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The Psychology of Interior Design

When you think of interior design, what comes to mind? Many of us picture paint chips and fabric swatches, but there is so much more to design than achieving a certain aesthetic for your home. In fact, design psychology is growing in popularity as a field of study. In the 1990s, Dr. Susan Lee Painter […]

The Health Benefits of Walkable Neighbourhoods

Walking is an easy and affordable form of exercise: it does not require special equipment or training, and you can do it almost anywhere. But it can be a challenge to incorporate walking into your everyday activities as exercise if you rely on a car to make your daily commute, travel to family activities, and […]

Buying a Home as a Single Parent

The idea of home ownership may seem daunting as a single parent, especially as home prices are on the upswing in many areas. But single people, including single parents, are owning homes in record numbers, and benefitting from these rising home values. According to Statistics Canada, more than one in four homes in Canada were […]

Downsize Your Stuff Without Downsizing Your Spirit

The decision to downsize your living space can land you big savings in costs and time. But the challenge of downsizing your stuff can be daunting. Careful planning, some healthy mental and emotional strategies, and arming yourself with a great team will help you look forward to a smooth transition to your new home. Build […]

Downsizing vs Upgrading: How Much Space Do You Need?

One of the first factors homebuyers should consider before exploring the market is size. How much square-footage is ideal for your family? Do you require a backyard or a two-car garage? How many bedrooms? Choosing the right amount of space is vital to ensure your home compliments your lifestyle and budget. When current homeowners are […]

5 Ways to Make a New House Feel Like Home

Moving into a new house is an exciting occasion and the chance for a new beginning. At the same time, a new house may not instantly feel like home. It takes time to settle into your new surroundings and make a place your own. Here are five of our favourite tips to speed up the […]

The Rise of the Home Office: How Remote Work Affects Home Buyers

Has house hunting also become office hunting? With technology becoming more advanced and more present in the home, the need for cubicles and meeting rooms is dwindling. A 2008 study by Statistics Canada determined that more than 1 out 5 university graduates work from home. Since then, the numbers keep rising. Employers have found that […]

How to Make the Most of Ottawa in the Summer

Canadian summers are hard to beat, especially when you live in the nation’s capital. With sunshine, festivals and endless greenery, there are plenty of exciting activities to fill your weekends and holidays. If you need a little inspiration, here are 5 family-friendly ways to make the most of the season. Attend a festival Summer is festival […]

5 Tips for Moving with Young Children

Most people move over 10 times throughout their lives, but for young children, moving often means leaving their first and only home. A child’s world is much smaller, and leaving behind familiar people and surroundings can be quite daunting. If you have a move coming up, here are five tips to make the experience more […]

Why Homes Matter

Buying a home is one of our most important purchases, not only because of the financial significance, but also because of the emotional impact. A home means more to people than simply somewhere to live; it is a place that evolves with us over the years and becomes the scene of many important memories. So […]

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