If you rent, you know how important it is to stretch your monthly budget in order to get a place you love. The line between 'wants and needs' must be clearly drawn, and once you have your budget, it's time to make the most of it. RentSeeker... is here to help you stretch that budget with 10 tips to save you money so you can maximize your housing budget and find an apartment you'll be excited to call home.
It's amazing to think we all started in the same place -- the sandbox. Remember that place where we were collectively open to new rascals joining in, new ways, new toys, and new energy? Then we got "all grown up." And for whatever reason, that sense of acceptance, of openness, sense of being human has...well, it's not the same. How did we lose our way?
Warning: before you take in the final performance of Vancouver Opera's La Boheme, some Prozac may be required. It helped me drift back to my own bohemian existence, many moons ago, when I lived in a Parisian garret in St Germain des pres. I had almost no possessions, no telephone -- I also busked on weekends in le Marais, singing gypsy songs and Leonard Cohen ballads.
A common misconception about Habitat is that our homes are a handout, but what we actually provide is affordable homeownership, with low-income partner families repaying the full market value of their home over time. Last year, the lives of 227 families struggling to break the cycle of poverty began to be transformed as they moved into Habitat homes built in communities across Canada. Homeownership can change lives.
Not being able to access affordable home ownership is a major barrier to Canada's most vulnerable families getting ahead. Over the past decades, the wealth of Canadian renters went from being 20 times less than that of homeowners in 1969 to a startling 70 times less when this measure was last taken in 1999.