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James Battiston is a graduate of the Canadian Film Centre’s Prime Time Television Program, and holds an honours BA in Cinema Studies from the University Of Toronto. James has written for shows as varied as CBC’s Shoot The Messenger and The Border, to the National Geographic Program Mayday and Fuzzy Tales for TVO Kids.
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There have been a lot of questions about the state of the commercial real estate industry in the last two years. With more people working from home offices and retail storefronts closed to the public, the industry is in a period of transition. Despite these obstacles, there’s good reason to remain optimistic about the future of commercial real estate. Let’s take a look at some of the challenges and opportunities in today’s industry. First, some...

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The Bank of Canada (BoC) released its latest Monetary Policy Report (MPR) last week, and the outlook is optimistic. With the economy re-opening, vaccinations on the rise, and supply chains finding relief from the bottleneck they’ve experienced, the future looks promising. What impact does the MPR have on you? What are the implications for mortgages? Let’s take a look at some areas of particular interest. Some general points While the economy may be starting to...

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The pandemic has changed the way we do business. Between home offices and Zoom meetings, our daily engagements have felt a seismic shift. While some of these changes are temporary fixes, others could prove to be the new normal. If you’ve bought or sold a property in the last year, you’ll recognize some of these changes right away. From virtual open houses and appointment-only viewings to online meetings with banks and lawyers, you might question...

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Buying a home is an exciting time in your life.  It’s a monumental occasion, and you should celebrate and enjoy every moment of the experience. But at the same time, there are a lot of new stresses you’ll discover. From trying to find the right space, to bidding and financing, the whole experience is a roller-coaster ride. Once you gain possession of the property, you’re about to start on a whole new adventure as a...

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As a new homeowner, I’m in the process of discovering all that it takes to maintain the up-keep on my house.  Every step of the way is a learning experience, from re-mounting old light fixtures to finding out that the leaky tap requires more than just a new washer. Some problems you can anticipate–like knowing that the old air conditioner might not work when you fire it up in the summer. But some problems you...