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Best Places In Toronto To Watch Euro 2016

Toronto is famous for being a multicultural city, and at no time is this more on display than during events such as Euro 2016 - the European soccer championships running from June 10 to July 10.Don't...
06/09/2016 12:32 EDT
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500,000 Reasons To Teach Our Kids About Real Estate Now

It's June and school will soon be out for the summer. What better time to teach your kids about... real estate? Why? There's actually more than 500,000 reasons to do so. The number is really 508,097 -- as in dollars, the average price of a home in Canada as of April 2016, according to the Canadian Real Estate Association. This represents a 13.1-per-cent year-over-year price gain. We need to educate our kids about the realities of property ownership before it overwhelms them.
06/03/2016 05:09 EDT
Gregor Schuster

Why Do Apartments ALWAYS Have Parquet?

We all have our deal breakers when it comes to rental flooring. Maybe you hate carpet, maybe you can't deal with linoleum or maybe you despise tile. Me, I hate parquet. And when I say parquet, I mean the cheap generic stuff you find in apartment buildings, not the beautiful 17th century flooring in Versailles. I'm not insane, obviously those floors are gorgeous.
06/01/2016 09:04 EDT
Alamy

House For Sale For $1? Don't Fall For It

Realtor Manjit Singh of HomeLife Superstars Real Estate Ltd., Brokerage, said the home was his own, and wanted to unload it quickly. He earlier had listed the three-bedroom, four-bath house for $899,000, but it didn't sell. This time, he was going to hold a one-day auction on Wednesday, May 18, with bidding starting at $1.
05/24/2016 10:44 EDT
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Home Builders Step Up To Aid In Fort McMurray Recovery

When the Fort McMurray and surrounding community was left reeling from the recent wildfire disaster, it wasn't just Alberta communities, governments and the Canadian Red Cross that pitched in to help out. The home building industry in the province also stepped up to lend a helping hand.
05/18/2016 11:16 EDT
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Why New Low-Rise Home Prices In Ontario May Go Through The Roof

Already testing affordability limits, higher new home prices could be among the unintended consequences of the provincial government's announcement on May 10 that it is proposing changes to four provincial plans that shape how land is used in the Greater Golden Horseshoe -- Canada's fastest-growing urban region, the province's economic engine and the home of the Greenbelt.
05/11/2016 02:03 EDT
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Who's Got Your Back, New-Home Buyers?

New homes and their warranty coverage are increasingly in the news these days, whether because of rising prices or other challenges, and are the subject of some debate. And not all provinces handle new home warranties the same way. The bottom line, no matter where in Canada you're located or who provides the warranty coverage, do you research.
05/09/2016 10:37 EDT
Alamy

Why Student Housing May Be The Next Big Investment Opportunity

University and college enrolment is booming across Canada, and post-secondary institutions are scrambling to keep up by expanding existing buildings and opening new satellite campuses. The challenge is that the scholastic expansion doesn't necessarily extend to student residences, which creates a need in the rental market -- and thus an opportunity for investors.
04/29/2016 09:33 EDT
MediaPunch

Prince's Former Bridle Path Estate Up For Sale

Did Prince write Musicology here? Or Xpectation or N.E.W.S.? If you have the almost $13-million price tag on hand, you can share in the space of creative genius. He had to have written and been inspired in this Bridle Path home, as Prince was a voracious writing force that produced albums almost annually and also wrote hits for others. In fact, I think we can expect a huge library of his unreleased hits in the coming years.
04/26/2016 05:46 EDT
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Pet-Loving Renters Have Rights, Too

Finding a good rental unit for a decent price is hard enough as it is without the added task of finding one that is pet-friendly, too. I can accept that not everyone loves dogs as much as I do, but does that mean they can deny me a nice apartment, charge me a fee or evict me?
04/13/2016 12:08 EDT