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January 31, 2018

Adding a portable space heater to your cold-weather arsenal could make these bitter winter days a lot more bearable. These heaters used to get a bad rap because of safety concerns, but like many home appliances, today’s models are designed to be safer and sleeker than the heaters of old.

When used carefully, they allow you to provide supplemental heat in a...

January 30, 2018

A mortgage investment company has found a way to reduce costs and increase returns using technology. However, it might have also found a way to revive syndicated mortgages, which have taken a reputational beating in recent years because of unscrupulous players.

Fundscraper arranges bridge financing for professional property investors, developers, contrac...

January 29, 2018

In a new report, the Toronto Real Estate Board announced that the average rents for one-bedroom and two-bedroom condos in the GTA noticeably went up on an annual basis in Q4 2017, based on transactions reported by the metropolitan area’s brokers through the Board’s MLS® System.

The average rent for one-bedroom condo apartments in TREB’s jurisdiction went...

January 26, 2018

Study by Ontario researchers showing influenza can trigger a heart attack, especially in older adults, reinforces the importance of getting the flu shot.

The paper, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, on Jan. 25 found the risk of heart attack increased sixfold in the seven days after detection of lab-confirmed influenza.

“By showing that there...

January 25, 2018

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In its latest data release, the Toronto Real Estate Board stated that the average selling price for condominium apartments went up by 17.9% on a year-over-year basis in the fourth quarter of 2017, up to $515,816.

“While this annual rate of growth was down from earlier in 2017, the condominium apartment segment was still the leader in terms of price grow...

January 24, 2018

The infamous “love handles” and “beer belly” are different kinds of fat, with different effects on health and weight loss efforts.

DAYTON, OHIO—Reducing the waistline is a common goal, even among those who watch their diet and exercise on a regular basis. Sometimes, regardless of weight loss amount, the midsection still doesn’t appear toned and flat. Thing...

January 23, 2018

Brennan Wood, a partner at Foundry Mortgage Capital, says he noticed the phone ringing non-stop after winning a Canadian Mortgage Award.

Winner of Best Commercial Mortgage Broker of the Year in 2016, Wood says the award was especially helpful for a new brand.

People started calling,” he said. “We were a newer brand so it got the brand out there, which w...

January 22, 2018

With the OSFI rules slated to take effect at the beginning of next year, the private lending channel is expecting business to boom.

Recent Teranet data estimates 10% of new mortgage in Ontario are provided by the private channel, with mortgage investment corporations leading the way.

Wasah Malik, a private lender with Mortgagepedia Inc., agrees wit...

January 19, 2018

We are genetically hard-wired to seek pleasure, because that’s what helped our species survive back in the day. In today’s health- and weight-centric culture, however, pleasure gets a bad rap — ironic, given that the modern food environment heavily promotes indulgent and less-nutritious foods. When we feel conflicted or confused about our food choices, ru...

January 18, 2018

Canada’s real estate market will hit a slow patch in 2018 as tighter mortgage stress tests apply pressure and the impact could be exacerbated if an expected interest rate hike drives buyers to put off their home purchases, economists said earlier this week.

Observers added that further hikes from the Bank of Canada could heap stress onto buyers already c...

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