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How Green Technology Is Changing Home BuildingCanadians have been largely conscientious about their impact on the larger world around them, and it's really starting to show in both residential and commercial buildings. Standards for new construction homes and commercial buildings become ever more stringent, as legislators find new ways to regulate how construction companies carry out their designs. Find out more about how the green movement is starting to make its way into residential construction.

Efficient Heating and Cooling

There are two major forms of energy-efficient heating and cooling:

  • Solar panels: Solar panels have become far more efficient in recent years, allowing them to generate energy even in areas with heavy cloud coverage. They use solar cells to turn light photons
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Information for Constructing an Outdoor Living AreaOutdoor living rooms and kitchens are very popular with homeowners. A proper outdoor living space makes it easier to spend time relaxing and enjoying time outside. They also help sell a home faster and possibly for more money. If you're a homeowner trying to decide how to construct an outdoor living space on your property, here's what you need to know.

Install Power

Nearly any outdoor living space needs power to be installed in order to be functional. Many homes have at least some power going to their yard, but if the outlet is not in the proper location, one must be installed near the outdoor living area. Without an outlet, watching television, installing lighting and installing a heater is difficult or impossible. An electrical outlet needs to

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How To Winterize Your HomeIt’s no secret that winter can do a lot of damage to everything it touches—just look at the potholes that form in roads thanks to the constant cycle of freezing and thawing. While potholes aren’t an issue inside homes, winter can still cause a lot of damage to them. Before winter arrives or before you put a home up for a fast sale, homeowners can take steps to winterize their homes so they’re better prepared for the cold weather. Here are some easy ways homeowners can help protect their homes during the harsh winter months.

1.  Insulate Pipes to Prevent Cracking

In extremely cold temperatures, it’s possible for even metal pipes to break, and that can spell disaster for a home. To help prevent pipes from breaking in the cold weather, homeowners

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How Credit Scores Relate to MortgagesBuying a home for the first time is typically the biggest expenditure in a person's life thus far. It's a huge commitment, and lenders want to be sure that borrowers are up to the task of paying off their loans. Credit scores and credit history are the way that banks can figure out which home buyers are likely to make good on mortgage payments and which are more of a risk. Cultivating a positive credit score is the way for a buyer to communicate that they are ready for the task of buying a home.

For informational purposes only. Always consult with a licensed mortgage professional before proceeding with any real estate transaction.

How Credit Scores Affect Home Buying

A good credit score can make or break a person's ability to buy a home.

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Home Lighting Tips for HomeownersLighting affects the way people feel and function in their home. Without proper lighting, a home can look dark, unclean and smaller than it really is. Good lighting can boost a person's mood, make them more productive and can even make the home look more spacious.

Homeowners who have just purchased new homes often overlook lighting when they're decorating or making home improvements. Failure to take lighting into account can negatively impact the homeowner's experience of the space.

Living Room and Family Room

A combination of natural lighting and artificial lighting makes the living room and family rooms a pleasant place to spend time at all hours of the day. Large picture windows are common in living rooms and when fully utilized, these

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Everything You Need to Know About Mold in the HomeMold is a problem that can occur in homes when moisture becomes a problem. Selling a home with a mould problem can almost be impossible, or until the mold is remediated. Understanding the cause of mold and what you can do about this problem can help you take care of your home. Below are the basics of mold problems and how they affect homeowners.

What Are the Health Risks of Mold?

Mold can have different effects on health depending on the severity of the mold and the sensitivities . Many people experience breathing problems because of mold, some experience chronic congestion or a cough. Other signs of mold exposure include:

  • Trouble remembering things, problems focusing
  • Muscle cramps
  • Eye sensitivity
  • Exhaustion
  • Night sweats
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What You Need to Know About Home InsuranceThere are plenty of misconceptions about home insurance in Canada, making it difficult to answer even some of the more simple questions about it. Because each homeowner is different, each policy will come with its own specific set of rules. For new home buyers who just want to do the right thing for themselves and their property, it's time to consider the facts of home insurance. Picking the right level of coverage starts with understanding the underlying principles.

For informational purposes only. Always consult with a financial advisor or insurance agent before proceeding with any real estate transaction.

Made for You

The policy and premium will depend on a few basic factors. Location, size of the home, and financial standing are all

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Basic Home Maintenance Tools for New HomeownersThere is a need to take on additional responsibilities when one goes from renting to owning a home, such as performing routine maintenance or making repairs on a home. Individuals who are handy often save money on labor costs when choosing to go the DIY route.

First time homeowners may want to pick up these tools to help them perform basic tasks in and around the home.

A Light-duty Wheelbarrow

For outdoor jobs and gardening around the home, purchasing a wheelbarrow can help prevent back strain and make the hauling process more efficient. Use a wheelbarrow to carry mulch, crushed stone or heavy tools to a desired location with minimal fuss. Look for a wheelbarrow with a raised lip for added security.

A Pair of Safety Glasses

When it

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All About Closing CostsMany people who have never bought a home go into the home buying process knowing little about closing costs. Without a good grasp of what closing costs are and how much they cost, it's hard to prepare to buy a home. Closing costs are a big expense that many home buyers must budget for specifically. If you're thinking about buying a home in the coming year or two, here's what you need to know.

For informational purposes only. Always consult with a licensed mortgage professional before proceeding with any real estate transaction.

What Are Closing Costs

During the purchase of a home, home buyers interact with a variety of organizations and businesses, including government agencies, lawyers, real estate professionals, appraisers and insurance

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Are Young Canadians Locked Out of Home Ownership?The truth is that Millennials are almost as eager to buy into the dream of home ownership as previous generations, despite widely-held myths about disinterest, staggering debt load and unwillingness to commit to either a career or ownership responsibilities.

For informational purposes only. Always consult with a licensed real estate professional before proceeding with any real estate transaction.

The Plight of Canadian Millennials

The generation born between about 1980 and the turn of the century, it turns out, is not so unlike their parents after all. According to Nerd Wallet, the median age of homebuyers in the United States has held steady for the past 40 years, at between 30.6 and 31. Two-thirds of Millennials today have not yet

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