February 24 roundup - MoneySense

February 24 roundup

On 2012 pay raises, where you live and a new tool to calculate home price trends.

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• Non-unionized workers in Canada can expect a 3% pay raise this year, according to a new poll. The Conference Board of Canada’s findings show employees in Saskatchewan and Alberta will fare best with hikes closer to 4%.

Does where you live matter? Financial blogger Nelson Smith lives exactly three blocks from the house he grew up in. It’s a small town. Find out why he thinks it’s worth his while to stay.

•A new tool allows prospective homebuyers to check out home price trends in Canada’s urban markets. The MLS® Home Price Index, which first launched this earlier this month, can calculate the price for benchmark homes in a given area.

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