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Candles and Oil Lamp Caution

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Candles and oil lamps can create a warm indoor atmosphere. However, with our homes tightly sealed against the chill, remember that there’s not only a danger of fire, there’s also a risk of deadly carbon monoxide poisoning.

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Carbon Monoxide (CO) is a colourless, odourless gas. A working CO detector will keep your family safe. Don't just get it and forget it… test the CO Detector regularly. And read the instructions carefully. Also check the batteries AND replacement date. CO detectors are usually "good" for 5 to 7 years.

1. ‘Niblock’ in an eggshell finish by M&L Paint keeps it real in teal.

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2. ‘Studio Green’ by Farrow and Ball delivers dark, moody vibes.

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3. ‘Silver Celadon’ chalk finish paint by Behr is a trendy new neutral.

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4. And ‘Pink Quartz’ by Behr offers a grown-up take on the rosy hue.

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5. ‘Green Galore’ in high-gloss by Valspar makes for a daring display.

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6. ‘Black’ 2132-10 chalkboard paint in an eggshell finish by ben® helps you stay on top of your to-do list.

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7. ‘St. Antoine’ in BP 946 by Farrow & Ball feels fresh and light.

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8. ‘Highlighter’ DE5404 from Dunn-Edwards instantly brightens the mood in space.

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9. ‘Black Satin’ by Benjamin Moore adds vivid contrast to a mostly-white interior.

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10. ‘Vine Ripened Tomato’ JG-25 by Kilz and Magnolia Home is a bold choice both inside and out.

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Fall Home Maintenance Checklist

As winter inches closer, now’s the time to prepare by repairing your home. Repairs you make now will pay off tremendously in the future. Ensuring that your home’s cold-weather systems are running efficiently will save you money and major headaches in the long run.


Drain the Hose

Watering season is over, but you’re not done with your outdoor watering system quite yet. To avoid cracked hoses and burst faucets over the winter, turn off water valves in your home and drain all remaining water from the taps and hoses. Tip: Unrolling the hose down a gentle slope will let the water run out completely.

Clear Vents

To prevent ice dams — ridges of roof ice that prevent melting snow from draining — ensure attic vents are free of debris. Poor soffit ventilation can increase mold inside the house and damage wood shingles during the winter months. Tip: A leaf blower or a pass with a pressure washer will clear them out and prep them for winter snow.

Clean the Chimney

Ahhh, there’s nothing quite like the warming atmosphere of a wood-burning fireplace in the dead of winter. But once you’ve cozied up to your 70th fire, get that chimney inspected and cleaned of excess creosote, because it may cause chimney fires. Tip: Run the point of a fire poker inside the chimney liner and if there’s more than three millimetres of gunk, call a certified chimney sweep.

Store Pots and Planters

If you decide to keep your collection of colourful clay pots outside for winter, make sure you empty the soil before you do. The moisture in the earth will expand when frozen, which can crack those precious ceramic containers. Tip: Removing the soil now will make it easier to reposition and replant the pots come springtime.

Mind in the Gutter

Backed up gutters can cause all sorts of wintertime hassles such as roof leaks, ice dams and wall-focused water damage. Before the snow comes, get your gutters cleared out by a professional — leave ladders to the insured experts. Tip: Make sure all downspout extensions run at least 1.5 metres away from your home’s foundations.

Caulked and Ready

A thin line of silicone caulking is one of the best ways to seal gaps in siding, windows and door frames. If you can see a gap that’s bigger than the width of a nickel, you need to get on it, to stop drafts and water damage in their tracks. Tip: Pick up some weather stripping for doors as well — you shouldn’t be able to see daylight from inside your home.

Inspect the Roof

Pull out a pair of binoculars and give your roof a careful once-over. Keep your eyes peeled for damage or missing or loose shingles. Hire a handyman for patching jobs, or a roofing company for larger sections in need of some TLC before winter comes. Tip: Take time to investigate the flashing around chimneys and vent stacks, too.

A/C Prep

While it may be tempting to wrap your entire external air-conditioning unit in miles of plastic wrap, resist the urge. Doing this can cause corrosion and is an inviting spot for nesting rodents. Instead, place a piece of made-to-measure plywood over the unit during winter and protect it from large, falling icicles and snowdrifts.

Heating Up

Don’t wait until the thermometer dips below zero to think about your home’s heating system; prep now and be ready. A technician can inspect, test and clean your furnace or heat pump to ensure they’re in tip-top shape for winter. Tip: Ask for a carbon monoxide measurement at the same time as the inspection.

Flip it and Reverse it

If your home is kitted out with ceiling fans, check the settings for a reverse option. Running fans in the opposite direction creates an updraft, pushing down heated air, which can help reduce your energy bill. Tip: If you have high ceilings, consider switching out the fan units for ones that have this setting.


Before the temperature drops too much, make sure your home is ready to handle the cold, wet winter months. A little prep work and elbow grease now will go a long way to help your home weather the coming storms — literally.

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Where you live, the cost and age of your home, the type of heating source you have, and a variety of other factors influence the price of home insurance. According to, home insurance costs an average of $915 in Ontario. Residents of Toronto pay even more — an average of $1,150 per year. In Barrie they pay less, averaging $882 per year for home insurance. 

Home insurance can protect one of your most valuable possessions and make sure you are covered in the event you are liable for an accident on the premises. Policyholders may offer protection for several things:

  • Building and detached structures: This could include your home and possibly detached structures like your garage or shed.
  • Personal property: This may include your furniture, appliances, clothing and jewellery. 
  • Additional living expenses: If your home were to be deemed unfit to live in, due to fire damage for example, your policy may include reimbursement for additional expenses while residing away from home. 
  • Legal liability: This portion could protect you against lawsuits regarding your property.

You’ve put the effort into protecting your assets, which is a great start. Now, make sure you avoid these five things that could void your home insurance. 

1. Leaving your home vacant or unoccupied

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Everyone goes on vacation, and it’s important to have someone look after your property when you are gone. It’s even more important to have someone check up on your property if it’s sitting vacant, whether it’s waiting for new renters or to be sold. 

A lot of issues can happen within a short period of time, especially in the winter months. Insurers could require daily visits to occur if you are away for more than four consecutive days during the winter. This could mitigate any risks and prevent further destruction from burst pipes, snow damage or heat loss. 

If a property is left empty for more than 30 days it is considered vacant. If you don’t notify your insurance company of its vacancy, they could void your coverage. You may have to obtain a vacancy permit from your insurer to make sure your property is covered in the event of fire or water damage, or even vandalism. 

If you’re a snowbird and fly down south for roughly half the year, you would be leaving your house for far more than 30 days. Because there is intent to return, and furniture remains on the property, your home could be considered unoccupied rather than vacant. This determination doesn’t lessen any of the risks associated with extended absences though. Policyowners should ask their insurer for a list of things that need to be done to insure coverage never ceases while they’re away.

2. Not informing your insurer of major upgrades

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Investing in your home is never a bad idea, however, not informing your insurance provider of your renovations is. Certain renovations can increase the value of your home, along with its replacement cost. Make sure you inform your insurer of all work that has been done on your home to ensure you maintain adequate coverage. 

Some renovations that could increase your premiums:

  • Adding a pool 
  • Adding a basement unit
  • Adding a detached structure

There are also some renovations that could decrease your premiums:

  • New roof 
  • High-efficiency plumbing fixtures 
  • Alarm systems

Make sure your contractor has their own liability insurance and all the necessary permits before they start work on your home. 

3. Starting a home-based business

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Starting a home-based business can come with a lot of expenses. You may have inventory or high-value equipment, and you may even require visits from clients. You’ll want to make sure that you and your investment are protected. 

While some aspects may be covered by home insurance, you’ll want to check with your insurer. Home insurance policies typically protect your personal property, which may not include your business property. There is also added risk if a client comes to your home. If they slip and fall, you could be liable. Your home insurance policymay not be designed to cover these extra risks. Therefore, an insurer may recommend you have liability insurance, business interruption insurance, or commercial property insurance.

4. Conducting illicit activities on the premises

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Cannabis has been legal in Canada for close to a year, but there are still strict laws regarding growing plants at home, therefore, there are potential insurance risks as well. If you decide to grow more plants than the legal limit, your insurance company may void your policy for illegal criminal activity. 

Other insurance risks associated with cannabis include:

  • Water damage and mold
  • Electrical fires from grow lights
  • Personal liability if someone injures themselves under the influence on your property

Since cannabis is legal, disclose the presence of marijuana plants to your insurer. There could be exclusionary language, specific to growing marijuana, written into your home insurance policy. It would be in your best interest to make sure your policy keeps you covered.

5. Misrepresenting or omitting facts 

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When it comes to insurance, honesty is the best policy. Exaggerating damage, filing claims for damage or valuables that don’t exist, and omitting facts about your property are all considered insurance fraud. Omitting the fact that you have a wood burning fireplace and having subsequent fire damage would be one example. Not disclosing your property has a heritage designation may be another. 

Always answer insurance questions honestly and never exaggerate on a claim — otherwise, it could be costly. If your insurance provider discovers that you have lied on your claim, they can cancel your policy for non-disclosure, and add it to your record for three years. This means you might have to use high-risk insurance providers during that period and could pay more in premiums. 

To make sure your home insurance coverage never ceases, remember to update your insurer of all additions to your home, purposes of your property, and of any extended vacations or trips. Disclose all relevant facts about your home, and never exaggerate or file a false claim. You’ll want your home insurance to work for you if you ever need it.



20 Front Door Designs To Revamp Your Welcome

A splash of color or something even more unique, these 20 front door designs will revamp the welcome into your home. And it doesn’t take much to implement any of them! Do a quick makeover to add a something extra special to your home’s and feel inspired coming back from work everyday.

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Home Designing starts us off with a gorgeous wooden door built with contemporary style in mind. It’s got a slight industrial vibe as well, perfection for modern homes with a masculine, clean vision.

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Over at HGTV, we find a blue-framed glass door that’s hard not to swoon over. Again, we find ourselves looking at a piece that’s contemporary but it does well fitting into a more traditionally-styled home.

Sometimes all it takes is the right kind of color. A beautiful purple tone can pop off of a light-brick home and that golden hardware surely makes a stunning different, don’t you think? (via)

If you do the right kind of shopping, you can find a door that speaks to your more artistic side. Just check out this stunner featured over at HGTV, it fits perfectly into a home with tropical touches.

Design Rulz shows us another great example of how a new coat of paint can transform the face of your home. A dash of hot pink will certainly add a new wave of femininity and glam.

The Decor Fix shows off this yellow stunner. It’s a contemporary door design but that shade of sunshine will put an extra pep in the step of any guests that walk through the door.

Of course there are lots of great bits of inspiration on Pinterest, like this gunmetal blue door. It’s a beautiful makeover for a house with rustic charming and a welcoming ethos.

Shelterness featured this natural wooden design. We love how it’s become a functional piece of the home but also a piece of art that blends right into the home’s organic beauty.

Over at Home Designing, you’ll find this contemporary piece. With a starburst accent and a subtle, artistic vibe, you get something that’s completely unique to your home. It’s a great idea to spring from as well.

Red doors can quite a bit of fun and that splash of color can make the front of your home look brand new again. Find more inspiration like this on Pinterest!

It’s hard not to drool over this grand entrance. But, more importantly, we’re featuring it for the inspiration it brings for your own home. Large, double doors in a rich, deep blue shade, it’s quite mysterious and sexy, don’t you think? (via)

Here’s another bit of inspiration from Pinterest that we’re loving too. It’s got a cottage personality and that turquoise looks beautiful up against the creamy brick.

Check out this front door design that we found featured over at Lushome! Why not add a bit of stained glass to your home? And that robin’s egg blue isn’t too bad either.

Postcards from the Fridge gave us this more traditional design to peek at. We love this steely blue shade but we love the industrial hardware that compliments it as well.

Becky Owens knows that you can’t go wrong with emerald green either. But more importantly, look at the actual design of the door and it’s geometric shaping.

The best of both worlds come together in this door design. Over at Southern Living, you’ll be able to see these bit of inspiration; ones that including traditional accents with contemporary twists.

Thankfully, for Flickr we found this stunning royal blue number. Of course, it looks great complimenting a yellow foundation but it looks great against traditional, red brick as well.

Fine Art America showcased a sage green door with a subtle, Victorian edge. Between the metal banister and the hardware, there’s something that speaks to our antique-loving hearts with this design.

Subtle pink could be the door makeover that you need. Add some personalized personality to your front by using this bit of inspiration we found over at Pinterest.

And finally, if you visit HGTV just one more time, you’ll get a deeper glimpse at this cranberry piece. We’re loving the mix of traditional, front door design with its deep, rich tones.

5 New Year's Resolutions for Your Home

Every year when January rolls around you vow to lose weight, save money or spend more time with family and friends. But what goals do you set for your home?
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In the spirit of new beginnings, HGTV has consulted the experts and come up with some resolutions that will make your home a more beautiful, efficient, clean and green place in the coming year.

Here are our five picks for the best home improvement resolutions for the new year and how to achieve them:

1: Streamline the stuff

One of the best and least expensive ways to feel better about your home is to clear it of clutter.

Each year most of us acquire a mountain of stuff. Without some regular purging, cabinets and drawers get jam-packed and it becomes hard to find the things you use and enjoy the most. (All that clutter also makes your house look dated and dirty, designers say.)

This year resolve to go room-by-room periodically clearing anything that you don't use, wear or love and donate it to charity. After that, think twice about what you bring in, says Antoinette Nue, an Atlanta consultant who specializes in helping people simplify and go green.

"Fill your home with the things that raise your energy level and make you feel good, and get rid of the things that drain your energy or are broken," she says.

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Stash useful (but not beautiful) items such as DVDs, remotes and those kicked-off shoes in simple woven baskets. Group similar items together on sleek trays, says Stuart McCormick, a designer with Liz Levin Interiors in Washington D.C.

Clear your counters of everything you don't use on a daily basis. And get ready to breathe a little easier in your own home. 

2: Make it safe and sound

Your home may be beautiful, but is it safe? There are a few things that every homeowner should do to ensure that they're not living with a potential health hazard or fire risk.

First, check your house for radon. This colorless, odorless gas causes about 21,000 lung cancer deaths each year from the radioactive particles it traps in your lungs as you breathe, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. One in every fifteen homes has elevated levels. And with test kits costing as little as $20 at your local hardware store, there's no reason not to get right on that.

While we're on the subject of deadly gas, make sure you install a carbon monoxide detector on every bedroom floor in addition to fire detectors. If a chimney flue or furnace vent gets blocked or leaks, carbon monoxide could back up in your house and kill you. Like a radon test, this is a small investment — $40 or more — for such an important safeguard.

Watch out for dryer lint. We know you clean the little trap inside the door, but most people neglect to clean the vents and ducts behind the dryer. Lint may seem innocent, but it's highly combustible, according to the U.S. Fire Administration, accounting for more than 15,000 building fires a year.

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Make sure your house can breathe. Hickory Hills, Ill. home inspector Jack McGraw is always surprised at how many people's bathrooms and attics aren't vented to the outside (or the vents are covered over with shingles.) This makes you a prime candidate for mold.

And if you're considering a remodel — and your home was last built or remodeled before 1978 — consider testing for lead paint and asbestos flooring. It will have to handled properly during removal, or particles can be released into the air for you to ingest.

3: Shrink your bills (and your carbon footprint in the process)

When people think of going green, they often think it takes solar panels or a hybrid car to make a difference.

Not so, says Bob Schildgen, who wrote the "Hey Mr. Green" column for Sierra magazine. It just takes a little old-fashioned common sense.

The best place to start is by cutting your energy usage in your home:

- Remember your mom's advice and switch off the lights when you leave a room.

- Turn off your air conditioner when you leave the house and dial your heater down to 55 degrees at night.

- Install LED bulbs and low-flow showerheads.

- Try drying some of your clothes on the line and wait for the dishwasher or washing machine to be full before you run them.

- Turn off your power strips and/or set your home computer to revert to sleep mode when not in use.

- Water your yard less. Put in drought-tolerant landscaping if necessary.

- Give composting a try. Your garden will thank you.

4: Work out a weekly system for keeping your house clean

Here are a few tips for keeping the mess under control from Jeff Campbell, author of the book Speed Cleaning and owner of the Clean Team housekeeping service in San Francisco.

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Daily: Dishes go in the dishwasher every night - no excuses! Dirty clothes go in the hamper and jackets or clean clothes are hung in the closet. Bring everything back to its assigned place.

Weekly: Clean your entire house, using these tips:

- Keep all of your cleaners, as well as rubber gloves and spare cleaning cloths - in a portable carryall that moves with you from room to room.

- Stash cleaning implements such as a toothbrush, scraper, sponge, a few cleaning cloths and plastic bags in a builder's apron that you wear when you clean. Hook your glass cleaner and all-purpose cleaning spray on the loops to keep your hands free as you work around the room clockwise, cleaning from high (cabinets) to low (floors.)

- Focus on one type of cleaning at a time. It's faster, Campbell says. Wipe down fingerprints on all of the cabinets, for instance, before moving on to spraying and wiping counters. Then move on to windows and mirrors and appliances. Once that's done move on to sweeping and then mopping floors.

- For optimum efficiency, enlist the help of your family. If you can, divide the jobs among at least three parties: One of you can do the dusting/vacuuming and changing beds, the other can do the bathroom cleanup, leaving only the kitchen and trash emptying for you to handle. The upside? You can get the whole house done in 45 minutes, Campbell says, leaving more time on the weekends for the park or the movies.

5: Get your place ready for entertaining

Each year most of us vow to spend more time with family and friends. To make you feel like inviting people in, why not give the areas you entertain in a little update?

You don't have go for broke here and invest in a new kitchen remodel. All it takes to get a fresh new look is a little bit of rearranging and a few updates, says designer McCormick.

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One easy update that makes your home seem more "finished" is the addition of plants, she says.

"They bring in new energy and help clean the air," she says. "And it's a great way to decorate if you're on a budget."

A couple of dramatic presentations like a large flowering agapanthus or potted palm in a bright ceramic planter that complements your existing color scheme will do the trick.

Pulling out a new accent color from your existing decor can make the whole room seem fresh. Pick an underused color in the room and add more of it in the form of a new pillow or throw to update your look, McCormick advises. A colorful rug or runner can also help anchor your space.

Lastly, take some time to rearrange your furniture so it is oriented in conversation groups and not just facing the television. That just might up for chances for real conversation and connection in the New Year.


Welcome Sarah Burden!

Sarah Burden, BBA

Sarah joined the real estate world after many years in the tourism industry. Sarah has studied at Mount Saint Vincent University, Utah Valley University, and Laval University to receive a BBA with a focus on marketing and management. Her goal as a REALTOR® is to make buying and selling a home an enjoyable experience. If you’re a first-time buyer or a real estate investor, Sarah wants to help make the process stress-free, comprehensive, and even fun! Sarah can be reached at 902- 237-5020 or [email protected].



A recent survey of RE/MAX brokers and agents found that in 91 per cent of popular Canadian recreational property markets examined, retirees were the key factor driving activity. This includes established recreational regions such as Prince Edward County and Comox Valley. This is in stark contrast to last year’s findings, when retirees were a dominant driving force in only 55 per cent of markets examined.

The survey found that in British Columbia, Ontario and Atlantic Canada, more retirees and soon-to-be retirees are purchasing recreational properties outside of urban centres for use as retirement homes, increasingly blurring the line between recreational and residential properties.

  • Retirees are fueling demand: 91 per cent of regions surveyed reported that retirees drive demand for recreational properties
  • One in three survey respondents (33 per cent) say that they own or want to own a recreational property for investment purposes
  • Buyers are increasingly renting in urban centres such as Toronto and Vancouver while purchasing recreational properties
  • Other than affordable purchase price, waterfront rated as the most important feature to Canadians when considering spending time at a cottage or cabin, beating out reasonable maintenance costs

“Last year, we found that Baby Boomers and retirees were increasingly selling their homes in urban centres like Toronto and Vancouver,” says Elton Ash, Regional Executive Vice President, RE/MAX of Western Canada. “It’s clear that many put the equity they received from those sales into the purchase of a recreational property with the intention to retire in comfort and away from the city.”

Many of these individuals are engaging in more active forms of retirement, choosing to maintain physical fitness and emotional fulfillment by pursuing passion projects and leading lifestyles that involve farming, hiking and maintaining vineyards. This is particularly the case in regions such as South Okanagan, Wasaga Beach and Rideau Lakes.

Due to the strong US dollar, retirees in the Sylvan Lake and Lake Winnipeg regions are selling their snowbird properties south of the border and purchasing recreational homes for use as retirement properties as well.

In a separate survey conducted by Leger, six in 10 Canadians (58 per cent) enjoy recreational properties as places where they can relax and spend time with friends and family. However, the majority of Canadians (84 per cent) do not actually own recreational properties.

“Many Canadians want to live out the ‘Canadian Dream’ and spend time at the cottage or cabin but today, that doesn’t necessarily mean owning a recreational property outright,” says Christopher Alexander, Executive Vice President and Regional Director, RE/MAX INTEGRA Ontario-Atlantic Canada Region. “Many are choosing to rent recreational properties, often by pooling resources with friends and family, which speaks to recreational properties still being in high demand.”

In fact, one in three Canadians (33 per cent) say that they own or would want to own a recreational property for investment purposes. In Toronto specifically, the survey of RE/MAX brokers and agents found that in regions such as North Bay-Sunridge, Bancroft and the Bruce Peninsula, many owners of recreational properties actually rent their principal residences in Toronto, where they live most of the year. Using their recreational properties every so often while renting them out for the rest of the year, these individuals are renting a principal residence where they live while buying where they play.

In Leger’s survey, more than half of Canadians (54 per cent) who own a recreational property, or are considering buying one, identify savings as their source of funding. Twenty per cent would use a loan, 20 per cent would rely on home equity and only 11 per cent would rely on inheritance.

The survey also found that other than affordable purchase price, Canadians who own or would consider owning a recreational property named waterfront access (55 per cent), reasonable maintenance costs (54 per cent) and proximity to town (43 per cent) as the most important factors when purchasing. The survey of RE/MAX brokers and agents, waterfront access was considered the most in-demand amenity in most regions, overall.




The recreational property market in British Columbia is being driven primarily by retirees. Other emerging trends include couples and young entrepreneurs seeking work/life balance, and recreational property buyers cashing in on expensive urban housing markets. Across the board, the region is experiencing a seller’s market due to lack of recreational inventory. The amenities in greatest demand are beaches and skiing facilities.


Demand for recreational properties in the Prairies is being propelled primarily by young families, followed by young couples and retirees. Retirees are commonly seen selling their recreational properties south of the border in favour of buying closer to home, due to the strong US dollar. The most sought-after recreational amenities are boating, fishing and beaches.


Ontario’s recreational property market is being buoyed by retirees who are leaving larger metropolitan cities in favour of cottage country. Emerging trends include retirees or semi-retirees buying cottages as retirement homes; couples priced out of expensive urban markets opting for the waterfront lifestyle; and buyers holding cottages as investment properties. Due to lack of demand, the region is experiencing a seller’s market. Properties in greatest demand are those offering beaches and boat facilities.


Demand for recreational properties in Atlantic Canada is being driven by retirees moving away from larger cities. Other market trends include young couples and families opting for the saltwater lifestyle; retirees and semi-retirees purchasing homes for retirement; and buyers seeking recreational properties in close proximity to the inland city centres, Across the board, the region is experiencing a balanced market. In highest demand are properties with access to beaches and golfing.

Key Findings from the 2018 RE/MAX Recreational Property Omnibus Survey

1. One-quarter (24 per cent) of Canadians would consider buying a recreational property in the future.

2. Canadians cite the following reasons to own or want to own a recreational property:

  • It is where I can go and relax and spend time with friends and family = 58 per cent
  • It is a getaway home = 46%
  • I can do activities I can’t do at my permanent residence (hiking, fishing, etc.) = 46%
  • It is an investment property = 33%
  • It is a retirement home = 19%
  • Other = 4%

3. Canadians identify the following sources of down payment when considering their current recreational property or their next purchase of a recreational property:

  • Savings = 54%
  • Loan = 20%
  • Home equity = 20%
  • Inheritance = 11%
  • Other = 4%
  • I don’t know = 11%
  • I prefer not to answer = 3%

4. More than two-thirds (68 per cent) of Canadians who own or are considering owning a recreation property are willing to travel up to two hours, with 31 per cent saying they would travel two hours. Slightly less (28 per cent) are willing to travel three or more hours.

5. Canadians identify the following features as important when considering their current recreational property or their next purchase of a recreational property:

  • Affordable purchase price = 64%
  • Waterfront access = 55%
  • Reasonable maintenance costs = 53%
  • Proximity to town = 43%
  • Reasonable distance from primary residence = 37%
  • Relative seclusion = 33%
  • Land access = 30%
  • Proximity to sports/recreation = 25%
  • Accessible medical facilities = 24%
  • Nearby neighbouring properties = 15%
  • Island property = 12 per cent
  • Other = 1%
  • None, don’t mind which features my recreational property has = <1%
  • Don’t know/prefer not to answer = 3%

6. Canadians 55 and older (vs <55), who own or would consider owning a recreational property are significantly more likely to say waterfront access, reasonable maintenance costs, proximity to a town, reasonable distance from primary residence and accessible medical facilities are important.



120,000 Agents Worldwide

When you combine an iconic brand, a global mindset, a winning culture and the world’s most productive agents, you create something special. And others are drawn to it.

After five years of constant growth, agent count at RE/MAX topped the 120,000 milestone during the first quarter of 2018.

With growth comes more yard signs, more advertising, more listings, more referrals and – most importantly – more satisfied homebuyers and sellers around the world.

It’s all a reminder that RE/MAX is the right choice for productive, experienced professionals – and for clients looking for an agent with those qualities.


Deeply honoured to have made it among Real Estate Professional’s Hot List 2017 of 75 of the most influential individuals in Canadian Real Estate. Thank you to my wonderful team and clients who have trusted in our collective expertise and experience over the combined 60 years in the industry. On behalf of The Bagogloo Team, Thank you! We couldn’t have done it without you!

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The site of the formal coast guard property in Dartmouth has landed a $20 million government investment. The 8.5 acres of  land owned by the Waterfront Development Corp. will be known as COVE, Centre for Ocean Ventures and Entrepreneurs. As the name suggests the facility will be a place for researchers and businesses to come together, the facility is set to open April 2018.

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What is a PCDS form? Property Condition Disclosure Statement is a form completed by the Property Seller, disclosing all "known" problems or concerns with the property prior to sale. This document is relied upon by the Buyer, to be correct, to the best of the Seller's knowledge so Buyer is aware of potential issues or repairs.

The following article demonstrates how important a PCDS can be to Home buyers in Nova Scotia, complete honesty is imperative when completing this document as it has been relied upon to settle many lawsuits from new Home Buyers mislead by false claims.:


Seller to Pay $14,000 for Misleading PCDS


There's lots of activities to enjoy this Thanksgiving weekend in Halifax and throughout Nova Scotia.

Thanksgiving has always been one of our favourite holiday weekends. Not just because of the beautiful fall colours, Turkey feasts, and a day off from work; but mostly because it's such a diverse and personalized Holiday.  Everyone has their own personal and unique Thanksgiving traditions. For many, the traditional turkey feast and time with family is complimented with special family traditions. Its wonderful that we can all be thankful for what we have, who we are and where we live plus enjoy it with the people we love.

Some of us, growing up in small communities in Nova Scotia, our thanksgivings were shared with extended family and friends who would all gather around a (very large and sometimes two) table with the culmination of everyone's "special recipe" dishes, talk, laugh and then those who weren't in "turkey coma" would gather in the back pasture for a competitive game of "touch" football.  Even Grandma would join in. Then, it was pumpkin carving time and contests to see who could make the scariest Jack-O-Lantern.   Those games are some of our fondest childhood memories.

What are some of your unique traditions or favourite Thanksgiving memories?

In the meantime, follow the link below for  5 fantastic things you can do this Holiday Weekend in and around the city:

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For this weeks #myhalifax Adam was at the Greek Fest! where it was a true celebration of all things Greek! Some fantastic food and entertainment! Next week will be at the ArtBattle!

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This week, Adam takes us on a fabulous hike to Duncan's Cove.  There is a rich military history surrounding this area, the Chebucto Peninsula, about 20 mins outside of Halifax off Route 349 which became a foDuncan cove2rtified coastal battery.

Duncan's Cove was founded in 1752, a small fishing community named after Admiral Adam Duncan who defeated the Dutch at the Battle of Camperdown.

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The hike along the trail to the ruins, with it's breathtaking views and natural tranquility, is almost surreal.  The view of Halifax from the Lighthouse, is one of the best!


Halifax is home to many famous military sites dating back to the early 1800's as the Halifax Harbour was and continues to be an important naval port of call.  Halifax was ideal for a military base, with the vast Halifax Harbour, among the largest natural harbours in the world, which could be well protected with artillery battery at McNab's Island, the Northwest Arm, Point Pleasant, George's Island and York Redoubt. Banner YR.ashx

In its early years, Citadel Hill was used as a command and observation post, before changes in artillery that could range out into the harbour.

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This week Adam takes us on a historical walk through the York Redoubt, which was one of the sites used to protect the Halifax Harbour from enemies.



With summer fast approaching and the number of Condo-Living-Haligonians on the rise, there's been a sharp increase in creative approaches to gardening.  Check out some of these fantastic ideas for Condo Gardens.  Just because you're living "multi-unit" does not mean you have to give up eating fresh and enjoying outdoor life.  Urban Gardening

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This week Adam is visiting the The Board Room Game Cafe, it is Nova Scotia's first Cafe of its kind - it has a library of over 500 games, serves food, snacks and is fully licensed!  BoardroomThey host a variety of events and activities such as Movie nights and Trivia Nights. It's a fantastic spot for couples (and first dates), alone or with a large group of friends. Definitely a place everyone should check out! 



On this weeks episode, Adam takes a tour of the Discovery Centre, where we meet Sue the T-REX and he also races Usain Bolt and WINS!!(Although, we think he cheated.) If you would like more information about The Discovery Centre and any of their up coming events check out their website.


Discovery Centre

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BluedropMore good economic news today for Halifax, NS.  Fleetway Inc and Irving have announced a local Halifax company, Bluedrop Training and Simulation, will receive impressive $15M contract under the National Shipbuilding Program, for the design of the training and simulation software for the Arctic Offshore Patrol Ships (AOPS) vessels under Canada's National Shipbuilding Strategy. To date Nova Scotia companies have been awarded over 405M in contracts to  support the strategy and the AOPS combat vessels currently under construction at the Halifax Shipyard.

Halifax Company Awarded $15M Contract to Support Shipbuilding Initiative


This week's episode of MY HALIFAX Adam takes us on a tour of the beautiful Halifax waterfront, taking full advantage of Earth Day and the beautiful weather to show you the sites and attractions of the waterfront. 

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Recently The Bagogloo Team were invited to participate in the Scotiabank Home Buying Days event Scotiabank Montage Dayswhere we teamed with our good friend, Vanessa Chalhoub,Home Financing Advisor (Scotiabank). Visitors were introduced to homebuying solutions designed to meet their needs and goals.  We discussed current real estate market conditions and trends in the Greater Halifax Area and offered current homeowners a FREE COMPLIMENTARY Current Market Analysis of their home. (Get Yours)

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DingleJoin Adam for Episode #2 of MY HALIFAX.  Today Adam takes us on a tour of the historic Dingle.  The Dingle Tower was constructed between 1908-1912 to commemorate Nova Scotia's formation of it's own representative government.  The Dingle (meaning Wooded Valley) is a beautiful park (Sir Sanford Fleming Park) with a public beach and beautiful hiking trails.

Enjoy your journey and please send your requests for locations you'd like to see covered in MY HALIFAX.


Halifax is home to many fantastic places to eat.  Recently, we've dubbed the DONAIR as the official food of Halifax but, that's not to say there aren't an amazing variety of spectacular culinary treats to be found here and across the province.  Well known for it's seafood specialties Nova Scotia boasts some of the best pubs and eateries you can find.

Every year, Local Connections Halifax, assembles a list of the best places to eat in our area and the 2016 list looks better than ever!  Admittedly, we've not tried them all ...YET, but be sure to check out as many as you can this year and let us know your favourite!! 

Pub food"Nova Scotia's 25 Best Local Eateries".




It's almost that time of year again... At In-visible we are planning a Christmas party for the kids and we would love for Santa to make an appearance. If anyone could lend us a Santa costume from November 23-30th we would be so grateful.#tistheseason #party

If you are planning on going to visit Santa this year but not sure when and where he is going to be, then you have come to the right place. Below are the four major shopping centres with their time and dates so you don't miss out a wonderful tradition. It is the fastest way to get your holiday order in!

Santa at MicMac Mall

Santa is on duty until December 23rd.
Hours: Monday to Saturday: 10:00 am – 8:00 pm and Sundays 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Free Printed 5X7 Photo

Santa at Halifax Shopping Centre

Santa will be at HSC on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays Nov. 29th through Dec. 23.
Photo Emailed Free
Printed 4x6 with $5 Donation - proceeds to Operation Winter Warmth.

Santa at Bedford Place Mall

Our social media elves report that Bedford has a really wonderful Santa, on duty daily through Dec. 23. His hours are:
Monday and Tuesday: 2:00-4:00pm
Wednesday-Friday: 6:00-8:00pm
Saturday: 10:00am-12:00 noon and 1:30-4:00pm
Sunday: 1:00-4:00pm
Photos $5 - proceeds to Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation

Santa at Sunnyside Mall

His hours are:
Thursdays and Fridays 6:00-8:00pm
Saturday: 10:00am-4:00pm
Sundays: 12:15-4:00pm
Photos are free (with a donation to Paths 2 Learning).
Silent Santa: Sunday mornings by appointment (Phone: 902-835-5099)
More details  here.


















Looking for something fun for the whole family this Saturday? #Cineplex Theatres at 760 #SackvilleDrive is showing a 10 am showing of Elf! Admission is $2 with the proceeds going to the Beacon House Food Bank! For more details please visit


In case you missed last weekend’s back to back Parade of lights in Halifax and Bedford, all is not lost. You can still see a parade of lights this coming Sunday evening, November 23rd starting at Barrett Lumber at 6 pm and runs to the Beaver Bank Kinsac Community Centre. 

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