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From Summer Blues to Harvest Hues: Simple Ways to Transition a Backyard

Daylight is dwindling, temperatures are dropping; it’s time to cover up the grill, toss the flowers and retire the patio furniture to the garage, right? Not so fast! Remember that backyard appeal can be just as important as curb appeal to potential buyers – all year long. With proper appointing, the backyard can remain a central hub all the way through the fall. Here are five easy ways to spice up any backyard to impress buyers, while simultaneously transitioning it from summer to fall. Say goodbye to vibrant petals – and hello to burgundy blooms! Beautiful summer flowers have long
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How a Home Office Can Increase Appeal for Homebuyers

With housing inventory remaining tight in recent years, RE/MAX agents are diligent about keeping up with the trends to help clients buy and sell properties in this competitive market. “Remote-friendly” workplaces are one of those rising trends. In fact, according to 2018 data, nearly 8 million people worked at home in 2017. “In my experience, the home office is an integral part of the millennial homebuying criteria,” says Chris Krzemien with RE/MAX Experience. If you think it might be time to get to work (pun intended) on sprucing up – or creating – that home-office space, here are some tips to
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Fall Home Maintenance Checklist

You’re still reveling in the heat of summer, but believe it on now, winter is coming. Once September hits, you’ll want to start working your way through this fall home maintenance checklist. Ensuring that your home’s cold-weather systems are running efficiently will save you money and major headaches in the long run.
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These Environmental Upgrades Could Save Money… and the World!

With all this talk of climate change, it’s easy to forget that it’s more than just a catchy phrase. The earth’s temperatures have reached a historic high, and natural habitats, resources and wildlife are experiencing a rapid decline. In honour of World Environment Day, here are some environmental upgrades that home-owners and prospective buyers can prioritize when purchasing and renovating, to help create a more sustainable future! What Role does Real Estate Play in Global Warming? In Canada, heating and electricity make up 45 per cent of greenhouse gas emissions. On top of that, studies show that cement alone is the source
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How Much Does It Cost to Build a House?

or many Canadians, the dream of building a home is more appealing than just buying one. Building a home comes with many benefits, and if we’re being perfectly honest, some headaches. If you’re considering a custom-built home, here’s everything you need to know. Is It Cheaper to Buy or Build a House? When it comes to the average cost to build a home in Canada, according to Home Builder Canada, the price per square foot for a detached home in major Canadian cities is as follows: Vancouver: $130 – $230 Calgary: $115 – $150 Toronto: $110 – $210 Montreal: $95 –
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Smart Ways to Spend Your Income Tax Refund

You’ve filed your taxes (or you’re planning to very soon) and you’re expecting an income tax refund. To some, this perceived windfall can be a sign to go on a spending binge. According to Canada Revenue Agency, the average income tax refund for the 2018 tax year to date is $1,735 – about the cost of an all-inclusive vacation for one in the sunny south, a few nice dinners out, or a very decent shopping spree. If you’re getting an income tax return, that means you’ve overpaid taxes and you’re simply getting some of that back. Stop treating your tax refund as “extra” cash. Here
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