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April 2, 2017 1:30 pm

In October 2014, Tom and Christine, the co-owners of Solares Architecture and real-life couple, renovated their family home in the Queen West/Roncesvalles neighbourhood of Toronto. The main goals of the major overhaul were to minimize energy waste and maximize use and livability of the 900 sq.ft. home. The previous home was dark and cramped, at […]

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Land House

April 2, 2017 1:30 pm

A year round cottage minutes from Georgian Bay in Meaford, Ontario, this house derives its form and space from the simplicity of a traditional gabled dogtrot, a typology familiar in the southern US, but less so in northern climates.  With the sleeping areas to one side of the breezeway, and the living to the other, […]

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Keep Your Kitchen’s ‘Backside’ in Good Shape (17 photos)

April 2, 2017 1:30 pm

One of the tricky things about an open floor plan is the view from room to room. When you’re throwing a nice dinner party or hanging out in your living room, you don’t want to feel as if you’re in the middle of the kitchen. So you need to think about the kind of view […]

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What to Look For in a House if You Plan to Age in Place (11 photos)

April 2, 2017 1:30 pm

Hunting for a house that will work for you now and allow you to stay safely and comfortably in your home as you grow older is no easy feat. If you’re looking to age in place, consider putting these 10 things on your home buying wish list to ensure you can happily stay in your […]

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Realtors name February’s fastest housing markets

April 2, 2017 1:30 pm

As the market gears up for what many economists are predicting will be one of the strongest spring home-buying seasons in recent memory, the National Association of Realtors created an infographic that shows the top five fastest markets in February. Spoiler alert: the fastest market saw homes sold in an average of just 23 days. […]

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Consumer optimism surges due to lowered standards

April 2, 2017 1:30 pm

Consumers grew even more optimistic despite the increasing partisan divide. However, this growing optimism could be due, in part, to a change in evaluative criteria. As for the partisan divide, economists continue to predict it will soften in the months to come. HousingWire.com Topics

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Succulents in Containers: The Ultimate Easy-Care Mini Garden (12 photos)

March 31, 2017 7:30 am

Succulents are wildly popular with beginning gardeners and seasoned horticulturalists for good reason. They come in a dazzling diversity of forms, colors and varieties and don’t need to be fussed over with frequent watering. Potted up as patio accents or living centerpieces, succulents in… Houzz Galleries

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10 Accessories That Will Make You Love Your Home More (10 photos)

March 31, 2017 7:30 am

It isn’t always the investment pieces — the forever sofas and antique tables — that we end up loving the most in our homes. Instead, sometimes it truly is the little things that make day-to-day life just a bit easier or more special. Here, then, are 10 things you can do or add to your […]

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ATTOM: First quarter sees lowest home affordability since 2009

March 31, 2017 7:30 am

Housing affordability continues to slip lower, hitting levels not seen since 2008 and 2009. More housing markets are slipping below historical levels and homeownership is becoming out of reach for many as average incomes can’t keep up with growing home prices. HousingWire.com Topics

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Rental Affordability Is Worst in Minority Communities

March 31, 2017 7:30 am

Housing has become less affordable for all renters since 2011 as rent appreciation greatly outpaced income growth. But for renters living in predominately black or Hispanic neighborhoods, the situation is decidedly worse. New data shows that, on average, residents of predominantly white neighborhoods spend 30.7 percent of their income on rent, in line with the […]

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