Shawn DeLaat's Blog Posts

The State of Real Estate - September 2021

What we saw in the Niagara real estate market this summer was definitely interesting and as predicted during the fall months we've been seeing the economy open up, restrictions loosen and a "new

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What's A Good Credit Score and How Can I Quickly Improve Mine?

If you’ve been thinking about buying your first home, it’s likely that you’ve come across the term “credit score” or “credit rating” more than once. A

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The State of Real Estate in Niagara - Fall 2021

What we saw in the Niagara real estate market this summer was definitely interesting. On June 15th the Canadian government began to open up the economy, loosening restrictions and allowing us

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What Growing Zone Is The Niagara Region In?

The Niagara Region is without a doubt one of Ontario’s agricultural powerhouses with over 218,000 acres of farmland. Niagara grows a wide variety of fruits and vegetables but is most known for

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Are You a First-Time Home Seller? Take Advantage of These 5 Valuable Tips!

So, you’ve bought your first home, had the experience and enjoyed it but now you’re ready to move on. There are many reasons for selling a home, perhaps your family outgrew your first

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6 Irresistible Waterfront Cities Found In The Niagara Region

It’s no secret that waterfront properties are some of the most desirable homes on the market. Whether you live directly on the water or just in a waterfront city, there are so many advantages

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The 5 Best Hiking Trails In The Niagara Region

If you are looking to experience some of the best hiking trails that Ontario has to offer, then the Niagara Region is the place for you. Home of the beautiful Niagara Escarpment, the Niagara Region

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9 Helpful and Clever Tips for New Homeowners

If you have just bought your first home, congratulations! Buying a home is sometimes one of the biggest purchases you will make throughout your lifetime, and it is such a rewarding thing to

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The State of Real Estate in Niagara - July 2021

Right now in Niagara real estate, you’re either HOT or you’re NOT.Houses are listed for a little longer than in previous months while SOME properties are still moving much faster,

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What Are Real Estate Comps? A Guide For Comparing Homes

If you have ever been in the market for buying or selling a home, then you have probably come across your fair share of real estate lingo. It is important to have an understanding of some basic real

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6 Affordable Ways To Improve Curb Appeal Of Your Home

Curb appeal is defined as the attractiveness of a home’s exterior when viewed from the street. It is a large factor for attracting prospective buyers and getting them to take the next step and

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How To Successfully Buy A Home In A Seller's Market

The conditions of the local real estate market can have a significant impact on the approach of both buyers and sellers. Knowing the difference between a buyer’s and seller’s market can

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Backyard Renovations That Will Add Value To Your Home

With the summer months finally upon us, people are surely excited to start spending more time outside with family and friends. With COVID-19 having an impact on our normal summer activities there

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Seller’s Market VS Buyer’s Market: What's The True Difference?

 Whether you are a first-time homebuyer or just in the market to buy or sell a home, it is key to know about the important things that go on in the real estate market. The conditions of the

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What Makes Fort Erie A Good Place to Live?

When you are looking for a new home, there are many tough decisions that need to be made. From the type of home you want, to where you want the home to be, and everything in between. At Davids &

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Home Maintenance Checklist For Property Owners

Whether you are thinking about buying a home or if you already own one, this list is for you. Owning a home is about more than just paying the bills in exchange for a place to live, it is about

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Should I Buy A Fixer-Upper House?

If you have been thinking about buying a home, then you are aware of the many different decisions and considerations that go into every step of the process. Before you even start looking for a home

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The Most Popular Types of Homes To Consider Buying

Buying a home is without a doubt one of the biggest purchases you will ever make. When it comes to picking the perfect home for you and your family, there are many things to consider. From finding

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Selling Your Own Home vs. Using A Real Estate Agent

Are you thinking about selling your home in the near future? While the majority of people choose to hire a real estate agent when selling their home, there are many others who decide to sell their

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How to Choose the Perfect Neighbourhood for Your Family

If you are looking to buy your first home, or even just relocate your family, there are many important things to consider when deciding on which house is right for you. Buying a home is more than

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Is Getting A Home Inspection Worth It?

Purchasing a home is one of the biggest financial decisions that will be made in your lifetime. In addition to the purchase price of the home, there are many other fees and expenses that are

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How to Prepare Your Home for a Real Estate Agent

When a homeowner is ready to sell their house, their first call is typically a real estate agent. A real estate agent helps sellers get their home ready for the market and often makes

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How to Save Energy and Cut Electricity Costs in Your Home

How to Save Energy and Cut Electricity Costs in Your HomeEnergy bills are an unavoidable part of owning a home. However, the price of your bill can be significantly lowered by adopting good energy

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Seasonal Maintenance Guide for Your Home

Seasonal Maintenance Guide for Your HomeHere in Ontario, we have the pleasure of experiencing the four seasons distinctly. However, the notoriously harsh Canadian winters and often hot, humid

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The Best Time of Year to Sell Your Home?

The Best Time of Year to Sell Your HomeThe Ontario real estate market tends to have seasonal trends, which is why it is important to consider the time of year in which you put your home up for sale.

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Can Americans Buy Property in Ontario?

Can Americans Buy Property in Ontario?Canada has been repeatedly ranked as one of the best countries to live in throughout the world, while Ontario has been consistently ranked as one of the best

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Real Estate Agent or REALTOR®: What's the Difference?

Real Estate Agent or REALTOR®: What's the Difference? If you are looking to buy or sell a home, one of your first steps is often to find an experienced real estate professional that can guide

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5 Reasons Why Niagara is the Perfect Place to Retire

5 Reasons Why Niagara is the Perfect Place to RetireAre you trying to find the perfect place to retire in Ontario? The Niagara Region located in southwestern Ontario is full of beautiful retirement

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5 Tips for Finding the Best Real Estate Agent

5 Tips for Finding the Best Real Estate AgentThe buying or selling of a house is one of the largest financial transactions that a person makes in their lifetime. Naturally, this process can be

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Will Ontario House Prices Drop in 2021?

Will Ontario House Prices Drop in 2021? Despite the global pandemic that took over the world in spring 2020, the Canadian real estate market saw a record breaking high with 551,392 homes

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Your Guide to Buying Your First House in Ontario

Your Guide to Buying Your First House in Ontario Congratulations! If you find yourself reading this guide, it means you have started to think about buying your first home. Buying your first

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5 Refreshing Reasons You Should Move To Niagara Falls

5 Refreshing Reasons You Should Move To Niagara FallsThere is no need to introduce Niagara Falls, as it is home to one of Canada’s most famous attractions that brings in approximately 12

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Why Niagara-on-the-Lake Should Be Your New Home

Why Niagara-on-the-Lake Should Be Your New HomeThere is a reason that Niagara-on-the-Lake is considered one of the most beautiful towns in Canada. Located only 20 minutes north of Niagara Falls it

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2021 Niagara Region Housing Market Outlook

Niagara housing market to favour sellers in 2021, prices expected to rise 12%The Niagara housing market will likely continue to favour sellers in 2021, as a continuation of a busy market in 2020

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Niagara Housing Market Outlook (Fall 2020)

The Niagara housing market experienced a 70% decline in sales in April 2020 following the COVID-19 lockdown that started in mid-March. However in May, the region saw a quick recovery,

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Richmond Woods : J Di Franco & Son Construction

Richmond Woods is situated in Niagara Region’s central location of Thorold, Ontario. It is minutes away from St. Catharines, Niagara Falls, Fonthill, and Niagara-on-the-Lake. Quick and easy

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TOP TIPS EVERY FIRST-TIME HOME SELLER IN NIAGARA SHOULD KNOW

When it comes time to sell your first home, you want to make sure you do it right. Not only to get the best price but to make the process run smoothly. Does your home need renovations? Should you

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TOP TIPS EVERY FIRST-TIME HOME BUYER IN NIAGARA SHOULD KNOW

Buying a home, especially your first one, is both an exhilarating and terrifying process. Attending open houses and imagining yourself in a new space can be very exciting. On the other hand, getting

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