Archive | Investment Real Estate

13 April 2018 ~ 0 Comments

Buyer Beware. What the heck are the bank’s thinking?

I’m going to cut right to the chase and say that it seems these days, the bank and their appraisers are not your friend. If you are actively searching for a house or condo and working with a qualified Realtor™ (I’ll leave it up to you as a Buyer to do your due diligence on […]

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12 March 2018 ~ 1 Comment

In 10 Years Toronto Could Be a City of Renters

I recently attended a housing market forecast on the Toronto Real Estate Market put on by the Welbanks mortgage group in conjunction with Genworth Canada. Now I typically attend 2-3 of these type of information sessions annually but this was the first where I could recall the statement being said that, “Toronto could become a […]

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11 January 2018 ~ 0 Comments

What’s in store for Toronto’s Housing market in 2018

Well for starters, it must be said that we are living through interesting times in that with all of the changes brought into play over the past three years to cool the GTA’s hot housing market, changes which many forecasted would knock the sails out of sales (I couldn’t resist), we are still witnessing an […]

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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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18 September 2017 ~ 0 Comments

Sellers you should never let your agent “double end” your sale

NOTE: I originally published this in May 2014. With recent talk of Mandatory Designated Representation being potentially introduced to the Ontario Real Estate industry, below is an example by me on why we need this in the Toronto marketplace. A few weeks back an extreme example of a multiple bid scenario played out on a […]

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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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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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