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Tell Ontario We Need More Affordable Housing

Tell Ontario We Need More Affordable Housing

For many of you who read this blog, it might seem that the housing-affordability crisis is an issue isolated to Toronto and the GTA, but it’s affecting all of Ontario. High sale and rental prices across the province are making i...

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Rent Control Removed on New Apartments in Ontario

Rent Control Removed on New Apartments in Ontario

Listen up! The Ontario government has announced that all new dwellings, any additions to existing dwellings that are used as apartments, and any older units that were unoccupied as of November 15, 2018 will NOT be covered by rent control in Ontario. It’s

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Better Landlord Insurance Comes to Ontario

Better Landlord Insurance Comes to Ontario

As a Toronto condo landlord, you want property insurance for many reasons. Top of the list, you want liability coverage in case a tenant gets seriously injured on your property and sues you for the accident. Insurance for the buil...

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5 Ways Millennials Can Become Homeowners

5 Ways Millennials Can Become Homeowners

If you’re a millennial, you'll likely find what you're about to read interesting and also irritating. According to the Urban Institute, the millennial generation has the lowest rate of homeownership compared to Gen Xers and Baby Boomers. It seems that hom

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Summer 2018 Toronto Condo Market Update

Summer 2018 Toronto Condo Market Update

Compared to the sizeable price fluctuations that the Toronto real estate market has been used to since April 2017, we are pleased to see that the Toronto condo market is shaping up for a strong and consistent summer season.

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How to Rent a Toronto Apartment with Bad Credit

How to Rent a Toronto Apartment with Bad Credit

You can’t afford to buy but you can’t find a landlord willing to rent to you because of bad credit. This is a question we’ve been asked for years by readers and would-be tenants calling into the office – can you help me find a Toronto condo for rent even

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These 10 Things Will Help You Become a First-Time Buyer

These 10 Things Will Help You Become a First-Time Buyer

So, you’re young and you want to buy a home.Good idea. It's a smart investment and a great plan for your future. Hurray to you! But how do you actually do that? What are the steps you need to take to get there? Where do you even...

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This is Where Canadian Real Estate is Going

This is Where Canadian Real Estate is Going

While you’re out and about, enjoying the warm summer weather, you're likely to see a lot of home "For Sale" signs, big billboards for new condo development, and soaring construction cranes. You can't miss the current impact of condos in Toronto these days

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Toronto Condos With The Best Outdoor Pools

Toronto Condos With The Best Outdoor Pools

The weather has finally changed and we're loving the warmth and sunshine! We thought we'd do a summer fun piece today in anticipation of spending a lot more time outdoors. And who can resist condos with pools in Toronto for a refreshing dive and a luxury

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Toronto Condo Build Data Reveals New Urban Hubs (with maps)

Toronto Condo Build Data Reveals New Urban Hubs (with maps)

With our population increasing and the average price for condos in downtown Toronto nearing $1000/sqft, buyers and builders are looking elsewhere for new opportunities and better value. To help understand these shifts, we compiled...

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Spring 2018 Toronto Condo Market Update

Spring 2018 Toronto Condo Market Update

The weather in Toronto might be refusing to accept the arrival of spring, but Toronto real estate is a force of nature all its own. For buyers and especially sellers, the spring real estate season is here! We've used sales data from the month of February

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5 Downtown 'Hoods with the Highest Price Growth in 2017

5 Downtown 'Hoods with the Highest Price Growth in 2017

Looking to buy a condo in downtown Toronto? Read this first.Last year we saw a huge surge in price increases across the Toronto real estate market. The rapid growth was an anomaly compared to previous years, as a wave of demand sh...

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How to Rent a Toronto Condo in 2018: Tips and Advice

How to Rent a Toronto Condo in 2018: Tips and Advice

In last week’s blog we wrote about how to buy a Toronto condo in 2018 faced with tighter lending rules and higher interest rates in the buyer’s market. This week, we turn to the Toronto rental market, which is equally under pr...

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Toronto Condos that Allow Short-Term Rentals Like Airbnb

Toronto Condos that Allow Short-Term Rentals Like Airbnb

To help clear up the question of who allows short-term rentals and who doesn’t, we have compiled a list of known Toronto condos that ALLOW short-term rentals like Airbnb. This is not a complete list. These are the buildings we know of currently.

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New Landlord and Tenant Rules Now Apply

New Landlord and Tenant Rules Now Apply

The rules of the game have changed. As of September 1, 2017, landlords must follow stricter rules when it comes to evicting a tenant, or else face up to $25,000 in fines. These changes are part of the Ontario government’s new Fa...

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The Insane Rental Market Could Bring Back Buyers

The Insane Rental Market Could Bring Back Buyers

“What's going on with the rental market? There is nothing to rent. Everything is either leased or has 3 offers . . . or super expensive!!!” “Went in with $150 over asking with extra months up front. Married couple. What mor...

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What You Need To Know About Ontario Rent Control

What You Need To Know About Ontario Rent Control

Let’s talk about the new Ontario rent control measures and what they will mean for condo owners, landlords, and tenants. It must be said that the impact on landlords is going to be big, but it won’t be as bad as people think.

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Condo Pro Advice on Downsizing Your Home

Condo Pro Advice on Downsizing Your Home

As spring rains give way to summer sun, a feeling of change is in the air. For older homeowners, that change may be bigger than breaking out the summer wardrobe. It might be time to downsize your lifestyle, sell that family home, ...

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Fair Housing Plan Will Help and Hurt Toronto Condo Market

Fair Housing Plan Will Help and Hurt Toronto Condo Market

Well, we got what we asked for and maybe a bit more than we wanted. Last week, the Ontario government introduced its Fair Housing Plan, a list of 16 measures that should help cool the housing market. With benefits and drawbacks on...

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Are Rental Guarantee Programs a Smart Choice for Investors?

Are Rental Guarantee Programs a Smart Choice for Investors?

What are rental guarantee programs? A rental guarantee program is a form of investor insurance that guarantees rental income on an investor’s property regardless of tenancy. The program typically guarantees a property for a...

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Finding Family-Friendly Condos in Toronto

Finding Family-Friendly Condos in Toronto

One-third of Toronto parents are raising their young families in a condo or apartment. With the lack of affordability in Toronto’s free-hold housing market, condos are becoming a much more desirable entry-point for first-time bu...

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The Real World of Short-Term Condo Rentals

The Real World of Short-Term Condo Rentals

A big issue that has been rocking the Toronto condo scene over the last year is short-term rentals, particularly the use of home-sharing sites like Airbnb.With the news in October that New York City had fought a legal battle with ...

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5 Tips About Student Condo Investment

5 Tips About Student Condo Investment

If you went to university or college, you can probably remember the amount of money you spent on living expenses over those four or five years. Whether paid to your school’s housing facility or handed over each month to a landlo...

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Buy Versus Rent, Data Tells All

Buy Versus Rent, Data Tells All

We often hear, particularly from first-time buyers, how conflicting it is to decide whether to buy or rent a condo in Toronto. While in the long run we recommend buying over renting, that isn’t always the best option for everyone. Still, to understand thi

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North York, A Place to Invest

North York, A Place to Invest

Year over year trends show Toronto home prices on the rise, and yet the demand for condos is higher than ever. While there are still many condos for sale in downtown Toronto, we think it’s a smart move for buyers to expand their...

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Tips to Tackle the Toronto Rental Market

Tips to Tackle the Toronto Rental Market

If you haven’t experienced it, you might not know that finding condos for rent in Toronto can be a bit tricky. Where do you even start to look for available rentals? And when you finally find that perfect place, how do you seal ...

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