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Buying a Pre-Construction Condo

What You Need to Know About Buying a Pre-Construction Condo 

Purchasing a pre-construction condo is just the beginning of an exciting journey towards homeownership. The allure of owning a brand-new property, tailored to your preferences, in the picturesque city of Burlington, Ontario, is undeniably appealing. 

However, navigating this process requires some careful consideration and expert guidance. In this blog, we’ll delve into everything you need to know about buying a pre-construction condo in Canada, offering invaluable insights and practical tips to ensure a seamless experience.

Introduction to Buying a Pre-Construction Condo

Investing in a pre-construction condo presents a unique opportunity to customize your living space according to your tastes and preferences. However, before diving into the world of pre-construction purchases, it’s essential to understand the intricacies involved in this process.

  • Research: Before starting your condo-buying journey, consider doing thorough research on various developers, projects, and locations. Consider factors such as proximity to amenities, future development plans, and resale potential. Engage with reputable real estate agents like the VanDinther Team, who can offer in-depth knowledge of the local market and can guide you towards the best opportunities in Burlington.
  • Budgeting and Financing: it’s smart to establish a realistic budget that encompasses not only the purchase price but also closing costs, maintenance fees, and potential upgrades. Secure financing pre-approval to streamline the buying process and ensure you’re well-positioned to capitalize on favorable market conditions.
  • Understanding the Agreement of Purchase and Sale in Ontario: The APS is a legally binding contract that outlines the terms and conditions of your condo purchase. We recommend that you pay close attention to details such as deposit structure, occupancy dates, and cancellation clauses. Seek professional legal advice to review the APS and clarify any ambiguities before signing.
  • Assessing the Developer: Choose a reputable developer with a proven track record of delivering quality projects on time. We would recommend that you research their previous developments, customer reviews, and industry reputation to gauge their reliability and credibility.
  • Navigating the Closing Process: The closing process for pre-construction condos differs from resale properties. Familiarize yourself with key milestones such as interim occupancy, final closing, and Tarion warranty coverage. Partner with experienced real estate agents like the VanDinther Team, who can guide you through each stage of the closing process and address any concerns that may arise.

Navigating the intricacies of buying a pre-construction condo in Ontario really does demand careful planning, research, and expert guidance. By using the insights and tips outlined in this blog, you can get started on your condo-buying journey with confidence. Relax knowing that you’re equipped with the knowledge and resources to make informed decisions. Remember, when you work with trusted real estate professionals like the VanDinther Team, you can significantly enhance your buying experience and ensure a seamless transition into your dream home in Burlington.

Contact The Lori VanDinther Team 

Purchasing a pre-construction condo in Ontario, particularly in the city of Burlington, offers an unparalleled opportunity to embrace modern living. So as you embark on this exciting journey, remember to prioritize thorough research, prudent budgeting, and expert guidance to navigate the complexities of the buying process successfully.

With the guidance of knowledgable real estate professionals like The VanDinther Team, you can start on your condo-buying journey with confidence. Having a trusted partner by your side every step of the way in valuable. Don’t hesitate to reach out to The VanDinther for personalized assistance and unparalleled expertise in navigating the Burlington real estate market.

Contact the VanDinther Team today and take the first step towards securing your dream pre-construction condo in Burlington! Contact the team directly by phone at 905-330-2002 or by email at info@loriv.com

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Top 10 Reasons to Move to Burlington

Top 10 Reasons to Move to Burlington

Welcome Home: Reason to Move to Burlington 

Burlington is situated between Toronto and the Niagara Region, which is one of the reasons why the area is so picturesque and popular. This area offers the perfect blend of urban convenience and natural beauty, it’s no wonder why more and more people are considering Burlington as an ideal place to call home. 

This blog will delve into the top 10 compelling reasons why Burlington stands out as a fantastic place to live. At the end of this blog, we’ll explain how our team of highly experienced realtors will be able to help you find the perfect home. 

Top 10 Compelling Reasons to Call Burlington Home

Burlington was rated one of the top five places to live in the entire country and this doesn’t surprise us at all and you’ll soon learn why. These are the top 10 reasons to move to Burlington and why so many choose to call this stunning area home and why we think you will as well. Enjoy this list of reasons we feel make Burlington, Ontario the very best place to live.

  1. Scenic Waterfront
    • The Burlington waterfront offers breathtaking views of Lake Ontario and the Toronto skyline, creating a serene and visually stunning environment.
    • Residents can enjoy various water activities, such as sailing, kayaking, and paddleboarding, fostering a vibrant and active community.
    • Spencer Smith Park, La Salle Park and Beachway Park are popular spots for residents to relax, have picnics and participate in community events.
  2. Excellent Quality of Life
    • Burlington consistently ranks as one of the safest cities in Canada, ensuring a secure and peaceful living environment.
    • The city is home to high-performing schools, providing quality education options for families with children.
    • Access to excellent healthcare facilities ensures residents’ well-being and contributes to an overall high quality of life.
  3. Thriving Arts and Culture
    • Burlington hosts numerous cultural events throughout the year, such as the Sound of Music Festival, fostering a vibrant and inclusive community.
    • The Art Gallery of Burlington and the Burlington Performing Arts Centre showcase a rich tapestry of artistic expression, contributing to the city’s cultural diversity. Both are located in the heart of Burlington’s vibrant downtown area.
  4. Parks and Green Spaces
    • Burlington’s parks, including Bronte Creek Provincial Park and Kerncliff Park, offer a variety of outdoor activities, from hiking trails to sports facilities.
    • The Royal Botanical Gardens, one of the world’s leading botanical gardens, provides residents with a peaceful retreat and opportunities to connect with nature.
  5. Proximity to Toronto and Niagara
    • Burlington’s proximity to major highways and public transit options makes commuting to Toronto and other neighboring cities easy and convenient.
    • Residents can enjoy day trips to Niagara Falls, wine country, and other nearby attractions, adding a touch of adventure to their lives.
  6. Dining and Shopping
    • Burlington’s culinary scene caters to diverse tastes, featuring a mix of international cuisines and local flavours.
    • Mapleview Centre and Burlington Mall provide residents with a range of shopping options, from boutique stores to well-known retailers.
  7. Strong Economy and Job Opportunities
    • Burlington’s economy is buoyed by diverse industries, including manufacturing, technology, and healthcare, creating a stable job market.
    • The presence of business parks and corporate offices contributes to a dynamic business environment, fostering career growth opportunities.
  8. Well-Planned Neighbourhoods
    • Burlington’s neighbourhoods are well-planned with a focus on family-friendliness, offering parks, schools, and community centers within close proximity.
    • From modern condos in the downtown core to spacious homes in suburban areas, the city provides a range of housing options to suit different preferences.
  9. Excellent Education System
    • Burlington is home to well-regarded elementary and secondary schools, making sure that the students receive a high-quality education.
    • The city’s proximity to universities and colleges enhances educational opportunities for those pursuing higher education.
  10. Community Engagement and Events
    • Burlington fosters a sense of community through regular events such as Burlington’s Ribfest, Sound of Music and the Children’s Festival, bringing residents together.
    • The city encourages community involvement through various volunteer opportunities, creating a strong sense of belonging and connection.

If these reasons can’t convince you to make the move to Burlington then we don’t know what will. This is a thriving community full of opportunities and so much more. Burlington is an idyllic city offering a high quality of life, a vibrant culture, picturesque landscapes and a strong sense of community. 

Whether it’s the beautiful waterfront, the diverse amenities, or the family-friendly neighbourhoods, Burlington has something to offer everyone. This makes it a top choice for individuals and families seeking an exceptional place to live. If you want to learn more about how the VanDinther Team can help you make the right moves, check out the final section of this blog. 

Contact The VanDinther Team

Helping you make the right moves is what we do best at the VanDinther Team. With a highly knowledgeable and experienced team of REALTORs, this comes easily to us and why we continue to do what we do. Let us help you in the search for the perfect Burlington neighbourhood and home for you and your family.

If you’re interested in learning more about our team and how we can help, please give us a call at 905-330-2002 or email us at info@loriv.com. You can also learn more about what your home might be worth by trying our “What’s My Home Worth” calculator. All of us at the VanDinther Team look forward to helping you make the right moves! 

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Catholic School Board Back To School New Normal

Halton Catholic School – Back To School

Halton Catholic School Board – Return To School Plan

As of August 12th the Halton Catholic School Board came to a decision during it’s special board meeting of the Halton Catholic District School Board (HCDSB). Trustees received and reviewed the proposed HDSB Return to School Plan. Remember that things can change and to make sure that you’re in communication with your child’s school. Stay up to date with all back to school plans on the HCDSB website.

What Happens Next?

On July 30th the Minister of Education released its Guide to reopening schools, and have outlined plans for the return to school. “All elementary schools will re-open in September, 2020, with enhanced health & safety protocols in place. Students (Kindergarten to Grade 8) will return to conventional in-person instruction, 5 days per week school.”

When it comes to Secondary schools, “All HCDSB secondary schools will open in an adapted (hybrid) model with enhanced health and safety protocols in September, 2020. Students (Grade 9-12) will return to school in class cohorts of approximately 15 students, on alternating schedules with at least 50% of in-class instructional days.”

The Delivery Model

It was proposed that initially:

  • Each cohort of up to 15 secondary students would take 1 course at a time
  • Courses would be delivered in a combination of in-class instruction 2-3 days per week, and remote learning
  • Students would earn 1 credit every 23 days (approximately 5 weeks) 

However, based on the new information presented by the trustees a motion to direct staff to change the adapted delivery model to a ‘quadmester approach’: 

  • Students would take 2 courses at a time, and be part of 2 cohorts of up to 15 students per course
  • Courses would be delivered in a combination of in-class instruction 2-3 days per week, and remote learning
  • Students will earn 2 credits in approximately 10 weeks 

Next Steps

Staff are currently working to reconfigure the return to school plan into a quadmester model for secondary schools. A revised delivery model for secondary instruction is to be finalized and shared as soon as it is possible.

Elementary Schools

All elementary Schools will reopen in September 2020. There will be enhanced health and safety protocols in place. Students, kindergarten to grade 8, will return to in-person instruction, 5 days a week. There are multiple strategies in place for both elementary and secondary students, just as there are in the public school system.

Health and Safety Measures

  • Self screening 
  • Adapted school environments 
  • Hand hygiene 
  • Masking 
    • Students in Grade 4 to 12 will be required to wear non-medical or cloth masks while in school. 
    • Medical masks will be provided for teachers and all other school staff. 
    • ​Reasonable exceptions to the requirement will be put in place. 
  • Cohorting 
  • Distancing 
  • Limiting visitors in schools 
  • Pre-registration 

Remote Learning Options

There will be an option for remote learning. “Parents and guardians will make decisions regarding in-person attendance for their children for this school year and will have the option of remote learning if they do not wish to send their child(ren) back to school in September.”

In the next couple of weeks the HCDSB will be sending out an Intent to Return to School survey to all parents and guardians. Parents and guardians will make decisions regarding in-person attendance for their children this school year, they will have the option of remote-learning.

HCDSB Goals For September

This September will look very different than what staff, students and parents have been used to. Some of the goals that the HCDSB have as everyone transitions back to school are:

  • Ensuring protocols are in place so that students and staff are healthy and safe. 
  • Providing an enhanced online/distance learning experience for students who continue to learn from home.  
  • Assessing student learning gaps and developing plans to provide appropriate intervention, where needed. 
  • Maintaining a focus on mental health supports for students and staff returning to school and those who will  continue to learn and work from home.

For More Information

This year is going to be different, we have mentioned that a few times. You need to make sure you stay informed and do what you’re most comfortable doing. Back to school has always been an exciting and nervous time for parents and their children.

“Over the next few weeks, parents and guardians will be receiving additional details about the return to school plan and what it will look like for their child(ren) and family.” Make sure you keep you’re eyes out for any new information. You can find out more by visiting the Guide to reopening Ontario’s Schools to learn more.

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