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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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Toronto Real Estate Board does away with weekly and mid month statistics – Why??

Recently TREB did away with its reporting on weekly and mid month statistics, and they did so with very little explanation to it’s members. TREB’s official posted explanation on our member website was “These intra-month statistics are more susceptible to volatility, and are not necessarily reflective of the monthly and quarterly market activity TREB captures […]

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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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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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Do we really have a housing shortage?

Almost everyone knows the Toronto real estate market has gone mad as of late, although many would like to have you believe for the most part; that all is okay and the madness is justified. Governments manipulate interest rates to mask affordability. Banks either prop up or speak down housing depending on how it currently […]

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Spring has come early and sellers are doing very well!

The Toronto real estate market is on fire as of late, and properties that have come early to the market are reaping very big rewards! Detached homes continue to be in very high demand everywhere, and semi-detached and townhomes in the trendier parts of Toronto, multiple offers are the norm and will continue to be […]

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TREB predicts 10%-16% increase in house values for 2017

The Toronto Real Estate Board released today their forecast for the GTA housing market for 2017. Much to the shock and awe of many, they are predicting an increase in house prices between 10%-16% over 2016 prices, mainly due to the constriction of supply. Activity is also forecasted to stay the same as the past […]

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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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Tips to protect your home and property: IBC

The Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC) reminds Ontarians to review their home insurance policies, update their home inventories and take steps to protect their personal property. “Reviewing and updating your home inventory list helps protect your personal property and can speed up the claims process in the event of a theft or loss,” says Kim […]

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First-time buyers get a tax break

Effective January 1, first-time home buyers will get a financial break on the purchase of their new home with a rebate that is double the previous amount, the provincial government announced recently. This is a huge saving for consumers and marks the culmination of advocacy efforts by the Ontario Real Estate Association (OREA) to help […]

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