Why it’s time to move beyond one-size-fits-all financial planning

Retrieved from: https://business.financialpost.com/personal-finance/why-its-time-to-move-beyond-one-size-fits-all-financial-planning By Kate MacDonald For many, the concept of retirement brings both positive and negative feelings. At one end of the spectrum, retirement can be exciting, associated with independence, flexibility and freedom. On the other, it can create anxiety, brought on by the thought of the financial savings…

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Passive Houses: Making Your Eco-Dreams a Reality

Retrieved from: https://www.realtor.ca/blog/postpage/10759/1363/passive-houses-making-your-eco-dreams-a-reality Passive houses are really anything but passive—the truth is, they're total powerhouses. They boast incredible energy efficiency, superb insulation and optimal temperature and comfort 12 months a year. With that being said, passive homes aren't very common in Canada yet, as our intensely varied climate presents challenges…

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Designing with Neo Mint

Retrieved from: https://www.realtor.ca/blog/postpage/10632/1366/designing-with-neo-mint Foreseeing the future is never easy, but experts at the World's Global Style Network (WGSN) use social media, popular culture, data mining and street fashion to bring businesses the styles of tomorrow today. Gazing through a pastel-tinted crystal ball, the colour experts at WGSN declare Neo Mint…

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7 Innovative Design Apps That Help with Home Projects

Retrieved from: https://www.realtor.ca/blog/postpage/10540/1363/7-innovative-design-apps-that-help-with-home-projects Whether you're renovating, redecorating or spatial planning—you know there's an app for that. We're taking a closer look at seven mobile apps that will give you a leg up on your next home project. Magicplan This is an app for everything from a brand new build to…

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8 Eco-Friendly and Natural Tips to Make Your Home Smell Fantastic

Retrieved from: https://www.realtor.ca/blog/postpage/10475/1367/8-eco-friendly-and-natural-tips-to-make-your-home-smell-fantastic Everyone loves walking into a home that smells amazing. Unfortunately, many products, such as aerosol room sprays, plug-in units or wax melts, also come with questionable ingredients and unnecessary packaging. If you crave a wonderful smelling space in a more natural and earth-friendly way, it's never been…

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The Sky’s the Limit: Guide to Skylights

Retrieved from: https://www.realtor.ca/blog/postpage/10378/1363/the-sky’s-the-limit-guide-to-skylights Why skylights? They're dramatic, they make spaces feel larger, create a strong connection with the outdoors and the natural light they provide is beneficial to both people and house plants. Skylights can be fairly easy to install with the help of a professional but, as with all…

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4 reasons to consider buying a cottage this fall

Retrieved from: https://cottagelife.com/realestate/4-reasons-to-consider-buying-a-cottage-this-fall/ The trees are turning colour and cottage owners are starting to think about shutting down their cottages for the season. But for prospective cottage buyers, the change of seasons doesn’t mean it’s time to end your search for a vacation property. “Fall is another good time to…

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10 Clever Hacks for Small Kitchens

Retrieved from: https://www.realtor.ca/blog/postpage/10346/1363/10-clever-hacks-for-small-kitchens 1. Ditch the fruit bowl Many people have the token fruit bowl—or basket—that takes up prime real estate on their counter. Try placing small bins inside a deep drawer to store fruit and vegetables that don't need to be refrigerated. Photo via Pinterest 2. Store on the…

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Staging Techniques to Attract Better Buyers

Retrieved from: https://www.realtor.ca/blog/postpage/10270/1362/staging-techniques-to-attract-better-buyers Highlighting a space's best features and making it feel lived-in but also universally livable is in the details. You need potential buyers to see themselves in the space—knowing that it is staged—but still get drawn into the fantasy of making it their own. Staging is a proven…

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How to Plan for Homeownership as a Millennial

Retrieved from: https://www.realtor.ca/blog/postpage/10196/1362/how-to-plan-for-homeownership-as-a-millennial If you're a millennial considering buying your first home, congratulations! You're probably excited until you remember: houses are expensive and—, regardless of your current financial situation—you'll likely need to save money to afford one. This can be intimidating for anyone but, according to a recent survey, millennials…

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13 Canadian day trips for busy real estate professionals

Retrieved from: https://www.creacafe.ca/13-canadian-day-trips-for-busy-real-estate-professionals/ The sun is shining, the birds are chirping, but you have three upcoming showings, fifteen unread emails and an ever-growing to-do list. While a career in real estate can be busy; often working evenings and weekends, it’s important to take some time for yourself. We’ve compiled a…

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10 questions every first-time cottage buyer should ask

Article retrieved from: https://cottagelife.com/realestate/10-questions-every-first-time-cottage-buyer-should-ask/ When you’re a first-time cottage buyer, it’s easy to fall in love with an oh-wow view or that incredible wraparound screened porch—and we all know that love can make you reckless. To make sure that your head agrees with your heart, here are some cottage issues…

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How To Get a Construction Mortgage Loan to Build Your Dream Home

Retrieved from: https://www.realtor.ca/blog/postpage/9974/1362/how-to-get-a-construction-mortgage-loan-to-build-your-dream-home For most, the fantasy of building a dream home is just that—a fantasy: the perfectly styled gourmet kitchen, the shower big enough to fit an elephant and every tiny detail carefully considered to be exactly what you want. As a trained architect, it haunts me that at…

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Not all superheroes wear capes: REALTORS® to the rescue after real estate nightmares

Retrieved from: https://www.creacafe.ca/not-all-superheroes-wear-capes-realtors-to-the-rescue-after-real-estate-nightmares/ In 2017, Heather Spidell and her husband, Danny, were looking to downsize. The plan was to sell their home in the suburbs of Halifax and build their dream home on the ocean. After talking with some friends who had sold homes without the aid of a professional,…

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Bare Minimum: The Secrets Behind Nude Interior Design

Jules Torti Jules Torti is the Editor-in-Chief of Harrowsmith magazine. She has been published in The Vancouver Sun, Globe & Mail, the Matador Network and is a columnist for Massage ... View All Contributors There's no need to blush when discussing nude interior design. It seemed appropriate to shine a…

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Experts predict an excellent year for dragonflies

Retrieved from https://cottagelife.com/outdoors/experts-predict-an-excellent-year-for-dragonflies/ written by Ray Ford Ontario cottagers who love dragonflies (and hate mosquitoes) have good news. Thanks to a late spring and a large supply of winged prey, veteran dragonfly watcher Bob Bowles is predicting an “excellent year” for lovers of the voracious, jewel-like predators. Dragonflies were slow to…

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Fire safety tips for your Muskoka cottage from Gravenhurst fire chief Larry Brassard

(retrieved from MuskokaRegion.com) GRAVENHURST — Here are some safety tips from Gravenhurst Fire Chief Larry Brassard to help protect your cottage from fire: • Test smoke alarms at least monthly or each time you return to the cottage. Pack a new smoke alarm and extra smoke alarm batteries in case…

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Check out this video of Joanne Hoskins & Jim Pattinson’s new listing in Baysville, ON!  

This spectacular property could be your home, cottage & hunt camp all in one! Offered at $829,000

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