Facts about LED lighting

Light-emitting diode (LED) lighting had been used primarily for industrial and commercial applications in the past. There are many good reasons to use LED lighting in the home. How LED works: Instead of emitting light and heat in all directions, an LED light moves electrons through a semiconductor material. It creates light that shines in …

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Living at Home – A New Survey

Coldwell Banker Real Estate Survey Finds Age Groups Disagree Over How Long is Too Long to Live at Home with Parents  Older survey respondents want ‘boomerang kids’ out of the nest within three years after college, while millennials believe up to five years is fine to live with mom and dad. BURLINGTON, ON (Aug. 15, 2013) …

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Canada’s national MLS® forecast stable for 2013, improving in 2014

According to an updated 2013 forecast from The Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA), national sales activity in Canada has held fairly steady after gearing down last August in the wake of changes to mortgage rules that took effect July 9, 2012. The CREA forecast, issued March 15th, indicates that although the number of MLS® sales …

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The Importance of Outdoor Décor

When you’re getting ready to sell your home, you begin to consider all of the things that might make it attractive to potential buyers. Should you renovate the kitchen? Update the bathrooms? Trade the carpets for hardwood? Throw on a fresh coat of paint? On top of all the updates, your realtor will inevitably discuss …

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New Mortgage Rules Coming Next Week…

In recent years, there have been many changes to the mortgage rules. Finance Minister Jim Flaherty has implemented the various changes to prevent a housing bubble (which is just fancy-speak for unsustainable growth and a subsequent crash). The first changes came in 2008, when the federal government limited the maximum amortization period for mortgages to …

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Do your research when choosing a mover

According to John Levi, president of the Canadian Association of Movers (CAM), the following steps can help you have a positive moving experience. Pick three – Choose at least three companies and then check them out. Ask questions and check their reputations through available resources (see below) before settling on one. Match them to the job – …

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