2019 Luxury Market Review | Kitchener-Waterloo

The following information pertains exclusively to the luxury market (sales over $1,000,000). All statistics were obtained from the Kitchener-Waterloo Real Estate Board. City Overview: As we look back on 2019, we see that the Kitchener-Waterloo luxury market (over $1,000,000) continued to outperform other key markets located in southwestern Ontario and across the GTA.  The total…
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Vintage Tin Ceilings

Tin ceilings were introduced to North Americans in the mid-nineteenth century as an affordable alternative to the exquisite plasterwork used in many European homes. This is when mass produced sheets of thinly rolled tinplate became available and by the 1890s it was a design trend that everyone had to have. Now, vintage tin ceilings can offer…
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A Guide to Countertop Surfaces | Part 1

How do you choose the right countertop surface for your kitchen and other areas of your home? There’s a lot to choose from today and before you dive into a large purchase, check out your options below so you can find the best and right material to use for your home spaces.  Quartz Countertops Known…
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The Joy of Bespoke Stationery for the Holiday Season

This article was originally published on Christie’s International Real Estate’s blog Luxury Defined. Bespoke stationers understand the importance of the personalized, and how the perfect event begins with the perfect invitation—Luxury Defined looks at where to go when only the best stationery will do. When the holiday season comes around and a beautiful invitation or letter…
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How to Reduce Exposure to EMFs in Your Home

Electromagnetic frequency (EMF) exposure can affect your health if left unchecked and unaddressed. Here are some solutions to minimize exposure, increase your awareness and create a healthier living space. What are EMFs? EMFs or electromagnetic frequencies are essentially electric and magnetic fields that radiate energy. The sun gives out EMFs as do power lines. Many…
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October 2019 | Toronto Real Estate Market Report

Presented by Chestnut Park Real Estate, Limited. October represents eight months of market recovery and stability in the Toronto and area residential resale marketplace. October roared in with 8,491 sales, 14 percent stronger than the 7,448 residential properties reported sold last year and almost 700 more properties than were reported in September. It is now…
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Let There Be Light: How Architects Create Bright Homes

As humans are naturally programmed to crave daylight, architects have developed new tricks to ensure that our homes are illuminated in the best possible way This article was originally published on Christie’s International Real Estate’s lifestyle blog, Luxury Defined. Pity the villagers of Rjukan in Norway and Viganella in Italy, who until recently lived half…
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Top Private Schools in Kitchener-Waterloo-Guelph

Majority of data provided by Our Kids™. “Every family has a different reason for considering a private school education, but nearly all agree that private schools provide their children with: Smaller classes More structure Preparation for post-secondary studies Enriched and focused academic setting More emphasis on specialties like art, music and athletics Extracurricular activities Many…
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September 2019 | Toronto Real Estate Market Report

Presented by Chestnut Park Real Estate, Limited. Toronto and area’s residential resale market, which I have been describing as beautifully boring over the last few months, got a lot less boring in September. Compared to last September, reported sales were up by 22 percent, but more concerning is the fact that average sale prices jumped…
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Why The Direction Your Home Faces Matters

When you buy a home, you have many factors to consider from the size of the home to its layout, amenities, neighbourhood, accessibility and more. One aspect you may want to move to the top of that list is home orientation or the direction in which your home faces. Why does the direction your home…
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