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WINTERIZE YOUR BEDROOM DECOR Sometimes, on a cold winter day, all you want to do is to curl up in bed. Why not make your bedroom ready for those days with a winter decor makeover? Cozy up your sleeping situation with warm blankets and sheets and a pile of comfy throw pillows. Choose warm colours like beige and brown to create a cozy vibe. Or, if you’re more of a cool tones person, soft blues and greys bring about thoughts of a frozen lake and frost-covered trees on a peaceful winter day. Next up, add some soft lighting by way of lamps and twinkle lights. It’s all about creating a glow that will warm you up from the outside in. Last up – layer, layer and layer some more. Think chunky throws, multiple rugs, heavy curtains, scarves hung from hooks and sweaters draped over the backs of chairs. With all of those snuggly items in place, you and your bedroom will be ready to handle anything winter throws your way.

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DECORATING A CONDO: 3 EXPERT TIPS When it comes to decorating a smaller space like a condo, interior design experts say planning is everything. There’s less space to experiment in, meaning a cohesive feel is of utmost importance. But that doesn’t mean you can’t have fun! Go monochromatic. Choosing a single colour and then incorporating a range of shades is one way to have things “match”without looking too formal or too planned. In particular, monochromatic schemes involving greys or blues are modern and sophisticated. Add artwork in unexpected places. If you don’t have a lot of wall space, look elsewhere to display canvases, frames, murals and installations. On a closet door, above the tub and down the hallway are all places that are often overlooked when selecting places for art. Paint the ceiling black. Sound crazy? Experts insist that a room with a dark ceiling and light walls appears taller. If you don’t want to commit to such a bold statement in the main area of your condo, try it in the bedroom or office.

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BUYING A HOUSE INWINTER Depending on the location and market you’re looking in, searching for a new home during the colder months can be a good idea. Because spring and summer tend to be the busiest months of the year to go house hunting, embarking on your search during winter may mean less competition from other buyers - and less competition can sometimes translate to better deals. Also, you’ll be able to check out what communities look like in the winter. If there’s snow, you’ll want to make sure the roads are properly cleared. If you have kids, check if there are nearby places for them to play outdoors – and indoors when it’s really cold! And because the yards of potential homes will be less of a focus, you can really turn your attention to the inside of the home. Is it cozy? Is the lighting sufficient enough for a dark winter evening? Is there a gas or wood-burning fireplace? Picturing yourself curled up next to it might just be the image that helps you make an offer!

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NO SUCH THING AS NEUTRAL A recent study from a social psychology journal states that, when it comes to the interior spaces of a home, there is no such thing as “neutral.” Psychologist Benjamin Meagher has found that how we decorate our homes directly reflects how we perceive the world. And not only do we select items and arrange them in our homes based on our personalities, our interior spaces impact our behaviour and emotions. This two-way influence is particularly interesting when you have a couple living in a space with very different personalities. In order for each person to feel at ease in their own home, the design and decor needs to be multifaceted. If personal styles and needs can’t be successfully blended, having a space for each individual can be beneficial. While the majority of the home can be a mix of both personalities, having a separate room – or even a small area – that is “just for them”will help them feel relaxed and comfortable.

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NOVEMBER MLS® ACTIVITY MAINTAINS STRONG PACE IN 2019 WINNIPEG, November 5, 2019 - November sales, dollar volume and listings contributed to a strong second half finish to 2019. November’s 902 sales transacted on WinnipegREALTORS® MLS® were up 4% over November 2018 and on record to be the second time sales eclipsed 900 in this month. Dollar volume of $270.8 million is the highest for the month of November and increased nearly 10% over November 2018. Listings continue their record-setting pace this year with an 18% increase over November 2018 in new listings coming to market. Active listings or inventory at the end of November is sitting at 21% above last year with over 5,000 listings available for sale. “Manitobans are actively engaged in our real estate market this year given the extent of MLS® listing and sales activity we are experiencing,” said Kenneth Clark, president of WinnipegREALTORS®. “The recovery we predicted in 2019 over 2018 has come to fruition. Seeing the number of REALTOR® members grow this year with more activity of members in rural areas where we have not been as active in previous years is helping make 2019 a banner year.”

AVG. SALE PRICE Detached $327,485

AVG. SALE PRICE Condo $249,681

SOLD LISTINGS 902

ACTIVE LISTINGS 5,009

Source: WinnipegREALTORS® Marketvaluesstatedareoftheaverageof 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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