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Homeowner Talk: Home Renovation Horror Stories

Posted 05.15.2017 | Canada Living

The home renovation business is booming. In Canada alone, construction trends have been hedging towards fixer-uppers instead of breaking new ground. B...

5 Ways To Simplify Your Banking

Posted 05.08.2017 | Canada Living

Banking can be stressful for those of us who aren't financially savvy. But tackling your banking head-on allows you to simplify your life and reduce your overall stress.

Your Mortgage Renewal Checklist

Posted 05.03.2017 | Canada Living

For many Canadians, their monthly mortgage payment is their largest expense. And so, when it comes time to renew your mortgage there are many things t...

Your Lazy Instincts Can Help Get You Organized

Allison Weigensberg | Posted 05.01.2017 | Canada Business
Allison Weigensberg

We all have inherently lazy tendencies. Well, at least everyone I've ever met does. It's not necessarily a bad thing or something to be ashamed of. It just is what it is We all want to do less work with better results. And I think that's a really good thing. It is actually what drives my whole business: the philosophy of working smarter and not harder.

More Than A Rate: Other Things You Should Consider When Getting A Mortgage

Posted 04.27.2017 | Canada Living

Finding a great mortgage rate can help make the dream of real estate ownership a reality, but it's not the only important thing to consider when finan...

5 Ways To Make Your Home Decor Spring To Life On A Budget

Sari Friedman | Posted 04.04.2017 | Canada Living
Sari Friedman

Spring is the perfect time to open the windows and freshen up your home -- as well as your decor. From deciding on what colour to paint your bedroom to finding the best deals on your favourite art pieces, decorating a home can be an exciting process for many homeowners and renters alike.

5 Things You Need To Know About Toy Organization

Allison Weigensberg | Posted 03.28.2017 | Canada Parents
Allison Weigensberg

I absolutely love organizing toys, I find it one of the most satisfying projects. I also absolutely hate organizing toys, because it can be soooo frustrating. I feel like if you're a parent and reading this you know exactly what I'm talking about.

The Definitive Guide To Working Out At Home

Kia Khadem | Posted 02.08.2017 | Canada Living
Kia Khadem

Working out at home might be just what you need to get back into the workout groove if work or life has started to get in the way. The convenience, privacy and comfort it offers kick a ton of "can't workout because X" excuses in the can and lets you take control of your health on your own time.

6 Life-Changing Organizing Habits To Embrace Now

Allison Weigensberg | Posted 01.23.2017 | Canada Living
Allison Weigensberg

January is GO Month, as in "Get Organized". Every year the goal of getting organized makes it's way onto the top of resolution lists, so it makes sense that GO Month is the first month of the year. But as the novelty and enthusiasm of everyone's New Year's resolutions slowly begin to fade I wanted to share some simple habits that you can introduce now, that will help you to stay organized all year long.

Keep Your New Year's Eve Party Hygienic

Jason Tetro | Posted 12.28.2016 | Canada Living
Jason Tetro

2012-05-28-GermGuyBanner.jpg In Canada, the December marks the arrival of several infectious respiratory viruses, such as the dreaded influenza virus. Depending on what part of the country you call home, other names such as rhinovirus, adenovirus, respiratory syncytial virus, coronavirus, and human metapneumovirus are circulating amongst the population.

Top Trends For Kitchens This Fall

Sacha DeVoretz | Posted 11.18.2016 | Canada Living
Sacha DeVoretz

I love watching all those home improvement TV shows. They show how with a few improvements here and there, you can really bring some brightness to your home.

5 Insanely Easy Ways To Transform Your Tiny Closet

Allison Weigensberg | Posted 10.25.2016 | Canada Living
Allison Weigensberg

Declutter. Even if you think that you only have what you absolutely need in the space, do it again. Try to minimize the excess... When you have a small space it is especially important to save room for only what you really need, really love and really use.

5 Hacks To Unlock The Hidden Storage In Your Home

Allison Weigensberg | Posted 09.15.2016 | Canada Living
Allison Weigensberg

I often say that there is no magic wand to get you organized. And there isn't. But there are a few tricks you can use to maximize the space that you already have that can seem like magic (kind of). I recently reorganized a client's kitchen and we cleared out no less than eight junk drawers.

Top 4 Investments You'll Want To Do Before You Sell Your Home

Carmelo Marsala | Posted 09.09.2016 | Canada Business
Carmelo Marsala

Now is the time for homeowners interested in selling and looking for ways to catch the eyes of potential buyers to capitalize on above average market levels. If you're one of those people looking to sell and get the most value possible for your home, here are a few investment ideas worth considering before you put your property up for sale.

How To Create The Perfect Reading Nook

Simone Katerine | Posted 09.09.2016 | Canada Living
Simone Katerine

Taking time to slow down and treat myself to new stories, perspectives and ideas, feels incredible. As someone with a naturally anxious mind, reading is my go-to reset button. Whenever things get foggy in my brain, I can always focus on someone else's words for a few minutes. Re-set. Repeat.

Your Reusable Water Bottle Is Filthy

The Huffington Post Canada | Joy D'Souza | Posted 08.12.2016 | Canada Living

And it can make you very sick.

Why Refinancing Your Mortgage May Be A Smart Bet

Samantha Brookes | Posted 05.25.2016 | Canada Business
Samantha Brookes

There are several reasons to think about refinancing your home. The most common include gaining access to the equity in your home and/or reducing debt, making renovations or major repairs and life-changing events -- and of course to take advantage of low interest rates.

No Rhyme Or Reason Behind Canadian Family's Ordeal In Egypt

Nadia Abu-Zahra | Posted 05.25.2016 | Canada Politics
Nadia Abu-Zahra

Swept up in the dream of democracy, it seemed, her hubby took a consulting role. But the civil service in which he served was as short-lived as a drumroll. No sooner had he turned 34 (on his birthday, no less) that he was slammed in jail by a general who ruled the state under duress.

Home Office Decor For Tiny Spaces

Inessa Radostin | Posted 05.11.2017 | Canada Living
Inessa Radostin

Recently I have had the pleasure to start working from the comfort of my home and while working in an office environment can be thrilling and stimulating, being able to stay in your pajamas and sweatpants with ketchup stains on them is much more exciting. However, creating a home office space in a small condo is no small task. Here's what the experience has taught me.

A Sustainability Game For Earth Day

Carl Duivenvoorden | Posted 04.23.2017 | Canada Living
Carl Duivenvoorden

If you missed International Games Day -- held each November to promote fun, camaraderie and learning through the playing of games of all types -- don't despair. Here's a simple way to combine the fun and learning of International Games Day with the sustainability focus of Earth Day.

The Bigger The House, The More Clutter Collects

David Leonhardt | Posted 04.21.2017 | Canada Living
David Leonhardt

Before kids came along, we were living in an 850-square-foot condo in downtown Toronto. That included my home office. We were not crowded there. Yet here we are, in a 3,000 square foot house, and it seems that "stuff" collects everywhere. It feels more crowded.

How To Avoid "FOMO" When Buying A New Home

David Lester | Posted 04.20.2017 | Canada Living
David Lester

Many people are rushing into the housing market due to FOMO (Fear of missing out) and there could be some BIG consequences when interest rates go up. There is a good news bad news scenario to buying right now and everyone in the housing market needs to know what to expect. Before you rush in, here is the good and the bad to buying right now.

I'm Not Ready To Let Go Of My Memory-Filled Saskatoon Home

Jacki Andre | Posted 03.16.2017 | Canada Living
Jacki Andre

Last fall, a guy came knocking on my door. He had purchased the derelict house next door and wondered if I would sell my not-so-derelict house as well. I would be lying if I said I wasn't tempted. The housing market in Saskatoon isn't strong. A friend has had her house on the market for four months and hasn't had a single offer.

Programs, Rebates And Credits For First-Time Home Buyers

Jennifer Gorman | Posted 03.16.2017 | Canada Business
Jennifer Gorman

Along with longer days, warmer temperatures, and blooming buds, spring also tends to bring an increase in real estate sales. If you are planning on taking the plunge into home ownership for the first time, you may qualify for a number of programs, credits, and rebates.

5 Things To Think About When Organizing Your Entryway

Allison Weigensberg | Posted 03.11.2017 | Canada Living
Allison Weigensberg

Call it what you want, the vestibule, mudroom, foyer, it's the first impression you have of a home and if you don't have a good organizational system setup that works for you and your family you will constantly be fighting a losing battle. Much like any other room that needs organizing there are many factors that come into play that will help determine what is going to work for you.