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December 2019 Real Estate Market Update

While buyers were stress-test-adjusted and benefitting from lower interest rates, the December 2019 real estate market heavily favoured sellers. The Toronto Real Estate Board (TREB) has reported a near 12% increase in the average selling price of a Greater Toronto…

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Five Reasons to Buy a House in Winter

Winter isn’t typically the time that people want to go house hunting. The weather outside can be frightful and it’s usually hectic because of the holidays. However, there are some advantages to buying during this season. Less Buyer Competition While…

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Classically Crisp Shortbread Cookies

Shortbread cookies have been a staple every holiday season for as long as I can remember. My mom has tried out various recipes (to my dad’s delight) and finally settled on this one, published in a newspaper many years ago.…

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10 Festive Holiday Events for Families

‘Tis the season to be jolly, so I’ve made a list (and checked it twice) of Toronto-area activities that are sure to put a smile on your family’s face. It’s a mixed bag like Santa’s sack and there’s something for…

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Simply Perfect Spiced Pumpkin Bread

Have leftover pumpkin from Thanksgiving? Don’t let it go to waste: Try making this easy-to-bake pumpkin bread recipe, which has been a staple in my family for decades. Mildly spicy, lightly sweet and very moist, it’s great with a cup…

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