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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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Five major cyber threats to real estate businesses While many industries have struggled to navigate the changes brought on by the pandemic, the real estate industry has continued to thrive. Although real estate has found ways to combat many of the unforeseen threats of COVID-19, cyber risks continue to be a heightened concern. Remote business operations have presented new digital vulnerabilities that, if left unprotected, can have disastrous and costly consequences on Canadian real estate...

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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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The breakneck pace of technological change has fundamentally affected the way industries operate and innovate, and banking is no exception. Accessing financial services online has been the norm for years now, with an overwhelming majority of the population using digital channels for most banking transactions. The infrastructure that makes all of this possible, routinely processes massive amounts of sensitive data and needs to constantly evolve to ensure it all remains secure. To gain a better...

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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...