although no, you’re not required to have home insurance by law, it is definitely recommended (and a lot of the time absolutely necessary!) that you purchase home insurance for your property. The fact is, mortgage lenders and banks usually prevent you from completing the purchase on your…

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Pickering Bungalow for Sale

New Durham Region homes for sale pop up nearly every day, so there is always something to search for if you're in the market for Southern Ontario real estate. We're constantly seeing new properties that excite us for their ideal locations, great design elements and potential to be a new family home or investment property. From beautiful detached homes to luxury properties and sleek townhouses, you can find a wide range of Durham Region real estate for sale. These are just a few homes that have recently come on the market that we think you should know about.

Beautiful Modern Bungalow in Oshawa

954 Greenleaf Circle, Oshawa

Ideally located in North Oshawa, this beautiful modern bungalow has a wealth of features that will appeal to all…

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Aerial view of Clarington, ON and surrounding areas

Clarington, a portmanteau of the towns Clarke and Darlington, is a collection of urban and rural communities, with its largest being the town of Bowmanville.

Known for being family-friendly, this peaceful and safe Durham Region area has a rapidly growing real estate market. Clarington appeals to those who want to move away from the bustling urban centers of Toronto or Oshawa, but instead strike the perfect balance between urban and rural living. 

The historic communities of Clarington have a lot to offer in terms of real estate—and provide small-town charm that is hard to come by in the surrounding cities. 

Luxury By The Lake

Clarington is composed of a number of smaller communities, some of which are located in prime areas right along…

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Luxury home in residential GTA neighborhood

Durham Region, with its multitude of parks and trails and proximity to Toronto, is a great place to settle down. If you’re interested in purchasing a luxury home in this area, there are a few things you should know before you go ahead and sign on the dotted line!

Take A Tour Before You Buy

Arguably one of the most exciting parts of searching for your new luxury home is going through the images of active listings. But be careful of getting too attached to photos! It’s suggested that you visit the home in-person before making any decisions.

Sometimes, you may notice that the home is not exactly the same as pictured—for better or for worse! Maybe it feels smaller when you walk in… or even larger! Other times, you might become aware of something…

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Child trying to get in the fenced in swimming pool

Buying a Durham Region home for the family can truly be an exciting and monumental moment in your life, especially if you want to buy a home with a swimming pool for endless summer fun. 

However, this also means taking care to protect the family, especially little ones, around the tips for safety around the pool. 

Having a swimming pool in your backyard is a great excuse to host guests and be the fun home for entertaining in the summers. It’s also a great reason for the kids to be outdoors when the sun is shining. 

Following important safety tips in regard to keeping your children and family safe around the swimming pool will make for a more stress-free environment that you can simply enjoy the sunshine in. 

Keep Equipment In Mind 

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