10 Design Tips: The Master Bedroom

10 Design Tips: The Master Bedroom

Here are 10 tips for designing a grand master bedroom, perfect for everyday escapes:

1. Consult a professional before knocking down a wall to capture more space. If it’s load-bearing new structural reinforcement will be needed.

iPhone

Online travel booking sites beef up mobile offerings

Travel suppliers and the online agencies that sell their bookings are targeting a new breed of jet setter who cannot be bothered booking trips in advance.

These travellers are relying more on their mobile smart phones – the iPhone, BlackBerry or Android – to negotiate, book and manage trips they have already begun, perhaps even from the parking lot of a hotel where they hope to stay.

TAIWANfest

2010 TELUS TAIWANfest – September 4-6, 2010

We live in a society that relies on changes to advance. Changes come from challenging perceptions, reinventing traditions and dreaming the impossible. Crossover is a universal concept which symbolizes the movement or action of change. The festival aims to use “Crossover” to abstractly illustrate how Taiwan has transformed.

Buyer’s market conditions continue in Greater Vancouver

Buyer’s market conditions continue in Greater Vancouver

Conditions in the Greater Vancouver housing market continued to favour buyers in August. Since April, prices have edged down slightly as the number of sales and the number of properties coming on to the market have been declining.

The Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver (REBGV) reports that the number of residential property sales in Greater Vancouver totalled 2,202 in August 2010. This represents a 36 per cent decline from the 3,441 sales in August 2009, the second highest selling August ever recorded, and a 2.4 per cent decline compared to July 2010.

Smoke Free Parks

Smoke Free Parks

Vancouver has joined a long and growing list of cities and regions in North America and internationally that ban smoking in parks and on beaches. Vancouver’s ban takes effect September 1, 2010: after that smoking in all 224 parks will be prohibited.

Healthy Lunches

Make healthy lunches kids will want to eat

OK kids, fun is over. It’s back to school and back to routines. The season of campfire hotdogs and ice cream cones and water parks is done, more or less.

For moms and dads, that means getting their act together for school lunches.

BMO

BMO cuts mortgage rate to spur home buying

The Bank of Montreal cut its special five-year fixed rate mortgage by 20 basis points Wednesday, bringing it down to 3.59% from 3.79%.

BMO said in a statement that the move was an effort to provide potential home buyers an incentive as the fall season rolls around.

Canary Derby

Canary Derby 2010

The fifth annual Canary Derby once again brings together the technology and business communities of Victoria and Vancouver, Canary Foundation of Canada, and BC Cancer Foundation to help support early detection cancer research.

House

Doom and gloom predicted for Vancouver house prices

A new doomsday report warns Vancouver’s housing market could be hit by a burst bubble — and a drop in prices by as much as 30 per cent.

The threat of a giant, synchronized real estate bubble looms over all six of Canada’s major cities, says the report released by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives.

Vancouver real estate ‘bubble’ an ‘accident waiting to happen’

Vancouver real estate ‘bubble’ an ‘accident waiting to happen’

Steep housing price increases in six of Canada’s hottest real estate markets since 2002 have all the hallmarks of an “accident waiting to happen” if mortgage rates rise too sharply, warns a new report.