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Ready or Not?
Deciding whether to buy a fixer-upper or a move-in ready home isn't a question of which is better, but rather which makes the most sense for you. To help you figure that out, consider the following questions:
What's your budget? Move-in ready homes typically cost most that fixer-uppers, as they done need work. Plus, there can be more competition for move-in ready homes, which further drive up the price. With lower asking prices and less competition, fixer uppers can be a great way to buy into a neighborhood you otherwise couldn't afford.
What is the nature of work needed? Are the problems with the fixer-upper largely cosmetic, or are they significant, such as poor plumbing or wiring? If the work needed is significant, the high cost of improvements may mean you'll end up spending more on the fixer-upper than you would have on a move-in ready home.
Do you have the time and know-how to fix up a fixer-upper? If so, buying such a property can be a great way to get exactly what you want in a home while boosting its resale value. If not, you're better off buying a turnkey home, as having to hire contractors could negate any savings incurred by purchasing a fixer-upper.
What are the neighborhood dynamics? Buying a home in an undesirable location of depriciating neighborhood is always a risky proposition, but this is especially true when buying a fixer-upper, as youare less likely to recoup your improvement expenses on a home in such a location or neighborhood.
Canadian Unemployment Rate Drop
CTV.ca News Staff Date: Fri. May. 6 2011 11:29 AM ET The Canadian economy added more jobs in April than many economists had forecast, pumping out a surprisingly strong 58,300 jobs to push the jobless rate down a notch, to 7.6 per cent. April's gains bring the year-over-year increase in employment to 283,000, a bump of 1.7 per cent. Economists had expected a modest gain of 20,000 jobs in April, following a weak March. Instead, they got more than twice that, with almost all the gains in the province of Ontario and in the services sector. Jimmy Jean, a senior economist with Desjardins Securities, said that while the gains look good for Ontario, there were only about 3,000 jobs added in other provinces over the same time period. On the surface, the headline number looks good, but scratching below the surface, it's really concentrated in Ontario and also in the part-time component, Jean told CTV News Channel on Friday morning. So there could be some reversal of that in the following months. Douglas Porter of BMO Capital Markets called the jobs report pretty encouraging, on the basis that it beat economists' predictions and showed that the recovery continues to roll forward. The April job numbers According to the StatsCan numbers, service industry employment rose by 69,600 in April, while manufacturing jobs fell by 11,300. Part-time work expanded by 41,100 and full-time jobs by 17,200. Among the services sector, finance, insurance, real estate and leasing saw a gain of 19,000 jobs. Business, building and other support services chipped in with 17,000 new jobs. The key manufacturing and construction sectors were mostly flat in April, but both industries have seen increases in employment of 3.3 per cent and 2.7 per cent respectively over the past year. While employment among youths aged 15 to 24 and so-called core-aged workers (25 to 54) held steady in April, employment rose among women 55 and over -- up 29,000 in April. Compared with 12 months earlier, employment among these women increased by 102,000 or 7.9 per cent, the fastest rate of growth of all demographic groups, Statistics Canada said. Province-by-province numbers Ontario saw its jobless rate drop to 7.9 per cent, the lowest since December 2008. The province has seen an increase of 157,000 jobs, or 2.4 per cent, over the past 12 months -- most of them full-time. Newfoundland too added plenty of jobs, pushing the unemployment rate from 12.4 per cent down to 11.1 per cent, the lowest since comparable records began in 1976. But six out of 10 provinces experienced an overall drop in employment levels, although all were modest relative to their population. Here's what happened provincially (previous month in brackets): Newfoundland 11.1 (12.4) Prince Edward Island 11.2 (11.2) Nova Scotia 9.2 (9.0) New Brunswick 10.0 (9.6) Quebec 7.8 (7.7) Ontario 7.9 (8.1) Manitoba 5.2 (5.5) Saskatchewan 5.0 (5.2) Alberta 5.9 (5.7) British Columbia 7.9 (8.1) With files from The Canadian Press
Hello Summer...Hello Construction!
ctvtoronto.ca Date: Thursday May. 19, 2011 1:16 PM ET It happens the same time every year; as the weather trends toward the positive, drivers start feeling negative about traffic-clogging construction on Ontario highways. Construction crews are about to dig into dozens of projects across the province, meaning there could be long, frustrating summer commutes to cottage country or downtown offices. On Thursday, the province announced $2.5 billion in funding for improvements to the province's highways, roads and bridges. I know that for most people there's a kind of dread that comes over them when we think about highway construction, Ontario Transportation Minister Kathleen Wynne told reporters. But construction is critical because it keeps our highways, our bridges and our roads safe. More than 200 projects will get under way across the province's 3,000 bridges and 16,000 kilometres of highways. According to Wynne, this year's construction season will creates more than 17,000 jobs across the province. Key projects include: Improvements to Highway 427 between the Queen Elizabeth Way and Highway 401 Repairs to the Burlington Bay Skyway Bridge's Toronto-bound lanes Major bridge repairs in Chatham-Kent, Elgin County and Brantford Resurfacing for several corridors around Toronto, including highways 404, 400 and 7. Wynne said construction crews will do their best to minimize the impact on traffic by doing much of the work at night and during off-peak hours. She added that it's better to get the work done than let Ontario's aging infrastructure ride into the sunset. We have to acknowledge much of the infrastructure in Ontario, particularly highways and bridges, is baby boom infrastructure, she said. It happened at a time when there was a lot of growth in the province and we need to keep up with the repairs because, like the baby boom, it is aging. The City of Toronto will get the season started this weekend when the Gardiner Expressway is closed from Saturday to Monday morning at 8 a.m. between Carlaw Avenue to the Humber River, for a spring cleaning. With a report from CTV Toronto's Janice Golding