Toronto Landlords Could Enjoy a Hike in Rents this Year

Toronto landlords with vacant units could enjoy as much as an 11% hike in rent this year. That’s according to Rentals.ca’s National Rent Report, which only studied empty units and also forecasted that rents nationwide would increase 6% in 2019. The research shows that renters’ preference remains for newer, lavish units, which typify condo rentals. The primary reason for the double-digit market rental hike …

Winter Driving

Canadian winters are infamous for their frigid temperatures, abundant snowfall and poor driving conditions. Prepare yourself for the road ahead with these helpful driving tips. Before heading out Don’t leave your driveway before knowing what lies ahead. Keep these tips in mind before you get behind the wheel: Weather Tune into your local radio station for weather reports and road …

Canada Ranked #1 Country in the World for Quality of Life

Canada has been named as the #1 country in the world in 2019 for Quality of Life for the fourth year in a row. Overall, Canada also ranked as the third best country in the world for women, third for education, and second for corporate headquarters.  The study, conducted by US News & World Report in partnership with Y&R’s BAV and Wharton, broke down 80 countries’ overall rankings based …

Looking for a New Location for a Family-Friendly Skate?

Visit the quaint village of Waterdown and try out the outdoor skating loop right in the centre of Memorial Park. This unique outdoor skating venue features a 230 meter ice loop. There are family-friendly restaurants to enjoy across the street and a Tim Hortons to grab a hot chocolate and warm up. Plenty of free parking! The Facts: • Location …

This is Ontario’s Most Promising and Consistent Market

When media outlets talk about Canadian real estate and where the largest increases in property value are, Hamilton is often overlooked. However, when you look at housing price increases across the country for the past 5 years, Hamilton has increased in value more steadily than any area in Canada.. Data from the Canadian Real Estate Association pointed to one of …

Are Your Exhaust Pipes Free From Drifting Snow?

The first snow storm of the season hit this past weekend, and as the snow starts to drift against your house, homeowners with high-efficiency furnaces should make sure their fresh air intake and exhaust pipes are free of snow. They’re usually white plastic pipes that come out of the side of a home. A blocked intake pipe or exhaust vent …

Catch the Last Total Lunar Eclipse Until 2021

During the late evening of January 20, 2019, don’t miss this year’s first and only total lunar eclipse. What is a Total Lunar Eclipse? A total lunar eclipse occurs when the Earth’s shadow completely covers the moon, according to Space.com. This phenomenon occurs when “some light from the sun passes through Earth’s atmosphere and is bent toward the moon” during the totality portion of …

Winter Fun

Tobogganing is a popular winter activity that promotes active living and family fun in the community. The City of Burlington has designated six locations that are safe for tobogganing. BURLINGTON LaSalle Park Location: 50 North Shore Boulevard, Burlington – East of the parking lot A small hill great for a quick bit of outdoor play for toddlers and preschoolers. Tyandaga Golf Course Location: …

Buying a home can be a very overwhelming experience, but if you are prepared and have contracted the right advisors, it can be a smooth and enjoyable process. What to do when you’re a first-time home-buyer: 1. Get pre-approved. Getting pre-approved for a mortgage is an important first step in the home-buying process. You don’t want to start house-hunting and …

5 Ways to Keep Your House Warm During the Cold Days of Winter

With the cold weather set to continue for the next few months, it’s important to know how to keep your house warm when the temperatures drop. Here are five simple ways to keep your house warm in winter without racking up extra costs. 1. Seal drafts Even the smallest draft can cause the temperature inside your house to drop drastically …