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Monthly Archives: November 2012

Christmas no-no: a puppy under the tree

Christmas no-no: a puppy under the tree

No surprises. If you give a puppy as a gift, make sure the person wants it, expects it, and knows how to take care of it.  If you’re thinking of surprising someone with the gift of a pet this Christmas, don’t. Nowadays, responsible groups that deal with animals, from the American Veterinary Medical Association to… Continue Reading

Higher US housing starts reflected in Canada’s lumber trade

Higher US housing starts reflected in Canada’s lumber trade

More US housing starts means more Canadian lumber. Lumber and construction material costs are up, indicating rising demand.  The number of Americans buying houses in October was higher than economists had expected, and that is good news for Canada. According to Bloomberg, the index of pending home resales—a measure of the number of purchase agreements… Continue Reading

Toronto offices recognized for energy reduction efforts

The second annual Race to Reduce awards were handed out last night by the Greater Toronto CivicAction Alliance to dozens of winners in the Toronto office sector. The awards recognize outstanding achievements by commercial building landlords and tenants in reducing energy consumption. Top awards in the Building Performance category went to Brookfield Office Properties and… Continue Reading

7-minute condo workout keeps you fit in no time

7-minute condo workout keeps you fit in no time

The 7-minute condo workout, including pushups, is designed for the busy condo dweller who has no time for the gym, There are many benefits associated with buying a condominium. Many developments include fitness amenities and facilities that an individual owner may not be able to afford on their own, such as a swimming pool, exercise… Continue Reading

Be cool: Switch to LED lights this Christmas

Be cool: Switch to LED lights this Christmas

Eaton Centre Christmas tree made of LED light panels: too unconventional for most, according to a Toronto Sun poll. It goes without saying, but we’ll say it anyway: you can’t please everyone. Take the Eaton Centre’s new Christmas tree. It’s 15 metres tall and consists of LED lights strung over descending hoop-shaped structures to create… Continue Reading

CREA unveils help for homebuyers

CREA unveils help for homebuyers

The Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA) had a Nanos Research survey done and it found that a lot of Canadians, especially younger ones, are looking for financial information about how to buy a home. CREA says a “major need” for such information was expressed by respondents aged 18–29. CREA’s response was announced today: a joint… Continue Reading

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Living happily ever after in a condo: Top 5 “Happiness Factors” to consider before buying a condo; it’s not what you think

Living happily ever after in a condo: Top 5 “Happiness Factors” to consider before buying a condo; it’s not what you think

The condominium market is increasingly the go-to choice for urban dwellers, with the price of detached houses now out of reach for many. Condo living have distinct advantages in this hot market. It also has its own unique issues, starting with how to find a reputable builder/developer management company — and the 4 other “Happiness…

Social housing crisis — With a wait list of 181,000, what help is in sight for the proposed shut down of 1000 TCHC units?

Social housing crisis — With a wait list of 181,000, what help is in sight for the proposed shut down of 1000 TCHC units?

The pending Rental Fairness Act attempts to protect the 1.2 million rental householders in Ontario. But there are 181,000 people on the social housing waiting lists in Toronto alone that apparently have no relief in sight — with Toronto’s plan to shut down another 1000 units. The Ontario government may not be directly responsible for…

Rental Fairness Act: Act of kindness, or barrier to affordable housing? Either way, it will change everything for renters.

Rental Fairness Act: Act of kindness, or barrier to affordable housing? Either way, it will change everything for renters.

With 1.2 million rental households in Ontario, frequently rented from condo-owners, the stakes are high for Ontario residents in a “fairness” rental act. Ontario is following through on their announcements of rent control reform. A news release from Ontario’s Ministry of Housing makes it clear The Rental Fairness Act, 2017, is a coming reality. It’s safe…

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