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latest CoronaVirus news

May 7, 2020

  • Google’s Sidewalk Labs pulls out of Toronto Quayside smart city project.
  • One employee has died and 25 employees have become infected with COVID-19 at Maple Lodge Farms in Brampton.
  • US unemployment claims hit 33.3 million amid Coronavirus
  • As of today, 63,895 virus infections in Canada
  • The number of total cases of COVID-19 in Ontario was 19,121 as of May 7, 2020.
  • The number of total cases of COVID-19 in Quebec was 34,327 as of May 7, 2020.
  • The number of total cases of COVID-19 in British Columbia was 2,255 as of May 7, 2020.
  • The number of total cases of COVID-19 in Alberta was 5,963 as of May 7, 2020.
  • The number of total cases of COVID-19 in Manitoba was 284 as of May 7, 2020.
  • The number of total cases of COVID-19 in Saskatchewan was 512 as of May 7, 2020.

April 23, 2020

  • As of April 23, 2020, 620,101 people have been tested for Covid-19 Virus, with 40,813 confirmed cases and 2,028.
  • The number of COVID-19 total cases in Quebec was 20,965 as of April 23rd, 2020.
  • The number of COVID-19 total cases in Newfoundland and Labrador was 256 as of April 23rd, 2020.
  • The number of COVID-19 total cases in Ontario was 12,879 as of April 23rd, 2020.
  • US unemployment claims hit 26.4 million amid virus

April 06, 2020

  • Canada based company Medicom to begin manufacturing N95 masks in Canada as foreign countries curb exports.
  • The daily number of deaths in Spain has fallen for a fourth consecutive day as Monday’s death toll due to Covid-19 was 637 which is the lowest recorded since 24 March.
  • The death count in the USA to exceed 10,000 today as total infected cases exceed 337,971.

March 30, 2020

  • Ontario reported on Monday 351 new novel coronavirus cases, the largest single-day increase by far.
  • The growth in coronavirus cases in Spain appears to be slowing as 6,400 cases were confirmed on Monday, the lowest increase in new cases for a week. The total of deaths reached 7,340 after 812 new fatalities.
  • Trump: 1 million have been tested in US for coronavirus, the US has more than 16,000 confirmed virus cases and nearly 3,000 deaths.
  • Macy’s will furlough the majority of its 125,000 employees

March 29, 2020

  • Sophie Grégoire Trudeau says she has recovered from COVID-19, after contracting the illness while on a trip to the United Kingdom earlier this month.
  • 211 News Cases in Ontario today as the Virus Spread is on the rise
  • More than a million Canadians have applied for employment insurance due to the coronavirus outbreak
  • 5 Toronto firefighters test positive for coronavirus
  • Canada has a total of 5,866 COVID-19 cases with 63 deaths mas of March 29, 2020.

March 28, 2020

  • Prime Minister Justin Trudeau: anyone exhibiting symptoms of coronavirus will not be allowed to travel by plane or train. The restrictions come into effect at noon Monday and apply to anyone showing signs of the virus, which include a cough, fever and difficulty breathing.
  • US President Donald Trump has said he is considering imposing a quarantine on New York in a bid to slow the spread of the coronavirus.
  • An LCBO employee working at the Allen and Rimrock Roads location in Toronto has been tested positive.
  • Canadian Air and Transport Security Authority (CATSA) also confirmed Friday one of their screening officers at Toronto Pearson Airport had also tested positive for COVID-19.
  • The USA has crossed 100,000 cases now, at least 1,590 people have died in the US, with at least 402 of those deaths reported on Friday alone.
  • Spain now has the second-highest number of deaths from coronavirus in the world – after Italy. 832 people died from coronavirus in the last 24 hours, its deadliest day since the outbreak began.

March 27, 2020

  • US President Donald Trump has signed a $2.2 Trillion bailout bill passed by Congress, the largest fiscal stimulus in US history. This bill will bring relief to companies and average Americans, more than 3.3 million of whom are out of work due to the global CoronaVirus pandemic
  • Ontario issue Amber alert to all people who travelled out of Canada and are back. The Government is also using the system to alert residents to stay home for all non essential requirements.
  • Ontario announces 135 new cases of coronavirus, bringing the provincial total to 993. So far 18 people have died.
  • UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson tests positive for coronavirus. The British Prime Minister has mild symptoms and will continue to lead the UK’s response to the pandemic. He will self-isolate in Downing Street.
  • Italy, so far the worst-hit country from the Covid-19 Virus has confirmed 969 more deaths from the coronavirus in the past 24 hours, taking the country’s total to 9,134. The only hope is that the number of new infections is decreasing.
  • Bank of Canada cuts key interest rate to 0.25% due to COVID-19

March 24, 2020

  • Worldwide CoronaVirus infections have reached 400,000 cases, a new milestone in the number of infections, according to data collated by Johns Hopkins University.
  • The 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics and Paralympic Games have also been postponed by a year because of the global coronavirus pandemic.

March 23, 2020

2:00 pm: Ontario’s Premier Doug Ford has announced the shutdown of all non-essential services across the province in an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19. Grocery stores, pharmacies, and takeout restaurants will be allowed to stay open. The Premier also sais that essential manufacturer and supply chain providers will also open. The order is effective for 14 days. The Government will release the names of the Businesses that will remain open.

11:00 am: Ontario reports 78 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the provincial total to 503.

10:30 am: Prime Minister Trudeau to address the nation after call with premiers about COVID-19 response. Trudeau remains in self-isolation and will be speaking from his residence at Rideau Cottage. He has been holding daily briefings for more than a week since in self-isolation as his wife Sophie was tested positive for COVID-19 after returning from UK.

10:00 am: Canada declined to sent its Contingent to Tokyo Olympics for 2020 which means the games are almost set to postpone until the Covid-19 Virus in controlled.

March 22, 2020

Italy today reported 651 deaths due to virus bringing the total deaths at 5,476 due to coronavirus. Italy has banned any movement inside the country and closed all non-essential businesses. Italy has the most affected country and trying hard to control the infections. Today’s death rate shows a drop-down in the number of deaths suggesting that Italy has peaked the virus infections and hopefully the death rate and new infection rate will be down now onwards.

Alberta has announced the latest on CoronaVirus – 33 new COVID-19 cases reported today taking the total toll to 259 infections. According to updated data on Alberta Health Services’s website, 26,999 tests have been done so far.

Toronto to provide free, 24/7 childcare for essential and critical service workers. Precautions will include daily screening of children and families prior to admission, increased cleaning, and reduced group sizes. Visit http://toronto.ca/covid-19 for answers to common questions before contacting the Toronto Public Health COVID-19 Hotline or 311.

Brampton City Hall will be lit yellow every night until April 5 as a sign of hope for our community impacted by COVID-19.

An employee has a confirmed positive case #COVIDー19 who worked at the @TimHortons @petrocanada location at 11980 Highway #10 in #Brampton. The period of concern is from March 9 to 20th. Anyone who went here for gas, coffee or supplies requested to self isolate for 14 days.

Coronavirus cases top 300,000 worldwide

Deaths in New York climbs to 114. Of nearly 30,000 cases in the United States, more than 15,000 are in New York state, including more than 9,000 in New York City.

March 19, 2020

4:00 PM: The death toll in Italy now exceeds that of China due to Covid19. The number of deaths now stands at 3,405, which is more than in China where the virus originated last year. The Death count in China is reported at 3,245 however, the number may be much more as the data sent by Chinese Government is not considered reliable.

7:00 PM: Toronto police have confirmed a civilian member of the force has tested positive for COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus. The Infection count in Ontario stands at 258 with addition of 44 new cases reported today.

8:00 PM: Brampton Transit: Starting March 23, Brampton Transit will be operating on a reduced schedule and will implement ways to support social distancing. New Schedule will be published soon.

March 18, 2020

5:10 pm: Now Saskatchewan government declares state of emergency after number of cases doubles

5:00 pm – After Ontario, B.C. declares a provincial state of emergency to respond to COVID-19 where the number of infected cases has climbed to 180.

4:00 pm: All Ford, GM factories in North America to close over COVID-19

23 new coronavirus cases confirmed in Ontario today March 18th, 2020.

USA and Canada shutting down the Border to all non-essential travel in an attempt to curb the spread of coronavirus.

Why Buy a home in Toronto?

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Why-Toronto

Toronto Condo Sale

The time to move has come around again. For whatever reason, the current home just doesn’t fit anymore. Maybe it’s too big, now that the kids are gone. Or, maybe it’s too small with the expected arrival of yet another little one. Maybe in these tough Economic Times, the job you thought would last until retirement has disappeared, and there is no reason to stay in the area anymore. Possibly, you’re not happy with the school system or need a stable Healthcare System. Or maybe it’s just a desire to try something new and different.

Whatever the reason, many people have begun to look northward, into Canada, for their answers to bigger, better or more secure homes and Toronto is the destination to be. Why Toronto? What is it about Toronto real estate that people find so attractive these days?

Why Toronto? 

Toronto is the fifth largest city in all of North America, yet with a population of 5 million (Greater Toronto Area), it can seem grossly underpopulated and spread out according to American Standards. The city has the largest subway system in the North American continent outside of Manhattan. So, if you plan carefully, it might not matter which neighborhood you choose to live in. If the subway goes through, and it probably does, then you almost certainly guarantee yourself an effortless commute to work.

Cultural Dіvеrѕіtу

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Like America, Canada and particularly Toronto, is a Melting Pot of cultures. It is a city made up of many interesting and diverse neighborhoods where crossing streets is like stepping from one country into another. And since Toronto draws its diversity from migrants rather than you sometimes overwhelming aspect of illegal immigration, internal growth is somewhat slower than in America, meaning there is less stress on the schools, public health and safety systems. 

Hosing Market

The current World economic crisis has affected Canada and Toronto in particular as well as the United States. However, Toronto is seeing a boom in housing that has began to reverse the ill fortunes of the past several months. The introduction of Mortgage Stress test and series of increase in the interest rate had affected the Toronto Housing market but the new sales numbers in spring are healthy signs that the Toronto Real estate market is booming again. Toronto’s condo market in particular has been a story of rising prices, rising rents despite a slump in the last two years. The Market for Toronto Condos for sale is ever strong  and experts are attributing the up-tick to stored consumer confidence, lower interest rates and pent up demand. 

Cоmраrаblе Living

Overall, living in Toronto would not be a great change from living farther south in America. The demographics are similar. English is spoken in both. However, many Canadian speak french as well. Sports aficionados will find plenty to cheer about in Toronto with baseball, football, Basketball, Cricket, Curling and more as anyone can desire. The Cost of living is also similar with America’s cost of living being only slightly higher.  The USA ѕpends more money on education, but the schools are comparable and literacy rates are the same within Canada as they are in the states. One of the few differences would be holidays. Canada gets more statuary holidays than the US counterpart. 

Before Making the Move

Despite all the good things that you’ve heard about moving to Toronto, it would be wise to check out the city first before making the final decision. Make it your next vacation stop. Spend some time in the various neighbourhoods. See which one could possibly contain your family’s dream home.  

Viola Desmond $10 Bill wins international bank note of the Year competition

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Canada’s latest $10 Bill showing Viola Desmond has won a major International Banknote Competition beatings the finalists from Venezula, Switzerland and Russia.
The bill beat 15 other banknotes to win the International Bank Note Society award. The current $10 note is purple, and the obverse features a portrait of Viola Desmond, a Black Nova Scotian businesswoman who challenged racial segregation at a film theatre in New Glasgow, Nova Scotia, in 1946. A successful Nova Scotia businesswoman, she defiantly refused to leave a whites-only area of a movie theatre in 1946 and was subsequently jailed, convicted and fined. Her court case was one of the first known legal challenges against racial segregation brought forth by a Black woman in Canada.

This Bill was introduced on 8 December 2016 by the Minister of Finance and the Governor of the Bank of Canada.

Contemporary Design Solutions for an Open-Plan Kitchen and Dining Area

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Open-Plan Kitchen and Dining Area

Even those people who don’t like cooking like eating tasty and delicious and that means we all deserve a nice kitchen, regardless of our culinary skills. However, not all kitchens are the same, and the majority of people are looking for practicality as much as ingenuity. That’s why they insist on connecting their cooking and dining areas, creating an amazing open-plan area every member of their family – not to mention their guests – is going to love. If you too want to design such an area, here are a few ideas that might help you.

Connecting kitchen island

Everyone loves having a kitchen island and this is probably one of the most practical and functional parts of every modern kitchen. This is where you can prepare and serve your food, as well as use that extra space for storing your pots and pans. But, when you’re creating an open-plan area, such an island can serve another purpose and connect your kitchen to the dining room.

Placing a kitchen island right between these two areas will help you utilize every inch of space it has, and you’ll be able to approach it from both sides. The side closer to your kitchen can be used for preparing the food, and you can equip the other side with some bar stools, connect it to a table and use it for eating. This is particularly useful if you have lots of people over and the dining room can’t accommodate all of them.

Unifying colour scheme

Unifying colour scheme

If you really want to connect your kitchen and dining room into a single unit, you need to pay attention to the colour scheme as well. This is the easiest yet most effective way to create a huge open-plan space and blend everything together, and the best thing about it is that you can do all the work yourself.

Even though most people don’t like painting, applying a new coat of paint on your walls is actually more than they can imagine – all you need is a few hours of free time, a bucket of paint and a few brushes. You can even invite a couple of friends over and turn this project into a fun time you can enjoy with your buddies.

Fix the floors

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Most kitchens are equipped with ceramic tiles and the dining rooms with hardwood flooring, and this could be quite a problem when trying to mix these two into one distinct space. One of the ways to do that is by installing brand new floors in the entire open-space area and opt for materials that will work well in the kitchen and the dining room at the same time.

Cork, bamboo, and vinyl are among the most practical and easy-to-maintain materials for your floors, so take them into consideration first. Don’t forget to add some rugs, though, especially if you prefer walking barefoot. A visually appealing modern rug can also add some charm to your new cooking and dining space, so be sure to find one that matches your colour scheme and works for you the most.

Using the same materials

Using the same materials

Both your kitchen and your dining room feature tons of different surfaces – from your countertops and your cabinets to your cupboards to your dining room table – and using the same material is another way to put these two areas together. Though most people prefer quartz and marble for their kitchen countertops, these materials can turn out to be too different from the rest of your new kitchen/dining room area, so going in another direction might be a better idea.

Using wood, for instance, could be a good solution – not only do wooden countertops look amazing and unusual, but wooden cabinets are what most people are already using. The same goes for your dining room furniture, i.e. your table and your cabinets, so using this material is probably the easiest way to solve all your problems.

Turning your kitchen and dining room into one open-plan area could seem like the hardest thing in the world, but if you know what you’re trying to achieve and aren’t afraid of experimenting, you could easily create a cosy, inviting and welcoming space everyone in your family is going to love.

Type of Houses in Canada

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The homes in Canada are as diverse as the population of Canada. Here is a list of different types of houses available in Ontario Canada.

Bungalows

Bunglow

The bungalows have been a popular choice amongst Canadian residents given the ease of use as this type housing style lack of stairways with the primary living area contained on one floor and are predominantly low rise home. In Ontario, the bungalows date from the early 1900’s, but gained its greatest popularity during the post­ war years of the late 1940’s.

One and one-half Storey:

1 and half storey

The one and one ­half storey was popular post war era but now not very popular unline 2 storey home. Typically, about 60% of the total living area is contained on the first floor. From a cost perspective, this style is more cost effective than the bungalow, by providing more square footage on the same building coverage (or foot print) on the land.

Two-Storey Home

2 storey home

The two ­storey home is arguably the most popular Home Style in Ontario. This type of home offer a mix of large living area combined with a separate level for sleeping areas. Two storey designs are very popular in the Greater Toronto Area especially the suburbs of Toronto such as Mississauga, Vaughan, Milton, Oakville, Markham and Brampton. These homes offer a vast variation in terms of interior design, roof design and floor layouts.

Mississauga or Brampton: Where to buy a home

Split level

split-level-home

The split level home is also called Tri-level home is mix of bungalow, split entrance bungalow and the two­ storey.  The most common split-levels built at that time were the side split and the back split. The main level typically contains common living areas (a living room, kitchen, dining room, and/or family room).Side and back splits can involve three or more levels of living area depending on size; e.g., lower family room, main level living room, dining room and kitchen, and upper-level bedrooms.

Attached or Detached

attached home

Attached homes in Ontario are more preferred and have the highest valuation in terms of price and demand. A lot of immigrant population prefer to buy fully detached homes. Detached homes as the name says are detached homes without sharing all wall with neighbours.

Semi-detached

semi-detached home type

Semi­detached homes are another popular home style where homes are attached to neighbours home on one side while the other side is detached.

Townhouses

townhouse

Row housing has also become a popular alternative in which three or more units are joined together by common party walls. Each townhouse unit typically contains a full basement, main level living area and upper level for bedrooms. Many variations exist in the marketplace. Town houses are attractive from a developer’s perspective given higher densities available. Two examples are illustrated. Townhouses are normally grouped in sets of three to six units. Townhouses are either offered as freehold (the owner holds title to the structure and the land) or condominium (the unit owner owns the structure as defined in the condominium documentation) and shares the land as a common element with other unit owners.

Check out our other articles:

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Should you buy a house or a Condo

Investing in a rental property in Canada: the pros and cons

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One of the best ways to expand your cash flow is through passive income. You can make money while you sleep by putting your skillset to the test and creating something that people will be eager to own and use, be it a video game or a great new app. However, nothing can beat investing in real estate. It takes a lot of effort, knowledge, luck, and, let’s face it, it takes some guts as well. While the coronavirus pandemic has undoubtedly affected the real estate market around the world, investing in a rental property in Canada can be a sound business move. Still, knowing both the pros and cons can assist you in making an informed decision.

Get to know the market

It’s a good idea to be familiar with the surroundings you’re about to become a part of. Especially if you don’t necessarily live in Canada or close to the area of your choosing. There’s a lot of ways you can do this:

  1. Ask your friends
    If you’re not a complete beginner when it comes to finances and investing, it’s likely you’ve made some friends and acquaintances along the way. When investing in a rental property in Canada, it would be smart to sit down and discuss some good strategies over a cup of coffee.

It’s a good idea to ask your friends for tips on how to invest in a rental property in Canada.

Alt: Two people talking.

  1. Look it up
    There’s an abundance of sites that deal with this sort of thing. Access to some of them is free, but it’s smart to think about splurging on those where that isn’t the case. Chances are, you’ll get the information you wouldn’t have otherwise.
  2. Read
    It’s the people that have already gotten to the point you’re trying to reach that share their experiences in books. If you’re a complete rookie, there are great books such as ‘Rich Dad, Poor Dad’, to get you into the right mindset. When you’ve achieved this, it’s time to start looking into some books about fact-based investment strategies.

You do you

When thinking about buying a rental property, people cannot escape a certain mindset. They have a tendency to make every decision based on what is in right now and what’s going to sell fast. This is a very common mistake when investing in property, and you should avoid making it, especially if you’re a first-time buyer. When investing in a rental property in Canada you should think about your needs and wishes instead of only focusing on what sells at this moment. Essentially, while you will be renting out the property, you’re buying it for yourself. You’re going to be the owner of this home and therefore it’s quite important that it fits all your standpoints.

The pros and cons of investing in a rental property in Canada

Canada is one of the best places in the world you could be investing right now. This is because it’s also one of the best ones to live in.

The good

  • Free healthcare and education
    This is one of the best reasons to move to Canada, which is why so many people choose to do so. It makes this country an attractive location for anyone coming from abroad, and potentially, renting your property.
  • Getting a steady flow in your bank account
    This one is pretty self-explanatory. Considering your contract will be somewhat typical, which it actually should be, you’ll have a steady monthly income. This gives you room to explore other interests or hobbies, as you won’t be worried about your monthly expenses.

 Investing in a rental property in Canada means a steady monthly income.

Alt: Stacks of coins.

  • Taxes be gone
    Let’s say you’re planning on moving from New York City to Canada with ease, your taxes would already be cut in half. If you, on top of that, rent your place out, you’ll have hit a double gold mine when it comes to paying taxes. They will be significantly reduced because you’re practically sharing them with your tenant.

The bad

As with anything in life, there are some downsides to buying rental property in Canada.

  • The coronavirus pandemic

Although the COVID-19 pandemic seems to be slowing down, you still might face some issues as a landlord. For example, if there is another wave of the virus, your tenants might not be able to leave due to the lockdown measures. You might also have to allow them to pay their rent late or give some other form of relief.

  • Badly behaved tenants

Unfortunately, you can go follow all the laws and regulations when making an arrangement with your tenant, but end up having to deal with a difficult person. This is all the more reason to think long and hard when investing in a rental property in Canada; don’t let yourself get fooled into something that doesn’t work for you. 

  • The unpredictability of the market
    It’s hard to predict the rise and fall of taxes and property values. If you could somehow manage to predict them, you’d need to react perfectly in order to stay above or even maintain a certain monthly income.

What is the purpose?

Having said this, it’s equally as important to think about what sells and what you’ll be able to rent out. There’s a huge variety of factors that can make or break your investment.

There are a lot of doors that open for you after you invest in a rental property in Canada.

Alt: A lot of doors.

Location!

There’s no sense in having this awesome space with great potential if it’s so far away from civilization. If you were the renter, let’s be honest, you’d much rather consider a decent house with a great location than an awesome house far from everything you need. Therefore, when purchasing a rental property in Canada, don’t allow yourself to get tricked into a well-staged home that looks idyllic but is in fact in an awful location.

Go for quality over quantity

At some point in our lives, we’ve all dreamed of having a huge mansion with an amazing view. In reality, this idea is not so much a dream as it is a nightmare. You wouldn’t even think about the responsibilities that come with owning a place like this. Talk about high electricity bills and enormous tax fees. Invest in a rental property where you’ll be able to have the space that you’re actually in need of, with maybe some room to grow.

Think about the final intention

If you’re investing in a rental property in Canada just for the sake of spending your riches on something that will pay off, that’s great. However, if you’re really considering this as a long term strategy for your future endeavors, you should think about this. Instead of renting out your property to a family, consider investing a bit more to gain significantly more. You can rent your space out to up-and-coming shop or go for the big sharks right away. Just be aware that if you decide to embark on this journey, the location is more important than ever.

Author’s bio

Penelope Ames is a freelance author with an interest in all things real estate. She often writes about the global market and hopes to explore her passion in the future. In her free time, Penelope enjoys reading crime novels and going on hikes.

Top 5 Reasons You Need A Storage Unit

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Top 5 Reasons You Need A Storage Unit

More people use storage units than you may realize and there is a myriad of reasons for this. Perhaps someone has moved overseas, downsized their house, or is flatting with others. No matter what the reason is, storage units are a handy way of storing items that you currently don’t have a need for.

A storage unit is a space that’s all yours to stash away anything you like. You’ll get your own personal key to your unit so that you can be sure no one else can come in and steal your belongings. They are used as a space for the furniture you don’t want to sell but doesn’t fit into your current home.

Temporary Move

Maybe you’re away for a year because you’re off to travel around the world, or perhaps you’ve taken a temporary job. Either way, there are plenty of reasons why people may temporarily leave the city. It only makes sense to end your lease or if you own a home, get tenants into your house. So, what are you going to do with all your stuff?

There is no point selling the furniture collection you have painstakingly built, as you will want these things again when you return. This is where getting a storage unit is the perfect solution.

You can book one on either a short-term or long-term lease, depending on how long you’re away for. Simply move your belongings in there to keep them safe under lock and key. Plus, the units will ensure that there is no damage from the elements as they will be away from the sun and rain.

Downsizing

Another reason why people use a self-storage facility is when they are downsizing their home. Maybe you are about to retire and are moving into a smaller home or taking advantage of your empty nest and getting a small house by the sea. Whatever the reason is that people need a smaller place, they often find that they no longer have room for all of their furniture.

It could be that the section is smaller, and you can’t fit your massive outdoor furniture set. Or maybe the coffee table that used to sit in the living room can no longer take pride of place in a smaller lounge. There is no need to get rid of this stuff – one day you may move back to a bigger house or your children may want these things. So, why not hold onto it? Book a storage unit and then you won’t have to decide what to hold onto and what to sell.

Items You Don’t Use Often

Ever started a hobby and got bored of it after a while? It happens to the best of us when life gets in the way and we get too busy. So, if you have an old piano, drum set, fishing rod, or kayak lying around gathering dust, you need a storage unit.

There’s no need to have these items cluttering up your precious garage space. Garage space often gets tighter and tighter as we add more and more stuff to the heap. Eventually, you won’t be able to drive your car in there anymore! Avoid this problem by getting a self-storage facility. This way, you can still use these items when you have time for them again.

You might only use your kayak or drum set a couple of times a year. So, when you want to use them, it’s not too much hassle to head over to your storage facility to pick them up. Keep them out of your way but fully accessible for when you do want to use them.

Home Renovations

Whether you’re going down the DIY route or hiring someone to do home renovations for you, it’s important to protect your furniture. There will be a lot of dust and paint around your home. Sure, you could cover up your furniture with sheets and cloths. However, you will still need to work around these items, and they may get in your way as you work.

So, why not move them out altogether? Have them completely out of the way when you’re laying new carpet, repainting or completing a full renovation. Shift them across to a nearby Melbourne storage facility where you know that they won’t get damaged or covered in paint.

Memorabilia

If you don’t have a large home but you like to hold onto items for sentimental reasons, you might find that you run out of space very quickly. These items could include your child’s school pictures, drawings, and things they made in pottery class. Or maybe you like to hold onto furniture like the first table you ever bought or the dining set from your first home. You’ve moved onto finer things but can’t quite let go of sentimental items.

If this sounds like you, you could definitely benefit from getting a self-storage facility. That way you don’t have to let go of anything you’re not ready to. Hold onto those precious items forever so that one day you can show your children or your grandchildren. There’s no need to choose what to keep!

Melbourne Storage Units

If you’re looking for storage units, contact EasyMove. We are experienced Melbourne furniture removalists who can help you with everything from moving to furniture storage. If you’re moving away and need some furniture stored, just make one call and book us in to do it all. We’ll have you moved to your new place and arrange a storage facility for the rest of your belongings. Then we’ll take the items you want to be stored to the facility, so you don’t need to worry about moving them yourself.

Storing unused items has never been easier than it is with our help! Simply let us know how much stuff you want to be stored and how long you need it stored for. We’ll move your items there and hand you the key. Then you can go and grab your stuff whenever you need to!

How to build a log cabin

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how to build Log cabin

A log cabin is a good option for a home and has been around for over a hundred years. Log cabins originated from Scandinavia and before it was brought to America by one of them. A log cabin is a perfect option for those considering building environmentally friendly homes, which quite frankly is what is in vogue right now. Nowadays, there is a growing demand for sustainable homes, making the log cabin a good investment option if you are looking to invest in real estate. Logs used in the construction of a log cabin are made from natural and renewable, making it relatively easy to detect insect infestation and mold development.

Over the years, Log cabins have evolved in terms of style and techniques; initially, it can only be created with a few styles. In this modern-day, there are various ways to construct a log cabin using different plans and materials. Different designs are now available that you can pick from, especially if you are interested in building yourself.

How to Build a Log Cabin

Building a log cabin from scratch is not an easy task, but it can be if you know what to do. Constructing a log cabin is an exciting challenge if you are looking to build one yourself. It brings out your craftsmanship and oddly draws you closer to nature. Like earlier stated, building a log cabin does not require many skills, experience, or talent. But what you need to achieve this is good planning, materials, determination, and hard work. Before introducing intricate designs into your log cabin, you need to first understand the necessary steps needed to construct a simple cabin home.  This article will give you an idea of what you need and how to build your log home.

Steps in Building a Log Cabin

There are five significant steps to follow when constructing a log cabin

  1. Plan your log cabin
  2. Picking and preparing the logs
  3. Building the foundation
  4. Laying the logs
  5. Log cabin exterior and maintenance

Plan Your Log Cabin

Not planning this project is a common mistake made by most people, especially beginners. Most times, people ignore planning and dive head straight into the project without any groundwork.  This decision often leads to a disastrous situation. There is just so much to plan for: designs, materials, type of wood, and how long it will take to build a log home.

Planning a log cabin is more than the floor plan or designs; it entails picking a site, site clearance, foundation, and construction. It would help if you also had a clear picture of how and what the log cabin will look like, research how to achieve it, and draw out your budget. After you have done this, you can proceed to your floor plan and design, which is an avenue to express your creativity. Here you can design the house to fit your taste and dreams.

Picking and Preparing Logs (Foraging)

Foraging is the next step after planning; it involves hunting for your cabin’s most suitable logs. Selecting a suitable log for your cabin is vital and crucial for maintenance and longevity. Aside from this, useful logs improve the insulation property of your log home. Foraging involves: selecting, felling, hauling, debarking, and drying the right trees.

Now, what type of tree to look for can pose a significant challenge as there are over a thousand trees in North America alone, and you only need dozens of these species in constructing a log cabin. Some trees possess specific properties like strength, insulation properties, and ability to withstand weathering, making them most suitable for a cabin project. Here is a few specie to select from

  • Cedar (western white)
  • Hardwoods (walnut and Oak)
  • Pine Trees (yellow, white or red)
  • Spruce

You can also check available trees in your area that are suitable for building a log cabin. You also need to calculate the amount of log needed to construct your cabin before felling the tree. After felling, you can debark and dry it; then, it is ready for use.

Building The Foundation

Building the foundation requires careful planning as the foundation must carry the weight and loads of the cabin. It is a crucial step that must be given serious consideration. Three rules are guiding the construction of a log cabin. They are known as the 3-S rule;

Subsidence – Prevents sinking when soil moves away from the cabin

Strength – the foundation must be strong enough to carry the load from your cabin

Settlement – Prevents your cabin from sinking into the ground

Apart from these rules, some factors influence the type of foundation needed for your log cabin. These factors are; soil type, size of the cabin, local resources, and land contours.

Laying the Logs

After much planning and execution, it is time to start laying your logs. Laying of a log is influenced by the type of notching system used in the construction of the log cabin. Notching does not require skills and is scribed into logs to join the corners of the log cabin.  These are some of the notching systems that can be used during the laying of logs;

  • Corner post
  • Full Scribed
  • Half dovetail
  • Butt and Pass

Once your foundation has been constructed and you have selected the type of notching system you want for construction, you can go ahead to start laying your logs.

Log Cabin Exterior and Maintenance

The next step after laying your log is waterproofing; moisture and dampness can easily damage logs as it reduces the logs’ longevity. There is three-step to maintaining your logs – stain, clean, and seal. Cleaning the log cabin involves washing it; this removes dust deposits, pollen, and other dirt it might have gathered during its processing and construction.

After washing, leave to dry for at least two days. Staining should be done during the felling of trees and is achieved by applying a borate solution on the logs. After construction, you can also stain your cabin to prevent it from UV rays. This will protect the original color of the logs. Sealing the cabin helps prevent air and moisture infiltration. While some notching techniques ( butt and pass) require sealing the cabin, others don’t require sealing.

Mandatory Registration for Toronto Short-Term Rental Units

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main image Mandatory Registration for Toronto Short-Term Rental Units

As per the latest information by TREB, Short-term rental operators in Toronto who rent out properties for periods of less than 28 days will have to formally register with the City of Toronto starting September 10, 2020, to keep operating in the city.  The new online registration system is part of a broader effort to better regulate short-term rentals across the city, and more details will be announced by the city prior to the system becoming active.

People Currently Renting Their Home

Those who are currently renting their home on a short-term basis, or planning to do so, must be registered by December 31, 2020. After this date, all new operators will be able to register on an ongoing basis and must register prior to short-term renting their homes.

Details

  • People can short-term rent their homes in Toronto only if they are a registered operator.
  • A valid City-issued registration number must be included in all advertisements and listings.
  • Registered short-term rental operators will need to start collecting and remitting the four per cent Municipal Accommodation Tax (MAT) on a quarterly basis starting January 1, 2021. More information on how to collect and make the MAT payments will be provided in fall 2020.
  • The City will also require short-term rental companies to obtain a licence from the City in order to carry on business in Toronto.

Zoning Bylaws


In Toronto, short-term rentals are regulated by the City’s zoning bylaws and the Licensing and Registration of Short-Term Rentals bylaw:

  • City bylaws permit short-term rentals across Toronto in all housing types in residential zones and the residential components of mixed-use zones.
  • People can short-term rent their principal residence only. This is the residence where they live and where the address is used for bills, identification, taxes or insurance.
  • Both homeowners and renters in any housing type (for example, house, apartment, or condominium) are allowed to short-term rent their home.
  • People can rent up to three bedrooms in their principal residence for an unlimited number of nights per year or their entire home for a maximum of 180 nights per year.
  • People can host a short-term rental in a secondary suite (for example, a basement apartment) or a laneway suite, as long as the suite is their principal residence.

The City continues to respond to short-term rental issues on a complaint basis. Residents can contact 311 to report issues related to short-term rentals, such as noise, waste, and concerns if others are renting homes that are not their principal residence. For the complete details of the city’s news release, please click here

Wealth creation through Real Estate

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Wealth Creation

There is no other investment as good as investing in real estate. Real estate is a physical tangible asset, provides predictable cash flow and appreciate in value over a period of time, unlike other non-tangible investments. The most important advantage of real estate investing is Leverage. The property generates income either through rental or capital in the form of change in capital values over time which is also known as property appreciation. Historically, all major high net worth families or conglomerates have built sustainable wealth through investing in Real Estate. When it comes to choosing real estate investments, successful investors have taken the help of a wealth creation coach or Real Estate Financial advisor. Real Estate requires a sizable amount of investment and therefore a Real Estate Mentor is required who can help you make wise and solid investments minimizing your risk and giving you peace of mind.  Working with a real estate advisor is extremely profitable if you are planning to become a property investor. After all, there’s much to learn in the real estate business.

https://www.ligonbrothers.com/realestate-investors

The Ligon Brothers are one such team of most successful gurus in the World of Real Estate Investing and Wealth Creation. Michael and David Ligon are Collectively known as The Ligon Brothers. They are the #1 coaches for real estate investing, Wholesale Real Estate and wealth creation through real estate investing practices. They teach proven methods and practices to investors and real estate professionals. Their experience as entrepreneurs and real estate investors allowed them to build one of South Florida largest real estate investment firms.

Ligon Brothers recently highly anticipated book called “The Real Estate Connector method.” Through this book available on Amazon, they have used their expert knowledge and skills to educate others in building financial freedom through real estate with their unique methods and tactics. They even offer training courses and virtual distance learning for real estate investing on the industries only online training center Ligon U. The Ligon Brothers have flipped well over 1,500 real estate deals and their extensive experience in Real Estate and house flipping has made them the go-to guys for consulting on a variety of home improvement and house remodeling television series and documentaries.

Ligon brothers have an extensive background in real estate with experience and resources that extend far beyond the responsibilities of buying and selling real estate. They can help you maximize your real estate investments.

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Top 5 Popular Kitchen Cabinet Styles

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Kitchen Cabinet Styles

Trust me. Being quarantined isn’t easy. But being quarantined isn’t all that bad. Most of us have the opportunity to do things we always wanted like….renovating your kitchen or more specifically, replacing those kitchen cabinets. In this article, I will discuss the top 10 popular kitchen cabinet styles!

Top 5 Popular Kitchen Cabinets

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There are various kitchen cabinets but for now I will tell you the 5 most popular.

  • Traditional
  • Shaker
  • Contemporary
  • Rustic
  • Glass-Front

Traditional

So, this type of kitchen cabinet style is for all you traditional lovers out there. if you are going for a classic dated type of look, then traditional is the way to go. It has cool features such as raised panels, beadboard and other such details. They usually come with a dark wood, classic maple. You also have door styles you can choose from such as the Ardmore or Churchill.

Traditional kitchen cabinets are susceptible to damage but can be easily fixed by the damage being painted over.

Shaker

Interesting name for a cabinet style huh? Well the shaker style has been around since the 18th century and it is making a come back! We can thank Europeans for this. These kitchen cabinets started from a religious group called the Shakers.

Yes, this style is simple, clean and includes flat-paneled doors. This style is so popular because of the casual look they give off. If traditional cabinet and contemporary cabinet had a baby, it definitely would be a shaker! They are most popular in the color white, but they are seen in other colors such as navy blue, and matte.

Contemporary

If you love the modern style, these kitchen cabinets will give you just that! Contemporary cabinetry are non-molded meaning cabinets can be taller and provide a great deal of space! There is a variety of materials that come with these kitchen cabinets such as, glass, metal and manufactured wood.

Rustic

Rustic can be interchangeable with a country look, mountain type look or urban look. They are made to be admirable. The good thing about rustic cabinetry is, it comes with durable materials. It features wood, oak and pine. Beware if you do choose the pine option though because it can scratch easily.

Another popular wood choice for rustic is maple and cherry. They come in various different colors and definitely more long lasting than pine. Rustic gives off warm, and natural tones. Rustic just like the name is meant to be rustic, so it can really showcase the type of wood used.

Glass-Front

Want to be a the show-off? Glass-Front cabinetry style can be used for parties, elegant evenings. If you have guests over show them your fine china!

This style can co-exist with solid door cabinets as well if you don’t want to have all of your cabinets with the glass door.

The cool thing about glass-front is that they can be lit to give it this awesome ambiance effect! You can even set the mood this way with your lover. As with everything, there are some things to worry about. Since its glass, glass-fronts are more fragile. However, they offer a lot of versatility on the market.

Kitchen cabinet style

Kitchen cabinets are important to the way they make our kitchens look and it is always important to know how to choose the correct kitchen cabinet style for you.

Happy kitchen cabinet-venture!

Garage Door Maintenance Tips You Must Know

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Garage Door Maintenance

The garage door serves a lot of purposes to every homeowner – security, passageway, added value, and more. This is why as an owner you must keep in mind that taking care of it will lead to numerous benefits and advantages of course, with proper garage door maintenance practices or habits.

A faulty, damaged, or broken thing is a nuisance. This applies to every item you have at home, even the smallest structure or appliance. Worst case, these faulty structures can even lead to safety issues and accidents that can harm not only you but the other members of your family as well. In order to avoid such, looking for guides or references on the web is usually the first resort of every homeowner. I bet you will agree about this. Well, everything that you want to know is already on different reliable sites that you can browse via the internet anytime you want to. And, we wanted this article to be an addition to those bases you currently have.

In here, we will be citing the things that you should be doing in order to properly maintain your garage door and eventually extend or lengthen its lifespan preferably on a monthly basis. There is information that you surely know at the moment but there could be something that is missing out. So, make sure to read until the end of this post to learn more.

Consistent Cleaning Of Your Garage Door Tracks

One of the most functional components of a garage door is tracks. As you use your garage door, you cannot avoid the accumulation of some debris in the tracks slowing down its operation that could affect even the rollers. Having the tracks cleaned in a timely manner can avoid this issue. Here is a guide on how you can do it.

  1. Make sure that you will open your garage door fully in order to see the vertical tracks clearly.
  2. Get a soft cloth. With the use of either water or your household cleaner, wipe the tracks carefully. If you are noticing some debris that is hard to remove, you can directly spray the cleaner and wait for some minutes before wiping it.
  3. Now, you need to close the door in order to access the horizontal ones.
  4. Perform the same process stated in the second step in order to clean the horizontal tracks.
  5. After doing the cleaning process, ensure that you will lubricate the tracks as well. Lubrication helps the rollers to perform at its best state as well.

Lubrication Of Movable Garage Door Components

Another important thing that must be kept in mind when it comes to garage door maintenance is proper and sufficient lubrication of the door’s movable components.

Rollers, springs, joints, and tracks are movable parts that you need to lubricate from time to time. Proper lubrication can also add some more years to the life of your garage door. This can help prevent the deterioration of metal brought by rust and corrosion.

After applying the lubricant, ensure that you will be wiping the excess to avoid the accumulation of dust and other things that could affect these movable components.

 

Check The Auto-Reverse Function

The auto-reverse function of your garage door is very helpful when it comes to safety. Therefore, you need to ensure that it will be tested consistently. The main purpose of this feature is to avoid accidents from happening by doing reverse mechanism when the door encounters an object along the way. But of course, it will serve this purpose if it is performing well and fine. In order to test if it is, you can try the below items.

  1. Try opening your garage door and place an item along its closing path. A good recommendation is to use a solid object that is at least 1.5 inches high.
  2. Now, activate it to close.
  3. Once the door touches the garage door, it should work in the reverse direction at least within the first 2 seconds after the moment it touches the object. If it did not work, then surely there is something wrong with your garage door.
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Buying a New Home vs Resale home

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new vs resale home

Purchasing a home is a big decision that involves exploring various options such as the type of ownership, the kind of property and last but not least, the budget. Buying a home is exciting, but it can also be stressful especially if you are not familiar with the process and associated costs. For the first time or second time home buyer, you can either go with a New home purchase or can go with a resale.  Both new homes vs resale homes have their own sets of advantages and disadvantages.

The biggest factor when purchasing a home is Cost and there is a sizable gap between the price of a newly constructed home and that of a resale property. Here we discuss the Pros and cons of both New Construction or Existing Homes.

Location Matters

New homes are typically built on the outer boundaries of the city which makes them far off and therefore commute times can be longer if you are working in downtown or other neighboring cities. Newer localities has limited access to public transportation and therefore your daily drive can be long and expensive. Homes in cities that have little room for expansion tend to be more valuable than those in cities that have plenty of room. For example, areas in downtown Toronto are far more expensive than outer Toronto area even though they are much smaller in size. Plans for schools, hospitals, public transportation, and other public infrastructure can dramatically improve property values in the new areas.

Repairs and Enhancements

A newly built home requires less maintenance since everything from appliances to the HVAC system and roof are brand new. This means you can better predict monthly homeownership costs, since you’ll likely spend less to maintain your home.

Brand new homes come with active warranties and your choice of floor plan which can be customized. Rooms in new construction homes including bedrooms and bathrooms tend to be brighter, with lots of natural light saving you valuable energy.

A resale home purchase can lead to inherited repair issues but Luckily, a Home inspection can prevent this problem from plaguing you. Home inspections are a critical piece of the home buying riddle because not only can they help you uncover repair potential problems, but can help you address them in a timely and efficient manner so you can get these addressed before moving into your new home. A home inspection clause home should be a must for every resale home. This condition gives the buyer the right to have the home professionally inspected by a certified home inspector to evaluate the house that is being sold. The house must pass the inspection for you to proceed on with the purchase and you have every right to get that fixed the problem or can cancel the transaction. You can also add a cost-of-repair contingency if you are really interested to purchase the home.

Both new homes and resale homes with their own set of advantages and disadvantages. New homes are expensive and don’t always have higher-quality features than older homes. The builder also sell the home on list price with minimum basic features and you might to spend a fortune to upgrade several items like Hardwood flooring, upgraded Kitchen Cabinets, bigger windows, closet shelving and more. All of these things can not only add up cost of purchasing a brand new home. New-construction homes tend to come with higher property taxes as compared to resale homes or similarly sized older properties in the same neighborhood. Construction delays are a common practice and can lead to several issues for buyers especially if you are planning to sell your old home and moving into a new construction home.

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New homes on the other hand are untouched and repair free as they come with Warranty by Tarion. You are entitled to warranty coverage up to a maximum of $300,000 for most types of claims covered by the one, two and seven year warranties. There is a maximum of $15,000 for warranted damage caused by environmentally harmful substances or hazards, and a maximum of $25,000 for coverage of septic systems. You won’t have to worry about the typical costs of homeownership for the first several years. New homes comes with latest and upgraded home appliances and systems that are also backed by manufacturers’ warranties. New homes usually are well-insulated due to better windows, more efficient heating and cooling equipment, and greater use of insulation.

Both new and resale homes come with their own set of pros and cons. It’s all about what really suits your need and budget. Check out similar article on Move-in-Ready vs. New Construction Homes

Canadian Buying property in Maui, Hawaii

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Real Estate buying in the USA has always enticed Canadians who consider the US as their second home. Hundreds of thousands of Canadians own property al over the US as an investment alternative or as a sunny retreat to get away from harsh and tough winters. Moreover, with the current unprecedented surge in the Canadian Real estate market, Canadians see great value in purchasing U.S. property. A strong U.S. economy means stable housing prices and steady long-term appreciation, so Canadians feel secure making a real estate purchase. Maui a world-famous island,  is fast becoming a popular destination of investors for Canadians. Maui County is unique in Hawaii. It is the only County that can boast three very different and special islands, each of which offers its own set of one-of-a-kind experiences for seasoned travelers as well as first-time visitors. The Islands of Maui Nui are more than sand and surf destinations. Myriad amenities including world-class resorts, award-winning cuisine, stunning natural beauty, a plethora of activities and the islands’ host Hawaiian culture have propelled Maui into the limelight. Investment wise, it’s not just American buyers who purchase the slice of this Hawaiian paradise but foreign buyers too are pouring billions into the lucrative Hawaiian housing market.

Why Purchase home in Maui

Of all the Hawaiian Islands Maui boasts possibly the best mix of postcard-worthy beaches, natural wonders and modern amenities. Over 3 million visitors visited the island in 2019 to explore its beautiful beaches, activities, and natural wonders.

Kehalani is a master-planned community of 2,400 residences (homes, townhomes, duplexes, and condominiums) Sprawling over 550 acres located immediately south of Wailuku.

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It is one of two master-planned communities in Central Maui. Kehalani spans both sides of the Honoapi’ilani Hwy/High St. Bike paths and sidewalks are located all throughout Kehalani and conveniently intersect small pocket parks as well as a 13-acre community park with restrooms and large parking. Kehalani continues to be one of the strongest and hottest investment property locations in Maui, with a master-planned vision aimed to incorporate the best that the Wailuku landscape. Depending on the location within Kehalani, Homes and Condos for sale in Kehalani, can have the potential for spectacular ocean views of North Maui, or views of South Maui or even Bi-Coastal views. Because of the slope and elevation of the land, views from many of these homes are stunning.  Many have unobstructed views of the harbor; others have obstructed ocean views but great mountain views. Kehalani offers one of the best climate zones in Central Maui and it’s elevation of up to 800 ft makes it a perfect location for living. You can explore amazing and unique style Kehalani Homes For Sale here.  There are always some challenges when you’re trying to buy, sell, manage or simply own real estate from another part of the world. Therefore it is recommended that you should always hire a knowledgeable and an experienced realtor who knows the area and demographics well and one who can make your real estate transaction smooth and seamless.

House Prices Bounced Up By 6.5% in June than Last Year in Toronto

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Toronto Real Estate
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The dramatic rise of COVID-19 from rumors to a global pandemic is one major event no real estate expert in Toronto could foresee in June 2019. Although real estate activities in Toronto in 2019 increased when compared with TRREM stats for 2018. However, the rise in house prices wasn’t as sharp as we can see in June 2020. The major cause of the hike in house prices boils down to the excess of demand over supply. The response of the Canadian government towards salvaging the economy from getting into recession has also impacted Toronto’s real estate significantly.

Toronto is one of Canada’s real estate hotspots. As immigrants move into Canada each year, the demand for houses keeps rising. The Canadian government, through the immigrations office help to make housing available to newcomers through policies and partnerships with building contractors and real estate investors. Condominiums, storey buildings, and detached family houses are major types that dominate Canada’s real estate.

The Canadian Real Estate Association announced that the sales of homes rose by 63% when compared with stats from May. Also, the number of properties listed for sale increased by up to 49.5% based on month-by-month comparisons. This puts the house sales figures in June 2020 at a 6.5% increase over 12 months.

Toronto’s real estate market was almost grounded during the two months of the year 2020. This is largely due to the restrictions on non-essential services during the lockdown. However, as the lockdown began to ease gradually, the real estate market began to pick up. Between March to April, house sales started exploding. The average house prices in June rose to $539,000.

Prices of homes across Toronto have not risen evenly. Toronto and most of Canada’s biggest cities saw a spike in house prices. However, house sales have been tremendous across big cities in Canada. Sales in Ottawa rose by 55.6% while Calgary and Quebec City are up by 54.9 and 43.6%, respectively. Virtually all types of homes saw an increase in sales. However, Condo Mapper observed that condominium sales in Toronto in June are lower by about 2.1% when compared with stats from June 2019.

Moving forward, the fact that the movement of people into Canada has been temporarily suspended plus this present shortage in housing gives investors concern about the future of the market. However, there are hopes that the government in Canada will continue to do all it can to keep the real estate market activity. Current government policies, which include lower mortgage rates and employee income support, are already giving good indications that house sales may continue to soar during the second half of this year.

The Greater Toronto Area and its neighborhood are where most of Toronto’s sales of detached family houses have spiked. As the lockdown further eases, a lot of activities are expected to impact the current real estate trend buyers, and sellers are experiencing in Toronto’s market. Condo Mapper is monitoring real estate trends closely to help investors make more informed decisions on how, where, and when they invest in the real estate market.