Wednesday, September 23, 2020 / by Evelyn Lopes
Move-Up vs. Second Home: Which One Is Right For You?
The pandemic has changed the way many of us live, work, and attend school—and those changes have impacted our priorities when it comes to choosing a home.
According to a recent survey by The Harris Poll, 75% of respondents who have begun working remotely would like to continue doing so—and 66% would consider moving if they no longer had to commute as often. Some of the top reasons were to gain a dedicated office space (31%), a larger home (30%), and more rooms overall (29%).1
And now that virtual school has become a reality for many families, that need for additional space has only intensified. A growing number of buyers are choosing homes further from town as they seek out more room and less congestion. In fact, a recent survey found that nearly 40% of urban dwellers had considered leaving the city because of the COVID-19 outbreak.2
But not everyone is permanently sold on subu ...
Tuesday, May 19, 2020 / by Evelyn Lopes
These days, it seems like everyone’s looking for ways to cut costs and stretch their income further. Fortunately, there are some simple steps you can take to reduce your household expenses without making radical changes to your standard of living. When combined, these small adjustments can add up to significant savings each month.
Here are 20 things you can start doing today to lower your bills, secure better deals, and begin working toward your financial goals.
Refinance Your Mortgage - For prime borrowers, mortgage rates are at or near historic lows. Depending on your current mortgage rate and the terms you choose, refinancing could save you a sizable amount on your monthly payments. There are fees and closing costs associated with refinancing, so you’ll need to talk to your lender to find out if refinancing is a good option for you.
Evaluate Your Insurance Policies - If it’s been a while since you priced home or auto insurance ...
Saturday, March 28, 2020 / by Evelyn Lopes
We're all being encouraged to #StayHome as much as possible these days. To help you make the best of it, my latest blog post offers tips for creating functional spaces within your home for work, school and play.
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Saturday, March 28, 2020 / by Evelyn Lopes
COVID-19 Important Resources
Hello,We are in an extraordinary time. COVID-19 has affected each and everyone of us. In an attempt to cut through all the information that we have been bombarded with on social media posts and online, we have compiled a list of important government and official website resources that are available to help you clarify and answer any questions that you may have regarding COVID-19.We hope that you and your loved ones are safe.Evelyn Lopes Realty TeamCOVID-19 Information LinksALL ABOUT COVID-19 - CANADA.CA WEBSITE- Updates_Prevention_Symptoms_etchttps://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/coronavirus-disease-covid-19.htmlCOVID-19 LIVE WORLD MAP TRACKER - MICROSOFT BINGhttps://bing.com/covid?form=COVD07TELEHEALTH ONTARIO - PROVINCIAL WEBSITE - SELF ASSESSMENT (SCROLL TO TOP OF PAGE)https://www.ontario.ca/page/2019-novel-coronavirus#section-12EXTENSION OF INCOME TAX FILING DATE - NOW JUNE 1ST - TAXPAYERS DUE DATE AUGUST 31SThttps://www. ...
Friday, March 27, 2020 / by Evelyn Lopes
Since the outbreak of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), many of us are spending a lot more time at home. We’re all being called upon to avoid public spaces and practice social distancing to help slow the spread of this infectious disease. While it can be understandably challenging, there are ways you can modify your home and your lifestyle to make the best of this difficult situation.
Here are a few tips for creating comfortable and functional spaces within your home for work, school, and fitness. We also share some of our favorite ways to stay connected as a community, because we’re all in this together … and no one should face these trying times alone.
Begin with the Basics
A basic home emergency preparedness kit is a great addition to any home, even under normal circumstances. It should include items like water, non-perishable food, a flashlight, first aid kit, and other essentials you would need should you temporaril ...