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Cottage succession: Avoiding the bites and burns

June 21, 2019

Inheriting a cottage is an enviable situation. However, there are potential pitfalls that go beyond black flies and sunburns. Unexpected costs can be significant, including probate fees, capital gains tax and land transfer tax. Elaine Blades, director for estate and trust products and services at Scotia Private Client Group, says there are ...

Green leads in nature-friendly housing

June 9, 2019

Most people associate "cutting edge" with technological advances. At Adera's Green development, the term also relates to building and living integrity. "We began three to five years ago getting involved with environmental 'green' programs." says Norm Couttie, vice-president of Adera. With the Adera-developed building on University of B.C.'s ...

Quiet zone

June 8, 2019

Simple steps during construction deliver the joys of peace. There's a certain kind of mania that sets in during home renovations or new construction, and unless you resist it, you'll probably end up with a much noisier house than you bargained for. Building sound-resistant construction features into walls and floors seems so insignificant in ...

Net Zero bonus

June 6, 2019

A dozen demonstration homes across the country to prove benefits of going green. Imagine a house that can monitor the outside temperature and weather forecast before deploying the window awnings or divert excess heat coming off the rooftop solar panels to run the clothes dryer. That house, called EcoTerra, opened last week in Quebec, the ...

Dealing with an eyesore next door

June 1, 2019

In a buyer's market, curb appeal -- yours and the neighborhood's -- becomes even more important. Fresh paint, a new front door and colorful landscaping often are sure-fire ways to tease potential buyers over the threshold of a home for sale. But in some cases, no matter how perfect your pansies, nothing can draw their gaze past the ...

What condo purchasers need to watch for

May 25, 2019

Ask anyone who has bought a new condominium suite recently and they will tell you: (a) it is not like buying a house, (b) it is not like buying a resale condo, and (c) unless you are prepared, the cost of closing the deal will make your knees tremble. So, what should neophytes know about buying that 485-square-foot gem in the heart of the club ...

8 houseplants that clean up indoor air

May 22, 2019

When we think of poor air quality, we often picture smoggy cityscapes and jam-packed highways, but there’s another place where we should be focusing our attention on air pollution: our own homes. Due to the airtight nature of many houses and apartments today, as well as chemical off-gassing in new constructions (which can last for months), ...

Six signs it's time to buy a house

May 17, 2019

If you've been considering buying a house but you're still unsure, consider some of the personal and economic conditions that favor home purchases. If you find that a number of these signs ring true for you, it might be time to contact a real estate agent and start shopping. 1. You're Ready to Commit First and foremost, if you're not ready ...

Demise of the detached house? No end in sight for rising cost of single family homes

May 7, 2019

If it seems like high-rise condominium units are keep getting smaller and affordable single family homes are getting harder to find, it’s true. Data from RealNet Canada Inc. for Toronto, to be released Wednesday, paints a grim picture for buyers hoping to avoid condominium living in favour of a low-rise home. It’s a trend that the chief ...

Build a Profitable Business with a Solid Growth Strategy

April 10, 2019

Identifying, creating, developing, and following through on a solid growth strategy is like writing a book report. Getting started is always the hardest part. Building your business by design requires a developed plan. That plan serves as the compass to guide your course of action. If the plan is effective, it leads to the kind of ...
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