BC Home + Garden Show: Find everything you need to know for your next big project

[Vancouver Sun - February 9, 2019] The BC Home + Garden show, February 20 - 24 at BC Place is brimming with projects to revamp your living space, big or small. It doesn’t matter how many times it’s happened before: Every time the BC Home + Garden show opens, show manager Tyson Kidd feels a mix of excitement and satisfaction at a job well done. “We really try to keep ourselves dialled in to what’s fresh and exciting,” he says. “We work [...]

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Planning a Move this Winter? Tips on How to Successfully Downsize

[Source: Next Step Organizing Services, October 22, 2017] Whether you're moving from a a big family home to a Yaletown condo or moving in with a partner, downsizing is necessary.  Moving from a large home full of your stuff to a small space can be challenging, and while it's easy to say "just eliminate the extra stuff," doing it is not so easy.  Here are some tips to make the transition as smooth as possible. 1. Be Prepared! Make a plan: create [...]

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“Breaking Bad – News” – Big Changes Ahead

[Source: Synergy Mortgage, October 18, 2017] Stringent NEW Canadian Mortgage Rules take affect January 1st, 2018. Office Of The Superintendent Of Financial Institutions (OFSI) has finalized NEW mortgage rules applicable on all federally regulated banks.  The new rules officially start January 1, 2018.  This will dramatically change the lending landscape. The new rules apply to all bank mortgages and will make borrowing more difficult even for clients who have substantial down payments, strong income and excellent credit.  Alternative lenders with relaxed qualification [...]

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Remodel vs. Renovation: What’s the Difference?

[Source: Realtor.com, February 13, 2017] You say potato, I say potahto. Remodel vs. renovation … same thing, right? While the terms remodel and renovation are used interchangeably all the time, they are actually very different animals. So exactly what is the difference between a remodel and a renovation? The key difference is how deep the changes go. A renovation means you’re updating an existing structure with cosmetic changes, whereas a remodel involves changing the structure through demolition and construction, explains Jason [...]

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