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Carpet Stains

Is there anything more frustrating than a hard-to-remove stain on your carpet? When it comes to keeping your floors clean, sometimes accidents happen. Before you despair, try these easy cleaning tips to repair any stain. For the top culprits of carpet chaos – kool-aid, pet stains, coffee, blood, and ink – use these solutions to help!

Don’t wait – treat the stain immediately

No matter what, the sooner you treat a stain, the more success you will have. A fresh stain will lift more easily. Start off with a dry towel and gently pat the stain, letting the towel soak up as much of the stain as possible.

Do this until the carpet is almost dry – but be careful not to rub. You don’t want to push stains further into the carpet fibres or into the carpet pad.

Gently clean your carpet

If you are not sure how to proceed, always use cold water. Sometimes hot water can cause your carpet to absorb the stain more deeply.

If your stain has dried before you can get to it, moisten it with cold water before you start to clean it. Here are a few different stain-removing solutions you can use:

  • Spray a mix of ¼ cup white vinegar, 1 tablespoon dish soap, and 1 cup water on the stain. Let it soak for 5-10 minutes, then get a clean towel to blot again. Repeat until the stain is gone.
  • Spray a mix of 4 cups (or approximately 1 litre) of water with stain removing clothes detergent – soak, blot and repeat.
  • Got an ink stain? Treat it like a paint stain – use a cloth soaked in isopropyl alcohol (sometimes called rubbing alcohol) and dab it gently on the stain. Be careful with other alcohol solvents like nail polish remover or paint thinner. Always test a small hidden area on your carpet to make sure you don’t bleach the colour.

Got a stinky stain?

For stains that smell unpleasant, after cleaning them you can mix ¼ cup of white vinegar with ½ cup of water. Spray on the stain and let it soak, then blot it with a clean towel till dry. This should fight even the tough odour of pet stains.

Some store-bought options…

If you want to leave the stain-removal to the experts, you can rent a heavy duty steam cleaner for carpets from your local hardware store. Commercial solutions from Bissell and even Oxyclean can be very effective as well.

When in doubt – call the experts! Look up your local cleaning service and give them a call, they may be able to come remove the stain for you or give you tips on how to proceed.

Smartmoves from Canada Post


Economic benefits of home sales and purchases

Reused by permission of the Real Estate News

October 27, 2017 :

by Peter Squire

On average, each MLS® systems home sale in Canada generated $61,600 in ancillary spending, according to an impact study by the Altus Group.

The study on home sales and purchases covered the period from 2014 to 2016.

The Altus Group also did a study on government revenues related to MLS® systems home sales and purchases, which showed that $11.1 billion is collected each year in taxes at the federal, provincial and municipal levels.

Historically low interest rates, combined with steady economic and employment growth, resulted in the economic impact of housing transactions increasing over the previous study, according to the Altus Group.

Not all markets across the country experienced similar activity. A case in point is the decline in oil prices negatively impacting sales activity in Saskatchewan, Alberta and Newfoundland and Labrador.

Conversely, Ontario and British Columbia performed exceptionally well, with significantly higher home sales.

The average home sale result of $61,600 in ancillary spending included spending by purchasers on items other than the actual home and land, and expenditures by owners in preparation of selling their home. Total ancillary spending averaged $31.1 billion annually, a major contribution to the Canadian economy. This total was based on an average of 504,538 homes changing hands annually from 2014 to 2016. These sales also created 220,065 direct and indirect jobs annually across Canada.

In breaking down ancillary spending, next to all the professional services, the highest generator of spending came from renovations. Professional services represented $22,125 of the $61,600 total amount generated, while renovations generated $17,975. Still having a high impact were furniture and appliances at $8,200.

Interestingly, when you break out expenditures generated by the average housing transaction in the Prairies, renovations was slightly higher than professional services at $18,850. Furniture and appliance expenditures were also higher than the national average at $9,550.

Given the older housing stock in Manitoba, relative to Saskatchewan and, especially, Alberta, the difference in Manitoba is likely greater for renovations over professional services.

This is a good news story, not only for the economy and job creation, but for renewing and extending the shelf life of older housing stock. With the increase in Manitoba’s population, and expectations for this trend to continue for years to come, meeting the new and existing need for proper housing accommodation is critical.

New housing starts are not enough to meet the increased demand in Manitoba. And, of course, many first-time buyers can only afford and qualify for an older home.

The average annual spin-off benefit of MLS® activity is broken down by provinces. For Manitoba, it represents $741 million or $52,500 per transaction. This activity translates to 6,300 direct and indirect jobs created in Manitoba.

As a group, finance, insurance and real estate made up the largest share of jobs generated across the country, with construction a very close second. Trades and professional services have an equal percentage share in third place.

Manitoba had the second highest proportion of total indirect jobs created. A number of these jobs were created in manufacturing and other service sectors.

Spending on retail goods and services, as well as professional services, generated an average of $2.3 billion in federal and provincial sales taxes, as well as $3.1 billion in land transfer tax revenues each year.

Direct and indirect jobs created by MLS® sales produced $2.2 billion in federal and provincial income taxes and $746 million in payroll taxes.

By far, the biggest share of revenue generated for municipal governments came from the sale of newly-built homes on MLS® systems. The total was $1.1 billion and included municipal fees, levies and taxes, encompassing a broad cross-section of municipal infrastructure charges and land dedication fees.

The estimated total amount of government revenue generated by the MLS® system housing transactions in Manitoba was $212.8 million.


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Condominium ownership: is it right for you?

Buying a condo may be the right move for you if you answer ‘yes’ to most of the following:

  • I like the fact that a condominium is an “instant community” and my neighbours won’t be far away.
  • I want to participate in the running of the community with other condominium owners.
  • I don’t want the hassle of shovelling snow, cutting grass, and other outdoor chores.
  • I’ll use some of the condominium’s amenities.
  • I understand that I will pay monthly fees for maintenance and repair of the condominium and will budget accordingly.
  • I know there may be restrictions on the number of occupants in my unit, pets, noise, parking, etc.
  • I’ll read through the condominium’s documents before I buy so there’ll be no surprises.
  • I understand that a board of directors can make decisions on my behalf.

Provided by Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation

Read the complete Condominium Buyer’s Guide.



WinnipegREALTORS® has highest third quarter sales on record

Reused by permission of the Real Estate News

September 2017 Press Release:

WINNIPEG – September sales of close to 1,200 processed through WinnipegREALTORS® MLS® System closed off the third quarter with a record total of 3,916 sales, just ahead of the previous best third quarter in 2016.

September sales of 1,193 were down less than 2% from September 2016, the highest level of sales for the month of September in WinnipegREALTORS® 114-year history. The impressive third quarter sales activity moves total MLS® sales to just 11 sales shy of 11,000, the new benchmark sales level established in 2016 for the first three quarters.
“Our sales activity this year has kept pace with record-setting sales in 2016” said Blair Sonnichsen. “Our more affordably-priced housing options in our local real estate market have been instrumental in enabling buyers to successfully conclude a purchase this year.”
One of those options includes purchasing a property outside Winnipeg as the outlying rural municipalities have experienced growth in total market share over the past few years.  In September alone rural residential-detached sales represented 28% of total sales.
This year-to – date breakdown chart of all residential-detached sales in Winnipeg and the rural municipalities shows the latter represents 26% of total sales. Steinbach is the most active MLS® area of all MLS® areas WinnipegREALTORS® tracks every year with 365 sales in the first nine months.
“Our capital region has been growing at a more rapid pace than the City of Winnipeg and that is being reflected in our residential-detached sales,” Sonnichsen said.
When it comes to condominium sales Winnipeg is far more dominant compared to outside the city and Osborne Village remains the premier MLS® area with 132 sales. Of note this year is the emergence of the downtown in second place with 92 sales -14 of them occurred in September.
Backing up WinnipegREALTORS® contention that real estate is more affordable than in most other major markets across the country was the recent release of RBC’s Housing Affordability Measures 2017 second quarter report. In stating housing markets such as ones in the Toronto area are eroding Canada’s affordability to its worst level since 1990, it shines a light on Winnipeg saying its “neutral affordability conditions continue to support brisk housing activity. Home resales in the area are on pace to equal, if not surpass, last year’s record high”. It goes on to say Winnipeg’s housing affordability is “very close to its long-run average”.
“REALTORS® are well informed market experts who can show you all the affordable housing options which exist in Winnipeg and the capital region,” said Marina R. James, CEO of WinnipegREALTORS®.
Going into the fourth quarter listing supply remains balanced overall however there are differences within WinnipegREALTORS® market region and between the various property types.
The most active price range for residential-detached sales in September was from $250,000 to $299,999, 22% of total sales. 55% of all residential-detached sales in September were priced under $300,000. The highest priced residential-detached property sold was $1,451,000 while the lowest was $22,000.
Condominium sales activity was most active in the $150,000 to $199,999 price range at 27% of total sales. 77% of all condominiums in September sold for under $300,000. The highest condo sales price was $560,000. The lowest-priced one was $49,500.
Established in 1903, WinnipegREALTORS® is a professional association representing just over 1,900 real estate brokers, salespeople, appraisers, and financial members active in the Greater Winnipeg Area real estate market. Its REALTOR® members adhere to a strict code of ethics and share a state-of-the-art Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) designed exclusively for REALTORS®. WinnipegREALTORS® serves its members by promoting the benefits of an organized real estate profession.
The trademarks MLS®, Multiple Listing Service® and the associated logos are owned by The Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA) and identify the quality of services provided by real estate professionals who are members of CREA. The trademarks REALTOR®, REALTORS® and the REALTOR® logo are controlled by CREA and identify real estate professionals who are members of CREA.
For further information, contact Peter Squire at (204) 786-8854.