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Holidays on a Budget: A Financially Friendly Guide to “Decking the Halls”

The holidays are just around the corner, and we will soon be covered in a blanket of snow, with marching bands leading parades, and Santa’s village bringing long lines to the malls. While the excitement builds up, we are often left wondering how we can possibly save money or limit our spending without compromising the spirit of the season. With just a few practical tips and tricks, embracing the magic and togetherness of the holidays without breaking the bank is not only a practical goal, but attainable as well. Here are a few budget friendly ways to “deck the halls”
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Hidden Gems in Richmond

Hidden Gems in Richmond Richmond, Ontario: an up and coming village just west from downtown Ottawa. Founded in 1818, this quaint community that spans the Jock River is the perfect place for anyone who’s looking to reside a little further away from the hustle and bustle of city life (not to mention ideal for those that favour the historic and economic roots that this town uniquely has to offer). From great restaurants, charming neighbourhoods, and quality schools; to animal farms, parks and wineries, Richmond has it all. And like any small town, the community of Richmond has some really great
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Readying Your Family for an Emergency

Readying Your Family for an Emergency September 21st, 2018 is a day our community won’t soon forget. The stories we’ve heard from those affected by the tornadoes that touched down in the City of Ottawa-Gatineau were nothing short from terrifying; the photos we’ve seen from the storm’s aftermath have been undeniably bone-chilling. It has been a devastating reality that the residents of our nation’s capital weren’t quite ready to face as thousands upon thousands of families were left without power – and, worse – homes. Yet, in the same breath, we have witnessed some incredible acts of heroism and unity
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Hosting: Perfect Housewarming

Hosting: Perfect Housewarming After a long search, you’ve finally moved into your dream home. There’s no better time than the present to start showing off your beautiful new home to family and friends. House warming parties have been a long-standing tradition when you move into a new home, but there are so many different ways to planning a perfect housewarming. The following are some tips and tricks for you to consider during your planning. Type  First, when deciding on your housewarming plan, be sure to consider what type of party you’d like to host. Your housewarming can be anything from
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The Hidden Gems of Barrhaven, Ontario

The Hidden Gems of Barrhaven, Ontario Originally established in the 1960’s by a developer named Mel Barr, Barrhaven is one of Ottawa’s fastest growing communities. Known for its sprawling suburbs, Barrhaven has a population of almost 100,000 people. Although, the Greenbelt separates this suburb from the rest of the city, Barrhaven has its fair share of amenities including parks, schools, recreation, and shopping. It’s a community where the central focus is family and that is apparent everywhere you look!   La Porto a Casa: Ask anyone in Barrhaven where to find the best Italian food, and La Porto a Casa
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Reverse Mortgages: What to consider when considering a reverse mortgage

Reverse Mortgages What to consider when considering a reverse mortgage… Reverse mortgages allow homeowners to use the equity in their home as a loan, it’s a  financial strategy that is getting more common. This may be in part because a large segment of Canadian Baby Boomers (born between 1946-1964) “is on strong financial footing and on a clear path to being mortgage-free, if not already.”  But what exactly is a reverse mortgage, and how does it work?  Let’s examine the concept of a reverse mortgage, and some of the benefits and downfalls. What is a reverse mortgage? A reverse mortgage is a
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Condos: Investments

Condos: Investments  It’s no surprise when people begin to look for ways that they can invest their money, and enter the real estate market in an easier way, with a good market price point. Condominiums may just be the answer to the search, based on their strong market value, and the minimal responsibility needed when it comes to maintenance. What is classified as a condo? What makes these properties a good investment over houses on the market today? What is a condo? A condo, short for condominium, is a building where one individual owns each unit. It is like homeownership,
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Ottawa: New Homes, New Developments

Ottawa: New Homes, New Developments Welcome to Ottawa, a city always bustling with activities and beauty. Whether you’re new to the area, or have been a long time resident, this gorgeous city offers something for everyone, in every area. As the city expands, there are lots of great new residential developments in the works to keep up with the ever-growing communities around them. Communities such as Westgate, Carp Airport, Barrhaven, Zibi Development, and Riverside South are beginning to make headway as new housing developments across the city, each with its own unique aspects that make the individual communities desirable to
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The Hidden Gems of Manotick, Ontario

The Hidden Gems of Manotick, Ontario Originating from the phrase “Island in the River”, Manotick was given its name back in 1859 by founder Moss Kent Dickinson who, with the help of partner Joseph Currier, built and established the ever-growing village that we know and love today. Since then, it’s become our community and our beloved home; one for us to shop at the best stores, eat at the best restaurants, and stroll along the best streets. Though, with every village, comes a hidden gem or two – something you’ve yet to discover, but absolutely must! Here are a few
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Turn your Vacation into a Staycation: Activities for families in Ottawa

Turn your Vacation into a Staycation: Activities for families in Ottawa  Summer is a wonderful time to spend a little quality time with friends and family; things are more relaxed, the kids are out of school and you won’t have to worry about a last minute snow storm interfering with travel plans (well here’s hoping!) . But organizing a family vacation, especially when you have young children, can be stressful (just think of the Griswalds). The packing, planning, stopping, driving, – the list could go on and on. Have you ever arrived at your destination tired, wishing you’d just stayed home?
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