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5 savvy renovations to make your kitchen look like new

Posted on 03 March 2019

(NC) The kitchen is the heart and focal point of any home. But if yours is looking a little tired, a few simple renovations can change the feel of the entire space. Whether you’ve just moved in, have been meaning to update for years or are experiencing life changes, remember that a kitchen uplift doesn’t have to come with a huge price tag. These small-scale projects c ...

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Protect yourself from new banking risks

Posted on 03 March 2019

(NC) Financial technology is constantly evolving, and the nonstop influx of new digital banking options is proof of that. Financial technology, or fintech, refers to any kind of technological innovation used to support or provide financial services, such as online transactions though you tablets or smartphone. These innovations are bringing about major changes in the financial industry an ...

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Think you’ve been defrauded? What to do

Posted on 03 March 2019

(NC) Thousands of Canadians lose millions of dollars to fraudsters every year. Anyone — from teenagers to grandparents to corporate executives — can be a target. Yet, only 5 per cent of fraud is reported to the authorities. If you’ve been the victim of fraud, the best thing you can do is report it, whatever the amount, to the appropriate authorities. Don’t be embarrassed if yo ...

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Tips for avoiding real estate fraud

Posted on 03 March 2019

(NC) As housing prices climb in many markets across the country, real estate fraud can become a much more enticing prospect for scammers. While it's one of the lesser-known kinds of fraud in Canada, its impact can be devastating. There are two types of real estate fraud that may result in financial losses for home owners — title fraud and foreclosure fraud. Title fraud happens wh ...

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Thinking of starting your own business?

Posted on 03 March 2019

(NC) In an era of unprecedented connectivity and technological advancement, a new side gig economy has emerged. Even some of us who don’t officially own a business are engaging in entrepreneurial activity to supplement our income, whether through a passion project, hobby or testing an idea for a future business. “When it comes to realizing their business ownership dreams, many pro ...

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5 ways to make money as a digital nomad

Posted on 03 March 2019

(NC) Today’s economy brings certain challenges, but also some exciting opportunities. One of these opportunities is the relatively new trend of being a digital nomad — someone who travels between cities and countries while working remotely. Some of the benefits of this lifestyle include getting to see the world while immersing yourself in diverse cultures, and the ability to set y ...

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4 helpful tips when buying a resale home

Posted on 03 March 2019

(NC) If you’re buying a resale home, the good news is that if it’s less than seven years old, it may still be under warranty. The statutory warranty for a new home lasts for seven years from the date the original buyer takes ownership – or in the case of a condo unit, takes possession. To make sure you get the full benefit of the remaining warranty, here are four helpful tips: ...

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Do you know what kind of condo you’re buying?

Posted on 03 March 2019

(NC) Condominiums can come in all shapes and sizes. But it’s important to know that not all condos are created equal when it comes to warranty coverage. Whether you’re buying a condominium townhouse, loft-style two-bedroom or a high-rise studio, they are all classified as condominiums if you own your unit while at the same time share access (and the associated fees) for facilities ...

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4 steps to get your business up and running in 2019

Posted on 03 March 2019

(NC) A recent small business poll revealed that over half of Canadians have thought about owning a business. If you’ve been thinking about making your business ownership dream a reality, here are four steps to help get you started and set up for success: Finalize your business plan. A business plan is your road map and an important exercise in defining what your ...

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Money tips for your teens: How to be a good saver

Posted on 03 March 2019

(NC) Teaching our children about earning and spending is fairly common practice. But what about saving? What did you first save for?  How did you learn to save? Learning how to save can be one of the most valuable - and rewarding - financial skills we can pass on to our children. As your kids get older and start budgeting and saving for post-secondary expenses, this is the ideal ...