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City of Regina Infill Report

Fri, 13 Oct by Pauline Relkey

If you are interested in hearing what is happening in Regina with infill properties (building on vacant land or adding onto an existing building or tearing down a building and building new on the same lot) here is all the info that the City of Regina is looking at for guidelines.

This applies to houses, duplexes, triplexes,

Click on this link for the whole scoop.  103 pages but you can fly through the fluff.

It’s Time to say Good-bye to Single Family Homes

Wed, 09 Nov by Pauline Relkey

Interesting talk on CBC Radio.

Nathan Lauster, author of Death and Life of Single Family Homes says that places like Vancouver are becoming unaffordable to buy a house and we should look at other ways to live.

When we live in a single family home, there are environmental costs – we use more energy, we need vehicles to get around and need more land to build on.
Plus it’s isolating. We need to get people out to meet others.

The alternatives are townhouses, low and high rises and duplexes.

We buy single family homes for 2 reasons:
1. Cultural – to show that we are successful and can afford to buy a home and that we are good people/parents and provide a home for our children.
2. Pragmatic – we can control our space.

Nathan says that we can have a more full life when we get rid of maintenance issues. One person says the local cafe is his kitchen, the park is his family room for example.

Municipalities have to change their zoning bylaws to enable more people to live in less space. We usually live in one part of town, work in another part of town and shop in yet another part of town.

What is Vancouver doing to lead the way?
They have parks and agricultural land that is protected space so no development happens on them.
They have made industrial areas as exciting places to live.
They enabled old houses to mix in with new builds.
They have secondary suites/laneway houses (and so does Regina).

single-family-homes-or-town-houses.   To hear the radio podcast, click here.

Home Renos and Upgrades

Fri, 16 Sep by Pauline Relkey

Home renovations and upgrades are a smart way to add value to your home. Even simple repairs, regular maintenance, updating fixtures and appliances ensure your home stays in tip-top shape, maximizing not only its value but also its future marketability.

Here are a few areas to focus on:

Renovations that pay back
Kitchens and bathroom overhauls top the list of home improvements that yield the best return on investment. Fast and easy updates such as replacing fixtures, counter tops and resurfacing cabinets can go a long way in transforming these high-traffic areas with a fresh, modern appeal.

Add more space
Expanding your living space, such as finishing the basement, is an excellent value-add to your home and lifestyle, especially if you have a family looking for more room to play and grow.

Repurpose a room
Survey your home with an eye to converting rooms for new functionality. A home office is a great feature to have, and a revamp that still allows the flexibility of easily reverting the room back to its original purpose.

Take a green approach
If planning a home renovation, go green with energy-efficient options that promise a high return relative to cost. Today’s high-efficiency appliances, heating and cooling systems, lighting fixtures and even building materials such as insulation, can help reduce your household’s monthly overhead costs.

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Pests

Tue, 16 Aug by Pauline Relkey

No not Realtors, hopefully.

Your home is your haven, your castle – the place where you live, breathe, create and play. The last thing you want are for pests to make themselves comfortable.

If you’ve noticed that you just have a small problem, a little online research will provide you with a number of suggestions on how to prevent pests. You might even find some of the ingredients in your cupboard. Here are some suggestions:

Plant peppermint, bay leaves and/or hot pepper in your garden to keep rodents away. bay leaf
If ants are your problem, it’s been said lemon juice, cinnamon, peppermint and/or boiling water with dish soap can help.

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Home remedies aren’t your thing? You can also try some sprays, traps and powders. A visit to your local hardware store will show you that there are plenty of options you can explore.  Just be sure to read the directions to ensure the treatment fits your home.

If pests continue to be a problem, call an exterminator.

Saskatchewan Graduates

Tue, 07 Jun by Pauline Relkey

Take note of the First Home Plan that provides an interest-free, repayable loan of up to $10,000 for you to use towards a down payment on your first home.

If you live in (or will be moving to) Saskatchewan, have Graduate Retention Program tax credits available and are going to buy a single family house, duplex, townhouse, mobile or condo unit for your primary residence in Sask, then you are possibly eligible.

For more info, go to Sask Housing Corp. Click here.

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CMHC To Allow 100% Of Suite Income

Tue, 18 Aug by Pauline Relkey

This will give buyers more options and help sellers to promote their properties.

Click here for the complete article.

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