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Canadians ending year in positive mood about economy, real estate

Canadians ending year in positive mood about economy, real estate

Canadian consumers are feeling pretty good about themselves, their jobs, the real estate market and the economy at large as we head into a new year. This is the conclusion of the latest year-end consumer confidence reports, one from the Investors Group—Harris Decima, the other from Bloomberg Nanos. Now any market metric based on sentiment… Continue Reading

Canadians have high expectations for their apps: study

Canadians have high expectations for their apps: study

Canadians like their technology. So much so that many of us would rather have permanent Internet connectivity than morning coffee, alcohol or even sex. Generation D particularly, as the “digital” or “device” generation is already known, is becoming increasingly dependent on and optimistic about technology, as corroborated by a new report commissioned by Rogers Communications.… Continue Reading

What makes a smart home smart?

What makes a smart home smart?

What makes a smart home smart? It’s all about connectivity and control. In the truly smart home, everything—appliances, security devices, thermostat, computers—is connected, and everything talks to everything else. You, the smart resident, can control it all with the click of a key on your smartphone or remote control device, from anywhere in the world.… Continue Reading

A few words about tipping at Christmas

A few words about tipping at Christmas

Maybe the best advice about tipping at any time is this, from a bar manager: just relax about it. In other words, don’t fret about what’s the exact right amount, and what the tippee will think of you if you don’t give “enough.” Rather, give the tip in a spirit of generosity and gratitude, give… Continue Reading

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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…

The Greater Golden Horseshoe could become greater, golder, and greener: Ontario updates land use plans

The Greater Golden Horseshoe could become greater, golder, and greener: Ontario updates land use plans

In an effort to improve livability in the Greater Golden Horseshoe, while protecting the environment, Ontario has passed updated land use plans intended to encourage sustainable communities. The plans were released on May 18, 2017 after two years of review.     These include updates to the Greenbelt Plan, the Growth Plan for the Greater Golden…

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