Congratulations! You’re moving into your first place and it’s time to start loading up on essentials. Figuring out the essentials for every room can be a bit overwhelming, so it’s best to take things one room at a time. The kitchen is a great place to start, since you’ll need to be nourished as you get settled in your new place.

From brûlée torches to dish drying racks, what exactly is considered “essential” in the kitchen? With hundreds of gadgets, tools, and appliances on the market it can be hard to make those decisions. Things like dishes and drinkware are the obvious choices, but there are plenty of others you’ll want to have on hand. 

Whether you’re a student moving into residence, or a young adult moving into your first apartment, this…

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Real estate deals should continue through the fall and prices should increase an average five per cent across the country, according to a market survey by RE/MAX.

“As our brokers and agents predict, the fall market activity is expected to remain steady, which is promising, despite the ongoing challenges presented by the Delta variant,” says Christopher Alexander, senior vice -president, RE/MAX Canada. 

Single-detached homes experienced the biggest price gains when comparing 2021* to 2020 data, rising between 6.8 and 27.3 per cent across 26 markets surveyed in the report. RE/MAX brokers and agents expect this trend to continue into the fall, driven by strong demand by young families.

“This is…

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Don’t Tackle Selling Your Home on Your Own – an Agent Can Help

 If you’re looking to maximize your sale and minimize your effort, you need to work with a real estate professional. In a sellers’ market like today’s, it can be tempting to list your house on your own – known as For Sale By Owner (FSBO). But the truth is, a real estate professional can save you time and money by managing every step of the process, from pricing your home to reviewing documents and handling negotiations.

Before you decide to sell your house on your own, here are five reasons why working with an agent is your best bet to maximize the sale of your home.

1. First impressions are everything – and an agent knows how to make a great one.

Prepping a house for sale requires a significant amount of time and effort, even though…

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After more than 18 months of working from home, the Canadian workforce is expected to return to offices across the country in some capacity in the near future. This includes new or growing businesses looking to set down roots in a physical workspace for meetings and day-to-day operations.

While there’s been a lot of uncertainty around making long-term office plans during the pandemic, companies are now starting to make decisions about the type of space they need.

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By Meghan Belnap

Condo living can be an amazing experience, especially if you’re new to the real estate market. Condos provide an opportunity for private ownership without a lot of the maintenance associated with single family homes. If you want to own your home, but have a busy schedule, it could be a great option for you.

Related: Looking to Rent a Condo? 4 Factors to Consider in Your Search

Condos can also come with the benefits of amenities and a great location. However, there are drawbacks to any kind of housing you may choose, including issues that come up when you’re living with others under one roof. Here are a few common issues that potential condo owners should take into consideration:

On-Site Construction

If you’re…

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Canada’s housing market is seeing a “high degree of vulnerability,” in the face of continued price acceleration and overvaluation.

In its Q3-2021 Housing Market Assessment, the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) stated that a high degree of market vulnerability has been created at the national level as a reflection of “problematic conditions,” detected in several local markets within Ontario and Eastern Canada.

Between CMHC’s March 2021 and September 2021 reports, the rating of national market vulnerability escalated from “moderate” to “high.” The corporation explained that high vulnerability means that the market is more susceptible to a potential downturn that would result in greater…

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Trees are prominent features for both residential and commercial properties. Owners have a responsibility to understand and properly maintain the trees on their land – especially if they are shared with or may impact neighbouring land.

Tree trespassing, often referred to as nuisance trees, occurs when the roots, branches, shedding debris or actions of an owner of a border tree interferes or causes damage to a neighbouring property. Neighbours who have a tree trespassing on their property are legally entitled to remove any offending parts of the tree. The neighbour can cut the roots, branches or shedding debris of the trespassing tree without consent from the owner of the property on which the tree lives.

It is important to understand the…

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The rate of growth for housing prices across the country has notably dropped compared to the earlier, more hectic market months of 2021.

In a recent monthly housing market update report, senior RBC economist Robert Hogue noted that the housing market has “calmed down considerably this summer,” which is taking the pressure off of Canadian housing prices.

Although home prices are still on the rise, the pace of appreciation is less than what it was prior to the summer. For the past three months, the average rate of increase was 0.8 per cent month-to-month, a noticeable difference from the first quarter of 2021 when the average rate was 2.6 percent monthly. The rate of price appreciation during the last three months is…

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On October 6, RE/MAX affiliates around the world will give back and strengthen their local communities.

Worlds apart but always connected, RE/MAX affiliates around the globe will participate in the inaugural Global RE/MAX Day.

The RE/MAX network’s nearly 140,000 agents in more than 110 countries and territories are invited to participate in the networkwide day of service, designed to give back to the communities in which they live and work. The first Global RE/MAX Day is being held on Wednesday, October 6.

“RE/MAX affiliates build community with their work every day. On October 6, RE/MAX affiliates will strengthen those same communities through acts of service,” says Shawna Gilbert, RE/MAX…

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Popular outrage at the soaring price of Canadian housing has a fix that almost no one is talking about — certainly not those aspiring to be Canada's prime minister.

While they have not framed it specifically as a method of curbing Canada's property sector, central bankers are the exception to that rule. Bank of Canada governor Tiff Macklem insists he is preparing to push a lever expected to have a real effect on the escalating price of houses: hiking interest rates.

People with a stake in Canada's diverse housing sector, including homeowners, investors and those aspiring to buy, will be paying close attention to Wednesday's latest data from the Canadian Real Estate Association.

They will also be watching Canada's inflation numbers coming…

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