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Monthly Archives: December 2012

Tips to minimize security hassles for the Christmas traveller

Tips to minimize security hassles for the Christmas traveller

Joys of travelling. Canada’s airport security body has tips for making the pre-boarding security check as painless as possible. You can bring the camcorders, e-readers, laptops or GPS devices with you on your flight this Christmas season, (either carry-on or checked) but your blasting caps, bullets and sabers will have to be checked. As for… Continue Reading

Plenty of smart fireplaces ideal for the condo

Plenty of smart fireplaces ideal for the condo

Traditional Christmas scene: there are other ways to enjoy the warmth and coziness of a fire. A friend describing the recent renovations he had made to his condo, which is in an older building in Toronto, mentioned that he had added a fireplace. “Wood burning?” we asked. “Oh, no. It’s electric” Pause. “They’re making them… Continue Reading

Canadian Real Estate Market In 2013

Canadian Real Estate Market In 2013

2012 In spite of many skeptical professionals who predicted a significant downturn on the Canadian real estate market and Jim Flaherty’s fear of a housing bubble, this year hasn’t brought anything special. The situation is quite stable and the Minister of Finance is satisfied with the results of his efforts, which can be seen in… Continue Reading

Flowering gifts for Christmas

Flowering gifts for Christmas

It’s not cool to give pets for Christmas, unless you’re sure the intended owner wants the pet, knows how and is prepared to take good care of it. But you can still give something living and beautiful, something that needs care and (some would say) affection: give a plant! It’s probably a good idea to… Continue Reading

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Even with a dip in home sales, as markets adjust to new rules, new home pricing remains high due to low supply and “right sizing” dilemma

Even with a dip in home sales, as markets adjust to new rules, new home pricing remains high due to low supply and “right sizing” dilemma

Although some recent reports show a drop in actual resale sales — in the short-term dramatic double digit drops according to some brokers — prices are showing no sign of dropping on new homes.[1] The Building Industry and Land Development Association recently released data detailing rising costs for new detached and semi-detached homes, as well…

Living comfortably in 500 square feet or less; modular convertible multi-purpose furniture makes the difference

Living comfortably in 500 square feet or less; modular convertible multi-purpose furniture makes the difference

Size is relative. An object that is small to you may be quite large to another person, and vice versa. The same holds true for nearly everything. A relatively small space that leaves one person feeling claustrophobic can — with a little planning and some modular furniture (see videos below) —  be considered spacious and…

More Ontario rules: modest help for seniors and refugees and immigrating nominees

More Ontario rules: modest help for seniors and refugees and immigrating nominees

Ontario has recently introduced legislation geared toward homebuyers and seniors. If the legislation passes, it should make housing much more affordable — although the intended result isn’t always the same as the final outcome in a real market.     Aside from the 15% Non-Resident Speculation Tax (previously reported>>) for non-Canadian citizens, non-permanent residents, and non-Canadian…

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