Title Insurance – are you covered?

Bob Aaron 21 Feb 2015  Toronto Star  You may not be, even though you think you are.  Not all title insurance is created equally. Ensure you’re covered for municipal work orders..  It is a common understanding among real estate lawyers that residential title insurance will provide protection against municipal work orders and building bylaw violations […]

The personal touch in a digital age

How a personal touch stands out in the digital age Today, when you receive a “thank you” from your boss, it’s probably in the form of a text message or e-mail. And while acknowledgment of a job well done is important, regardless of whether it’s electronic or handwritten, it’s critical that the communication speaks to […]

Real estate market in 2015..

Outlook for housing market stable, but still some concerns Canada’s housing market is expected to remain stable through this year, despite the winter chill that has settled over the Prairies and hot spots in Toronto and Vancouver. That’s according to a report issued Wednesday by the Bank of Montreal’s BMO Capital Markets. “Outside Vancouver and […]

Thanks, Google, from Canada!

50th Anniversary of the beautiful Canadian flag!   The National Flag of Canada,[1] also known as the Maple Leaf and l’Unifolié (French for “the one-leafed”), is a flag consisting of a red field with a white square at its centre, in the middle of which is featured a stylized, 11-pointed, red maple leaf. Adopted in […]

Where is the real estate crash?

Do you keep hearing about this real estate crash which is supposed to happen… These predictions aren’t by soothsayers or astrologers – this pending crash has been predicted by experts since 2009: 2009 Gluskin Sheff & Associates: Prediction 35% decrease, reality 4.25% increase 2010 Economist: Prediction 25% decrease, reality 9.05% increase 2011 Capital Economics: Prediction 25% […]

Parking tickets on private property?

I got a ticket while parked at the shopping centre. I was going to buy groceries, but first I walked across the street to deposit a cheque at the bank. The trip to the bank took at most five minutes. What gives them the right to ticket me if I walk off their property while […]

Big surge in micro condos in Toronto..

Units under 500 square feet target young professionals who want to live in the core. The appeal of so-called shoebox condos — no larger than the size of two average living rooms — will face its first real test in Canada this year, with an influx of the compact homes set to hit the country’s […]

Why GTA home prices will continue to rise

There’s an old saying “You can’t make land, so you have to work with what you’ve got”. This graphic will explain why home prices in the GTA continue to rise.  We have strong immigration policies in place, and we have the Greenbelt to contend with.  There’s only such much land on which to build homes […]

Lower rates will make home buyers jump…

Canada’s housing market is already seeing the impact of falling interest rates, with nearly half of Canadians telling a new survey that they are planning to buy a home in the next five years and more than 15 per cent saying cheaper mortgage rates will allow them to make the purchase sooner than expected.   More on this…. […]