Are We In An Economic Real Estate Bubble?

Is this another 2008? If the 10 year cycle is correct, then 2018 may see a significant fall in the real estate market.  We in Toronto, Canada have already seen a 20% decline in the price of re-sale homes since May of 2017.  Now more than ever is the time to choose your real estate agent carefully.  Make sure that the agent you pick will take the best steps to sell your home.  Here are some examples of what your agent should do for you:

  1.  advise and fix minor repairs
  2. help organize painting neutral colors if needed
  3. advise in de-cluttering your home
  4. professionally stage your home for quicker sale
  5. take a video
  6. advertise your home on FaceBook
  7. if you have a large property, drone video is a must.
  8. schedule open houses

These are only a few of the tasks that a good professional agent can do to sell your home in a slow market.  First impressions are key, and you will want to make your home look it’s best for all potential buyers.



The Cimex Lectularius, most commonly known as the bed bug, is reddish-brown parasitic insects that feed on the blood of people and animals. They are small, flat and wingless. Usually, these bugs range in size from 1mm to 7mm.

Because of their size, they can crawl and hide in the tiniest of places.  These insects move from place to place by traveling through clothes and suitcases of people who have stayed in a place where bugs are present. It must be noted that hygiene does not have anything to do with bed bug control.

They are called bed bugs because they mostly feed while the host is asleep. It doesn’t mean though that bed mites are confined to sleeping areas.  Bed mites can also be found on couches, upholstered chairs, walls, cabinets, and any dark, protected area. When controlling an infestation of bugs, all parts of the room must be scoured.

Bed bugs have infested most parts of New York mostly hotels. The management of these hotels is using the following bed bug control measures to curb the problem.

Top bed bug control measures:



Vacuuming is a laborious task, but it works effectively on almost any surface. The vacuum cleaner is designed to remove loose debris and bed bugs from cracks and crevices. Pay particular attention to crevices and hard-to-reach areas where the insects tend to hide.

  1. Use the crevice tool to clean cracks and crevices in furniture, baseboard molding and where boards join on the floor.
  2. Use the vacuum to remove bed bugs from the mattress, baseboard, bed frame, box spring, furniture and equipment and other harborages. Carefully turn over the bed frame, box spring, and mattress and vacuum them. Pay close attention to mattress seams.
  3. Pay close attention to screw holes and nail holes. Use a putty knife or any crevice tool to clear screw holes.
  4. Vacuum wall hangings, soft furnishings, plush furniture, and cushions. Pay particular attention to the seam along the zipper and underneath buttons.
  5. Vacuum infested shoes, toys, electrical equipment, behind curtains, drapes and other infested surfaces.
  6. Vacuum bedside furniture, night table, closet, dresser, and drawers. Carefully turn over drawers and every piece of removable furniture and clean them. Pay particular attention to cracks and crevices.

Laundering, drying and storing clothes

  1. Wash all infested items that are not affected by moisture, in soapy water.
  2. After inspecting infested clothes and bedding place them into a plastic bag. Seal the plastic bag tightly before taking it to the laundry room.
  3. Wash and dry clothes and bedding at the thermal death point temperature (minimum 60 C).
  4. Mix borax with hot water and wash all bedding in the solution on a weekly basis.
  5. Place clothes, bedding, coat, and plush toys in the tumble dryer and set at the thermal death point temperature for a minimum of 30 minutes.
  6. Store clean items in a different location from infested items.


Eliminate shelters

  1. Don’t store items underneath the bed.
  2. Steam press the pests out of holes. Repeat the process a few times to remove them.
  3. Apply light dust chemical to cracks and crevices after vacuuming.
  4. Use a caulk gun to seal cracks and crevices in wood and along baseboard moldings.

Caulk and seal cracks and crevices

  1. Caulk moldings and joints around the perimeter of the room including doors, windows, floors, and cabinet with silicone sealant to eliminate harborages.
  2. Seal openings around pipes and other structures that come through walls, floors, and ceilings.
  3. Seal all exposed areas in ceiling light fixtures and any areas in the room where bed bugs could use as access to and from a neighboring apartment. The insects can make their way into adjacent rooms through an electrical heating duct, wall voids, phone line conduits and mail chutes.

Build barriers between the bed bug and the host

  1. Use monitoring devices – e.g., climb up interceptors, moat traps, sticky traps, etc.
  2. Other techniques
  3. Move the bed away from the wall.
  4. Elevate the mattress or box spring from off the floor.

Safe disposal of items

  1. Seal infested items in plastic bags before removing them from the room.
  2. Treat infested furniture before removing it from the chamber.
  3. Label furniture “INFESTED WITH BED BUGS” before disposing of it.

Chemical and non-chemical treatments

Some bed bugs will remain after using prevention control measures so use a range of chemical and non-chemical treatments to eliminate them.  Non-chemical treatments include diatomaceous earth, silica gel dust, lavender oil, essential oils, natural insecticide spray, steam, heat and cold treatment.  Chemical treatments include insect growth regulators, fumigation, bed bug powder, liquid insecticide and dust insecticide.

Why New York City Is the Perfect Destination for Tourists

I was once tuning in to German travelers in Canada discussing the United States. They were clarifying every one of the things that they didn’t like about the U.S. They said New York was exceptional. They said New York had adverse culture. New York had a European vibe to it. They said Europeans would constantly like New York as a result of its cultural component. Having traveled in European urban areas, spending such a considerable amount of cash to do practically nothing, I was contemplating that they were complimenting themselves. You can never find a city in Europe that is anything close to New York. Indeed there are exciting urban areas in Europe, old urban communities with so much history and culture, urban areas that cannot be contrasted with anywhere else, but rather with a New York feel? I don’t think there is one.

New York City can’t be contrasted with some other city on the planet. It is the most populated town in North America. It is the headquarters to the United Nations. It is comprised of five well-known boroughs; The Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Staten Island, and Queens. If these boroughs were urban areas in their way, except for Staten Island, they would be among the most populated urban communities in North America. With 18.8 million individuals in New York City’s Metropolitan range, the city has no lack of people. The city is fascinating and is a standout amongst the most energizing spots on earth. It is frequently alluded to as the city that never rests. There is continually a positive remark in New York City. Be that as it may, it is New Yorkers who make the city what it is. What’s more, that incorporates everyone, the first Italian and Jewish migrants, yearning performing artists, angry cab drivers, individuals who cherish New York and even people who detest New York.

Shockingly, it is conceivable to have a ton of fun and exciting day in New York City without spending any penny. You can go for a long stroll in New York’s enchanting Central Park and after that visit some of New York’s many captivating historical points. You can even be a part of a live gathering of people. It doesn’t cost anything to sit in on a taping of Letterman and watch your most loved band perform in an ideal acoustic circumstance. Any tourist simply needs to arrange his/her tickets early.

Aside from the unrecorded music, architecture, history, live theater, hotels, lodgings and restaurants that the city is popular for, New York City touches the soul. It has something special. There is no place else on earth like New York City.

Some Famous Hotels in New York City

Looking forward to a spiced visit to New York? Or are you a local and would want to know more about the best and old hotels in the city? Well, New York has very many hotels for you to enjoy and hold memories but we sure would like to know more about these famous old hotels and the great stories behind them.

The Waldorf Astoria Hotel It is one of the oldest hotels and is located in Manhattan, New York City. Originally, the hotel was situated along Fifth Avenue on the properties of Astor family. It originated from two hotels built by feuding relatives in 1983. In 1929, the two hotels were razed to give space for construction of the known Empire State Building. Currently, the hotel is a 47-story located at 301 Park Avenue and was completed in the year 1931. It made the record of the first hotel to offer private bathrooms and complete electricity. Waldorf Astoria has been renowned for holding extravagant dinner parties and festivals all in the midst of projects such as fundraising schemes and political businesses. It is currently owned by the Anbang Insurance Group who announced its closure on July 1, 2016, for a three-year renovation which would kick off on March 1, 2017. From the beginning, Waldorf Astoria has been a place like no other.

The Plaza is known to be one of the most America’s celebrated hotel and is located in Midtown Manhattan, New York City. It was opened on October 1, 1907, and reported as the greatest hotel in the world. It is located at Fifth Avenue and Central Park South and known to host the most prominent people in the world. It has also been a scene of notable events in the world. It is a 20-story hotel and condominium apartment owned by a Saudi Arabia based corporation of Kingdom Holdings and Sahara Group. It is a luxury hotel with the best fashionable residential section in New York City.

The Cosmopolitan Hotel mostly referred to as The Cosmo is a lavish hotel and resort casino situated on the Las Vegas Strip in Paradise, Nevada. It opened its doors on December 15, 2010, consisting of two raised star towers. Its design team was masterminded by Friedmutter Group. It seats on what was the Jockey Club and homes the Marquee Nightclub and Dayclub. The pools in this hotel feature three types; a nightclub pool, a day club pool, and a relaxing pool. Here, you are promised to sleep in comfort, wake up in history.

Algonquin Hotel is a historic hotel situated at 59 West 44th Street in Midtown Manhattan, New York City. It was officially opened in 1902 and designed by Goldwin Starrett. It has 181 rooms and was originally meant to be a residential hotel but converted to a traditional lodging establishment. It was the table of daily meetings of Algonquin Round Table since the year 1919, June. The Algonquin Round Table was a group of naughty literal figures. Most visitors often request to dine at this Round Table.

These are great hotels where you can be sure of clean and pest free accommodation.