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Vacancy rate in seniors’ housing remains stable

Vacancy rate in seniors’ housing remains stable

According to Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation Seniors’ Housing Report the vacancy rate for standard spaces in seniors’ residences remains stable at 10.7 percent, compared to 10.8 percent in 2010.

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Alberta leads country with highest average rents

Alberta leads country with highest average rents

Immigrants prefer renting apartments before buying their own house

According to the spring Rental Market Survey released recently by Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, the average rental apartment vacancy rate in Canada’s 35 major centres decreased slightly to 2.5 percent in April from 2.9 per cent in 2010.

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Canadian firm provides U.S. real estate market support for Canadians

Canadian firm provides U.S. real estate market support for Canadians

Canadians have flocked to the United States in record numbers over the past few years to buy real estate at significantly discounted prices, thanks to the great American housing crash. And Canadian firms are popping up to help navigate the unfamiliar minefields of foreign markets and regulations.

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Wide disparity in housing market valuations between Calgary, Vancouver and Toronto

Wide disparity in housing market valuations between Calgary, Vancouver and Toronto

A new housing report from BMO Capital Markets says that the national housing picture in Canada masks major underlying differences in valuations among three of the country’s four largest cities, namely Calgary, Vancouver and Toronto.

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Alberta to strengthen protection for new home buyers

Alberta to strengthen protection for new home buyers

Home buyers in Alberta will be better protected from shady builders

The Alberta government is proposing to change the standard of building in Alberta to better protect new home buyers and hold builders more accountable.

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Win $15,000 of kitchen appliances with Top Chef Canada barcode-scanning contest

Win $15,000 of kitchen appliances with Top Chef Canada barcode-scanning contest

Got a smartphone? You could win $15,000 worth of GE Monogram appliances by scanning a barcode that will be displayed on episodes of Top Chef Canada that appears on the Food Network Canada.

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3D website helps Calgarians with home renovation plans get started

3D website helps Calgarians with home renovation plans get started

The City of Calgary has launched an online, interactive 3D tool that will help Calgarians who are planning to do residential improvement projects.  The online site will answer a lot of questions citizens may have about renovations, like what reno jobs need permits, and if permits are required, how to go about getting them.   Continue Reading

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Top Canadian chefs dress up Eggo for 75th birthday, recipes available for “toaster chefs”

Top Canadian chefs dress up Eggo for 75th birthday, recipes available for “toaster chefs”

Eggo, the breakfast icon from Kellog Canada, celebrates its 75th birthday this year. To mark the event and just in time for International Waffle Day (March 25th), Eggo teamed up with three top chefs across Canada to help the unassuming waffle get “dressed” for the occasion. Continue Reading

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Kitchen Adventures: Made in Canada

Kitchen Adventures: Made in Canada

By Darcie Hossack, Photo By David McIlvride

Whether a cook, eater, or just someone who gets heart palpitations over a beautiful plate of food, get ready. You’re about to have an eighteen month love affair with a calendar. Continue Reading

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Hold on to Your Budgeting Resolution

Hold on to Your Budgeting Resolution

An easy-to-use interactive budget calculator that does the math for you has been launched by the Financial Consumer Agency of Canada (FCAC) to help Canadians see how much money they take home and where they’re spending it. Continue Reading

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