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Can’t decide if you should renovate or rebuild? Here’s what you should consider

Posted: Sat, 19 Jan 2019 09:00:00 EST
When you embark on a large renovation project to add more space, you should ask yourself if you require an addition or a complete tear down and rebuild, writes Dave Wilkes.

Two heads may be better than one in selling the family cottage: Ask Joe

Posted: Sat, 19 Jan 2019 09:00:00 EST
You can list your cottage with more than one brokerage — the arrangement you described is known as a co-listing agreement — but you may have to shop around to find two real estate brokerages who will agree to it, writes Joe Richer.

'People are asking for millions': Inside the legally fraught mad scramble to woo Ontario's pot lottery winners - Financial Post

Posted: Fri, 18 Jan 2019 12:31:00 GMT
'People are asking for millions': Inside the legally fraught mad scramble to woo Ontario's pot lottery winners  Financial PostA web of lawyers, consultants, investors and entrepreneurs are working around the clock to design and facilitate complex deals between many of the 25 largely ...

All But Two Canadian Real Estate Markets Have Fallen From Peak Prices - Better Dwelling

Posted: Fri, 18 Jan 2019 10:10:00 GMT
All But Two Canadian Real Estate Markets Have Fallen From Peak Prices  Better DwellingCanadian real estate prices are starting to take a breather, after an epic run. Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA) numbers show prices across the country ...

‘Idiotic’ Toronto policy stymies mayor’s affordable housing plan

Posted: Fri, 18 Jan 2019 09:00:00 EST
City’s rules force a landlord to close one of his affordable units, therefore resulting in an eviction. This is exactly the kind of policy that frustrates the mayor’s goal of creating 40,000 affordable housing units, writes Bob Aaron.

Stately home in Toronto’s Bedford Park neighbourhood blends modern design with traditional: Home of the Week

Posted: Fri, 18 Jan 2019 08:00:00 EST
This stately home’s exterior is a blend of modern and traditional with a red brick, stone and stucco façade, a large contemporary front window and a peaked roofline. As well, there is an oversized, single-car built-in garage.

Great gardens are first grown between your ears

Posted: Fri, 18 Jan 2019 06:00:00 EST
Wintertime garden planning should include using your imagination and experience to plot out, among other things, how to do well by the environment and create some bird havens, write Mark Cullen and Ben Cullen.

Ontario MPPs Discreetly Hike Their Own Housing Allowance 20% - HuffPost Canada

Posted: Thu, 17 Jan 2019 21:48:00 GMT
Ontario MPPs Discreetly Hike Their Own Housing Allowance 20%  HuffPost CanadaTORONTO — Ontario legislators have quietly increased their rental housing allowances by around 20 per cent arguing that they've been paying out of their own ...

Canadian homes aren’t prepared for catastrophes: University of Waterloo study - Global News

Posted: Thu, 17 Jan 2019 20:25:00 GMT
Canadian homes aren’t prepared for catastrophes: University of Waterloo study  Global NewsA coast-to-coast study finds Canadians aren't keeping up with the need to protect their homes against catastrophic events made more common by climate ...

Mortgage rates expected to ease as economy slows - Toronto Star

Posted: Thu, 17 Jan 2019 20:08:20 GMT
Mortgage rates expected to ease as economy slows  Toronto StarRBC lowers the rate for its 5-year fixed mortgage with other banks expected to follow suit.
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