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Renovate Your Home for Retirement So You Don’t Have to Move!

Posted on 14 January 2019

Home reno shows are hot right now and it’s not just young people being inspired. Many seniors across Canada and the globe wish to continue living in their homes yet they don’t cater to their mobility needs. There’s a growing trend for adults in their fifties to renovate their home with retirement in mind so that as they age, their home will continue to be functional and accessible. Mark ...

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The one design feature you’re overlooking

Posted on 27 November 2018

(NC) When it comes to decorating your home, it’s a smart idea to put your time, energy and money into the elements that make a difference to beauty and comfort. And don’t forget the window treatments. An essential element in any space, window coverings manage illumination, privacy and even energy efficiency. They set the tone and ambience; create a finished, polished look; and, can ...

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15 Things You Need to Know Before a Home Renovation

Posted on 08 November 2018

Carrying out a home renovation can be a stressful ordeal. No matter how many improvements you've done before, you'll always find something new in each home that'll surprise you. It could be a failing roof that doesn't meet with the specified building code or a pricey asbestos job. Either way, the first thing you learn about home renovation is to expect the unexpected.
To get you bette ...

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Chinese Buyers Rekindle Interest in Metro Vancouver Real Estate

Posted on 29 October 2018

The number of queries on Metro Vancouver real estate has recently soared judging by the numbers fromJuwai.com.this is coming after a slump in inquiries in the year’s first and second quarter.The report says searches rose from approximately 350 in the second quarter to nearly 800 in the third quarter. This is coming nine months after the British Columbian government raised the foreign- ...

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Top 4 Barriers to Home Ownership

Posted on 29 October 2018

(NC) For thousands of Ontario’s aspiring home buyers, the dream of home ownership is getting harder to achieve. The Ontario Real Estate Association (OREA) partnered with Nanos Research to learn more about the challenges facing young Ontarians and future homeowners trying to get into the market. Here’s what they found: 1. Close to 50 per cent of buyers can’t save enough for a down payme ...

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5 tips for landlords to protect themselves against bad tenants

Posted on 27 October 2018

(NC) We’ve all heard the horror stories, and any landlord who has been in the housing rental business for a while has likely experienced a nightmare tenant. Accidentally renting to a bad tenant can cause headaches and can leave you with a significant bill for clean-up and repairs. Here are some smart ways to protect yourself: Learn provincial guidelines. Provinces have diff ...

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Thinking of renting your basement suite? Tips for first-time landlords

Posted on 26 October 2018

(NC) A rental suite is a great way to help meet your mortgage payments and supplement your income as house prices creep up across Canada. If you’re looking to rent out your basement suite, consider these tips: Know the rental rules. In several Canadian cities, renting a basement suite is illegal. Although several people rent them out anyway without any trouble, know that if your ...

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Give your home new life with these tips

Posted on 14 October 2018

(NC) As the change in weather has us retreating indoors, take some time to spruce up your interiors with these design ideas. Play with paint. One of the most budget-friendly ways to change up a space is with paint. You can use it to refresh antique or dated furniture, or you can create a whole new ambiance with a new wall colour. For the cooler months, try dark, nearly black walls to ad ...

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More vacant properties on Toronto real estate market, broker says

Posted on 30 September 2018

Since the real estate market cooled down from last year, brokers say there’s an increase in greater Toronto area homes for sale. These houses are just sitting vacant mostly due to ‘stubborn sellers’ who think they can hold out until the market returns to 2017 prices. The President of Realosophy Realty Inc., John Pasalis, says he believes the lower cost of houses is the primary cau ...

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Demand for home construction led by North Calgary

Posted on 23 September 2018

According to a news report, the demand for the construction of new homes in Calgary grew by five percent over the first half of 2018, compared to the same period last year, with four communities at the north end of the city leading the pace. According to the city’s planning and development department, most of the applications for residential permits between the first of June and the e ...