When buying a new home these days, it’s important to understand the style of design that went into the plan. Many features are borrowed from architectural styles of the past and integrated into present architectural designs. Home styles in North America have changed and shifted dramatically over the course of the past century. The popularity of certain styles reigned supreme in certain parts of Canada and the United States, while not so much in other locations. With so many different building styles, it can be hard to understand and keep track of which characteristics belong to which style. We have ...
7 Popular Residential Architectural Styles and How to Identify Them
August 15, 2019
Decor Tips to Transform Your Balcony
July 4, 2019
Décor Tips to Transform Your Balcony Small spaces offer big opportunities to get creative with décor. When you welcome the challenge, transforming a small space like a balcony can be a fun and fulfilling project. Balconies should never be overlooked. They are a private and convenient outdoor space with the potential to be developed from a simple patio into an everyday escape. We’ve created a list of some of the best ways to optimize your balcony space so that you can enjoy every endless summer moment. Have Fun with Lighting Lighting is the best way to control the atmosphere in ...
Create Your Perfect Outdoor Living Space
June 12, 2019
As the weather gets warmer, it’s time to shift our focus from our indoor living spaces to our outdoor living spaces. Decorating outside presents a whole new set of challenges, as well as an array of new opportunities. An outdoor living area means that you can take your décor style in a whole new direction to give the outside of your home new character. Whether your home is new and needs some personal flair, or is well loved and needs some fresh curb appeal, these styles are fun and easy to execute. California Boho Wicker, concrete, and lots of ...
Spectrum Realty’s Ultimate Mother’s Day Gift Guide
May 7, 2019
Growing up, mom wore many different hats. From taxi driver to doctor and personal chef to party planner, surely we all have endless stories about times our moms went above and beyond for us. Some of our fondest memories may be in your childhood home as she brought the family together and cooked your favourite meal or when she took the time to beautifully decorate each room. This Mother’s Day is your chance to go above and beyond for mom, although we’re sure that she’ll love anything you get her, put a little extra effort into buying a gift that ...
How to Bring Spring into Your Home
April 10, 2019
5 Ways to Bring Spring Indoors There’s nothing more satisfying than seeing signs of spring in the GTA so why not bring some of that freshness indoors? Changing the mood in your home can lift your spirits and put the spring back into your step. You’ll be motivated to elevate the mood and décor of your home with these simple ideas. Here are Spectrum Realty’s top 5 tips on how to bring the sights and scents of spring into your home. Add green – whether you use plants like succulents, ferns, bamboo, or palms or you prefer branches in ...
Year Round Home Maintenance Tips
February 7, 2019
Keeping your home well maintained all year round will not only be more economical, it will keep it in fine working order. It is a good idea to keep this checklist handy so as each season approaches you will be prepared. The tasks involved in maintaining a safe, clutter free home environment is fairly simple and can be completed in no time. Get out of the mindset of depending only on ‘Spring Cleaning’ and make it a habit to maintain your home all year round. Here’s where to start Fall/Winter Hanging Icicles - Remove hanging or loose icicles because it ...
How Much Does It Cost to Live in a Condo? Your Complete Guide to Condo Fees
February 6, 2019
For the city dweller, finding a home up in the sky where you can see the city lights is a wonderful milestone. Condo living is the modern Canadian dream, and it suits every inch of your modern lifestyle. With everything you need and all the spots you frequent just around the block, there’s nothing like living in Toronto’s bustling districts and enjoying everything that the city has to offer. Like any homeowner, a condo resident knows a great deal about paying the bills and making mortgage payments. But the similarities end there, because unlike regular homeowners, condo residents pay specific ...
Trends in Choosing Residential Listings
November 5, 2018
If you’re looking to buy a home, you may be wondering what the current trends are for choosing residential listings. Navigating different homes and properties can be a difficult task with all the options out there. Many people get overwhelmed with trying to narrow down their options and find a home that’s ideal for them. However, there are many trends in choosing residential listings and you’ll want to become familiar with them, so you can buy the home that is best suited to your needs. Consider What Type of Home to Buy According to recent home trends, home ...
10 Coffee Table Décor Ideas
October 16, 2018
The possibilities are endless! Any coffee table décor, properly planned, can be the focal point of your living room. A sitting room coffee table versus a family coffee room table can be used in many different ways to bring attention to your favourite collectibles, pique interest with a series of books on a treasured hobby, or showcase a collection of plants and flowers. The possibilities are truly endless. Here are ten different ways you can decorate and dress your coffee table. Depending on your décor style, your furniture design and how you wish to use the room, your coffee table ...
Why It's Better to Buy Rather Than Rent
September 19, 2018
The road to homeownership can be a rewarding journey. But despite the clear benefits of owning property, many Canadians are still tempted to rent. Rising interest rates, tougher mortgage rules, and the difficulty of saving up for a down payment are just some of the reasons people are intimidated to buy. Although renting does have its perks, homeownership is an effective means of establishing wealth and putting yourself on a secure financial footing. If you’re still not convinced, here’s why we believe buying is always the better option. Reason #1: Freedom to do whatever you want with the ...