I’ll admit, I was one of those kids who simply refused.  And while there were certainly bigger losers than me, for example, the kids that lived in Toronto and drove to Hamilton every day for school, I chose to live off-campus in first-year university.

I remember touring Western University with my mommy when I was 17-years-old, and part of the tour was in the dorms.  The idea of showing up alone on the first day, meeting a person for the very first time, and then committing to sleeping in a 200 square foot room, with your beds four feet apart, for a year was just not something I could wrap my head around.

Well, alright then!  Consider this a two-part series! On Monday, we looked at some condo floor plans for 3-bedroom units, which I meant to serve as the basis of a “pass or fail” theme, but I either abandoned that theme, or forgot altogether, on account of how bad they were. It’s really, really tough to put three bedrooms in 700 square feet and expect the result to be a workable, functional space. Now and again, I’ll find a photo of a feature or design element of a property and share it with my team; whoever happens to be around, and responds to my all-encompassing, “Hey, check this out!”  But I find, more often than not, most features or design elements are hit or miss.  Some like them, some don’t.  And if I’m saying, “Look at this awful wallpaper,” the person I’m talking to is equally as likely to say, “That is terrible,” as they are to say, “I actually kind of like that.” I’ve been keeping a folder of design elements that I both like and don’t.

Many people have questions about home prices right now. How much have prices risen over the past 12 months? What’s happening with home values right now? What’s projected for next year? Here’s a look at the answers to all three of these questions.

How much have home values appreciated over the last 12 months?