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Monthly Archives: January 2013

New app gives community info for home seekers

We’re not sure whether parents will trust an app from a real estate company, even a “lifestyle-based” one, to help them decide what school to send their “little ones” to, but the app is now available. It comes to us from Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Canada (BHGREC) and it is free. “Community Scout”… Continue Reading

“Rising star” Quebec designer headlining at Toronto Interior Design show

“Rising star” Quebec designer headlining at Toronto Interior Design show

One of the Daylights, inspired by plantation shutters, from Philippe Malouin.  Shutters lined with LED lights create “artificial windows” with light that creates the illusion of daylight streaming through a window and reflecting off the shutter onto the wall. Montreal-born, London-based Philippe Malouin is described as a rising star in the design world. He has… Continue Reading

Condo owners don’t want a licensed restaurant in their building

Condo owners don’t want a licensed restaurant in their building

Mixed use and living above the store: it works in Danforth’s Greektown. But Queen St condo owners don’t want a licensed restaurant in their building. The Real Jerk is almost a Toronto institution. When the Caribbean-style restaurant was evicted from its original premises, loyal patrons had some anxious times wondering if the place would ever… Continue Reading

Second-time buyers will drive housing market in coming months: RE/MAX

Second-time buyers will drive housing market in coming months: RE/MAX

Survey shows that home buyers in the coming two years will be mainly second-timers, more mature and experienced, with good down payments. We’ve been reading a lot in recent months about the dampening effect Jim Flaherty has had on the real estate market in Canada, and especially in Toronto. Thanks to his intervention and tightening… Continue Reading

Downtown Toronto population growing and getting younger

Downtown Toronto population growing and getting younger

300 Front Street West from Tridel, now under construction. The influx of 19–39-year-olds is driving the condo boom.  Toronto is getting younger. Almost half the population of the downtown core is in their mid-30s. While the median age in the rest of the province is mid-40s, Toronto’s downtown core, which includes Trinity-Spadina and Toronto Centre,… Continue Reading

Formica at 100: new products roll out next week at Las Vegas builders’ show

Formica at 100: new products roll out next week at Las Vegas builders’ show

The epitome of fifties style to many: Formica tabletops and chrome and vinyl chairs. Formica is 100 years old this year. A new retrospective line of products will be unveiled next week at the Las Vegas International Builders’ Show. The year 2013 marks the centenary of one of the world’s most famous and ubiquitous brands:… 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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