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14 November 2017 ~ 0 Comments

Market Update: Good, Bad and some Ugly

With annual average price gains up 8.25% in October 2017 over the same month last year, the 416 area of Toronto continues to be on fire with healthy increases in value. But if we dig down and take a closer look into the numbers, a different story starts to appear. Detached values are actually off […]

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18 October 2017 ~ 0 Comments

OSFI Unveils New Stress-Test Rules

The much talked about “Stress-Test” rules talked about over the summer by OSFI have been made official, and will take effect January 1st, 2018. Many suspect this will have an almost immediate impact in the Toronto housing market which Government’s of all levels have been trying to cool with limited effect on fast increasing house […]

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17 October 2017 ~ 0 Comments

A more balanced market ahead?

With the month of September behind us and looking at the statistics provided by the Toronto Real Estate Board, the overall market looks to be heading into a more balanced territory. September’s Sales-to-New Listings ratio was similar to those of May, June and July, which were all off from the torrid pace set at the […]

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03 August 2017 ~ 0 Comments

Sales down 40% in July

To anyone who follows Toronto’s real estate market, it will come as no surprise that sales transactions are down when tracked over the comparable month of July’s sales last year. Down by a whopping 40% on the other hand, can lead one to wonder if Toronto’s sizzling hot real estate market is starting to crumble! […]

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22 June 2017 ~ 0 Comments

What The Heck Happened to Toronto’s Hot Real Estate Market?

You may have heard that in the month of May, sales activity across the GTA was down. This is true. When compared to year-over-year sales comparisons in which the Toronto Real Estate Board utilizes, sales are down a staggering 20% from those recorded in May 2016. Wait! Wasn’t May 2016 the busiest year ever for […]

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18 May 2017 ~ 0 Comments

What are Rental Rates Like in Toronto?

With all the talk of the heated real estate market we are starting to hear more and more about the options of renting a home or condo, instead of owning one. With Canadian Home ownership rates around 66.50% roughly two-thirds of Canadians are Homeowners. My thoughts about renting for those who have the option of […]

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18 May 2017 ~ 0 Comments

Is Toronto’s Real Estate Market in Trouble?

Finally, it looks like Toronto’s red-hot real estate market seems to have subsided. Or has it? Much of the news of late has spoken to the “cooling” of Toronto’s housing market, which on the surface seems to be the case. In April, the Toronto Real Estate Board started to see a surge in new listings […]

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24 April 2017 ~ 0 Comments

Provincial Government Announces Housing Plan Including Non-Resident Speculation Tax

The provincial government has announced a 16 point plan intended to improve housing affordability, including a Non-Resident Speculations Tax, and a commitment to review the Real Estate and Business Brokers Act, 2002.   The provincial plan includes the following actions: Introduction of a 15 per cent Non-Resident Speculation Tax (NRST) on the price of homes in […]

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24 April 2017 ~ 0 Comments

What should we expect with the Liberal governments housing plan?

The provincial government has announced a 16 point plan intended to improve housing affordability, including a Non-Resident Speculations Tax, and a commitment to review the Real Estate and Business Brokers Act, 2002. So what should we expect the impact will be on our current hot housing market? I don’t see much of anything changing with regards […]

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16 January 2017 ~ 0 Comments

Toronto City Council says “raise the land transfer tax cost”

#AnotherObstacle It looks like Toronto City Council is at it again! Thinking that purchasers of real estate in Toronto’s neighbourhoods are flush with cash, they look to make sweeping changes to the Toronto Land Transfer tax program. For anyone who has purchased a property in Toronto since February 1st, 2008, you are well aware of […]

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