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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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Photo credit @joelixjoelix . Not just for Spice Girls fans. Pink and yellow especially are having a big moment, with orange making welcomed guest appearances. They’re bright and optimistic colours that spark joy, and feelings of positivity and empowerment. They are reminiscent of lighter times and convey a sense of nostalgia. It’s no wonder so many body positivity, female empowerment and other inclusive, progressive groups and companies have adopted these colours for their branding and...

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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 nothing like opening the front door or waking up in the morning to be greeted by a wonderful wafting scent. Scents can invigorate, relax, jog your memories, and tap into nostalgia. You can rotate them according to the mood you’re in, the mood you want to be in, the season, time of day, or even the atmosphere or tone you wish to create. With the growing popularity of diffusers and essential oils, there are...

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There are few things that test the bond between people the way co-decorating a space will. You might imagine it to be a wonderful, collaborative exercise in expressing personal taste through home decor, but that’s a rookie mistake. Decorating with a partner is less aesthetic endeavour and more Art of War. Before you create the perfect-looking home, you’ll have to navigate incessant volleys of paint swatches, succulents, and decorative cushions hurled at you figuratively and...

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Canadian cities have the dubious honour of featuring prominently in any discussion of the most expensive property markets in the world, news that shouldn’t be remotely surprising to anyone in the Great White North. The usual suspects—Vancouver and Toronto—appear all over the place of course, but there are quite a few other cities with price tags that may give you pause. Now, while property prices are pretty illuminating by themselves, they don’t quite tell you...

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There’s nothing like scrolling through the Discover page on Instagram and stumbling upon a photo of a space that captivates your imagination and makes you think, I want to live there one day! With so many incredible interior designers, both amateur and professional, it’s easy to get lost in the labyrinth of images. I’ve rounded up ten of my favorite design Instagram accounts to get your creative juices flowing. Maybe you’ll be inspired to switch...

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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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You’ve enjoyed your beautiful garden all summer long. As the cooler months are approaching, you’ll need to spend some time getting your garden and lawn prepped for fall and winter. Here are the garden tasks you should work on over the next three months. Garden tasks to tackle during September The time you spend in your garden in September will pay dividends in the spring. To reduce the number of weeds in your lawn next...

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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...