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11 Healthy Hobbies for Seniors

Monday May 27th, 2019

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We already know that a healthy lifestyle is a major factor in living a long life, but new studies show that having hobbies and staying socially active is equally important for seniors. It has long been known that a nutritious diet, exercise, and positive health choices all contribute to helping seniors feel more energetic. In fact, emerging research into longevity indicates that mental and social activity is just as critical as physical activity when it comes to... [read more]

What is a Status Certificate and why is it important?

Wednesday May 22nd, 2019

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A Status Certificate is a short report on the current status of a condominium corporation. If you are buying a resale condominium, it is important that your agreement of purchase and sale is conditional, upon review of the Status Certificate by your lawyer. The Status Certificate provides valuable information directly from the condominium corporation, examples of such information include arrears or increases in common expenses; Whether any major work needs to be done to the building(s); The... [read more]

Toronto’s Seniors are now more financially secure than young adults. What Changed?

Monday May 06th, 2019

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Working life wasn’t always easy for Geraldine Pennie and her husband. Work as a tool and die maker was well paying, but intermittent, for her husband, Doug. For Pennie, there was a series of contracts in social welfare, including running subisidized housing. Neither spouse was in a job that had a private pension. Still, they were delighted to discover they could easily afford to buy a home, take summer camping trips with their son and daughter, and even enjoy the odd vacation in... [read more]

Why Estate Planning is so Important as a Senior

Wednesday Apr 03rd, 2019

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As you get older, you run the risk of being unable to make your wishes clear when it comes to your estate planning. Many people procrastinate because they don’t know where to start on the process. You may even be afraid that if you sign a power of attorney form over to a child, you may end up stuck in a nursing home. These are all valid concerns. This fear can be mitigated by meeting with an estate planner, and putting your wishes down on paper. Build in a contingency plan for how you... [read more]

Summer Safety Tips for Seniors

Tuesday Apr 02nd, 2019

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Summer tends to bring with it a sense of excitement and a desire to get outside and be active. That’s great, but for seniors who have a higher sensitivity to heat, a little more caution needs to be exercised when it comes to making plans in the sun. As long as you’re careful and stick to a few main safety tips, you can enjoy most of the summer activities you can imagine. Here are 7 summer safety tips for older adults: 1. Stay hydrated. The standard suggestion is to aim to... [read more]

Solo Senior Travel: 3 Ways to Vacation for Independent Adventurers

Friday Feb 22nd, 2019

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The idea of travelling alone can be intimidating for many people. When considering things like eating meals, staying in hotels, and going on tours, some may feel insecure about partaking in these activities independently. But seniors are the perfect demographic to capitalize on independent travel – with retirement and the ability to travel during off-season, baby boomers are ideal candidates for solo adventures. Whether you’re hoping to tackle some bucket-list travel, or... [read more]

14 Exercises for Seniors to Improve Strength and Balance

Thursday Feb 21st, 2019

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In North America, falls are one of the leading causes of injury and death for senior citizens. However, you don’t have to fall prey to slips and falls. By exercising, you can improve your balance and your strength, so you can stand tall and feel more confident when walking. Read on to find 14 exercises seniors can do to improve their balance. Exercise 1: Single Limb Stance It’s best to start off with a simple balance exercise for seniors. Here’s how you do this... [read more]

Caring For An Elderly Relative While Working

Friday Oct 19th, 2018

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Caring for an elderly relative can be challenging when you’re committed to your career. Many people leave their jobs to care for parents, but that isn’t your only option. Consider these strategies for keeping your job—and your sanity: ¨ Look into workplace regulations for taking time off to care for relatives. ¨ Flex your work schedule. You may be able to telecommute, work part-time, or take on a flexible schedule. Talk to your manager. If you’re... [read more]

An Aspirin A Day?

Friday Sep 28th, 2018

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Unless you’ve already suffered a heart attack or stroke, daily Aspirin therapy may actually do more harm than good, suggests results from a recent study published in The New England Journal of Medicine. American and Australian researchers followed a total of 19,000 people over the age of 70 — and over 65 in the case of patients who were black or Hispanic for whom risk of heart disease is higher in the U.S. After five years of study, the rate of heart disease was not... [read more]

Making the most out of your retirement - Travelling abroad when you're over 50

Monday Aug 27th, 2018

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Move over Saga - 50 is the new 30! Getting older or retiring from full-time employment doesn’t mean that you have to lurk around the house watching day time TV all day.  There are plenty of opportunities and adventures available to over 50s, both in the UK and abroad.  Although most of us dread Monday mornings, and you may have been looking forward to retiring for many years, often the reality of a lack of structure in your days and less social interaction can be depressing... [read more]

CAA unveils Ontario 'Towing Bill of Rights' to prevent drivers from being overcharged

Monday Aug 27th, 2018

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he Canadian Automobile Association hopes to help drivers avoid being gouged by towing companies with a new “Towing Bill of Rights,” which should come in handy anytime Ontario drivers need roadside assistance. In association with the Provincial Towing Association of Ontario, the CAA unveiled Wednesday a glove box reference guide for motorists. Nearly half of Ontario drivers still aren’t aware of all new towing industry rules put in place by the provincial government last... [read more]

Guide to Seniors Housing in Canada

Monday Jul 30th, 2018

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As of 2013, Canada has one of the highest average life expectancies for men and women in the world. With more Canadians living past 80, and an aging population that’s expected to quadruple by 2051, the number of senior housing options has grown dramatically. For many families new to the world of senior living, navigating the vast array of senior care types can be an increasingly complex endeavor. With so many options available, it’s easy for families to feel overwhelmed during... [read more]

How Much Should Seniors Exercise To Improve Brain Function?

Thursday Jun 28th, 2018

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To boost their reasoning skills and the brain's processing speed, seniors may need to exercise for 52 hours over a period of 6 months, concludes a new study. The good news is that low-intensity exercise such as walking has the same benefits — if it's carried out for this length of time. As more and more research keeps pointing out, exercise does wonders for our brain. For instance, a recent study that Medical News Today reported on shows that running protects... [read more]

10 Mind-Boggling Facts About Canada By Daniel Reid

Wednesday Jun 13th, 2018

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Thought you knew all there was to know about the true north strong and free? These surprising facts about Canada will have you seeing our beautiful country in a whole new way. Canada’s lowest recorded temperature is as cold as Mars One of the most common facts about Canada is that it can get pretty cold in the winter (anyone who’s ever had to chisel their car out of a block of ice in the morning knows this to be true). The average low for the month of January in Ottawa is... [read more]

What is an SRES®?

Thursday Jun 07th, 2018

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What is an SRES®?                          A Seniors Real Estate Specialist® (SRES®) is a REALTOR® who is uniquely qualified to assist seniors in housing sales and purchases.  The SRES® designation is awarded only to REALTORS® who have successfully completed a series of educational courses on how to help seniors and their families with later-in-life real estate transactions. They... [read more]

Ontario Helping Seniors to Stay in their Own Homes

Tuesday May 29th, 2018

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Providing Supports to Help Seniors Remain Independent and Socially Connected   Ontario is investing in an innovative new program that helps seniors stay at home longer and gives them the assistance they need to age comfortably in their chosen community. The province is supporting naturally occurring retirement communities, which are apartment buildings or housing developments where many seniors already live close to one another. New funding will provide more on-site services to... [read more]

Happy Mothers Day

Tuesday May 01st, 2018

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Dearest Mom, You filled my days with Rainbow lights, Fairy tales and sweet dream nights, A kiss to wipe away my tears, Gingerbread to ease my fears, You gave the gift of life to me And then in love, you set me free, I thank you for your tender care, For deep warm hugs and being there, I hope that when you think of me, A part of you, you’ll always see. Happy Mother's Day!   [read more]

Canada's Seniors Are Independent. They Shouldn't Be Isolated, Too

Tuesday May 01st, 2018

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In Ottawa, a House of Commons Standing Committee is presently hearing evidence about whether there should be a National Seniors Strategy. There are two reasons why this is long overdue and should be a priority for all MPs. First is demographics: by 2031 roughly one in every four Canadians will be aged 65 years or older. As a country we are aging partly because people are living longer. And, as they reach retirement age they are likely to increase demand on certain services, like health.... [read more]

Ontario’s 2018 Budget: What Seniors Need to Know

Thursday Mar 29th, 2018

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Like speeches from the throne, budgets are aspirational documents delivered by the governing party to outline their spending priorities, with hopes of continuing to be the governing party. Given how close today’s Ontario budget is to the June 7 provincial election, a healthy dose of skepticism is warranted.   This budget leaves the impression that the Ontario Liberals are gambling that Ontarians will forgive significant deficits if it means large investments in social spending.... [read more]

Get Your Home Ready To Welcome Your Loved One With Alzheimer’s

Thursday Feb 22nd, 2018

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Chances are, someone you know, or love has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia. The disease is a progressive brain disease that causes a loss of memory and cognition, and there is no cure. Every person’s symptoms differ, so if you know someone who may have it, get them to a neurologist to be sure. Alzheimer’s disease affects about 5.4 million Americans, about 5.2 million of which are 65 and older. It can be your grandparent, your cousin, your... [read more]

211 Ontario Helps Seniors Find Support ... Call Our Helpline Today

Friday Jan 26th, 2018

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The 211 helpline in Ontario answered more than 325,000 calls last year. One third of those calls were for basic needs like housing, food, financial assistance and help with utility bills. As well, many calls were from seniors and caregivers wanting to discover what practical help from community and social services was available, how to access it, and if financial help exists for life’s challenges. Calling 2-1-1 is one of the best ways to learn about community... [read more]

Testimonial

Friday Jan 05th, 2018

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Hi Bev, The time that we shared with you during the selling of our home in Rosedale Village will always be viewed by my wife Trish & I as a most memorable and positive experience. While the decision to sell our home was initially met with uncertainty and varying degrees of worry and trepidation, we can now honestly say that our experience was positive in every way thanks mainly to the professional guidance and recommendations   offered by you and your organization. Many... [read more]

Pre-Retirees Aren’t Getting Healthier By Katrina Caruso

Friday Dec 22nd, 2017

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We may be living longer than previous generations, but our health isn’t any better, and with more Canadians retiring later in life, these health issues are getting worse. Though they have fewer disabilities than earlier generations, the majority of Canadians have at least one chronic disease or health condition, according to “Healthy Aging in Canada,” a briefing paper the Public Health Agency of Canada prepared for an intergovernmental committee. Part of the problem, the... [read more]

The Joy of Christmas

Wednesday Nov 29th, 2017

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I have a list of people All written in a book And every year at Christmas time I go and take a look.   And that is when I realize That those names are all a part Not of the book they’re written in But of my very heart   For each name stands for someone Who has crossed my path some time And in that meeting they’ve become A treasured friend of mine.   And once you’ve met some people The years can not erase The... [read more]

New Action Plan for Seniors in Ontario

Wednesday Nov 15th, 2017

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New Action Plan Provides More Fairness for Seniors and Enhances Support Across the Province Every person in Ontario should benefit from the opportunities the province has to offer, no matter their age. That’s why the province is acting to make sure that all seniors can access the support they need at every stage of their life. Premier Kathleen Wynne was at Sackville Hill Seniors Recreation Centre in Hamilton today to announce Aging with Confidence: Ontario’s Action Plan... [read more]

HOW TO BECOME A HUMANITARIAN AFTER RETIREMENT

Friday Oct 27th, 2017

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When Nancy Semkin began planning her early retirement from the corporate sector in 2009, she knew the next phase of her life was going to look markedly different. Semkin, who lives in Toronto, had enjoyed a long, fulfilling career as a director of leadership development in human resources at RBC. "I have no regrets," says Semkin. "But there was a further need I knew was not being met." For years, Semkin had pictured herself immersed in humanitarian work. With family... [read more]

Ontario Boosting Opportunities for Seniors to be Active, Healthy and Engaged

Thursday Sep 28th, 2017

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Enhanced Seniors Community Grant Will Support More People Across Province September 25, 2017 9:45 A.M. Ministry of Seniors Affairs   Ontario is providing more opportunities for seniors to be active, healthy and engaged in their communities with an expansion of its successful Seniors Community Grant program.   Dipika Damerla, Minister of Seniors Affairs, was at Habitat for Humanity's build site on Pinery Trail in Scarborough to announce that the province is once... [read more]

New Seniors’ Home Aims to Score Music Students

Thursday Aug 24th, 2017

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It may not be Animal House, but it is free room and board and a chance to enrich the lives of seniors with music. In a first for Canada, a new London seniors’ home opening this October is recruiting three Western University music students as live-in minstrels to entertain and engage with the residents. Oakcrossing will open this October near Sarnia and Wonderland roads with 98 suites for active seniors and three for students. In exchange for a free suite and meals, the students... [read more]

10 Things I Love About Being a Grandma by Barbara Graham

Thursday Aug 24th, 2017

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    Before I get to the love part, I must confess that I never expected to be a grandma — not because my son, who is married and will soon turn 40, wasn't old enough to be a father, but because I never dreamed that I'd be old enough to be a grandmother. Moi, a former 60's wild child, somebody's nana? How could this be? Even after I got the news that my daughter-in-law was pregnant and I was moving up a notch in the life cycle, I was as nervous... [read more]

What every older Canadian should know about: Income and benefits from government programs

Wednesday Jul 19th, 2017

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There are many government programs designed to help older Canadians stay financially independent. In most cases you must apply for income or benefits from a government program. If you are eligible, the amount you receive may depend on your level of income. The majority of programs start at age 65, but some can start earlier. The most important thing to know about almost all government programs is that you need to first file a personal income tax return in order to be... [read more]

Preparing for a Rainy Day

Monday Jul 10th, 2017

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  Financial planning experts recommend having an emergency fund in case something unexpected like a layoff or injury interrupts your paycheck. Your safety net should cover at least six months’ worth of living expenses. Here’s how to calculate what you need to save: · Gather your financial records for the past 12 months. Include bank and credit card statements, ATM receipts, and canceled checks. · Create a 12-month grid. Down the left-hand side... [read more]

Keep Stress Down During Vacation

Tuesday Jul 04th, 2017

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Here are some helpful hints for reducing stress during what should be a fun and relaxing time: · Recognize the signs of stress, such as irritability and anxiety. Avoid these by getting a handle on things instead of just letting them happen. For instance, if you know the car trip will be stressful, be prepared to take breaks, play games, and listen to audio books. · Allow yourself to say “No.” Be realistic about what you can do during vacation. Give... [read more]

Gone Fishing

Monday Jun 26th, 2017

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A millionaire walked past an old man sitting on the curb outside a bar. The old man had a fishing rod, and he seemed to be trying to catch fish in the storm drain. Taking pity, the millionaire took the old man to a nearby restaurant for a meal. As they ate, the rich man asked, “So how is fishing in that storm drain working out for you?” “Not bad,” said the old man. “You’re the third one I’ve caught today.”   [read more]

Perfectly Peelable Hard Boiled Eggs

Monday Jun 26th, 2017

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Getting ready for summer picnics, you may be thinking of egg salad or just hard boiled eggs on the side. Here’s how to get perfect eggs that peel easily. 1. Start with boiling water. Bring a pot of water to a rolling boil, lower the eggs gently and boil vigorously for 30 seconds. Reduce the heat to a gently simmer over low heat, cover with a lid and cook for another 10 minutes. 2. Shock in cold water and gently shake. Immediately pour off the hot water, leaving the eggs in the pot.... [read more]

Alzheimer's: Another Reason to Lose Weight and Exercise

Monday Jun 26th, 2017

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According to a new study, healthy aging of the brain relies a great deal on the health of your heart and blood vessels during middle age. Smoking, high blood pressure, obesity, diabetes, and high cholesterol all contribute to the health of a person’s blood vessels and vascular system, leading to hardening of the arteries and other disorders. These same factors are present in the elderly with high levels of a protein called amyloid, which is known to clump together in the brains of... [read more]

Crabby Old Lady

Friday Jun 02nd, 2017

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When an old woman died in the geriatric ward of a nursing home in Moosomin, Saskatchewan, it was believed that she had nothing left of any value.   Later, when the nurses were going through her meager possessions, they found this poem. Its quality and content so impressed the staff that copies were made and distributed to every nurse in the hospital. One nurse took her copy to Alberta.    The old woman’s sole bequest to posterity has since appeared in the... [read more]

UNDERSTAND OVER 50 RESIDENCES WHEN BUYING AND SELLING

Friday Jun 02nd, 2017

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Having Mixed Emotions Buying a residence when 50+ can be both exciting and daunting. The excitement stems from anticipating new beginnings in a fresh environment. It can be daunting because there are so many types of senior residences, finite resources and sometimes emotional hurdles to overcome. Assessing Your Real Estate Options SRES® designees can sit down with you and your loved ones to discuss needs outline options and help you determine the very best 50+... [read more]

Avoid Mistakes With Retirement Savings

Friday Jun 02nd, 2017

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Make one or two mistakes in handling your retirement money, and you could be paying a stiff penalty later in your life. The stock market goes up and down, but you’ll survive if you stay clear of these common mistakes: Obsessing about market losses. Focus instead on long-term needs. Catastrophic events and long-term health care needs cause as much damage when you’re caught unaware as does a shaky stock market. Will your nest egg be able to handle long-term care? Forgetting... [read more]

Eating Right as we Age by Eve Lees

Friday Jun 02nd, 2017

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Age-associated changes in metabolism can affect how our bodies process the food we eat. After age 30, metabolic rate begins to slow. Lean body mass (muscle) decreases and body fat increases. You can slow the rate of decline with proper diet and regular physical activity. However, even with these pre-emptive measures, some metabolic slowing still occurs. The Johns Hopkins Medical Letter suggests the following dietary precautions, for those 50 years or older: Calories. Be sure you're... [read more]

Canada Needs a Strategy to Improve Senior Drug Safety

Friday Jun 02nd, 2017

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Four years ago, at age 84, my dad survived a severe stroke. The downside is that during his hospital stay this otherwise fit person was put on a drug regimen and has been taking nine prescription drugs a day ever since. My dad's experience with multiple drugs is not uncommon for his age group. Seniors age 65 and over are the heaviest users of prescription drugs in the country. They take, on average, 7.4 prescription drugs. Experts have pointed to increased drug utilization as a... [read more]

Silver Alert

Friday Jun 02nd, 2017

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We’ve heard the term Amber Alerts often in the past few years, referring to children who are missing or taken from their families. But some in the Zoomer Community are advocating for a Silver Alert – an avenue to let the public know when a senior has gone missing, especially in the winter when they may be at higher risk of exposure. Do you think this is a good idea? We want to hear from you let us know at 416-360-0740 Toll free:1-866-740-4740 [read more]

How Rosedale Village Got It's Name?

Friday Jun 02nd, 2017

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Five Generations ago, a Brampton man named Harry Dale began growing roses called Dale Autographed Roses, which he exported around the world and helped put Brampton on the map. This claim to fame is how Harry dale earned hie title of "The Rose Man" and how Brampton earned its place as "The Flower City of Canada". Rosedale Village is named after Mr. Dale's early pioneering family, and the flowers that helped make Brampton the beautiful and blooming city it is... [read more]

Is an adult retirement community right for you?

Friday Jun 02nd, 2017

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It’s time to think about a starter home. Yes, you read correctly. As you transition into an active retirement life, you may find that your family home is just too big for you and your spouse — certainly you are using fewer rooms since the kids moved out — and it may be time to start fresh, in a home designed with you in mind. Active adult communities are sprouting up across the country, attracting a healthy cross-section of full-time workers, semi-retired and those who left... [read more]

Why demand for retirement lifestyle communities will only increase

Friday Jun 02nd, 2017

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Phyllis Mahon was in her late 50s when she went looking for a smaller, more manageable home in a quiet community. She wanted a place where she could share her interests with like-minded people, and still have plenty of space to walk her dog. Her search brought her to the Sandycove Acres retirement community in Innisfil, Ont., about 100 kilometres north of Toronto, with heated outdoor pools, minigolf, a games room, shuffleboard and a library. To say she’s satisfied with the move would... [read more]

Rosedale Village Development

Friday Jun 02nd, 2017

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The MBTW Group has played a primary role in the planning, urban design, and landscape architecture of the Rosedale Village adult lifestyle community, from design to implementation. In its entirety, Rosedale Village will become a series of neighbourhoods in a 350 acre community, set within the context of the Springdale Community. Extensive research of existing adult lifestyle communities led to the development of a traditional village theme with resort qualities, in terms of architectural... [read more]

FRIENDSHIP. FREEDOM. FREE TIME. ENJOY THE "IN" LIFE AT ROSEDALE VILLAGE.

Friday Jun 02nd, 2017

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Rosedale Village is a prestigious gated lifestyle community designed to ensure your absolute comfort, convenience and safety. Entry to the community is only possible through our fully automated gated entrance, which grants you access 24 hours daily throughout the year. As a condominium community, residents are free from the hassles of mowing lawns and shoveling snow. Gardens are fully cultivated, though if you like to exercise your green thumb you are welcome to participate and plant flowers... [read more]

Foreclosure v.s. Power of Sale

Tuesday Dec 27th, 2016

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In the unfortunate circumstance that a homeowner is past-due on their monthly mortgage payments, they pave the way for a “foreclosure” on their property. In today’s market, banks and other lenders do not turn to foreclosure to take away the homes of homeowners who are in arrears. Instead, they perform a "Power of Sale" which is wholly different from a Foreclosure. What is a Foreclosure? Foreclosures are laborious, grueling, and costly to both the... [read more]

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