HomeAuthorMary Chapman

Graduated from the University of Toronto with an Honors BA English Specialization and has completed several publishing courses at Ryerson University. She is a proofreader, editor, and content writer based in London, Ontario.
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Buying and selling a home is an exciting experience. But it can also be stressful. The process is easier with a good real estate agent on your side who will help you navigate buying and selling for the best price. But with so many brokerages and agents across Canada, finding the right one can be a daunting task. Here are a few tips to help you choose the right real estate agent. Meet with several...

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Canada’s commercial property boom is well underway in 2019. It’s no doubt helped by a short supply of properties and the lowest unemployment rate in four decades. Toronto (1.3%) and Vancouver (1.5%) posted the lowest industrial vacancy rates in North America in 2018 and are projected to rank among the tightest three markets this year. These 10 cities in Canada are leading in terms of investment prospects according to PWC: Toronto Vancouver Montreal Ottawa Quebec City...

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The smart appliance industry is going to reach $37.2 billion by 2020. That means we are bound to see a new wave of smart tech we just can’t live without. Here is what you can expect to see popping up in more homes in 2020. Steam ovens One of the biggest appliance trends you’ll see more of in 2020 is steam ovens. These smart appliances let you get the health benefit of steamed foods without the...

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A home inspection isn’t a legal requirement when you buy a home in Canada. Yet, it’s certainly a wise decision for the largest purchase you will likely ever make. Here are five reasons why you should opt for a home inspection when buying a home, even if it is a brand-new build. 1.    Things unseen The home you want to buy may have a gorgeous skylight, cathedral ceilings and a huge master bedroom.  But the...

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There’s a lot of pressure on big corporations and the government to respond to the climate emergency our planet is in. But you don’t have to wait for people in high places to make changes. There are many things you can do to make your home more eco-friendly and make a difference. Read on to learn how to reduce your carbon footprint. Home energy monitors In order to figure out how to make your home...

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There are more than 120,000 members of the Canadian Real Estate Association. In Greater Vancouver, the number of agents increased by 23% in the five-year period of 2012-2017. In Toronto, there is one real estate agent for every 96 adults under the age of 70. More Canadians are starting careers in real estate than ever before. Part of the appeal is no doubt due to the portrayal of realtors on TV shows. Some people think real...

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PropTech has been a trending buzzword in the real estate space for the past several years. But actually, PropTech goes back as far as the 1980s. In this blog post, we take a look at the three waves of PropTech and what you can expect in 2020 and beyond. Early wave of PropTech (1980-2000) During this first wave of PropTech, we saw a spike in the use of software tools for various industry needs such...

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Social media is an essential marketing tool for any business. Yet launching into the social media landscape can feel overwhelming for busy mortgage brokers. In fact, social media doesn’t have to take up a lot of time in your day. And you don’t have to be a marketing whiz to implement social media efforts that pay off. Here are five tips for mortgage brokers: Update your LinkedIn profile LinkedIn is so much more than an...

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As we increasingly move towards online-based transactions, cyber criminals are finding new and creative ways to steal money. So, what can you do to make sure you don’t fall prey to these malicious attacks? Here are the most common types of real estate fraud schemes and some ways that you can safeguard yourself. Wire fraud One of the most common types of real estate fraud is wire fraud. Fraudsters send you an email or text...

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As we head into the final months of 2019, it’s a good opportunity to reflect on what has been going on in the commercial real estate market and what we can expect in the year to come. The office market In Vancouver and Toronto, the office market continues to see an unprecedented need for office space. That’s especially true of both cities’ downtown core. In Toronto, we are seeing a huge demand from finance companies....