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Just when you mastered the iPad, Nawar Naji (a mortgage broker friend from twitter) comes along and tweets a video from the Corning company that totallllllllllllly changes everything… and the best part – it was made 2 years ago.
Meant as a “concept video” for all the possibilities Corning can one day create, the video takes you through a typical 9-5 in the not so distant future! Several reactions crossed my mind while watching it, the first: “Wow, and how much?” The second: “ok, maybe this is a little too much tech in the home.” And the third: “what changes can this bring to the real estate market today.”
Take for example the Condo Sales Centre… Currently, you walk in, check out a few floorplans, tour a model suite (if even that) and fork over a chunk of change based on a black and white sketch! To any developers listening, I say: forget the models and fancy upgrades, INVEST YOUR MONEY IN THIS TECHNOLOGY!
If given the chance I’d buy a big open space and fit a room full of Corning screens. The room would generate a 3D model of the condo unit to scale and from one place you’d be able to shop and compare several buildings at once! Just think of all the possibilities… future views could be displayed, colour selection and upgrades visualized and changed in real time, heck even furniture layouts could be added or subtracted with a simple swipe of the hand.
Truthfully and realistically, getting competitors to create open sourced deceives that can communicate as smoothly as in the video seems pretty unlikely – but the advantages of incorporating a few into our daily lives today would be huge! Check out the video they came out with in 2012!
The possibilities are endless for how this technology can change in our lives… but so too may be the hydro bill!
While Mark is off chasing kangaroos in Australia, his friends are covertly taking over his blog. (Confession: He actually asked us if we would update his readers while he was away and, being the nice guy that he is, we were happy to oblige.)
So, we – we, as in RateHub.ca – decided to take this opportunity to introduce something we have been working on over the last few months: our Mortgage Refinance Centre. We have been keeping it under wraps, but it’s finally ready for a proper introduction. And it couldn’t come at a more appropriate time for Canadians: following the holiday season, the amount of high interest debt from credit cards and the like warrants an investigation into refinancing at a low mortgage rate.
What makes our Refinance Centre so special?
We don’t want to brag but our Refinance Centre is pretty remarkable. Whether you are looking to refinance so you can switch to a lower mortgage rate, consolidate your debts, or access your home equity, we have refinance calculators and descriptive narratives to take you through every scenario. We’ve compiled historical mortgage rate data to give you well-informed estimates of the penalties to break your mortgage with each lender, which then allows you to compare those fees to the savings you could accrue with a new mortgage rate and term.
You can easily investigate whether it makes financial sense to switch to the historically low mortgage rates available today, or to consolidate any high interest debts to one lower mortgage rate, with our detailed and comprehensive overview of your refinance options. (Don’t believe us? Check out how simply everything is laid out in some of the screenshots below.)
Top of RateHub.ca’s Debt Consolidation Calculator
Figure 2: The results of a mock scenario using RateHub.ca’s Debt Consolidation Calculator
Some people never think about refinancing their mortgages. But considering 38% of mortgage holders in Canada did consider refinancing in 2011, you would be in good company. With that, we invite you to mosey on over to our site and test out our new tools. You may be pleasantly surprised at the savings you could claim!
Kerri-Lynn McAllister is the Chief Marketing Officer at RateHub.ca, a site that compares Canadian mortgage rates.
 CAAMP Mortgage Insights 2011
During last weeks “peak and enter” at the newly completed Don River Park… I stopped by the River City development to take a few photos of phase one under construction!
The 7 storey River St. building is well underway and already taking shape.
The two storey townhomes line the base of the building along River St.
Here’s a close up of the King St. building… eventually the two will be connected by a bridge!
Interlocking stone was used in the construction of sidewalks and roads for the area!
Looking for more updates from River City? Waterfront Toronto recently relocated one of its web cameras to capture the construction progress of the development! The web camera, which was previously used to capture the construction of Sherbourne Common north, is now on the rooftop of Edge Loft condominiums at 625 Queen Street East. Still images of the site are taken every 15 minutes and can be viewed on Waterfront Toronto’s construction webcam page and on the River City page.
Images are archived and once the project is complete, a two minute time lapse video is created that showcases the transformation of the project from start to finish.
This past weekend, my curiosity got the better of me as wandered around the River City neighbourhood …and in particular, Underpass Park!
I was killing some time in between appointments and trying to find away to snap some pictures of the Don River Park from atop the Adelaide E Bridge. Sadly, I didn’t have much luck as Cole Haans aren’t the most practical shoes for fence jumping or bridge scaling. Although… I was successful in finding a nice little place to park for free (something that’s getting harder and harder in Toronto). With my car tucked away, I had juuust enough time to snap a few photos of the changes under the bridge!
Construction started about 6 months ago on the dreary and dark space under the bridge. Once complete, Underpass Park will be the most extensive park to ever be built under an overpass in Canada. Already concrete has been poured, plants have been planted and jungle sets for the kids installed! Read the rest of this entry »