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Monthly Archives: October 2012

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 is not a problem, price gains were more modest. Royal Lepage’s House Price Survey puts the average price of a “standard” Toronto condominium at $359,673, up 2.7 per cent over the same time last year. The senior vice president of Royal LePage Real Estate Services, Gino Romanese, explains that buyers are feeling less pressure to ... Read More »

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 spot for a month is $439, is the second most expensive city in North America in which to park. The usual suspects—Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver—are also among the top ten priciest for North America. In Toronto, that unreserved spot would cost an average of $316. Vancouver is even less, at $277. Is there some strange ... Read More »

Tips on entertaining in your new condo

Key to successful entertaining is to plan ahead, ask for help, and remember, it’s supposed to be fun A friend had moved to a new condo at the end of November one year, and her family thought it would be “fun” if she had them all over for Christmas dinner. This would mean having about twenty guests in all, including several small children and one very old woman. With barely three weeks to settle in and get herself comfortable in her new condo, never mind think of entertaining, she agreed. That she did not have a complete nervous breakdown when she realized what she had let herself in for is ... Read More »

Customer service more important than ever in the days of social media

300 Front Street from Tridel. Tridel has decades of experience in customer care and a reputation for excellence.  In the days before social media, bad customer service used to be like the weather: everybody talked about it but nobody did anything about it. In those old pre-Twitter days. you called your Internet provider or bank or some government office and they put you on hold for half an hour, then told you you had to talk to somebody in a different department. What could you do? You waited and grumbled, and remained a customer. Now when a company like Bank of America announces high-handedly that it will henceforth charge customers ... Read More »

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 it is making the move to help customers save money and to cut emissions. Ikea’s Chief Sustainability Officer, Steve Howard, said that replacing the world’s 12 billion incandescent bulbs with LEDs would cut emissions equivalent to those produced by the Netherlands. However, the company’s decision to eliminate incandescent lights was not entirely based on energy ... Read More »

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