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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,...

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Quite soon, many office workers are going back to the workplace after a long separation. For those who have taken maternity leave, sabbatical, or a break in between roles, going back to work can sometimes feel daunting. This time around you won’t be the singled out “new person” – everyone will be in the same boat, restarting together. Overnight, almost everyone had to become remote employees, and Zoom fatigue suddenly became a real symptom. Depending...

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Canada is a vast and wondrous place with many unique vistas but since the middle of March, most of our exploration of it has been confined to the outer edges of our backyard, or for the more adventurous among us, the outer edges of our neighbourhood. By now many of us are probably eager to expand our horizons. But how? And how far? It’s probably safe to say that not many are willing to hop...

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Fraud related to COVID-19 pandemic on the rise. Canadians have seen everything from phoney fundraisers and products to sham testing kits and door-to-door solicitations. The aim of these scams is either to get money, steal your personal information or install malware on your device. Here’s how to avoid being scammed. Prominent scams to be aware of The most widely spread scam in Canada related to COVID-19 has to do with face masks. Fraudsters have been...

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It’s time to break out the face masks (if you haven’t already). During the early days of Covid-19 health officials said there was no need for the general public to wear face masks to protect against the spread of coronavirus. But now, we know that wearing non-medical masks coupled with physical distancing can help stop the transmission of the virus. On May 20, Canada’s chief public health officer, Theresa Tam, said that “use of non-medical...