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5 Property Management Companies for Condos in Toronto

5 Property Management Companies for Condos in Toronto

Finding a condo with a good property management company can make the difference between a great place to live and one you want to avoid at all costs, which is why it’s is an important factor when searching for Toronto condos. To give you sense of who’s ou

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What $400,000 Can Buy You in King West 2014 vs 2019

What $400,000 Can Buy You in King West 2014 vs 2019

We hunted back through our blog for a post about what a budget of $400,000 could buy you in Toronto's King West neighbourhood in 2014. As you might have guessed, price trends in Toronto have changed just a little bit since then. We've updated our previous

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5 Top Condo Developers in Toronto

5 Top Condo Developers in Toronto

There are over 1,000 condo developers in Toronto and the GTA, and at the end of the day they’re all offering pretty much the same thing. It can make it difficult to know which developers to trust and which to watch out for. To h...

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15 Condos in Toronto with Indoor Pools

15 Condos in Toronto with Indoor Pools

Staying active during the winter can be a lot of fun if you live in a condo. Most Toronto condos have a wide array of gym amenities, from weight rooms to squash courts, and some even have swimming pools. But it's cold outside, you say? Well, here's a list

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What's on the Horizon for Real Estate in 2019

What's on the Horizon for Real Estate in 2019

Back in December 2018, the Bank of Canada held the key interest rate at 1.75%, following a weaker outlook for Canadian economic growth in 2019. With much of the emphasis on the energy sector and North American trade, the question ...

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Advice & Tips to Reach Your Real Estate Goals in 2019

Advice & Tips to Reach Your Real Estate Goals in 2019

It’s January, and it’s time to set your sights on the year ahead. Whether you’re hoping to buy a condo in 2019, sell your family home, move up in square-footage, or downsize to a turnkey lifestyle, here are six tips from our...

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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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Know the Rules for Smoking Cannabis in Condos

Know the Rules for Smoking Cannabis in Condos

Cannabis use is legal in Canada, but your condominium board may have regulations that you should know about if you’re hoping to smoke pot at home.The laws regarding legal cannabis use are expansions of the rules regarding alcoho...

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How Currency VS Money Impacts the Real Estate Market

How Currency VS Money Impacts the Real Estate Market

The nuance between money and currency is more complicated than most people think, yet it’s imperative that you understand the difference if you want to protect your wealth over the long term from inevitable market corrections. I...

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Condo Investment: Does it Pay To Buy On A Higher Floor?

Condo Investment: Does it Pay To Buy On A Higher Floor?

With the opening of The One by Mizrahi last year, the precedent for super-tall condo buildings was set and the pinnacle was reached (so far) for this kind of grandiose design. At 85 storeys, The One will be the tallest residential...

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How to Find "Good Value" in Real Estate

How to Find "Good Value" in Real Estate

A question we often hear from real-estate curious people is what does "good value" really mean in real estate and how do you find it? This can be a serious concern if you're new to the real estate world. Maybe you are in a strong ...

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5 Things To Know About Interim Occupancy In New Toronto Condos

5 Things To Know About Interim Occupancy In New Toronto Condos

Let's talk about interim occupancy when buying new condos, also known as "phantom rent."

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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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How to Protect Yourself as a Condo Owner

How to Protect Yourself as a Condo Owner

Buying a condominium can be an excellent alternative to buying a detached home or townhouse. Condos are often more affordable and can offer sky-high views within close proximity to most amenities. However, whether you own a condo ...

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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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What Are the Benefits of Owning Your Home?

What Are the Benefits of Owning Your Home?

And now an obligatory post in which we showcase the many (perhaps obvious, perhaps not) reasons why it’s great to own your home. Yay! While we would never put down renting as an option for affordable living, especially in cities...

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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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This is Why You Should Get Pre-Approved for a Mortgage

This is Why You Should Get Pre-Approved for a Mortgage

 If you’re thinking of buying a home, whether a freehold house or a Toronto condo, there is a huge benefit in getting pre-approved for a mortgage before you begin your search. Here’s why you should get pre-approved f...

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Why You Should Invest in a Toronto Smart Home

Why You Should Invest in a Toronto Smart Home

As technology moves on, people are constantly finding new ways to make their lives a lot easier. One of the best uses of technology right now is the invention of smart homes. A smart home is basically a home that uses technology t...

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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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Check Your Toronto Condo for Kitec Plumbing

Check Your Toronto Condo for Kitec Plumbing

If your Toronto condo was built or renovated between 1995 and 2007, chances are Kitec Plumbing was used and that’s a problem. If you currently own a condo or you’re starting to look at Toronto condos for sale, you need to be aware of this issue.

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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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These Toronto Hard Lofts Had the Highest Price Growth in 2017

These Toronto Hard Lofts Had the Highest Price Growth in 2017

While we typically focus on the Toronto condo market, we're excited to be celebrating lofts in Toronto, which have always held a special place in our heart. Our associated website, MrLoft.ca, has just launched a brand new version,...

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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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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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UP on Toronto Video Series: "What is Urban Planning" with Gil Penalosa

UP on Toronto Video Series: "What is Urban Planning" with Gil Penalosa

Now more than ever, we believe it’s important to help educate the public on the importance of urban planning, and that’s why we’re are thrilled to introduce: "What is Urban Planning" with Gil Penalosa As the City o...

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Debunking the Short-Term Condo Investment Mindset

Debunking the Short-Term Condo Investment Mindset

There is a current trend in the thinking about Toronto condo real estate. A current mindset, if you will. You’ve probably heard it already. You might even believe it yourself. But it’s a way of thinking that we would highly ad...

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These Are the Most In-Demand Condos in Toronto

These Are the Most In-Demand Condos in Toronto

We collected data on the average days on market (D.O.M.) for all condos in downtown Toronto, and it revealed some of the most sought-after buildings in the city. You have to move pretty fast if you want to catch a chance to buy a condo in one of these bui

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Something for Everyone in the Vancouver Condo Market

Something for Everyone in the Vancouver Condo Market

As the first month of 2018 ends, the Vancouver condo market is seeing a continuation of the trends that characterized 2017: a lack of supply in the detached market, and a high demand for lower priced one and two bedroom condos. Bu...

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Top Selling Toronto Condo Buildings in 2017

Top Selling Toronto Condo Buildings in 2017

The sale of condos continues to drive the Toronto housing market. In January, roughly 40% of all condos sold at or above asking price, which is a clear sign that the year is off to a competitive start. In 2017, we saw record-break...

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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 Condo Maintenance Fee Study 2017

Toronto Condo Maintenance Fee Study 2017

How much are you paying each month in condo maintenance fees and what do those fees truly pay for? If you don’t know the answer to that question, you might want to read this study.

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How to Buy a Toronto Condo in 2018: New Rules + Tips

How to Buy a Toronto Condo in 2018: New Rules + Tips

Whether you’re a first-time buyer or a seasoned investor, there are new rules in 2018 that you will want to understand if you plan to buy a condo in Toronto . In this blog post we are going to explain the new rules and give you some tips to navigate them.

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What You Want to Know About Electric Vehicle Charging in Condos

What You Want to Know About Electric Vehicle Charging in Condos

Since September, the province of Ontario has started rolling out changes to the Condominium Act after a lengthy review of issues from condo boards and owners. Looking ahead to more changes in the new year, the issue of electric-ve...

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Federal Court Rules TREB to Release Housing Market Data

Federal Court Rules TREB to Release Housing Market Data

The Federal Court of Appeal has ruled in favour of the Competition Bureau against the Toronto Real Estate Board in the long-standing struggle over the public release of TREB’s housing market sales data. With today’s ruling, re...

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Urban Dwellers Are Dissatisfied with Housing Options

Urban Dwellers Are Dissatisfied with Housing Options

“If we are bold and ambitious we can build a city that could be an example for many other cities in the world.” – Gil Penalosa, founder of 8 80 Cities. Is it safe to say that condo living is now the norm in Toronto? Acc...

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How Your Buying Power May Change Under New Mortgage Stress Test

How Your Buying Power May Change Under New Mortgage Stress Test

Stricter mortgage regulations are coming January 1, 2018. It’s time to think about what that means for you. Back in October of 2016, the federal government implemented new mortgage rules, endearingly known as “stress tests”,...

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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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Pre-Construction Condo Boom Coming this Fall

Pre-Construction Condo Boom Coming this Fall

Hold on to your butts! The Toronto condo market is about to be hit by a tidal wave of pre-construction launches. Never before have we seen this many new developments launching in such a short span of time. Across the city, from Water’s Edge in Etobicoke t

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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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Re-Thinking Pre-Construction Investment in Toronto Real Estate

Re-Thinking Pre-Construction Investment in Toronto Real Estate

Month by month, the Toronto condo market has been absorbing the displaced demand for resale freehold houses, pushing buyers from one marketplace to the next. As affordability shifts, have pre-construction opportunities become the new entry-point into Toro

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Toronto real estate market slowdown won't last long

Toronto real estate market slowdown won't last long

Everyone’s talking about the Toronto real estate market slowdown, evident in the spring sales numbers, but we’re not worried. This is what happens when the government gets involved. It’s practically clockwork.Over the last f...

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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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Toronto Foreign Investor Tax is a Fairness Tax

Toronto Foreign Investor Tax is a Fairness Tax

After sharing Carl’s post two weeks ago, in which he called for a foreign investor tax and new regulations, we got a great response from our readers sending in their thoughts on the issue. We also had some spirited comments on t...

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