16
Jul

Statistics Canada is modifying the consumer price index basket.

Tracking shifts in purchasing patterns help policymakers better understand how and where inflation is affecting consumers (currently EVERYWHERE). The CPI, and what we read about inflation are based on a fixed basket of goods and services designed according to international standards and methods. Stats Canada will update the Consumer Price Index (CPI) basket of goods it used to introduce the

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13
Jul

Be Ready to Stop the Flood

Before heading away for summer vacation it’s good practice to shut off the water supply to the entire home. This eliminates a possible ‘welcome home’ surprise of water damage from a burst pipe, that’s gone unnoticed. The main shut-off valve is typically located near the water meter, where the main water supply enters the home. A good practice is to

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11
Jul

Are Housing Markets Settling into a New Normal?

Headlines are meant to be dramatic. But let’s take a wider look and see where we are today, compared to where we’ve come from. Record-shattering real estate market statistics of recent times have been in some ways an anomaly, fueled by low-interest rates and pandemic-era market constrictions. As first-round pandemic restrictions eased, pent-up buyer demand created an almost frantic market

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6
Jul

The Invasive Sponge Moth

Sponge Moths are an Invasive Insect not native to North America. This type of moth’s caterpillars’ feed primarily on the leaves of deciduous trees. You may have noticed them as you walk through the neighbourhood. They’re a very damaging pest that invades hardwood forests and urban landscapes. A single Sponge Moth caterpillar can eat an average of one square metre

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2
Jul

The Real Estate Market has Shifted, Let me Help.

Yes, over the past months, the real estate market has changed. Interest rates have jumped and that’s had a hit on some buying activity. Prices have stopped peaking to new highs almost daily. But the market hasn’t crashed. With less “froth in the market” sellers are looking for ways to make their homes stand out and buyers are taking more

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