February 2024

Market Watch - Home Sales Were up in January 2024 in Comparison to January 2023

We had a positive start to 2024. The Bank of Canada expects the rate of inflation to recede as we move through the year. This would support lower interest rates which would bolster home buyers' confidence to move back into the market. First-time buyers currently facing high average rents would benefit from lower mortgage rates, making the move to homeownership more affordable.

Identity Theft - How To Protect Your Identity?

Identity theft is a crime. It occurs when someone uses your personal information (which can include your name, social insurance number, or any account number) without your knowledge or consent to commit unlawful activities such as fraud or theft.

Are Condos Family Friendly?

When looking to buy a new home for their families, most people don’t automatically think purchasing a condominium is a viable option for them. Part of the reason for this thinking is the widely held misconception that a condo lifestyle is primarily for young couples, seniors, and singles. It is a North American myth that families need big houses to thrive and that children need a lot of space to develop well. None of this is supported by research evidence.

How to Save Money for Your First Home

When it comes to buying your first home, a big part of that decision should be based on your current financial position and the impact a home loan will have on your finances and lifestyle. For many first-time homebuyers, saving what is required for a down payment can seem overwhelming. However, sometimes saving for a down payment is as simple as managing your budget differently.

Colour Psychology and Painting

Knowledge of how colour affects your conscious and subconscious mind can change your life. It can inspire you to discover more about yourself and to embrace who you really are. The colour scheme that you select for a room can create the mood of the individuals who enter the space. Psychologists believe that colour can inspire people to action, conjure up memories from the past, promote intellectual thought, or even calm the human spirit.

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