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Who pays if neighbour’s tree damages your home?

Posted on February 5, 2014 by Ben Sage in Property Value Woodstock, Woodstock Homes

Who pays if neighbour’s tree damages your home? Originally written by Mark Weisleder.  This column can be found by clicking this link.   During last month’s ice storm your neighbour’s tree fell and damaged your house. So, who pays? For most of us, this should be covered under a homeowner insurance policy, whether the branches […]

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Expected Return on Investment of Renovations, according to AIC.

Posted on September 12, 2013 by Ben Sage in Ben Sage, Hardwood, Investment Real Estate, Moving, Property Value Woodstock, Real Estate, remax woodstock, Staging, Woodstock Homes, Woodstock Investment

Is your family growing?  Thinking you’ll be ready to upgrade in a year or three? Thinking of buying a home that needs refurbishing and potentially flip it for a profit, or hold it as a rental? Or are you downsizing – the kids moved out, you’re left with a big three or four bedroom home […]

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(next to) NO VACANCY!

Posted on June 20, 2013 by Ben Sage in Investment Real Estate, Property Value Woodstock, Real Estate, Woodstock Ontario Real Estate Stats

  The new Spring 2013 Edition of CMHC Rental Market Statistics is out, and it is confirming, once again, low vacancy rates in Woodstock!  Great news for those of you who have considered owning residential investment real estate, or those that already own some and are looking for more!   As of April 2013, the […]

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Woodstock Market Report – March 2013 – Home Sales Down in March

Posted on April 11, 2013 by Ben Sage in Property Value Woodstock, Woodstock Ontario Real Estate Stats

Home sales down in March Home sales activity recorded through the MLS® System of the Woodstock-Ingersoll and District Real Estate Board retreated in March following February’s stronger than expected performance, and also came in below levels last March. Sales numbered 92 units in March, down 15 per cent from the same month last year. “Home […]

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Got a Ridiculous Assessment from MPAC? You’re not alone

Posted on November 22, 2012 by Ben Sage in Property Taxes, Property Value Woodstock

Hello friends! Have you recently received a ridiculous higher-than-expected property value assessment from MPAC? Are you scared that your property taxes are about to go through the roof? They might not be.  Check HERE for info as to why I don’t believe they will CERTAINLY go up. If you think the Assessment is simply incorrect, you […]

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Time to unravel the Property Tax mystery. Or try to, anyway….

Posted on November 22, 2012 by Ben Sage in Property Taxes, Property Value Woodstock

If you’re like many Ontarians, in the past month you have received a fresh new notice of assessment from MPAC.  Are you panicking?  Scared that your taxes are going to go up by 18% or worse???? Lets take a closer look. First, background info: 1. MPAC is Municipal Property Assessment Corporation. They are a not-for-profit […]

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Who really “wins” in a bidding war?

Posted on March 20, 2012 by Ben Sage in Bidding War, Multiple Offers, Property Value Woodstock, Woodstock Homes, Woodstock Ontario Real Estate, Woodstock Real Estate, Woodstock Realtor

With the Toronto market basically on fire, and decent performance in our local market in Woodstock, its time to discuss “bidding wars” First, I’d like to talk about terminology: I hear a lot of my cohorts in the Real Estate business use sports / competitive terminology to describe the process of offering on a home […]

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Panicky Beurocrats threaten to put a damper on the Real Estate Market again….

Posted on January 14, 2011 by Ben Sage in Mortgage, ON, Ontario, Property Value Woodstock, Woodstock, Woodstock Homes, Woodstock Investment, Woodstock Ontario Real Estate, Woodstock Real Estate, Woodstock Realtor

In a chilling reminder of what happened to our market as of July 1st, 2010, it is today being speculated that Jim Flaherty, our wonderful Finance Minster may act to stem the scourge of consumer credit that us Canadians are apparently awash in.  Pundits have been ironically warning us for nearly a year, as our […]

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Woodstock cracks top 100 cities for Growth and Entrepreneurship.

Posted on October 21, 2010 by Ben Sage in Ben Sage, Property Value Woodstock, Woodstock Investment, Woodstock Ontario Real Estate

The Canadian Federation of Independent Business has just released a report outlining the top 100 Canadian Cities for Entrepreneurial growth. The report utilizes many different factors to achieve ranking, such as presence, growth, health, and policy environment for small businesses. Congratulations to Woodstock for cracking the top 100 – #97! Only 4 places behind Toronto, […]

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