Homeownership and Housing Archive

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Adobe brick building is thousands of years old. But, it’s modern too. Here are some ways to use earthen bricks to build energy efficient and sustainable homes. *** Adobe construction is an ancient building method dating back to at...
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Insurance makes the difference from having the worst day of your life versus starting the worst chapter of your life. Protect yourself, even as a renter. *** Lately, I’ve had reason to investigate insurance a lot and I’m constantly...
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Winterizing in late summer and into fall helps you seal up and insulate your house to keep energy bills low. Here are some of the common trouble spots. *** Before it gets cold, winterize your house. Yes, it’s easy...
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Over 50% of North America’s 31 million people living alone are female, and experts say decorating their homes is part of the new feminism. *** I absolutely loved this story in the Globe & Mail, “For women who live...
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Science tells us that it’s easier to be happy when you invest in experiences and not materialism. Why? Read on. *** We live in a world filled with industries who only make money if they convince you to buy...
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Off-grid options for homes are becoming more and more viable. Used with solar and wind power, lithium ion batteries for home use are being pioneered today. *** Off-grid living is getting more and more popular as people want simpler...
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Can you cram a family of 5 into 1,000 square feet? You bet you can. This family opts for a tiny home so they can live a big, big city-life together. *** Recently, Portland’s Tiny House Conference convened to...
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Focusing while working from home can be challenging, but here’s why it’s work the adjustment: It can change your whole life. Trust me… I know. Read on. *** More people than ever before have the opportunity to work remotely. It’s...
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If planning vacations are stressful for you, maybe it’d be better if you bought a vacation home, a little place to get away from it all. Some considerations. *** It’s the season for vacations. From cross-country road-trips to backpacking...
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Researchers think there might be links between sensing ghostly happenings and toxic mold. If this scares you into action, here’s where to start. *** A recent news story caught my eye. I’ll let the National Post explain. Think your house is...
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Buying or renting a new home can seem like an endless search. It’s easy to give up hope and compromise, but it’s a big mistake. Here’s why you can’t give up. *** Finding a good home is critical for...
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Depending where you live, real estate might be pricy to buy. Should you buy? Would renting be smarter? What are your considerations and alternatives? *** Depending what side of the border you live on, buying a home could be...
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Entertaining and enjoying life at home is great for your budget. A big new trend is the “backyard pub shed,” great for entertaining and craft beer fans. *** When it comes to adding value — both monetarily and experientially...
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When house hunting, sometimes it’s hard to see dream home potential beneath someone else’s sense of home decor style. Here are 5 ways to get avoid that problem. *** Recently I’ve visited a few open houses with a friend...
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What if a smaller home meant you could work less, pay off your home in five years, and get out of debt forever? In Oregon, a conference will teach you how. *** Itsy-bitsy teensy-weensy homes are popping up all...
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When land can be had affordably, a great alternative to building new can be buying and moving a foreclosed or to-be-demoed home. Here are some considerations. *** Business is booming in the house-moving industry. No, I don’t mean movers...
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Whether you’ve got a green thumb or not, new housing developments will have you eating your way into a homegrown healthy lifestyle with your own farm. *** Something exciting is increasingly happening in new home developments: farms. There might...
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All that snow might make homes look pretty, but winter poses many problems to home buying, moving, and inspections. Here’s why to buy & move in warmer seasons instead. *** As the spring thaw moves on and the Eastern...
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Nearly 30% of Canadians won’t even buy a home that has been smoked in. In fact, smoking can damage home value prices. How much? Why? Read on. *** Walking by a local fine furnishings store recently, it was after...
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Co-living is a new housing trend; multiple households renting or owning larger single properties together. How  are the rules of homeownership being rewritten? *** Vancouver, Canada came out of nowhere in the mid-’80s and stunned the world by becoming one of...