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Choosing art for your home

Adding a splash of colour to your home in the form of art can be both inspirational and an easy way to change up the look of each room. There’s a quote by Roy Adzak about the individuality of art; “Good art is not what it looks like, but what it does to us.”  Art is choice, and more often than not an expensive one at that, and can change the vibe of your space. Make sure each ...

Consumer Debt

If Canada’s household debt were evenly divided up between all Canadians, a family with two children would collectively owe $176,461. A bit of scary information, isn’t it? This statistic was recently revealed in a study conducted by the  Certified General Accountants Association of Canada. Household debt, defined as the outstanding balance of household credit, including consumer credit ...

Baby Boomer Mortgage Lag

According to the  TD Canada Trust Boomer Buyers Report, more than half (56 per cent) of Canadian baby boomers have not paid off their mortgages. TD polled 1,000 boomers born between 1946 and 1964 for the Boomer Buyers Report conducted in October 2010. Of those who have not paid off their mortgage, one third have paid off more than 75 per cent of their mortgages while another quarter of the boomers ...

Give Your Neighbourhood a Facelift

The snow is gone and the flowers are blooming. Your neighbourhood is starting to flourish as the buds burst and the green grass grows, but there’s something getting in the way of its natural beauty. The winter’s litter has been uncovered after many months of snow. Garbage is strewn about in ditches, rivers and parks. Sadly, it happens to every neighbourhood. But there’s no reason ...

Spring Cleaning

It’s scary, but it’s a necessity. During the colder months, we tend to let household clutter and stuffiness build up in our homes, making them less enjoyable, increasingly stressful environments and cabin fever inducing. As the season of fresh, new beginnings, spring has, over time, been linked to  cleaning, getting rid of clutter and starting anew. So, in the spirit of the season, ...

Living in Legacy - One of Markham's Premiere Communities

One of the prettiest neighbourhoods in Markham...Well-established with tree-lined streets, a fantastic 9 hole golf course, an outstanding school, trails, a community centre and a short walk to Starbucks? This is Legacy! Located in the Boxgrove area, the neighbourhood of Legacy is situated between Markham Rd. and old 9th Line on both the north and south sides ...

The Benefits of Outdoor Living

Get outside and live a little. The desire to extend the home into the great outdoors has been growing for years and doesn’t appear to be slowing down any time in the near future. According to  Canadian Home Trends Magazine, 48 per cent of home renovations planned by its readers are focused on the patio, deck or outdoor space. Thanks to weather-resistant furniture, appliances and fabrics, ...

Welcome to Family-Friendly Raymerville!

If you are strolling down a beautifully matured tree-lined residential street - sipping quite possibly the best cappuccino (and best priced at $2 a cup) in Markham, then you, my friend, are in the well-established neighbourhood known as Raymerville! Raymerville is situated between McCowan Road and Peter Street, north of Bullock Drive and south of 16th Avenue.  It is a long road that ...

Is This Neighbourhood Right For Me?

When buying a home, there are some key factors to consider before you jump on the internet or into your car to begin your research. Get out a piece of paper and start writing down yours and your family’s criteria.  (1) Your budget Knowing what you can afford is critical and you should never waiver from this amount. Determining the right budget will also help you to eliminate neighbourhoods ...

Welcome to Berczy Village in Markham!

Sandwiched between the communities of Angus Glen to the west and Wismer Commons to the east, Berczy Village is a mix of all of my favourite things: a beautiful variety of homes, plenty of green space, a friendly neighbourhood and convenient access to amenities.  Sitting just north of the trendy neighbourhood of Unionville, Berczy is this historic place that has transformed into a vibrant ...