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Why Choose Tile Over Carpet

If you’re looking to update the flooring in your home, you may want to consider choosing tile over carpet. Not only are there many beautiful options available, but there’s also a host of benefits that come with choosing tile such as: durability, health and low maintenance. Click here for more reason you should consider tile for your home!  
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New Tax on Ottawa Airbnb Rentals

Josh Pringle, CTV Morning Live. Published Wednesday, August 1, 2018 2:51AM EDT  Airbnb users are now paying a tax on their nightly rental in Ottawa. Starting today, Airbnb will collect a four per cent “municipal accommodation tax” on all Ottawa listings. The tax will then be remitted to the City of Ottawa to help support Ottawa tourism. Ottawa was the first Ontario city to enter into a Municipal Accommodation Tax collection agreement with Airbnb. In January, the City of Ottawa imposed a four per cent Municipal Accommodation Tax on hotel rooms in Ottawa.  The money is used to support the tourism
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CMHC wants to make it easier for self-employed Canadians to get a mortgage

Are you self-employed and looking to buy a home? The CMHC is giving lenders more guidance and flexibility on determining whether a self-employed person qualifies for a mortgage.They are implementing changes in order to make it easier for self-employed individuals to obtain a mortgage, as these Canadians tend to have a more difficult time qualifying. This is due to incomes varying and being less predictable than those with salaries/are employed by a business. Click here for the full story.  
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Spring Home Maintenance Checklist

Spring is finally here and that means there’s some work to be done to the interior and exterior of your home! Making sure your roof, windows, chimney, foundation and walls are in good condition and haven’t been damaged during the winter season is very important. Click here for Spring Home Maintenance tips.
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Top 5 ways to turn your bathroom into a spa-like retreat

Looking to create a relaxing oasis in your home? What better way to unwind than making a calming sanctuary out of your bathroom. Giving yourself simple luxuries can help decrease stress and provide you wih a relaxing escape from the hustle and bustle of the day-to-day. Click here to see the top 5 ways to turn your bathroom into a luxurious spa-like sanctuary.  
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Buyers Toolkit – Springtime

Buyers Toolkit – Springtime Spring is in the air, and the real-estate market is ramping up for the beginning of buyers’ season.  Things tend to move faster in the spring and houses for sale are often sold shortly after they are listed.  As a potential home buyer, it is important to be prepared as possible before you start looking at potential homes – that way, the chance of losing your “dream home” to another buyer is greatly decreased. You may be wondering … “What are some of the important things that can help you stay on-top of, and ahead of
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Spring is here, bring on the Mudroom!

Though the people of Ottawa are thrilled to see the beginnings of a sleepy Spring take place (and the snow melt), they are less thrilled with the mess it brings into their homes. A well-designed mudroom can help limit the slushy, muddy mess and keep your home cleaner and fresher. Click here for tips on creating a high-functioning mudroom.  
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You Don’t Have to Wait to Start Gardening, Just Take it Indoors

It may be officially Spring, but it’s still fairly cold. You don’t have to wait for it to warm up, or even have the backyard space, to get started on your garden – you can start inside! A great solution to the temperature and space issues, or lacking a green thumb, is starting an indoor Hydroponic Garden. Not only will what you grow be available to you year round and accelerate plant growth, but you don’t need any soil. Click here for more information.  
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The Ottawa Home and Garden Show

Spring is on its way, and what better way to get ready than to go to the Ottawa Home and Garden show this Thursday, March 22nd – March 25th at the EY Centre. Get great ideas on how to get your home and yard ready for the new season. Click here for more information.  
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Is it time to invest in a second “nest”?

College students, and living options   If you’re the parent of a college/university age student, and you haven’t considered it yet, perhaps now is the time you will. As spring is just around the corner, it’s time to think about what investments you can make, and an investment that shouldn’t be overlooked is buying a home. More specifically, buying a home for your college-aged student to live in during school. Should you purchase a home in your students’ university/college town for them to live in during their schooling? What are the benefits, and drawbacks of investing in a second home?
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