Yearly Archives: 2015

Cool Gadgets for Making Your Apartment a High-Tech Living Space

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Making your apartment your home is the best part of moving into a new place. Putting up blinds and hanging pictures isn’t the only way to customize your space —these incredible home tech gadgets will add convenience and atmosphere to your apartment.

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Comparing the Cost to Rent Apartments in Cities across Canada and the U.S.

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With the Canadian and U.S. economies showing strength in many sectors across the economy, the housing and rental markets has once again come to the forefront of the discussion in both the U.S. and Canada.

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5 Back to School Tips for College and University Students

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Whether you’re going to university for the first year this fall or heading back to school for your second or third year, you can never be too prepared.  As summer draws to a close, it’s time to start thinking about not only what to bring with you to college, but also what you can do to make the coming year as successful and enjoyable as possible.

Here are  5 Back to School Tips for College and University Students from The RentSeeker.ca Team for all you Students and Happy #BacktoSchool Year!

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CMHC Releases Quarterly Results of its House Price Analysis and Assessment Framework for Canada and 15 Markets

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Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) released updated results recently from its House Price Analysis and Assessment (HPAA) framework, which is designed to detect the presence of problematic conditions in Canadian housing markets.

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Use Simple DIY Design Choices To Jazz Up Your Apartment or Dorm Room

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That first glorious year of university can be the most exciting time in the lives of many students. It’s a chance to live in a new city, to embrace a new cultural shift; it’s a chance to meet other likeminded young people who share your passion and excitement, and who, with luck, will become longtime friends in the years to come.

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10 of the Coolest Neighbourhoods in Ontario

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As the most heavily populated province in the country, Ontario is home to a number of world-class cities. These include the country’s capital and a globally recognized metropolis. However, it takes a deeper look to really appreciate the best that the province has to offer. Ottawa, Toronto, and several other Ontario cities are home to some of the coolest neighbourhoods in the country. The next time you’re exploring any of these Ontario cities, be sure to check out these neighbourhoods that have a unique flair and culture all of their own.

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What Millennials Look For When Apartment Hunting

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As the population of millennials increases and continues to grow across Canada,  real estate developers and apartment owners are rethinking the way they design their properties and rental suites, available amenities and perks to offer, and how best to market their apartment rentals to this growing demographic of renters including utilizing social media which is increasing in popularity and trending as a great source for landlords to reach and engage this demographic of prospective renters.

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How Will The New CMHC Flexibilities for Affordable Housing Affect Canada’s Housing and Rental Markets?

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CANADA MORTGAGE AND HOUSING CORPORATION recently announced that “Effective September 28, 2015, revisions to homeowner policies in the areas of down payment assistance, market value requirements, share of equity appreciation and monthly subsidy assistance will be made to align CMHC’s policies with the evolving financing needs of the affordable housing marketplace.”

This means that CMHC will now consider up to 100% of gross rental income from a 2-unit owner-occupied property that is the subject of a loan application submitted for insurance.

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Just Moved? Here Are Some Tips for Great Ways To Meet New Friends!

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Moving to a new neighbourhood can be tough, but moving to a completely new city (in an entirely different province, for that matter) is obviously so much tougher. When work, family, or relationships require us to pack up our things, relocate, and put down roots in a city or town far from home, we have to do the hard work of building friendships all over again. And as adults with established histories, friendships, and professions, it’s often extremely difficult to reach out to strangers — once we reach a certain age, meeting new people and forming new adult bonds doesn’t come as naturally as it did when we were young.

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Average Apartment Rental Rates across Canada – RentSeeker.ca Featured on MoneySense

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If you’re looking to rent an apartment for cheap, you may want to visit a scenic riverside city in Quebec.

According to an infographic from rentseeker.ca, Trois-Rivières is one of the urban centres with the lowest average monthly rent price, at $384 for a studio bachelor apartment.

The differences between average rent in urban centres vary in cities by the type of apartment. For example, a studio bachelor apartment in Toronto costs $902 a month, more than the $845 in Burlington, Ont. But a two-bedroom apartment in Burlington costs $1,558 to Toronto’s $1,269.

It’s important to keep in mind that the data collected by the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation compiles averages from across large cities with varying socio-economic landscapes. The figures for Toronto, for instance, could be skewed by more affordable in parts of the city and/or more costly areas.

Read the full article featuring RentSeeker.ca on MoneySense.ca here:

http://www.moneysense.ca/spend/real-estate/renting/average-apartment-rental-rates-across-canada/