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Toronto Growing the Fastest in North America

June 21st, 2019
Toronto is certainly well known these days thanks to the Toronto Raptors (we the north!). In 2018 Toronto was also named the 4th most liveable city in the world (this doesn’t shock us). But a recent statistic has shocked us, in the most positive of ways… Toronto is the fastest growing city in North America! That’s right, fastest in Canada AND the United States.

With a current population of app ...

Mortgage Rates Lowest in Two Years

June 19th, 2019
One of the many factors that impact real estate in Toronto is mortgages. So we were excited to see that mortgage rates in Canada are the lowest since 2017. Are rate cuts coming? Let’s explore:

Looking at interest rates in greater detail, it’s clear we don’t need to fret about the rates. The key interest rate is currently holding at 1.75%, a decision announced by the Bank of Canada on May 29, 2 ...

CONDO CORNER: Condo Registration

June 14th, 2019
If you are interested in buying a condo in Toronto as a first time home buyer or a real estate investor, and are buying pre-construction or an assignment, then “condo registration” is important for you. What is condo registration all about, exactly?

So you bought a condo pre-build. Now that the building is nearing completion and you are able to move into your unit, there is one major thing you ...

VISIT SERIES: Niagara Falls

June 12th, 2019
New to Toronto? On a Toronto work assignment and want to see the sights? Visiting Toronto and the GTA? The Greater Toronto Area has some spectacular things to see and do. In our “Visit” series, we will focus on some of the great day-trips to take to get to know your new hometown.

Niagara Falls is on many people’s bucket list, and is known throughout the world. Featured in many movies, and a po ...

CONDO CORNER: Status Certificates

June 7th, 2019
If you are interested in buying a condo in Toronto as a first time home buyer or a real estate investor, then you have likely heard the term “status certificate”. So just what is this certificate, exactly?

A status certificate is a document that a condominium corporation provides to prospective buyers of a resale condo which gives them a summary of the unit and building as of that particular d ...

CONDO CORNER: New Condo Projects

June 5th, 2019

Chances are you have heard the advertisements on the radio for one of the many new condominium projects taking place in the Greater Toronto Area. The Toronto real estate market is strong, and these pre-construction projects are proof.

So who can benefit from these projects? Simply put – everyone. Construction projects often include parks, new retail options, as well as improved transit through ...

RELOCATING TO TORONTO: Lump Sums

May 31st, 2019
Lump sums. What are they, exactly? They are a relocation package allowance offered by a company to an employee to help them relocate for a new job opportunity. Lump sum packages are just that – a lump sum – and are designed to be more flexible, helping employees get settled and back to work faster. The packages also help employers keep valued employees while also controlling costs on their en ...

CONDO CORNER: Why Costs are Still Climbing

May 29th, 2019
The Toronto real estate market is very healthy. The cost of Toronto area re-sale homes has risen consistently for the past 10 years. So… what’s with the price of condos? There are a few factors at play here.

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Detached homes are priced such that first time home buyers are priced right out of that market. Condos are the only option left for those not wanting to leave the city. Real estate i ...

RELOCATING TO TORONTO: 7 Tips

May 24th, 2019
  1. Read that Relocation Policy!
    You’ve just been offered a job that involves a relocation to Toronto. Step one is to learn what your relocation policy includes (and doesn’t). Know what your responsibilities are, and what services your employer is providing. Don’t just accept and show up. Read the offer, do your research, and ask questions if anything is unclear.
     
  2. Get to know Toronto
    This one is ...

LIFESTYLE SERIES: Spring Cleaning

May 22nd, 2019
So we’ve helped you find that dream home in the Toronto real estate market, which you have been loving for a few years. With the longer days, the warmer weather, and new growth with the arrival of tulips and cherry blossoms, many are struck with a burst of energy to spring clean. Totally natural, and very cathartic. Whether you are staying put, or planning on up-sizing into a larger home, spr ...
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