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My Photo (Photo of the day) featured on urbantoronto.ca

Photo of the Day: A New Perspective on Toronto May 24, 2012 12:00 am | by Evan Manning  This shot was taken from the corner of Yonge Street and Stouffville Road in Richmond Hill, by Forum member jaycola. With skyline pictures taken from a series of predictable locations downtown, there is little variation in the perspectives they provide. So it's always refreshing to see a view of the city from ...

DID YOU RECEIVE YOUR LITTLE BOOK OF GREAT BIG ENERGY SAVINGS?

  There are coupons inside! It is an Ontario booklet with energy saving tips.  The calendar said that spring arrived this week-- not so sure that Mother Nature and Father Winter have agreed to this yet, as it is still cool with snow falling. This book is a good reminder of how to practice being energy efficient!  1. When leaving a room remember to turn lights off! 2.  When ...

Staging the House

Home staging is about illusions. It's beyond decorating and cleaning. It's about creating moods. Staging makes your house look bigger, brighter, cleaner, warmer, more loving and, best of all, it makes home buyers want to buy it. Which is the whole point...right? Contrary to what you might think, it's about more than prepapring the house for sale.  Staging is what you do after you've cleaned, ...

Real Estate: Have you ever built a house that in the end you hated?

Building houses is hard, very hard. There are so many details to them and it's very hard to appreciate what they will look like at the end. Many of us will not have had time or opportunity to figure out what we like so we figure it out as we go. Most seem to do just fine, but every once in a while, enough mistakes are made that it's really pretty terrible. So, let's see your stories here. ...

Who Is St. Patrick Anyways?

  Did you know that St. Patrick was the Patron Saint of Ireland? Rumour has it that he was known for banishing all snakes from Ireland, but this rumour was sensationalized by gossip. He was actually born in Britain to a well-to-do family. At 16 years old he was taken slave by a group of Irish raiders who were attacking his family’s estate. The Irish raiders brought him to Ireland where ...

CMHC to Increase Mortgage Insurance Premiums

OTTAWA, February 28, 2014 — Following the annual review of its insurance products and capital requirements, CMHC will increase its mortgage loan insurance premiums for homeowner and 1 – 4 unit rental properties effective May 1, 2014. The increase applies to mortgage loan insurance premiums for owner occupied, self-employed and 1-to-4 unit rental properties, including low-ratio refinance ...

Winter Blahs

     Call it the winter blues or blahs or simply seasonal sadness. Whatever term you use, around this time, many of us start to feel our mood sinking. We feel especially tired and sluggish. We might even feel like the walking dead, moping from one task to the next. Luckily, there’s a lot you can do to both prevent the blues from coming on and get yourself back to normal if they’re ...

Are You Eligible For The Healthy Homes Tax Credit?

Healthy Homes Tax Credit Did you know that if you are a senior, 65 years or older you could qualify for the Healthy Homes Renovation Tax Credit? This tax credit helps with the cost of making your home safer and more accessible. For more information on the Healthy Homes Tax Credit call 1-866-ONT-TAXS (668-8297) or for teletypewriter 1-800-263-7776 About the credit from the Government of ...

How To Send A St. Patrick's Day Wish

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day this year on Monday, March 17, 2014 with a free card from Jib Jab.   Jib Jab is a fun way to superimpose your face on funny characters and brighten up the day of friends, family, coworkers and clients.   When you’re ready click here to choose a card, then follow the prompts to get started on sending out your e-card.   ...

Heavy Rainfall Warning! Tips to Protect Your Home

According to the City of Toronto’s website, “Every home is at risk of basement flooding, even if there has never been a flooding incident. Water in your basement is most likely to occur when there’s been a heavy rainfall, snow is melting or we’re experiencing a spring thaw.”  You might be able to prevent or at least reduce the chance of damage to your ...