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How robot carpenters could help solve Canada’s housing crisis

Robots constructing homes may sound like science fiction. Yet a Toronto-based startup aims to make this futuristic idea a reality within the next year, leveraging advances in automation, advanced manufacturing, cloud computing and artificial intelligence (AI).

Promise Robotics was launched in 2019 by founders Ramtin Attar – a former technology lead at a multinational technology company – and Reza Nasseri, the chief executive officer of Landmark Homes.

Housing, alcohol and weed: Canadians' pandemic spending habits are changing how inflation is measured

Overhaul could bolster confidence in a number some say has little relationship with everyday life

'Accident waiting to happen': Zero Down Mortgages in Canada Stoke U.S. Sub-Prime like fears

 

Many of those who are approved for loans today are taking on debt loads that were once unthinkable

They’re the kind of exotic mortgages that one typically associates with the reckless, go-go housing market that gripped the U.S., circa 2005: Put down 5 per cent cash and get 3 per cent back; or, wilder yet, put down nothing at all. So when these products — and others like them — started popping up in the normally cautious Canadian financial industry, it raised alarm among policy makers in Ottawa.

8 DIY Home Improvements Anyone Can Do

The key to falling in love with a home, is to bring your own personal style and flair to the space. There are plenty of ways to remodel and these do it yourself projects make for great, quick updgrades to any home. Really, easy decorating options are endless once you start looking for inspiration. We’ve rounded up eight home improvement ideas, all DIY, that anybody can choose to tackle. Here’s where to get started. 

The Importance of Insuring Your Home

Unlike car insurance, home insurance isn't usually mandatory. But it’s still not a policy to cut corners on. Knowing you're protected if a storm causes property damage, a burglary results in a loss of valuables, or a lawsuit causes significant financial burdens can provide peace of mind. If you're purchasing with a mortgage, as most homebuyers do, a bank or other lenders may require home insurance as a condition to your mortgage contract.

Should I Sealcoat my Driveway?

Your driveway is one of your home settings that are conspicuous to outsiders. It is one of the first things that people’s eyes fall on when they visit your home. Many homeowners do not consider seal coating their driveway probably because they are too busy or that they do not know the benefits. Seal coating which involves applying an emulsified liquid mixture over a pavement to protect it from damages has several benefits.

Here is why you should consider seal coating your driveway:

Shields It from Effect of the Sun

20 Tips for Smooth Home Ownership

Don't get caught with your toolbelt down :)

Learn these techniques and tackle any household emergency with ease

Too bad a house doesn't come with an owner's manual. And a week-long seminar where you learn what every button, switch, and wire is for. Alas, the keys to the castle come with no troubleshooting guide to dog-ear—and, we're betting, no wise master to unlock the mysteries of the place you call home. 

New stress test level makes it harder to qualify for a mortgage in Canada

Higher bar for stress test will reduce pool of qualified borrowers and cool the real estate market

It's a bit harder to qualify for a home loan as of today, as the federal government has raised the minimum financial bar that anyone applying for a mortgage must meet.

Staging Your Home to Sell While Still Living in It

Model homes give us a false reality of staging your home while living in it. There are a few key things that you can do to keep your house ready for showings so that it sells faster while ensuring it’s still comfortable to live in at the same time. Take staging your home as an opportunity to declutter, get rid of unwanted items, and get a head start on packing.

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