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What to know before renovating

Posted on 27 May 2018

(NC) Whether it's a DIY project or one you hire a pro for, a home upgrade can add beauty and comfort to your living spaces. But before you start, know that some furniture and building materials made from composite wood may be a source of formaldehyde. Formaldehyde is a colourless gas commonly found in indoor air. It can come from tobacco smoke, wood smoke and cooking. It also comes from ...

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Ancient elements inspire modern architecture trends

Posted on 27 May 2018

(NC) Drawing inspiration from the past can yield unexpected results and lend a timeless quality to any space. When balanced with modern elements, ancient elements in the home can create a look that is fresh, unique and classic, but still very of the moment. Thinking about doing a major makeover or a few strategic upgrades? Then take a page from history and incorporate some ancient element ...

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Five DIY renovation tips

Posted on 27 May 2018

(NC) As the days grow longer and the sun begins to warm the soul, many of us might be thinking it's time to get our home ready for the warmer weather. It's a perfect time to embark on that painting or renovation project you've been dreaming about. Let the clean, fresh air in. Make sure there is plenty of ventilation during painting or varnishing projects, or when instal ...

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Transform New Houses For Better Resale Value

Posted on 24 May 2018

If your house has been built in the last five to ten years, there are a lot of great things going for it. It probably doesn’t have that much wear and tear on it yet, the style and layout are all contemporary, the kitchen will still feel fresh. There are tons of qualities you get from a new home. But there’s one area where older properties seem to have the advantage: the outdoors. New subd ...

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Report shows decade of steep growth in GTA home prices

Posted on 08 February 2018

Homeowners in the Toronto region, including the Hamilton and Burlington area, have more than doubled their investment over the past decade, says a report issued by Re/MAX on Wednesday.
The report shows the average price in the Greater Toronto Area grew by 119 per cent between 2007 and 2017. Prices appreciated 110 per cent in the Hamilton-Burlington area during the same period, putting t ...

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Condos, townhomes in high demand in Metro Vancouver, real estate board says

Posted on 06 February 2018

The Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver says demand continues to be high for condominiums and townhomes in the region, but less so for detached properties.The board says 1,818 homes sold in January — up 19.4 per cent from the same time last year, but down 9.8 per cent from December 2017.However, townhouse and condo sales were above the 10-year January average by 14.3 and 31.6 p ...

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Canada beefing up housing data as policy pushes ahead

Posted on 13 December 2017

Fresh data on foreign investment in Toronto and Vancouver, Canada's largest cities, will be released next week in a move economists hope will shed light on what is driving demand - and a potential bubble - in the country's housing market.While the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp has said foreign investment accounts for only about 10 percent of sales activity, policymakers and voters ali ...

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Buying a presale condo? Do your homework

Posted on 23 November 2017

TORONTO - With a sigh and hesitant pause, Jason Paris confides that in retrospect he wishes he'd done more research before putting down a deposit on the now defunct Museum FLTS condominium project in Toronto's trendy Lower Junction area.The 43-year-old television production manager is one of hundreds of would-be homeowners who recently had their money returned and dreams dashed when the ...

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Mortgage brokers, home buyers concerned about new 'stress test' rules

Posted on 01 November 2017

New guidelines that will soon place restrictions on uninsured borrowers looking to secure a mortgage have — as one Ottawa realtor puts it — kicked the pursuit of a home into "overdrive."
Earlier this month, the Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions (OSFI) released guidelines for the mortgage industry that will take effect on Jan. 1, 2018. One of the ...

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การพนันบอล 3 Frightening Things in Sellers' Homes That Can Scare Buyers Silly

Posted on 18 October 2017

Having a beautiful home in an exquisite environment is not a most suitable reason for buyers to show interest, it could contain an item or two that happens to scare the pants off anyone who walks through your door. That might not really be an issue if you don't like guests, but it could very well be a big problem if you're trying to sell your place! The raw truth is that it doesn't take much ...