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london real estate: Canadian Dollar and a Rebounding Economy - 09/10/09 02:30 PM
OTTAWA - The Canadian economy is bouncing back from the recession stronger than previously believed, despite ongoing worries about the impact of a strong dollar, the Bank of Canada said Thursday as it left interest rates untouched at the lowest level practicable.
In July, Bank of Canada governor Mark Carney appeared to go out on a limb in declaring the recession over - one of the first to do so - but now the central bank says even Carney underestimated the rebound.
"Stimulative monetary and fiscal policies, improved financial conditions, firmer commodity prices, and a rebound in business and (1 comments)
london real estate: Home Upgrades With The Best Returns - 09/04/09 05:11 PM
Let's face it - the real estate market is still in trouble. While we wait for things to improve, you may want to consider only those changes or upgrades that will guarantee to pay off later when it's time to sell. So, which home improvement projects will give you the most bang for your buck? Here are our top 6: Painting Painting, inside or out, offers the most dramatic results for the least investment. If you plan to hire a professional, you should expect to pay anywhere from $3600 - $6000 for an average interior (2400 sq. ft.) and $5000 or (3 comments)
london real estate: Cleaning Drapes - 09/04/09 05:05 PM
Cleaning fine draperies can be easy and needs only to be done approximately once every three to six months. You invest a lot of money in the draperies in your home, and it only makes sense that a little time every so often to keep them in good shape. Most of the problems with draperies are caused by household dust settling on them. If you have children, food stains and spots can happen from messy little hands, but this is easily resolved as well. Check the Labels on your draperies and clean according to the manufacturer's instructions. If you can find (0 comments)
london real estate: Putting Your Summer Garden To Bed For Winter - 09/04/09 04:58 PM
The blooms of summer are gone but fall can be an equally beautiful time for gardens. It's also the time to get things ready for winter. Master gardener Joe Lamp'l shares some tips on "putting your garden to bed." Don't think of fall as just the end of the current growing season; it is the start of next year's garden as well. Along with the pleasure of enjoying the garden in the cooler fall temperatures there are important duties that should be addressed as we clean up and clear out. It is also the best time of year to get our (0 comments)
Last month, 747 homes exchanged hands in the jurisdiction of the London and St. Thomas Association of REALTORS® (LSTAR), a 2 per-cent decrease over August 2008. This includes 600 detached homes (down 1.2 per cent from August 2008) and 147 condos (down 5.2 per cent from August 2008). Year-to-date 4,619 detached homes and 1,069 condos have been sold - down 8.4 per cent and 18.2 per cent respectively compared to the same period in 2008. Sales in St. Thomas doing well - 75 homes exchanged hands in August 2009, a 50 per cent increase over August 2008. The (1 comments)
london real estate: Prepping Your Home For Sale - 08/27/09 03:38 PM
Space sells. In home staging one of the goals is to make small spaces seem more... well... spacious. Here are some tips to make a small room seem bigger. Clear out the clutter! Can't reinforce this enough. Less is more. If a shelf is completely full then nothing on it stands out and it gives the impression that there is not an inch of spare space. A buyer will think that there is no room for their belongings in the home. Pack up the collections. Create small groupings of two or three items and have tons of free space to show off (7 comments)
london real estate: Tips For Adjusting Children To A New School - 08/27/09 03:33 PM
Whether your child is moving to a new neighborhood or making the leap to middle or high school, the first few weeks may be filled with anxiety as well as excitement. These 10 tips will help your child make a smooth transition to your new school. 1. Make it a team effort. If you're choosing among a few schools, talk with your child about what each school has to offer. When it comes time to select specific classes, make sure your child is part of the process. 2. Keep a positive focus. As the first day draws near, begin talking to (2 comments)
london real estate: Puppy Pawlooza in London Ontario - 08/17/09 05:48 PM
Puppy Pawlooza... the name says it all! It's a festival for dogs!We have a star-studded lineup of fun activities for you and your canine friend. Pawlooza has rows of vendors selling unique items for your dog and cat... many of Ontario's rescue organizations will be showcasing their furry friends that are up for adoption... there are free puppy trick classes, free dog obedience classes, free trick demos, free pet psychic demos, doggie dock diving, free agility demos, free pet nutrition demos, free first aid demos, and free dog safety demos for children. There are also food vendors, live music, a children's (1 comments)
london real estate: How Do We Identify Time Wasters - 08/17/09 05:40 PM
This month I was dealing with a couple who came into my office responding to a Homes and Land magazine ad. For two weeks, they attended the office every morning where I would go over potential listings for their specific property requirements. I put them under contract and then proceeded to keep helping them. When they would find something they thought would work (based on the property size) they would have me set up an appointment and we would go and view the interior together. These were all rural properties so it would take me up to the entire afternoon to (4 comments)
london real estate: Tips On Reducing Heating and Cooling Demands - From London Ontario - 08/12/09 06:59 PM
Here in London Ontario, we get snow in the winter and some pretty hot and humid days in the summer. These can be pretty demanding on our HVAC systems. Here are some tips on reducing the demand. We also currently have a government sponsored renovation tax credit that will pay you back up to $1350 on home renovations up to $10,000 in value. There is a pretty wide berth on what you can do but primarily it has stimulated the door/window and blown cellulose insulation industries. Here are some tips that will help reduce the load on your heating and cooling (2 comments)
london real estate: Tips on Striking The Work/Home Balance - 08/12/09 06:52 PM
Tip #1: The 2/3 rule of childcare One of the most frequent comments home-based entrepreneurs hear is, "Oh, that's great. You work from home-you have no childcare expense." Anyone who says this to you obviously hasn't tried this arrangement! While most work at home parents do enjoy spending more time with their children, it's tough to run a business and meet your children's needs 24/7. Pitching an idea to a client while your two year old throws a tantrum isn't exactly professional. Nor is it realistic for you to ask your children to "be good" for hours at a time while (1 comments)
london real estate: London Ontario Continues To Prosper - 08/11/09 07:09 PM
A report on the state of downtown London to be presented to the City of London planning committee Monday (July 20), paints a prosperous picture for the city's core.The report was released Friday (July 17), and shows more than 1,000 building permits worth $320 million have been issued for downtown London since London City Council adopted its Millennium Plan for downtown renewal in 1998.The State of the Downtown Report, also notes that since 2001 private builders have invested $150 million in new residential construction and a further $50 million in building upgrades. The number of Londoners living downtown jumped from 2,510 (0 comments)
london real estate: Safety On The Job - London Ontario - 07/27/09 02:05 PM
Yesterday a Realtor doing an Open House in London Ontario. Here are some tips from OREA regarding saftey on the job. REALTORS® face more on-the-job risks than many other business professionals because of your frequent contact with strangers in various public and private places. We are committed to helping REALTORS® stay safe while working with prospects and clients. Learn how to be safe at open houses, in your car, at the office and showing properties. Here are the of the basic safety rules you should follow every day: Keep a charged cell phone with you at all times. Don't put your (5 comments)
london real estate: Housing Market Firing Up In London Ontario, Canada - 07/27/09 01:45 PM
Momentum may be building in the London-area real estate market, with June sales up 5% over the same month last year. Sales had not been in positive territory since last September and bottomed out last November -- when they were 41% below the same month in 2007. But last month, the London and St. Thomas Association of Realtors (LSTAR) said, 946 detached homes and condominiums sold in June, up from 903 in June 2008. Year-to-date sales for 2009 are still down about 20% compared to the first half of 2008. LSTAR president Joe Hough said consumer confidence has been steadily improving (1 comments)
london real estate: Recession over in Canada Reported by The Bank of Canada today from London Ontario - 07/23/09 07:02 PM
OTTAWA - The Bank of Canada is declaring the recession essentially over, saying Canada's economy will begin growing this summer after nine months of stagnation and lead most of the industrialized world next year. The rosy assessment - despite numerous cautions and caveats - rippled through the markets Thursday, lifting the loonie and many stocks. "We believe the economy will grow this quarter," bank governor Mark Carney told a news conference. "Things are unfolding a little faster in terms of the recovery in (consumer and business) confidence and financial conditions." However, experts say the renewed growth after three quarters of economic (1 comments)
london real estate: Lots of Rain In London Ontario - 07/19/09 09:46 AM
London Ontario has had more than it's share of rain this year and last. In fact, we were cutting grass well into October and haven't put a sprinkler out for two years. This is a typical week forecast for us. Yesterday was my sister's birthday party and we typically spend it in the pool but yesterday, we were in sweaters and jackets. When will summer in London Ontario start!
Long Term Forecast Updated: Sunday, July 19, 2009, 10:00 EDT (0 comments)
london real estate: Lots of Rain To Be Had In London Ontario - 07/19/09 09:41 AM
London Ontario has had a tremendous amount of rain over the past two summers. In fact, other people I know in London haven't had to water their grass for over 2 years and we are still having it cut well into October. Yesterday was my sister's birthday party which we typically spend swimming but this year, we were in sweater Long Term Forecast Updated: Sunday, July 19, 2009, 10:00 EDT s and jackets. Here is the next week's forcast for London Ontario. When will summer start? (0 comments)
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