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With cold winter nights just around the corner, it’s time to get your bed ready to keep you warm and cozy for the next few months. First up you’ll want to replace your cotton bed sheets with warmer flannel ones. Other sheet options to consider are bamboo and silk as they are breathable and help regulate body temperature. However, if you’re looking for the warmest bed possible, opt for flannel. Next up, follow this trick that hotels use. They often sandwich a thin blanket or quilt between two top sheets to help trap heat in the bed. Plus, with this bonus later, your body won’t be in contact with your comforter as much so you shouldn’t have to wash it as frequently as it can be quite the task to wash and dry especially if you don’t have a large capacity washing machine.

If you don’t have a comforter or duvet or are in the market for a new one (experts suggest replacing them every 10 years), look for one that has a high fill power – 600 or higher. Fill power refers to the amount of space the down (natural or synthetic) takes up and is not directly related to the weight of the comforter itself. Some with high fill powers may be lighter than others with a lower fill power. Finally, opt to cover the bedding with a throw blanket for the extra chilly nights. A heated mattress pad or electric blanket may also be an option for you, but check that they are compatible with your mattress and bedding first.

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The home-buying process can be lengthy – but it doesn’t have to be! There are a few things you can do to make finding and buying a new property go smoothly and be timely. First up, make sure to ask any questions you have early. If you aren’t sure about something – let your real estate agent know. The answer can guide you in the right direction sooner than if you hadn’t asked at all. Next, make sure to get pre-approved for a mortgage. Pre-approval means that once you find a home, the financial side of things can move along much more quickly. Finally, if you want to keep your home-buying process on a shorter timeline, be more choosy about the homes you view. While it can be important in many cases to keep an open-mind when viewing properties, visiting every single potential home – even if it doesn’t meet your criteria – can slow the process down. For example, if you know a large yard is a must, don’t view a home that has a small yard, as this feature isn’t something you can change in the future.

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CANADIANS EMBRACE GREENER HOMES PROGRAM The Government of Canada’s new Greener Homes Grant is proving to be a hit. The grant offers Canadian homeowners up to $5,000 to retrofit their homes with energy efficient upgrades. A few of the upgrades included in the grant are insulation, air sealing, window and door replacement and solar panel installation. Not only do these changes help increase a homeowner’s energy savings and reduce environmental impact, they can also boost a home’s resale value. One way you can utilize the grant to increase your home’s value is by redoing the exterior with insulation-backed siding. A project such as this makes your home more energy efficient – and boosts its curb appeal, which is a win-win! The grant ranges from $125 to $5,000 to get a part of your costs back for eligible home retrofits and it offers up to $600 toward the total cost of your pre and post retrofit EnerGuide home evaluations. There is also option for an interest-free loan, up to $40,000, for eligible applicants. Be sure to check the ' Canada Greener Homes Initiatives ' website for full details on the Greener Homes Grant and details on how to apply. Find more information at: .

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AVG. SALE PRICE Detached $397,275

AVG. SALE PRICE Condo $272,513

ACTIVE LISTINGS Detached 2,179

SOLD LISTINGS Detached 813

WINNIPEG, October 5, 2023 – As was seen last month, average home prices in September increased over 2022 and the 5-year averages across the three main property types residential detached, condominium and residential attached. For the month of September and the first three quarter totals, MLS® sales continue to track similarly to 2019. “September was marked by its steady MLS® sales performance for this month and through the first three quarters of 2023,” said Rena Prefontaine, 2023-2024 President of the Winnipeg Regional Real Estate Board. “With the record-breaking years seemingly in the rearview mirror, a return to consistency for MLS® sales volumes in our market region is an encouraging development. Average prices continued an upward trend across the three main property types for the second consecutive month.” Of the 813 residential detached MLS® sales across our market region in September, 519 were in Winnipeg while the remaining 294 occurred outside Winnipeg. Of the 2,179 residential detached active MLS® listings, 1,083 were in Winnipeg while 1,096 were outside Winnipeg. Of the 169 total MLS® condominium sales across the Winnipeg Regional Real Estate Board’s market region in September, 137 were in Winnipeg and the remaining 32 occurred outside Winnipeg. Of the 449 active MLS® listings for condominiums, 349 were in Winnipeg and 100 were outside Winnipeg. Of the 66 total MLS® residential attached home sales in September, 52 were in Winnipeg and the remaining 14 occurred outside Winnipeg. Of the 289 active MLS® listings for residential attached homes, 179 were in Winnipeg and 110 were outside Winnipeg.

Source: The Winnipeg Regional Real Estate Board | Market values stated are of the average of Winnipeg and surrounding region. Individual home market values will vary and are affected by factors such as location, size, interior and exterior condition. Please call to get an up-to-date evaluation of your home.


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