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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BusinessGoing Global

Mary ChapmanDecember 31, 20198 min

Buying a beach house somewhere to escape winter in Canada is an appealing thought. The fact that our dollar can go a long way in many parts of the world and the idea of purchasing real estate outside of Canada is even more enticing. Whether you are a retiree looking for a way to enjoy the golden years or a young professional who can’t make your budget stretch enough to buy a Canadian home, a...

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The Vancouver Convention Centre’s green roof is the largest in Canada. It is home to 25 different species of plants, all indigenous to the West Coast, for a total of 400,000 plants. With the gravel, topsoil, and plants this roof weighs more than 11 million pounds. Pretty impressive, right? But even if you are a small business owner with a small shop, an eco-roof is a smart investment. Not only does it benefit our planet,...

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Ninty percent of millionaires reached the million-dollar club through real estate investing. The beauty of real estate is that you don’t need any prerequisites to get started. Even first-time commercial real estate investors can be successful. Here is what you need to know to get you started. Do your research The first thing to do before considering a property is to do your homework. There are so many types of options for you to consider:...

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If your income exceeds your bills, you are surviving. If you are able to put some of your income into savings, then you are doing well. Either way, the less you spend on expenses, the better for you and your family. Here are five simple home habits you can start today to help you save money. 1. Change how you shop for groceries One way to save money is to shop less often, say once...

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Depending upon where in Canada you live, electricity can cost you big bucks each year. But the high initial cost of solar panel installation makes many Canadians wonder if it is worth the investment. In this article, we look at each province and territory to examine if solar panels make sense in your area. Cost for panels Contact any solar panel company and they will tell you the cost per watt. The average price of...

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Canadian commercial real estate investment reached $49.3 billion in 2018 — 68.3% above the 10-year average. That was an annual record for the third consecutive year. 2019 is shaping up to be another banner year. It’s statistics like these that lure amateur investors to turn to real estate. Yet, as with any investment, just because the market is strong doesn’t mean that success is guaranteed. We interviewed Leslie Quinsay, the co-owner of a real estate...

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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...