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Can you believe it, we are halfway through July ALREADY! 

School has become a distant memory; summer vacations are in full swing and memories are being made around campfires everywhere.  Looking for more ideas of summer fun? Here’s just a few more suggestions of some events happening around Halifax.  Most of which, are free!   

  1. Summer Concert Series at the Public Gardens. 
    This event has already started on June 16th and runs weekly on Sundays throughout the summer from 1:00pm to 3:00pm.  Best to arrive early to get the best seats to enjoy a variety of music.  A line up of performances can be found at https://www.familyfuncanada.com/halifax/sunday-afternoon-music-summer-concert-series-halifax-public-gardens/  
  1. Halifax Pride Week. 
    Coming up
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At Century21, we’re all about loving where we live!

And we don’t just mean the four walls of our houses or HRM more generally. We mean our own streets, blocks, and neighbourhoods. In turbulent, uncertain times, it’s important to build communities and get acquainted with the people with whom we share these communities and spaces. Plus — get ready for a not-so-well-kept secret — almost everyone wants to live in a friendly, vibrant, welcoming neighbourhoods. Homes in these neighbourhoods sell quickly, and more profitably. So how can you make your neighbourhood more neighbourly?

Well, you can start in your own front yard. We’ve talked about curb appeal before, but there are plenty of other ways to make your property a little friendlier to passersby.

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As spring finally rolls out its finery in Nova Scotia, it’s easy to view your property with fresh eyes.  After months of ice and wind followed by weeks of mud, it might not be looking its sharpest.  Enter... the pressure washer.  It’s a powerful tool with almost endless uses. 

Two warnings first:  
1) Don’t use it on your home’s windows, and
2) Don’t use it to wash your car.

Otherwise, there’s not much in your yard that a pressure washer can’t clean.  It will scour nascent algae off of your shady deck, grime off of your siding, and stains from your concrete.  In fact, a good pressure wash can add a few extra dollars on the value of your home! 

While it’s undeniably satisfying to watch the sludge flow away from your home, it’s also a healthy choice for

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It’s no secret that Canadians place high value on their privacy, so outside of major cities Canadians have been slow to upgrade their homes with automation as new devices and services have hit the market. And it’s a fair concern — especially with voice-activated technologies like Amazon’s Alexa. But even if you wanted to, it’s getting difficult to avoid smart home devices. But you may not have considered how these new devices could give your property an edge in the competitive spring real estate market. Because the market is still developing, it’s hard to say whether smart devices offer a 1:1 ROI, but some REALTORS® have noted that homes with well-known devices tend to sell more quickly.

So how can you use this to your advantage?

First, name

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As Nova Scotians settle into the lull of their long winter’s naps, it might be a bit surprising that one of Netflix’s hottest new properties this month is Tidying Up with Marie Kondo. Using the techniques detailed in her 2014 best-seller, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, each episode shows Kondo demonstrating to homeowners how to sort through their possessions, keeping only objects that they adore — in Kondo’s parlance, only object that “spark joy”.

But the series’ success is just part of a larger movement sweeping North America, helping them declutter their homes and find more peace and fulfillment in their spaces, without disposing of the objects they hold dear. Think of it as modern, messy minimalism. Here are five titles to examine peruse if

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Labour Day Weekend is over, schools are back in session, and there’s no denying that summer is truly over. But in Nova Scotia — and much of Northeastern North America, let’s be frank — fall is the richest season. The air is crisp, the humidity is gone, the sun is warm, and the harvest is starting to come in. And it’s really the best time for adventuring, whether you’re a family with kids, a rugged individualist, or a couple of Empty Nesters! Here are five day trips from Halifax that are just right for September and October.

U-Pick farms are the quintessential Atlantic Canadian Autumn Experience, aren’t they? If you’re looking for the timeless experience, then you can’t do any better than Willowbank U-Pick in Port Williams. They have hay rides,

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Labour Day Weekend is over, schools are back in session, and there’s no denying that summer is truly over. But in Nova Scotia — and much of Northeastern North America, let’s be frank — fall is the richest season. The air is crisp, the humidity is gone, the sun is warm, and the harvest is starting to come in. And it’s really the best time for adventuring, whether you’re a family with kids, a rugged individualist, or a couple of Empty Nesters! Here are five day trips from Halifax that are just right for September and October.

U-Pick farms are the quintessential Atlantic Canadian Autumn Experience, aren’t they? If you’re looking for the timeless experience, then you can’t do any better than Willowbank U-Pick in Port Williams. They have hay rides,

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Silver medal. Runner-up. Fall. These are all considered to be the second choice, but there are so many benefits to buying or selling a home in fall that we can’t help but push back on any thoughts that the season should be dismissed as subpar. After all, vanilla is the top-selling brand of ice cream, but does that make it better than other frozen treats? We think not! Consider these seven reasons to buy or sell this fall.

Reasons to Sell Your Home in the Fall

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With so many construction sites sprouting up around HRM, it seems like almost everyone is in the market for a brand new home in a brand new development or condo. It’s a wise choice: with new builds you have the security of knowing who built your home (and to what standard), excellent insulation, energy-efficient windows and appliances, and usually plenty of square footage.  But what about the heritage properties that grace our county? Hundreds of buildings of historical relevance still dot our streetscapes and neighbourhoods, and occasionally  something comes on the market that captures the imagination. And it’s worth remembering that however noble or commercial these buildings are now, each one was originally built as a family home.  

 Lots of

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Airbnb makes the news all the time for all sorts of reasons, but it also offers some superb ideas for anyone interested in buying or selling a home. If you’re not familiar with Airbnb, it’s an app and online portal for homeowners and travellers. Homeowners with as little as a single spare bedroom (or as much as a castle) list their space on the site, and travellers rent it for a more personal, authentic experience of a city or neighbourhood, and usually for less money than a comparable hotel room. 

So what lessons can you learn from Airbnb about selling your home? Plenty!

Decluttering
Declutter Your Kitchen C21 As a seller, there’s a lot to learn from the way Airbnb’s most popular properties are staged. Whether it’s a single bedroom or a whole house,   decluttering helps your

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