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What to do after you’ve found your dream home

 Monday, March 4, 2019     Laurence Mongeau     House and Home

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Before you make an offer, you should figure out a budget. Don’t just consider your monthly mortgage payment. As a homeowner, you have to think about property taxes, utilities, maintenance, furnishings and unforeseen expenses. Now, it’s time to do some hiring! You’ll want to hire a realtor (ask your friends and family for referrals), and also hire a real estate lawyer to assist with any legal questions that might come up.

After your offer is accepted, hire a home inspector – your realtor will likely be able to recommend one they have experience with. Make sure to complete any conditions included with your offer, like conditional financing or a home inspection. If there are any problems with the conditions (i.e. a roofing issue) you will need to discuss your options with your realtor. If all the conditions are satisfied, you will have to sign documents stating that each of the conditions are either waived or fulfilled. The offer will then become firm.

To start planning your move, there are some things you need to do. Make sure to obtain home insurance, set aside funds for closing costs, and notify your current utility companies and contact new ones if required. Lastly, you’ll want to start packing!

Although this might sound like a lot of information, there’s no need to be stressed! Making a list of things to do can help you organize yourself and make sure you don't miss anything. Your realtor will be there to help you along the way!


Fun events this month in Burlington

 Monday, March 4, 2019     Laurence Mongeau     Community News and Events

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Maple Syrup Festival
Bronte Creek Provincial Park
Multiple Dates in March

You won’t want to miss the delicious Maple Syrup festival at Bronte Creek Provincial Park! The festival is happening on select days until March 31. Get ready for family fun! Taffy and historical tours as well as wagon rides, farm animals and activities await patrons to the Bronte Creek Maple Syrup Festival. Visit www.ontarioparks.com/park/brontecreek for more on times and dates.

This is the Point
March 15 - March 17 
Burlington PAC

Ahuri Theatre presents this two-time Dora Award winning production. This mixed media theatre presentation takes on the nature of companionship through four people involved with cerebral palsy. This modern theatrical production incorporates high and low tech augmented communication aids (devices used by non-verbal people to express themselves), as well as projected live video feeds, to heighten audience sensation. For tickets visit - burlingtonpac.ca

MS Trivia Night
March 23
Burlington Legion

Come out for a night of trivia, pizza and fantastic prizes in support of Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada. Test your skills in a realm of different categories ranging from history to geography, pop culture, and more for a slew of prizes. Snag a table for eight for $150 or $20 per person. Visit www.legion.ca for the event flyer.

Spiders Alive Pyjama Party
Royal Botanical Gardens
Friday March 29

Parents, don’t let the kids miss the last March night of this eight-legged event party. Spiders Alive takes place from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., on the final Friday evening of each month. Join the RBG for activities, games, and everyone's favourite many-legged creatures - all included in your general admission. For more on event details visit: www.rbg.ca


Get outdoors this season in Burlington

 Monday, February 4, 2019     unknown   

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While it can get very chilly during the month of February, no one can deny the beauty of the February snow. Bundle up and take a walk through one of the many parks surrounding the Burlington area.

Crawford Lake

Snowshoe and hike up to 19 kilometres of trails at this massive property alongside Highway 401. Take a guided snowshoe hike or cross county ski amongst the pines – what a great way to experience nature in the beauty of winter. Crawford Lake is also home to various works of art in the Deer Clan Longhouse. Visit https://www.conservationhalton.ca/ for more information on this stunning natural space.

Christie & Valens Lake Conservation Area

Christie Lake offers 5.6 kilometres of trail around the lake – cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and hiking the back trails are a great way to embrace the February chill. Valens Lake also has four main recreational trails and 10 kilometres of trails. For more information on these parks visit http://conservationhamilton.ca.

Bronte Creek Provincial Park

Bronte Creek Provincial Park hosts multiple events throughout the year and is the perfect place to plan your next snow day. The park features nearly eight kilometres of picturesque trails and dense forest. Bring your boots to this snow-filled park.

Don’t let the winter get you down, get out to one of many regional conservation areas scattered around Burlington and enjoy our beautiful Canadian season.


Brighten up your February in Burlington

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The Circle of Harmony Choir
Burlington Baptist Church
February 8
Burlington Baptist Church hosts Circle of Harmony Choir presented by Burlington Ubuntu Grandwomen. Get ready to experience a four-part Cappella featuring award-winning choreography and singing.

Alicia Svigals: The Yellow Ticket
Burlington Performing Arts
February 8
Watch the 1918 silent movie Pola Negri featuring footage of the former Jewish quarters in Warsaw. While the film rolls, klezmer violinist and composer Alicia Svigals plays the original score alongside modern pianist Marilyn Lerner. For tickets go to www.burlingtonpac.ca.

Pete the Cat
February 16
Burlington Performing Arts Center

Pete The Cat book series by Kimberly and James Dean comes to life for children ages four years of age and older in downtown Burlington. This groovy blue cat takes kids on a fun and inspiring adventure on the main stage. Visit burlingtonpac.ca.

Taste of Burlington
February 18
Multiple sites
This month-long festival for foodies is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year. Savour the selected lunch and/or dinner options around Burlington. With 41 different restaurants participating, you’re definitely in for a treat. To plan your date, head to www.tasteofburlington.ca.

The city of Burlington is full of fun and exciting venues, restaurants and theatre this winter. Visit the events calendar at www.tourismburlington.com for more events.


Burlington Feature Neighbourhoods

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The City of Burlington is consistently ranked as one of the top cities to live in Canada, according to Moneysense. The following are a few hip neighbourhoods for young families and new homebuyers.

Brant Hills

This hip community is situated in the north-west corner of Burlington, seconds from Highway 407. Brant Hills is an established community that features lots of properties including entry level, freehold town homes, semi-detached and linked properties. A great place for growing families, the Hills has seven different schools and is home to many parks and trails. Another fantastic draw of Brant Hills is Amherst Community Garden. This large community garden is a perfect place to escape hectic work life.

Headon Forest

This neighbourhood is roughly 30 years old and is also home to seven different schools. Established forest and tree lined streets of double car garages are the norm in Headon. The community is also home to the heritage site, Ireland House. Established in 1837, the Ireland House hosts many community events through out the year to help families celebrate. Foodies love Headon Forest, with plenty of diners and cafes as well as 5 West Brewpub and Kitchen. This British pub has plenty of craft beers, trivia and live acts throughout the calendar year.

Corporate

Families of all shapes and sizes, as well as all age groups will love the community of Corporate in Burlington. Loaded with condominium buildings as well as a long-term care facility and daycares, Corporate is aimed at facilitating families old and young. This uptown community is within walking distance of many amenities as well as the massive Des Jardines Park. Find all sorts of fun and entertainment through recreation and community events in Corporate, Burlington!

If you’re planning a move this coming spring, the time is now to start looking around Burlington. Visit www.burlingtonneighbourhoods.com for all sorts of listings.


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Laurence is an absolute joy to work with; she is extremely knowledgeable, pleasant, full of energy, and dedicated to getting the job done. She managed to make everything to do with selling our home seemed almost effortless. I can't imagine selling our home without her! — Shelley M.
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