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10 of the Most Common Decorating Mistakes to Avoid

A few small tweaks to your space can make all the difference. Knowing right from wrong can transpire a cramped and chaotic space into one that is organized and tranquil, can create a sense of order and balance. Read on as we help clarify what’s right and what’s wrong.

Can You Afford to Buy a House?

There are a great many people who can't afford to buy property — we all know that, and the last few years have not been kind to anyone below a certain income threshold — mortgage rules in Canada have tightened and CMHC is making it harder to get mortgage insurance even if you do qualify at the bank for a mortgage. But, there are those who can afford to get on the property ladder but do not realize it, or do not have the help they need to make it a reality.

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The Toronto Real Estate Board releases their mid-month resale housing figures that reported 3,158 transactions through the Toronto MLS system during the first 14 days of September 2013. The result was up by 29 per cent in comparison to September 2012. Sales were up for all major home types on a year-over-year basis.

Our Best Tip Today - Clean Cookie Sheets

How to clean your cookie sheets--Kitchen "Miracle" Cleaner! You put about 1/4 cup of baking soda in a small glass bowl and squirt in hydrogen peroxide until it makes a nice paste. Then you rub it on the offending dirt/stain/grease….whatever! You can usually just use your fingers….but you can also use a small sponge as well.

Voila ..clean cookie sheets.

Introducing Crodino - the most famous non-alcoholic aperitif in Italy

We found Crodino this summer at one one our favorite markets on the Danforth and want to share it with you. It makes a wonderful before or after drink.

Crodino is distinctive and in Italy it is the non-alcoholic single serve aperitif par excellence, the most consumed, the most renowned. The secret of its success is the unique and appetizing flavour obtained thanks to the traditional extract drawn from a mix of infusion and distillated herbs, plants and fruit pieces that are rigorously selected.

Crodino takes its name from Crodo, the area in northern Piedmont, where from 1964 it has been bottled. Gruppo Campari acquired Crodino in 1995. Its image and communication was re-launched by Campari and Crodino in the last few years has consolidated its position as the most famous non-alcoholic aperitif in Italy.

There is certainly a bitter-sweet character to it, very sweet and syrupy at the beginning, with hints of vanilla and a touch of orange. After this comes the herbal bitter notes which are good way to round off the drink. It is best served with lots of ice and a wedge of citrus fruit.

Easy Caramel Apples

Do you love caramel apples but hate trying to eat them? Try it this way! (found this and could not keep it to myself!! I can't wait to try it!) Hollow out your apples, (you can balance the apple halves in a muffin pan) fill will melted caramel,... let the caramel harden and cut into slices! yummy!

Your Fall "to-do" List for Home Maintenance

A few hours spent on fall maintenance will protect the investment you’ve made, and make for a more comfortable and worry-free winter ahead. Get started with our fall “to-do” list:

  • Ensure windows and doors (especially the one between house & garage) close tightly; repair or replace weather stripping if needed.
  • Check your roof for loose or missing shingles.
  • Ensure your eavestroughs and downspouts are clear.
  • Check your chimney for nests, other obstructions, or buildup of residues.
  • Get a pro to inspect your heating system. Clean or replace the furnace air filter each month all winter.
  • Have ducts professionally cleaned every few years; vacuum everything you can reach.
  • Check your home safety devices and change the batteries.
  • Change the direction of ceiling fans to push warm air from the ceiling down.
  • Cover outside of air-conditioning unit.
  • Drain and store outdoor hoses. Protect delicate landscaping.

This Month's Sports Report

For sports fans, we're entering one of the most exciting times of the year. For all of you fantasy junkies, the NFL is back and in full swing. The baseball regular season is coming to an end and there are some great races down the stretch to see who gets to play in the playoffs. Of course, the Jays' season will end at the end of the month although many would say their season has been over since May. And what would a sports column be in this city without mentioning the Toronto Maple Leafs, whose training camp is well underway. The Leafs will be building on a season that saw them end a long playoff drought, but will also have to rebound from the heartbreak of blowing a 3 goal lead late in the 3rd period in Boston in game 7 of their first round playoff series. With a new goalie in town (Jonathan Bernier) and Nazem Kadri's contract dispute solved, the Leafs have all hands on deck to try to get back to the playoffs and beyond.

"My picks to meet in the world series are LA and Detroit."

Jason Magder was a sports reporter at The FAN 590 for nearly a decade. In 2007, he made the switch to becoming a mortgage agent with Northwood Mortgage. Some of Jason's clients include first-time buyers and self-employed buyers. To reach Jason, email him at or call 647-299-4273.


A new restaurant and bar called Brooklyn Tavern is coming to Leslieville, taking over the former Fare Bistro space at 1097 Queen St. E. It will be open seven days a week and will offer brunch, lunch, dinner and booze. The menu will be comprised of “our favourites from around North America,” we’re told. I can guarantee that this will be a Leslieville HOT SPOT.

Toronto Trump tower: Hotel-condo owner goes auction route

A Toronto investor, after watching Toronto Trump tower listings languish on MLS, will try to sell his $1-million-plus hotel-condo suite by auction

After watching listings for about a dozen similar units in the beleaguered luxury project languish on the MLS for more than a year without a single taker, the owner of the 12th-floor suite - himself a veteran realtor - has turned to Ritchies Auctioneers.

The unusual event, set for Sept. 22 in the sumptuous ballroom of the Trump International Hotel &Tower, is expected to generate buzz among the world's wealthy

and not just over the 950-square-foot hotel suite.

Other luxury items on the auction block include a 2013 black Bentley convertible, two Fabergé eggs, rare Patek Philippe watches, and valuable artwork and jewelry, including a five-carat round diamond.

Kashif Khan, managing director of Toronto-based Ritchies, acknowledges that selling the hotel-condo unit will be a challenge but he's optimistic.

"For an auction to work, you have to be dealing with something like art or collectibles, where there is limited supply and high demand," says Toronto realtor Simon Giannini, who has tried auctions in the past. "That's not the Toronto condo market."

Going, going... but where? Venue uncertain for Trump condo auction

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