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Whether you are a seasoned investor or new to real estate, learning is paramount to any portfolio. Let Rinehart media be your quick guide to useful tips and insightful information. Check out some of our cool real estate articles!

‘SPACE IS THE NEW LUXURY’: COULD THE CORONAVIRUS PROMPT AN URBAN EXODUS IN ONTARIO?

‘Space is the new luxury’: Could the coronavirus prompt an urban exodus in Ontario?

As Ontario’s economy slowly begins to reopen and the novel coronavirus pandemic rages on, one real estate brokerage says it’s seeing an uptick in Toronto buyers interested in purchasing property outside the city.

AS COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS EASE, DOWNTOWN LONDON LAUNCHES COMEBACK PLAN

Downtown London businesses have begun to reopen and there’s a new campaign called, “Hit our bricks, small is the new mall” to try and draw people downtown.

The plan includes a campaign called, “Hit our bricks, small is the new mall” as an incentive to draw people downtown. (Colin Butler/CBC News) After a long, cold lonely spring with almost no ability to serve customers in person, Downtown London is planning a comeback to help its members.

20 DIY WALLPAPERED STAIR RISERS IDEAS TO GIVE STAIRS SOME FLAIR

Spruce up your Stairs!

Staircase might be the most easily overlooked place in your home you’d think to decorate. As staircase designs are challenging for decorating, so many people leave stairs bare. But after seeing these decorating ideas we’ve collected here, you will find the staircase is one more opportunity to give your home your own amazing creative flair

25 HERBS THAT GROW IN THE SHADE

Chives and Mint can tolerate some shade 🌱

These fragrant and tasty herbs can tolerate a little shade.

7 SMART TOYS YOU CAN MAKE FOR YOUR DOG

Some entertaining toys you can make at home for your pooch! 🐶

Pique your dog’s curiosity and encourage mental and physical activity by surrounding him with stimulating puzzles and gadgets, like these entertaining toys that you can make at home.

PATTIE LOVETT-REID: THREE REAL ESTATE TRENDS EMERGING FROM THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC

Pattie Lovett-Reid on three real estate trends emerging from the coronavirus pandemic 🏘️

TORONTO — There is little doubt COVID-19 has wreaked havoc on more than one wedding this season. And while I’m truly disappointed for couples who had big plans for their special day, the average cost of a wedding is not insignificant. 

MIKE HOLMES: GOOD LANDSCAPING TAKES PLANNING AND PREPARATION

A few landscaping tips from Mike Holmes 🌳 🌻

Planting and landscaping season is here. While I don’t have the brightest green thumb out there, I do take pride in what I’ve accomplished with the landscaping around my home.

CANADA’S TOP-RATED CHARITIES 2020: BY SECTOR

In case you missed it, here are Canada’s Top 100 charities for 2020

To make it easier for you to give where you want to make a difference, we’ve organized this year’s Top 100 charities into eight categories.

THIS IS THE END OF THE OFFICE AS WE KNOW IT

“Working from home will be the new normal for many”

The pandemic already pushed millions to work from home. Many of them will likely go back to a very different office.

If and when you return to your office after the novel coronavirus pandemic, you’ll probably notice some differences.

HERE’S HOW COVID-19 IS CHANGING WHAT PEOPLE WANT FROM THE DESIGN OF THEIR HOMES

Has the pandemic changed what you want from your living space?

‘Their houses aren’t going to be a collection of stuff, it’s going to be a collection of experiences’

CORONAVIRUS AND THE HOUSING MARKET: IS THIS A GOOD TIME TO BUY?

“If you look at them from a bird’s eye view, Canada’s residential real estate prices currently seem frozen in time.”

Many prospective homebuyers in Canada’s priciest markets are wondering whether the economic crisis triggered by the COVID-19 pandemic comes with a silver lining for them.

‘VIRTUAL’ VICTORIA DAY WEEKEND FIREWORKS PLANNED FOR LONDON

LONDON, ONT — Tourism London is bringing virtual fireworks to the homes of Londoners this Victoria Day weekend.

 Tourism London invites you to a virtual Victoria Day fireworks display! It all happens on Monday, May 18th at 8:00 p.m. and is free to view – you just need the app

10 WAYS WINDOW DESIGN CAN INFLUENCE YOUR INTERIORS

☀️ If possible, make sure every room has a source of natural light

Ask any homeowner what the top amenity that they love about their home and their response is usually the views and the location. In fact, many homeowners can stand to live in a smaller home if it means they will have a great view, and the windows that deliver this view is essential.

67 COOL SMALL BALCONY DESIGN IDEAS

Some beautiful balcony inspiration!

Click to see 67 high resolution images of your future balcony!

MORTGAGE RATES WILL REMAIN AT HISTORIC LOWS UNTIL 2022: BMO

With anxiety mounting throughout March as the economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic intensified.

The cut announced by the Bank of Canada on March 27th meant that the overnight rate — which influences mortgage rates — had reached a level not seen since the 2008-2009 global recession. The rate, at 0.25 percent, sits at the “effective lower bound” established by the bank, which means that it does not intend to lower it further to zero or into negative territory.

FOODSCAPING: A NEW WAY TO CREATE A GARDEN

All you need to know about Foodscaping: 🌱 

With manicured lawns and perfectly trimmed shrubs, the landscaping surrounding North American homes and buildings was, until recently, mostly considered decorative. However, a new way of designing gardens, particularly appreciated by millennials, has just made its appearance: foodscaping!

BACKYARD FIRES CAN LIGHT UP AS LONDON LIFTS FIRE BAN

The London Fire Department is lifting the fire ban as of Friday, May 8

For those itching to sit around a fire and roast some wieners or marsh mellows, there is good news. The ban on open-air burning will lift on Friday, May 8.

DRAWERS OVERFLOWETH? 7 IDEAS TO SOLVE THE PROBLEM ONCE AND FOR ALL

Here are some great tips on how to camouflage some of your home’s uglier spots!

Honeycomb dividers will tame the messes in your dresser.

12 SNEAKY WAYS TO HIDE HOUSEHOLD EYESORES

Here are some great tips on how to camouflage some of your home’s uglier spots!

Being wirelessly connected to the Internet sure requires a lot of wires, huh? Ana Maria Munoz hid her router in a vintage book cover, and doesn’t find that it interferes with her signal.

COUPLE BOUGHT A NEW HOUSE AND DISCOVERED A ROMAN BATH HIDDEN UNDERNEATH THE FLOOR

Uncovering this hidden hot tub was like finding buried treasure!

Mark and Jenny Ronsman, both 39, from Wisconsin, US, bought their house three and a half years ago. They were told that there was a hidden hot tub under the home office…

23 AMAZING FINISHED BASEMENT THEATERS FOR MOVIE TIME

Enjoy some home theater inspiration!

So how big of a movie and television habit do you have? Is your Netflix queue loaded to the brim? How about your DVR? How’s that looking these days?

11 THINGS IN YOUR GARAGE TO THROW AWAY RIGHT NOW

They’re just taking up valuable space!

If you are running out of storage space in your workshop, it may be because you are piling the stuff you use on top of the stuff you don’t. Instead of adding more shelving, do an audit of your belongings and cut the cord on what you don’t need.

MINIMALIST ORGANIZATION IDEAS TO DECLUTTER YOUR HOME

9 minimalist home tips: things you need to start — or stop — doing right now.

A clean, clutter free home is totally doable. Just follow the minimalist home tips in this infographic:

REALTORS ARE STILL SELLING PROPERTIES IN THE PANDEMIC, BUT IT’S ‘AS IF THE HOUSE WERE A MUSEUM’

Please let me know if you have any questions about the London real estate market

When it comes to selling a home in a pandemic, London real estate broker Robert Di Loreto says you have to treat the experience “as if the home were a museum.” Everyone wears masks and gloves and nobody touches anything.

12 OF THE MOST BRILLIANT STORAGE IDEAS FOR SMALL KITCHENS

If you have a small kitchen you’ll want to check out these smart storage ideas!

In a teeny-tiny kitchen, you’ve got to be smart when it comes to storage in order to find room for all of the tools you need to make dinner. Fortunately, there are people out there coming up with hacks and solutions to help us out.

TALKS TO HELP YOU (RE)DESIGN YOUR APARTMENT

Ted Talks that will inspire and guide you to redesign the place you call home

Appreciate your space in new ways with these fun, insightful talks that will help guide you in redesigning the place you call home.

FOR PEOPLE LIVING ALONE, QUARANTINES AND PHYSICAL DISTANCING PRESENT UNIQUE CHALLENGES

According to Statistics Canada, one-person households now outnumber those with couples with children

Ms. Yusuf, who is 30 and lives alone in Vancouver, formed the group with two friends at the start of March to share occasional meals through these strange, dystopian times.

40 BEFORE-AND-AFTER CURB APPEAL MAKEOVERS

Who doesn’t love a good before and after transformation!?

Though certainly charming, this cottage’s monotone brown shade isn’t eye-catching and is doing nothing to highlight the home’s architectural good bones…

ENVIRONMENTAL ACTIONS TO DO AT HOME

It’s the 50th anniversary of Earth Day this April 22nd, and Earth Day Canada has lots of practical, creative, and fun ideas of ways you can take action from home 🌎 #EarthDayAtHome

In view of the current exceptional global health situation, outdoor gatherings and activities are prohibited.
But it is still possible to celebrate Earth Day! Use this slowdown to organize environmental activities at home, alone, or with your family!

WE PREDICT 7 WAYS CORONAVIRUS WILL AFFECT HOME DESIGN TRENDS

Some ways in which the coronavirus could affect home design trends in the future 🏡

Over the past month or so, the novel coronavirus outbreak has altered our daily lives in ways big and small. And even once quarantines end and stay-at-home orders are lifted, some expect that the “new normal” may look a little different…

THE SNEAKY WAYS YOUR HOUSE IS MAKING YOU CRANKY (AND HOW TO FIX IT!)

Home Tip – Houseplants can make you happy! 🌱

Bright green leaves breathe life (literally) into your home — houseplants can purify the air indoors, which can be five times more polluted that outdoor air, reports the EPA. Plus, studies have shown that plopping one in a bare spot can help reduce stress.

7 EASY WAYS TO DE-STRESS YOUR HOME

Making these easy tweaks to your home could help you feel a little less stressed

Is your home on the messy, noisy or overly bright side of the lifestyle spectrum? It might be causing you to be on edge. Try these seven little tweaks, none of which cost a lot of money or major hassle. Because no one’s best life is spent dodging clutter and dirty dishes.

HOW TO KEEP YOUR CAT OFF THE COUNTER: TOP 10 WAYS

Here are some ways to keep your cat off the countertop

If you have a cat, you likely know the struggle to keep him or her off the kitchen countertop. There are some simple things you can do to make the countertop a no-go zone. Here are 10 DIY ideas to try.

9 WAYS TO RETHINK A SMALL CLOSET

From a mudroom to a tiny bar, here are some creative ways to turn an extra closet into a functional space!

Instead of closing off your entryway closet, create a mini mudroom with seating. The House of Smiths’ Shelley and Cason’s closet blocked their foyer, so they decided to remove the door and part of the dry wall . After adding beadboard, shelves, molding, and a cushioned bench, they have a new cozy and functional space.

10 COMMON HOUSE FEATURES YOU PROBABLY DIDN’T KNOW HAD A NAME

Are you familiar with any?!

Coffered ceilings add dimension and character and are typically found in Craftsman-style homes…

8 MODERN CONVERSATION PITS THAT LET YOU SINK INTO RELAXED LUXURY

Conversation pits are a great idea if you’re looking to create a technology free zone at home!

Sunken living rooms were all the rage in the 60s and 70s, but they can still be just as comfy and stylish in the aughts. With so many of us opting for open plan spaces these days, creating a casual but defined “conversation pit” is a fun way to break up your living room into manageable zones.

HERE’S EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT DEFERRING YOUR MORTGAGE RIGHT NOW

What Canadians need to know about deferring mortgages

In an unprecedented display of coordinated assistance, Canada’s six largest banks will begin offering customers more relief options in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. President and CEO of the Canadian Bankers Association Neil Parmenter tweeted links to coordinated press releases from Canada’s six big banks, announcing “a commitment to work with personal and small business banking customers on a case-by-case basis …

10 HISTORIC HOMES YOU CAN VIRTUALLY TOUR

Buckingham Palace is just one of the many beautiful historic homes you can take a virtual tour of!

As many cultural sites close and governments urge social distancing due to coronavirus, it’s unfortunately not the best time to go out and explore the historic homes of the world. But, thanks to virtual tours available online, you can enjoy the stunning architecture and interior design of many significant homes from the comfort of your own couch.

HOPING FOR A BONFIRE TO PASS THE TIME IN ISOLATION? NO WAY, SAYS FIRE DEPARTMENT

The ban will be in effect until further notice

If you were hoping to have a backyard bonfire to pass the time during COVID-19 isolation, you’d better make other plans.

9 STEPS TO STAGING YOUR HOME FOR THE PERFECT SALE

Some great home staging tips to help sell your home faster 🏡

First of all, you are not selling just a home. You are selling a lifestyle. That starts at the front door. Make your front door and porch look inviting with fresh paint or stain. Polish or replace the hardware. It will make all the difference if your front door tells the buyer that you care about the details.

7 TOTALLY AMAZING DOG HOUSES

From a replica of the Taj Mahal to a California Hacienda Style Dog Mansion, these dog houses have it all! 🐶

Whether or not your pet pooch spends 90% of his time glued to your hip, laying on your feet, or attempting to be so close to you he’s practically sharing your skin, there are probably the rare occasions that he wants a little alone time. 

8 OF THE ODDEST THINGS FOUND HIDDEN INSIDE WALLS

You’ll definitely want to check your walls after reading this! 💰

When a California couple decided to renovate their 1930s bungalow, they pulled up the bedroom carpeting to reveal a full-floor Monopoly board. They did manage to play a round of Monopoly before practicality trumped novelty…

30 NEW WAYS TO USE YOUR OLD STUFF

Some ingenious ways to turn some of your everyday stuff into household storage solutions!

Shoe clutter and closet disarray is an all-too-common problem for those of us with shoe addictions. Janet Lee conquered the dilemma of storing her abundance of shoes in a New York City apartment by creating…

HOW TO DESIGN YOUR BEDROOM FOR BETTER SLEEP

It’s #WorldSleepDay today 😴 If you’re having trouble sleeping, here are some tips on how to design a bedroom for better sleep:

A third of our lives are spent in bed, but that doesn’t necessarily mean you’re getting proper rest. The truth is, our bedrooms are majorly responsible for the quality of shut-eye. So to assist you in achieving the best sleep ever, we’ve compiled this bedroom design guide filled with doctor’s tips, scientifically proven sleep facts and slumber-inducing secrets!

33 THINGS THAT EVERY DREAM HOME ABSOLUTELY NEEDS

Doesn’t every dream home need an aquarium bed?! 🐠

Without an underwater room, wine-on-tap and hammock flooring, your dream home is just a flight of fancy without anything fancy. And that’s pretty boring. So, may we suggest…

FEBRUARY 2020 LONDON MARKET STATS!

Last month, local residential real estate transactions remained at peak levels, with 740 homes trading hands in LSTAR’s jurisdiction – only 22 less than three years ago, when the Association had its best February sales ever.

Here are the February 2020 London market stats 🏡 Don’t hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions about buying or selling a home in London or want more information about a particular neighbourhood!

A GUIDE TO CREATING MINIMALIST HOMES FOR BONA FIDE MAXIMALISTS

An “exit drawer” is a good start! Read more to see the best guide for Minimalist’s

Millions have been made by self-help authors advising us how to declutter our closets, our homes and ultimately our lives, by embracing the ethos of minimalism…

DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME IN CANADA IS THIS WEEKEND AND PEOPLE ARE ALREADY COMPLAINING

Don’t forget it’s almost time to Spring Forward! 🕑 Daylight Saving Time begins at 2 a.m. on Sunday, March 8th.

It’s that time of year again: on Sunday, Canadians will set their clocks to “spring forward” an hour for Daylight Savings Time.

BANK OF CANADA FOLLOWS U.S. WITH HALF-POINT RATE CUT TO SOFTEN BLOW OF CORONAVIRUS

Bank of Canada follows U.S. with half-point rate cut to soften blow of coronavirus

The Bank of Canada is cutting its key interest rate target by half a percentage point, dropping it to 1.25 per cent in response to the economic shock from the novel coronavirus outbreak.

2020 MARCH BREAK ACTIVITIES IN LONDON

Here’s a great round-up of March Break activities here in London!

March Break Activities in London: A list of Family Activities, Events & Camps in and around London, Ontario from March 13 – 22, 2020

For GTA and Hamilton activities, see March Break in GTA

MIKE HOLMES: IN A CANADIAN WINTER, KEEPING YOUR WHOLE HOUSE COZY CAN BE A BIT OF A CHORE

There always seems to be that one room that’s colder than the rest

Think about the mysteries that stupefy you in your home. Common ones I hear are: what does that light switch do? Why is one room always so much colder than the rest of the house? And if you’re a parent, who keeps touching the thermostat?

21 SURREAL DESIGNS YOU SHOULD ACTUALLY USE IN YOUR HOME

From floating stairs to grass tables, here are 21 amazing design ideas!

These psychedelic schemes will take your home on a magic carpet ride.

17 CHURCHES CREATIVELY CONVERTED INTO MODERN HOMES

These churches have been restored and converted into spectacular homes brimming with character

Whether it’s vaulted arches or stained glass windows, the unique features of church architecture make for awe-inspiring spaces. But what happens when these majestic buildings fall out of use?

15 OBNOXIOUS HOUSES THAT WERE BUILT JUST TO ANNOY THE NEIGHBORS

These obnoxious houses were built just to annoy the neighbours!

Spite houses are homes built to anger a neighbor, often by cutting off access to a road or obstructing the view. And they’re usually ugly, since they are squished into narrow parcels of land or other intentionally unappealing spots.

SOME OF THE PRICIEST HOMES FOR SALE IN CANADA

These are some of the most expensive homes for sale in Canada

VANCOUVER — From a $60-million oceanfront estate to a small bungalow on 63 acres of land, the most expensive homes for sale vary across Canada’s real estate markets.

KEEP YOUR VENTS CLEAR OF SNOW: WATERLOO FIRE RESCUE

A reminder that vents that are blocked with snow can lead to carbon monoxide poisoning

Waterloo Fire Rescue is reminding you that blocked vents can lead to carbon monoxide poisoning. Public education officer, John Percy, says there is always an increase in the number of emergency calls during the winter.

SOME GREAT TIPS FOR YOUR NEXT PAINTING PROJECT

Do & Don’ts of painting

DO buy a quart first instead of a large quantity in case you’re not committed to the color…

20 of the world’s most remote homes, structures, and towns

If you ever feel like being alone!

Located on the island of Vágar in the Faroe Islands, this tiny village only became accessible by car in 2004. In 2012, Gásadalur had a population of 18…

The 5 Biggest Smart Home Trends In 2020

Smart homes are the domestic face of the Internet of Things (IoT). In recent years we’ve become increasingly…..

In recent years we’ve become increasingly used to connecting everyday devices in our homes to the internet and to each other to make the places we live more comfortable, economical, entertaining, and safe.

These Feng Shui Home Tips Will Bring the Good Vibes In

The ancient Chinese spatial laws of feng shui have gone full-on mainstream, with Gwyneth Paltrow and Marie Kondo among its enthusiasts.

568 homes exchanged hands last month in our jurisdiction – only two shy from the same period in 2017, which still holds the absolute record for January residential real estate transactions. 

25 BRILLIANT DIY WAYS OF REUSING OLD WINE BARRELS

From dog beds to wine racks, there are multiple ways to give wine barrels a second life!

 

We all know that giving old stuff a new life instead of throwing them away is valuable and ecological. There are pretty much different ways that people used old wine barrels to decorate their homes and outdoors. 

January 2020 London market stats

Don’t hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions about buying or selling a home in London or want more information about a particular neighbourhood!

568 homes exchanged hands last month in our jurisdiction – only two shy from the same period in 2017, which still holds the absolute record for January residential real estate transactions. 

This Secret Shelf Is Perfect For Kitchens With Zero Storage

Surprise! Shelves upon shelves of space.

This hidden pantry shelf is the perfect solution for a small kitchen!

22 Smart and Stylish Ways to Decorate Empty Corners

Some great ways to transform neglected nooks in your home

 

Every naked room corner in a fun-sized abode is a space-making opportunity. Here’s how to transform neglected nooks into useful and inviting spots that make life at home better.

 

clever gadgets

The focus is still on clever gadgets that offer individual experiences instead of intelligent technology that brings people closer together

As consumer fear and anxiety about how their data is being used increases, and their patience and trust in home-tech wanes, companies entering this arena need to be facilitating the creation of Smart Homes that genuinely enrich our home and emotional lives, or they risk eradicating our sense of ‘home’ altogether.

Cozy Minimalism

How to pull of Cozy Minimalism: A Perfect Blend of Two Opposing Styles

Does “cozy minimalism” sounds like an oxymoron? If you think it does, you’re not alone. However, this intriguing home décor style is a situation in which opposites definitely attract. The look is steadily becoming one of the most popular aesthetics in today’s landscape—and it’s not hard to see why people are falling in love.

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