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Monday, August 12, 2019   /   by Sally Niu

Patio Season Decor Tips

Make good use of the last month of summer! There’s no better time to invite your friends and family over for backyard get-togethers. Boiron Group has curated the best makeover tips for your patio, so both you and your friends can have a better time.
Focal Point
Every work-of-art needs a focal point. What would it be for your patio? A great example of a patio centrepiece is a gas-fueled fireplace. Fireplaces transform your patio into a cozy entertaining zone, at a reasonable price.
Breakfast Area
What’s better than a breakfast-in-bed? Breakfast on the patio! It’s a great way to start your day and to appreciate the nature around you. Stores like IKEA offer great small patio sets where you can sip your morning coffee.
The light elements of a space can make a world of a difference. Spice things up with string lights, lanterns, or even candles. These not only provide a source of light but can also double as decor. 
Today’s rugs are madeE ...

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  real estate tips, home decor, thanksgiving home decor, patio decor

Monday, July 15, 2019   /   by Sally Niu

What do Home Inspectors think of Realtors?

An interview with Lisa Simkins from her side of the flashlight.

Realtors and Home Inspectors tend to frequently cross paths in the home buying and selling process. For Realtors and their clients, the home inspection process can be a major hurdle to clear during a Real Estate transaction. No matter whether the subject property is a condominium or a house, most real estate purchases and sales involve an inspection condition. 

The following interview is with Lisa Simkins, a Registered Home & Mold Inspector in the Greater Toronto Area, who reflected on her observation of Realtors during home inspections. 

What are some techniques you’ve seen Realtors use during inspections?

“There's a wide range of techniques I see Realtors use during my inspections, from sitting in the background while a client tags along with me, to talking to the client separately about other things elsewhere, to hovering with the client and myself. Some of these evolve organically ...

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  real estate tips, home inspection

Tuesday, July 9, 2019   /   by Sally Niu

Neighbourhood Guide - Broadview North, Toronto

Park-lined Neighbourhood Overlooking the Valley

Broadview North is an urban East York neighbourhood, full of younger, generally well-educated city singles. 
Lined by the famous Todmorden Mills Park, Broadview North is a bliss for nature lovers. There is simply no shortage of green space for you to soak up the sun, with beautiful trails perfect for jogging and cycling.
Running through by Broadview and Pape, Broadview North has a Walk Score of 77, meaning most errands could be accomplished on foot. Next to the DVP and within walking distance to the Danforth subway station, daily commute to the downtown core is quite manageable. 
Benefiting from its diverse community, Broadview North is known for its abundance of restaurants and grocery stores. From souvlaki to pho, Sobeys to the Big Carrot, you will never run out of choices! The neighbourhood also offers some great stores like Dollarama, The Wine Shop, and Quirk Pets. Not to mention, Broadview North is only 5 minutes dr. ...

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  real estate tips, neighbourhood guide

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