• The Art of Compromise: Home Decor Edition

    Home Sweet Home…or is it? You’ve just moved in with your significant other and couldn’t be more excited; however your new home isn’t exactly boasting the ideal look and feel you were hoping for. You’ve been inspired by sites like Pinterest, and you have an idea of the overall theme/look you’re going for, what pictures to hang and where, and which accent pillows you want to use. The problem is you’ve now got to include your partner in these plans.

    So, now what? You could try the ol’ “Well… you can decorate this room yourself (the one that is hidden in the back corner of the basement – which nobody ever sees) if I can decorate the rest of the house”, but that isn’t always going to cut it. Some partners want to share their opinion and incorporate their own interests in the decor. For example they may want to put up a poster of their favorite sports team or movie, a quote or even a piece of art that has nostalgic value. So let us tell you this, in the interest of a healthy and successful relationship, get to know what the word compromise really means.

    Here are 5 tips on how best to compromise when it comes to decorating your home:

    1) Make your partner feel included by getting them involved in the process early on.

    2) Share your inspiration and ideas BEFORE buying new items.

    3) Engage in open and honest communication about things you both like and dislike – make a list of all shared likes so you can refer to it when finalizing decisions.

    4) Be open to new ideas. Explore new styles together. After all, you may find one that you both like.

    5) Make an effort to display both personalities throughout the home in different rooms.

    Again, we can’t promise you anything, but by working together and following these tips, the two of you should end up with a beautiful looking home that you’re both happy with and a space to call your very own.



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    (LEASED) 1005 King St W #317, Toronto, Ontario

    Call 647-363-5331 or CLICK HERE for more information

    1005 King St W #317

    Price: $2,100.00
    MLS# C5167375
    Bathrooms: 1
    Bedrooms: 1 + 1
    Square Footage: 600-699

    Welcome to DNA North Tower in King West!

    Highly sought after building in the heart of Toronto. Spacious 1 bed + den unit with open concept kitchen, granite counters, breakfast bar, living room with walk-out to private balcony. Lease includes all utilities and the use of 1 underground parking space. Building amenities include concierge, gym, party room, visitor parking & rooftop terrace with amazing views.

    Live in King West, close to Liberty Village. Walk to shops, restaurants, parks, Entertainment, Financial & Fashion Districts.


    5 Landscaping Trends That Are on the Rise

    Our gaze naturally turns toward the outdoors and our yards as the weather begins to warm and buds burst open. Design ideas sprout up on all the great ways we can enhance our fresh-air experiences during this upcoming patio season. These five landscaping trends push the boundaries on how we see our outdoor living spaces, so prepare to be inspired.

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    Think Smart, Think Small

    Having limited outdoor space is nothing new; especially for city dwellers. How that space is used is pushing the envelope. Multitasking is king when it comes to planning which features to add and where to plant what within limited square footage. For example, a water feature can be integrated into the irrigation system, doubling the function of a single feature.

    Analyze the systems and features you can work with in your garden. It will take some consideration and planning to get the most out of your limited space, but it will pay off immensely in the end.

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    Every Season Turns

    Think “four seasons” when planning your garden. Differentiating textures and bright conifer foliage will look lovely in the springtime, but also brightens up the garden during the winter months. Deciduous shrubs, trees with peeling bark, and evergreens that change colour can help you maximize your garden all year-round.

    Choosing the right plants that can withstand Canada’s shifting seasons will be a challenge, so consult a garden expert before investing.

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    Feeling Fenced In

    Fencing is the most common method of enclosing a yard, however creative alternatives to posts and planks are popping up. Consider planting a screening foliage, such as bamboo, between the sidewalk curb and your lawn to offer some privacy. Also, look at incorporating lacy-leaved trees such as dogwoods or Japanese maple — they’re big enough to create a border but won’t overwhelm.

    Thinking outside the box to create the feeling of a protected area is what this landscaping trend is about. The drawback to these pretty, yet permeable, barriers is they do little to secure a pet or protect against trespassers.

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    Get Crafty

    Part of the “maker movement,” this landscaping trend moves away from mass-produced products, and returns to roots of authentic craftsmanship. Whether it’s a stone bench or a pergola, finding a professional artisan to handcraft your next garden element is definitely a trend. This trend is about quality craftsmanship that stands the test of time. This quality craftsmanship does come at a premium, but hiring local artisans is a wonderful way to support the local economy.

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    Go Forth

    Imagine being able to eat dinner in your own backyard and under the stars. Alfresco dining is so popular these days that having a designated dining area, complete with an outdoor cooking area, has become a top landscaping trend. Different this year is the location of this open-air eating area — it’s no longer close to the kitchen but further afield. Creating a unique space at the back of the yard, far from the lights and bustle of the house is on-trend.

    From backyard dining to living walls, each one of these landscaping trends can add value to your home and boost curb appeal. Now that you’re armed with the knowledge of what’s trending in the landscaping world, which one will you dig into this spring?



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    (SOLD) 217 Highland Ave, Oshawa, Ontario

    Call 647-363-5331 or CLICK HERE for more information


    217 Highland Ave

    Price: $499,900.00
    MLS# E5145636
    Bathrooms: 2
    Bedrooms: 3 + 1
    Square Footage: 
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    Lovely Three Bedroom Home Offers An Open Main Floor, Updated Kitchen With Ceramic Backsplash, Dining Room With Walkout To Large Deck And Living Room With Bay Window. The Second Floor Includes 3 Ample Bedrooms And An Updated Main Bathroom. Basement Offers A Self-Contained Space With A 2nd Kitchen, 3Pc Bath And Shared Laundry (In Common Area). Furnace And A/C Both Replaced In 2016, Shingles 2011, Updated Windows, You Will Love This Mature Oshawa Location.

    **Represented the Buyer

    (SOLD) 40 Grasspoint Cres, Toronto, Ontario

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    40 Grasspoint Cres

    Price: $1,299,000.00
    MLS# W5154990
    Bathrooms: 2
    Bedrooms: 3
    Square Footage: 1500-2000
    Virtual Tour: Click here for virtual tour

    Gorgeous, fully renovated, 4 level sidesplit on a corner lot in the highly sought after Markland Wood area. Chic open concept kitchen / living room with breakfast bar, Caesar stone counters & built-in stainless steel appliances. Walk-out from ground floor dining room with wet-bar to professionally landscaped and private yard.

    Markland Wood is a quiet residential community located in Etobicoke known as “A Circle Of Friends”. Mature trees bloom in spring, streets are lined with well maintained properties, residents are out walking their dogs, jogging, cycling, and chatting on the street. Located only a few minutes from the Mississauga border, major highways, and The Markland Wood (Golf) Country Club.

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    (LEASED) 812 Lansdowne Ave, Toronto, Ontario

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    812 Lansdowne Ave

    Price: $1,750.00
    MLS# W5114102
    Bathrooms: 1
    Bedrooms: 1 + 1
    Square Footage: 600-699

    Spacious, Open Concept Layout With Fabulous West-Facing Views! Modern Kitchen With S/S Appliances & Quartz Countertops, Ensuite Laundry And Den To Accomodate Working From Home. Located In The Junction Triangle Near Stores, Cafes, Restaurants, Parks And Transit. Tenant Has Accessibility To Building Amenities.
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    (SOLD) 270 Scarlett Rd, Toronto, Ontario

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    270 Scarlett Rd #910

    Price: $625,000.00
    MLS# W5137013
    Bathrooms: 2
    Bedrooms: 3
    Square Footage: 1200-1399
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    Welcome to Lambton Square!

    3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, corner suite with tranquil south-west views overlooking the Humber River! Well cared for unit features a desirable layout, functional kitchen with ample cupboard space, separate dining room, spacious sunken living room, walkout to oversized balcony, 1 parking space & 1 locker. Clean and ready to move into. Excellent for downsizers or first time buyers. Don’t miss your opportunity to turn this unit into your dream home!

    Surrounded by beautifully manicured green space, Humber River, James Gardens, private & public golf courses, walking/biking trails, steps to transit, 1 stop to subway, close to major highway & Airport.


    Toronto and GTA Rental Real Estate Market in 2021

    For years, it’s been a tough battle for renters living in Toronto and the surrounding municipalities. Rents have only been on an upward trajectory as supply was limited and demand was through the roof. But after a year of the COVID-19 public health crisis, Toronto and GTA rental real estate is now a renter’s market.

    The turning point was last spring, when the coronavirus pandemic crippled the nation and forced governments to institute a plethora of new rules and regulations. One of the first items on the chopping block? The short-term rental market, affecting condo investors who relied on Airbnb and other short-term rental arrangements. The other factor was immigration restrictions, which have led to seismic drops in the rental market.

    After a year of the COVID-19 public health crisis, Toronto and GTA rental real estate looks very different. Tenants have negotiating power and more options, which was unheard of before the housing boom in North America’s fourth-largest city. At the same time, condo owners are either selling their units or renting their apartments below the cost of their mortgage, resulting in both “seller’s fatigue” and “handcuffed sellers.”

    A wide range of reports estimate that the monthly rent of a one-bedroom apartment in Toronto has fallen as much as 23 per cent year-over-year, with prices coming down as low as $1,500 in some of the most appealing locations in the city. Although this is still relatively high compared to the rest of the Canadian real estate market, it is a welcomed relief for renters who have been paying sky-high prices for the privilege of residing in a red-hot urban centre.

    Right now, is it even worth it to buy a property when rent is at a multi-year low?

    According to Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC), households are paying large premiums to own instead of rent. The crown corporation suggested that condo owners are paying 86 per cent more to own than rent in a purpose-built building. This is the highest premium paid in any housing market of the country, including Vancouver (56 per cent) and Victoria (13 per cent).

    This begs the question: will the Toronto and GTA rental market return to pre-pandemic conditions in 2021?

    Toronto and GTA Rental Real Estate Market in 2021

    When it comes to the COVID-19 pandemic, there is light at the end of the tunnel in Ontario. New cases seem to be declining, more people are getting vaccinated, and the economy is starting to reopen. Even if a third wave strikes amid South African and British variants, the province and many of its sectors have shown their resilience to adapt, survive, and thrive.

    Once the Greater Toronto Area returns to some semblance of pre-pandemic life, which officials are optimistic could happen in the third quarter of 2021, the rental real estate market could be one of the first beneficiaries. From restrictions being lifted at the Canadian border and students returning to the classroom, to the short-term rental market being given the green light again, the Toronto and GTA rental real estate industry could rebound.

    PricewaterhouseCoopers recently released a report on the outlook for Canada’s housing sector. The multinational professional services network of firms predicts that the rental market will see benefits from a slowdown in home ownership and a backlog of immigrants. At the same time, it warned about the end of government income support and wage subsidy programs that could hurt tenants’ ability to pay their rent. The organization also said that more university students are likely to enrol in virtual classes instead of in-person learning, which would impact short-term rental activity.

    The Toronto Regional Real Estate Board (TRREB) also anticipates a surging GTA real estate market, amid a strengthening economy and widespread vaccinations.

    “The pandemic certainly resulted in an unprecedented year for real estate in 2020, but it hasn’t put a damper on the overall demand,” said Jason Mercer, TRREB Chief Market Analyst, in a statement. “Looking ahead, a strengthening economy and renewed GTA population growth following widespread vaccinations will support the continued demand for both ownership and rental housing. But over the long run, the supply of listings will remain an issue, particularly in low-rise segments.”

    Put simply, the future largely depends on the vaccine rollout, the coronavirus variants, and the economic rebound.

    Transformation of Toronto Rental Spaces?

    Perhaps this is an opportunity to reimagine the rental market in Toronto and the rest of Canada’s housing market. With more people working and studying remotely, our homes have become multifunctional spaces to accommodate learning, exercising, entertainment and more. And as a result of this, our need for space has been redefined. PwC called this the “amenitization of communities,” whereby multi-purpose buildings allow new features to accommodate the new normal, such as videoconferencing rooms, dedicated areas for grocery delivery, and perhaps even additional green space.

    Once the rental market returns to growth, developers might need to think about how to redesign apartment living for future generations, perhaps inspiring a new wave of rental demand.


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