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Even 30 basis points could save you thousands over five years OTTAWA — A surge in mortgage renewals, rising interest rates and new stress testing rules will are conspiring to make refinancing your mortgage more complicated and more expensive. Mortgage broker Kelly Wilson, co-owner of the Wilson Team mortgage brokerage in Ottawa, says a majority […]


If it’s your first time buying, here’s some clarity Thinking about buying a home? It can feel like an intimidating process and you probably have about a million and one questions about this big step. Here are 10 helpful queries we’ve answered recently that might help you on your journey to home-ownership. 1. Is this […]


10 Common Outdoor Decorating Mistakes (And How To Avoid Them) Make the most of summer by turning your patio into the ultimate getaway with these simple solutions. 1. Forgetting an outdoor rug. A rug brings the indoors out and is an essential part of tying a space together. Most outdoor rugs are made out of durable, fade-resistant material that’s […]


Where to Buy Real Estate Now View neighbourhood rankings by region: Greater Ottawa Ottawa Core Ottawa Inner Suburbs Ottawa Outer Suburbs Merrickville (Google Earth) https://goo.gl/maps/CHn9khiY9Xs 10. Merrickville, Wolford Township Area: Kemptville, Merrickville, Brockville & Area Region: Outer suburbs Average home price (2017): $335,471 2-year price change: 29% Realtor grade (out of 5): ???? Get more stats on this neighbourhood   Vankleek […]


Spruce up your walls for spring with neutrals that aren’t boring. From a grey mauve to an off-black, these neutral paint colours are foolproof and more interesting than eggshell. Take a peek at our top 12 picks for neutral shades below:   Evangeline Green Tint 1 Where to use: This fresh shade is perfect for a bathroom with […]


If it’s your first time buying, here’s some clarity. Thinking about buying a home? It can feel like an intimidating process and you probably have about a million and one questions about this big step. Here are 10 helpful queries we’ve answered recently that might help you on your journey to homeownership. 1. Is this […]


Three basic questions you need to ask yourself before you start the house hunt Policymakers have been slapping our wrists on a pretty regular basis when it comes to the spending habits of Canadians. We’ve had warnings from the Bank of Canada about high consumer debt levels, followed by tighter rules around mortgage lending. The […]


House care

Take our room-by-room tour to learn about environmental baddies you may be harbouring, and how to fix them with easy, earth-friendly changes you can start making today What makes a home? If you’re talking about the resources and products that are consumed by the average Canadian household in a year, then plenty: 10,000 kilowatt hours […]


Most markets will simply flatline before rebalancing by the end of the year. There’s never a dull day in real estate. Last year started off with a big nervous question: Will the Canadian housing market crash? In 2018, the new year started off with more of a sigh. Analysts across North America came out with […]


Home For Sale

Emma’s ex-husband gave their two twenty-something sons a $30,000 down payment She thinks that was a big mistake. Four years ago, at the age of 24, Jonas Knight decided to buy his first house. Prices had been shooting up in his home town of Maple Ridge, a suburb of Vancouver, and he felt that if […]


Every Halloween, Lisa Thornbury and her family transform their home into a haunted house worthy of the title “Scariest Digs in the ’Hood.” “My kids don’t actually care if decorations come from Martha Stewart or the Dollar Store,” says Thornbury, the Toronto-based mother of two and blogger for the Yummy Mummy Club. “They just like it […]


Timeless advice on accents, window treatments, finding the right-sized rug and more.   1. Keep investment pieces neutral Stick to creams, beiges and greys for your sofa and headboard. Get trendy with less expensive items, like pillows and accessories.   2. Use dimmer switches Add dimmers to light switches wherever you can to soften a […]


Get inspired to do something different with your decor this holiday with these easy ideas. 1. Use blankets and faux-sheepskin throws. Not everyone has the luxury of spending Thanksgiving dinner at a beautiful barn, but if it’s a nice day, try hosting your party outdoors. It’s easy to re-create this cozy, rustic look — simply throw blankets in autumnal colours […]


Put on your Marie Kondo hat. These hacks for your bedroom, kitchen and office will have your home organized in no time (and help keep it that way).   1. Always start by purging the things bringing clutter to your space. This will save you time in the long run, as you won’t be organizing […]


We debunk five real estate myths to help you become a more informed home buyer (and offer one that’s a fact, but should be taken with a grain of salt). 1. The agent representing both the seller and the buyer is working just for you. Myth. No matter where you live in Canada, real estate agents and […]


Make the most of summer by turning your patio into the ultimate getaway with these simple solutions. 1. Forgetting an outdoor rug. A rug brings the indoors out and is an essential part of tying a space together. Most outdoor rugs are made out of durable, fade-resistant material that’s easily cleaned with a hose. Bonus: A lot of today’s […]


The Chatelaine Kitchen’s Amy Rosen transformed her duplex into a show-stopping home with a few splashes of colour and a dash of pattern   Eight years after she bought it, Chatelaine’s acting food editor, Amy Rosen, decided it was time to say goodbye to her tenants and take over both floors of her duplexed century-old […]


Mary Elizabeth Williams, author of Gimme Shelter, shares how her search for the perfect home changed her perspective on love, life and happiness. Q: Why made you want to buy a house? A: There were a variety of factors. I had my second child at the peak of the housing bubble, and the desire to […]


Buy the right home for your family with these smart tips It’s not unusual for parents of young children to find themselves on the hunt for a new home. Here are five key questions parents should ask when deciding whether or not to buy a particular house. Are there child-related amenities nearby? This includes community […]


Follow these easy tips to get your bedroom in tip-top shape quickly and efficiently. Some people will argue that the bedroom is the most important room in your home. After all, we spend lots of time in that room and a restful sleep is key to optimal health. And there’s nothing like the smell of […]


Are you ready? We are! We’re excited to kick off our second Clutter Cure challenge this Sunday. We hope you follow along as we clean and organize our way through the month of March. Spring is the perfect time to get your home in order, but sometimes it’s hard to know where to start and […]


While you’re doing your seasonal clean, keep these tips top-of-mind to find money you didn’t know you had.   It’s been a long, brutal winter and like most Canadians I’m glad to see the back of it. I’m opening the windows, getting out the dusters and getting ready to declutter the cold weather out of […]