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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.

Apple Crumble

Apple Crumble
Apple Crumble   Topping: 1/2 cup GF flour mix* 1/3 cup sugar 1/4 cup unsalted butter, cold 1/4 tsp fine sea salt 1/2 tsp cinnamon   Apples: 2 Tbsp apple juice, lemon juice, or water 4 tsp brown sugar 4 cups crisp red apples, peeled, cored and cubed   Whisk together flour, sugar, salt and cinnamon; cut butter into flour mixture using ...
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Quinoa Tabbouleh

Quinoa Tabbouleh
Quinoa Tabbouleh This is a great Gluten Free summer recipe.  My latest love is to make this with Red Quinoa.....delicious!  Give it a try!  2 cups water 1 cup quinoa (rinsed) 1 pinch salt 1/4 cup olive oil 1/2 tsp sea salt 1/4 cup lemon juice 3 tomatoes, diced 1 cup fresh parsley,  chopped 1 cucumber, diced 2 bunches green onion...
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Adventures in Office Admin

Adventures in Office Admin
I didn't really go looking to be a Real Estate Assistant. I guess you could say the role began through a friendship with the Caton family. However, as a frequent cruiser of MLS listings, I guess Real Estate was running through my veins. A wife and mom to four kids, I am no stranger to organizing or hard work, and working with Andrew has been such a...
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Moving with Kids

With the summer months behind us, moving with kids during the school year can be a little trickier.  However, regardless of the time of year, our kids are not immune to the stressors of moving into a new home, neighbourhood and school.  Here are a few suggestions for making your move go a little more smoothly. First and foremost, be open ...
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Should I ______ before I sell?

Often times when I visit someone to list their property for sale, I'm asked "Should I paint?", or "Should I finish the basement?", or "Should I reno the kitchen?" before we sell. The seller is thinking that by doing these improvements they will be able to net a higher price. Unfortunately the answer isn't always as clear cut as "Yes" or "No".  ...
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The Thrill of being Mortgage Free!

This past May our family accomplished a huge goal - we paid off our mortgage!  I remember sitting in our lawyer's office 12 years ago and being dumbfounded when he said we could pay off our home in 12 years time.  I must admit, I was completely a skeptic - especially since we were living on one meager income.  Howevever, we ended up ...
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What Should I Do Before Selling My Home?

Often times when I visit someone who is considering listing their property for sale, I'm asked "Should I paint", or "Should I finish the basement", or "Should I reno the kitchen" before we sell? The assumption is that by making these improvements they will be able to net a higher price. Unfortunately the answer isn't always as clear cut as "Yes" or...
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Real Estate by the Numbers - August 2013

August was another great month for owning Real Estate in Hamilton. Average sales increased 8% while average prices increased a little more than 5% year over year, according to the Realtors Association of Hamilton / Burlington. Hamilton still offers considerable value compared to other areas, specifically the GTA. Average sale prices were: Hamilton ...
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Adventures in Real Estate - Episode 1 - The One With the Fleas

A few years ago the office I was working for had a contract to sell homes that the bank had "reposessed". To list the home, I needed to take photos and then recommend the repairs that were needed to bring it up to selling standard. After visiting one such property, I decided that there wasn't that much that needed to be done ... just a few patches ...
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Andrew Caton - experience counts!

  When I began in this business almost 10 years ago, I left a successful job managing I.T. for the Provincial Government in Toronto.  It was a great job, but I knew I was cut out to be an Entrepreneur....to have possibilities that were unlimited in front of me.  I was tired of working 80 hours a week for someone else and knew that if...
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