Show me the money! Luxury house sales hit new records across Canada

As reported in the Toronto Star, sales of luxury homes hit record levels in more than two-thirds of Canadian cities last year — including Toronto — thanks to surging stock markets, renewed consumer confidence and shortage of enough showcase homes to meet demand, according to a new report by ReMax realty.

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10 clever single-day home improvement projects has a great blog with photos on one-day DIY home improvement projects. There are some neat ideas here and useful for anybody owning a home.

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This student-designed portable home may be the most beautiful tiny house we’ve seen

As blogged on, students in the Renewable Energy and Ecological Design (REED) program at Vermont’s Green Mountain College just made us all look lazy by designing and building a tiny home that’s part wooden chestnut and part stained-glass cathedral.

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14 real estate terms you should be familiar with

As blogged on, whether you are trying to buy or sell a home (or do both!), you need to familiarize yourself with the lingo.

You don’t want industry jargon to confuse you and keep you from missing something crucial. Here are 14 real estate buzzwords to keep you in the know.

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5 Power tools that changed how we DIY

As blogged on, certain tools have been game changers for us. Some were particularly confidence boosting. Some were the gateway drug (or saw). And most are now things that we can’t do without. So without further ado, I present to you: 5 Power Tools That Changed How We DIY.

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What renovations will add the most value to your home in 2014?

Remodeling magazine in the United States has released their annual Cost vs. Value Report for 2014. Though the information is based for America, I would suspect it would pretty much be the same findings in Canada.

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5 "Upgrades" that may actually lower your home’s value

As blogged on, for the most part, people make upgrades and renovations to their homes specifically because doing so can increase resale value. It’s one of the best ways to prepare a home for the market—that is, if you take the right route. What often goes overlooked is the fact that certain renovations can actually cause more harm than good, lowering a home’s resale value and thus unnecessarily costing the homeowner a great deal of money. It’s one of the oldest issues in real estate, and it can be difficult to avoid.

Understanding which projects are likely to actually lower instead of increase your home’s resale value is the first step towards not making these common mistakes yourself. Here are five projects to stay away from.

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DIY toilet remove and install tips

As blogged on, toilets last a long time, but sooner or later your bathroom throne will lose its regal luster and need replacement. While you can repair a toilet, replacing an old water guzzler with a water saving toilet will save thousands of gallons a year and can pay for itself over time.

Read on to find out how to remove an aging toilet and install a new one that’s fit for the king or queen of your home.

Was someone murdered in your home before you bought it? New website may be able to tell you

As reported on, would you want to know if someone had been murdered inside your home before you owned it? Or if the former tenant was tending to marijuana plants in what’s now your living room? Well one website is hoping to give you, and everyone else, the answer. is a hub of “stigmatized” homes, listing homes where people have died, drugs have been grown or sold and even if a famous person used to live there.

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De-clutter: Tips to reduce your "stuff" by 10% this weekend

As blogged on, here are some great tips for de-cluttering your “stuff”. We are a society of accumulation and sometimes it gets out-of-hand.

So if you have some time this weekend, here is a Spring-cleaning project for you.

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Garage storage solution tips

As blogged on, you can drop a lot of cash on garage storage systems. Shelves, tool racks, special hooks, and other odds and ends can really add up. Our homemade system gives you the versatility of those store-bought systems without the big price tag. Our materials cost for the whole system you see here, covering 16 ft. of wall, was only a few hundred dollars. It’ll be even cheaper if you have scrap plywood and other common materials lying around.

This system is so simple and fast to build that even a beginning DIYer can complete it in a weekend. You’ll find everything you need at home centers or hardware stores. And the system is completely customizable to your specific garage and gear—you can easily move or add accessories by driving in a few screws. Transform your cluttered garage into one so organized you’ll be the envy of the neighborhood.

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4 things you get when hiring a good professional real estate agent

As blogged on, are you thinking of selling your home? Are you dreading having to deal with strangers walking through the house? Are you concerned about getting the paperwork correct? Hiring a professional real estate agent can take away most of the challenges of selling. A great agent is always worth more than the commission they charge just like a great doctor or great accountant. You want to deal with one of the best agents in your marketplace. To do this, you must be able to distinguish the average agent from the great one. Let us help.

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Tips for keeping your home warm without turning up the heat

As blogged on, let's just cut to the chase -- it's freezing out and we wish our homes could be a little warmer. And while we all know the standard practices from adjusting the thermostat to making sure our windows are sealed and lighting a fire, there are definitely some tricks we're missing.

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Moving industry calls for crackdown on ‘criminal’ movers

As reported on, criminals posing as movers are ripping off Canadian consumers, says the head of the association that represents moving companies.

John Levi of the Canadian Association of Movers has written to provincial attorneys general, along with transportation, consumer affairs and finance ministers in all 10 provinces calling for coordinated action to protect consumers from theft, fraud and threats.

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How to add modern designs and style to old doors

As blogged on, modern homes feature doors with panels that provide elegance and style, but if you live in older homes, the doors may just be plain and simple. Sadly, doors in older homes can sometimes look cheap and unattractive and having them replaced can cost you a lot, as well as take up plenty of your time. Fortunately, there is a way for you to transform those boring doors into stylish modern doors that will add sophistication to your home’s interior design.

The best way to transform old doors into modern stylish doors is to create panels to be glued to the doors and/or decorate them with ready-made or customized door accessories. You do not have to spend too much on them, but if you will not be working within a budget you can opt to create six panels per door and use customized accessories.

Tips for updating your kitchen for less than $500 has some great ideas for updating your kitchen for less than $500.

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5 quick and easy DIY projects to green your home life

As blogged on, when moving forward on your journey toward greener and more natural living, it’s not so important which changes you make, or which order you make them in, but just that you are making changes. One small change leads to another, leads to another, leads to another – and before you know it, your life will look much different than the lifestyle you’re living today. It’s like the question of how do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time!

And there are so many simple and easy changes you can make today! And these changes can make a big difference in your life and have a positive impact on your family and on the world around you! And the best part is, these are easy DIY projects you can do at home in as little as 20 minutes or less!

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8 tips to prevent frozen pipes in your home

As blogged on, until recently, not many people knew what an Arctic Vortex is, but with one bearing down on the northern U.S. over the next few days, everybody's talking about it. As it brings record-breaking cold, here's what you need to know to keep your pipes from freezing.

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Fitch Ratings: Canadian home prices stable, but still too high

As reported on Business News Network, Fitch Ratings thinks that Canadian home prices will manage to stay flat or dip just a little bit this year, despite its belief that they are 20 percent too high, because of the strength in the housing market.

The expected decline in the pace of home price growth, coupled with high consumer debts, will likely lead to a rise in mortgage delinquencies, although they will remain at relatively low levels, the rating agency added.

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10 household items that are dangerous to your pets

As blogged on, if you’ve ever turned your back for a second only to turn around and see your dog devouring a pack of gum or your cat on the counter licking the spout of the Windex bottle, you know pets have a habit of getting their paws onto things that are dangerous. The veterinarians and toxicology experts at the Pet Poison Helpline put together these lists of the items that generated the most poison consultations for dogs and cats in 2013 in the hopes that pet parents will be more cautious about what they leave out. While not all of the things on this list are highly toxic, they are all household items that you should keep somewhere where your pets do not have access to.

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