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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.

Spring Home Maintenance Checklist

Spring is well here, even tough with all that rain, Burlington residents got this week, has made it feel more like it’s fall or something. Basically, we got a month’s worth of rain in a week!

Nevertheless, the spring is here, so put away winter shovels, ice salt bags, heavy boots and winter jackets! To help homeowners with their spring home maintenance chores, we’ve put together a small list of main things to check as you go along. A little prevention goes a long way.

Custom built luxury house in the suburbs of Toronto, Canada.

Outside

  1. Check your siding for weathering and clean it up with pressure water. If you see any paint chips get those fixed. While you’re at it, check the outside caulking for any deterioration.
  2. Examine your windows, doors and wood trim around those, fix is necessary.
  3. Tune up your AC by calling a qualified professional HVAC contractor. Small maintenance now will ensure that your AC operates optimally. Chang the air filter as well while you’re at it.
  4. Check your gutters for any leaks or blockage.
  5. Use compacted soil to fill the areas around your home foundation. You don’t want any favourable ground for insect breeding.
  6. Examine your roof shingles for any damage that might have occurred during the winter
  7. If you have a chimney now is the time to inspect that too. Perhaps consider getting it cleaned by a pro.
  8. Check your foundation, concrete slabs for any cracks, movement or chips. Fill it the cracks if you have to, as long as it’s not a structural issue.
  9. Inspect your outside faucets for any plumbing issues and your garden hoses.
  10. Check all your lawn equipment to ensure it’s ready for yard work.
  11. Clean and fire up your BBQ, get it ready for another season.
  12. Check your deck and patio for any damage or issues. You may have to get your deck treated. Bring out your patio furniture.
  13. Time to do some Lawn care, and gardening preparation, trim overgrowth. If you have a sprinkler system, time to check that too.

Inside

  1. General cleaning – move furniture around, appliances, get all that dust and dirt out. Here is some more info on home spring cleaning and organizing tips.
  2. Clean out your air circulation vents, you’d be surprised how much dust accumulates.
  3. Basement check for dampness, leaks, insects, mold.
  4. Check your attic for any signs of insects or mold.
  5. Check taps for any water leaks.

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.

Ontario Introduces Fair Housing Plan

A week ago the government of Ontario announced a new “comprehensive package of measures” to cool off the hot real estate market in the GTA, work on increasing housing supply and help protect renters against unfair rent increases.

Greater Golden Horseshoe

Greater Golden Horseshoe

Here is a brief summary of what the Ontario’s Fair Housing Plan includes:

  1. Introduce a 15% Non-Resident Speculation Tax (NRST) on the price of homes in the Greater Golden Horseshoe, if purchased by individuals who are not citizens or permanent residents of Canada or by foreign corporations.
  2. Expand rent control to all private rental unit, even if build after 1991. Meaning the annual rent increase is a caped at 2.5%.
  3. Establish timelines for elevator repair, as more and more residential high-rise buildings are being constructed, making elevators more reliable is a must.
  4. Crack down on unfair and unethical real estate practices like “paper flipping” or “double ending”, ensuring that Ontario is leader in real estate standards.
  5. Ensuring property tax for new multi-residential apartment buildings is charged at a similar rate as other residential properties.
  6. Allow municipalities to introduce a Vacant Homes Property Tax to encourage property owners to either sell or rent.

Looking to sell your home? Or buy a first time home, or move up, or downsize? Let Lori VanDinther, RE/MAX Sales Representative guide you through the process and help you make the right moves. With over 23+ years of successfully selling real estate in Burlington/Hamilton area, Lori has the experience and market knowledge. Contact Lori today.