Add Value To Your Home With These 9 DIY Improvements

By: Colin Campbell

Add Value To Your Home With These 9 DIY Improvements

Tags: DYI Projects, Home Value, Curb Appeal, Home Upgrades, Home Updates, Smart Technology, Landscaping, Refresh, Updates, Fixtures, Window Treatments, Closet Organizers, Bathrooms

Whether you’re prepping your house to go on the market or looking for ways to maximize its long-term appreciation, these nine home improvement projects are great ways to add function, beauty, and real value to your home.   The best part is, once you’ve secured the materials, most of these renovations can be completed over the course of a weekend. And they don’t require a lot...Read More

Is Now a Good Time to Buy or Sell Real Estate?

By: Colin Campbell

Is Now a Good Time to Buy or Sell Real Estate?

Tags: Real Estate, Home Buyers, Home Sellers, Economics , Personal Finance

Traditionally, spring is one of the busiest times of the year for real estate. But the coronavirus outbreak—and subsequent stay-at-home orders—led many buyers and sellers to put their moving plans on hold. In April, sales volume fell to its lowest level since 1984, according to the Canadian Real Estate Association.1   However, while sales have fallen, prices have remained stable. ...Read More

20 Ways to Save Money and Stretch Your Household Budget

By: Colin Campbell

20 Ways to Save Money and Stretch Your Household Budget

Tags: Budget, Save Money, Personal Finances, Food, Grocery Shopping, Cutting Costs, Tips To Save

  These days, it seems like everyone’s looking for ways to cut costs and stretch their income further. Fortunately, there are some simple steps you can take to reduce your household expenses without making radical changes to your standard of living. When combined, these small adjustments can add up to significant savings each month. Here are 20 things you can start doing today to lower...Read More

#StayHome: How to Create Functional Spaces in Your Home  During the Coronavirus Outbreak

By: Colin Campbell

#StayHome: How to Create Functional Spaces in Your Home During the Coronavirus Outbreak

Tags: Stay Home, Stay Safe, Stay Connected, Social Distancing, In This Together, Work From Home, Home Schooling

Since the outbreak of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), many of us are spending a lot more time at home. We’re all being called upon to avoid public spaces and practice social distancing to help slow the spread of this infectious disease. While it can be understandably challenging, there are ways you can modify your home and your lifestyle to make the best of this difficult situation.  ...Read More

Top 5 Home Design Trends for a New Decade

By: Colin Campbell

Top 5 Home Design Trends for a New Decade

Tags: Design, Trends, Renovation, Style, Decor, Colour, Furniture

Whether you’re planning a simple refresh or a full-scale renovation, it’s important to stay up-to-date on the latest trends in home design. Sellers who make tasteful updates can generate increased buyer interest and, in some cases, a premium selling price. And buyers should consider which features of a home will need updating immediately (or in the near future) so they can factor renov...Read More

Take Advantage of Your Home Equity: A Homeowner’s Guide

By: Colin Campbell

Take Advantage of Your Home Equity: A Homeowner’s Guide

Tags: Real Estate, Home Buyers, Home Sellers, Economics, Personal Finance, Equity, Wealth

Homeownership offers many advantages over renting, including a stable living environment, predictable monthly payments, and the freedom to make modifications. Neighborhoods with high rates of homeownership have less crime and more civic engagement. Additionally, studies show that homeowners are happier and healthier than renters, and their children do better in school.1   But one of the bigge...Read More

2020 Outlook: Real Estate Market Forecast

By: Colin Campbell

2020 Outlook: Real Estate Market Forecast

Tags: 2020, Market Forecast, Housing, 2020 Outlook

After a two year slump, the future's looking bright again for Canadian real estate. Economists expect positive growth in the national housing market in 2020, supported by low mortgage rates, a solid job market, and a rising population.   In fact, in a recent report, RBC Economics called 2019 a “turning point for Canada’s housing market.”1 To understand why—and wher...Read More

Gifts and Gadgets for Every Room in the House

By: Colin Campbell

Gifts and Gadgets for Every Room in the House

Tags: Gift Ideas, Smart Home, Gadgets, Holidays, Holiday Season, Holiday Shopping,Tech Gifts, Dream Home

Are you searching for new and innovative gift ideas this holiday season? If so, check out our list of the hottest home technology offerings. We’ve selected a few of our favourites for every room in the house.   These smart systems and devices add comfort, convenience, and a “cool factor” that will delight your friends and family.  So think about who you know that loves ...Read More

5 Steps to Finding Your Next Home

By: Colin Campbell

5 Steps to Finding Your Next Home

Tags: Real Estate, Housing, Personal Finance, Home Buyers, Home Sellers

STEP 1: Set Your Goals and Priorities   The first step to finding your ideal home is determining WHY you want to move. Do you need more space? Access to better schools? Less maintenance? Or are you tired of throwing money away on rent when you could be building equity? Pinpointing the reasons why you want to move can help you assess your priorities for your home search.   Don’t for...Read More

National Snapshot: How’s the Real Estate Market?

By: Colin Campbell

National Snapshot: How’s the Real Estate Market?

Tags: Real Estate, Housing, Personal Finance, Economics, Investing, Mortgage

The Canadian real estate market is heating up again! After a cooldown in 2018, economists predicted a modest rebound this year. However, the housing market has exceeded expectations with total national sales volume on the rise since March. July sales were up 3.5% from the previous month and 12.6% higher than last year.1 So what triggered this faster-than-expected turnaround and renewed market ac...Read More