June 2021

Understanding Property Tax & Assessments in Canada

Posted on Jun 24, 2021

suburban home with a flower garden in the front yard
If you’re on the hunt for a first home, or even settling in, you’re likely bracing for the inevitability of paying property taxes. You probably saw the annual property taxes displayed on REALTOR.ca property listings, and might be wondering who sets these rates, what purpose property taxes serve, and how tax rates are determined.Fortunately, you’re...

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3 Questions to Ask Yourself about your WFH (work from home) Space

Posted on Jun 07, 2021

 The future of work in a vaccinated world is fast approaching: some offices are re-opening, while others have announced their plans to implement hybrid work models as states relax COVID restrictions. Meanwhile, some employees have chosen to follow their desires and either continue to work remotely at their current job, or pursue a new, permanently...

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Bringing the Outside in With a Living Wall

Posted on Jun 03, 2021

Article courtesy of Wendy Helfenbaum @wendyhelfenbaum  

By now, we’re getting tired of staring at our walls, and many of us long to add some colour, texture, and interest to our homes. Living plant walls–vertical gardens that hang on the wall–tick all these boxes.First appearing several years ago in commercial, public, and institutional buildings...

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New stress test level makes it harder to qualify for a mortgage in Canada

Posted on Jun 01, 2021

Article Courtesy of Pete Evans - CBC News -Posted June 1, 2021

It's a bit harder to qualify for a home loan as of today, as the federal government has raised the minimum financial bar that anyone applying for a mortgage must meet.

Ottawa raised the level of the "stress test" for mortgages today, setting the new level at 5.25 per cent — or two full...

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