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August 03 - 17, 2013 Volume 21 Issue 16

Brantford-Hamilton-Niagara Edition

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The Concord - 187 Park Ave. – 905 525 3371

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Savaria & Pannonia Towers - 145 & 165 Queen St. South – 905 570 8691

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The Marketeer & Villager - 150 & 160 Market St. – 905 529 9401

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Landmark Place - 100 Main St. East – 905 528 1414

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Dornia Manor - 321 Fairview Dr. – 519 752 3596

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INCREDIBLE VALUE! Ideal Downtown location

Walk to GO Station, Hospitals, Shopping, Restaurants. On the Bus Route! • Individually Controlled Heat • Freshly Painted • Secured Entry • Newly Carpeted • Large Balconies



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August 03 - 17, 2013 Volume 21 Issue 16

C E L E B R AT I N G 2 0 Y E A R S

Brantford-Hamilton-Niagara Edition

Welcome to the neighbourhood


Vice-President, Wall2Wall Media

Jacqueline Hill editor in chief, real estate

Susan Legge accoUnt Manager

Amy O’Reilly

235 Rebecca St.

195 Wellington St. S.

Walking distance to Jackson Square

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finances 19 Renting versus owning by Gail vaz-Oxlade

décOr 23 Thinking outside the box spring by Brad Warner



here are you at in your search for the perfect rental suite? Whether you’ve just started looking for a new place or are almost ready to sign on the dotted line, we know you’ll find this publication helpful. Using the information and ads, all the latest in rental accommodations, news and advice is at your fingertips. Over the last year, we’ve added more content inside our magazine and offer our magazine in digital version through Now you can get more details than ever on rental communities in your favourite neighbourhoods easier than ever. Leasing a rental property is a serious decision and a significant commitment, so it is imperative that you do your homework and research the marketplace to ensure you’re getting the best value for your money. If you have a question about leasing a property, write to us. We love hearing from you!

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here’s nothing like your first apartment. It changes you, allows you to grow, and actually teaches you a lot about yourself. In my second year at university I opted to move out of the comforts of home and try life on my own. The commute was killing me and the freedom and independence seemed quite attractive. It was exciting to book viewings, talk to landlords and sign my first lease. I found a third-storey walk-up right in the heart of the city. That the building was painted purple may have played a small part in my decision, but ultimately, the ‘junior-one-bedroom’ fit me to a tee. I had an ensuite bathroom, a large eat-in kitchen and a completely enclosed bedroom. The large room doubled as my sitting room when I converted my futon frame into couch mode. And the deck was massive! The one thing I didn’t know when I took the apartment was that I would hate living alone. I thought that my cat and I would revel in the privacy. But in reality I found myself lonely. I hated that nobody would walk through the door unless I invited them. I hated that there was nobody to chat with over dinner and I really hated that there was nobody to help with bills! It’s interesting what you learn about yourself those first years on your own. In fact, as life changes your needs can change – and the amazing thing about renting is that it’s easy to change your home to suit your needs. With Renters Guide in hand you’ll find that perfect apartment – even if it’s your first! Our magazine and website,, offer the best selection of available apartments, informative articles and advice, making it easy to make your move!

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Medallion Corp - 235 Rebecca Street


Medallion Corp - 195 Wellington Street


40 Grandville

From $695

70 Glenburn Court


Aberdeen Apts

From $599

Centennial & Barton

From $675

City Housing Hamilton


First Place

From $450

Medallion - 235 Rebecca St. & 195 Wellington St.


Mt. Albion & King - 15 Albright & 15 Nicklaus

From $725

Parkdale & Barton - 221 Melvin


Renaissance Towers

From $610

Wellington & Main - 140 Wellington S.

From $609

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478 Pearl & 477 Elizabeth Street


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insideradvice of colourful plants and hanging baskets of fruit, vegetables and herbs designed especially for small spaces. Many landlords encourage residents to garden on their balconies and even have competitions with prizes. All you need is about three or four hours of sunshine, say the experts. It’s best to avoid excessively heavy planters and be respectful of your neighbour below when watering. If you’re planning to entertain on your balcony, say cocktails and watching fireworks on the long weekend, just reduce the noise level after 11pm. If you’re watching from the roof garden, don’t bring glass upstairs. If your balcony doesn’t hold all your friends, reserve a patio table at your local pub or bistro. This way, you won’t have to worry about running out of refreshments. Installing a window air conditioner is fine too. Check with your building representative. Units that are installed from a bedroom window (without balcony) may require a specific contractor to ensure the safety of those below. If your hydro is included in your rent, your landlord may charge an additional fee for the seasonal hydro useage. Depending on your exposure, you can keep the temperature down in your apartment by closing the blinds or drapes, avoiding the use of your stove (try a toaster oven) keeping the lights off and try a ceiling fan.

Summer Time And the apartment living is easy! By Sheryl Erenberg


ong day at work, long walk from the subway, it’s humid and you’re tired. You can’t wait to jump into that great pool in your apartment community! You’ll chill on a deck chair for a while after your swim and bring down a burger to grill on one of the shared propane barbecues for tenants’ use. Some of your friends in the building will already be at a picnic table chowing down, but you’ll bring a blanket just in case. After dinner, you’ll all stroll over to the local gelato place. Apartment communities offer many summer amenities. Yours might have garden plots where you can grow your own veggies for the season. If not, there’s always balcony gardening, which has become a huge sensation. Almost every nursery now sells wind-resistant, drought resistant varieties

Don’t miss your building’s annual gathering. Many landlords now host a summer barbecue as a way of saying thanks for your business. It’s a great way to meet your neighbours and avoid cooking a meal yourself! If you prefer more “me” time, take a backpack and load a book, blanket, sandwich, sunscreen, water and your favourite tunes. Head over to your local park and enjoy a sunny afternoon of leisure. The season is short here. Why not make the most of it?

Sheryl Erenberg is president of Sheryl Erenberg and Associates. Her marketing consulting firm has advised hundreds of developers and landlords over the past three decades. The company specializes in repositioning stigmatized properties and marketing under-performing communities.

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162 King William Street

101 Broadway Avenue

Great Downtown location

Beautiful west end location near MacMaster

One bedroom apartments include Fridge, Stove, Heat and Air conditioner.

The apartments are well maintained and in a very sought after location on a major bus route and just minutes from Dundas or Downtown Hamilton.

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600 $ 2 Bedroom 700 $ 3 Bedroom 900 1 Bedroom


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221 Melvin Ave., Hamilton (Parkdale/Barton)

August 3 - 17, 2013

905.545.0244 Office Hours: Mon-Fri 9am-5pm

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✔ OnLy $250 DEpOSit!



all utilities included! – heat, hydro, parking & water

✔ Super convenient location ✔ Breathtaking views of Lake or Escarpment ✔ Convenient location – only 850 steps to Eastgate Mall, Lake Ave. Elementary School & Riverdale Rec. Centre

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per month plus hydro Lifestyle choice is important to many of us and these buildings offer many amenities. Spend the summer in the gazebo, watch the kids in the playground or cool off in the pool; stroll around the landscaped lawns or under a shade tree. Major building renovations undertaken over the past three years. Top quality found in this family-oriented condominium complex offering various suites -some in a unique two storey design. COMMUNITY FEATURES: Highway Access, Grocery / Supermarket, Pharmacy, Movie / Theatre, Elementary School, Middle School, Daycare Center PLUS: Tenants pay personal use hydro only, Seasonal Pool, Exercise room, Dishwasher, Controlled Access

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129 Bold Street Hamilton

Your complete rental source.


Clean & Spacious

Centrally located near St. Joe’s Hospital. Juniors $670 + Hydro 1 Bedrooms $770 + Hydro 2 Bedrooms $870 + Hydro Parking $30 For rental InquIrIes please call 905-920-8810


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• small walk to Elizabeth Bagshaw elementary and Bishop Ryan Secondary schools!

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1, 2 & 3 BDRM. SUITES • Utilities and windows coverings included • Individually controlled heat and A/C • Indoor heated pool, sauna & fitness Centre • Outdoor sundeck, tennis courts BBQ areas & playground • Recreational activities • Close to the GO station, QEW, 407, 403 Hwys, Joseph Brant Hospital, Spencer Smith Park • Parking available

905-639-8583 1285 OntariO Street

(at Maple avenue) Burlington, On


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407 Brant Street


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Mapleview Shopping Centre


Lake Ontario Burlington/Waterdown

Prime Downtown location Burlington AA walk walk to to shops shops •• lake lake •• park park •• public public transportation transportation

478 Pearl St.

477 Elizabeth St. ■ Upgraded Windows

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401 Main Street -East 1 bdrm apts $735/mo & 2 Bdrm apts $850/mo Hydro extra. Underground prkg included. Security cameras. Keyless entry. Close to all amenities,shopping & Bus Routes Call Kevin at (905)317-9885 Owned & operated by Rainco Inc



Melvin Ave Near -expressway. Spacious, bright, painted & upgraded 1 bed apt. $650 +Hydro. Includes parking, fridge & stove. Convenient location. Bus stops at door. Laundry room, spectacular views! (289)396-8500,


STONEY CREEK - -Newly renovated Building 2 bdrms, $825 & $835 Heat, hydro & prkg incl. Quiet, well-kept adult bldg. Hrdwd/ceramics, laundry, Seniors welcome. Elevator. Walk to amens. No dogs.(905)319-1835, (905)662-8953

Hamilton APARTMENTS (EAST HAMILTON) -- Near Mount Albion. Spacious 1, 2 & 3 Bedrooms from $595 Clean, well kept building, close to schools & shopping. No pets. Call (905)573-7813

Hamilton UPPER JAMES & -QUEENSDALE Single room for rent $520/mo with shared accomodations First/Last Quiet Building avail Immed. Call Gord (905)383-7737

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Go vertical or go home

use the wall to store it all by hellen buttigieg


learing clutter and putting everything away can be a challenge when you don’t have enough storage space. You’ve got to be creative in finding new places to store things, because closets and furniture will only get you so far. Take advantage of your condo’s height. Use the wall to store it all, and make a statement with decorative shelving and storage possibilities.

Go vertical or Go home. When you’ve run out of storage space, lie on the floor and look up. There is a limited amount of horizontal space (countertops, desks, tables and the floor) but vertical space is abundant and often overlooked. Consider putting shelves above door frames or around the perimeter of the room, like a border. Hang things from the ceiling in the kitchen. When purchasing armoires, bookcases or shelving units, choose the tallest you can find and put baskets on top of them. clear up valuable tabletop space. We all have a limited amount of counter and tabletop space, but our wall space is often under-utilized. By hanging photos and framing special mementos in shadow boxes on the wall, you’ll free up space on your tabletops and create a lesscluttered, more-spacious look. runninG out of kitchen-cabinet space? If your kitchen supplies exceed your cabinet space, consider mounting a metal rail to your wall. Use hooks (usually included with a rail) to hang everything from utensils to hand towels. This attractive storage solution gives you easy access to your items and utilizes previously unused wall space. Make the most of ceiling space. Rather than putting up a wallpaper border, install shelves a foot or so below the

ceiling around the perimeter of your children’s rooms. On them, display prized belongings and collectables. This gets your treasures out of the closet where they take up valuable space, yet still allows the kids to enjoy them.

adjust your storaGe systems. A common misconception is that once you have organized your entire home, you’re done. However, organizing is a process, not a destination. As your interests change, so will your organizing systems. Put some time aside to tweak existing systems on a regular basis – especially when you experience a lifestyle change. avoid shampoo overload in the bath. For a more streamlined look in your bath or shower, consider attaching wall-mounted soap and shampoo dispensers. This will eliminate the sticky mess of shampoos, soaps and lotions crowding the bath or shower, contributing to a more serene, spa-like space.

store maGazines creatively. When looking for interesting ways to store magazines, think outside the box. As a creative alternative to a magazine stand, consider using a ladder. Propped up against a wall, a ladder is an interesting way to display magazines and make use of otherwise wasted vertical space. Hellen Buttigieg, CPO, is a Certified Professional Organizer, life coach, TV host, author and owner of We Organize U. Visit her website,, for a free e-Book on how to find more time, energy and inner peace. Contact Hellen at 905.829.2219 or

Burlington 01553



Three-bedroom without garage


Three-bedroom with garage

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Renting Versus Owning B y Gai l Vaz -Ox lade

One isn’t better than the other. Whether you rent or own is a matter of personal preference and lifestyle.


The housing market has gone wild

miscellaneous expenses that you don’t

People who relocate for work are often

in much of the country recently and

pay if you are renting. Assume five

better off as renters because they don’t

every time real estate looks like a good

percent of the purchase price on the

have to worry about the horrendous

“investment” people start questioning


home acquisition and disposal costs (selling commissions alone average six

whether they should make the jump First-and-last-months’-rent is also

per cent). Unless you get lucky and the

a ways smaller than the typical

value of the home you purchased goes

There’s someThing AbouT money

downpayment on a home.

up by at least 10 per cent, you’ll be losing

Did you see that? Did you? The question

Of course, all that has to be balanced off

moved from the issue of “shelter” to the

against the fact that no matter how small

Buying a home in a neighborhood

issue of “profit”. That’s because people

the principal portion of your mortgage

you don’t know well is one of the top

often believe that a home is a good

is (and it’s miniscule in the early years),

mistakes home buyers make. If you’re

investment. Unfortunately, and I speak

as long as the market is stable or rising,

new in town, you may be better of

from experience, this isn’t always so. I

homeowners are building equity and

renting a house for six months or a year

was one of those people who bought

increasing their net worth with every

to get a feel for it. If you like living there

into the market during the boom of the

mortgage payment. And that money is

and you like your neighbors, you’ll feel

1980s only to watch my equity evaporate

earned tax-free since with the principal

much more comfortable signing on the

when the real estate bubble burst.

residence exemption the capital gains on

dotted line later on.

from renters to home owners.


the sale of a home is zip, zero, zilch.

sTeAdy As she goes

While the money is one of the considerations - and it’s a pretty

iT’s A Wonderful life

Your employment prospects should be

complex one - it shouldn’t be the only

When I was in my 20s, I lived in a

pretty stable before you consider buying

consideration. That being said, if you’re

neighbourhood that was suited to a

your own home. Home ownership

going to make this decision, you have to

single girl hell bent on a good time.

requires a number of regular payments

look at the dollars and cents.

Back then renting was the perfect

- the mortgage, property taxes, utilities,

solution: one of limited responsibilities

maintenance, and insurance. Missing

First there’s the straight calculation

and commitment. If a window broke, I

any of these payments can trigger dire

that compares the cost of carrying your

called the landlord. If the fridge stopped


own home (your principal and interest

working, I called the landlord. Renting is

payments and property taxes) with the

virtually a worry-free existence. (All this

There are a number of financial factors

cost of renting. Sometimes that comes

is assuming you have a decent landlord).

that will weigh in when it comes to

out a wash, which immediately brings

the rent versus buy question. But the

people to the conclusion that renting

Home ownership is a pain in the

decision involves much more than


rump, make no mistake. There’s always

just running the numbers. You’ve also

something that needs fixing. But home

got to look at the emotional rewards

Hang on now; there are some other

ownership also brings a tonne of warm,

and challenges of each alternative. I’ve

factors. Renters aren’t responsible for

fuzzy feelings. It means you can put

been a renter and I’ve been an owner

maintenance. Generally the older the

down roots. You have complete control of

and overall I like home-ownership

home, the higher the maintenance.

your environment so, yes, you can paint

more. Course, like the weather and my

A good rule of thumb is to estimate

your living room red. And if you’re handy

underwear, that could change. Who

maintenance costs to be three to five

around the house and enjoy puttering

knows what the future holds.

percent of the home’s value per year.

about, you’ve just secured yourself years

So a house worth $200,000 would

of weekend entertainment.

cost $6,000 a year or $500 a month to maintain.

on The roAd AgAin Do you suffer from wanderlust? Are you

You also need to consider “closing costs”: legal fees, land transfer tax, and other

Gail Vaz-Oxlade is the host of Til Debt Do Us Part and author of Debt Free Forever and blogs daily at

upwardly mobile and constantly on the move in your career? Stick with renting.


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Thinking Outside


It’s interesting that many people look at mattresses as merely a category, rather than what they are – personal furniture. We spend about a third of our lives sleeping, so this simple item has a tremendous impact on our health and wellbeing. The good news is that lately, mattresses have taken an elevated place of importance, as celebrities are associating their names with manufacturers, specially branded products and their retailers. This practice has raised a new level of awareness and attracted attention to a topic that for far too long has been viewed as an afterthought by the general public. A well-made mattress is, in fact, a piece of furniture that will last for years. In North America, most warranties cover a mattress for a decade, and they should perform well for that length of time. Despite warranty claims, some low-quality mattresses fail after only five or six years. This is significant enough that a mattress deserves to be selected with as much care as a dining table, dresser, sofa or the bed itself. Speaking of mattresses as a piece of furniture, the sofa bed is another example. This popular item provides extra sleeping facilities for overnight guests without having to take up space in the room with a conventional full Double or Queensize bed. It is dual purpose functional furniture that if made properly, sits identically to a high quality sofa. Many of today’s designs are superior to those that were on the market years ago, but you will still find a range of quality. The same issues confront shoppers when looking for the right sofa bed. Since the sofa bed offers two complete functions sit-and-sleep, you would expect to pay more for both qualities. Unfortunately, when treated as a discount item it is built most often with a lesser quality mattress inside the bed-mechanism and the result is compromised sitting and sleeping. The sleeper mattress will offer short-term sleeping comfort (sometimes not all!) and in use compromises and degrades the seating comfort of the sofa itself by failing to support the cushions. Skimping on quality will mean a hard sofa, lumpy mattress, or perhaps both – defeating your purpose. How many of us hear stories of ‘good’ company staying overnight, using the sofa bed

and experiencing an uncomfortable night’s sleep? They hate to complain, but they do to your embarrassment! We have been making sofa bed mattresses for over 50 years. When shopping a good quality sofa bed, consider the quality of both the mattress and sofa. Consider its functionality in addition to its beauty. It should be easy to open and close, and comfortable in both its forms – your obvious goal in the first place. Take a look at the mechanism to observe how the mattress folds up into the sofa. In addition to being constructed with top-quality materials using today’s technology, a mattress can also be hand-crafted rather than merely mass produced. Marshall designs and assembles its sofa bed mattresses with quality layered natural-source padding, with a final step that involves tufting the padding throughout the full mattress construction. To the eye the upholstery padding is channeled, drawn together into place, dimpled

and looks as attractive below the cover as it is comfortable. Barrymore Furniture carries our product, as do many other manufacturers. You can also find high-quality sofa bed mattresses sold as upgrades in some stores that specialize in sofas, chairs and sofa beds. Many purchasers find it well worth the extra expense for the added comfort. The point is to pay as much attention to your mattress purchase as you do to other furniture items, whether it’s for a full-size bed or part of a sofa bed. You and your guests deserve a good night’s sleep, and the right mattress can make all the difference in the world. Brad Warner Co-President Marshall Mattress,, in Toronto.

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