HomeAuthorJamie Quadros

Freelance writer and communications professional at the University of Toronto. He’s an avid cinephile, voracious reader, and a terror at karaoke bars.
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Before you consider how much value a renovated kitchen will add to the value of your home, it’s worth asking yourself why you’re renovating in the first place. Are you hoping to sell in the near future and want to boost the sale price? Or are you planning on making changes to the space to better suit your lifestyle, and want to ensure you’re also adding value? The answers to those questions will make a...

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Integrating “smart home” technology into your life can be a daunting prospect, especially considering the staggering number of options available to you. Every new gadget, appliance, or device comes with affiliations or tech ecosystems they’re designed to work with, turning what should be a straightforward process into a labyrinth of choices. In order to help narrow things down, we’ve put together three smart home setups at three different price points to help you decide where...

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The breakneck pace of technological change has fundamentally affected the way industries operate and innovate, and banking is no exception. Accessing financial services online has been the norm for years now, with nearly 76% of the population using digital channels for most banking transactions. The infrastructure that makes all of this possible, routinely processes massive amounts of sensitive data and needs to constantly evolve to ensure it all remains secure. To gain a better understanding...

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It’s 2019, you’re a millennial, and you keep hearing that Canada’s housing market is beginning to calm down. What does this mean for you? Well, as it turns out—not very much. In fact, for the majority of millennials in Canada, owning a home might be downright impossible regardless of how the market is doing. What’s the situation? Here are some worrying numbers from Statistics Canada and the CREA: In 2017, the average income for someone...

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Whether you’re just starting out or you’ve built your business through word-of-mouth, nowadays, the first place your potential customers will look for you is online. Luckily, building a website for your business has never been easier, thanks to the existence of content-management systems (CMSs) such as WordPress or Squarespace. Creating a professional-looking site is as simple as selecting a template and editing it to your liking. In fact, the whole process is now so intuitive...

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The future is now-ish, if you’re brave enough for it. With Alexa, Google, and Siri becoming household names, we’re right on the cusp of living in futuristic spaces that are equal parts habitation and technological wonder. However, it remains to be seen whether all this emergent technology will elevate us to a shining utopia, or leave us trapped in a Black Mirror episode. Here are a few incredible technological developments popping up on the horizon,...

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Canada is in the midst of having multiple industries demonstrate remarkable growth and potential for investment. In particular, tech firms/startups, cannabis companies, and e-commerce retailers all present interesting implications for real estate leasing, sales, and development. We’ve taken a look at the market implications of those sectors and the directions they’re heading in, and narrowed down a few opportunities worth investigating. Tech firms and startups A steady influx of Silicon Valley heavy-hitters and startups setting...

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So you want to buy a home in Canada, but you’re not interested in paying an arm and a leg to live in Vancouver? We got you covered! Here’s our guide to the most affordable provinces and cities for real estate in Canada. The average cost of a house in Canada was $505,463 as of June 2019. That’s an increase of 1.7% from June 2018. The most expensive provinces to live in: British Columbia remains...

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Proptech is short for “Property Technology”, which broadly refers to the overlap between real estate and technology. It’s an umbrella term for all the innovations in hardware and software that impact how property is managed, occupied, bought and sold. So, which recent developments in the world of technology have the biggest implications for real estate? Here are a few that we think will be particularly interesting in the years to come. Virtual reality (VR) Once...

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If you were in a relationship with online privacy, your Facebook status would be “It’s complicated”. Corny, maybe, but an accurate assessment nonetheless. Online privacy is a complex issue at best and an absolute mess at worst. So what’s the bottom line— does online privacy exist? Well… no, not really. Privacy in the digital sphere is drastically different from the privacy you enjoy and expect in the real world, and you may not be aware...