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4 Ways to Make a Smaller Space Feel Larger.

Square footage determines how big a home is, but painting, furnishings and decorating can affect how big a home feels. Looking to make a small space feel bigger? A few simple cosmetic changes can help. Consider these four ways to make any small space in your home appear more, well, spacious. 1. Incorporate mirrors Create the illusion of expansive walls with the addition of a mirror. This...

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How Do You Pay Off Your Mortgage Faster?

Buying a home is a big investment and a huge commitment, but most homeowners will attest that the pay-off is worth the pains and strains of making those regular mortgage payments. Most people focus on their mortgage interest rate as a way of saving money (or at least, ensuring more of it goes toward your principal), but there are other ways to decrease the amount paid in interest. One way is to pay your...

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Canadian Real Estate and the New Mortgage Rules.

Canadian real estate has been a tough nut to crack for some homebuyers, and those with less than 20 per cent as a down payment now face another challenge, with Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp.’s (CMHC) tighter qualification rules for borrowers of high-ratio mortgages. This move is in response to the global pandemic that has left many Canadians vulnerable. The changes, which include lower debt...

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Why is Real Estate an Essential Service?

With social distancing advisories and non-essential business closures in place, many people – some realtors included – are scrutinizing whether real estate is an essential service as it has been classified in many regions across Canada and the US. Those who argue against the essential classification are coming from a good place, with hopes that more-stringent lockdowns will stop the spread of...

How to Be a Good Neighbour While Social Distancing.

As Covid-19 sweeps its way through our cities and neighbourhoods, we’ve also seen acts of kindness emerge in its wake. From cities and countries pulling together to weather the economic storms ahead, to online communities offering support for individuals, families, students, homeowners, renters, business owners, employees, those looking for work, and those trying to manage their day to day in this new...

7 QUESTIONS TO ASK A REAL ESTATE AGENT BEFORE YOU COMMIT.

According to research by the National Association of Realtors, there are huge benefits to working with a real estate agent, including higher sale prices. However, every homebuyer and seller would be wise to do some “home work” to find a real estate agent who knows his or her market and who has a proven track record. Treat your vetting process like you would a job interview: ask lots of...

5 Money Saving Tips In 2020.

I think at some point we have all questioned our money-handling abilities, whether it be the Starbucks runs or the $300 dress that we definitely didn’t need, money is a precious resource that so many of us don’t know how to handle well (me included). Obviously when you work hard at your job you want to spoil yourself a little, and you deserve it! But sometimes it can go a little beyond that into...

At home workouts for 2020.

After your New Year's resolution to go to the gym in 2020 inevitably fell flat, as it did for many of us, and the cookie dough ultimately proved more intriguing than a sweaty sports bra, you may have been left with the question of what’s next? For many of us busy overachievers, working out at a gym is a luxury that we either are not able to afford, or don’t have the time to make work. Thankfully, I...

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