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The number of people who prefer to work from home continues to increase. Statistics show that the number of Americans who do at least some of their work from home has increased up to 35 percent in the past decade, with 68 percent expecting to work remotely in the future. This can be attributed to the comfort and efficiency experienced from such an arrangement. However, a home office is prone to become too casual or being too comfortable, which can hinder productivity. A well-organized and clutter-free home space, on the other hand, can boost your productivity, efficiency, and effectiveness. The tips below can help you to build a perfect working space in your home.

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If you are looking to purchase new condos for sale in North York, then you will be happy to know that condo sales have grown exponentially in recent years, particularly in bigger Canadian markets. Many investors have shifted gears towards the purchase of pre-construction condos, as competition in the industry has grown substantially in the last few years.

In regards to condo occupancy rates, there are nearly 2 million people in Canada who made a condo their new home in 2016. Due to the newfound demand for pre-construction condos in Canada, the number of construction projects in the country has also risen accordingly. Here, our focus will be on new condos for sale in North York, and why you s...Read more
You wouldn't dream of going to a party wearing a leisure suit or dress from the 1970s. So why host a backyard barbecue in an outdated yard? Improving your landscaping has a lot of benefits. It demonstrates pride of ownership and is one of the best ways to increase your home value should you want to sell it. After all, if buyers see that you take care of the outside of your house, they’ll assume you’ve taken good care of the inside. Landscaping improvements can boost your home’s value by up to 15%. That translates into a whopping $45,000 more for a $300,000 home.

You don’t have to rip out everything and start over. It’s easy enough to make some simple enhancements. A general rule of thumb is t...Read more
Meetings are a necessary component of homeowner association operations. The seating arrangement at HOA meetings is critical to a productive outcome. Foreign diplomats are particularly careful in choosing the shape of the table and who sits next to who since the slightest faux pas can have disastrous results. In King Arthur's day, meetings were held at a Round Table so that all could freely participate without the King dictating the debate or worse. (Swords, lances and maces were checked at the door).

There are lessons to be learned from this age-old experience that can be applied to homeowner associations. HOAs have both Board and Homeowner Meetings and both formats demand very different seat...Read more
Becoming a homeowner is more than having a set of keys and your name on the deed. You may have a rush of emotions the day you take possession and recognize you now have your place in the world—literally. And that’s just the beginning. Here are a few more things you can expect.

You learn what pride of ownership means
You may take pride in your car and your clothes and other minor possessions, but nothing compares to the feeling of being a homeowner. Buying your first place is an accomplishment, and you get to come home to that accomplishment every day.
You’ll have more peace of mind
Once you have moved into your new home, unpacked, and taken a breath, you’ll have that moment—that moment where yo...Read more
There are plenty of benefits to buying a home during the cold winter months. Generally, there are fewer people shopping for homes in the winter, which means you might have less competition when bidding on a house. Additionally, you have a higher chance of closing a deal - according to Zillow.

However, you need to take several key factors into consideration when home shopping during the holiday season or after. Here are three tips that will help you pick the right house and avoid serious problems in the future.
1. Find Issues Beneath the Snow and Ice with a Home Inspection
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A blanket of snow or ice on a home can hide serious problems, which is why it’s vital that you sche...Read more
Where are you going to move to next? Will you find another house you love? Will the moving process go smoothly? They’re just a few of the dozens of questions you probably have if you’re getting ready to sell your home and look for another. But first things first: You have to find that buyer! The right real estate listing could make the difference between your home selling quickly, or not at all.

You may not have thought much about your real estate listing, but it’s a critical piece of the home-selling pie. Getting it wrong may not necessarily cost you a sale if your home is well-priced, located in a hot area, and you have great listing photos. But it could help you attract the right buyers i...Read more
We’ve talked at length about the issues with Zillow’s Zestimate, which, despite a retooling, can still be off by tens of thousands of dollars. That creates frustration and mistrust among home sellers and buyers.

But, there’s another reason real estate agents, buyers, and sellers are aggravated with Zillow. Agents are checking their personal listings on Zillow’s site and finding their names grouped with several other agents’ names—none of whom have a connection to the home. In some cases, these agents may not know they appear on that particular listing, and they might not even be familiar with the home, which means they won’t have the ability to speak to its details or selling points.
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Is 2020—the start of a new year and a new decade—the year you look forward or the year you look backward? PJ Wade examines the benefits and shortcomings of your directional approach to context, process, and content.

January 2020 is the official “forward-thinking” month since it starts the calendar year and, this year, a new decade.
January’s annual barrage of forward-looking media, business, and social media “pundit prognoses” generates a wide range of business and online reflections on opportunity and risk in 2020.
If you don’t consider January the start of your business cycle or you’re on vacation this month, these forward-focused ideas may receive little or no consideration by you.
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The mortgage industry sometimes refers to as a “goodbye” letter. In essence, it’s an advance notice that a homeowner’s mortgage has been sold and transferred to another entity. For many, this might be somewhat surprising. A borrower and a loan officer form a relationship during the homebuying process or when refinancing an existing mortgage but not too soon thereafter the relationship might seem somewhat diminished. Where’s the loyalty? Why did my mortgage company sell my loan when I was happy where it was? The answer is that without the ability to sell a loan, getting a new mortgage would be made much more difficult.

Gone are the days when a mortgage company or a bank would pull money out of...Read more

2020's Hottest Paint Colors: Which Is Your... The perfect hue for your listing could be hiding among paint companies' top 11 picks. January 13, 2020By: Melissa Dittmann TraceyDesign Trends

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Turn Any Bedroom Into a Dreamy Sanctuary Expect home buyers to scrutinize the master bedroom. Here’s how to set the perfect scene that’ll make them fall in love. January 6, 2020By: Karen PostDesign Trends

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5 Design Trends to Watch in 2020 From balanced earth tones to unique lighting, find out which designs you can expect to gain popularity in the new year. December 30, 2019

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Houzz's Most-Viewed Kitchen Photos of 2019 These pictures capture the hottest kitchen design trends over the past year. December 23, 2019By: Melissa Dittmann TraceyDesign Trends, Kitchen & Bath

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3 Winter Staging Tips: Coffee Vignettes, Feature... Warm up your décor with these simple tricks from home staging pro Audra Slinkey.December 16, 2019By: Audra SlinkeyStaging

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Hey, Stagers! Don't Be the Holiday Décor Grinch You can still get great listing photos without stealing home sellers' holiday cheer.December 9, 2019Staging

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5 Steps to Prepare Your Home for Natural Disasters Some homes are vulnerable to threats. Take precautions before it’s too late.December 2, 2019Natural Disaster Insurance, Environmental Issues

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5 Home Design Trends We're Most Grateful For REALTOR® Magazine's Styled, Staged & Sold blog rounds up its thankful list of the interior design trends that have the most staying power. November 25, 2019By: Melissa Dittmann TraceyDesign Trends

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How to Stage a Grand Foyer Awe buyers from the front door. Check out REALTOR® Magazine's latest 'How I Staged It' slideshow. November 18, 2019By: Melissa Dittmann TraceyBeing a Real Estate Professional

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Décor Details: Choosing the Right Cabinet Hardware The knobs and pulls for your cabinetry may seem trivial, but it can make a big difference. November 11, 2019By: Melissa Dittmann TraceyKitchen & Bath

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The online retail giant has sparked a debate over whether economic incentives are a smart way for cities and states to attract jobs and development.

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A new analysis shows that the Midwest and East Coast are among the hotspots for rental property bargains.

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Share this financial breakdown with clients so they understand what they’re paying for at the closing table.

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Cheaper financing opportunities, combined with a strong job market, are boosting home buyers’ purchasing power.

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Criminals may pretend to be a practitioner asking his or her coworkers to pick up hundreds of dollars in gift cards for supposed closing gifts.

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The real estate giant has launched a “What Moves Her” initiative to encourage women to aim high in the business.

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The former employee accepted more than a million dollars in bribes and kickbacks.

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Why some analysts believe the availability of more high-end units could lead to more options for lower-income renters.

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Buyer demand hits highest level in 11 years.

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All-gray interiors are one of the fads that designers say they hope quickly vanishes soon.

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