‘Tis the season for festive gatherings and family get-togethers. But the holidays can also be synonymous with burglary if you leave for a holiday get-away without first making sure your home is secure. To avoid any unpleasant surprises, here are a few preventative tips.

Dreaming of a cottage vacation? Now’s the time to think about it. Fall is the ideal season to act on that idea and make a purchase, or just to rent!

A renovation can make good financial sense. If you plan to stay in your home rather than selling and moving, a renovation can help you create your dream home within your existing walls. Here are some more options that can help you pay for that much-yearned-for reno.


When a fixer-upper on a tiny lot sells for more than a million dollars, it's easy to dismiss the idea that you need to spend money to make money on your home. But investments, big or small, can produce big returns, even when it's already a seller's market.

Canadian home prices have skyrocketed over the past 12 years. During this period, you may have seen a better rate of return on your home than on a balanced portfolio composed of stocks and bonds. Does that mean that your home is your best investment? You can't count on it—let's take a look at the reasons why.

You shouldn't assume furniture or appliances are included when you purchase a new home. You may find a home more appealing because of these items, but the sellers may want to take them when they move out, or they might return them if they were borrowed or rented to stage the home.

From fancy finishes to high-end cabinetry, there's a world of possibilities when it comes to home renovations. There are a few important things to sort out before you even think about taking down a wall, and to keep your budget in check.