CF Real Estate Services Hires Heather Sizemore as Senior Vice President to Lead Growing Student Housing Division


CF Real Estate Services (CF) has hired Heather Sizemore as senior vice president of its student housing division, Campus First. In her new role, she will oversee the day-to-day management and operations of the student assets as well as head up the business development efforts of the expanding portfolio.

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Heather Sizemore, Senior Vice President, Campus First (Photo: Business Wire)

Sizemore comes most recently from Michaels Student Living (MSL), where she launched the company’s student housing management platform as vice president of operations, before transitioning to the on-campus business development team. During her tenure at MSL, she participated in the management and development of more than 15,000 beds. “As a 20-year veteran in the student living space, we are excited for the wealth of knowledge and experience Heather brings to this position,” states Kevin Owens, executive vice president, CF Real Estate Services.

Campus First has recently added several student housing assets to its management portfolio increasing its presence further in both Texas and South Carolina. As a well-known and respected industry leader, Heather will be a key component of the continued success of this growing

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With the real estate market still growing, here’s how to invest this year

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a house on the side of a road: The pandemic housing market will continue to surge ahead for the better part of 2021. Before investing, it's important to do your homework and acquire the necessary knowledge to make the right decisions.

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The pandemic housing market will continue to surge ahead for the better part of 2021. Before investing, it’s important to do your homework and acquire the necessary knowledge to make the right decisions.

Investing in real estate has always been considered a smart move, and with so many Canadians in search of better housing thanks to the pandemic, the moment is right to strike. RBC estimates home resales in Canada increased by 13 per cent last year and predicts sales will hit an even higher level in 2021. Clearly, there is money to be made, but understanding the real estate market requires skill and know-how.

Every good investor takes time to study their intended market before making a move. Investing in a home for your entire family is considerably different from nailing down the perfect time for buying a building to flip when the demand is high. If you have ever considered purchasing an investment property, you’ve probably struggled with deciding which type of home is

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Hands-on 4-H gardening project gets youth growing | Local News

Winter weather won’t prevent participants in the 4-H Virtual Home Gardening Program from hands-on growing, even when temperatures drop.

“There are all kinds of things they can do for gardening year-round. Right now we are sending out bulb kits. The kids are able to get some bulbs, daffodils and hyacinths, they can force them indoors and they should be ready to bloom by Easter,” Macomb County 4-H Program Coordinator Elizabeth Duran said, adding that participants also prepare spring gardening plans in the winter.

The free 4-H Virtual Home Gardening Program is open to youth ages 5 to 19 in Wayne and Macomb counties, at all levels of gardening experience from beginners on up. The program provides for year-round gardening projects, allowing students to combine some virtual learning time with unplugged, hands-on, at home activities. Even students in more urban environments can participate, Duran said.

“We cover composting, seed saving. We cover things like repurposing. A lot of our youth are living in apartments or hotels and do not have big yards to plant gardens. We do a lot of small space gardening and container gardening,” Duran said.

Each month a new garden project will be available to participants online, along

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Get growing: How to start indoor gardening | Entertainment

Limited social gatherings and events due to the pandemic now coupled with cold weather, have left us with more time than ever spent at home and indoors. You might be dreaming of summer days and time spent in the yard, but you don’t need a garden patch to be able to grow flowers, vegetables or herbs. Here’s how you can start gardening indoors and growing all year long.

‘Fresh herbs at your fingertips’

While one benefit of indoor plants is the brightness they can add to a space, some can yield tasty results, too.

Herbs can be effortless plants to grow indoors during the colder months.

Rosemary, thyme and basil, are all good options to grow indoors, but instead of starting with a seed, you may want to pick up a plant of these herbs to add to your garden. While it is possible to start from a seed, an indoor environment doesn’t provide the best conditions for herb growth, local Master Gardener Sarah Buechel said.

If you’d like to begin your garden with seeds, an herb like chives would grow best, she added.

“If you have the center of your kitchen island or table and it’s got beautiful midday

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Urban Roots and MAP Growing Green

This past week, Urban Roots Cooperative Garden Market held its first 2021 Spring Gardening Seminar – raising backyard chickens. These seminars, usually hosted live, are now being held virtually, of course. With that in mind, there’s an incredibly wide array of gardening topics to explore, from herbal medicinals to organic disease and pest management. There are even a couple of in-person classes (held outside in the spring) that sound like a lot of fun, including urban foraging.

Registration is now open for all of the free seminars, which are being sponsored by MAP Growing Green, Grassroots Gardens of WNY, and Urban Roots. Everyone is invited to tune in, no matter their gardening abilities.

Space is limited and registration is required.

For those that missed out on the virtual chicken raising seminar, be sure to check out this BRTV episode that shows just how fun it can be, not to mention productive… and rewarding for those who enjoy an occasional fresh omelet. And be sure to check in with Urban Roots on occasion, to keep up to date with all of their seminars, so that you don’t miss out on any of their informative gardening and backyard adventures.

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