Kitchener-Waterloo Real Estate Market Report March 2023
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KW HOME & GARDEN SHOW
It’s time to get a head start on your springtime gardening and renovation plans!
The KW Home & Garden Show is coming to town which means that the beautiful spring weather is just around the corner!
This huge annual home and garden event will be setting up shop between Friday, March 24th and Sunday, March 26th at the Kitchener Memorial Auditorium, which is located at 400 East Avenue.
The KW Home & Garden Show is the perfect opportunity to meet professional designers, staging experts and local suppliers who can help you find out what's hot in home renovation and interior design.
There will also be an extensive team of gardening experts on hand to answer all of your horticultural questions so that you can start laying out plans for your garden well in advance.
The KW Home & Garden Show is a great way to get a head start on your springtime projects with fresh inspiration, insightful tips and innovative products – all under one roof. Hope to see you there!
CONDO CONUNDRUM: FREEDOM VS. FREEDOM
It’s important to carefully consider the pros and cons before purchasing a condo.
Condos appeal to everyone from young urbanites who want to be in the heart of the action to seniors who look forward to enjoying their golden years playing tennis and relaxing by the pool.
Families are also starting to gravitate towards condos as they’re an affordable way to escape the suburbs and move to a more vibrant atmosphere where an endless array of amenities are only steps away.
Aside from being affordable, condos are low maintenance as you don't have to spend your weekends cutting the grass and cleaning the gutters. They also offer enhanced security features which are perfect for those who like to travel.
Convenience, however, comes at a price in the form of condo fees which vary depending on the amenities offered by the complex. That said, condos are often very affordable compared to single-family homes, especially for those who are downsizing.
When you buy a condo, you don't own the land beneath you but instead, you share a common interest with others in the complex. This means you'll be subject to rules and regulations that can dictate anything from the type of planters you’re allowed to display to the kinds of blinds you can hang.
You'll also be in close contact with your fellow condo owners. Some people love the sense of community offered by condos but for those who value their privacy, it can be a difficult adjustment. Pets are another key consideration as Fido may not be welcome in certain buildings.
If your real estate vision includes extensive renovations, condo living may not be for you as your options may be limited.
On the other hand, if you'd rather spend your time relaxing by the pool instead of painting shutters, the low maintenance factor may be just what you're after. It's really a choice of freedom vs. freedom.
HI-TECH PET PRODUCTS
You’re now able to watch, talk and play with your pets from anywhere!
Our pets are finding it hard to be alone now that we’re heading back into the office but it’s easier than ever to check in with Fido or Fluffy to see what they’re up to.
There are a variety of interactive, hi-tech pet gadgets to help keep our pets entertained. Here are a few of the popular features to look out for:
Reward your pet by dispensing a treat (or two) with the click of a button.
Relieve your pet’s boredom with a laser pointer that you’re able to control remotely.
Check-in to see if your dog’s secretly jumping up on the couch for a snooze.
Transmit your voice and/or video to the TV to help alleviate your pet’s anxiety.
There are now video-calling cameras where your pet can tap a button to call you!
It’s hard leaving our best friends alone at home all day long but now, no matter where you are, you can check in on a sick pet, keep tabs on a mischievous pup or simply give your pet some love while you’re away.
APPS TO KEEP YOU CALM
Emotional and physical illnesses can oftentimes be attributed to stress.
Instead of being the source of your stress, your smartphone can actually help you relax with some apps designed to relieve stress and anxiety.
Meditation is a huge stress reliever and apps such as Headspace are great at guiding you through the process.
Being grateful also reduces stress and increases happiness so check out Delightful which allows you to easily record the highlights of your day.
Finally, exercise is a great stress reliever but it can be hard to find the time. The 7 Minute Workout app contains various bodyweight-resistant exercises that can be done anywhere to pump up your endorphins and help you feel great!