BMO Happy Homeowner podcast offers advice on home staging and renovation

      -  Tips on how to raise the value of your home with renovations and
         home staging
      -  Insight on how to plan and budget for home renovations
      -  De-bunking redecoration myths

    TORONTO, Aug. 18 /CNW/ - Thinking of renovating your home to increase its
value? Looking for clear advice on how to stage your home before you put it on
the market? Canadian homeowners can now get the inside track from two seasoned
pros thanks to a new podcast from BMO Bank of Montreal.
    Home renovation is big business in Canada. In fact, a recent CMHC
Renovation and Home Purchase Report revealed that Canadians spent close to
$20 billion on home renovations last year. For the majority of households, the
top reasons for renovating were to update, add value or prepare to sell their
home. That's why BMO has teamed up with Toronto real estate expert Nick
Thompson of Harvey Kalles Real Estate to launch the Happy Homeowner podcast
and provide advice and clarify homeowner questions about renovation and
    "Your home is your biggest and most important asset," said Jane Yuen,
Senior Manager, BMO Bank of Montreal. "Even if you're not thinking of selling,
it pays to understand how to make smart decisions when it comes to home
renovations. With the Happy Homeowner podcast, we're giving homeowners
professional insight on how to go about planning and budgeting for home
    The podcast features an engaging, in-depth interview between Thompson and
Wynter Rosen, an accomplished Toronto-based interior designer and home stager.
They discuss the ins and outs of home renovations and how a home stager's
professional eye can help homeowners make smart renovation decisions, as well
as how to manage the project while keeping budget expectations in check.
    Throughout the podcast, Rosen and Thompson address a number of topics,
      -  Staging secrets - how to mask an eyesore or highlight an asset
      -  Renovating on a budget - tips on where to focus your money
      -  Home staging myths - should you personalize your home? Do home
         buyers really look inside your closets? Should you focus on
      -  Tips and resources - leveraging available resources, such as the
         BMO Homeowner ReadiLine of credit, in order to accomplish your dream

    "As a real estate agent in Toronto, and as a homeowner myself, I've had
lots of experience with home renovations and staging," said Thompson. "I'm
thrilled to be able to share what I've learned through this podcast - it's a
great, interactive medium for engaging homeowners and helping them make the
best home renovation decisions for them."
    The Happy Homeowner podcast is an offshoot of the popular First-Time
Homebuyer podcast series. It's available at and can also be found
on iTunes. Listeners are welcome to send comments or questions to The Podcast will also be accessible through Nick Thompson's
website at For more information on Wynter Rosen, visit
her website

    About BMO Bank of Montreal

    Established in 1817 as Bank of Montreal, BMO Financial Group is a highly
diversified North American financial services organization. With total assets
of $356 billion as at January 31, 2007, and more than 35,000 employees, BMO
provides a broad range of retail banking, wealth management and investment
banking products and solutions.

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