Updated: Monday, February 27, 2017
Clean Out Your Closet And Help A Charity
When you clean out your closet or your whole house, the "donate" pile can get pretty big. But theres no need to worry about lugging everything to a donation centre. Clothesline will send a truck right to your door to pick up your gently used clothing, electronics and small household items for free. The proceeds will go to the Canadian Diabetes Association CDA to support its research, education and advocacy programs.
Each year, Clothesline, a national Canadian program, raises more than 10 million and diverts more than 100 million pounds of clothing and household items from landfill sites across the nation, something else donors feel good about.
The CDA started the program in 1985 as an innovative way to raise funds while making a positive impact on the community, says Janelle Robertson, general manager of Clothesline, one of the longest running programs of its type in North America.
In addition to clothing, the donations accepted for pick-up include towels, draperies, shoes, dishes, cloth items, post secondary textbooks, kitchenware and toys. The not-accepted list includes large appliances, sofa beds, newspapers and food.
Clothesline has more than 110 trucks that pick up at 1.7 million households each year across Canada, Robertson says.
The organization also has more than 3,000 clothing donation boxes, as well as 30 offices or donation centres where items can be dropped off.
Clothesline solicits donations, picks them up and delivers them to Value Village stores. Value Village pays for the volume of goods delivered. The two organizations have enjoyed an exclusive mutually beneficial partnership since Clotheslines inception. By having a business arrangement with Value Village, the CDA receives much-needed funds to support its programs and supplement the monetary donations it receives directly from the public.
Donors can drop off reusable items at a Clothesline Donation centre or donations box, or by scheduling a free household pickup online or by calling toll free at 1-800-505-5525.
"By donating directly to Clothesline, CDA receives proceeds from Value Village. It does not benefit from items dropped off directly at Value Village," says Robertson.
In addition to support from individuals, the Clothesline program needs help from corporations, local businesses, schools and communities.
"You can help by becoming a drop box host, sponsoring a community clothing drive, becoming an apartment/condominium building pickup co-ordinator or arranging for your business or school to conduct a clothing drive on our behalf," CDA says.
Through the In The Bag program, schools, clubs and communities across Canada can raise funds for trips, equipment or other projects. Clothesline pays for each garbage bag 67L of clothing collected.
Clothesline will provide step-by-step guidelines, a list of acceptable items, a checklist and tips to make your In The Bag event a success.
Furniture is accepted at only specific locations, so if it is not collected in your area, there are other options. Furniture can be donated to other charities, such as the national organization, Furniture Bank.
Another option is the Salvation Army Thrift Store. It accepts "gently used" clothing and household items and in some locations it offers a pick up service for larger items. The organization says that for sanitary, health and safety concerns, it is unable to accept donations of used mattresses and box springs, used carpets, hazardous materials such as paints, propane tanks, barbecues, infant equipment such as car seats, cribs and strollers, tires and auto parts.
The Salvation Army supports many programs and services including food banks, shelters, childrens camps, addiction treatment facilities and other community programs. It says it is Canadas largest non-governmental provider of social programs.Visit https://thriftstore.ca/ for the closest location.
Some Canadian cities, such as Calgary, offer a municipal textile recycling service. City landfill facilities there have Throw N and Go areas where residents can dispose of used clothing and textiles, even if they are damaged.
"If the item isnt reusable, it can still be recycled," says the City of Calgary website. "Textile recyclers turn old clothing, shoes and fabrics into new products. Materials are sorted, cleaned and can be turned into wiping rags or shredded down for upholstery stuffing or fibre recycling."
All proceeds from the revenue of the recycled textiles support the charity Haiti Arise.
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California Broker-Owned Escrows Need To Submit Activity Reports
There is still time left -- but not much -- for affected California brokers to submit their annual Escrow Activity Report to the Bureau of Real Estate BRE. This applies to firms that operate a "broker-controlled escrow" that engaged in five or more transactions or whose escrow activities exceeded 1 million in the past calendar year.
Not every California Broker has an escrow division. Many own escrow companies that operate under the Department of Business Oversight DBO. Many others simply have no ownership interest in any escrow operation. Then, there are those who operate a "broker controlled escrow", pursuant to their real estate brokers license. These escrows are restricted to transactions in which the >
Broker-controlled escrows are, then, significantly restricted as to their potential market when compared to the more common escrow company operating under the DBO. Nonetheless, broker escrows require less capitalization and can still bring a decent profit into a brokerage.
In October of 2011, Senate Bill 53 Calderon was signed into law adding section 10141.6 to the Business and Professions Code. It set forth filing requirements for broker-controlled escrows. If such operations conduct escrow activities for five or more transactions in a calendar year, or whose activities equal or exceed one million dollars in a calendar year, it is required that a report be filed within sixty days following the completion of the calendar year. Except for leap years, the deadline is March 1. As I said, theres not much time left.
The report is submitted on the Bureaus form RE 890. It is neither particularly burdensome nor time-consuming to complete. In addition to asking about the number and dollar volume of escrow transactions, it requests the location of escrow offices and basic information regarding the escrow officers and escrow trust accounts. If anyone has difficulty with the form, they may contact the CalBRE Mortgage Loan Activities section at 916 263-8941.
It has been a source of particular annoyance to the Bureau and its Commissioner that, so far, there appears to be a serious lack of compliance with Business and Professions Code 10141.6.
In the first year the requirement went into effect, for calendar year 2013, 206 real estate brokers reported broker escrow activities totaling 8.63 billion. In the next year, for calendar year 2014, 161 real estate brokers reported broker escrow activities totaling 5.52 billion. For calendar year 2015, 143 brokers reported broker escrow activities totaling 8.45 billion. That is, in the first three years the number of brokerages reporting actually declined.
At the Commissioners recent forum in Indian Wells, it was reported that, last year, 170 brokers submitted reports showing total activity of 10.3 billion. While 170 reports is an improvement over the initial response to the reporting requirements, it still remains woefully inadequate. The Bureau estimates that more than 700 brokerages should be submitting reports.
Fines for failing to submit a timely report can run up to 10,000. There can also be non-monetary penalties as well as the often-substantial cost of a BRE audit. The Bureaus Audit section is actively pursuing brokers to determine if they have met their reporting requirements, if any. Brokers who have escrows that meet the >
Bob Hunt is a director of the California Association of Realtors. He is the author of Real Estate the Ethical Way. His email address is .
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"Bluerepresents both the sky and the sea, and is associated with open spaces, freedom, intuition, imagination, expansiveness, inspiration, and sensitivity," said Bourn Creative. "The color bluehas positive effects on the mind and the body. As the color of the spirit, it invokes rest and can cause the body to produce chemicals that are calming and exude feelings of tranquility. However, not all blues are serene and sedate. Electric or brilliant blues become dynamic and dramatic, an engaging color that expresses exhilaration."
If youre looking to incorporate the color into your home, you cant go wrong with any or all of these tips.
Bring it into your kitchen
Blue is a great option for kitchen cabinets if you want something other than white. A powdery blue allows you to stay neutral-ish, and easily accommodate adventurous finishes like patterned floor tiles and black counters, if you so wish.
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Or, take it deeper - waaaaaaay deeper - to create a space that will wow. Cobalt or navy can make a kitchen look incredible, regardless of the size. But if you want to make sure it keeps an airy feel instead of feeling closed in, go for marble slabs and forgo the upper cabinets, like in this gorgeous room.
Use its peaceful quality to your advantage in the bathroom
Because blue is known to be a calming color, its a smart choice for a bathroom if your goal is to impart a spa feel. But that doesnt mean your choices have to be sedate. Here, a standout tile brings the wow factor to an otherwise neutral bathroom.
Theres nothing boring about this bathroom, where the deep hue and ultra-glam finishes create a knockout space.
Swap out your furniture
Because blue is a hot color right now, there are numerous options if you want to bring the color into your furniture or furnishings - and you dont have to look too hard to find something great. We love Rooms To Goss Monaco Court Indigo series, with its saturated color, tufting, and naiheads. The set is surprisingly inexpensive 1,655 for five pieces, or you can split it up, and its part of the stores Sofia Vergara Collection, which probably explains why its so chic.
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Hang it on the wall
Art can move us in so many ways, and a piece that allows you to sink into it, like this Shawn McNulty piece, does more than just look pretty on a wall.
Go blue on blue on blue
Who says you need to add contrast to achieve design greatness? This bedroom with varying shades of blue manages to be dramatic and serene at the same time.
Add a bright pop
As vibrant as it is, a bright pop of turquoise can fit in almost anywhere, no matter the >
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