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Waterfront property in Ontario, at least in the urban area, usually has a storied past. Locals will recount tales of fortunes made and fortunes lost. Families united and torn apart. Riches, renovations, ruins, and—if the property falls into the right hands—restoration.

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TOP FIVE DATE NIGHT IDEAS IN HAMILTON

Waterfront property in Ontario, at least in the urban area, usually has a storied past. Locals will recount tales of fortunes made and fortunes lost. Families united and torn apart. Riches, renovations, ruins, and—if the property falls into the right hands—restoration.

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TOP 10 REASONS TO LIVE IN STONEY CREEK

Waterfront property in Ontario, at least in the urban area, usually has a storied past. Locals will recount tales of fortunes made and fortunes lost. Families united and torn apart. Riches, renovations, ruins, and—if the property falls into the right hands—restoration.

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An Oakville lakeshore gem is brought back to brilliance: A peek into the past of The Gardens at Edgemere

Waterfront property in Ontario, at least in the urban area, usually has a storied past. Locals will recount tales of fortunes made and fortunes lost. Families united and torn apart. Riches, renovations, ruins, and—if the property falls into the right hands—restoration.

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Awesome March Break Camps in Stoney Creek and Grimsby for 2017

We know the March Break camp scramble all too well—seems we’re no sooner through Christmas and suddenly it’s the beginning of March. Whether you’re looking for a week-long camp or a single day activity, we’ve put together a helpful list for Stoney Creek and Grimsby families who’d like to support camps and activities close to home.

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Behind the scenes at Zacada Circus: A Q&A with co-founder Kosta Zakharenko

If you meet Kosta Zakharenko at a cocktail party and ask him what he does, chances are he’ll pause, chuckle, and say “I own a circus school.” If that conjures up images of clowns and elephants, you’d be wrong. In honour of Zacada’s 10th anniversary and to introduce ourselves to the neighbourhood (our Foothills of Winona development is just down the street from the school), we sat down with Kosta for a quick chat. If you want to find out what it was like to perform with Cirque du Soleil, the big dream that led to Zacada and where the school’s graduates are today—read on.

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5 tricks that will help you afford a new home in Hamilton this year

Your New Year’s resolution for 2017 is to finally stop paying rent to someone else and start investing in your own future with the purchase of your first home. The catch? You’re looking in Hamilton and you’ve heard the horror stories: first-time buyers priced out of the market in bidding war after bidding war. Don’t lose heart. These five tricks will give you a leg up on the competition, and have you buying your first home—in Hamilton—this year.

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5 inexpensive new home upgrades that will pay for themselves every day

Resale value is definitely important when considering upgrades—but before we sell our homes, we live in them. Here are 5 of our favourite (and relatively inexpensive) choices for builder upgrades that you’ll be thankful you said “yes” to every day you’re in your new townhouse, semi-detached or single family home.

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Why Winona real estate is a good buy for 2017: A Q&A with Les Mekli

Winona. No, we’re not talking about Ms. Ryder, the star of Netflix’s Stranger Things. We’re talking about the community that sits on the western edge of Hamilton and forms the gateway to Niagara’s tender fruit lands. Les Mekli not only specializes in selling Winona properties, he used to live in this lovely community nestled between the Niagara escarpment and Lake Ontario. Here’s why he thinks Winona is the place to be in 2017, and what you need to know about property here.

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The best (and worst) preconstruction townhome upgrades for resale value

There are so many ways to customize your preconstruction townhouse when it comes time to select upgrades, it can feel a bit like being a kid in a candy store. But the bank is boss—and the boss says you’ve got a limited budget. Where should you invest your money in upgrades so you get the best resale value? And what townhome upgrades should you avoid? Here’s our advice.

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Oakville living, Oakville giving: 5 best places for local gifts

Gifts say as much about the giver as the receiver. If you want to give thoughtful gifts that also support the local Oakville community, look no further than our list—because we don’t just build homes in Oakville, we live and shop here, too! Here are five of our favourites.

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The Hamilton MLS real estate map you’ve been looking for

We figured if we were having troubles visualizing the MLS areas, so were home buyers. That’s why, with some help from the Realtors Association of Hamilton-Burlington, we made our own map.

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The Hamilton housing market is on fire: Here’s where it’s hottest

Hamilton’s housing market is still making headlines. Can a first-time buyer find a well-priced property? We analyze a recent report, area-by-area, so you can compare the numbers. Then we offer our insights on where to buy without getting burned. (Hint: Stoney Creek’s a good bet.)

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“No one told me that”: 5 ways to stay informed while your new home is built

So you’ve signed the agreement of purchase and sale for your brand new townhouse or single family home. You’re excited. And a little nervous. What’s next? And how do you make sure nothing gets forgotten? Here are our top five tips for staying in the communication loop as your new home is being built.

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Buying Oakville waterfront property? Here’s what you need to know

Waterfront property in Oakville, particularly the town’s south-east, is something that many dream of and few call their own. To better understand the need-to-knows and nice-to-haves for Oakville waterfront buyers, we sat down with waterfront real estate experts and Oakville specialists Cindy Avis and Alex Irish of RE/MAX Aboutowne Realty. Here’s what we learned.

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Oakville is for foodies: Everything you need to know about Harvest Halton Downtown Oakville

Downtown Oakville is already well-known for its delicious restaurants. A mouthwatering addition to the town’s celebration of good food is Harvest Halton Downtown Oakville, a festival dedicated to all things local on Sunday October 16 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Here’s the full scoop.

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I’m buying a preconstruction townhome. What’s included in my closing costs?

“What’s included in my closing costs?” is a question we hear a lot from our new home buyers, and while there’s an abundance of information online about closing costs and resale homes, buyers of preconstruction townhomes aren’t so lucky. We fix that with this post.

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Anthony DiCenzo dishes on his latest Oakville waterfront development

DiCenzo Homes’s latest Oakville waterfront development is The Gardens of Edgemere: 18 two- and three-bedroom estate townhomes nestled between Lake Ontario, a protected woodlot and a beautifully restored heritage garden.   Perfect for discerning professionals and active empty nesters, the development redefines luxurious lakefront living with stunning water views from every level of every home.

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Get the inside scoop on the 2016 Winona Peach Festival

Who would’ve thought a fuzzy yellow-orange fruit would spark an international festival that sees upwards of 200,000 people invade a small Ontario town every year? We sat down with Winona Peach Festival president, Linda Shuker, for some insider tips on the event that gets rockin’ and rollin’ on Friday August 26, 2016 at 5 p.m.

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7 reasons why Winona’s a winner in the Hamilton housing market

Winona, a rapidly growing community that bridges Hamilton and Niagara (it’s technically in Hamilton), is its own hotbed of real estate activity, with a number of new townhouse developments either on the go or in the works. Here’s why we think Winona is a great place to live and invest.

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Grimsby GO Train great news for homebuyers in Winona

If you’re thinking of buying a new home in Winona, you’ll be happy to know that weekday commuter train service to Grimsby is officially “a GO.” Transportation Minister Steven Del Duca announced on June 28 that commuters from Winona and Grimsby will be ridin’ the rails westbound toward Toronto from a new Grimsby station as

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Into the white: 5 ways to get the most from this season’s non-colour

Open any home décor or design mag and you’ll be blinded by the white. Get the most from the trend that has us all lightening up with these five tips from the pros.

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7 new home buying lessons you won’t have to learn the hard way

A new home is one that’s truly yours. Make sure the journey from dream to reality is as smooth as possible by following our seven tips.

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