Join local real estate agent and long-time resident of Brampton, Tony Francis, at R. M. Wells Park this Saturday between 4-8pm for an evening of fun! See your fellow neighbours and introduce yourself to the new ones. There will be plenty for the little ones to enjoy including a funny clown, face painting, a drawing competition, and hinna for the teens and adults.


There will also be yummy treats for all such as hot dogs, cotton candy, and popcorn!


R. M. Park is located at Yellow Avens Blvd. and Summitgreen Cres.


See you Saturday! 

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Happy 150th birthday, Canada!


To us Canadians, July 1st doesn’t just mean summer is officially in full swing (I know the first day of summer is in June, but usually June still feels like spring, especially this year) – July 1st is Canada Day! The one day a year where we all get together with friends, family, and neighbours to celebrate Canada’s birthday.


This Canada Day isn’t just a regular ol’ year older for our dearest country. It’s a very special birthday. Canada is 150 years old! And to celebrate, the city of Brampton is filled with events to make Canada’s 150th birthday the best birthday yet! Below are some wonderful Canada Day 2017 celebrations taking place right here at home in Brampton on July 1st for the whole family to enjoy!


Chinguacousy Park


When it comes to celebrations, Brampton’s Chingaucousy Park is the top spot! This year, Canadian rockers Big Wreck will be headlining the Main Stage with fellow Canadian group Yukon Blond opening. Head there early to see Little Bones, a Tragically Hit Tribute band, kick off the night. Make sure to stick around until 10:00pm to watch a spectacular Fireworks Finale for all to enjoy (weather permitting). Find out more info at


Bonus: Make sure to check out the specially decorated Muskoka chairs on display at Chinguacousy Park.



Royal Canadian Legion

Come out to the Royal Canadian Legion BR 609 to celebrate Canada’s 150! There will be a BBQ, prizes and free giveaways, and a full day of celebrations! Find more details at


Canada Day Strawberry Festival

If you venture slightly outside of Brampton, you’ll find Downey’s Farm celebrating Canada’s 150 birthday with a Canada Day Strawberry Festival. With live music, fun activities, and even a dog show, this event is great for the little ones! Find out more info at


No matter how you spend your July 1st celebrating Canada’s 150th birthday, be sure to have a fun and safe time! If you know of any other Brampton Canada Day events, be sure to share them in the comments!


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Ask Tony: Is My Dog Going To Make It Hard To Sell My Home?


I love pets – dogs, cats, rabbits – they’re all so adorable, and not only are they our best friends, but they become part of our families. Unfortunately, this family member can make it a bit difficult to sell your home.


Most pets can be messy, but dogs seem to be the biggest concern when it comes to selling your home. The fur and shedding, the toys all over the floor, the occasional “accident”, and, of course, the odor that often fills your home can be a real deal breaker for potential home buyers. You may be lucky and find a buyer who loves dogs and doesn’t mind it, or even better, a buyer who has a dog, but you could also have a buyer who is not fond of pets, or allergic or scared of dogs.


Removing all pet related things and giving your home a deep cleaning before a showing not only gets rid of any trace of pup, but also any unwanted smells. Taking your dog out for a walk or better yet, having a sitter watch your dog will help your visitor feel more comfortable in your home, especially if your dog is of a larger breed.


Have a real estate question or comment for Tony? Share it in the comments! 

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Why You Should Buy A Home In 2017


If you’re a first-time home buyer, 2017 is the year to finally take the plunge and invest in a home – your home. Property is always an investment and one of the best ways to build equity and wealth. Renting is quick and easy, but at the end of the day, you’re helping someone else get rich instead of yourself. Below I’ve shared four reasons why this is the year you should buy a home!


#1: Build Equity


Renting a house or an apartment is a good option if you haven’t found the home you love yet or if you can’t afford to own a home right now. That being said, the sooner you buy a home, the sooner you can start building equity, which is one of the main benefits of home ownership, and with the rising prices in the real estate market, property values are only increasing.


#2: Rent Is Expensive


Long gone are the days where renting was a less expensive alternative to buying a home. Nowadays, renting a house or a condo isn’t that much cheaper than a mortgage payment, so why not put your hard earned money towards something you can own?


#3: Interest Rates Are Low


Interest rates have been fairly low the last few years, so if you’re in the market for a mortgage, now is the time to apply!


#4: Home Prices Are Only Going Up


As I mentioned earlier, the real estate market is soaring, and so are the prices of homes. If you wait too long to buy, you may end up having to pay more, so if you know you want a home now, don’t hesitate.


If you’re a first-time home buyer, this is the year you should buy a home. Contact Brampton real estate agent Tony Francis to begin the journey to your dream home today, because Tony Knows Brampton!


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Get Your Home Ready To Sell This Spring


Spring is the best season to sell your home! The weather is starting to warm up, the kids are still in school, and unlike the busyness that comes with school in the fall, the holidays during winter, and the lazy yet still somehow extremely eventful summer, spring is typically more calm and thus the perfect season for house hunting.


Unfortunately, with spring come the after effects of our harsh Canadian winters – dirty windows from ice and snow, chipped paint from the rough outdoors, and of course, the inevitable yet necessary spring cleaning. If you’re ready to sell your house this spring, here are some things you should do to get your home ready to sell.


Organize And Declutter, A.K.A. Spring Cleaning

When a potential buyer visits your home, they want to see it looking its best. The easiest, not to mention cheapest, way to get your home spring ready is to organize and declutter your entire home, also known as spring cleaning. Donate or get rid of things you don’t need anymore, clean every nook and cranny, and make sure your home sparkles and shines to attract the most buyers.


Paint The Interior

Just like a fresh haircut can transform a person, a fresh coat of paint can transform a house. Something as simple as updating the colours on your walls can truly set your house apart from the others.

Clean Your Windows

Getting your windows professionally cleaned helps your house to look its best. Buyers pay attention to the small details, and its just one less thing they’ll have to do once they move in (and one more reason they’ll want to).


Change Your Curtains And Light Fixtures


Changing your curtains and light fixtures isn’t necessary, but it doesn’t hurt, especially if they haven’t been updated in the last few years. Changing just your curtains or light fixtures (or both) can make your home look updated.


Landscape Your Lawn


April showers bring May flowers, and people love flowers, especially when they’re surrounding the house they’re interested in living in. Flowers and trees brighten up a home, and a manicured lawn makes the whole property look picture perfect.


Repair And Stain Your Deck


If you have a deck or any patio furniture that you don’t plan on taking with you to your new home, ensure it’s in tip-top shape. Make any repairs you need to, and a fresh stain will make your deck look glossy and gorgeous.


Spring is the best time to sell your home. If you plan on selling your home this season, contact Brampton real estate agent Tony Francis today, because Tony Knows Brampton!

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6 Things Your Real Estate Agent Should Be Doing


Whether buying or selling your home, a knowledgeable real estate agent is one of the best tools to use to your advantage. Each and every real estate agent is different, from their areas of expertise to their style or finding you your perfect home, but the one thing trusted real estates have in common are these 6 important things, especially when it comes to buying your home.


6: Get You Pre-Approved


Any reputable realtor knows that before they can even begin looking for your new home, they must know what you can afford. There’s no point in falling in love with a home if it’s half a million more than what is in your budget. There is, of course, some wiggle room, but for the most part, your agent should know how much you can afford to spend. This is why your real estate agent must get you pre-approved for a mortgage.


#5: Know What’s Important To You


If you’re adamant on your home being within close proximity to parks and schools, your realtor should know this so they can find the best home for you. A good real estate agent isn’t in it for the sale – they’re in it to make you and your family happy. Your real estate agent should be knowledgeable in the neighbourhood you’re interested in and be willing to put in the work and research to find the best home for you.


#4: Know What The Home You Want Is Worth


Your realtor is a pro negotiator and they know what any home is truly worth. With their experience and knowledge, they’ll be able to get you the best bang for your buck. Your real estate agent will advise you what price you should offer for your home and negotiate any conditions in your best interest.


#2: Find A Home Inspector And Attend Any Inspections

Your realtor knows a lot of people, and at least one of those people should be a trusted and reputable home inspector. Your real estate agent should be able to recommend a home inspector and should also attend any home inspections to not only catch anything an inspector may miss (they’re only human, after all), and to verify and second any problems the home inspector may find.


#2: Close Seamlessly


There’s a lot that goes into closing and both you and your agent want your closing to go as effortlessly as possible. Your realtor should take care of any details that need to be taken care of before you close.


#1: Be More Than A Realtor


By the time you are settled into your new home, your realtor agent should be more than just your realtor. Your real estate agent should be someone you enjoyed working with and someone you wouldn’t hesitate to contact first when you’re ready to find a new home.


Brampton real estate agent Tony Francis is sure to do all these things, and more, in order to find the perfect home for you and your family. If you’re interested in buying or selling a home in Brampton, call Tony Francis at (416) 721-9575. 

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Spring Home Décor Ideas For 2017


Spring is almost here, and with it comes the warmer weather, blooming flowers, and new beginnings.  One of the most exciting parts of spring is transitioning your home from winter décor to spring décor. Here are some fun and inexpensive home décor tips to bring spring into your home.


Celebrate With Floral


There’s no better way to celebrate spring than with some bright and gorgeous flowers. Lilies, tulips, and daisies are just some of the many types of flowers often associated with spring, so feel free to use any of these or any other flower you like as spring decorations for the home, and in any colour including white, pink, orange, and yellow. Whether in your front yard or as a table centerpiece, flowers are an excellent and inexpensive spring décor idea to bring the season to your home.


Change Up Your Textiles


Put that heavy blanket away for a few months! With spring comes the gorgeous warm weather and the need for heavy blankets and dark textiles passes. Switch your blankets and pillows for ones with light materials such as cotton and in lighter and brighter colours. The best thing about changing your textiles is that its both inexpensive and easy since you don’t have to change a whole room but instead a few key pieces.


Use Pastel Colours


You’ll notice spring is getting closer when nearly everything becomes pastel coloured – clothing, accessories, and most importantly, home décor! Incorporating pastel colours such as light blues, pinks, green, and yellows is an easy way to add a pop of colour into your home and really transition it from winter home décor.


Spring is not just an excellent opportunity to decorate your home - it’s also an excellent opportunity to sell your home! If you are thinking of selling your home, contact Brampton real estate agent Tony Francis today, because Tony Knows Brampton!

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Easter Colouring Contest


Hey kids!


Print out and colour this picture for your chance to win! Don't forget to bring it to the Brampton Easter Egg Hunt!

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Things To Do In Brampton This Winter


Although the balmy weather we had last week made it feel like it was already springtime, we were reminded by the harsh cold from this week that it is, in fact, still winter. Often associated with bitter cold, shorter days and too early nights, and enough snow to occasionally give us a snow day, it’s easy to see why winter isn’t everyone’s favourite season. But winter isn't all bad, especially winter in the City of Brampton, where there are plenty of outdoor activities to enjoy.


Below are some winter activities any Brampton resident or anyone exploring Brampton should take advantage of doing before winter comes to an end.


Check Out The Lights At Gage Park


A beautiful park during any season, Gage Park is particularly bright during the winter. That’s because it becomes a Winter Wonderland, illuminated with lights for all who visit to marvel at. Gage Park is also home to an outdoor skating trail that’s free to enjoy, weather permitting.


Go Tubing At Chinguacousy Park


One of the best winter activities for children and adults of all ages is tubing on a snowy hill, and what better place to go snow tubing in Brampton than at Chinguacousy Park? For more information about hours and tubing rules, please click here.


Take A Hike In Heartlake


On those few days where the weather is sunny and bright, take advantage and explore Heartlake Conservation Area. Although summer activities such as canoeing are not available in the winter, hiking, dog walking, and bird watching is permitted all year round and are always fun.


If you’re interested in living in Brampton or already live here and are looking for a new home in Brampton or the GTA, Re/Max West realtor Tony Francis can help you find the new home of your dreams because Tony knows Brampton! Contact Tony Francis today to get started on the search for your dream home!

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