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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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READY TO BUY YOUR HOME OR INVEST IN REAL ESTATE?

By: Steve Ezeude “How many millionaires do you know who have become wealthy by investing in savings accounts? I rest my case.” – Robert G. Allen   Most investments, real estate, stocks, bonds, gold, forex, mutual funds, etcetera have displayed some graphical peaks and valleys. With the volatility of stocks, one tends to be fearfully geared towards alternative ways of ...

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Electrical basics for your home renovation

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(NC) Did you know that not all electrical outlets are made equal? If not installed correctly or used for the right purpose, this common power source can have shocking results. Whether you’re planning a renovation, adding a new chandelier or adding another outlet in the playroom, it’s important to work with a Licensed Electrical Contractor. This will ensure that your ...

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Lower electricity bills with these 7 tips

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(NC) As the days get shorter, lights are turned on earlier and home electricity bills can start to creep up. Lighting accounts for an average of five per cent of an average home’s electricity consumption, but by following these easy tips from Hydro One you can keep your costs down. Place floor or table lamps in the corner of the ...

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5 tips for creating the bedroom sanctuary of your dreams

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(NC) Your bedroom is your oasis — a place to relax, recharge and retreat from the world. It’s also where you probably spend the most time between sleeping, getting dressed and lounging in bed with a great book or show. And with the cooler months coming up, you’re bound to spend even more time inside, so create the bedroom sanctuary ...

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When do I need to change my furnace?

(NC) Is your furnace trying to tell you something? If your unit is more than 10 years old, it could be costing you both comfort and energy. Consider upgrading to a new energy-efficient furnace if your system is more than 10 years old, it’s unusually noisy, your home’s air is too dry or dusty, you need major parts replaced, or ...

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5 Key Tips for Preventing House Fire on Holidays

(NC) On average, a Canadian home burns every 55 seconds.  The risk of fire is especially heightened during the holiday season, when cooking and the use of electrical equipment are at their peak. Stay safe throughout the holidays and always by incorporating these key safety tips: Preparation is key. Make sure your home is equipped with fire-detecting devices and alarms, as ...

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Tenant Insurance 101 – All You Need to Know

(NC) There are two kinds of renters in Canada – those who have tenants insurance and those who don’t. According to a recent study conducted by Substance Strategies, more than half (53 per cent) of tenants in Canada are the kind that go uninsured. So what is causing this risk-taking phenomenon? It seems to be a lack of awareness. Below ...

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