October 2010 - Posts

Renting Versus Buying a Condo or House
31 October 10 09:56 AM | Ty Lacroix | 19 Comments   
I was speaking with a home buyer last week and she was advised by her financial planner that she would be better off renting versus buying. We discussed the many pros and cons but what eventually swayed her decision to purchase was freedom and individualism. Read More...
Jails & Nursing Homes
31 October 10 05:51 AM | Ty Lacroix | (Comments Off)   
Here's the way it should be: Let's put the seniors in jail and the criminals in nursing homes. This would correct two things in one motion: Seniors would have access to showers, hobbies and walks. They would receive unlimited free prescriptions, Read More...
Canada Pension Plan Changes
30 October 10 06:47 AM | Ty Lacroix | (Comments Off)   
Are you aware that upcoming changes to the Canada Pension Plan will have a major influence on what age you retire. - The Timing of Your Retirement Will Have Critical Financial Consequences on Your Lifestyle - Changes to CPP Could Mean up to $100k More Read More...
Selling Without a REALTOR® is Like Cutting Your Own Hair
30 October 10 05:39 AM | Ty Lacroix | 88 Comments   
This timely post was written by Scott & Lisa Roper, 2 licensed real estate professionals in the US . With the Canadian news media coverage of The Canadian Real Estate Association & the Competition Bureau recent agreement on MLS services, fees Read More...
Inside Job, Watching Wall Street Squirm
29 October 10 08:12 AM | Ty Lacroix | 4 Comments   
I finished watching the documentary Inside Job which unravels the causes of the 2008 financial meltdown, the collusion with regulators and the sad irony is that it is continuing even today. You will see how banks, insurance companies and rating agencies Read More...
Baby Boomers Have Mortgages Too!
29 October 10 07:40 AM | Ty Lacroix | 1 Comments   
Almost half of baby boomers are planning a move and many of them will not be able to do so mortgage free. A recent survey by TD Canada Trust in their Boomer Buyers Report of Canadians between 44-64 who were thinking of moving, four-in-five are downsizing Read More...
Lambeth in London Homes are Moving!
28 October 10 08:58 AM | Ty Lacroix | (Comments Off)   
Lambeth is a few minutes to London, great shopping, dining and social events are all close by. The 401 and 402 highways are 3 minutes away and within a 20 KM drive are 6 golf courses! Schools and churches are close by along with professional services. Read More...
Old South & Wortley Village Real Estate
28 October 10 08:46 AM | Ty Lacroix | (Comments Off)   
Houses in Old South and Wortley Village neighbourhood that are listed for sale are selling briskly with 25 on October alone! 175 have sold from January 2010 to October 28, 2010 and on average homes were on the market for 25 days and averaging 99% of asking Read More...
Open House in Sunningdale on Sunday
27 October 10 10:42 AM | Ty Lacroix | (Comments Off)   
October 2010 Su Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa 26 27 28 29 30 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 1 2 3 4 5 6 Sunningdale, London - We invite everyone to visit our open house at 1690 Fiddlehead Place on October 31 from Read More...
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Open House in Sunningdale on Saturday
27 October 10 10:41 AM | Ty Lacroix | (Comments Off)   
October 2010 Su Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa 26 27 28 29 30 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 1 2 3 4 5 6 Sunningdale, London - We invite everyone to visit our open house at 1690 Fiddlehead Place on October 30 from Read More...
Pond Mills Real Estate Stuff in London You Might Want to Know!
26 October 10 02:03 PM | Ty Lacroix | (Comments Off)   
Houses & Condos in Pond Mills have sold quite well from January of this year to October 26,2010 with both houses and condos getting 97-98% of the asking price. Condos have been averaging 48 days to sell with houses in Pond Mills only 34 days! The Read More...
Masonville & Stoneybrook Real Estate is Quite Vibrant
26 October 10 01:53 PM | Ty Lacroix | (Comments Off)   
Stoneybrook Heights , Stoneybrook Acres, Masonville, Uplands, Tallwood, Northridge & Windermere are distinct family neighbourhoods in London Ontario. Stoneybrook is east on Richmond Street and west of Adelaide Street and bi-sected by Fanshawe Park Read More...
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Oakridge Neighbourhood Real Estate Activity
25 October 10 05:35 AM | Ty Lacroix | (Comments Off)   
Mention the word Oakridge to residents of London and you'll hear great words about these family neighbourhoods of Oakridge Park , Oakridge Acres and Oakridge Meadows . Quick access to all that London has to offer yet private enough with large lots, Read More...
Byron Area Homes and Condos Are Selling!
25 October 10 05:24 AM | Ty Lacroix | (Comments Off)   
C ondos in Byron start from $149,000 which would be a townhouse style. Depending on your budget, you have a choice of high rise condos, attached or detached condos, one floor bungalows and more. Houses in Byron start in the low 2s and offer a wide range Read More...
Summerside in London Ontario Real Estate Update
24 October 10 06:18 AM | Ty Lacroix | (Comments Off)   
Summerside House & Condo Sales in London Are Doing Quite Well Sales of 2 storey and one floor homes in Summerside in south east London have been very active year to date with 85 houses selling. The average selling price of a 2 storey house was $263,179 Read More...
Riverbend Real Estate Market in London Ontario
24 October 10 06:05 AM | Ty Lacroix | (Comments Off)   
Houses and condos have been selling quite well in Riverbend, a neighbourhood in west London off of Oxford Street West and nestled between the Hunt Club and The Riverbend Golf Community . There have been 39 houses sold in Riverbend since the new year with Read More...
Houses & Condos in Stoneycreek in London Ontario
24 October 10 05:49 AM | Ty Lacroix | (Comments Off)   
The Stoney Creek neighbourhood of London is a fast growing area of London in the North East. So far in 2010, 118 homes have changed hands with the average selling price of $270,005 which was 99% of the asking price and a great way to judge the real estate Read More...
Income From Rental Properties, How Not To?
23 October 10 06:47 AM | Ty Lacroix | (Comments Off)   
7 Ways to Kill the Bottom Line with Income Properties : 1-Holding on for that " home run " deal If the area supports it and the property is $1,295 in the current market, you can lose/waste a couple months income chasing $1,395. How many mortgage Read More...
Write Off 100% of New Computers For Your Business
22 October 10 05:11 AM | Ty Lacroix | (Comments Off)   
Thanks to Canada's Economic Action Plan, you can fully deduct the cost of eligible computers (including systems software) in one year! By taking advantage of this capital cost allowance (CCA) it will mean freeing up capital more quickly, modernizing, Read More...
Open House in North London in Sunningdale on Saturday
21 October 10 02:15 PM | Ty Lacroix | (Comments Off)   
October 2010 Su Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa 26 27 28 29 30 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 1 2 3 4 5 6 Sunningdale, London - We invite everyone to visit our open house at 1690 Fiddlehead Place on October 23 from Read More...
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Open House in Sunningdale on Sunday
21 October 10 02:15 PM | Ty Lacroix | (Comments Off)   
October 2010 Su Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa 26 27 28 29 30 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 1 2 3 4 5 6 Sunningdale, London - We invite everyone to visit our open house at 1690 Fiddlehead Place in Sunningdale , Read More...
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What is London Ontario Doing About The Environment?
20 October 10 09:56 AM | Ty Lacroix | (Comments Off)   
Is the well-being of Londoners considered where the environment is considered and is it sustainable? While London and its community may not be perfect, below are a few projects and groups that are making an impact. London Community Foundation's Clean Read More...
Waste Reduction in London Ontario
20 October 10 09:50 AM | Ty Lacroix | (Comments Off)   
I thought that I would bring recycling. waste management and fall leaf collection programs that are available and what the City of London is doing. For example, in London, old TV's & other electronics, computers, fax machines, monitors, speakers. Read More...
Making a Killing in Real Estate or Not Getting Killed
19 October 10 12:49 PM | Ty Lacroix | (Comments Off)   
We all have heard about people making a killing (a lot of money) in buying and selling real estate and just lately (last 3 years) we hear of those who have lost everything! Is it greed? Luck? Uninformed?Unprepared? Misinformed, or all of these? I have Read More...
Something More About London Ontario
19 October 10 12:09 PM | Ty Lacroix | (Comments Off)   
Did you know that London Ontario has over 280 parks and green spaces. Springbank Park with its myriads of trails, bike paths and mini parks within the park is the most popular in London. What about Victoria Park with its bandshell, Harris Park for concerts, Read More...
Oakridge Neighbourhood in London Ontario
18 October 10 11:58 AM | Ty Lacroix | (Comments Off)   
Oakridge still remains a very sought after area in west London to live in. From Oakridge Park, Oakridge Meadows and Oakridge Acres, there is something for everyone. You can go from wide streets with large tree lined lots to modern new construction homes, Read More...
Something About London Ontario?
18 October 10 09:58 AM | Ty Lacroix | (Comments Off)   
London is the 10th largest city in Canada and the total population in London and Middlesex County is 489,274! By the time of the 2011 population census, it is estimated that people age 55-plus will increase to about 28%, or nearly 1-in-3 Londoners! 62% Read More...
Pond Mills: Best Kept Secret in London Ontario
16 October 10 06:24 PM | Ty Lacroix | (Comments Off)   
Today was a beautiful fall day and I went for a walk in and around Pond Mills. The leaves were turning, birds still doing what birds do, squirrels chasing each other and a few persistent boys fishing? The trails are well marked, the air is so clean and Read More...
Nice Walks, Nice Scenery, Nice Price, Nice Condo Pond Mills in London Ontario
15 October 10 05:34 AM | Ty Lacroix | 13 Comments   
Condo in Park Like Setting • 2 bath, 3 bdrm townhouse "3 Levels" - MLS® $159,900 - Be a Smart Condo Buyer ! Find out ho w! Pond Mills, London - Do you enjoy walking and scenery? Are you fond of nature? Here is your chance to have all Read More...
Single Floor Living In London Ontario
14 October 10 12:09 PM | Ty Lacroix | (Comments Off)   
I have already coverd apartment condos and one floor condo bungalows and ranches for sale in London Ontario this month and today is some helpful (or disparaging news) about single floor bungalows and ranches. ( On a side note, I receivd an email the other Read More...
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Are You Looking For a One Floor Condo Bungalow in London Ontario?
13 October 10 05:48 AM | Ty Lacroix | (Comments Off)   
Are you looking to purchase a one floor condo in London Ontario and not in in an apartment building? Do you want an attached or detached condo with a single or double garage? It can be daunting with the following: 3 condos for sale between $150,000 - Read More...
Are You Looking For an Apartment Condo in London Ontario?
13 October 10 05:25 AM | Ty Lacroix | (Comments Off)   
Are you looking to purchase a condo in London Ontario in a high rise building ? It can be daunting with the following: 61 condos for sale between $100,000 - $150,000 26 " " " " 150,000 - 200,000 16 " " " " 200,000 Read More...
Uplands in North London Homes Are Sought After
12 October 10 05:17 AM | Ty Lacroix | (Comments Off)   
Over the last week I have had the good fortune to show 3 separate couples houses for sale in Uplands in North London. Two were looking for a 2 story home, 4 bedrooms and one wanted everything to be on one floor with a very open concept. Our price range Read More...
Environment & London Ontario
11 October 10 06:27 AM | Ty Lacroix | (Comments Off)   
Sometimes in this busy world we lose track of the day to day inner workings of the city or town we live in and at times are only concerned about what the city does or does not do when effects us. if you would like to know how London Ontario handles the Read More...
Getting Started in London Ontario
11 October 10 06:16 AM | Ty Lacroix | (Comments Off)   
Getting started in a new community, with its new culture, languages and customs can be tough. Finding employment, learning a new language and gaining recognition for foreign education and credentials are major challenges that many newcomers face. London Read More...
What is the purpose of the Residential Rental Units Licensing By-law in London, Ontario?
06 October 10 11:25 AM | Ty Lacroix | (Comments Off)   
What is the purpose of the Residential Rental Units Licensing By-law ? The Residential Rental Units Licensing By-law has been put into place to: address sub-standard housing conditions in rental units; protect the amenity, character and stability of residential Read More...
What Is The Real Issue in London Ontario?
05 October 10 01:18 PM | Ty Lacroix | 1 Comments   
It's time to take action on the real issue. Poverty. Did you know that 1 in 5 children born in London, Ontario live in poverty? And that 17% of all Londoners live in poverty and struggle to make ends meet? These people are our neighbours, our employees, Read More...
About London’s Vital Signs® Report
05 October 10 12:59 PM | Ty Lacroix | (Comments Off)   
Vital Signs serves as a check-up on the vitality of London and provides a snapshot of the positive and negative trends in areas important to our quality of life. The report is compiled from recent statistics and studies that look at six different, and Read More...
How People in London Care For Each Other
05 October 10 12:48 PM | Ty Lacroix | (Comments Off)   
We can all make a difference in London Ontario. Vital Signs is a snapshot of the issues that impact our quality of life. You'll find stories and statistics, hear about ideas and initiatives, and learn how you can make our community more vital. Connecting Read More...
Townhouse For Sale in Pond Mills
05 October 10 12:06 PM | Ty Lacroix | (Comments Off)   
Condo in Park Like Setting • 2 bath, 3 bdrm townhouse "3 Levels" - MLS® EXPIRED $159,900 - Huge Value At This Price Pond Mills, London - Brilliant 3 bedroom condo in Millers Cove, a unique quiet enclave of condos right across the street Read More...
What is Selling in London & For How Much?
04 October 10 02:55 PM | Ty Lacroix | (Comments Off)   
The best-selling house style in LSTAR's (London St.Thomas Association of Realtors) jurisdiction for the month of September was the two-story, followed by the bungalow, ranches and the townhouse condo. 136 two storey homes sold in September 2010 with Read More...
Real Estate sales up in London Ontario 2.7% Over Last Year So Far
04 October 10 02:32 PM | Ty Lacroix | (Comments Off)   
Last month 475 detached homes and 114 condos exchanged hands in the London and St.Thomas area of Ontario, a total of 589 sales. Year to date sales continue to outpace last year's by 2.7%. The flurry of activity in the latter part of '09 and the Read More...
Working in London Ontario
01 October 10 03:26 PM | Ty Lacroix | (Comments Off)   
Working in London Ontario Industry sector leaders like 3M, McCormick, Kellogg's, Trojan Technologies, TSC Stores and Starlim North America have their Canadian headquarters in London. Over the past seven years, the city has witnessed significant growth Read More...
Getting Around London Ontario
01 October 10 12:52 PM | Ty Lacroix | 4 Comments   
Getting Around London Getting around the city of London by car, bike or foot is relatively easy given the north-south/east-west grid layout of the city. Commute times from the downtown core to any of the four corners of the city are relatively short compared Read More...

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