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Monthly Archives: February 2014

Dogs hear you, and they get it

Dogs hear you, and they get it

Dogs probably don’t gloat, but humans do, especially when we’re proven right about something we knew in our heart was true, but couldn’t prove it. Once again, science to the rescue. A new scientific study has given its stamp of authority  to a fact that every dog owner has always known: dogs understand what we… Continue Reading

Does staging a home affect selling price? Maybe, maybe not.

Does staging a home affect selling price? Maybe, maybe not.

A CBC television news item the other night might have left consumers with the mistaken impression that home staging—the process of preparing a home for marketing by making it look its best—is always necessary and very expensive. The item quoted a real estate agent who said that home staging “starts at” $2,500, and could cost… Continue Reading

Bargain properties abound in Greece, but are they too risky?

Bargain properties abound in Greece, but are they too risky?

Looking at a recent Bank of Greece analysis of that country’s real estate market is enough to create in a reader a sensation of falling off a cliff. Charts and graphs that illustrate prices, values, sales, price-to-rent ratios, employment, credit, and debt all move in one direction: steeply downwards. The prices of apartments (condos) in… Continue Reading

Great opportunities in construction for those willing to move

Great opportunities in construction for those willing to move

The jobs are there, but workers don’t want to go and get them. Approximately one in four workers will soon retire, and replacing them will not be easy. That’s the message in a construction industry report from BuildForce Canada, and it’s backed up by at least one of Canada’s construction industry leaders. Worker mobility is… Continue Reading

Small footprint kitchens: Maximize space without sacrificing style

Small footprint kitchens: Maximize space without sacrificing style

While a lot of home design trends focus on big, beautiful kitchens, it’s not an option for most condo dwellers.  Thankfully, minimal space doesn’t have to mean minimal style. In fact, with the right styling, storage and appliances, a small-footprint kitchen can still be the most desirable room in your home.  Here are five tips… Continue Reading

Three clever ways to enjoy music invisibly

Three clever ways to enjoy music invisibly

When living space is limited, creative use of that space becomes essential. Designers of furniture and home products have responded to the changing realities of people’s living space by reimagining many household items we all use, from beds to light fixtures to appliances. One item most households have is a sound system of some description.… Continue Reading

National home sales dip, Vancouver deals with end of millionaire visas

National home sales dip, Vancouver deals with end of millionaire visas

Calling the performance of the Canadian housing market in January “a weather report of sorts,” the chief economist for the Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA) said that the Polar Vortex that froze us through much of the month also put a dent in new construction and sales. Gregory Klump says he’s watching for a “rebound”… Continue Reading

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Entertaining in a small condo under 800 square feet? It can be done!

Entertaining in a small condo under 800 square feet? It can be done!

Whether the in-laws are coming to town or your spouse has just informed you that the boss and his wife are coming over for dinner, the prospect of entertaining guests in a small space is enough to send anyone into a frenzy.     You have to prepare topics of conversation, plan activities, tidy up,…

Are condos more affordable alternatives to detached homes in hotter markets such as Toronto?

Are condos more affordable alternatives to detached homes in hotter markets such as Toronto?

When you are itching to buy your first home but cannot quite afford the high costs associated with buying a house, purchasing a condo is an attractive option. Increasingly, condos are the “go to” home ownership option for not only first time buyers, but also down-sizers. The pros and cons are fairly straight-forward for both…

What to do Victoria Day weekend: the most fun for the lowest cost in the Greater Toronto Area

What to do Victoria Day weekend: the most fun for the lowest cost in the Greater Toronto Area

  We’ve all been waiting for that first big, warm weekend of the year — Victorial Day. Schools are closed, and many people have extra time off work, and we’re primed and ready to go after all the rain and cool weather this spring. With summer beginning, and a long, celebratory weekend ahead, it is the…

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