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Saskatoon wears its "Foodies Paradise" badge with honour. With so many restaurants to choose from one could spend every day of the year trying a new restaurant and never run out of options! Plus, the great thing about local restaurants is supporting small businesses, farmers and producers in the community. Since most of our produce is seasonal, menus are apt to change every few months, making it exciting to revisit. Not sure where to start? No problem! I have done the heavy lifting for you with a concise list of my favourite local Saskatoon restaurants you need to try this summer!

Best Brunch

Hometown Diner: Located in Riversdale, on 20th Street, each dish is made from scratch with the freshest ingredients. Chef Cole Dobranski and his team

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Buying a home can be challenging. After all, there are many steps, tasks, and requirements, and you may be anxious about making an expensive mistake.

To clarify the process, so you can get the most out of your purchase, here is a rundown of what to consider before you buy, and what you can expect from the homebuying process itself. Plus, tips to make life easier after buying your home.

Why to Make a List of Wants & Needs Before Buying a House

  • Creating a list of wants and needs will save you plenty of time in the long run when you won’t have to bother looking at houses that don’t “fit.”

  • It allows you to think about the investment with your head, not your heart.

  • Gets all the buyers involved on the same page, eliminating

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It’s no secret that technology has invaded every aspect of our lives, and the real estate industry is no different. The past few years have seen an explosion of growth in what technology is being used and how it has shaped the way we sell houses today. 

Come with me as we explore how technology has made buying and selling homes more effortless and why it's better than ever to work with a trusted real estate professional in this ever-shifting industry. 

Social Media & Advertising

Before the abundance of technology, the best way to promote a home on the market used to be through newspaper ads or billboards. While these methods are still in use, the real estate industry has significantly shifted to adopting social media and websites as a key

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When searching for your dream home, it's easy to get caught up in the little details when creating your list of wants and needs. Just as important as the number of bedrooms and having a finished basement, though, is the neighbourhood all those features will be in. With over 60 to choose from, choosing the right neighbourhood in Saskatoon can feel like a daunting task. But really, it all comes down to what is most important to you—whether that is access to amenities, commutability, affordability, etc.

For some, that one thing they may be prioritizing in their home search is finding a new home in which they can make their family's mark. And though infill properties are growing in popularity, the best place to find a new home is in one of Saskatoon's

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So after days, weeks, or maybe even months of searching, you’ve finally found your dream home. Congratulations! You’re about to own a home—perhaps even your first home—and while that’s an exciting new venture to look forward to, there’s a lot to take care of before possession day. There seems to be an endless list of things to remember, from meetings with your real estate lawyer to securing your mortgage. And to top it all off, you’ve just now come across “title insurance” but have no idea what it is or whether you need it.

What is Title Insurance

First and foremost, to understand title insurance, you will need to understand what a title is. Essentially, a title is just the legal term for the right to own the property. So when you buy a home,

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With the rapid spike in the number of Canadians working from home due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there’s a good chance you are among those who adopted a home office over the past couple of years. In doing so, you have also likely taken advantage or at least heard of the work-from-home tax credits available.

Changes to the Work-From-Home Tax Credits Due to COVID-19

Tax credits have been available for many years for Canadians working from home, either as a self-employed or remote-based employee. However, the Canadian government has made several changes to them over the past couple of years due to the rise of COVID-19 in 2020.

First and foremost was introducing the flat rate method for the 2021 tax season. This allowed anyone who worked more than

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So you started your home search, found your dream home, and are writing up an offer with your REALTOR®—congratulations! Buying a home is an exciting time, and when it feels like you’ve found the perfect one, it’s easy to get caught up in thinking of it as your own even before the offer has been sent in. You start imagining your new future and all the adventures your family will have there, and before you know it, you’ve already started calling it “yours!”

A word of caution, though… As exhilarating as it is to feel like you have finally pinned down your new home, there are still some steps to take care of before making it official. One of the most crucial being the home inspection. Sure, your possible new house looks perfect behind those

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It's your lucky day—your home for sale has an offer! Sure, it's conditional on the sale of the buyer's property, but if you accept it, the property is sold, right? Well...try not to get too enthusiastic just yet. Let's delve a little deeper into the "Sale of Property" condition and what it means for you as a seller.

What is a Condition?

Any time you accept an offer with conditions, it essentially means that your home is almost sold. Basically, you need to first see if you, as the seller, or the buyer, are able to fulfill certain requirements in the agreed-upon time period before you make it official. Common home sale conditions include home inspections, securing financing, obtaining a satisfactory property information disclosure, or, in this

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With all that has happened in the last five years, from stay-at-home orders to all-time low mortgage rates, curiosity in Canada's changing social landscape is more invested than ever. After completing their 2021 census, Canadians have been eagerly anticipating the news of how their country has been changing and what those changes could mean for many different facets of their lives. And with one of the country's busiest seasons of real estate just in our rearview, we'd be crazy not to wonder the specific implications to be had for selling and buying homes in the years to come.

What the 2021 Census Revealed About Canada

Before we delve deeper into the findings specific to Saskatchewan, we first need to look at what the 2021 Census revealed about

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In a busy seller’s market like we’ve seen over the last year in Saskatoon real estate, chances are you may have heard the term “cash offer” come up at least once. No, we’re not talking about a buyer with a briefcase full of cash like we’re in a spy movie (though that does sound a lot cooler). We’re talking about an exciting and highly enticing type of offer that stands out from the rest.

What is a Cash Offer?

A cash offer is when a buyer has enough money between their cash and investments to purchase a property outright without borrowing funds from a bank or mortgage lender. It means that they have spoken to either their bank or financial advisor and have proven funds lined up, so their offer will not be contingent on financial approval.

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