Toronto Homeowners + Debt – What’s Smart. What’s Not.

In the recently published  “Manulife Bank Debt Survey”  it was suggested that 27% of the 2373 Canadians questioned about their debt levels don’t consider mortgages to be debt. One can argue that real estate is the only investment that you can live in.  You can’t live inside your stock portfolio but our homes serve one […]

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Importance of a Mortgage Preapproval When Buying a Home in Toronto

What is a Preapproval? A pre approval is the evaluation of a potential borrower by a lender that determines whether the borrower qualifies for a loan by the lender. It also denotes the maximum amount that the lender would be willing to lend. The pre approval process involves a thorough look at the income and […]

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October Home Prices Highest of 2014

Outpacing last October by 7.7% there were 8552 sales reported through the TorontoMLS system in October 2014. The number of listings was up by a lesser 3.4%. The market price of homes continued to rise as did the activity. Pressured by the lack of product, the average selling price went up to $587,705 for the […]

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Imagine Tapping the Potential of Toronto’s Underused Laneways

I live on a laneway and among other things I simply love the quirkiness of my graffiti laden view from my living room window. Perhaps this is why I tend to gravitate towards working with these unique properties in my real estate practice. I’ve had the pleasure of selling a few laneway houses and am […]

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NYC Wired With Worlds Largest Free WiFi Network. Toronto Too?

  NYC is about to become the world’s largest free wifi network and is set to effectively dethrone the current reigning plugged in pioneers – Seoul,  Tokyo and Geneva.  Other cities high in the ranks are Montreal, Seattle, Amsterdam, Prague, Stockholm, Vienna and Hong Kong. As part of the LinkNYC program, the city has signed […]

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And I Thought I’d Seen it All?! Glad We’re in Toronto and not Kansas!

For so long the thinking in building condos has been to build up, well now we are building down!  Condos are now for sale in a condo “building” located in Kansas made out of an old military silo 174 feet below ground.  The structure is built to withstand a direct hit from a nuclear bomb. I […]

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Toronto Heritage Building Boasts Spacious Art Deco Condo

Toronto has more condominium buildings in development than any other city in North America. It’s no wonder the population is swelling – we live in a financially stable, culturally vibrant and diverse multicultural city – the largest in Canada. More and more people are immigrating here from Europe, Asia and South America and this demand […]

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AirBnB – Logistics and Legalities Facing Toronto Property Owners

Imagine making a few extra bucks by renting out your condo while you go on vacation? Picture yourself finding a place to stay on New York’s upper east side? How about staying near the Champs-Élysées in Paris for a fraction of what it would cost to stay in a hotel. If you like the idea […]

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Toronto on Coveted Top 10 Best Cities to Visit in 2015!

  Kudos to the Big Smoke once again! Just a few months ago the heavyweight September issue of Vogue Magazine named Toronto’s “West Queen West”  the second hippest hood on the planet.   Describing the area of Queen St. between Bathurst St. and Gladstone Ave.  as “a verifiable artery on indie patisseries, homegrown labels and […]

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October Market Update & 3rd Quarter Report

It’s hard to believe that Thanksgiving has come and gone and Halloween is just around the corner.  Even though we’ve had a warm and relatively sunny autumn so far, we are ever reminded as the nights become cooler and the days become shorter that summer is all but a distant memory. Along with the usual back to school frenzy […]

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