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Ask The Locals Or Experience It For Yourself — Life Is Good In The Loops!

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Most Canadians will admit that at some point in their lives, they’ve considered moving to British Columbia. But the natural line of thinking is to imagine life in Vancouver or Victoria, and to forget about the many other towns, cities, and communities across this great province that you could see yourself calling home.

Take Kamloops, for example. While a smaller-sized city of under 100,000 residents, it’s got a number of incredible perks that fly under the radar and generally don’t attract major numbers of new residents. But compared to Vancouver, Kamloops is cleaner, safer, and more affordable to rent. According to Numbeo, Vancouver’s Pollution Index is at 23.09 percent, whereas Kamloops enjoys an Index of nearly half that level (at 12.07 percent). Kamloops has a safety scale of 71.09 percent and a Crime Index of only 28.91 percent — that’s 11.17 percent lower than Vancouver’s rate of reported crime. Significantly, rental prices are over 32 percent lower in Kamloops than they are in Vancouver. So if you’re looking to relocate to British Columbia for its clean waters, gorgeous mountaintops, and friendly residents — but you don’t want to spend a fortune on rent — Kamloops looks like an ideal city.

From tribal band area for Native Peoples to fur company trading post, cluster of forts, and eventual city, Kamloops is home to centuries of history involving everything from Cree-Saulteaux and Secwepemc (Shuswap) First Nations settlements, the Yukon gold rush, the Canadian Pacific Railway, and major logging initiatives. The rather unusual name is either derived from the Shuswap word “Tk’əmlúps” (or “meeting of the waters”), or from the French “Camp des loups” (or “camp of wolves”), but either way, Kamloops is indeed a riverside jewel of a city that is still surrounded by majestic forests, volcanic phenomena, and mountainous vistas.

Situated at a meeting of the north and south branches of the Thompson River in the Thompson Valley, Kamloops enjoys mild winters and warm summers — and for some, it’s absolutely perfect for any outdoor activity. If your passion is downhill or cross-country skiing, snowboarding, mountain biking, hiking, canoeing, kayaking, or even golfing, then you’ll love Kamloops’ access to nearby Sun Peaks Resort, Stake Lake cross country ski area, Harper Mountain, Kenna Cartwright and Peterson Creek Parks, and Kamloops Bike Ranch. With over 200 lakes within an hour’s drive, 82 municipal parks, and that great arid weather, you’ve got the perfect location to enjoy your hobby or get in shape!

Art buffs will love the fact that Kamloops has over ten art galleries (including the Kamloops Art Gallery) and several public arts displays (featuring pole carvings, sculptures, and murals). For music and theatre lovers, organizations like the Kamploops Symphony Society, Western Canada Theatre, Project X, and the Kamloops Players will keep you tapping your toes. Those who enjoy the insights of history will love the Kamloops Museum & Archives or the Secwepemc Museum & Heritage Park. And a thriving business district and community of shops and restaurants will keep you entertained when not enjoying these city institutions.

For students, Thompson Rivers University offers a wide range of degrees and designations. Aside from the pulp, plywood, cement, and copper industries, TRU (and its Open Learning Department) is a major local employer. Royal Inland Hospital also employs thousands of residents, and legal opportunities abound in the region. Though a part of British Columbia’s interior, living in Kamloops means you’re still very much connected: VIA Rail transcontinental trains, CPR and CNR lines, Greyhound buses, and the small Kamloops Airport serviced by West Jet, Air Canada, and Central Mountain Air keep you in touch with other communities and provinces. If you don’t own an automobile, the reliable KTS (Kamloops Transit System) can get you from point A to point B while in the city.

Sounds great, doesn’t it? Luckily, we’ve got a number of attractive listings in the West End and in the City Centre, Lower Sahali, over the Overland Bridge on the North Shore along Fortune Drive, and along Valleyview Drive east of the city centre on the south side of the Thompson (north of Juniper Ridge). So if you’re still dreaming of transplanting to British Columbia, consider renting an apartment in Kamloops — and remember to use our straightforward directories when you get serious. It could be the best — and most unexpected — decision of your life!

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Make A Move To Quebec City And Experience The Beautiful “Vieille Capitale”

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Modern industrial cities in Canada can sometimes make it easy to forget our ties to history. As we’ve all experienced, modern skyscrapers, shopping centres, airports, and freeways can turn our cities into concrete jungles that lack individuality or a sense of deep cultural significance. With constant construction and demolition, it’s hard to imagine the way our settlements looked just a few decades ago, let alone a few hundred years.

So if you’re feeling the need to reconnect with one piece of our shared cultural heritage, remember that there’s still a place where the past meets the present in panoramic splendor. Make your next move to Quebec City, a place so redolent with the past that it’s listed as one of the CBC’s “seven wonders of Canada” and one of UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites!

Did you know that Quebec City’s ancient stone walls make it the only city in North America still boasting original fortifications? With The Quebec Citadel, Plains of Abraham, Notre-Dame and Holy Trinity Cathedrals, Museum of Civilization, Cartier-Brebeuf National Historic Site, Chateau Frontenac, Parliament Hill, and many more incredible and historical attractions within (or within walking distance) Old Quebec (made up of “Upper” and “Lower” Town), it’s no wonder that close to 5 million tourists visit the city each year. If the sound of cobblestone streets (dating back to the 1660s!), serene parks and trails along the St. Charles and St. Laurence Rivers, and dramatic changes in temperature and colours for all four seasons pique your interest, then you’ve definitely got to check out this remarkable gem in the heart of La Belle Provence.

As a medium-sized city (of just over 720,000 residents), it’s large enough to offer all the benefits of urban living without feeling overwhelmingly metropolitan. In fact, visitors and residents often report that living here means embracing a peaceful, relaxed, slower pace of life than in other urban centres. Some say it’s that old-world European quality meeting Canadian levelheadedness and courtesy; others thank the many parks, trails, and scenic riverside views, or opportunities to ski, hike, and cycle through nearby trails. Thankfully, the Quebec City housing and rental market is lower than in places of similar size and composition, meaning you’ll stay feeling peaceful without stressing about making rent!

If you’re looking for job opportunities, luckily Quebec has a lower unemployment rate than most other Canadian cities. Remember that tourism is always booming! If white-collar government, public service, and administrative gigs are more up your alley, Quebec City offers thousands of jobs as the provincial capital. Technology, telecommunications, health care, and the sciences are also major QC industries. Just remember that if you want to maximize your chances of success, you’ve got to commit to learning French! This is the centre of Francophone culture; nearly 95 percent of the population speaks French, but only 34 percent also speaks English. Time to dust off your cahiers et livres and get to work!

It’s time to embrace history and live in a place full of life and character! Our database boasts rental properties across all major neighbourhoods, such as Old Quebec, Montcalm, St. Roch, Saint-Sacrement, Sainte-Foy, Maizerets, Les Rivieres, and near Cap-Rouge. You can search for apartment rentals in Quebec by every rental size, from 1-bedroom and bachelors to 3-bedrooms and penthouses, while also narrowing things down to include only those apartments that might include on-site laundry, parking, management, security cameras, fitness facilities, pools, storage space, pet-friendly rooms, and so much more. Look for walk-scores, 3D floor maps, virtual tours, and landlord information — all ways to speed up your search and make finding the right home (or maisonnette) simple and straightforward!

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Canada vs. U.S. Price Comparison on Housing, Autos and more!

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We often hear Canadians comparing pricing on Housing, Cars, Electronics and more with our neighbours in the U.S.

So our team here at RentSeeker.ca decided to research the pricing on some of the more popular items across both borders and present it the way we know best – in a cool INFOGRAPH!

Check out our research below which includes a snapshot comparison of Home Prices, Autos, Mobile Plans, Retail and Technology Prices between products in Canada and in the U.S.

Canada vs. U.S. Price Comparison INFOGRAPHIC

 

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You Can Live The Good Life In Port Credit, Mississauga!

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Imagine strolling along a picturesque boardwalk while the sun sets over Lake Ontario, Toronto’s signature skyline glittering on the horizon. You’ve just had a fabulous dinner from local bistro near your favourite park, and now you’ve picked up an ice cream treat from a local parlour and you’re enjoying the sites of a serene marina, a busker strumming a nostalgic tune nearby.

These are the nightly sights and sounds you can experience by living in Port Credit, Mississauga — one of the prettiest, quaintest, and most desirable neighbourhoods in the entire city!

 

Mississauga itself has some tremendous perks for would-be residents. If you work in Toronto, Burlington, Hamilton, or elsewhere, it’s no sweat heading in: GO Stations (including one right in the heart of Port Credit!), connections to the QEW highway, and multiple MiWay transit lines make the city a commuter’s dream. But living in Mississauga also means lower rent and costs of living than the capital, meaning you’ll save money even with those frequent forays. And Pearson Airport is only a short drive away, giving easy access to flights for extremely mobile professionals.

As for work and education, MoneySense magazine rated Mississauga as the 11th best city in the country. With many Fortune 500 companies in the banking, pharmaceutical, and finance industries calling it home, it’s a great place to find careers at all levels. You’ve got 15 universities within an hour’s drive, and both Sheridan College and the University of Toronto have Mississauga-based campuses. The city is also home to numerous newcomer families from diverse backgrounds: approximately half the residents speak English as a second (or third, or fourth!) language — meaning there’s probably a cultural heartbeat for you, regardless of where you come from.

In particular, you’re going to want to live in the “Village on the Lake” and start looking for great apartments for rent in Mississauga with our useful directory. Situated at the mouth of the Port Credit River, the Port Credit community boasts a good share of Mississauga’s 480 parks and woodland areas, including JJ Plaus Park, Memorial Park, St. Lawrence Park, Tall Oaks Park, J.C. Saddington Park, and the very fun Jack Darling Memorial Park, where you can catch some rays near the beach, let your dog run wild, share a picnic, or explore the trails. If you’re a golfer, you’ll also want to check out the Mississauga Golf and Country Club, which is a recognizable strip of green across the neighbourhood.

If you can take or leave parks, then maybe you’d rather enjoy out all the amazing shops, boutiques, restaurants, diners, and quaint cafes near the water and marina near Lakeshore Road East, which cuts right through the community (and if you need to do any other shopping, you’re still very close to Square One, of one Canada’s largest shopping centres). Port Credit residents love living so close to the water, feeling those gentle summer breezes blow in off the lake while they check out the Port Credit In-Water Boat Show, the annual Waterfront Festival, Busker Fest, Southside Shuffle Blues Festival, Paint the Town Red, and more. Summer’s such an amazing season in Port Credit — the boardwalk is great for cycling, strolling, and rollerblading, and even better if you want to get into boating yourself!

Right now there are a number of great high-rise apartment listings in the Port Credit community available for you to peruse in our database. Live high in the sky and watch the sun rise and set each night over the lake with an amazing view of Toronto! Let us help you join the old-fashioned, ‘village-within-a-city’ vibes of Port Credit, and start enjoying the good life.

 

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RentSeeker Helps You Move To Vancouver’s (Very Winsome) West End

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A neighbourhood with spectacular views, refreshing parks and trails, diverse and vibrant residential streets, exclusive shopping and eclectic independent business, hopping nightlife and fine dining, temperate weather, access to restorative ocean breezes — sounds like an unrealistic checklist, right? But these are the daily realities of living in the cool, community-oriented, and imminently livable neighbourhood of West End, Vancouver, British Columbia. And with our help, you could count yourself among its residents faster than you can say, “Devonian Harbour Park!”

Not to be confused with “West Van” or the “West Side,” Vancouver’s West End peninsula is now of the most densely populated neighbourhoods in the country (some 40,000 people live here in high-rise apartments, and in the 1960s and 70s, over 220 were built in a thirteen-year period). Once a distant, forested, and unlikely settlement dubbed “New Liverpool,” it’s now home to a mix of young and old, Canadian-born and newcomer families, and is a pedestrian-friendly destination that draws millions of tourists each year. Those looking for both upscale and affordable shopping can find it along Robson Street and Denman, from that famed intersection all the way to the Central Business District. Restaurants from almost every nationality in the world line Denman Street, where you’ll also find one-of-a-kind businesses, cafes and coffee shops, and great bars. A popular farmer’s market, community garden, and thriving LGBTQ community can be found in the Davie Village area, which is also home to western Canada’s largest Gay Pride celebrations.

Aside from the Denman, Robson, and Davie Street hubs, residents are spoiled for choice when it comes to outdoor activities and scenic views, trails, and experiences. Boasting the beautiful Sunset Beach Park (where you can catch the annual Celebration of Light fireworks display over ever-gorgeous English Bay), Devonian Harbour Park bordering Vancouver Harbour, Alexandra and Cardero Park, and Nelson Park at its very heart, West End is very green — and its community leaders are committed to keeping it that way. Most appealing is the awe-inspiring Stanley Park, surrounded by the 9 km seawall path (perfect for walking, blading, or biking), and crisscrossed by countless trails, making this 1000-acre stretch of predominantly forested parkland a destination for millions of visitors each year. Check out the Lost Lagoon, Deadman’s Island, and Beaver Lake; take tea at the park’s Teahouse or relax at the Prospect Point Picnic Spot and Café; investigate the Hollow Tree, the eight colourful Totem Poles, or the Brockton Point Lighthouse; and spend an afternoon wandering from the Vancouver Aquarium to the Pitch and Putt. Whatever your pleasure — forest, trail, restaurant, or beach — the West End’s got it all!

With the West End Community Plan in effect — embracing the neighbourhood’s core values, keeping rent affordable, heritage buildings safe, local businesses thriving, and public facilities in use — the green, leafy, and growing district remains one of the top areas to live in Canada. New rental opportunities, opportunities for home ownership, and homes for those in need are top priorities of this initiative — and for those who love to walk, the promise of wider sidewalks, better lighting, and better access to transit will keep you moving your feet and getting that exercise!

Finding West End Vancouver rentals is easy; simply check out our handy database, narrow your search parameters to your needs, and review the results. Bachelors, studios, 1-bedrooms, 2-bedrooms, and 3-bedrooms are now available from various rental properties in the West End and Downtown neighbourhoods, with landlords and managers awaiting your call. It’s that easy! If you’ve always wanted to live on the west coast, now’s your chance — you’ve got to experience the incredible Pacific climate, the sea-salt breeze, and the friendly, laid back, and welcoming people!

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Rent An Apartment In Kingston, Ontario While You’re Saving Up To Buy

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If you’ve got a great job and you’re looking to put down roots, buying a home is always a great investment, no matter if a bear or bull market rules the day. And lovely Kingston, Ontario is certainly an ideal place to settle down. Touted as the “smartest” city in Canada, with more PhD grads per capita than anywhere else in the country, it’s also frequently cited as one of the best places to live by multiple polls. With Queen’s University, the Royal Military College of Canada, and St. Lawrence College, you can understand its reputation for brainy citizens, but it’s also a bustling hub of independent business, green and eco-friendly initiatives, numerous festivals and arts-related celebrations, a gorgeous freshwater sailing harbour, and beautiful parks and trails along the ever-majestic St. Lawrence River. While a small city of only about 125,000 residents, it packs the punch of a thriving metropolis and cultural centre, and is actually equidistant (and a short drive) away from Toronto, Ottawa, and Montreal if you need to make a business meeting, see an attraction, or meet up with your big-city friends.

However, and sadly, for many of us owning a home in Kingston or another city of our dreams is a distant or completely unrealistic fantasy. We’re either forced to wait until our financial or credit situation improves enough to make the necessary down payments, we settle with a place far from our ideal urban location, or we buy a more affordable home in the inner suburbs, squeezed out of the most attractive neighbourhoods that give a city character and charm (this is especially troubling in Toronto). Did you know that in conjunction with Blue Chip Mortgage, we recently completed an infographic that shows the necessary salary to buy a home in cities across Canada? The results may shock you.

In Kingston, the average price of a single-detached house in the fall of 2010 was $276,500. The average price of a home in the same season was $248,800. Assuming a 5–10 percent down payment for the home, a 5-year fixed mortgage rate of 5.59 percent, and a 25 year amortization, hopeful Kingston homebuyers are looking at a down payment of $12,440, an insurance fee of $7,682 (at 3.25 percent of the mortgage after the down payment), leading to mortgage payments of just over $1,500 per month. Even if the down payment and mortgage payments can be made, Kingston homeowners also have to pay well over $3,000 per year on property taxes — fees for fire, garbage, education, and other city services. Then there are upkeep concerns — plumbing, electrical, infrastructure, and so forth. It makes for a handsome bill each month.

While $1,500 per month for a small home — split between two people, if you’re a couple — isn’t too much different from renting a space in the city. But for many people, amassing a $12.5k down payment before buying makes little financial sense. Students in Ontario have an average debt of $28,000, which often takes many years to pay down. The average Canadian family is over $100,000 in debt. With these figures, having surplus savings for many Canadians — or surplus income that isn’t immediately used to help pay off enormous debt loads, with huge interest rates — simply isn’t in the cards. Taking a look at our infographic, London, Ontario is comparable to Kingston in terms of the cost of homes; therefore, according to our calculations, a homeowner would need a salary of at least $54,395 per year. And with our dwindling middle class and booming low-wage service industry, reaching this kind of salary is ever more of a rarity.

If you’re not yet ready to commit to such prices, still paying off your debts, or still climbing the corporate ladder, but you still want to live in Kingston, then we’re here to help you every step of the way by finding you a great place to rent! Even if you are in a position to buy, but you’d like to experience the city before committing to a particular neighbourhood, renting is an excellent way to live in the city for a short term without numerous obligations. Check out our extensive directory of apartments — you can narrow and customize your search to look for area, price, furnishings, parking, pet-friendly pads, and a whole lot more. Using our handy, social-media-integrated service will put you in direct contact with landlords and property owners looking to rent apartments in Kingston fast. Without a portal like ours, you’re forced to wade through a confusing jumble of ads, troll the streets looking for ‘For Rent’ signs, or reliant upon word of mouth.

Kingston is truly a beautiful, clean, safe, and happening place to live. But like all Canadian cities, it’s going to cost you if you want to own property. Get on your feet and stay where you love to live by renting a cool yet inexpensive apartment, and start planning for that future home — whenever the day might come.

 

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Live In The Heart Of Calgary With RentSeeker’s Advanced Directory

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If you want all the opportunities, safety, scenery, and fun of Calgary, but you want to be right at the very heart of the city’s youthful pulse, then consider a move to the hip, urban neighbourhood of Beltline! With fast development, dense residential units, soaring high rises, and ever-expanding construction, finding an apartment shouldn’t pose much of a difficulty — especially when rely on our expert advice!

Comprising the smaller districts of East Victoria, Victoria Centre, West Connaught, and Connaught Centre is Beltline — a neighbourhood that is often confused with downtown to its immediate north. Formerly the two separate districts of Victoria Park and Connaught, Beltline (named for its famed streetcar from way back) is the second most populated region of Calgary and the most quickly growing urban area. If you want urban sophistication, young and mobile neighbours, and a diverse and exciting community, then Beltline should be where you start your search for a new home.

With almost 40 bars and pubs, almost 30 cafes, and nearly 200 restaurants for all cultural tastes and backgrounds, Beltline offers incredible variety for culinary and nightlife destinations. Over 100 stores, outlets, and boutiques make for ideal shopping and window gazing in the city, whether you’re there for a new dress, a good book, a cool record, or a bottle of wine. Living on or near 17th Avenue means fantastic access to entertainment and retail location. Beautiful parks overflow with friendly joggers, bikers, dog walkers, and those out for a casual stroll. The many galleries—including some famous examples of outdoor public art—infuse some artistic vitality into the streets. And with the Lilac Festival, the hundred-plus heritage buildings, Bluesfest, Pride Festival, Stampede events, the ever-essential Scotiabank Saddledome, and so much more, it’s hard to imagine a better, more vibrant, and more exciting place to lay your head in all of Alberta.

If you’re looking for the urban experience in Cowtown, then look no further than our comprehensive directory. We’re the best resource at your disposal to find the Beltline rental unit of your dreams. Using our free interface, you can narrow your search by furnished rentals, low- or high-rise, house, townhouse, or penthouse; choose a number of bedrooms from bachelor all the way up to 4+, and enter minimum and maximum rent boundaries. You can choose an intersection or rental company, and then get into the refined details of each search by filtering apartments with air conditioning, dishwashers, fitness centres, parking, balconies, washers and dryers, pet-friendly premises, and lots more.

Once you find a property that meets your criteria, you can review a few key details, inspect photographs and a full write up from the landlord, check out a floor plan, and peruse the walkscore of the building, which shows you how close it might be to parks, bars, cafes, grocery stores, restaurants, schools, and boutiques. Then you can contact the property manager or landlord directly, via email or telephone number. It’s that simple, that convenient, and totally free!

Start your search for Calgary rental apartments with our plugged-in database, and you might soon find yourself part of “Red Line” of Flames fans flowing down 17th Avenue during playoff season (and not have far to travel to get to bed, afterward).

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RentSeeker Has The Skinny On The Hottest Neighbourhoods In Toronto!

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If you’ve lived in Toronto for years, you know how hard it is to imagine finding a home anywhere else in the country. TO’s the absolute heart of Canadian business and high powered economics, dynamic arts and cultural production, fine dining and nightlife, and exciting exhibitions, festivals, fairs, and concerts. As the world’s most multicultural metropolis (and North America’s fourth largest city), Toronto is also one of the safest, promising a home, career, and supportive community for just about anyone. And despite some cold winters and some lagging public transit solutions, it’s still one of the best places to invest in real estate, launch a career, go to school, or put down roots in the province.

One thing to understand about Toronto is that it’s a city made up of unique and diverse neighbourhoods, with each offering a different slice of the cultural, artistic, linguistic, and economic pie of the megacity. Some neighbourhoods are better known than others — Vogue recently called West Queen West one of the coolest neighbourhoods in the world; Kensington Market is an ever-popular source of arts and bohemian culture; and Church and Wellesley remains as a bastion of LGBTQ-friendly commerce. You see the same articles run about Leslieville, Roncesvalles, The Annex, and other famous boroughs. But a few other ’hoods are certainly heating up and catching more attention — and as a renter, you always want to be ahead of the curve to find that timely mix of low rental costs and amazing cultural moments.

In 2015 and beyond, we’ll be posting about up and coming Toronto communities; for today’s post, we’ll cover The Junction and Dovercourt Village.

The Junction. Many people still have the wrong idea about The Junction, but these are definitely holdovers from a previous era. With an end to prohibition in 2000, lower rent, re-claimed warehouse and industrial space, and an ever expanding tide of boutiques, cafes, restaurants, antique and furniture shops, and other niche storefronts (think craft stores, art supply outlets, dog daycares, indie beer halls, grilled cheese diners, and more), The Junction is a demonstration of gentrification-in-action. It also means that it’s attracting more and more young, upwardly mobile, or artistically minded renters. With some calling it the next West Queen West, you won’t find a more rapidly changing, safe, and relatively inexpensive neighbourhood in the city. Many residents find the ’hood to be a quiet escape away from the constant noise and traffic of downtown; if you move there, you’ll find High Park and the Humber River each about twenty minutes from your home. But with Runnymede, High Park, Keele, and Dundas West subway stops (and St. Clair streetcars) also within easy walking distance, you never feel too far removed from the hustle and bustle. Once a totally separate city (called ‘West Toronto Junction’), it’s now a popular Toronto hotspot for activism, retail, and affordable living, and definitely a place you’ll love to call home.

Dovercourt Village. This is a small area of the city wedged between other, more traditionally popular destinations, such as Bloorcourt, Christie Pitts/Little Korea, and Dufferin Grove. With luminous Dupont on its north border and bumping Bloor West as its south, residents have access to such a wide array of restaurants, bars, shops, and transit lines that it’s becoming increasingly popular for both students and young professional renters. Some amazing apartments (with backyards and balconies!) can be found throughout the area at prices much lower than in nearby neighbourhoods, making Dovercourt even more of an exciting destination. And with a Bellwoods Brewpub, Dark Horse Espresso bar, and more incoming attractions associated with the very-hip Artisan Factory Building on Geary Avenue, the community will soon to be known for much more than inexpensive rentals, peaceful streets, and the happy heartbeat of Dovercourt Park.

As Toronto continues to expand, evolve, and stay the coolest, most ambitious city in Canada, you’ll want all the best amenities, cultural attractions, job opportunities, and transit links close to home, but without having to spend a fortune. By using our user-friendly database, you’ll be able to browse through listings with clear descriptions and pictures, walk-scores, video tours, 3D floor plans, and a number of other features to really show off each property. You can define the space parameters, price, and area of town for each search. Each new apartment uploaded to our website is shared all over the web, and can be easily shared to help you get a second opinion or bookmark a spot for later viewing. It’s simply the best way to rent apartments in Toronto, from The Junction to Dovercourt Village and beyond!

Stay tuned for more information about other popular Toronto neighbourhoods and for how you can get the most out of our premier service.

 

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How To Make A New Rental Feel Like Home Sweet Home

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Unless you’ve done it dozens of times — and unless you’re the World’s Most Organized Person — moving into a new house or apartment is usually a stressful, expensive, and tiring experience. And while you might cover every last detail of the shuffle from Point A to Point B, sometimes that first night in a new place poses a different set of challenges. After your friends or the movers take off, you’ll find yourself in a very empty-feeling space, surrounded by towering piles of boxes and bare walls. At this point, it’s common to feel a bit stranded, a bit out of sorts and dazed, and a bit irritable — especially if you’re a student moving out for the first time, you’ve never lived alone, or you have young kids or pets just getting accustomed to a major change.

In the chaos of a move, don’t forget to prepare for those first couple of days and nights in the new digs! Heed these easy recommendations, and you’ll find the process of settling in so much easier.

Before you leave, pack yourself two distinct bags or boxes. The first will be your “first night kit,” and the second will be your “open me first” box. In your first night kit, put in all the most essential items you want to have on hand: medications, toiletries, pajamas, a change of clothes (especially if you have to work the next day), the lease, personal identification, a laptop or tablet, books, magazines, cell phone and charger, DVDs, and the like. In your “open me first” box, pack other useful items that you’ll probably need in short order — things like batteries and extension cords, tools, light bulbs, bottle and can openers, a medium-sized pot, a few pieces of glassware (or plastic cutlery, plates, and the like), a shower curtain, towels, a first-aid kit, an address book, snacks, Ziploc bags, and so forth. The last thing you want to be doing is rummaging around for items in a warzone of boxes, so pack smart!

If you’ve got small kids or pets, it’s best to pack a special bag for them as well. Close personal effects for kids (jammies, blankies, toys, books, and so on) and a bag of ‘essentials’ for the dog or cat will save you time and more aggravation hunting through boxes. Getting kids accustomed to a new place comes with its own challenges (and rewards), so check back on the RentSeeker blog for an upcoming article about helping out your little ones during a move!

Hot Tip: Pack a Ziploc bag filled with coffee and a coffee maker (or French press) in your “open me first” box. It’s easy to forget the little comforts!

Think ahead to your basic needs: food and beverages! Stocking the new fridge with some essential grub — breads, spreads, fruit, and other foods that don’t take a lot of prep — will mean you won’t go hungry in the first 48 hours. Remember to pack some cold drinks, as you’ll want to crack a pop, beer, or juice after a tiring move. On that note, drink a lot of water, as it’s essential to stay hydrated! But for your first night, order some take-out or head out for a meal at a comfortable restaurant nearby; getting away from the mess for a few hours is a great way to de-stress. You’ve just accomplished a lot with a move: treat yourself!

For your first night, don’t try to push yourself into exhaustion by unpacking everything you can (it can be tempting, but fight the urge — you’re probably very tired, and you should get some rest and save your energy). Realize that moving in can be a slow process, and it will take a few weeks to unfold. If you’re worried about progress, make a schedule or calendar that will keep you on track, and make it realistic. One thing you can fast track is getting an Internet connection established — it’ll make you feel connected to the outside world, and bring a feeling of continuity to a sudden change. Snap a few selfies in your new place and share your successful move.

Hot Tip: Make your bed as soon as you get in — it’ll give you somewhere to sleep (and something to look forward to) when the day is through.

As soon as you can, perform a deep clean of the whole house, with top priorities being the bathroom, kitchen, and the room(s) where you’ll be sleeping. Getting rid of the last tenants’ grime will make your new place feel like home a lot quicker. Some people opt to buy a new toilet seat for a ‘totally new’ feeling — a great idea for the germaphobic renter.

A brand new and empty space can feel lonely, cold, and isolating, so try to maximize your creature comforts and reduce confusion and stress as much as possible in the first few days. And remember — you’ve already done the hard work of finding a new spot, signing the lease, and moving out. It’s time to relax and enjoy your new home with a sense of security, accomplishment, and excitement!

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The Salary You Need to Buy a Home in Cities Across Canada

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With housing prices across Canada seemingly on the constant rise, many Canadians feel left out of the “Canadian Dream” of owning their own home.

So RentSeeker.ca and our friends at Blue Chip Mortgage decided to take a look at what it actually costs and how much income you need to actually purchase a home in many cities across Canada.

Check out the results presented here in our INFOGRAPH for the salary you need to purchase a home in cities across Canada:

How Much Income You Need to Buy a Home

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RentSeeker.ca offers valuable renter / tenant tools to be able to view apartments, condos, homes, and more properties for rent - including photos, floorplans and videos. RentSeeker.ca also allows users to bookmark, share and compare listings of apartments for rent, and, with our social media integration using facebook & twitter, you can post and tweet listings to discuss with family & friends.

Already found an apartment? Have tenancy related questions, make sure to check out our own Tenant Forums!

By listing your rental property with RentSeeker.ca, you gain exposure on a premier online Canadian apartment rental website where, on a daily basis, thousands of renters search for apartments for rent in Toronto and other cities throughout Canada!

RentSeeker.ca allows prospective tenants to view exterior and interior photos, videos, floorplans, and much more!

RentSeeker.ca is a proud member of:

Saskatchewan Rental Housing Industry Association
Ontario
Landlord
Association
Member of the Greater Toronto Apartment Association London Property Management Association Hamilton and District Apartment Association Calgary Residential Rental Association Eastern Ontario Landlord Organization Edmonton Apartment Association Federation of Rental-housing Providers of Ontario