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Running from October 5th to the 11th this year’s theme is “”Working Smoke Alarms Save Lives: Test Yours Every Month”.

Home fires account for 30% of all fires and 73% of all fire-related deaths in Canada. While many of these tragedies could have been avoided, communities and fire services across the province, as well as the Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management, will be hosting a number of events to help raise awareness and keep people safe. Functioning smoke alarms can increase chances of surviving a fire by up to 50 per cent and Ontario requires a working smoke alarm on every storey and outside all sleeping areas. Over the last five years, in 35 per cent of fatal home fires, there was no smoke alarm warning. In 13 per cent of those, there were no smoke alarms present. Precious seconds are all you have in case of fire and every second counts. Getting advance warning from a smoke alarm could save your life and that of your family. Be prepared.

We would like to share the Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC) list of the 10 top tips for preventing fires and saving lives.

  1. Install and regularly check smoke detectors
    • Remove dust, check batteries when the clocks change in the spring and fall, test regularly and replace at least every 10 years
  2. Create an emergency preparedness plan for your family
    • Develop a fire evacuation plan, practice executing it and stick to the plan in an emergency
  3. Frequently inspect and clean chimney flues
    • Ensure there is no blockage or buildup that could cause a fire
  4. Install proper light bulbs
    • Never use light bulbs with a higher wattage than the maximum indicated on the fixture
  5. Monitor heated appliances and decor
    • Properly use and watch portable heaters, ensure lint is removed from the dryer, never leave an iron unattended and keep an eye on burning candles
  6. Be careful when cooking
    • Use your kitchen safely, especially when deep-frying or cooking with flammable oils
  7. Properly store flammable materials
    • Keep gasoline, solvents, waste and other materials that could ignite at a distance of at least 10 meters from your home
  8. Remove dry leaves and debris
    • Keep leaves, other dry materials and potentially flammable garbage away from the exterior of your house, especially if you have wood or vinyl siding
  9. Prepare and update a home inventory
    • Make a list of what you own, including the value of each item; take photos or make a video of your belongings; and update the list regularly
  10. Assemble a disaster safety kit
    • Prepare a basic kit of food, water and other necessities that will last at least 72 hours in an emergency




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The Cambridge Market Snapshot compares September 2014 to September 2013 Real Estate activity for Cambridge Ontario and also a five year comparison on the number of homes listed and sold and average price of list and average price of sold. All information refers only to single detached homes for the five listed area.

Cambridge Market Snapshot


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Cambridge market barometer September 2014


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Clean Home

It simply makes sense to clean up both the interior and exterior of your home before listing it for sale. But that doesn’t mean you have to undertake major home renovation projects in order to sell your home. With a little effort you can increase the perceived value of your home by a great margin.
Here are some simple things to keep in mind that you can do to increase the perceived value of your home and make the perfect first impression.
Exterior of Home

  • Keep lawns cut
  • Trim hedges and bushes
  • Weed and edge gardens
  • Clear driveway and clean stains
  • Clean out garage
  • Power wash home exterior
  • Touch up paint
  • Plant colorful flowers


At The Front Door

  • Clean porch and foyer
  • Ensure doorbell works
  • Repair any broken screens
  • Fresh paint or varnish front door
  • Repair any damages to the door and/or locks


Setting the Right Mood

  • Make sure your home smells fresh and clean
  • Turn on lights
  • Turn on air conditioner/heater
  • Open the drapes
  • Light the fireplace


Maximize Open Space

  • Clear halls and stairs of clutter
  • Clear kitchen counter and stove top
  • Clear closets of unnecessary items
  • Remove empty boxes and storage
  • Put away personal photos so buyers can envision the house as theirs



  • Repair leaking taps and toilets
  • Clean furnace and filters
  • Tighten door knobs and latches
  • Repair cracked plaster
  • Apply fresh coat of paint or touch up where necessary
  • Clean and repair windows
  • Repair seals around tubs and basins
  • Replace defective light bulbs
  • Oil squeaking doors
  • Repair squeaking floor boards


Squeaky Clean

  • Clean and freshen bathrooms
  • Clean fridge and stove
  • Clean around heating vents
  • Clean washer and dryer
  • Clean carpets, drapes and window blinds
  • Eliminate pet odors and stains



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640 Honeywood Pl

640 Honeywood Place, Waterloo ON $744,900


This beautiful home is located in a great area of Laurelwood and backs onto greenbelt. You will love the great layout and spaciousness of this home. A large front porch gives this home a homey feel and when you walk into the large foyer you will see that this is the home for your family. Down a short hall we find a large kitchen that is bright and open and you won’t believe the amazing view that the adjacent dinette gives you with large windows facing the back yard and green space. The kitchen and dinette are open to the family room and the garden door gives you access to the two tiered deck and the large back yard. The kitchen has a large island with double sinks and also serves as a breakfast bar. The family room also has large windows with view of the back deck and an opulent gas fireplace grounds the room and is a beautiful focus point. From the kitchen we access the formal dining room which is big enough for any family, friends or business function and the formal living room next to it is the place to entertain your guests. On the main floor we also have the 2-pce powder room and the laundry room with secure access to the garage. As we walk up the stairs you will notice the large landing area which could be used for a reading nook or computer area. The large master bedroom is complete with walk in closet and a large 4-pce ensuite with Whirlpool tub and separate shower. On this floor we also find three large bedrooms and a 5-pce bathroom. Down the lower floor is the fully finished basement with a large rec room from which we can access the back yard. We also have an office, a kid friendly playroom, storage, and a 3-pce bath on this floor. This home combines hardwood, carpet and tile floors beautifully. The double car garage and driveway completes the distinction of this home. See the Visual Tour Open House 24/7 at

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Summer came and left just like that! August market was slower for the Cambridge area but September is starting out like a lion. We’ll have to wait and see  how it all unfurl.

Here are the results for August:

Cambridge Market Barometer for  August


Dream Homes still available! Right Here!

Buying a resale condo is similar to buying a house but there are a few differences that you should be aware of if this is what you are planning.

Is condo living for you?
Condo living can require more give and take than a house as they might have rules regarding pets, noise, even window treatment and balcony furniture. You will want to consider that before launching into condo hunt.

The status certificate
Finding out about the condo corporation is most important and a status certificate will include such critical information. When you make an offer on a condo, it should be conditional on a review by your attorney of the status certificate. The certificate will cost you about $100 but is well worth it. Some of the key points that you will find in a status certificate include but are not limited to:

  • By-laws and rules~unlike apartments if the condo by-laws state that pets are not allowed then they are not. Make sure that you can live with the condo’s rules.
  • Financial records for the condo corporation~including most recent budget and the reserve fund. If costly repairs are required in the near future could require a steep increase in condo fees if there is insufficient cash in the reserve fund.
  • Utilities~some condos have their own hydro and water meters others share the cost equally or are included in the condo fee. You will want to know this to better budget.
  • Rental Status~you will want to know if there are other units that are rented. The corporation keeps a tally and includes the figure as part of the status certificate.
  • Parking Details~parking spaces can be owned or could be common element owned by the condo corporation and assigned to you

Ultimately when you buy into a condo, you are also choosing your community. It’s a big commitment, so take the time to find a place that suits your personal needs.



688 Preston Pkwy

302-688 Preston Parkway Cambridge ON


$229,900 ~ Great central location is 5 minutes to 401 and close to amenities. Close to nature trails. This large condo has 2 bedrooms 2 bath and 1390 sq. ft. It is located in a smaller building with 40 units which is geared to seniors. Nice open main living area has great features which include oak cabinets in kitchen, ceramic flooring in the kitchen, foyer and baths, in-suite laundry, whirlpool tub, super large master bedroom – 2 bedrooms were converted – could be converted back to 3 bedrooms. Storage area has water softener and water heater. A good size balcony surrounded by greenery is the ideal place to relax and enjoy the scenery.

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Living Room

Living Room