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What Should I Do Before/After My Closing Day?

When buying or selling a home, the Closing day can be intimidating – so much to do! Here’s a quick checklist for Buyers and Sellers to help take the stress away and make your moving day a GOOD DAY!

Closing Day Tips

If you are selling a home, make sure to do the following:

  • Call the Municipality to cancel your automatic monthly property tax and provide your real estate lawyer with your tax statement.
  • Call the Utility companies to advise of your move and to cancel your accounts and stop automatic debits from your bank account. The meters will be read on your closing day.
  • Call your telephone, cable etc., providers to advise of your move.
  • Call your home insurance provider (you must maintain insurance through your closing day).
  • If you are selling a condominium, call your property management company to cancel the automatic withdrawals of your monthly common element fees/condo fees.

If you are buying a home, make sure to do the following:

  • Instruct your mortgage lender/bank to send your mortgage instructions to your real estate lawyer’s office (We need your mortgage instructions 2 weeks prior to your closing date).
  • Call the Municipality after you move in to set up your automatic property tax withdrawals if you wish to be on monthly payments.
  • Call the Utility companies to advise of your move and to set up your accounts.
  • Call your telephone, cable, etc., providers to advise of your move.
  • Call your home insurance provider. We will need to have your “insurance binder” the day before your closing date.
  • If you are buying a condominium, call your property management company immediately after you move in to set up the automatic withdrawals for your monthly common element fees/condo fees.

If you are selling your home in Burlington, or moving to Burlington and looking to buy a home – contact Lori VanDinther and her team. As a long time residents of Burlington, they are well familiar with all the neighbourhoods, amenities and good locations to either get your first home, start/raise a family or happily retire.

The Best Ranked Schools in Burlington, Ontario

Living in a neighbourhood with good schools is very important, not just to parents but also to homeowners and those looking to invest in real estate. The value of your home goes up as the schools in the area are ranked higher. That is because parent’s value good education, and studies have shown that children attending good schools tend to do better on exams and as a result get better grades and education.

So how are the schools in Burlington area performing? Anyone considering buying a home in a particular Burlington neighborhood would want to know this.

John-T-Tuck-Public-Elementary-School-Burlington-Ontario

John-T-Tuck-Public-Elementary-School-Burlington-Ontario

The Fraser Institute’s school rankings website provides a detailed report on how each school is doing in academics compared to other ranked schools. It also shows whether the school’s results are improving, declining, or just staying steady over the most recent five years.

Here is a list ranking the best schools in Burlington on a scale of 0 to 10, including a map of where those are.

Top 10 Public Elementary Schools in Burlington (2015-16 Ratings):

  1. John T. Tuck – 8.2
  2. Charles R. Beaudoin – 8.1
  3. Alexander’s – 7.9
  4. Orchard Park – 7.7
  5. Glenview – 7.4
  6. Maplehurst – 7.2
  7. Pineland – 7.2
  8. Ryerson – 7.2
  9. C. H. Norton – 6.9
  10. Tom Thomson – 6.8

Top 10 Catholic Elementary Schools in Burlington (2015-16 Ratings):

  1. St. Patrick – 8.6
  2. St. Raphaels – 8.3
  3. St. Anne – 8.2
  4. St. Elizabeth Seton – 8.1
  5. Ascension – 7.7
  6. Canadian Martyrs – 7.6
  7. St. Paul – 7.6
  8. St. Gabriel – 7.0
  9. St. Mark – 6.8
  10. St. Christopher – 6.6

All Public Secondary Schools in Burlington (2015-16 Ratings):

  1. Nelson – 8.0
  2. Lester B. Pearson – 7.2
  3. Burlington Central – 7.1
  4. Dr. Frank J. Hayden – 7.1
  5. Aldershot – 7.0
  6. Robert Bateman – 6.4
  7. M M Robinson – 6.4

All Catholic Secondary Schools in Burlington (2015-16 Ratings):

  1. Corpus Christi – 7.9
  2. Assumption – 7.6
  3. Notre Dame – 7.0

Lori VanDinther, a Burlington RE/MAX Agent and a long time resident of Burlington has been helping real estate buyers and sellers in Burlington, Oakville, Carlisle, Kilbride, Waterdown and surrounding areas for 23+ years! Thinking of moving to Burlington? Or selling your home? Contact Lori today to help get you on the right path to success.

Upcoming Condos in Burlington, ON Spring 2017

This spring of 2017, Burlington is going to see some new and exciting condominium developments. Namely 421 Brant Street Condos, Romance by the Lake Condos, Breeze Condominiums and Trend Living. Those looking to invest, the time is now. Let’s take a look at each one.

421 Brant Street Condos – Burlington downtown is getting another condo (by Carriage Gate Homes) that’s going to feature 27 stories, 183 freehold units. The project is in pending sales status which means keep an eye on this one. The location will be prime location in downtown core at the corner of James and Brant, close to all the action!

421 Brant Street Condos

421 Brant Street Condos

Romance by the Lake Condos – this condo is being built by Roman Home Builders at 2085 Pine Street in Burlington. The units are selling from $449,000s, and there will be 15 in total (sizes range from 942 to 3985 square feet). If interested you should register now!

Romance by the Lake Condos

Romance by the Lake Condos

Breeze Condominiums – new development at 35 Plains Road East in Aldershot area of Burlington, by Aldershot Properties Inc., features 80 units starting from $399,000s. Set for completion in 2017, if interested you should register now!

Breeze Condominiums

Breeze Condominiums

Trend Living – although this new condo development by New Horizon Homes featuring units starting at $239,990s is in in Waterdown, it’s super close to Burlington’s Aldershot and not too far from Tyandaga neighbourhood. Those interested in this condo development can register here!

Trend living

Trend living condos

Having an experience Burlington real estate professional to represent you during critical negotiations period is crucial to get the most out of your investment. Call Team VanDinther, they’re more then happy to assist.