Heading back to Africa

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After an amazing trip to southeast Asia for a month in Nov/Dec, including a 5-day stopover in Israel over Christmas on the way home, I'll shortly be heading back out to Africa!  This trip will be three weeks, and in the same region (Siaya, Kenya) as I was back in October.  Really looking forward to seeing some familiar faces and getting to know some new friends. My time in Asia at the end of 2013 helped me more deeply understand that poverty isn't about a lack of money as much as it's a … [Read more...]

Off To Kenya!

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As many of you know, I am on staff with Hungry For Life International, and will be traveling to Seje, Kenya this October with a wonderful group of folks from Stittsville, Ontario (near Ottawa).  You can follow our trip blog at this link! Part of the project is the development of a school for orphan children.  Some of these children are "economic orphans", who have living parents but their family is so poor that, for some, the only meal they eat is the one they receive at the school.  We … [Read more...]

495 Frye Lane – Buck Lake

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Ten year old custom built three bedroom home with 417 feet on clean, deep Buck Lake.  ICF construction from foundation to roof.  Double car garage on main level, plus oversized single heated garage/workshop on lower level.  Fully finished walkout lower level with large windows and patio doors.  Well designed homes includes solid cherry kitchen with granite counters, large master suite, 9 foot ceilings on main level, den, great room, morning room and sun room.  Deck, screened porch with hot … [Read more...]

All About Mortgage Insurance

Mortgage insurance makes it possible for homebuyers to purchase a home using a lower down payment. The Canadian Bank Act prohibits most federally regulated lending institutions from providing mortgages without mortgage loan insurance for amounts that exceed 80% of the value of the home or purchases with less than 20% down payment. The Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) and Genworth Financial are two companies that offer Mortgage Loan insurance. For more information please visit … [Read more...]

1073 Featherstone Court

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Two-storey freehold townhome on a quiet cul-de-sac in desirable Westpark subdivision, appealing to first time home buyers and the discriminating investor.  Ceramic tile in entry leading to large living room/dining room and bright, open kitchen with oak cabinets.  Carpet-free main level features powder room and entrance from attached garage.  Find 3 good sized bedrooms and a large 4-piece bath upstairs, including fresh paint and newly installed laminate flooring.  Basement is partially … [Read more...]

When is the Best Time to Buy a Home?

When is the best time of the year to buy a home? There are at least two days of the year that give buyers the edge. Would you like to guess which two days are best for buying a home?Every spring, as tulips struggle to poke through melting snow in the North and rosebuds cautiously open in Southern climes, sure as tootin' real estate signs begin multiplying like bunnies across the country. Soon as the For Sale signs are mounted on the posts, swarms of activity buzz in the streets as sellers, … [Read more...]

Create Curb Appeal

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Check out some welcoming ideas that will enhance your home and create curb appeal. A house with curb appeal stands out from the rest. We notice it because it provides us with simple aesthetic pleasure every time we pass by. Most homes have their own unique blend of charms. Even two identical homes can achieve very different looks with a combination of pleasing exterior elements. Here are some welcoming ideas that you can use to enhance your home and create curb appeal. Colour Colour is a … [Read more...]

101 Rocklind Close Lane, Rideau Canal System

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Inviting, move-in ready home with over 2000 sq ft on main level; bright, finished walk-out lower level with rec room, bedrooms and large play room/study. About 20 min to town and you can launch a boat from the dock for quick access to the Rideau. Little Cranberry Lake has been kept in very natural condition and is home to large mouth bass and great northern pike. Pellet stove warms the home in the cooler months with only a little help from the baseboards (hydro only $292 per month). Two-level … [Read more...]