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PROPERTY PERSPECTIVES 035: The Regrettable #1 Trap of Retirement Downsizing

Posted by on Nov 7, 2017

It’s easy to dream about the leisurely days you’ll enjoy with the high price your home will fetch.  Perhaps the neighbours sold their home for a sky-high sum, or so they told you as a limo whisked them off to who knows where.  The fact is, you likely don’t know: a) how their home differs from yours relative to the qualities prospective buyers value most; b) their home’s condition or upgrades; c) the net proceeds of the sale; or d) whether the real estate market was better or worse than it is now. Done right, downsizing can be a good idea.  Most homeowners count on financing retirement by selling their home, buying a smaller home and investing the difference for income.  Regrettably, they sometimes reap much less than they hoped for by overlooking or underestimating closing costs, realtor fees...

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Traditional Chinese Medicine offers autumn health fillips

Posted by on Nov 4, 2017

By Emily Babaris R,TCMP, R.AC. BES As the days become shorter and cooler and the beginning of sniffles and a tingle in the throat start up, what can Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) do for you. In TCM, each season is connected with different organ systems and emotions. Fall is connected to the lungs and large intestine, acceptance and moving forward. With the shift of season also comes a shift within our bodies. Autumn is a time of harvest and preparation for winter. This is a season to strengthen the body, maximize nutrition and mindfully think ahead to the coming cold winter months. The main factor at this time of year is to focus on strengthening our immune systems. This can be achieved using a combination of exercise, nutrition, sleep and TCM. TCM helps each patient strengthen and protect their...

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EY’s Cool East is now exclusive TO distributor of popular new Xero ‘barefoot’ shoes

Posted by on Oct 8, 2017

A popular new trend in footwear towards minimalist construction to emulate the barefoot experience has been taken to the max by a U.S. company that started in a home bedroom and now exports an expanding line of products around the world.

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New Raw K9 Supply store offers a new twist on pet foods

Posted by on Oct 6, 2017

A great way to ensure your four-legged friend is eating right is to stop by Raw K9 Supply, a new pet food and accessories store …

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PROPERTY PERSPECTIVES 034: Tips for converting your basement into a liveable, value-added space

Posted by on Oct 5, 2017

Turning an East York basement into a finished and livable space provides you with another room to enjoy while increasing the value of your home.  When it comes time to sell, a creatively utilized and properly finished basement can yield a positive return on your investment. Based on my experience with what buyers look for, here are some ideas for converting your basement into a livable space: Rec-Room/Living Room:  A recreation room is one of the most popular and more economical uses for a finished basement.  The extra space could be a playroom for kids, an adults-only living room retreat, a she-cave, a man-cave, or a home theatre.  Couches for plenty of seating, a big television, pool or games table, are right at home in the basement.  When it comes to flooring, opt for family and pet-friendly materials that...

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Pre-winter home renos are a prudent step to take now

Posted by on Oct 4, 2017

\ BY ANDREA FREEDMAN \ When we think of home renovation, many of us immediately think of it in terms of redecorating and what it will look like when it is done.  But with winter not far away, it is what we do to our houses that cannot be seen that is far more important than the visual effects of renovation. Fred Maycock, co-owner of Maycock Contracting, stresses the importance of proper insulation in the attic.  According to the Toronto Building Code –which refers to residential renovations– there needs to be “at least 20 inches of insulation in your attic.” Besides complying with building code standards, insulation has many benefits for homeowners. “The more insulation you have in your attic, the more heat gets trapped in your home, making your heating costs lower,” Maycock says. Insulation is not as...

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