A Cool Solution for Hot Halifax Homes

July 16, 2013

It’s another hot week in Halifax. And it’s times like this that air conditioners are wonderful to have. Especially for those with respiratory and other health problems. But did you know that unless your house is properly insulated, your air conditioner isn’t just working harder and costing you more? That cool air you’ve paid for […]

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New Canadian mortgage rules mean fewer first-time property owners

July 14, 2013

Are you a first-time homebuyer in Halifax, Nova Scotia? If you bought property in the last year, congratulations! If not, you might be part of the 20% who were forced to wait a little longer. MLS® real estate transactions slowed down once new rules to Canadian mortgage lending were introduced in 2012. These new rules […]

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Halifax House Sales Remained Slow in Second Quarter 2013

July 10, 2013

The new mortgage rules aren’t the only thing putting a damper on house sales in Halifax, Nova Scotia. An extra rainy spring is also to blame! Yes, Nova Scotia’s infamous eternal spring seems to have caused a slower start to what is normally a busy season for buying homes and property in Halifax. Understandably so; […]

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Income properties in Halifax and around the world – should you buy?

July 9, 2013

Ever thought of buying income property? If you’re reading this blog, chances are you have. Everyone and their brother seems to be doing it these days. Or at least talking about it. And why not? Like me back in high school, the idea of renting out a house or condo is popular and attractive. Think […]

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How to Beat Halifax Heat–Without Air Conditioning!

July 8, 2013

Wow, that’s hot! With record-setting temperatures across Halifax, Nova Scotia, this weekend. I think it’s safe to say summer 2013 is finally here. But with that comes the temptation to crank the air conditioner. And, of course, that also means the high cost of keeping cool. Not to mention the negative impact on the environment. […]

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Emergency Preparedness for the Suburban Home – Affordable Ideas for Redundancy and Resilience

March 8, 2013

Friends, Even if you cannot make this event..perhaps you are buried in a snowdrift in the Mid-West, or living happily in the Colorado Rockies and have no wish to fly up to Nova Scotia this Saturday I highly recommend that you find an organize an event like this for the protection of you homes, friends […]

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Almost Half all Canada’s Boomers out of touch with housing trends!

March 1, 2013

I had to laugh when I saw Bertrand Marotte’s article in Canada’s Globe & Mail issue on February 26th. The article quotes a  new Royal LePage Real Estate survey that  found that  ” the suburban dream is alive and well” and that “close to half of baby boomers – 43.5 per cent –  are planning to […]

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The Lighter Side of Falling Demand!

February 4, 2013

Friends and Readers…after my last blog post on condo values I simply could not resist this little YouTube piece from Rick Mercer. Are Canada’s Federal mortgage policies really THIS funny? Your comments are always welcomed….. Steve Ritchie is a Real Estate Blogger & REALTOR® with Keller Williams Realty in Halifax who will help you search […]

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Is there a Strong Future For Condos In Atlantic Canada?

January 31, 2013

The consensus among most real estate professionals is that, as long as development is judicious and responsive to consumer demand, then demographic and other trends point to a very positive future for condominium values and developments in Atlantic Canada. It’s a Matter of Opinion whether values for existing condominiums in the Halifax and greater Atlantic region […]

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Japanese breakthrough may make wind power cheaper than nuclear

January 3, 2013

Imagine: no more dirty coal power, no more mining deaths, no more nuclear disasters, no more polluted aquifers as a result of fracking. Our entire society powered by the quiet “woosh” of a wind turbine. Kyushu University’s wind lens turbine is one example of the many innovations happening right now that could in the near future make this […]

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