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Real estate needs good environment to thrive – RICS

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The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, Nigeria Group, has called on the government and professionals in the built environment to create an enabling environment for real estate to thrive in the country. According to the institution, with the rising housing deficit in the country, there is a need for the industry to grow beyond its current status. The Chairman, RICS ...

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Learn more about Ontario’s new home warranty coverage

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Not all new home warranties in Canada are the same. But did you know that Ontario’s program is one of the most comprehensive? Almost every new home or condo in the province is covered by a new home warranty. This mandatory warranty protection is provided by registered builders and administered by Tarion, lasting up to seven years. Builders typically pass ...

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Do you know what’s covered in your new home warranty?

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Almost every new home or condo in Ontario is covered by a mandatory new home warranty program. This coverage is provided by the builder and is administered by Tarion, a consumer-protection organization. While the builder provides the warranty, its cost is often passed on to the new home buyer. But this one-time fee, ranging from $385 to $1,500, depending on ...

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How to display big home entertainment in a small living room

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With real estate prices on the rise, many of us are opting to downsize our homes so we can upsize our lifestyles. The minimalist approach is gaining ground as we seek to be less wasteful, investing in fewer, higher quality items and focusing on essential pieces. At the same time, home entertainment is evolving as streaming entertainment and gaming grows ...

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3 tips to take your backyard to the next level

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Stepping into a backyard oasis is the best way to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Whether you are creating a space for the whole family or a private retreat, it takes planning and people to turn your dream into a reality. Design expert Kimberley Seldon partnered with the Electrical Safety Authority to share tips and hidden electrical ...

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How to power your outdoor living space

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A gourmet kitchen, a ceiling fan and ambient lighting sound like the must-haves for an indoor reno. For today’s homeowner, maxing out on summer means setting up al fresco living. Here is what you need to know about powering your outdoor space so it delivers all season long. Choose the right outlets for outdoors. Outlets are an essential element for a ...

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Expert-approved renovation tips for a seamless design

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Reducing visual clutter by creating streamlined sight lines is a home design trend that is here to stay. Whether it’s hiding away wires in your living room or stowing kitchen appliances inside a cabinet, design expert Kimberley Seldon and the Electrical Safety Authority say the key to achieving an organized look is to plan early and hire the right professionals ...

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Top 5 summer home security tips

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Most of us look forward to getting out of the house to enjoy the sun and warm weather. However, when planning your summer vacation or gearing up for a sunny weekend getaway, it’s important to secure your home, too. Marc Barbeau, property claims manager from Intact Insurance, shares five items to include on your going-away checklist that will help protect ...

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What’s yours and what’s shared in a condo?

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There’s no doubt that condominiums are an increasingly popular choice for new homeowners. In 2016 alone, more than 22,600 new units became homes for Ontarians who are looking for the condo lifestyle and amenities. If you’re thinking of joining them, a good first step is to understand the difference in responsibility between what you own and what all the building’s ...

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5 organization tricks to make your home feel twice as big

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Organizing your home is just a natural part of spring cleaning, but sometimes, you end up with odds and ends you are not sure where to keep, or how to sort. Once you are done scrubbing and dusting, try out these tips to clear the clutter and help prevent a new mess from forming. Use kitchenware in unexpected places. Bathroom ...

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5 organization tricks to make your home feel twice as big

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Organizing your home is just a natural part of spring cleaning, but sometimes, you end up with odds and ends you are not sure where to keep, or how to sort. Once you are done scrubbing and dusting, try out these tips to clear the clutter and help prevent a new mess from forming. Use kitchenware in unexpected places. Bathroom ...

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Israel to demolish European-funded homes in occupied Jerusalem

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By N.Ugoh The Israeli occupation authorities have ordered the demolition of six Palestinian residential buildings funded by European parties in Jabal Al-Baba Bedouin community in the east of the occupied Jerusalem. The spokesman of the Bedouin community, Atallah Muzar’a, told Quds Press recently that the Israeli civil administration crews, accompanied by military troops, stormed the area and handed six administrative ...

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Ontario Fair Housing Plan: Can this plan address the rise in housing prices and low inventory in the

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 GTA – By Steve Ezeude   “If you’re not going to put money in real estate, where else?” — Tamir Sapir, business mogul   The sleepless nights suffered by politicians and law makers over the escalating housing prices in the Greater Toronto Area in the last two years have yielded some tangible fruits with the Ontario Government’s announced plans to ...

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Thinking of property investment? Think Hostel Accommodation

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By Julius Olumide Oyekunle I came across a group of Civil Engineers in Lagos who execute the construction of hostels in areas where higher institutions are located across Nigeria. Why is this a big deal in the real estate industry and why should Canadian Nigerians take advantage of this ample business opportunity? The reasons are not hard to find, given ...

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Inspect before you accept your new home

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(NC) After months or years of waiting, you are now close to crossing the threshold of your newly constructed home and starting your new chapter in life. But before you do, there is one last important step: the Pre-Delivery Inspection or PDI. The PDI is your chance to tour your finished condo unit or house for the first time and ...

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3 things to consider before renovating

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(NC) Whether you’re planning on staying or selling, you want your home renovation project to be beautiful and functional and go off without a hitch. So before picking up any tool, think about these tips. Know your DIY limits. Assess which aspects of the project you can complete yourself, and which ones will require a professional. DIY-ing can save you ...

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4 simple home improvements to consider pre-sale

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(NC) The Canadian Real Estate Association reports that the national average price for homes sold in November 2016 rose 7.3 per cent year-over-year, making it a desirable time for homeowners to consider selling. If you’re thinking of getting on the bandwagon, consider these smart pre-sale renovation tips to boost your home’s value and attract the right potential buyers. Change up ...

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Home Maintenance tips

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– By Steve Ezeude   “Another flaw in the human character is that everyone wants to build and nobody wants to do maintenance” – Anon   With the housing prices in the GTA still rising and getting continually unaffordable for first time buyers and people wanting to move up from the present homes, it does make sense to imbibe a ...

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