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Monday, March 31, 2014 - The mettle of a metal

Among a cast of rivals, copper is warm, friendly and eager to please. To the ancient Egyptians, copper represented eternal life. They had part of it right: Because it's in the cells of plants and animals, and in much of what we eat, it's fair to say it is vital to life. Since it was first used more than 10,000 years ago, our dependence on copper has grown to the point that in 2012 we used 20 million tonnes of the metal. The supporting actor of other metals, it's found in more than 400 alloys, ... Full Article...
posted in General at Mon, 31 Mar 2014 13:55:21 -0600

Thursday, March 27, 2014 - Ideas to Brighten Up your Laundry Room

Laundry rooms do not have be just a functional room but can be well-designed and beautiful. Here are laundry design ideas to spruce up your laundry room.Bright Colors: use a light green or yellow to brighten up your laundry room. Another option is a bright wallpaper with some complementary strip that will make it look welcoming and comfortable.New Flooring: use a vinyl flooring to give your laundry room a fresh look. Vinyl flooring is very durable and easy to clean.Rolling closet: this will ... Full Article...
posted in General at Thu, 27 Mar 2014 13:28:45 -0600

Monday, March 24, 2014 - New Beginnings

Moving madness is one of the top life-changing stressors in life. Next to death and divorce, setting up house in a different place can test any-one's very last nerve. Going from point A to B is about mourning, saying goodbye and releasing the old to invite in the new. Sometimes moving residences comes coupled with the sad ending of relationships and separations, doubled with the strain of creating a new life and home. On the flipside, a fresh relationship move-in-together brings accelerated ... Full Article...
posted in General at Mon, 24 Mar 2014 14:33:50 -0600

Thursday, March 20, 2014 - What Home $500,000 buys in Canada

In late December 2013, the Canadian Real Estate Association predicted that the national average price for a home will be $391,000 this year. But it's hard to compare how far your buck will go in Canadian cities using that figure, since the average prices at year's end are so very different: $785,574 in Vancouver and $320,693 in Montreal, for instance. So we've found a round figure in the middle and asked, what could approximately $500,000 have bought homebuyers in various markets across the ... Full Article...
posted in General at Thu, 20 Mar 2014 13:30:14 -0600

Tuesday, March 18, 2014 - Hot Colors and Other Home Painting Trends

The first company to produce home paint was Sherwin, Williams, & Co. in 1866.  Then in 1883, Benjamin Moore became their main competitor who put emphasis on the chemistry behind improving color mixing and production and were also the first company to design the computer based color-matching system introduced in 1982. Interior painting has become a common practice among homeowners in the twentieth century up to the present. The style of interior home painting has changed significantly over the ... Full Article...
posted in General at Tue, 18 Mar 2014 06:44:55 -0600

Thursday, March 13, 2014 - Photo Feature: Contemporary Laundry Room Ideas

           
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Monday, March 10, 2014 - The Appropriate Lighting Sell Houses

The staging process is an important part of selling a home. Lighting is one of the most crucial elements of the staging because poor lighting can make a clean house look grubby and harsh lighting can make the furnishing look ugly. Strategic lighting can be used to emphasize the architectural features of a home and make the various rooms in your house look inviting and beautiful. Here are few tips for lighting your home.Take advantage of natural light. Open all the curtains and blinds and use as ... Full Article...
posted in General at Mon, 10 Mar 2014 13:47:05 -0600

Friday, March 7, 2014 - CMHC's move to hike mortgage insurance premiums prompts competitors to follow

The cost of mortgage default insurance is about to go up for most consumers after competitors moved quickly to follow Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp.?s decision to raise premiums. The federal agency announced Friday it is increasing premiums across the board, effective May 1. The change does not impact existing homeowners and is expected to raise up to $175-million for CMHC. ?The higher premiums reflect CMHC?s higher capital targets,? said Steven Mennill, CMHC?s vice-president of insurance ... Full Article...
posted in General at Fri, 07 Mar 2014 07:20:56 -0700

Tuesday, March 4, 2014 - Edmonton Market Update March 2014

Edmonton, March 4, 2014: The REALTORS® Association of Edmonton reports that the housing market in the Edmonton CMA1 remains active. Residential listing activity on the Edmonton Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) was up 7.3% as compared to January and sales increased by 24.4%. The all-residential price (includes single family detached, condominiums, duplexes and row-houses) rose 2.9% in a month. The average condo price was up just 1.6% from January to $238,854 with the median sale price at ...
posted in General at Tue, 04 Mar 2014 10:45:23 -0700

Monday, March 3, 2014 - Keep downsizing down to earth

Adjusting to less space requires a new perspective. Downsizing can be a super-stressful process. Moving into less space sets our inner voice screaming, "Where will I put everything?" You can quiet that voice by making a design plan that follows a few basic steps. You'll reduce stress and reap the benefits of living with less. BE REALISTIC If you are moving from a 2,000-square-foot house to an 800-square-foot condo, you won't get it all in. Look at the new space's size and layout and decide what ... Full Article...
posted in General at Mon, 03 Mar 2014 09:44:21 -0700

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