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VISIT SERIES: Niagara-on-the-Lake

November 29th, 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-on-the-Lake is a picturesque town located on the Niagara Peninsula, a short drive from Niagara Falls. Home ...

INVESTING: First-Time Real Estate Investor

November 25th, 2019
If you have been thinking about expanding your investments to include Toronto real estate, today is the best day to get started. Property values continue to go up each year, so waiting just means you end up paying more. Becoming a real estate investor is easier than you think. We can help.

Some buyers choose to invest in a Toronto resale property, which means you get started as a landlord soon ...

Renting vs Buying: A Monthly Comparison

November 22nd, 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, especially condos. Unfortunately, what this results in is lack of rental options at an affordable price. Having said that, we believe that buying is still an option for many that believe they simply can't buy. Let’s do some comparisons to explain.

2 Bedroom Condo ...

MOVING TO TORONTO: Neighbourhoods for Young Professionals

November 18th, 2019

When work whisks you away to an unfamiliar city, sometimes it’s best to just go with the flow and try to make the most out of the situation. As a young professional or entrepreneur, moving to Toronto offers endless previously untapped or inconceivable opportunities to help you advance your career.

Toronto is a vibrant and culturally diverse city. Each borough has its own unique set of ...

Home sales and prices rise. More supply needed.

November 10th, 2019
The housing market in the GTA showed a sales growth of 22 per cent year-over-year, in September. Much of this growth came from a sharp rebound in sales of detached homes, which were up by 29 per cent versus September 2018. However, the Toronto Real Estate Board (TREB) notes that sales with 7,825 transactions remain below the record September 2016 peak of more than 9,800 sales. And the continu ...

Affordable Housing: condo townhomes

November 10th, 2019
Advantages of both house and apartment

In the currently high cost housing market, it is becoming in-creasingly harder for buyers especially those with young growing families to find exactly what they want in a home. Prices for detached, semi-detached and even freehold town-homes have climbed significantly in recent years, making them an unaffordable option - therefore forcing buyers towards th ...

Money Matters: build equity in your home

November 10th, 2019

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Owning a home is an investment that can garner a substantial return on investment when you sell your home. But, owning a home can also enable ou to finance some of life’s unexpected (or expected) expenses - such as a new car, kids’ university education, or reducing high-interest debts with a consolidated loan.

Homeowners in need of extra financing can use the equity in thei ...

FINANCES: Reverse mortgages

November 10th, 2019
Should we say yes?

Many people have seen ads depicting the benefits of a reverse mortgage for seniors. The message tells seniors that this type of loan allows them to remain living in their home while at the same time enjoying the home’s equity. It’s billed as financial freedom without the stress of moving or downsizing.

What is a reverse mortgage? In a nutshell, if you are 55 or older, you ca ...

Home Inspections: when things go wrong

November 10th, 2019
There may come a time after you’ve lived in your house for a while that you discover something wrong with it. At that point, you may be upset or dis-appointed that your home inspection did not reveal this issue. There can be a number of reasons why the home inspection did not find it.

Intermittent or concealed problems
Some problems can only be discovered by living in a house and will never be ...


November 8th, 2019

Whether you’re coming from a different country, province, territory, or city, moving to Toronto is an adjustment for everyone. But it can also be very rewarding given the fact that the city has a lot to offer. Like anywhere else, there are a lot of benefits to living in Toronto, some of which may be more worthwhile than others depending on your perspective and personal preferences.

If ...

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