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December 28, 2017

A home is usually the single largest investment that most people make in their lives. Achieving your dream can be made easier by taking advantage of various Government Programs for home buyers and property owners. Some of the programs are targeted to first-time buyers, while others apply more generally. Other programs benefit those in the industrial, comm...

December 27, 2017

“In the last six months, Ontario’s real estate market has borne the brunt of government intervention after intervention. From a new stress test to an increase in land transfer taxes, rising interest rates and Ontario’s Fair Housing Plan, governments at all levels are piling on new regulation and taxes to try and cool the market.

As a result, sales activity...

December 22, 2017

As a native San Franciscan, I pride myself on my parallel-parking skills. But now that I have a reverse camera in my car, I wonder how I ever parked before this technology. It’s changed my whole experience. With food and exercise, too, a simple tool or new habit can make what once felt difficult instead seem effortless.

I call these tools “game-changers.”...

December 21, 2017

In its just-released 2018 Housing Market Outlook Report, RE/MAX stated that while the average sale price increase across Canada would be only a moderate 2.5% in 2018, intensified demand will drastically pump up costs in outskirts areas such as Barrie, where the average price will likely jump 5% next year.

Barrie’s projected year-over-year jump can be att...

December 20, 2017

To poet John Dryden, jealousy is the jaundice of the soul. For poet and activist Maya Angelou, it’s like salt: a little can enhance the flavour but too much can spoil the pleasure. Anthropologist Margaret Mead called it the barometer of a lover’s insecurity. German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche described it as a scorpion turning its poisoned sting agai...

December 19, 2017

Amid a scarcity of viable financing choices, a growing number of Canadians are moving towards private unregulated lenders, even as the federal government is trying to rein in a home-price surge that has driven household debt levels to record highs.

But like a giant game of Whac-A-Mole, the risk to the financial system from tapped out borrowers is merely...

December 18, 2017

The recent decline in Canadian real estate prices and tougher regulations that will take effect on January 1 are impelling sales.

Brokers reported a 3.9% jump in transactions in November, the Canadian Real Estate Association said in its data release late last week. This represented the second biggest increase in two years, as well as the fourth consecuti...

December 15, 2017

Buffeted by changing consumer demands and concerns over the health effects of excess salt and sugar, the world’s largest food companies have tried to make their products more healthful.

Many have promised to reduce sodium and added sugars. Others have removed artificial colours and additives.

But a new, peer-reviewed government report suggests these tw...

December 14, 2017

With imminent changes to the way mortgages are funded, strengthening lender relations in preparation is paramount for any broker., one of the largest brokerages in Canada, understands that B-20 will tilt business in the favour of private lenders and credit unions, and that cultivating strong relationships with them is the key to survivi...

December 13, 2017

Dr. Kyle Sue, a family physician based in Arviat, Nunavut, found studies on mice and humans suggesting flu symptoms in men are often more acute.

A review of scientific literature suggests those who believe “man flu” is more intense than the female version have some evidence to back up their views.

An article published by a Canadian physician in a recent edi...

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