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.”

Summer ’17 mortgage update

There has been a lot of media chatter lately, that the Canadian economy may be showing significant signs of improvement. But is it really sustainable when you hear about plummeting oil prices and weak retail sale? Regardless, let’s assume for a moment the Canadian economy goes on a tear (which I think is questionable) or […]

Toronto market cools, creates sticky situations

Globe & Mail June 10, 2017 With a new home and a baby on the way, this summer was meant to be joyful for Pickering teacher A.J. Smith. Instead, he’s found himself squeezed by the Greater Toronto Area’s housing-market slowdown, watching tens of thousands of dollars evaporate from the value of a house he needs […]

When a detached home isn’t really detached..

‘Detached’ home for sale is actually linked to property next door Bob Aaron Toronto Star June 7, 2017 After signing an agreement, a couple found out their house was connected underground to their neighbour. When is a detached house not detached? That was the question facing the “Smiths” late last month. The couple came to see […]

And the Toronto spring market is now over…

The Toronto spring real estate market came on hot and furious.  It was sooner than normal, it was hotter than normal, average selling prices zoomed skyward and now it’s over.  The summer market is upon us, with buyers able to breathe, make calm decisions and buy without impulse decisions.   Here’s the chart for 2007-2017 […]

Non Resident Speculation Tax

Although the Province has just announced the 15% Non-Resident Speculation tax, there are already more questions than answers. Here is what you need to know: 1. The tax is for non-residents of Canada buying 1-6 residential units in the Golden Horseshoe area of Ontario. This tax is in addition to any Land Transfer Tax payable. […]

CIBC slams Ontario rent controls..

New rent-control rules are “the exact opposite” of what is needed to deal with housing affordability problems in Toronto, Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce economist Benjamin Tal says. In a new report Tuesday, Mr.Tal urges the Ontario government not to proceed with “alarming” plans to expand rent control protections, saying the Greater Toronto Area needs […]

China restricts home buyers

TIANJIN – The northern port city of Tianjin announced measures Friday to restrict home owners from buying new homes to cool the property market. Starting Saturday, single adults (including divorced individuals) and families whose members do not have permanent residence permits, or hukou, will be prohibited from buying new apartments, including second-hand ones, if they already own at […]

Asbestos – does it matter?

What is Asbestos? Where is it? Asbestos was often used in the construction of residential properties, particularly in the 1950s to 1970s. Asbestos was primarily used as an insulator because it is heat resistant and has a high tensile strength. It was contained in products such as pipe and duct insulation on heating systems, sealers […]

Vacant home tax? little effect…

Here’s a scoop: sometimes politicians do things just so they can say they did something. Whether what they do has much effect in the real world is an entirely secondary matter. If Toronto does go ahead with a tax on vacant homes in an effort to slow the vertiginous rise in property prices, it will […]