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airbnb takes a blow to the chin

As the calendar year winds down our real estate market typically goes into a slight slumber as the holiday season approaches and we all grapple with our stuffed bellies and potential New Year’s eve hangover. Fun times for sure. But this past week saw two major announcements that should have a huge impact on Toronto’s […]

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Toronto’s real estate market continues to be strong

The month of September brings the unofficial start to Toronto’s fall real estate market. Once labour day passes and the last of our summer long weekend plans are behind us, a new school year kicks off, and so often does our housing sales. Depending on when the holiday Monday falls (this year it was early, […]

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Condo Investors Beware: CRA has a moving target on your back

Once again the Canadian government has found a way to penalize hard working small investors, who have purchased a condo pre construction. This is the same government agency that over the past few years have aggressively been attacking both unsuspecting and savvy condo investors, who have opted to sell their purchase contract before the condos […]

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Is it true: We like boring architecture when it comes to condo development?

I was having a conversation recently with a colleague of mine, as I am in the process of searching for a new home. She herself is about 12 months away from making a move from living in a house (a large one at that) to that of a condominium apartment. We got to talking about […]

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It was a busy July for Toronto real estate sales

It wasn’t your typical month of July when it came to housing sales activity. Year-over-year activity was up a staggering 24.3% from July 2018, and even up 5% over June’s sales. Now that has happened in at least the past 10 years, probably even longer, as I got tired of looking and stopped at the […]

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Market conditions continue to favour sellers

Toronto’s housing has rebounded strongly in May 2019, with sales activity only marginally off from the month of May’s 10-year average. Prices on average are up 3.6%, which is much better than what you are seeing in the stock market. In comparison to May 2018, with sales then at a 15-year low, sales activity is […]

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Is the mortgage stress test making it worse for buyers in Toronto? Absolutely!

If you are someone considering entering the real estate market in Toronto as a first-time buyer, it’s completely understandable if you feel like you are being screwed over. You are, and let me explain why and how. Toronto (and Vancouver) housing have much been talked about ad nauseam, both on how fragile and how expensive […]

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How To Invest in Real Estate the Right Way.

It’s of no secret to anyone that knows me, that I am a huge fan and advocate for investing in real estate as a future wealth builder. My very first investment property was a joint venture with four friends, all of us chipping in a modest amount equally to cover enough for a 10% down […]

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TREB still arguing “OFSI Stress Test” impacting market

As we head into the normally crazy active spring market in Toronto, the Toronto Real Estate Board recently sent out notice to its members through its April Market stats newsletter, giving perspective to why sales activity is down about one percent from March 2018. “The OSFI stress test continues to impact home buyers’ ability to […]

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New Condo Developments Dropping Like Flies

If you are one of the unfortunate buyers of Step condos, you just found out your completely sold out new condo project has been cancelled by the developer. A few weeks back, On The Danforth condos, suffered the same fate. Another sold out project, cancelled by the developer. What’s going on you ask? Well…there’s not […]

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