Archive for July, 2015

How to Style: Nursery

By SIRC

If your family is about to grow, you’re probably thinking about nursery design and when it comes to our children, most people aren’t willing to sacrifice quality, strict environmental standards or style. The ideal nursery is a space that feels full of inspiration and room to grow; but remember it needs to be soothing to your baby and to you.

To get started, less is more – remember this before embarking on a shopping spree. It is a good idea to begin by dividing the nursery into dedicated zones, each with a different function: changing zone, sleeping zone, nursing zone, and …read more

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At Home with Jillian Harris

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Jillian Harris could easily be described as “Canada’s Sweetheart”. We fell in love with her bubbly personality and great sense of style when she was the first Canadian to be the “Bachelorette” and that lead to her hosting the mega successful “Love It or List It Vancouver”. Not only does she keep us intrigued and laughing as host she is also the resident design expert turning some truly nightmarish homes into breathtaking gems that most of us only see on television. With that in mind, we truly wouldn’t expect anything less at Jillian’s Kelowna sanctuary. …read more

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Rethink Your Reno – Home Updates To Avoid

By SIRC

When renovating your home, it’s important to asses which updates pack the most bang for your buck. Renovation updates, such as kitchens and bathrooms, are typically reliable for adding to a home’s resale value; however, there are certain upgrades that may not do the same. The article below suggests renovations that may not provide the most return on investment for your home.

Here are a few types of updates that you may want to avoid when preparing your home for sale:

Specific Types of Rooms

Err on the side of caution when considering updating a library, home office or a theatre room. These …read more

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2015 Mid-Year Top-Tier Real Estate Report*

By SIRC

Sotheby’s International Realty Canada reveals today that Toronto is leading major Canadian cities in luxury real estate sales during the first half of 2015. Building on momentum from 2014, the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) led the country in residential sales over $1 million (condominiums, attached and single family homes), followed by Vancouver. Montreal’s $1 million-plus market saw a modest increase in the first half of the year, while the Calgary market contracted after several years of sustained growth.

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Sales over $1 million in the GTA increased 56% year-over-year in the first half of 2015, …read more

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Summer Housing Markets Heat Up Across Canada

By SIRC

Canadian real estate markets heats up in cities coast to coast leading into summer. The spring and early summer market has remained incredibly strong, with the Greater Vancouver and the Greater Toronto Area as leaders. National sales activity has reached its highest level in more than five years, and prices have increased on a year-over-year basis. Mortgage and interest rates have remained low; however, speculation that rates could increase may be a factor of the spike in the increase in home sales. Canadian Real Estate Association President, Pauline Aunger speculates, “CMHC [Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation] announced in April …read more

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