Regina Real Estate Experts Blog

by: Sarah Lonsdale April 28, 2017

 

I’m not sure about you, but the topic of stain removal never enters my consciousness unless there is a crisis at hand—let’s say nasty red wine spillage, in which case I typically default to what I learned growing up (use salt). When we were recently discussing the topic at work, we realized we had a wealth of solutions among us. Here are our top cleaning tips—most of which involve little more than vinegar, lemons, and baking soda.

Erin-Boyle-SimpleMatters-Remodelista-2Above: An arsenal of cleaning supplies. Photograph by Erin Boyle.

Lemon

  • For tarnished copper, Sarah says: “I clean my copper with lemon and salt. Cut the lemon into wedges, dip in salt, then rub on the copper. Rinse quickly in cold water and dry well with a soft
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By Dani-Elle Dubé National Online Journalist, Smart Living  Global News

The Government of Canada allows first-time home buyers to borrow up to $25,000 from their RRSPs to fund the purchase of their first home.

The Government of Canada allows first-time home buyers to borrow up to $25,000 from their RRSPs to fund the purchase of their first home.

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So you want to buy your first home — time to go shopping, right?

Unfortunately, buying a home isn’t like purchasing a sweater at a department store. You can’t just walk up to a counter, hand over your credit card and walk out bag in hand – it’s a much more intricate process than that.

For veteran home buyers, the process is familiar. But for first-timers, knowing where to start, where to go and what to do can be an overwhelming experience.

 

READ MORE: Canadians are delaying home buying on the hope

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We asked 11 design pros to reveal the can't-miss shades that make their spaces shine.

Soft Gray: The Perfect Backdrop

“A soft gray creates a rich, immersive backdrop that can be taken in a clean monochromatic direction or as a visual foil for more vibrant advancing colors,” says Breeze Giannasio of BGDB Interior Design. “It's the ultimate wing man in the color spectrum!” In this living room, the designer let a gorgeous tapestry and colorful furnishings take center stage against soft gray walls.

Pink: Playful Accent

“Not always the obvious choice, we often find ourselves throwing bright pinks in as an accent in otherwise neutral rooms and love the instant life it brings,” says designer Kristina Braun of Braun + Adams. “It can be…
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OTTAWA, June 8, 2017 — The trend in housing starts was 214,621 units in May 2017, compared to 213,435 units in April 2017, according to Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC). This trend measure is a six-month moving average of the monthly seasonally adjusted annual rates (SAAR) of housing starts.

“Housing starts trended higher in May in Canada’s urban areas”, said Bob Dugan, CMHC’s Chief Economist. “Row and apartment units led the upward move, while construction has slowed for pricier single- and semi-detached houses.”

Monthly highlights

Halifax

Apartment construction continues to drive the residential market in Halifax with year-to-date apartment starts more than double 2016 levels. The single-detached demand is also picking up

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How to Install Undercabinet Lighting

Get a well-lit kitchen with undercabinet task lighting

By Joseph Truini of This Old House magazine  

There's a missing element in most American kitchens, and it's not a $7,500 range or a 4-acre refrigerator. No, it's simply good lighting. And a well-lit kitchen begins with undercabinet task lighting. These hidden fixtures, which are fairly easy to retrofit beneath upper wall cabinets, bathe the countertop in bright white light—a boon for everything from dicing veggies to reading recipes. Connect the fixtures to a dimmer switch, as shown here, and you also have the key to dramatic accent lighting or a night light for midnight snackers.
If you're a bit

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Have you made your plans for Canada's 150th birthday yet? Check out the events around the city to help plan your long weekend celebrations!

 

Regina Canada Day - Saturday, July 1, 2017

On July 1, Canadians from coast to coast gather to celebrate belonging to Canadian society. In 2017, we celebrate the 150th anniversary of Confederation. It is an opportunity to celebrate our achievements, which were born in the audacious vision and shared values of our ancestors, and which are voiced in nearly all of the languages of the world through the contribution of new Canadians.

Complete list of entertainment, events and timeslist

The 150th anniversary of confederation will be four days of celebrations taking place between June 21 and July 1.

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spray park

 

Great news everyone, Regina's outdoor spray pads are scheduled to open today! What a fantastic and affordable way to beat the heat and let those kiddies burn off some energy this summer. The weather is supposed to be nice and hot be sure to take advantage of these cool play areas. 

Spray pads will open on June 3, 2017 (weather permitting).

Outdoor spray pad areas offer your family a great water play experience and a novel way to cool off during the summer.

Spray Pad hours are 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.

To activate the spray pad, simply push the button or wave your hand in front of the sensor to turn the water on. 

Spray pad locations

Central Zone
Kinsmen Park North Pasqua Street and 2nd Avenue
Gocki Park Lindsay
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Master these dos and don'ts of house hunting.

  Open House With Home Buyers By: Annalisa Burgos  

Homebuyers get away with a lot of things these days. Lowball offers. Closing cost credits. Tax credits.

But just because you're in a hot buyer's market doesn't mean you should waltz into every open house and demand things. (Though you might get them if the seller is motivated enough.)

Restrain yourself and stick to these rules of open house etiquette to ensure a pleasant house hunting experience:

Have a Game Plan

If you're giving up an hour on a Sunday, you might as well set aside the entire afternoon. Research properties you

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Home sales cool in April, GTA leads decline

Toronto housing market

A sold sign is shown in front of west-end Toronto homes Sunday, April 9, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graeme Roy

The Canadian Press 
Published Monday, May 15, 2017 9:33AM EDT 
Last Updated Monday, May 15, 2017 10:56AM EDT

OTTAWA -- Home sales cooled in April after setting a record the previous month as the pace of transactions in the Greater Toronto Area slowed, the Canadian Real Estate Association said Monday.

There was a 1.7 per cent decrease in sales over the MLS system last month compared with March, said the association, which represents more than 100,000 real estate brokers, agents and salespeople in the country.

In nearly two-thirds of all local markets across Canada, sales

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Agents can save sellers time, money, liability and hassle.   BYCHRIS REDIGER   JUN 10 Key Takeaways
  • FSBOs are more costly than homeowners realize -- including lower sales prices and hidden fees.
  • Selling a home is a complicated transaction -- sellers and buyers alike can get burned with FSBOs.
  • Time costs money -- a FSBO costs the seller valuable time, and it takes longer to sell.

Frank, a smart and tech-savvy Denver homeowner, thought he’d skip the agent commission and sell his house himself.

He researched his home’s property value, found a buyer and got the house under contract. It seemed like a done deal.

Until he realized in a panic that he had seriously

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