By: David Ruff

Tips For Looking at Basement Units

Tags: Rental Unit, Income Property, Fire Code

If there is a livable space in the basement of a home, there are clear requirements to comply with Fire Code. Who knew window wells can tell us so much? ...Read More

By: David Ruff

Maximizing the Value of Renovations

Tags: Home Updates, Renovations, Resale Value

Before you renovate it's a good idea to think about how what you're planning to change or upgrade impacts your resale value. Your Realtor can help you make strategic moves to maximize your return when you sell. ...Read More

By: David Ruff

A Key Home Building Tip

Tags: Building a House, Well, Septic System

Building a property with its own well? Proper placement of your septic tank is essential to save you money and health problems.   ...Read More

By: David Ruff

Beautiful Feature but With a Downside

Tags: Toronto, Home Design, Floorplan

We've all seen the big beautiful grand entrances in movie and thought  "I'd love to have that in my house!"Something to keep in mind is that grand staircases transfer noise EXTREMELY well. Pros and cons to grand features.   ...Read More

Crucial Features To Know When Inspecting Brickwork

By: David Ruff

Crucial Features To Know When Inspecting Brickwork

Tags: Toronto, Home Inspection, Buyers

One way of ensuring the conservation of your home is to inspect its brickwork. A well-maintained property not only helps preserve its architectural features but also gives it a higher market value. WHAT SHOULD I WATCH OUT FOR WHEN INSPECTING BRICKWORK? These are two important points to be cognizant of when inspecting a house’s brickwork:   1. Brick Cracks. Bricks at the bottom of win...Read More

By: David Ruff

Decorating and Designing Unique Spaces

Tags: Toronto, Home Decor, Home Design

A feature wall is a great way to add pizzaz to your space. Try this trick to create a beautiful one that ties it all together, and is a creative way to use up materials you already have on hand. ...Read More

By: David Ruff

Don't Be Afraid of Offer Dates

Tags: Toronto, Bidding War, Home Auction

Offer dates that reate auctions or bidding wars can incite fear. The best remedy is being well educated.   ...Read More

By: David Ruff

Clever Landscaping Ideas for a Beautiful Yard

Tags: Toronto, Landscaping, Backyard Design

Not sure what do to with your yard to fit in everything you want? Garden, sitting area, gate... Here's a clever way to do it beautifully. ...Read More

By: David Ruff

Expro- what? Land Expropriation and Property Values

Tags: Toronto, Property Value, House Prices

A lot of people may not understand what expropriation of land means or may not think it is important. But its worth watching out for when buying a property, Unless you have an experienced Realtor, the signs may not be obvious at first. Empty lots are one of the biggest giveaways!  "Expropriation is the act of the government claiming privately owned land against the ...Read More

Should I Buy First or Should I Sell First?

By: David Ruff

Should I Buy First or Should I Sell First?

Tags: Home Sales, Toronto, Home Buying

“Which one should I do first: buy or sell?” This question is kind of similar to the “chicken or the egg” problem. Key things to consider in determining if you’re going to buy or sell first Deciding if you are going to buy or sell first depends on your personal situation, your own personal risk tolerances and where you are in Canada. It really depends. If you&#...Read More