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Monthly Archives: December 2012

A lesson in perspective from RealNet

Sales don’t look so bad when you compare this year to the long-term average.  George Carras is definitely a “cup half-full” kind of guy. Carras, president of RealNet Canada, a Toronto real estate research and information service, takes a resolutely optimistic view of the current real estate market. All those “sensational” headlines about how terrible things are in the housing market? Nothing but sensationalism, says Carras. based on imperfect, short-term comparisons. What really matters in arriving at a “well-informed and balanced” interpretation of the market is perspective. Yes, it may be true that the sales numbers for a given month are lower than for the month before, but you have ... Read More »

Give up nothing but "stuff," live happy in 420 square feet

Could you live in 420 square feet? By today’s standards, that’s not especially small, especially in New York City. For Graham Hill, the founder of Treehugger and Life Edited, and the reigning guru of living smart and living small, making 420 square feet feel like three times that amount of space was the challenge. To accomplish it, he and his team invested a lot of ingenuity and a lot of money. The results are quite stunning, and he hopes will be a prototype for use around the world, at a greatly reduced cost. There’s almost no aspect of daily life that Hill doesn’t look at with the aim of simplifying ... Read More »

Flaherty happy with Canada’s housing market

The finance minister and the governor of the Bank of Canada want Canadians to avoid taking on too much debt, even if it means keeping some out of the housing market. Jim Flaherty, Canada’s finance minister, thinks the housing market in Canada is right where it should be. He says the market has “softened” because of steps he took, and that makes him happy. You will remember that last July Flaherty made it harder for some people to buy a home by shortening the time you could have to pay it back from 30 to 25 years. That move could have cost a borrower a couple of hundred dollars a ... Read More »

Chevy Volt beats Porsche and Corvette in customer satisfaction

Chevy Volt’s two-year reign as most satisfying car is a sign, according to Consumer Reports, of enthusiasm for fuel-efficient cars. Good news for sustainability.  If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, perhaps repetition is the surest sign of satisfaction, at least in the realm of retail. If you’d buy the thing all over again, knowing what you know about it having owned it, then you must really like it. And for the second year in a row, that high praise has been bestowed on the Chevy Volt. A Consumer Reports survey finds that 92 per of those who bought a Chevy Volt would do so again. It’s the second ... Read More »

Saving for a home: Yes, you can

Model suite, Ventus at Metrogate from Tridel (rendering). Condos remain the most affordable housing option in Canada.  Saving up to buy a home is a big challenge for most people, but one that a majority of us have embraced at one time or another. The Real Estate Council of Ontario (RECO) found in a recent survey that two-thirds of Ontarians (65 per cent) have done so at some point, and 38 per cent of those aged 18–35 are actively saving for a home right now. What exactly is involved in saving for a home? How long can a person expect to have to save, and what will he get for the ... Read More »

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