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New Tax on Ottawa Airbnb Rentals

  Josh Pringle, CTV Morning Live. Published Wednesday, August 1, 2018 2:51AM EDT  Airbnb users are now paying a tax on their nightly rental in Ottawa. Starting today, Airbnb will collect a four per cent “municipal accommodation tax” on all Ottawa listings. The tax will then be remitted to the City of Ottawa to help support Ottawa tourism. Ottawa was the first Ontario city to enter into a Municipal Accommodation Tax collection agreement with Airbnb. In January, the City of Ottawa imposed a four per cent Municipal Accommodation Tax on hotel rooms in Ottawa.  The money is used to support the
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CMHC wants to make it easier for self-employed Canadians to get a mortgage

  Are you self-employed and looking to buy a home? The CMHC is giving lenders more guidance and flexibility on determining whether a self-employed person qualifies for a mortgage.They are implementing changes in order to make it easier for self-employed individuals to obtain a mortgage, as these Canadians tend to have a more difficult time qualifying. This is due to incomes varying and being less predictable than those with salaries/are employed by a business. Click here for the full story.  
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Buyers Toolkit – Springtime

Buyers Toolkit – Springtime Spring is in the air, and the real-estate market is ramping up for the beginning of buyers’ season.  Things tend to move faster in the spring and houses for sale are often sold shortly after they are listed.  As a potential home buyer, it is important to be prepared as possible before you start looking at potential homes – that way, the chance of losing your “dream home” to another buyer is greatly decreased. You may be wondering … “What are some of the important things that can help you stay on-top of, and ahead of
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Technology is Evolving to Make Our Homes Smarter Than Ever Before

Technology is always evolving, and that new tech is making homes smarter while making life easier. Homes can be outfitted with seemingly futuristic gadgets such as smart ovens that help you be a better cook, smart mattresses that help you track your sleep, and mirrors that let you virtually try on clothing in the comfort of your own home. Not only incredible tech like that, but smarter lights, smarter security, and smarter basic home functions that can save you money and keep your safer. Click here to see what’s new in the world of smart home technology.  
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Spring is here, bring on the Mudroom!

Though the people of Ottawa are thrilled to see the beginnings of a sleepy Spring take place (and the snow melt), they are less thrilled with the mess it brings into their homes. A well-designed mudroom can help limit the slushy, muddy mess and keep your home cleaner and fresher. Click here for tips on creating a high-functioning mudroom.  
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You Don’t Have to Wait to Start Gardening, Just Take it Indoors

It may be officially Spring, but it’s still fairly cold. You don’t have to wait for it to warm up, or even have the backyard space, to get started on your garden – you can start inside! A great solution to the temperature and space issues, or lacking a green thumb, is starting an indoor Hydroponic Garden. Not only will what you grow be available to you year round and accelerate plant growth, but you don’t need any soil. Click here for more information.  
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The Ottawa Home and Garden Show

Spring is on its way, and what better way to get ready than to go to the Ottawa Home and Garden show this Thursday, March 22nd – March 25th at the EY Centre. Get great ideas on how to get your home and yard ready for the new season. Click here for more information.  
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How to Protect your Home from the Melting Snow

With the warmer weather and rain that we’ve been having, an awful lot of snow has been melting. This can lead to flooding and other damages to your property, which can be very expensive to fix. Instead, focus on preventative measures to ensure that your home won’t become damaged, instead of spending money to fix it after the fact. Click here to learn how to prevent flooding from the melting snow.  
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Is it time to invest in a second “nest”?

College students, and living options   If you’re the parent of a college/university age student, and you haven’t considered it yet, perhaps now is the time you will. As spring is just around the corner, it’s time to think about what investments you can make, and an investment that shouldn’t be overlooked is buying a home. More specifically, buying a home for your college-aged student to live in during school. Should you purchase a home in your students’ university/college town for them to live in during their schooling? What are the benefits, and drawbacks of investing in a second home?
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22 Ways to Subtly Spice Up Your New Space

Just purchased a home or are in the process? Sometimes it can be a challenge to figure out how to make your new home reflect your taste and personality. If you’re looking to make your house showcase you and your lifestyle, try incorporating intriguing, bolder design choices. Click here to see the 22 daring designs you should try in 2018.  
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