Archive | Home Ownership

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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17 June 2016 ~ 0 Comments

When Will Toronto’s Market Cool Off?

With so many headlines about the crazy hot real estate markets happening in Vancouver and Toronto, It’s easy to get caught up in the momentum of the conflicting theories that deluge us on an almost daily basis. For starters, let’s look at the Vancouver conversation and how it’s becoming incredibly impossible for locals to own […]

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21 February 2016 ~ 0 Comments

First-time Buyer Home Is a Condo… And This Can Be Smart Financially!

Over the past 6-7 years, I have been sharing with clients that the first-time buyer “home” is now a condo (and no longer a house). The Toronto Real Estate Board (TREB) in its first ever year-in-review which recently came out, confirms this. Why is this important? For starters, it helps set realistic expectations when discussing […]

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15 January 2016 ~ 0 Comments

Are We to Expect Another Active Year in Toronto Real Estate Sales and Prices?

With winter now in full force across our city and the start of a new year behind us, those of you thinking about making a move or adding an investment property in 2016 might be wondering: what will be in store for the real estate market in Toronto? Let’s start with a brief recap of […]

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21 November 2015 ~ 0 Comments

Understanding the Status Certificate When Buying a Condo

In Toronto when you make a purchase on a condominium, there should (almost) always be a condition in your offer on the ‘review of an up to date status certificate and accompanying documents’. Why is this so important? There are way too many reasons to cover in this blog post, so I will highlight the […]

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