If A Tree Falls In Your Yard – Does Anyone Pay?

Trees and Houses

Among the most popular questions that come up time and again are about trees on the boundary between houses or properties. Who owns them? What are the rules about cutting branches or roots that extend onto your property? If you think a tree is dying, can you cut it down? If your neighbour’s tree falls… Read More

Four West Toronto Parking Pads Approved – But Not Easily

Front Pad Parking Spot

A parking pad is a parking pad is a parking pad. So argued York West Councillor Giorgio Mammoliti when Parkdale-High Park Councillor Sarah Doucette moved motions to approve three area residents’ parking pad requests, but deny another’s. “I don’t understand how some houses get parking pads and others don’t. I don’t understand politicians who say… Read More

Never Buy A House Without A Home Inspection

Never Buy a House without a Home Inspection

Ontario’s hot housing market continues to spark bidding wars and, in many cases, buyers are being advised by agents to make “clean” offers to get the house they want. By “clean”, the agent means an offer without any conditions in order to make it more acceptable to the seller. Big mistake. I constantly hear stories… Read More

Toronto Spring Market Starting Early

Toronto Area House Prices Mid February 2012

If the Toronto weather seems eerily springlike in mid February, so too does the Toronto real estate market. After a very strong January, we are seeing a continuation of the trend this month, with prices through February 14 up over 9% as compared with the same time last year. Already the average Greater Toronto Area… Read More

Badly Placed Fences Make For Angry Neighbours

Badly Placed Fences Make for Bad Neighbours

When the Lipischaks bought their house in 1969, there was a wire fence running north-south separating the two properties. Shortly afterward, Frank Lipischak replaced it with a new chain link fence in the same location. The fence that was intended to divide the two lots along the property line in fact extended into the DeWolf… Read More

I Want To Sell My Home – How Much Work Should I Do?

Getting Your Home Ready to Sell

You’ve started looking for a new house, and you’ve seen a couple that you like. Your present house has served you well, but the last major renovations were done almost 20 years ago. How much work should you do to get the house ready to put on the market as soon as you buy the… Read More

Roncesvalles Art Exhibit Recalls the 1960′s

Roncesvalles Art Exhibit

Cathy McPherson remembers well a time when her Roncesvalles neighbourhood was transported back in time.In 2006, the streets were lined with vintage cars and store signs as the corner of Roncesvalles Avenue and Dundas Street West became a scene from the 1960s for the filming of the movie Hairspray. Now, McPherson, an arts diploma student… Read More

Young Professionals, Baby Boomers Fuelling Canada’s Condo Boom

Condo Buildings

When Debrah and Joel Weiss first moved to Toronto, they wanted nothing more than a proper house with a sprawling yard and lush garden. Four decades later, the retired couple is part of the condo craze — lured by the promise of a life free of clearing snow and scooping out eavestroughs, drawn to the… Read More

Why It’s A Good Time to Buy a Home

Why It's a Good Time to Buy a Home

I believe there has never been a better time to buy a home. I’ve been in the industry for 28 years as a lawyer and I haven’t seen so many positive signs for housing, whether you are thinking or buying or locking in a mortgage. Click here to view the full article. via moneyville.ca  … Read More

Aging Boomers, Immigration To Boost Demand For Housing In Canada

Baby Boomer Couple

Canada’s rate of homeownership is expected to increase and the future for condominiums looks bright according to an updated analysis of future Canadian housing demand. By 2036, there will be more one-person households in Canada than any other category, due to the aging of the baby boomer generation. But the country is counting on immigration… Read More