Condo market shows resiliency..

2017 has been a turbulent year for the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) housing market, with the Ontario government’s Fair Housing Plan ushering in a frenzied wave of transactions, now being followed by a steep decline in sales. Despite the turmoil, new figures released by the Toronto Real Estate Board (TREB) show that while overall home sales declined […]

Brutally honest descriptions of GTA cities…

Sara Sanham  NARCity.com The GTA is full of unique and awesome cities, but let’s be real every city has their quirks and charms. I personally grew up in Burlington and have fully come to terms with the fact that it’s a golf enthusiasts playground filled with old people and black Escalades. I’ve asked people from […]

Tax changes and the small business world…

Tim Cestnick July 21, 2017 Ever since the 2017 federal budget in March, when the government announced that tax changes affecting private corporations would be coming, I’ve been feeling queasy. Well, the proposed tax changes were announced by Bill Morneau, the Finance Minister, on Tuesday. And ugly they are. Here’s a primer on the potential […]

Upside of the housing downturn…

Royal LePage CEO Phil Soper says that, like a lot of chief executives, he is prone to optimism. But that didn’t stop him from calling Toronto the least healthy housing market in the country when prices were galloping ahead in the double digits in the first quarter of the year, peaking at 33 per cent year over year […]

Mortgage fraud thriving in Canada..

In early 2013, Kelly Vandenham and her boyfriend were preparing to put an offer on a charming Craftsman-style house in West Kelowna, B.C. They had been pre-approved for a mortgage with Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce, but the couple’s realtor suggested they could get a lower interest rate at Toronto-Dominion Bank, where their realtor’s boyfriend, […]

Condo prices still up over 2016

As expected, sales in June 2017 were down year-over-year, although prices were again moderately up, even with more new and active listings coming into the market. “Significantly, condo resale prices soared in pricing by 23.2% in the 416 and 21.4% in the 905, more than double the increase of detached homes, semis and town homes.”