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Happy New Year! JOANNE’S 2012 SALES! 35 Braintree 23-302 Westwood 6 Byron 266 Rouge 62 Costello 448 Lyle 754 Buckingham 77-381 Westwood 6 Quail Ridge 25-341 Westwood 274 Sansome` 857 Ashburn 27 Browning 226 Sharp 354 Inglewood 24-302 Westwood 27 Pentonville 727 Setter 436 Moray 7 Whitkirk 59 Belcourt 769 Setter 119 Palliser 11 Parish 788 Elm 830 Valour

52-361 Westwood 953 Minto 366 Gagnon 7 Buffie 22 Lismer 1098 Simmons 852 Knox 719 Lipton 632 Buchanan 22 Jameswood 440 Best 921 Buchanan 387 Collegiate 72 Vanderbilt 446 Wallasey 1-3863 Ness 1096 Crestview Park 104-175 Ronald 55 Cortez 105 Lodge 659 Stewart 46-361 Westwood 34 Bur Oaks 138 McIntosh 481 Seaton 753 Stewart

101-280 Waterfront 38 Carberry 56 Longfellow 305-175 Ronald 70 Queens Park 211 Strathmillan 14 Corbett 274 Marjorie 3 Masefield 34 Worthington 26-341 Westwood 27 Yager Cove 109 Fairlane 2-14 Sansome 307B-693 St Anne’s 302 Linwood 72 Emerald Grove 106-230 Roslyn 230 Conway 210 Tufnell 557 Whytewold 113 Bernadine 1070 Garfield 37 Ericsson 3102-489 Thompson 106 Keating

137 Palliser 34 Appletree 82 Baffin 39 Stillwell 256 Thompson 70 Brookstone 4 Leacock 228 Rouge 59 Prairie View 347 Duffield 62 Wordsworth 123 Penfold 74 Sandown 2-2859 Ness 15 Emerald Grove 3349 Assiniboine 21 Manitou 202-215 Greenway 56-361 Westwood 22 Savoy 51 Browning 306-3420 Grant 31 Amethyst 464 Greenacre 17 Peary

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inSiDe tHiS iSSue 06. editor’s note 08. hot topic: The real estate agent advantage by Kara Kuryllowicz 14. style file: Creating the perfect home office by Yanic Simard 16. quick tips: How to protect your home while vacationing during the winter 18. around the house: How to increase the value of your home this winter 20. make your move: The 15-point moving day checklist by Dan Hopkins 26. money matters: January is “make do” month by Gail Vaz-Oxlade

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BUY A HOME

IF YOU ARE THINKING OF PURCHASING A HOUSE OR CONDO, consider doing it sooner than later. Mortgage rates are definitely favourable right now, and remain steady. If you think you can’t afford a detached home, affordable housing in the way of condominiums, semi-detached and townhome designs are still readily available. In fact, condos, semis and towns are a top choice with first-time buyers looking to live in the city. Resale Home & Condo Guide is a great source for helping you find the home you want. As with any major purchase, it is important to do your homework before you venture out to shop the market. Know what you need and what you want. Visit a lending institution or a mortgage broker to pre-qualify for a mortgage and figure out the following beforehand: » What monthly payments would I be comfortable with? » How much money do I have to put down? » Will I be using my savings or RRSPs for the down payment?

The resale home market and the mortgage market are ripe for the picking. Now’s the time to get in on the action.

Susan Legge EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Wall2Wall Media, Susan.Legge@wall2wallmedia.com Follow me on Twitter at Twitter.com/SusanLegge

IF BUYING AND/OR SELLING A HOME IS ONE OF YOUR NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTIONS,

Choosing the

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you are no doubt filled with excitement; but with that excitement can come trepidation. You want to make the correct decisions in your real estate transaction and you’ll likely need the help of a qualified Realtor along the way. But how do you choose the best Realtor for you? While there are many issues to consider, the Canadian Real Estate Association has a list of 10 questions to ask a potential Realtor before signing on the dotted line (from howrealtorshelp.ca): 1. How long have you been in the business? 2. What is your average list-to-sales-price ratio? 3. How will your marketing plan meet my needs? 4. Will you provide references? 5. What separates you from your competition? 6. May I review documents that I will be asked to sign? 7. Can you help me find other professionals? 8. How much do you charge? 9. What if I’m unhappy with the service? 10. What haven’t I asked you that I need to know?

A good Realtor should be happy to answer all of these questions for you – and any others that crop up along the way. Don’t be afraid to ask. The peace of mind you will get from choosing the right Realtor for your needs will make your real estate deal go that much smoother.

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pending money to make money makes good sense, so let experienced, expert real estate agents earn their commissions by helping you prepare, market, show and sell your home, then close the deal. “Realtors do a lot more than market your home and they’ve demonstrated time and again that they’re worth every penny,” says Dale Ripplinger, a Regina-based Realtor and past president of the Canadian Real Estate Association. Homeowners who have had less-than-rewarding experiences with Realtors may wonder exactly what they’re getting in return for the commission they pay. They ask themselves, “How hard can it be to sell my home?” without seriously considering the answer. “A good Realtor has the relevant skills as well as real estate and business expertise and experience,” says Frank Leo, a broker with Re/Max West Realty Inc. “Rather than learn how to safely and effectively sell your home yourself, find and hire a true professional.” While becoming a licensed Realtor doesn’t require the investment or commitment needed to become a lawyer or a doctor, consumers often take their Realtors’ expertise for granted until their do-ityourself efforts result in costly, inconvenient and stressful mistakes that can’t be undone. So, before taking the sell-it-yourself route, consider these facts and realities to see what you actually get in return for the commission you pay.

Facts aND Realities:

1. It’s a numbers game. Yes, you will pay a commission, but remember that the commission is typically split between the seller’s and buyer’s agents. Whether or not you have a selling agent who requires compensation, the buyer’s agent must be paid by the seller, the buyer or both, which is almost sure to affect the net amount that ends up in the seller’s pocket. “Furthermore, if the buyer is represented by a Realtor but the seller is not, the seller may be at a disadvantage as the price and contract details are negotiated,” Ripplinger says. In addition, the commission structure is common knowledge, so informed buyers will immediately lop a few per cent off your asking price. The commission helps cover the agents’ hard costs, which may include office space, staff, marketing (such as online, print, outdoor and radio ads, photographers, graphic designers, printing and delivery), licences and other fees. If you don’t have an agent, you’re paying those costs yourself and forgoing certain products/services or doing them yourself. Your agent provides a valuable service and deserves to be compensated for his or her time, just like you expect to be fairly paid for the job you do. Ask yourself how much time you can realistically devote to taking phone calls, responding to email queries, showing your home and more. As importantly, will you be comfortable doing all that?

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2. Homes don’t sell themselves – people do! Consumers may find an agent willing to post their homes to the Multiple Listing Service (MLS) and on Realtor.ca for a reduced or flat fee. After congratulating themselves on the thousands of dollars they’ve potentially saved, sellers then find themselves wondering why their homes haven’t sold yet. They’re astonished at how much time it takes to show their homes and how awkward it can feel for the homeowner. Many sellit-yourselfers end up turning to Realtors when their homes take too long to sell, the offers are too low and they find the process too timeconsuming, frustrating and stressful. saviNgs aND RetuRNs:

1. Selling prices tend to be higher when an agent is involved. Here’s why: a | Accurately and strategically pricing a home can have a dramatic impact on just how much money ends up in the seller’s pocket. A good Realtor has the skill, experience, resources and objectivity required to price the home correctly. Your agent knows that ultimately, the market and the buyers decide what your home is really worth. B | Exposure and the correct presentation can increase demand, which in turn puts upward pressure on price. Realtors’ marketing efforts put your home before more people, while their input can help you show your home at its best. The website, Realtor.ca, puts your property before consumers, while the MLS gives agents more detail and apprises Realtors of new, local listings via daily email blasts. “The Realtor-to-Realtor exposure is crucial,” Ripplinger says. 2. Qualifying buyers. Via seemingly casual conversations, selling agents can distinguish the merely curious from the serious buyers. While homeowners may be too shy or feel awkward asking subtly probing questions, particularly when it comes to financing, agents have honed this skills. 3. Referrals and discounts. Agents can refer homeowners to trustworthy, credible evaluators, home inspectors, painters, stagers and more. “My painter is so good that he’s rarely available, but he moves my clients to the top of the list and gives them a discount because I give him so much business,” Ripplinger says. 4. Feedback. Agents can better solicit and accept valuable feedback to sellers, such as too high a price or a pink bedroom that’s deterring agents and their buyers. Of course, the seller can then decide whether to act on that information. “Most consumers and agents won’t be comfortable telling the homeowners what they really think or don’t like,” notes Ripplinger. 5. Negotiating, closing and contract expertise. A savvy real estate agent will be able to help negotiate everything from conditions to pricing and closing dates to ensure the sale is completed. “Homeowners don’t always close on the offers they have, because they don’t realize there is more to it than sitting down and signing the papers,” Ripplinger says. An agent can tell you if the deposit is inadequate, the closing date is unrealistic or the conditions are problematic.


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Location, Location, Location

If you don’t have a separate room devoted as an office, then your first step will be deciding where it should be located. You may want to draw out your floorplan on paper and try it in different locations until it feels right. Consider nook/alcove areas, corners, and areas in front of windows. the Work Surface

Having some sort of furniture piece to act as a ‘desk’ is the key component to a home office (and no, it can’t be the coffee table in front of the television). It has to be a single item with a surface, whether large or small, that has only one purpose: to serve as a workstation so that your mind knows to focus on work when you’re sitting at it. If you use the same surface you use for other activities (such as eating) your mind will tend to wander off and want to take part in those other things it’s known to do there. Your work surface doesn’t have to be the ‘typical desk’ – you can have fun with this piece and use something non-traditional depending on your creativity and the amount of space you have. For example, a console, bar cart or floating shelf could all work well for this application.

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Maintaining a clutter-free area while working is very important because clutter equals distraction. Utilitarian boxes, glass vases, pegboards and vertical shelving can all be good storage solutions for items like your pens and paper. Let there Be Light

Cut down on eyestrain and headaches by making sure there is ample lighting in your work area. Position your computer monitor so there’s no glare from a window or overhead light, and invest in a good task lamp for your desk. My favourite desk lamps are: No.118 Boi Desk Lamp by David Weeks from Avenue Road; Tico Table Lamp from Elte; and Fork Table Lamp from Light Form. take a Seat

Choosing the right chair has a lot to do with how often you will be sitting in it. If you plan on spending eight hours a day at your desk, investing a little more in something well composed ergonomically would be a wise decision. If you’ll only be seated for an hour or two, something more along the lines of a side chair will fit the bill just fine.

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ith the winter months upon us, many people are gearing up to move south for the winter. What people forget, is that winter is the perfect time for thieves to take advantage of empty homes (think: Home Alone). In the winter, people are constantly leaving their homes unattended, whether it’s for a warm destination, or visiting family during the holidays. In the hustle and bustle of the season, people often make careless mistakes. Plus, the emergence of social media is constantly blurring the lines between sharing personal details for fun, and putting yourself in danger. Weiser has come up with these 10 easy tips for protecting yourself and your home during vacation this winter. “It’s important to ensure your home is protected if you are going away for a lengthy vacation,” says Steve Kolobaric of Weiser. “People think planned burglaries are things that happen only in movies, but they can happen. The best thing to do is to take some simple measures before you leave, so you can relax with peace of mind knowing your home is safe.” Check out these simple tips for protecting your home while you’re away this winter or holiday season: 01 Don’t update any statuses or “tweet” the dates that you are going away. Also, be sure to utilize the privacy settings on social media sites correctly to ensure that strangers are not seeing things you didn’t intend for them to see. 02 Lock your doors 24/7 — 50 per cent of all break-ins are through unlocked doors!

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03 Help the police help you. Make sure you keep your street address visible. If affixing numbers to your house, they should be at least four inches high, reflective and visible from the street. 04 Don’t post photos of the new 52-inch TV you got for Christmas, and then post your vacation destination right after. 05 Backyard secure? Consider installing a fence and plants fastgrowing bushes as extra barrier around the exterior of your home. 06 Be careful when using the “check-in” feature on Facebook, and be weary of apps that share your location to others. The new generation of apps broadcasts your location at all times to friends — and in many cases to people you don’t even know. And unlike the previous generations of applications that required you to check in to a venue, these apps are persistent unless you pause them or turn them off. 07 Been at the same house for a while? Replace your outside locks as you’ve probably given out your house key a lot through the years. 08 Don’t post anything online about how frustrated you are because your front door doesn’t shut properly, or about how you’re getting new windows installed over the weekend. 09 Got deadbolts? Most burglaries are the result of forced entry. Make sure all exterior doors have deadbolts with at least a oneinch throwbolt. 10 Be careful to monitor what your children are posting i.e.: “Parents gone all week! House to myself!” For more information on home security, visit weiserlock.com

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inter is here and there are a few small, inexpensive weekend projects that can spruce up the look of your home and potentially increase its overall value. “The smallest changes can make a huge difference, and people are usually surprised at how changing a faucet or doorknob can alter the overall look of a room,” says Mark Wallace, Stanley Black & Decker Hardware and Home Improvement Group. “If you find yourself spending more time indoors during the winter months, it’s a great time to get down to work and make some easy but noticeable upgrades in your home.” Here are five things you can do around your home this winter to increase its value: 1. Fresh coat of paint: One of the easiest, and most common, weekend renovations is re-painting. A fresh coat of paint can go a long way, especially in high-traffic rooms that are usually seen by visitors, such as the entrance way, living room and kitchen. Be sure to pick colours that are reflective of your personality but aren’t so trendy that you’ll be sick of them within a few months. 2. Spruce up your doors: If you’re looking to alter the overall look and style of your home, changing doorknobs is a quick, easy and relatively inexpensive way to do so. Whether you are looking for sleek and modern or ornate and traditional, choosing the right doorknobs will can further help to reflect your personality on your home décor. Weiser’s knob and lever sets come in a variety of unique styles, from the classic ball-shaped Huntington to the decorative Maya (weiserlock.com). 3. Revive your kitchen cupboards: Changing your kitchen cupboards can be an expensive and daunting task, but by simply changing the hardware, you can give your kitchen a fresh new look. 4. Pamper your bathroom: When doing your upgrades don’t forget about your bathroom. You can transform the space just by changing the faucets and showerheads. Fixtures come in a variety of styles and finishes that complement your already existing bathroom décor. Try Price Pfister’s Pasadena collection (pricepfister.com). You can even go the extra mile by changing the hardware on your vanity to accompany the style. 5. New floors: Laying new flooring used to be dreaded by many and could take up to a week to complete, but now, with an array of new flooring products, you can install a floor from start to finish in a weekend. Putting in new floors can drastically change the look of a room, and definitely increases its value.

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hether you are moving during the winter season, or maybe a little further down the road, I recommend the following 15-point checklist to help you complete your move in a stress-free way:

{01} Double-check all closets, drawers and shelves, in addition to the attic and garage to ensure they are empty. {02} Carry important documents, money and jewelry with you. {03} Pack toys, games or special items for the kids to keep them busy during the move. {04} Remember to pack a box of basics that you may need on movein day (tools, paper products, all-purpose household cleaners, etc.). Be sure to have it loaded last so that it will be first off at your new home. {05} Don’t pack paint, bottles of bleach, gas cans or other inflammables. It is against federal law for movers to transport flammable and combustible materials. {06} Use strong boxes and containers that can be secured tightly. Purchase special boxes for dishes, wardrobes and other special items. {07} Pack audio-video equipment in their original boxes. Label cables and tighten transit screws. Before removing cables, take pictures of the back of the unit so you can hook everything back up the same way. If removing screws, tape them to the objects they are removed from.

{08} Avoid loading more than 50 lbs. into one box. {09} Label each box and indicate the following: which room it should go in; whether it is fragile; and if it should be loaded last so it will be unloaded first. {10} Cushion contents with packing materials such as bubble wrap, newspaper or tissue. Save room by using towels and blankets to wrap fragile items. {11} Pack books tightly on end in small boxes. If they are musty smelling, sprinkle talcum powder between the pages and wrap the books before packing. Leave them stored for a couple of months to eliminate the smell. {12} Have rugs and draperies cleaned before moving and leave them in wrappings for the move. {13} Pack medicines in a plastic, resealable zipper storage bag or leak-proof container. {14} Check the weather forecast for your move day. If it’s going to be hot, be sure to have a cooler with lots of bottled water and sports drinks on ice. {15} Call your moving company the day before your move to get a contact number for the crew in case you need to contact them en route. Give your mover your cell phone number and be sure to fully charge your cell phone the night before your moving day.

Dan Hopkins is Chief Operating Officer, Two Men and a Truck Canada. twomenandatruck.ca

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January is

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f there’s any month when you’re most likely to wonder if all the bills will get paid, it’s January. After the feverish rush of the holidays and all the unexpected expenses that popped up, no doubt things will be a little tight. Add the extra cost of heating and the jump in “fresh” food prices and you’ll be looking for ways to trim back. Enter Make Do Month. This is the month when you stretch everything a little farther so you spend a lot less. If you get invited to a party, you don’t rush out and buy something new, you get creative and shop from your closet. And if you need a little something different, you shop from a friend’s closet. Or hold a clothing exchange. What you don’t do is spend money! When the weather is warm, it’s easy to do lots of free things. When it’s cold, entertainment gets more expensive. Sure there’s that great movie you’d love to take the family to for a night out of the house. For a family of four, you’re probably looking at $100 or more with popcorn and drinks. Recycle a movie you already own or do a movie swap with friends, add some home-made popcorn and a 12-pack of pop and you can probably do it for $10. Now that’s making do! January is also a good month to experiment with a new routine as you make do. If you’re used to buying coffee every day, brew your own at home or work and save big-time. If you regularly go out for lunch, pack one from home for four out of every five days and not only will you drop those holiday pounds, you’ll be able to pay off that holiday debt. But what if you have family or friends whose birthday falls in January. You’ll have to buy something. No you don’t. You can give something of yourself instead of something purchased. Make their favorite cookies, offer to cook them a meal or a bunch of meals for the freezer for those extra busy workdays, or create a coupon for three nights of free babysitting. Maybe you’re a computer genius and can offer to do maintenance or repairs. Perhaps you’re a mechanic and can offer a tune-up. Substitute your energy for spending money. After the buzz of the holidays you’ll no doubt be happy to stay home for the first couple of weeks. Then you may start feeling itchy. You’ve got to get out. You can feel the walls closing in. Time to hit that great new restaurant that just opened up, or head out to the clubs. Wait a minute. This is Make Do Month.

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Call up a couple of friends and throw a pot-luck game night instead. See if you can do it at their house this time. Start a tradition of once-a-month games or poker nights and rotate from one friend’s home to another. No one says you can’t have fun in Make Do Month. You just can’t spend gobs of money. Make Do Month is a conscious decision to stretch every dollar as far as it will go. Try it and see if just becoming conscious saves you money. I’ll bet you’re pleasantly surprised.

Gail Vaz-Oxlade is the host of Til Debt Do Us Part, author of Debt Free Forever and blogs daily at gailvazoxlade.com. Follow Gail on Twitter at twitter.com/GailVazOxlade

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