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Friday, August 9, 2019   /   by Vanessa Shapka

How to Get the Best ROI from a Bathroom Renovation

When it comes to adding value to a home, the bathroom is second only to the kitchen. And while bathroom renovations can get costly, you don’t always have to spend a fortune in order to increase the value of your home. Here are some recommendations.
Include a Bathtub
There’s been a huge trend in the last few years of replacing bathtubs with luxury showers. If you don’t have another tub in the house, this is a big mistake for ROI. Generally speaking, tubs are preferable for families with young kids, as bathing toddlers in a shower can be tricky. So, if you don’t have one, you might be limiting the number of potential buyers when it’s time to sell. There’s certainly nothing wrong with indulging in a luxury shower if that’s your thing, just make sure there’s a bathtub somewhere in the house.
 Vanity With Storage
As far as I’m concerned, a vanity with storage is an absolute must in any bathroom renovation. Everyone needs a place ...

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Monday, July 22, 2019   /   by Vanessa Shapka

RRSP vs. TFSA: Which is the Best Investment Tool for First-Time Home Buyers?

So you've decided you're ready to buy a home. Now the real work begins—saving enough money for a down payment.
“It's absolutely critical the down payment is a good size on a first home—somewhere in the range of 10 to 20%,” says Lesley-Anne Scorgie, a personal finance author. “The rationale simply being that the habit of saving is the same habit you'll need for actually owning a home—keeping up with the payments and preparing yourself and your bank account.” 
There are many online mortgage calculators available to help you determine how much home you can afford. It's important to save a healthy down payment to avoid, what could be, steep mortgage insurance fees. 
To help, the federal government has set up a number of tools you can use to build up sizeable savings, including Registered Retirement Savings Plans (RRSPs) and Tax-Free Savings Accounts (TFSAs). Each offer benefits for first-time home buyers to help them achieve their home ...

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Thursday, July 18, 2019   /   by Ryan Barnes

Where to Find the Top Private Schools in Toronto

When it comes to choosing a family residence, school districts can significantly influence the appeal of any given home—and no less so for families opting for private education. Proximity to top schools brings convenience to parents, and a greater sense of independence to kids. Not to mention that highly rated schools are typically located in areas with other attractive amenities, elevating the entire value of the neighbourhood. The leading schools are competitive across a variety of factors: class size, community engagement, technology labs, arts programs, and sports facilities are all elements to consider when selecting a private institution. In order to surface the region’s top neighbourhoods, we’ve highlighted some of the most prestigious private schools in the Greater Toronto Area.
Appleby College—Secondary
With a long-standing reputation as one of Ontario’s best schools, Appleby College prides itself on its proven trac ...

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Tuesday, July 9, 2019   /   by Vanessa Shapka

Dream Homes: 5 Coveted Toronto Condos

Toronto has an undeniable energy, matched only by its sophistication and style. With a world-class dining scene, dazzling nightlife of arts and sports entertainment, and exclusive shopping, the city’s vibrancy makes it a highly coveted place to call home. It’s only natural that Toronto’s most-desired properties are as sharp and brilliant as the city itself, right in the centre of it all

Prestige Property, Yorkville
Luxury living in Toronto doesn’t get any better than in the heart of Yorkville, a neighbourhood that attracts glitz, glamour, and celebrity all year round. High-end retailers and some of the city’s most acclaimed restaurants can be found here, including Italian favourite Buca Osteria & Bar, and Café Boulud in the Four Seasons Hotel. However, with a custom chef’s kitchen, a tasteful and stylish contemporary feel, and south-facing windows to let in natural light, this gorgeous property in Yorkville is als ...

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Monday, June 17, 2019   /   by Ryan Barnes

6 Simple Ways to add Glamour to your Bathroom Design

Whether a spacious ensuite or a curated powder room, the bathroom is a space replete with design possibilities. A place for reflection and rejuvenation, the bathroom deserves to be thought of as the retreat it is. Implementing savvy design choices in your bathroom can transform your morning routine, turning the space into a point of inspiration and leaving you refreshed for the day.
Ensure your bathroom keeps pace with the rest of your design-forward home via strategic updates, taking cues from these of-the-moment trends.

124 Park Road, Toronto, ON

Dynamic Wallpaper and Tiles
Delicate artwork in the bathroom can be at risk of moisture damage, making wallpaper or tile the perfect solution for homeowners looking for a splash of the creative. Alongside traditional subway tile, Moroccan tiles in starburst patterns and colourful mosaics bring life to smaller rooms, and can also brighten up a bathroom that is lacking in windows. This Toronto condo uses geometric mar ...

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