Monday, July 19, 2021 / by Bill Jackson
Maintaining a beautiful garden and lawn can be a lot of work. There’s mowing, weeding, fertilizing, watering—the list goes on and on. If you don’t have time to putter in the yard, consider hiring a professional landscaper. Finding the right landscaping company for your needs requires some homework, so here are some things to consider when choosing a landscaper that’s reputable, knowledgeable, and reliable. After all, your yard is worth it!
1. When should I get a landscaper vs. doing it myself?
Gardening outdoors is an enjoyable and healthy activity, and many homeowners discovered their inner homesteaders over the past year or so. You can also save money by doing the work yourself. But what if you don’t have the time? No problem! You can hire out parts or all of the jobs to a qualified landscaping company, says Melissa White, operations manager for Landscapes Canada, a full-service landscaping company headquartered in the ...
Monday, July 12, 2021 / by Earl Gaddi
With extended lockdowns, schools and offices shuttered, as well as many of our favourite amenities closed for long stretches due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Canadians have been spending a lot more time at home this past year. This has caused some buyers to reevaluate what they’re looking for in a home, including a desire for additional living space, whether it was in search of a dedicated home workspace or simply a larger backyard.
As provinces and territories continue to roll out vaccines and reopening plans move forward, it’s worth considering if the desire and demand for larger homes will persist as the pandemic recedes, and how the need for roomier residences has impacted markets across the country.
Today, we speak with Keith Stewart, Economist with the Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver’s economist, and Shaun Cathcart, Director and Senior Economist, Housing Data and Market Analysis at the Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA), who share their th ...
Thursday, July 8, 2021 / by Earl Gaddi
With summer in full swing, the days are longer and the weather is nicer, which means you and your little ones will want to spend as much time outside as possible. A great way to pass the time can be finding outdoor activities that double as exercise! Your kiddos will be wiped by the time they’re done, and you’ll get some well-deserved down time. While spending an afternoon at a local park serves as a great way for the kids to have some much-needed fun in the sun, why not consider setting up a backyard playset offering the kids a multitude of things to do like climb, swing, and slide from the comforts of home?
If you’re up for a good old-fashioned summer DIY project, read on to learn about some unique playsets you can use as inspiration to build your own dream setup!
How much do elaborate playsets cost?
While you could surely hire a professional to build a backyard playset, it can also be a fun DIY project a handy weekend warrior could tackle. Plus, when you ...
Thursday, June 24, 2021 / by Earl Gaddi
For many Canadians, a home represents a secure, stable asset and an investment in their future.
Despite the challenges with housing affordability across the country, research shows homeownership can play a significant role in reducing inequality—with benefits that extend across income levels, ages and regions.
Lower-income Canadians benefit most from owning a home
This isn’t limited to high-income households—in fact, it’s more significant for lower-income households, according to data laid out in our recently released white paper, The Homeownership Dividend for Canadians. For many lower-income households, a principal residence may be their only source of wealth, which means the benefits are even more pronounced.
“Homeowners have a higher net worth and statistically speaking there’s evidence for that,” says Cliff Stevenson, CREA’s Chair. But it’s also about increasing equality, which has a trickle-down effect on communities and ...
Tuesday, June 15, 2021 / by Earl Gaddi
There’s a lot of talk about the financial benefits of homeownership, such as creating equity and wealth, but what isn’t always as obvious are the social benefits: making people happier, healthier and more civically engaged.
Owning a home has non-financial benefits
A large body of research from Canada and around the world finds homeownership contributes to higher levels of happiness and life satisfaction for homeowners and their families. And that results in a wide range of educational, health and socio-cultural benefits, which were laid out in the Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA)‘s recent white paper, The Homeownership Dividend for Canadians.
These non-financial benefits have spillover benefits to the broader community and surrounding civic fabric—all of which are positively linked to a culture of homeownership. These “positive externalities,” extend beyond the homeowner to the rest of society, regardless of demographics, ethnicities, incom ...