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As Canada proceeds to ride out the second wave of the pandemic and unemployment rates continue to fluctuate, many property owners across Canada are revisiting their monthly household budgets to eliminate the potential of unnecessary expenses. Given that many homeowners didn’t budget for a pandemic, and the future remains uncertain, there has never been a better time to cut costs and prepare for what might come next. Below are some simple ideas for homeowners to...

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By this point in 2020, the broad beats of this pandemic have been pretty thoroughly played out. While we face continued uncertainty about how much longer we’ll have to live with this virus, the changes it has wrought on our lifestyles and living situations are quite apparent. We now know working and learning remotely are likely going to be prominent parts of the months (perhaps years) to come, even once we’re out of the woods....

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There’s a simple answer to that question, with a somewhat counterintuitive explanation. How has COVID-19 affected housing sales? Well: housing sales have hit record highs, with housing prices closely following suit in July and August. From the looks of things, I’d say that far from hindering the housing market, the pandemic has actually boosted it. While that alone is a remarkable testament to the resilience of the Canadian real estate market, the factors contributing to...

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As we approach the end of 2020, much of the country is still contending with the pandemic. As some provinces approach zero-cases, others are beginning to see daily COVID-19 cases rising at discouraging rates. This has considerable implications for people’s health, livelihood, and homes. Self-isolation and quarantine requirements have made stable (and accessible) accommodation more important than ever – something that has been addressed in different ways across the provinces. In light of that, the...

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The right real estate agent will help you through every step of buying or selling your home. Like any relationship, you want to ask questions, get to know your agent before agreeing to have them work with you.  Let’s take a look at some of the things you should consider when looking for an agent. Where to begin when buying a home When looking for an agent, you want to find an individual who you...

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In the time of COVID, another obstacle has been added to the process of selling your home: being unable to have potential buyers physically visit your property. Even if you are able to invite people inside, the rules and restrictions can turn off potential buyers from visiting. Luckily, we also live in an era when technology keeps us easily connected with one another.  Virtual open houses are a great way of inviting people into your...

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Here’s your challenge: you have a single space that needs to function as an office, classroom, gym, recreation area, kitchen, and dining area all at the same time. What do you do? If that sounds like an impossible proposition to pull-off successfully, that’s because it is – there’s almost no way to make a single space work effectively for all of those functions at the same time. And yet, that’s precisely the predicament so many...

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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. Things unseen The home you want to buy may have a gorgeous skylight, cathedral ceilings and a huge master bedroom.  But the home’s...

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I’ve got good news and bad news. The bad news is: we’re not getting any younger. The good news is: we’re not going away anytime soon, either, as life expectancy for Canadians is higher than ever before! At least, I think that’s good news—check back with me in 2050 and let’s see how we all feel about it. Globally, we’ve hit astoundingly high population numbers for people aged 65+, exceeding a threshold of 672 million...

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Flying during COVID-19, even at the busiest airports, means no line ups, no crowds and a quick jaunt through security. Yet, as travel restrictions lift and people have had enough of staying at home, numbers will begin to surge. What does flying during COVID-19 look like now and what will it look like in the future? Here’s how air travel is changing in response to coronavirus. Moving through the airport At this time last year,...