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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 tourism
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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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Renovation Inspiration for the Floors in your Home

Renovations can be expensive, that’s why finding inexpensive ways to add your design stamp to your home is key. Though there are areas in your home that you shouldn’t pinch pennies (like electrical work and plumbing), there are some projects you can find innovative work-arounds that look expensive. Click here for inexpensive renovation inspiration!  
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Design Inspiration to Freshen your Home 2018

If you’re looking to freshen up your home and give it some new life in 2018, look to bright colours and lots of white, bold design choices, and natural textured accents. Many design trends this year are mixing simplicity with bold design elements, and maintaining a modern, but earthy feel. Click here for beautiful design inspiration for your home.  
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Top 5 ways to turn your bathroom into a spa-like retreat

Looking to create a relaxing oasis in your home? What better way to unwind than making a calming sanctuary out of your bathroom. Giving yourself simple luxuries can help decrease stress and provide you with a relaxing escape from the hustle and bustle of the day-to-day. Click here to see the top 5 ways to turn your bathroom into a luxurious spa-like sanctuary.  
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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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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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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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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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Spring Cleaning 101: Tips On Getting Your Home Ready For Sale

Spring Cleaning 101: Tips On Getting Your Home Ready For Sale Contrary to years prior, 2018 has presented us with a rather mild, wet March. As such, we’ve barely approached the standard season for “April showers” and have already received enough rain and wet weather to rid most of the snow! The month, however is still young; and, as unpredictable as Mother Nature can be when it comes to delivering cold weather and long winters, we think it’s safe to assume that Jack frost might just bite a time or two more. This said, if you’re in the market to
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