Archive | Real Estate

19 April 2018 ~ 0 Comments

Reminder. You must report the sale of your principal residence on your income tax return

With tax season upon us, if you moved in the calendar year of 2017, you must report your sale on your 2017 tax return. The government refers to this change as an “administrative change” but what it really is, is a pain in the butt and another way for big brother to see if they […]

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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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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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08 January 2018 ~ 0 Comments

Brief recap of Toronto’s Real Estate Market in 2017

In brief, 2017 saw an impressive 92,394 sales across the Toronto Real Estate Board which clocks in as the 4th best year ever re: sales volume. Average prices across the board rose as a whole to $822,681 (almost a 13% increase over 2016). Almost all of the growth was seen over the first 4 months […]

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05 January 2018 ~ 0 Comments

Two Big Changes Geared Towards Real Estate

The Ontario government recently passed changes to the Ontario Consumers Act which strengthens consumers with regard to large purchases made. Two of the changes have affect on the real estate industry, and are long overdue and more than welcomed in my opinion. One change is to how “multiple representation” is handled in a real estate […]

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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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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

Stress Test on all Mortgages could soon be coming!

A rule already in place for insured mortgage borrowers (those that purchase with typically less than 20% as a down payment) could soon be coming to all mortgage borrowers. The Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions (OSFI) is contemplating brining in changes that will make it mandatory that all mortgage borrowers go through a “Stress […]

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18 September 2017 ~ 0 Comments

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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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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