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Lori

About Lori

Lori VanDinther is a Licensed Sales Representative and Team Leader of the VanDinther Team at RE/MAX Garden City Realty Inc. Brokerage in Burlington Ontario Canada. Lori is a long time resident of Burlington and has been successfully selling real estate in Burlington, Oakville, Carlisle, Kilbride, Waterdown and surrounding areas for more than 18 years. Lori has received numerous awards throughout her real-estate career for Sales Achievements and TopPerformance. Lori attributes a lot of her success to ALWAYS putting her client's needs first!

Celebrate Burlington, Ontario!

Earlier this year Burlington was rated Best Mid-Size City in Canada !!!

Our community is friendly and safe, our weather mild, add to that …… low unemployment, high incomes, low crime and a thriving arts community and you have just some of the factors making this the best mid-sized city in Canada.

In addition to ranking high in almost every category Money Sense looked at, intangibles like the lovely people and their Pride of Ownership in their homes… clearly seen even from the exterior and landscape alone! So this holiday season let’s celebrate Burlington and all the wonderful people that make up this great city!

Helicopter Christmas lights - Burlington, Ontario downtown

Helicopter Christmas lights - Burlington, Ontario downtown

Thinking of making Burlington Ontario your home? Call Lori VanDinther…. she will “Help You Make The Right Moves”

Burlington Ranks No. 1 Mid-Sized City in Canada

Discovery Landing

Discovery Landing - Burlington, Ontario

It didn’t come to me as a surprise when I read that Burlington, Ontario ranks #1 place to live in Canada – according to MoneySense Magazine’s 8th annual list of Best Places to Live in Canada.

As a long time resident, I’ve seen Burlington transform into a beautiful city and a thriving community that it is today, offering something for both young and old. Beautiful parks, clean streets, low crime, friendly folks and awesome festivals are just some of the things Burlington features.

So what makes Burlington No. 1? Let’s look at the ranking factors.

  • Burlington is #1 in Best Mid-Sized Cities
    considering ranking factors: employment, average house prices, average household income, crime rate, number of new cars
  • Burlington is #1 in Best Places for New Immigrants
    considering ranking factors: rental vacancy, average cost of 1 bedroom rent, percentage of immigrants living in the city, years to buy a home, average household income, transit to work, crime rate
  • Burlington is #3 in Best Cities Overall and
  • Burlington is #4 in Best Places to Retire
    considering same ranking factors as above

For complete ranking details please visit: http://www.moneysense.ca/property/canadas-best-places-to-live-2013

Want to be part of this wonderful community?  Thinking of relocating or looking to buy a house in Burlington? Call me today 905.336.7300 or email me info@loriv.com – let’s talk. I will work hard to find you a home your family deserves!

Benefits of Home Ownership vs. Renting

A young couple standing in their new home kitchen

Overall, while renting is a good solution for the short term, in the long run buying a home definitely is more advantageous.

There are numerous people that want to give up renting for home ownership, but they stand on edge wondering if they are potentially making the worse mistake ever. It is true that buying a home is one of the most important decisions a person will ever make. It is important to be well informed about the home buying process in order to be in the best position to buy the property that is best for one’s personal circumstances. While renting may be “safe” in some aspects, it doesn’t really allow individuals to take full advantage of their ability to build their own wealth. Thus, the following details the many benefits of home ownership in comparison to renting.

One of the biggest benefits of home ownership is the building of equity and personal wealth. People that own their own are constantly increasing their equity when they pay a mortgage each month. As the mortgage is paid down and eventually paid off in full, a home becomes a piece of property that can be used to build personal wealth. When renting, any money that is paid goes to the landlord or the apartment complex. The renter does not obtain any benefit in the long term when paying for use of a property on a monthly basis. However, when buying a home in Burlington, Ontario, the monthly mortgage payment is paying off the 15 or 30 year mortgage that was used to secure the home. This is truly one of the main benefits of home ownership that all monthly payments actually bring people a step closer to building their own wealth.

An additional reason people should consider buying a home is to have security. Owning a home is the only way to truly know where one will live a year, five years and ultimately 30 years from now.  People that rent an apartment of home may encounter a number of interesting situations if their landlord is not paying the mortgage on the building where they reside. Numerous people find themselves homeless when they discover that their landlord did not pay the rent on their building. To avoid this form of upheaval, it is best to consider the benefits of home ownership. Once a home is purchased, the buyers can remain in the property as long as they pay their mortgage in a timely manner or until they decide to move.

Buying a home definitely becomes an advantage for people at tax time. Homeowners qualify for a number of tax breaks. This can help to greatly reduce the amount of money that people pay during the tax season. Each year, homeowners qualify for a number of different tax breaks for everything from purchasing energy efficient appliances to being a first time home buyer. Also, some of the tax related benefits of home ownership include the ability to deduct the mortgage interest from income taxes and deduct real estate taxes. These are some of the major tax and financial benefits of home ownership that people should consider.

One of the best things about buying a home is the ability to personalize your property. Everyone knows how picky landlords and apartment complexes can be about personalizing space. Renters are usually forewarned that they are not allowed to add or remove anything from the property. Likewise, most renters are subjected to the ever boring “white walls” that often lack personal style and character. However, homeowners can do whatever they please with their property because they own it. This is one of the best benefits of homeownership. Personalization of the living environment is something that many people want in order to feel comfortable. When buying a home, the ability to personalize and make home feel like a home is something renters will appreciate.

Overall, while renting is a good solution for the short term, in the long run buying a home definitely is more advantageous.