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Mini Las Vegas Coming to Durham Region!!

Plans to construct a "mini Las Vegas" in Pickering, Ontario are now underway. According to a report by Retail Insider, the massive entertainment complex will feature a concert venue, hotels, a casino, a movie studio, a convention centre alongside hundreds of thousands of feet of new retail space. Durham Live in Pickering, Ontario hopes to rival Toronto's Yonge Street as a place for both quality entertainment and tourism. Durham Live hopes to solidify itself as one of the province's top spots for fun.  “Durham Live is a 240-acre entertainment destination. A tourist destination in Pickering,” detailed managing partner for Pickering Developments Steve Apostolopoulos to Retail Insider. “There’s going to be a tremendous amount of restaurants. There’s also going to be entertainment offerings which could span from kids entertainment all the way through to entertainment for adults."   “When we first bought the land (about 2011 and 2012) it was the only large swath of land the closest to the city of Toronto. So we saw a great opportunity being on the highway. The location was just really good,” continued Apostolopoulos. “And the area demographics in the Durham Region is tremendous. The average household income is about $120,000. The density of homes is really good. So the market analysis shows that it was a really good area for development."  According to the City Of Pickering, Durham Live will create roughly 10,000 new jobs with the construction of the casino, creating an estimated 1,700 new gaming and non-gaming staff at full-time rates.


The Ministry of Transportation has also reassured residents that the government will put forth efforts to ensure that the new project does not disrupt traffic in the area. Intersection improvements, road widening and a new crossing installed on Highway 401 are just a few of the ideas being floated around.


The construction of Durham Live will be carried out in phases with the first phase - including the casino, hotels and concert venue - expected to be completed by 2020. The second phase, which will feature additional hotels, restaurants, and even a film studio, will begin its construction sometime in 2020 following the completion of phase one.

Top 6 Home Renovations in 2019

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What are the most common home renovations you think will add value to homes in 2019?

We reached out to our RE/MAX Influencers – a panel consisting of RE/MAX Sales Associates throughout Canada – to put together some of the home renos they think will come before the rest in 2019.


First Impressions Are Everything
Exteriors are quite literally the first thing that people see when they come to your home. Fresh landscaping, new exterior paint, cleaning and/or painting the siding, or upgrading the outside doors are all good places to start. Outdoor space renovations and covered porches are also high up on the list of must-haves.

Utility Upgrade
Sometimes the less “sexy” upgrades are the most important ones. In this market, people seem to be more concerned with things like the life of the furnace and hot water tank. It’s also important that the utilities are highly efficient. Upgrading to heat pumps instead of the traditional forced air systems that deal more efficiently and economically with changing outdoor temperatures are becoming more important.

Basement Suites
Whether it’s to bring in supplemental income or to enjoy themselves, extra space is becoming a priority.

“Secondary suites or in-law suites.  With rising interest rates many homeowners may need to bring in additional income to afford their housing costs.” – Loni Hamer-Jackson, RE/MAX Real Estate, Kamloops, BC

Kitchens & Bathrooms 
“Kitchens and bathrooms for sure – that never changes regardless of what year it is!” – Lisa Salt, RE/MAX Vernon, Vernon, BC 

Kitchen renovations are always a good place to start to add value to your home. Removing walls to design open floor plans in older homes is always good value. Adding an extra bathroom also goes a long way.

New Flooring
New floors is a good starting point as well when trying to refresh the place.

“Removal of carpets for cleaner air” – Judy Gray, RE/MAX Mid-Island Realty, Ucluelet, BC

It’s all in the Details
Most people would know that painting of the inside of the home can help with a sale, but pay attention to the little details. Shortcuts won’t help in the long run!

“When a home is freshly painted, but a buyer opens a closet door to find it has not been painted, buyers start to ask themselves what else has been “looked over”. Don’t miss the small stuff!” – Denise Gallup, RE/MAX Camosun, Sidney, BC

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