Energy-smart Tips for Homeowners
Making a home more energy-efficient doesn’t have to be difficult – you can get started with something as simple as using less water and adjusting your room temperature. If you want to take it to the next level, consider water conserving bathroom fixtures and a programmable thermostat. Did you know that Energy Star-certified appliances use 10-15% less energy compared to standard appliances? Perhaps its time to think about an upgrade.
If you want more home-related tips, or have any real estate questions, let’s talk today!
Canadian home sales to ease pace next year
According to MLS® forecasts from the Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA), national housing sales will reach a record this year, but the pace of sales will ease toward the latter half of this year and into 2022. The national average home price is forecast to rise by 19.3% on an annual basis to just over $677,775 in 2021. Sales are forecast to continue trending back towards more typical levels through the latter half of the year and into 2022, due to limited supply and higher prices.
Of course, that’s just the big picture on a national scale. House prices can vary dramatically from city to city, between neighbourhoods, and even on different streets. If you’d like more detailed information about your local market, contact me and let’s talk real estate.
Plan your next stay-cation!
While travel restrictions are easing in most areas, there are still many good reasons to plan your next family vacation close to home. Many Canadians are choosing a stay-cation, keeping safe and reducing their travel expenses with short drives to nearby attractions or day trips returning home each night. Whether it’s hiking a new trail, visiting a historical site, or learning a new outdoor sport, the options are almost endless.
Some even choose to re-invest the savings realized from a stay-cation into an entertaining home upgrade, such as a hot tub or media room, that can also add to your home’s value. That’s a win-win for everyone!
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