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When do you know it’s an emergency…or not?

As a condo owner, do you know when it is an emergency….and what to do in case of: Fire? Gas leak/carbon monoxide? Flooding? No electricity or water? No heat/air conditioning? Clogged plumbing? Noisy neighbours? Locked out of apt? It is important as a condo owner to know when an emergency is an emergency, when it is not and what you should do. One way to identify true emergencies is to apply a “blood, flood or fire” test. Any issue that

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Looking to retire? Windsor-Essex is the place!

Whether you are a lifelong Windsorite or newly retired and looking to relocate from the ‘big city’, Windsor-Essex is the perfect place to settle! You can be as busy or as laid back as you want to be in this amazing place! You get the small town feel, a high quality of life – and low property taxes! Windsor makes it easy to travel to and from whether it be to the States or other cities in Ontario and not

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With Home Prices Going Down and Rent Prices Going up in 2022, is it better to Buy or Rent a Condo?

Some homebuyers are seeing appraisals come in lower than their purchase price. Average prices for homes have been trending down over the past few months. In May, the average home price was $711,316 – a 4.6% drop from April and a nearly 13% drop from February. Ontario home prices could drop up to 18%. Appraisers consider several factors when calculating the value of a home – the home’s construction cost, size, features and previous selling price. Other factors include higher

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REAL ESTATE TRENDS

In the first two months of 2022, the average monthly price for a home had risen $129,043.  With interest rates rising, will it slow rising prices? Most buyers are out-of-town investors who are driving the market making housing become a commodity. OUT OF TOWN INVESTORS Where are the out-of -town investors coming from? The largest source is the Greater Toronto area, but there’s also interest from Vancouver and Montreal.  Windsor’s housing market has become so hot that out of town

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CONDO SPRING MAINTENANCE

It’s that time of year again…spring cleaning! In most condominiums, this maintenance will fall under the owner’s responsibility: INSIDE Change the batteries on all smoke detectors, including carbon monoxide detectors. Change your HVAC filter Clean your dryer vent at least once a year Clean your exhaust fan filter under your range hood Check your water heater for any signs of corrosion, and have it repaired if necessary Look for any signs of leaks under sinks and around toilets. OUTSIDE Maintenance

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Is your condo eco friendly? Looking for an eco-friendly condo?

One sure way to know if a building is eco-friendly is whether or not it’s received: LEED CERTIFICATION (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design). LEED addresses climate change and provides a framework for healthy, resource-efficient, and cost-saving green buildings.  LEED buildings involve: Innovation-novel features and procedures Materials and resources-responsible construction waste mgt and sustainable sourcing of materials Sustainable sites-sufficient green open space and light pollution reduction Indoor Environmental quality-use of natural light and efficient air conditioning Location and transportation-land protection and access

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