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Raising the Roof 2019

Toque Tuesday educates and raises money to tackle homelessness

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Toque Tuesday educates and raises money to tackle homelessness

 Raising the Roof 2019

Feb. 5 was Toque Tuesday, and community members in Markham gathered at the Markham GO Transit Station to help raise money and support for Raising the Roof’s National Toque Campaign. 

The team, which included members of HOMES Publishing Group (HPG), raised money and awareness for Raising the Roof, which supports local agencies in the fight against homelessness nationally and here in our community.  A large portion of the funds raised will go towards community partner agencies. 

The Markham group, lead by Sonia Presotto and Raising the Roof board member Josh Rosset, both of HPG, raised $2,200 in toque sales and donations to support Toque Tuesday.


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Preparing your home for success and prosperity in the Chinese New Year

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Preparing your home for success and prosperity in the Chinese New Year

The Chinese New Year of the Earth Yin Pig rolls in on Feb. 5, and it brings with it a year of abundance and blessings. A year full of love, joy and goodness. Pigs have a beautiful personality and are blessed with good fortune in life.

Feng Shui is all about energy, or chi. In essence, you can think of Feng Shui as acupuncture for your home. It’s a way of keeping the energy flowing in and around your home. The practice of Feng Shui is about making that energy as positive as possible, aligning your home for the highest good of you, your life, business, relationships, opportunities and the home itself.

There’s no denying that your home has a power all of its own. You can feel it settle over you the second you step through the front door. But we’re not the only ones our home is communicating with. It’s actually sending out its signal 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year – and that signal can be the biggest ally in your life, calling in more money and success straight to you – or it can be your biggest enemy, pushing the things you want even further away.

Welcoming entrance

Start at the front door and entrance – this is the mouth of your home so be sure that it is welcoming and easy to access so that the energy actually gets into your home. Clean your front door, as you wash the door you are symbolically clearing away the old and creating a clear space for new opportunities to come in your front door.

Have a look at your entrance way and ask the question: Do my spirits rise or fall when I arrive at my entrance? You can enhance it with a new welcome mat, some flowers or a welcome sign. Avoid having a mirror facing you as you enter, as it will repel all the good energy from entering your home.

The Chinese New Year coincides perfectly with springtime. It is the perfect time to do a spring clean – clear your home of the physical things that are depleting the energies also known as broken items, things that don’t raise your spirits, gifts from your ex, anything that isn’t working 100 per cent and is not aligned with where you are going in your life. See what’s ready for an upgrade. Clearing physical items creates space to welcome your dreams – whether that’s a relationship, better health, more recognition, wealth or success.

Vibrant central area

Secondly, check out the central area of your home, as it represents health, well-being, unity, self-love, self-acceptance and gratitude. The state of this area of your home will affect your vibrancy, energy and sense of looking after yourself. This area has a powerful effect on your life overall and underpins everything. You can also enhance this area simply by adding a bowl of fresh fruit or a vase of flowers.

Many years ago, I was working with a client. As she took me around her home so that I could get familiar with it, she came to the central area and introduced it by saying: Welcome to the dumping ground. This accurately represented the state of her family’s health and it was no wonder. Her father had been sick and unable to play golf in two years. As part of our work together, we cleared out that central area. After decluttering an enormous amount of stuff from that space, her father went out and played 18 holes!

Minimize the red

Thirdly, minimize the colour red – it represents the energy of fire – just like a real fire, it can cause a lot of damage, get out of control and be dangerous. Too much fire can irritate people in the home and affect your health negatively, and a “firey” energy in the home can send it out of balance.


Front cover of Patricia Lohan's book, Happy Home
Front cover of Patricia Lohan’s book, Happy Home

Bedroom sanctuary

The most important space where you spend the most time is your bedroom. When decorating your bedroom, the key is to dedicate this space to sleep and intimacy, reflecting a relaxing and rejuvenating environment.

Focus on creating a sanctuary in your bedroom where you can relax. Does it represent rest, romance and relaxation? If it doesn’t, it’s time to honour the space where you get your rest and where you sleep. It’s a significant space for you, so it’s crucial to create a sanctuary. When you come in, you should feel like you can’t wait to get into bed and fall sleep. To enhance your sleep, eliminate items that are not relaxing such as technology, plants, work- related items, family photos and exercise equipment.

A good headboard is a must, as it gives you a sense of being supported. Any style of bed works, as long as there is breathing room under the bed. That means no storing stuff underneath it! Anything under your bed affects the underbelly of your life, so avoid storing unusual items there. Clear out the area under your bed and leave it empty, otherwise you may find your sleep disturbed.

Energizing artwork

Finally, this is a great time to reflect on what you want in life and look at the artwork around your home. Imagery is important in the home and crucial for energizing and attracting what you want in your life. Be mindful of the images you have in your home. If you want to travel more, add some pictures of places you want to visit; if you want to fall in love, add an image of a couple in a loving embrace. Think about using your home as physical vision board for the life of your dreams making sure the pictures you are hanging up reflect what you want to welcome into your life.

Patricia Lohan

Patricia Lohan is an author, speaker and Feng Shui expert, known for helping thousands of people understand and embrace Feng Shui to create their dream lives by tapping into the innate power of their homes and turning their living spaces into supercharged magnets for manifestation. Patricia lives in Bali with her husband Ken. You may have seen her in Forbes,She Knows, Essence, Mind Body Green,USA Today.



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2018 GTA new home sales drop to lowest mark in nearly 20 years

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2018 GTA new home sales drop to lowest mark in nearly 20 years

New home sales

Last year saw the lowest total sales in almost 20 years in the GTA new home market, the Building Industry and Land Development Association (BILD) reports.

Overall in 2018, there were 25,161 new homes sold in the GTA, according to Altus Group, BILD’s official source for new home market intelligence, making 2018 the year with the lowest number of new home sales in the GTA since Altus Group started tracking new home data in 2000.

New record low

There were 21,330 condominium units sold in 2018, including those in low-, mid and highrise buildings, stacked townhouses and loft units – down 38 per cent from 2017 but only four per cent less than the 10-year average. Setting a record low since Altus began tracking new home data in 2000, there were only 3,831 single-family homes sold in 2018, including detached, linked and semi-detached houses and townhouses (excluding stacked townhouses). This is down 50 per cent from 2017 and down 74 per cent from the 10-year average.

“A number of factors combined to produce the drop in GTA new home sales in 2018,” says Patricia Arsenault, Altus Group’s executive vice-president, Data Solutions. “More stringent mortgage stress testing, rising interest rates and lack of single-family product affordable to a broader range of buyers all played a role. As well, the record new condo apartment sales in 2017 brought forward some demand that would otherwise have occurred in 2018.”

In December, the benchmark price for new condos was $796,815, up 11.2 per cent over the last 12 months. The benchmark price for single-family homes was $1.14 million, down 6.7 per cent over the last 12 months.

Out of balance

“From our point of view, the market is out of balance,” says David Wilkes, BILD president and CEO. “We must continue to work with all levels of government to ensure that policies don’t artificially price consumers out of the market.

“We commend the provincial government for taking action toward increasing housing supply in Ontario,” Wilkes adds. “We join other industry groups in calling on the federal government to revisit the stress test and allow a longer amortization period for first-time buyers. And we look forward to working with our municipal partners on removing barriers to development such as excessive red tape and outdated bylaws.”

At the end of December, there were 15,768 new homes available for purchase, comprised of 10,687 condominium units and 5,081 single-family homes. Remaining inventory includes units in preconstruction projects, in projects currently under construction, and in completed buildings.


December New Home Sales by Municipality

December 2018 Condominium apartments Single-family Total
Region 2018 2017 2016 2018 2017 2016 2018 2017 2016
Durham 40 17 50 44 15 75 84 32 125
Halton 48 163 59 21 47 93 69 210 152
Peel 108 89 130 32 11 152 140 100 282
Toronto 479 404 1,684 9 8 31 488 412 1,715
York 129 195 345 30 62 274 159 257 619
GTA 804 868 2,268 136 143 625 940 1,011 2,893

Source: Altus Group


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Mattamy Homes Milton

Mattamy Homes reports exceptional sales in Milton

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Mattamy Homes reports exceptional sales in Milton

Mattamy Homes Milton

In a clear sign that the fundamentals of the Toronto area real estate market remain strong, Mattamy Homes is reporting robust January sales results from the release of new lots in its Hawthorne South Village Sixteen Mile Creek community in Milton, Ont.

The Creekside Collection sold out all 180 lots released for sale on Jan. 19 (113 sales) and Jan. 26 (67 sales). Over the two days, Mattamy hosted 500 families hoping to secure a townhome or detached home featuring the company’s designs in its most awarded community ever. Buyer lineups began forming days before the Saturday openings, and by the end of both days, all available inventory had been sold out.

“While there is no doubt that the real estate market in the Greater Toronto Area has undergone change in the last 18 months, our sales results in Milton the past two weekends are telling a very positive story,” says Brad Carr, CEO of Mattamy Homes Canada. “What we’re seeing is that in the midst of this soft landing, there is definitely still strong demand driven by solid market fundamentals. We are pleased to see so many buyers recognizing the long-term value of home ownership and investing in their families’ future.”

The products available at the Creekside Collection comprise a variety of townhome and detached designs: Freehold Village Homes, two-storey townhomes and detached homes on 30-, 34-, 36- and 43-ft. lots.

Mattamy is also looking forward to seeing continued strong results with upcoming sales launches in Brampton (Feb. 2) and Oakville, as well as more releases to come in Milton.


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GTA Condos

GTA resale condo listings and sales dip to end 2018, but prices rise

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GTA resale condo listings and sales dip to end 2018, but prices rise

GTA Condos

GTA condominium sales declined 9.9 per cent to 5,191 in the fourth quarter of 2018, compared to the last quarter of 2017, according to the latest statistics from the Toronto Real Estate Board (TREB).

New condo listings entered into TREB’s MLS System were down by more than sales on a year-over-year basis – dropping 11.2 per cent to 7,272 in Q4 2018 from 8,186 in Q4 2017.  his points to tighter market conditions at the end of 2018 compared to late 2017.

Price growth leader

“The condominium apartment segment was the best-performing segment in terms of annual average rates of price growth in 2018,” says TREB President Garry Bhaura. “Condos represent a relatively affordable housing option. With a substantial decrease in listings in 2018, competition between intending buyers remained strong.  This supported average price growth well-above the rate of inflation and annual rates of price growth reported for other ground-oriented home types.”

The average price of a condo unit increased by 8.3 per cent to $558,728 in Q4 2018 from $516,086 in Q4 2017. Year-over-year price growth in the city of Toronto, which accounted for 72 per cent of transactions, was slightly higher at 8.9 per cent, resulting in an average price of $598,664.

Lack of supply

“The condominium apartment segment continued to be a key entry point into the GTA home ownership market in 2018,” says Jason Mercer, TREB’s director of market analysis. “Higher mortgage qualification standards meant that many first-time buyers were looking for more affordable housing options.  Moving forward, the concern is that a continued lack of listings supply, despite relatively strong new condo completions as of late, will hamper the ability of potential home buyers to meet their housing needs.”


Condo market summary

Fourth quarter 2018
2018 2017
Sales Average Price Sales Average Price
Total TREB 5,191 $558,728 5,760 $516,086
Halton Region 222 $510,946 202 $461,200
Peel Region 654 $424,860 767 $389,446
City of Toronto 3,728 $598,664 4,188 $549,927
York Region 453 $498,198 482 $481,307
Durham Region 117 $383,872 108 $381,893
Other Areas 17 $391,265 13 $343,069
Source: Toronto Real Estate Board



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10 common misconceptions about paint

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10 common misconceptions about paint

Benjamin Moore common misconceptions about paint

Homeowners are likely familiar with the many misconceptions about painting such as: trim and ceilings can only be painted white, or dark paint colours make a room look smaller. The truth is, there are many misconceptions about paint and Benjamin Moore colour and design expert, Sharon Grech, explains 10 of the most common misconceptions and why they’re false.


1: Ceilings must be white

There’s no need to shy away from using colour for your ceiling, says Grech. “If you’re going with a neutral colour for the walls and trim, a colourful ceiling can really bring a space to life.” For example, adding a light green ceiling such as Benjamin Moore Soft Fern 2144-40 in a high gloss finish to an all-white kitchen can add interest, or opt for a pop of colour in a neutral low light bathroom with a red ceiling in Benjamin Moore Million Dollar Red 2003-10.


2: Dark colours make a room feel small

It is a very common belief that dark colours make a room feel smaller, when in reality they add character and create a perception of depth. “Dark wall colours tend to blur the edges of a room, which can make a space appear larger,” says Grech. Of course, how we “feel” in a room has more to do with mood, than size, so consider that a darker colour will generally feel more intimate and cozier while a paler colour more fresh and serene.


3: Too much white is uninviting

Contrary to popular belief, white can soften, soothe and even warm up a room. According to Grech, “if you chose the right white for the space, paying attention to its undertones, and complement it with both pattern and texture, a “white” space can feel warm and welcoming or cool and contemporary.” Tried and true whites such as Benjamin Moore Chantilly Lace OC-65 and Decorator’s White CC-20 maintain just enough warmth that they don’t appear stark or come across as yellow.


4: Every wall should be the same colour

Believe it or not, adding more than one colour to a space with the use of an accent wall has many benefits. “An accent wall is an economical design solution that can add character and depth to elevate and accentuate key elements of the home,” says Grech. Just a little colour goes a long way to define a separate zone in a room or act as a divider without adding walls or repositioning furniture. The key to maintaining harmony is repetition and is as simple as repeating the accent colour in small touches throughout adjacent rooms with accessories and artwork.

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5: Any neutral tone will work with a small space

While neutral colours seem like the safest choice, not every neutral paint colour is the right fit for a small space. It’s important to look around your room and determine if your furnishings and textiles have warm or cool undertones. Warm undertones, like yellows and reds, pair best with creamy or sandy neutrals, where furnishings with blue or violet undertones pair best with greyer neutrals. “Benjamin Moore Colour of the Year for 2019, Metropolitan AF-690, is a very balanced neutral grey with the ability to work well with both!” says Grech.


6: Trims must be white

Just like ceilings, trims don’t have to be white for colours to work together. This is especially true with door trims, says Grech. “A coloured trim against a neutral wall will showcase a room’s unique architecture. Or consider a graphic outline effect by painting the baseboards and door trim a contrasting colour like black in a white room or hallway.”


7: Paint can be applied with any brush or roller

There are several things to consider before painting a new space including the application tools. “If you are using a water-based paint such as acrylic or latex, it is best to use a synthetic hair brush. A natural bristle brush is better for oil-based paints,” says Grech. “Rollers with a higher pile nap such as 15mm are best for lower sheen paints while glossier paints are applied more easily with a low nap roller. It’s best to check with your local Benjamin Moore paint retailer for the correct brush and product pairings.”

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8: White is not appropriate for a kitchen

Although white may not seem like the most practical paint choice for the most stain prone space in the home, painting a kitchen white can instantly brighten and energize the room. White is like a blank canvas that allows homeowners to be more creative and colourful with kitchen appliances, backsplashes and countertops. “I always recommend Benjamin Moore Aura Bath and Spa for kitchens and bathrooms as it is our most durable matte finish paint that stands up to humidity and mess-prone areas like the kitchen,” says Grech.


9: Paint and primer are one in the same

Think of primer like a protective adhesive for your paint. “Applying the appropriate primer is crucial to delivering long lasting, exceptional results,” says Grech. Design choices like the finish of a given paint colour can also be affected by preparation with a primer. “High sheen finish will highlight imperfections on a wall, so it’s critical to sand the wall smooth if necessary and prime prior to painting.” Work with your local Benjamin Moore paint retailer to ensure you are selecting the right product and finish.


10: Any good quality paint can work in a bathroom

Bathrooms are typically one of the most humid rooms in the home and can cause certain paints to break apart, resulting in surfactant leaching and accelerated mildew growth. So, traditionally, it was recommended to use a high gloss or even oil-based paint in the bathroom. “With Benjamin Moore Aura Bath and Spa, you can now enjoy a smooth, matte finish even in the bathroom. It is ideal for high-humidity environments because it’s mildew resistant and stands up to repeated washing with no colour rub-off,” says Grech.



Benjamin Moore names its Colour of the Year 2019

Benjamin Moore Announces its Colour of the Year 2018



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What we can learn from the looming GM closure in Oshawa

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What we can learn from the looming GM closure in Oshawa


When Christian Huggett first heard the news that General Motors Canada was closing its Oshawa assembly plant, like many of us, he was disappointed.

After all, the loss of at least 2,500 jobs – not to mention untold positions in related suppliers – in a community of 170,000, is going to hurt. Hurt whom, and how badly, are the only questions.

“We thought it was a shame, given the long history of GM in Oshawa and the legacy it has created in shaping its past and providing jobs for many,” the vice-president, development, at Podium Developments, Toronto, told Condo Life.

Economic diversity

“We also understood that the employment sector in Oshawa has been shifting for some time, and Oshawa has healthily diversified to add technology, educational institutions, healthcare, administration and many professionals to its offerings of great jobs and companies in the market.”

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While various governments and the plant’s union vow to try to find some way to save the operation, resurrection seems unlikely.

And it serves as a good reminder to us all – of how important it is for cities to develop diversified, modern economies. And how homebuyers should look beyond the headlines when researching their prospective new home location.

Opportunities remain

Podium, one of several developers building new homes in Oshawa, recently launched Ironwood Towns in the north end. The company remains confident in the city.

“We believe the North Oshawa residential market is not driven by the success or change in one industry,” says Huggett.

“This includes the significant GM news. It has not altered our plans. We continue to believe that the outlook is bright for home sales in North Oshawa, buoyed by its proximity and relationship to schools, the 407 network, the significant growth occurring and planned for North Oshawa, and that our site is unique in its physical and design characteristics to make it stand out.”

Buyers, too, then, can remain optimistic. There’s a lot more going on in Oshawa and other areas in Durham Region than just one industry and one company.


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How to decorate a short-term rental property

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How to decorate a short-term rental property

Now that we’re a month into 2019, with financial resolutions top of mind for some, I’ve noticed that many Canadians are offsetting their mortgage and financing their vacations by becoming short-term rental hosts on platforms such as Airbnb. In fact, one in five Canadians are considering becoming a host in the future.

If you’re among them, here’s a few easy tips to set up your space for success.

My home is your home

I always recommend you include a little individualized charm. This will set you apart and let guests get a sense of who you are. It doesn’t need to be overly extravagant, but something that reflects your personality and makes guests feel at home. Try including your favourite scented candle, a warm and cosy throw blanket or notes around the house to connect with your guests and create memorable moments.

Got decor?

With short-term rentals, most people look for the comforts of a real home and not a sterile hotel room. Add accent pillows and candles, along with styled shelves or table tops. All of this can be done on a budget and with non-breakable items.

Jo Alcorn Couch Before
Couch before
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Couch after


Minimal look, maximum return

As much as you want to make the space feel homey, you also want to keep the space simple and neat looking. This way your space always looks put together and people don’t feel like they are intruding on your personal space.

Lights, camera, action

A picture is worth a thousand words and the first thing a potential customer looks at, that’s why the quality of the photo is as important as the staging. Photos that showcase natural lighting, your decor and cleanliness, along with ensuring they are high enough resolution is key to coming out on top.

Keepin’ it fresh

Make sure things are easily washable so you can keep things feeling fresh between guests. I have developed an entire line of washable, Canadian made pillows that are perfect for rentals – you can toss the entire pillow right into the washer and dryer. Don’t forget about the little touches such as flowers that require minimal maintenance, or fresh white linens and towels that give that hotel clean feeling but with the comforts of home.


Bathroom before
Bathroom before


Bathroom after
Bathroom after

Protect your home

Unless your home insurance policy clearly states that short-term rental activity is permitted, you may not be covered for losses during these periods. A lot of people also assume the platform they’re using insures them, but it’s not that simple. That’s why I always recommend getting your own insurance. Duuo is an on-demand insurance service designed specifically to protect short-term rental hosts and their homes. Plus you pay only for the nights you want coverage.

Hook people with words

The description you create is as important as the photos. Not only does the description allow you to show off your personality, but it allows you to bring your space to life in a way photos cannot. And make sure your photos match your description; don’t talk about the spacious bedroom on the second floor if you don’t have accompanying imagery.


Jo Alcorn is a celebrity interior and home product designer, expert instructor, corporate ambassador and TV personality. To learn more, visit Follow her on twitter at @Jo_Alcorn.


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Fixed mortgage interest rates fall, but future hikes likely

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Fixed mortgage interest rates fall, but future hikes likely

Canadian interest rates

Well, that didn’t take long. We reported on Jan. 9 that mortgage interest rates might actually take a dip in the coming weeks.

“The (Bank of Canada’s) moderated outlook in the last two announcements has caused bond yields in Canada to drop lower than any point in 2018,” James Laird, co-founder of Ratehub Inc. and President of CanWise Financial mortgage brokerage, told HOMES Publishing. “However, we are yet to see a corresponding decrease in mortgage rates. We would advise consumers to keep a close eye on mortgage rates in coming weeks.”

RBC first to lower rates

And sure enough, a week or so later, RBC has done just that – lowering its posted five-year fixed rate to 3.74 per cent from 3.89 per cent. It was the first time RBC has lowered this rate since October 2017.

“RBC is the largest mortgage lender in Canada, so whenever they move their mortgage rates, we can expect that the other four banks will follow suit. We anticipate that the other big banks will soon have a publicly posted rate of 3.74 per cent as well.”

Experts have expected this move from lenders since bond yields dropped in December 2018, Laird says, after the BoC announcement stating that future rate hikes would be slower and less frequent. The most recent Bank on Jan. 9 announcement highlighted policymakers’ concerns with Canada’s energy and housing markets, which suggested that rates will be stable for a longer period of time than had previously been anticipated.

Deep discounts

The Bank of Canada held its target for the overnight rate at 1.75 per cent on Jan. 9, where it has been since October 2018, and is lowering its growth forecast this year for Canada and around the world.

Canadians who need a mortgage this year should frequently check rates and mortgage providers. As the spring homebuying market approaches, says Laird, many lenders will offer deep discounts and promotions in order to attract new customers.

“Anyone looking for a variable rate should act quickly, because the current stable interest rate environment is causing lenders to reduce the discounts being offered on variable rate mortgages,” he says.

Let’s explore a couple different scenarios.


Scenario 1: $400,000 mortgage 

According to’s mortgage payment calculator, a homeowner with a $400,000 mortgage and five-year fixed rate of 3.89 per cent will have monthly mortgage payments of $2,080.

Comparatively, a homeowner with a five-year fixed rate of 3.74 per cent would have monthly mortgage payments of $2,048.

A 0.15-per-cent difference in their mortgage rate would lower mortgage payments by $32 per month, or $384 per year.


Scenario 2: $800,000 mortgage 

A homeowner with an $800,000 mortgage and five-year fixed rate of 3.89 per cent will have monthly mortgage payments of $4,161.

Comparatively, a homeowner with a five-year fixed rate of 3.74 per cent would have monthly mortgage payments of $4,096.

A 0.15-per-cent difference in their mortgage rate would lower mortgage payments by $65 per month, or $780 per year.


Hikes likely to come

Personal finance guru and Homes Publishing columnist Rubina Ahmed-Haq says the Bank remains optimistic about Canada’s economy, noting it has performing well overall. In its statement, the Bank says, “Growth has been running close to potential, employment growth has been strong and unemployment is at a 40-year low.” But still not enough to raise rates at this time.

Still, consumers can expect rates to begin to inch higher in the coming months, she says. Forecasters are predicting two hikes this year, down from earlier predictions of as many as three increases in 2019.



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What to see at IDS 2019

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What to see at IDS 2019

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The countdown is on! Only days remain till the annual Interior Design Show, Canada’s premier showcase of design taking place Jan. 17 to 20 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre but this year, in a new location in the South Building.

The show, now in its 21st year, celebrates the “Power of Design,” and is expanding its  offerings to include IDS Contract, a hyper-curated B2B trade-only exposition.

Here are some things to look forward to seeing at this year’s show, from some of the leading companies in the Canadian design market.



IDS Caesarstone

Luxury quartz brand Caesarstone is collaborating with award-winning Dutch designer Marije Vogelzang for its 2019 Designer Program. This year, Caesarstone dives deep into the thoughtfulness of design, food production and consumption, and how it all translates into human connection – and the first installation will debut at IDS in Toronto!

The 2019 collaboration focuses on the thoughtfulness we should have in our kitchens, whether in meal preparation or conversation shared with guests. This will be represented through the journey of the seed. The installation will take visitors on a sensory experience through memories, human connection, happiness and the environment. The honeycomb-like exhibit will focus on generating stimulation from all sensory receptors as visitors travel their path eliminating external noise and disruption and imagining themselves as a seed and connecting back to the earth.

This collaboration will showcase Caesarstone surfaces through interactive activations and practical kitchen implications immersing visitors in the application of the Caesarstone surface.



IDS Blanco

Blanco Canada will unveil its bold and interactive concept space designed specifically for IDS to launch its new Silgranit colour.

The latest addition to the Silgranit colour palette is a pure, fresh, soft mid-tone providing effortless design versatility. A clean, balanced colour profile and the right mix of red and blue undertones makes it an easy colour to design with in a variety of spaces with either warm or cool colour schemes.



IDS Porcelanosa

Luxury lifestyle brand Porcelanosa brings European design styles to the show, with a glimpse of its collection of bath and tile products.  From a wide selection of tiles and mosaics to  modern bathroom and kitchen cabinetry.

Porcelanosa will also be displaying its Icon and Vintage vanities and its Noa Tanzania Wine, from its Seedwood wood-look porcelain tile collection, and Lush White Polished tile from the XLIGHT collection.



IDS Cosentino

Cosentino will unveil its latest Silestone natural quartz line colour, Eternal Noir, and will display new colour additions from the ultra-compact Dekton Industrial Collection by renowned designer and architect Daniel Germani. The Dekton line showcases Cosentino’s mastery of the industrial aesthetic, putting rough, unexpected materials such as concrete back at the forefront of design.

Launching for the first time in Canada, the new Silestone Loft Series is a sophisticated range of colours offering a unique take on the industrial and architectural look of concrete. And making its Canadian debut at IDS is the Dekton Slim, an innovative take on the ultra-compact surface with an ultra-thin thickness of just four mm.



IDS Jura

Innovation, precision, quality, reliability, sustainability and service shape the DNA of Jura – the Swiss company that is the only brand in the world to focus solely on premium super-automatic specialty coffee machines. A dedicated team of traditional coffee machine artisans produce both premium domestic and commercial espresso machines, beautifully made with meticulous care and attention to detail.

Among the highlights to see at IDS are the Rocket Espresso – the finest espresso machine in the tradition of “Fatto a Mano,” which translates to “Made by Hand.”


ARD Outdoor

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ARD Outdoor will introduce the sophisticated designs, and visual force of Vondom at IDS 2019 and open Toronto’s first and only Vondom gallery this spring within the ARD Outdoor showroom at Dufferin & Lawrence.

Designers, architects and discerning homeowners will appreciate the quality and design in a full range tables, chairs, armchairs, modular sofas, stools, bar counters, sun loungers, planters and lamps. ARD Outdoor’s Private Label furniture continues to evolve into new collections using teak, metal and woven materials at various price points to accommodate the unique needs of each project.



IDS Beautitone

Beauti-Tone Paint is launching is launching the New Simon Chang Trend Colour Collection 2019-20 and the new Coast to Coast Colour Collection at IDS, with a booth theme of Fresh Colours that will have a feel of a charming farmer’s market, encouraging all to shop local and buy fresh.

Sure to be a stand out at the show, the booth will feature a beautiful stationary bike, custom-painted to the colour of the year, Tropic of Conversation, with white tires and accents. Show visitors can hop on and take a ride, and as they pedal, the scenery changes and music plays by their own manpower.



Fleurco will showcase several new items at IDS, highlighted by the Latitude virtual grid door and the Halo medicine cabinets.

IDS Fleurco

The Latitude Virtual Grid door uses a matte black silk screen in lieu of metal bars to make it a breeze to clean. Get the look with zero hassle! It prevents water leakage, is easy to install, is reversible left or right opening and has other practical features.

The new Halo medicine cabinet line features built in, warm white LED lighting, soft close doors and is available in multiple configurations.

Also at IDS, look for Fleurco’s Opus Collection Madrigal freestanding bathtub, which marries a modern and Victorian-inspired design and the Arpeggio freestanding body-hugging design bathtub, guaranteed to wrap you in warmth.


Elite Window Fashions

IDS Elite Window Fasions

As a leading Canadian manufacturer of custom window covering products, Elite Window Fashions will feature functional displays of its various blinds and shades. The latest fabrics and hardware systems for Roller Shades and High-Lite Shades will be showcased, including a double roller shade system which accommodates two different kinds of fabrics inside one housing.

The Elite Smart Shades automated window coverings make a dramatic impact in any room. Not only do they add the perfect finishing touch to your decor, they also provide convenient control.

Also look for the company’s Cellular Shades and Sheer Horizontal Shades.



Quartz-based engineered stone manufacturer Vicostone is launching seven new colours in 2019 that will be featured in all three collections – the Classic, Natural and Exotic collections. The company will also be offering three new colours in a honed finish – Tartufo, Olympus White and Naxos.

The remaining four colours – Valley White, Grey Savoy, Thunder Blue and Argento, will be available in a polished finish.

Vicostone’s complete collection comprises 64 colours to choose from for endless design possibilities.

And last but not least, pick up your copy of the latest issue of Reno & Decor magazine, Canada’s home idea book at our booth 805 or throughout the show floor.

See you there!


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