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 www.brampton.ca/EN/Arts-Culture-Tourism/Festivals-and-Events/Canada-Day/Pages/welcome.aspx


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 www.rclbramaleabr609.ca/events.html


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 www.downeysfarm.com/downeys-farm-market-strawberry-fest.htm


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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