By: Shawn Lepp

5 Tips For Effective Remote Learning

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(NC) As schools continue with virtual learning, most parents are looking for new ways to keep their kids engaged and on track. Fortunately, there are some simple tips and tricks that can help. Stay ahead of the learning curve with these simple remote learning tips. 1. Keep to a school schedule. School time means structured time, and maintaining that schedule will be your best tool to separate cl...Read More

By: Shawn Lepp

Working From Home? There’s A Tax Deduction For That

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(NC) The COVID-19 pandemic means that many of us have been working from home part or all of the time. But did you know that you could be eligible to claim a deduction for home office expenses on your 2020 tax return? The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) has introduced an easy way for employees who worked from home because of COVID-19 to claim these expenses, called the new temporary flat-rat...Read More

By: Shawn Lepp

5 Best Outdoor Living Space Ideas

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(NC) After being forced to spend more time inside this year, it’s important to make any outdoor space in our home an oasis for enjoyment. Whether you have a tiny condo balcony, a spacious backyard or something in between, draw inspiration from these ideas to create a relaxing space. 1. Define your area Add some charm and outline visual boundaries for your outdoor space by setting up a trell...Read More

By: Shawn Lepp

HGTV Canada Original Scott's Vacation House Rules Delivers More Dream Escapes in Season 2 Beginning May 16

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TORONTO, April 15, 2021 /CNW/ - Scott's Vacation House Rules returns for a second season of playful designs, challenges, and surprises on Sunday, May 16 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on HGTV Canada. In the Corus Studios Original series, real estate expert and contractor Scott McGillivray teaches homeowners how to make smart investments and renovation de...Read More

By: Shawn Lepp

Interest Rates Are Down - Should You Break Your Mortgage?

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(NC) The pandemic is causing many of us to re-evaluate our finances. If you are thinking of renegotiating your mortgage to take advantage of a lower interest rate, be aware that this could mean having to break your mortgage contract. If you break your mortgage contract you may have to pay a fee, called a prepayment penalty. Before breaking your mortgage, make sure the benefits outweigh the costs...Read More

By: Shawn Lepp

Average Home Prices Continue to Rise in Durham

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The Durham real estate market saw an overall increase in the number of new listings coming onto the market compared to December 2020. The number of new listings for January was 945, an increase of 51.44% month over month, and a decrease of 4.93% when compared to January 2020. The number of sales for the month of January was 651 a decrease of 15.78% compared to December 2020 and an increase of 11.0...Read More

By: Shawn Lepp

Working Remotely? How To Optimize Your Setup

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(NC) Though social distancing has been in place for months now, perfecting our work-from-home setup continues to be a challenge for many of us. Here are a few surprising ways that you can streamline your routine using your mobile phone from anywhere: Consider dark mode. Need to give your eyes a break? While blue light blocking glasses can help, another option is to give your eyes a rest by...Read More

By: Shawn Lepp

Less Inventory Means Higher Prices in Durham Region

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The Durham real estate market saw an overall decrease in the number of new listings coming onto the market compared to November 2020. The number of new listings for December was 624, a decrease of 40.12% month over month, however, this represents an increase of 45.79% when compared to December 2019. The number of sales for the month of December was 733 a decrease of 32.63% compared to November 202...Read More

By: Shawn Lepp

Tips To Keep Your Family Safe And Healthy This Winter

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(NC) After a long, challenging year, experts are predicting a hard-hitting winter. If you’re worried about how to keep your family safe and healthy during a good-old-fashioned Canadian winter – as well as another wave of a pandemic - check out these essential survival tips:  Make your home&n...Read More

By: Shawn Lepp

4 Simple Tips For Winterizing Your Home

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(NC) Winter can bring icy winds, frigid temperatures and unwanted critters into your home. Fortunately, by taking the following preventative measures before the big freeze, you can better fight the critters and cold while saving on energy bills and costly repairs down the line. 1. Seal windows and doors. Small cracks and gaps between window frames and doors can allow water, insects and cold air ...Read More