Why all the talk around rising interest rates in Canada?

General Joanna Yang 9 Feb

Dominion Lending Centre’s chief economist Dr. Sherry Cooper says some economists may want to take into consideration one of the glaring weaknesses in Canada’s battle against COVID-19 before getting too ahead of themselves.

“One of the biggest reasons [the Bank of Canada] can’t raise rates this year is the vaccine rollout debacle,” Cooper said. “There is no way everyone who wants a vaccine will get one by September, as the Prime Minister has promised.”

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6 Important Questions to Ask Before a Big Home Renovation

General Joanna Yang 9 Feb

So you want to make a major home renovation. Congratulations! Now, you’ve got to find the right contractor for the job. While doing a thorough online search or asking family and friends is an important first step, once you find a potential contractor, it’s time to start treating the process like a job interview. Being prepared with the right questions protects you from future headaches, but also ensures that you’re happy with the end result.

Hiring a contractor for your big home reno? Ask these important questions to make sure you’re picking the right contractor.

  1. What is your experience in home renovation?

This question can help you determine how long the contractor has been in the business, whether they’ve worked with similar challenges as those in your home and how they ensure that projects are completed on time. With this question, you get full insight into their methodology.

You can also find contractors in your area that might have positive Yelp reviews or other social media to see if others are happy with their work.

  1. Do you have a contracting license?

Depending on where you live, there are different requirements for what type of license a contractor has to hold. Check the laws in your region to see what might apply, and ask potential contractors directly whether they hold those licenses.

  1. Do you carry the appropriate insurance?

According to the Canadian Homeowner’s Association, hiring people without the proper insurance could put you at legal and financial risk should something happen in your home. Protect yourself (and the workers improving your home) by checking off this box in the beginning, and ensure they have both liability insurance and worker’s compensation.

  1. Will we get a written contract?

This should be a given if you’re working with a contractor because if the answer is no, don’t even bother moving forward with the interview. The CHBA says contracts should cover the description of the work, the materials used and the price of the job. You should also take this as an opportunity to figure out your payment schedule, as the Better Business Bureau in the U.S. says that you should never pay the full price of the job upfront, and the specific timeline for completing your project.

Contractors should also always offer a warranty in writing that informs you of what is covered and for how long.

  1. Can we get in touch with your past clients?

A contractor should be proud of their past work. Take this as an opportunity to figure out how contractors approach their work, whether they have effectively handled disputes and fact-check what contractors tell you about their working style.

  1. Will you be responsible for building permits?

If there is a chance that your building requires permits, you want to make sure that your contractor is prepared in this area. Square One Insurance says you should try to be present for a contractor’s home inspection to ensure that you fully understand their feedback, and anticipate if any changes in your home need to happen.

 

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What will the real estate industry look like in 2021?

General Joanna Yang 9 Feb

If there is one word that defines life in 2021, that word is change. How much and for how long is uncertain. And while some changes may be temporary, many may be here to stay.

How will all of this change impact the real estate industry? Some key trends have emerged that bear closer scrutiny.

RESIDENTIAL REAL ESTATE

With more and more people working from home and the potential of many continuing to do so in a post-pandemic world, there is an increased need for more space. Enter suburbanization. Residents living in major urban centers are steadily moving to suburbia. Will suburbs become 18-hour cities? Who knows? One thing is certain, living cheek to jowl with thousands of other people is no longer a viable option for many.

OFFICE SPACE

For a while now, open-concept office space was the trend. That trend is now dead. While it allowed companies to downsize to smaller properties since less space was needed, after COVID-19, once workers begin to return to the office, we may see a return to traditional working spaces and the need for larger office buildings to accommodate them.

RETAIL SPACE

Bricks and mortar businesses have been hit hard and have seen a sharp decline in sales. Many big-name brands that previously anchored large retail spaces have permanently shut their doors. What does this mean for shopping malls? Will they survive? Experts suggest that to do so, they will have to be creative and embrace change. Think more medical clinics and multi-family residential homes rather than clothing stores with multi-user fitting rooms.

PROPTECH (PROPERTY TECHNOLOGY)

The real estate industry was on the brink of widely embracing proptech before the pandemic hit. That acceptance has accelerated like a rocket. In order to stay engaged with customers, service their needs and remain in business, companies have been forced to innovate in order to survive. This embrace of innovation will help to stabilize many sectors once the pandemic is behind us.


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