Feeding The Hungry In Your Community

feed the hungryDid you know? 1 in 8 households in Canada is food insecure, amounting to over 4 million Canadians (including 1.15 million children) living in homes that struggle to put food on the table. This is according to PROOF, a food insecurity research team based in Toronto. Now knowing these disconcerting statistics, you’re likely wondering how you can help families in your own community that are struggling with food insecurity. You can start by using the GetAssist app to find and discuss opportunities, as well as present ideas of your own.

Whether you’d like to help remedy hunger in your community immediately or would prefer brainstorming ways to assist for the long-haul, be sure to take the following ideas into consideration, and most importantly, take action!

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Your Guide to the Ultimate Summer Road Trip

Summer Road Trip
Summer is officially in full swing, and you know what that means: It’s road trip time! Pull out the cheap sunglasses and prepare the playlists, because you’re about to feel the good vibes and embark on the best trip of the year. Where you go is up to you! We’re partial to a trip down the Pacific Coast, from Canada to Mexico, as you can take in the sights from border to border.

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Take Advantage of Summer to Prepare for a Year of Home Maintenance

Summer Home Maintenance for all yearThe short summer months bring opportunity for many things. Playing in the outdoors without a care for the elements, lazy afternoons in the shade sipping iced tea… And catching up on home maintenance without the weather dictating your availability to do so.

With so much to do and so little time, here is a list of home maintenance and repairs you may not have thought of. Take care of these now to enjoy the benefits and avoid trouble later in the year when Mother Nature is not so kind.

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The Best Way to Get Kids Eating Plant-based Foods – Even Leafy Greens!

plant-based green smoothie

By: GetAssist Business Network Member

Amanda Lily, Plant-based Health Coach

With the weather getting warmer, and gardens being planted, we tend to think more about eating fresh fruits and vegetables. And with the recent classification by the WHO of many animal products as being carcinogenic, many people are looking for ways to reduce their impact on the planet while improving their health through eating more plant-based foods.

Getting little ones on-board with eating more plant-based foods doesn’t have to be complicated or overwhelming. Seriously. There is a way to get kids, of all ages, eating more plant-based foods that involves very little time, money, or culinary skill.

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How to Avoid Home Buyer’s Remorse

how to avoid home buyer's remorse

When putting an offer on a home, there are a few things that can make you start thinking that you’ve made a bad decision. The main cause of home buyer’s remorse is talking to other people. Once you’ve put in an offer to purchase, it’s only natural to let everyone close to you know. Everyone is going to have an opinion, and even though family & friends mean well, it can make you start to second guess your decision.

I always advise my clients to wait until the condition period is over before they start spreading the news that they have bought a place. A lot can happen in that couple of weeks, and statistically, only 80% of deals go firm. That’s not to say that you can’t let people know that you have put in an offer on a place, however, I would not get into details & features about the home. Remember, you are buying the place for you, not your friends or family. They don’t get to live there! The second reason is that people feel compelled to continue looking for a property even though they have an offer in on another place. Big mistake! There will always be another home that will suit your needs. Looking at other houses at this time introduces doubt into the process, leaving you stressed, and more than likely, it will now take much longer to get you into your home.

A few things you can do to mitigate those feelings of remorse is to review your wants and needs. You more than likely put an offer in on a house because it hit a lot of points that you want in a home. What features of the property stood out for you? Did you find many houses that met your needs? If you backed out of this contract, is it realistic to think you will find a better home? Also, have a conversation with your agent. He will be able to review the reasons that made you decide to submit an offer to purchase.

Remember that the feeling of remorse can happen. Take steps to make sure you take the uncertainty out of buying.

It is important to look for an agent that empowers the home buyer in their decision making. In my business, I make sure that my clients are coming to a decision on their own. I allow them to take as long as they need. I find that most do find the place that is right for them and they are happy with their choice. Make sure your agent educates you about the process, so you end up comfortable with your choices.

Wesley Morrow of REMAX Realty Professionals is a Real Estate Professional and a REALTOR® in Calgary. Join his Real Estate Community, Real Estate Corner – a community on the GetAssist Business Network for those interested in discussing and learning about the Real Estate Market in Canada, for more.

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