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Odd that Obama and Romney didn’t talk more about the housing crisis

Odd that Obama and Romney didn’t talk more about the housing crisis

Several commentators and newspaper columnists have wondered why more was not said in last night’s presidential debate, the topic of which was the economy, about the economic sector that started the great recession: housing. One would never guess, from listening to Romney and Obama, that hundreds of billions of taxpayers’ dollars had been spent to… Continue Reading

Some family Thanksgiving outings around the GTA

Some family Thanksgiving outings around the GTA

For Thanksgiving, last of the holidays before Christmas and many people’s favourite, there are plenty of family-friendly things to do around Toronto, indoors and out, free and with an admission cost. Here is a sampling. For starters, thinking ahead to Halloween, there’s a good selection of places to go Pumpkin picking in and around Toronto… Continue Reading

The ultimate shopper’s aid: Consumer Reports Best Products of the Year

The ultimate shopper’s aid: Consumer Reports Best Products of the Year

Samsung UN55ES8000 Smart TV is Consumer Reports’ choice for best television in its Best Products of the Year list for 2012.  Consumer Reports has released its list of the best products of the year. The comprehensive list of more than 475 products includes electronics, appliances, cars, consumables and more. All the products are first purchased… Continue Reading

Housing market healthy, heading for more balanced territory: reports

Housing market healthy, heading for more balanced territory: reports

After a strong expansion, a contraction is natural. Toronto home prices continue to show “healthy” gains, though sales were down in September.  Royal LePage says that price gains in the Toronto housing market in September were “healthy” in the detached bungalow and two-storey home categories, though inventory remains low. For condominiums, where shortness of inventory… Continue Reading

Parking rates in Canada, but not Toronto, climbed again last year: survey

Parking rates in Canada, but not Toronto, climbed again last year: survey

Calgary is more expensive than Toronto or Vancouver for parking on a monthly basis. Only Manhattan is more expensive in North America. Go figure. Parking is always on people’s minds in the city, and a new survey of international parking prices won’t help. Surprisingly, Calgary, where the “average median rate” to park in an unreserved… Continue Reading

Ikea will sell only LED lighting from 2016

Ikea will sell only LED lighting from 2016

The world’s most famous painting will soon be lighted by LEDs. Toshiba is working with the Louvre to relight both interiors and exteriors of the famed Paris landmark.  Ikea will stop selling incandescent light bulbs, selling only light-emitting diode (LED) lighting in its stores worldwide by 2016. The world’s biggest retailer of home furnishings says… 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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