Toronto and Vancouver Don’t Even Try to Compare These Two Housing Markets

July 29th, 2016

Vibrant and bustling Toronto vs. gloriously gorgeous Vancouver have on some level always been in competition with one another. Have you noticed? There’s the ever present east/west thing going on divided by grand mountains, four thousand plus kilometres and mindsets as different as night and day – laid back athletic vs. multicultural diversity with a […]

What If Lofty Toronto and Vancouver Housing Markets Just Won’t Stop?

June 21st, 2016

The Canadian economy can be likened to a three legged stool supported by the following sectors: resources, manufacturing and housing. With sagging oil prices and a weak dollar, the latter a benefit for exports, it’s truly been the housing market carrying the weight of the others. We all know that the Canadian housing market is regional to say […]

How Important Is a Home Inspection? Stupid Question? You’d Be Surprised.

January 17th, 2016

It’s particularly disconcerting when a Buyer decides to not have an inspection done because they think that the seemingly “new” house is too “new” to have any issues. After all it sure “looks” good – shiny, new, clean and pretty. There is no perfect house whether new or old. I like to say that a […]

101,299 Sales Through TREB in 2015! What A Year!

January 09th, 2016

The stats are in and 2015 was the second best year ever in terms of the number of GTA sales for all home types (101,299, up 9.2% from 2014) and undoubtedly had there been more listings the sales total would have been even greater. Low borrowing costs and a strong regional economy kept homebuyers confident […]

Buying Real Estate in Toronto Will Cost More Upfront by Mid Feb 2016

December 12th, 2015

Buy Now or Wait Until I Have A Larger Downpayment? This was a legitimate question up until December 12, 2015 but the decision is no longer a choice especially when buying a property in Toronto, Vancouver or Victoria where the average price is higher than $500k. Many buyers have the means to avoid CMHC fees […]

One Of Toronto’s Most Famous Corners Will Never Be The Same

October 28th, 2015

The Corner of Bloor & Bathurst is home to Honest Ed’s and Mirvish Village, one of Toronto’s famous landmarks. Not that long ago, it was announced that the corner will be undergoing some change, well actually quite a lot of change.  This comes as no surprise. Business has faded over the last few years and […]

Should You Consider a Tankless Water Heater?

October 23rd, 2015

We’ve all heard of them. They’re called Tankless Water Heaters and they’ve become very popular. So what exactly makes them so appealing? Are they really that much better in the long run than traditional hot water tanks? What about the costs involved? Tankless Hot Water Heaters take up minimal space because they don’t store water […]

Are You Helping Your Home Sell Or Spending Money That Won’t Make A Difference?

March 18th, 2015

Many people pour loads of money into costly renovations before selling their home. What if I told you some of those renovations won’t make much of a difference to your bottom line when you sell? It is true that Buyers are attracted to homes that are all glammed up and having the features and upgrades […]

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

December 16th, 2014

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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