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Monthly Archives: August 2012

Bargain hunters could find rich pickings in Spain’s distressed housing market

Bargain hunters could find rich pickings in Spain’s distressed housing market

Spanish villa for sale at “negotiable” price of € 500,000 ($619,000 CAD): property values have dropped over 22 per cent since 2008 and there is an oversupply of distressed properties on the market. Some see it as an ideal time to snatch up a bargain. Spain is ranked near the top among European countries for quality… Continue Reading

Toronto’s new chief planner sees transit as top challenge

At the heart of planning lies a commitment to humane city-regions, healthy environments and social well-being for everyone. Planners work for the public good—tempering market and bureaucratic rationalities with radical-democratic considerations and injecting a wholistic view to debates about urban futures. They pursue these objectives as policy makers, public servants, builders, researchers, community organizers and… Continue Reading

Are condo developers reflecting public attitudes about parking, or shaping them?

Are condo developers reflecting public attitudes about parking, or shaping them?

The ratio of condos to parking spaces is widening in Toronto. In some buildings there are more bike lockers than parking spots. Are we becoming less car dependent? Even casual observers have probably noticed that the number of surface parking lots in Toronto has been steadily dwindling over the years, as more and more buildings… Continue Reading

More travellers open to hosteling vacations, according to survey

Value-minded travelers might want to consider hostelling as an option. According to a leading hostel booking website, hostelworld.com, business is booming and more people than ever are interested in the hostel experience. They teamed up with the Lonely Planet people and surveyed 5,000 people in 141 countries, and found that the vast majority (94 per… Continue Reading

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Gourmet cooking in small kitchens: a little planning is all it takes to create a meal to wow your guests

Gourmet cooking in small kitchens: a little planning is all it takes to create a meal to wow your guests

By Sassa Brown — Extravagant chef’s kitchens are not necessary in pulling off spectacular meals that will amaze your family and friends. In fact, you can create delicious, mouth-watering dishes from the comfort of your own home, even if that home is a small condo with less than 800 square feet of total space. How…

From Their Tiny Homes to Yours: Tips to Make Your Condo Look and Feel Much Larger

From Their Tiny Homes to Yours: Tips to Make Your Condo Look and Feel Much Larger

Small spaces can feel quite cramped, especially when your family starts to grow. If you have grown accustomed to larger homes with backyards and guest rooms, the change in size and space can be even more daunting. However, it does not have to completely overwhelm you. Decorating in splashes of color, particularly light colours, can…

Innovative solutions, such as Crowd-Living, Micro-Condos, and Home-Owner Speed Dating, helping “adult kids” permanently leave the nest

Innovative solutions, such as Crowd-Living, Micro-Condos, and Home-Owner Speed Dating, helping “adult kids” permanently leave the nest

Millennials are used to being blamed for all of society’s ills, from workplace recruitment issues to short inventory supply in real estate markets.  In reality, they’re mostly a victim of demographics. If they “boomerang” back to their parents homes it’s because they’re priced out of the hot markets in Toronto and Vancouver. As more and…

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