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Andrew Caton is passionate about two things - Real Estate and the Greater Hamilton, Ontario area including Hamilton Mountain, Stoney Creek, Ancaster, Dundas and Waterdown. Through the blog we hope to share the best of our city as well as provide timely and helpful real estate advice - whether you're buying or selling a home.

How to Eliminate Pet Odours Without Eliminating The Pet!

How to Eliminate Pet Odours Without Eliminating The Pet!
Are you preparing to sell your home? Those of us who have furry little friends, know what great companions they are. We also know the state they can leave our house in, which can often include leaving behind foul smelling odours. It’s easy to grow accustomed to these smells, so next time you walk through your front door, take a good wiff and see if...
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Renovating Before Selling—Is It Worth It?

Renovating Before Selling—Is It Worth It?
One of the most common questions homeowners ask is whether it is worth renovating their house before listing to sell. There is no easy answer because what a buyer may be willing to pay depends on many different factors, including your neighbourhood, what renovation project you choose, how the housing market is doing, and even what materials you use...
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Real Estate Agents EXPOSED - Volume 1 - The Increasing Commission Rate

Real Estate Agents EXPOSED - Volume 1 - The Increasing Commission Rate
I've been in the Real Estate industry for over a decade now. I've seen agents come and go, time and time again. Some good, some not. One thing that has been a constant, has been some of the tactics used by agents to get clients that are less than honest and upfront. It's my hope that through this series of blogs, you the reader will be better equip...
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Mortgage Agent vs Bank Mortgage

Mortgage Agent vs Bank Mortgage
Why Choose a Mortgage Agent over your bank? That’s a question I’ve heard asked a lot and have seen some really varying answers to. Some aren’t sure which way to go, who to trust. Others aren’t even sure what exactly a Mortgage Agent does that a bank doesn’t or can’t do. Mortgage Agents are independent mortgage advisors. They do not work for any one...
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Top 6 Mistakes First Time Home Buyers Make

Top 6 Mistakes First Time Home Buyers Make
6. Wanting to see every home on the market in their price range. Eek! That's a lot of work. It's also a lot of wasted time, for you, the Buyer.  Do you watch every movie that comes out? No. Why? Because a lot of them are terrible. If there are 50 homes in your price range, maybe 5-10 are the real "blockbusters". How do you kow which are which?...
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8 Ways to Save $$$ Money this Winter

8 Ways to Save $$$ Money this Winter
Winter will soon be upon us and with the change in season we will be re-introduced to our good friend - The Canadian Heating Bill! Here are 8 Ways to Save Money this Winter here in the Great White North. Add an area rug to a tile or hardwood floor. The rug will add comfort and retain heat. If you have a wood burning fireplace, close the flu! We oft...
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Why Can't I Get Homeowner's Insurance?

Why Can't I Get Homeowner's Insurance?
So you are in the process of buying a home, and the anticipation, like so many buyers, is to just focus on getting an accepted offer. Often times, an overlooked piece of the puzzle is home insurance. Despite what many think, you can’t always automatically get homeowners insurance on the home you are about to buy .  Here are the areas, and ques...
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What Could Go Wrong on Closing Day?

What Could Go Wrong on Closing Day?
The big day is finally here. No, not your wedding, but the day you FINALLY get the keys to your new home! Turning that key and walking into your new home is an exciting and problem-free process – most of the time. Unfortunately, sometimes clients who have bought a home call us after they have moved in to report a problem. Often the problem has been...
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Collateral Charges: Hidden Costs of Home Buying

Collateral Charges: Hidden Costs of Home Buying
A growing number of banks, credit unions and other Lenders are using something called a collateral charge when setting up your mortgage, often without you even knowing. What exactly is a “collateral charge” and how does it impact you? In simple terms, a “collateral charge” is the way your bank registers your mortgage. Unlike a “standard charge” whi...
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Ethics in Real Estate

Ethics in Real Estate
Ethics in Real Estate - Does it really matter? Real Estate is a fun, exciting, frustrating, emotional, hectic and rewarding industry.  It's also a HIGHLY regulated one when it comes to licensed professionals. Despite this fact, sometimes people in this industry will act unprofessionally, unethically, fraudulently, or even criminally.  Wha...
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