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Thursday, December 3, 2020   /   by Earl Gaddi

Thrifting for Furniture

You know that these unusual items have a way of attracting the attention of house guests, whether you've upcycled a dining room table or refinished an antique wardrobe. 

Thrifted furniture, packed with charm and character, is an ideal choice for those on a budget, searching for a separate piece to complete a design vision, or those just wanting to have a positive effect on the world and their culture. 

So we have some thrifting tips to help you find and give new life to classic items whether you are interested in upcycling, thrifting, or collecting.
Why thrift for furniture?
Better quality: Let’s be honest, they don’t make furniture like they used to. Most furniture built in the past was meticulously made by hand using real solid wood. It’s these types of quality pieces that really stand the test time.
Better for the environment: The fast furniture industry is enormous and wasteful. Made of inexpensive plastics, particleboard, and resin, fas ...

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Friday, November 20, 2020   /   by Earl Gaddi

Why Canadian Home Buyers Shift Focus to Single-Family Homes

Spending more time at home during the pandemic has led some homeowners to reevaluate what they want most out of their properties. 

With work from home arrangements now commonplace, the desire for more privacy, extra space, and easy access to the outdoors have been major drivers behind the unprecedented levels of buying and selling activity in Canada’s housing markets since the early summer months. 

In September, national home sales continued to break records. Home sales inched upwards by 0.9%  from August to another all-time high for monthly sales, according to recent data published by the Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA). Year-over-year, transactions increased by 45.6%, shattering the record for the month of September by a margin of 20,000 transactions.

The national average home price outperformed its previous record for September, logging a 17.5%  annual increase to $604,000. This trend is heavily influenced by high-priced sales in the Grea ...

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Wednesday, November 18, 2020   /   by Earl Gaddi

November 2020 Homeward Bound Newsletter

The month of November brings about an extra opportunity to say Thank You for being a valuable part of our business. As we have celebrated Thanksgiving and begin to prepare for the Holiday season, it’s easy to become wrapped up in all that we have to do to ensure a joyful, peaceful time for all we are responsible for and overlook all that we have to be thankful for. Gratitude though is an attitude that is contagious!

Unfortunately, many homeowners are anxious to move from their current home once they decide to list it. Especially at this time of year as it adds to the frustration of not being settled for the Holidays. You may know someone or a family that fits this description.

This is where you can help!

If you or anyone you know is considering making a move, we would like to offer them a FREE No Obligation to Move Consultation to discuss just how they can make their move, get what they want and do it with the least hassle.

Just like we are thankful for you a ...

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Thursday, November 12, 2020   /   by Earl Gaddi

The Best Ways to Invest in Real Estate

When it comes to investing in real estate, most people look to own their primary residence with hope and trust that the value of the property will increase with time as they create equity in their investment. 

It's a sound and reasonably secure way to raise your investment if you keep a long-term eye on it. But for many novices they are probably not aware that increasing investment in real estate will take many other forms—everything from renting a property or a holiday home to purchasing a home, restoring it, and selling it at a higher price to investing in a Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT). 

As with every investment, each strategy carries different risks – so you want to explore your options carefully to ensure that you invest your money responsibly and strategically.

“Realizing the dream of homeownership has proven over the years, decades and decades, to be one of the best investments available to Canadians. If you look historically and you ...

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Tuesday, November 10, 2020   /   by Earl Gaddi

Tips for Productively Working from Home

There are a lot of benefits of working from home, from being able to see more of your kids to a flexible schedule, and more.  But it’s also very dangerous if you’re easily lured in by procrastination and the numerous distractions that can present themselves and hamper your work and productivity.  If you’re going to work from home, be it a day here or there, or full-time, you’ll want to plan it out.  Here are some tips for successfully working from home:

Make yourself an office, or at least a work “station” area. This will be the spot that you do your work.  If you don’t have a room that you can turn into a home office, you can set up shop at the kitchen table, although this is not ideal.  Taking your laptop and plopping down on the couch in front of the television will present many temptations.  You’ll want to make sure that your home office has everything that you need, and that may even mean getting ...

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