A Good Time To Buy Income Properties

A Good Time to Buy Income Properties

If the real estate market is headed for a correction, then it presents a historic opportunity for buyers of investment properties. The main reason is that interest rates should continue to remain at historic low levels, even as prices fall. The key thing to remember is that the property must have positive cash flow. Click… Read More

Bloor West Village Classic

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Grand five bedroom, 2 1/2 storey Bloor West classic with rare private drive. Impeccably renovated & restored, incorporating stylish modern conveniences while preserving the original charm & detail. Prime Bloor West Village location: walk to subway, shops, restaurants & cafes; and top rated schools, Runnymede PS, St Pius Catholic School and Humberside CI. The main… Read More

Soft Landing for Toronto Real Estate Market?

Prices Mid October 2012

The media are replete these days with predictions about the direction of the real estate market. While there are some who are forecasting a major correction (and have been doing so for years), the general consensus is that the market will slow down,  prices will level off, and we will have our long-hoped-for soft landing…. Read More

Parking Spot For Sale – For Just $49,000

Parking Spot for Sale

Toronto’s parking real estate market is small and expensive, with the Multiple Listings Service showing downtown spots for tens of thousands of dollars. It is a long way from New York, where a luxury condo-in-the-making will soon be putting a space on the market for $1-million, but there is a demand in Toronto for private,… Read More

Demographics Will Boost Canadian Housing Demand

Demographics to Support Housing Demand

After booming for more than a decade, the housing market in Canada is expected to level off during the next two or three years. While some analysts predict home prices will drop, the consensus is the real estate market is more likely to flatten as the global economic crisis sorts itself out. Recently CIBC’s deputy… Read More

Better Protection Urged for Canadians’ Property Rights

Property Rights Protection

Ranking 10th out of 130 countries doesn’t sound like a bad score, but when it comes to property rights, it’s “a major policy failure and a black eye on Canada’s reputation for fairness,” says Mark Milke of the Fraser Institute. The rankings come from another Canadian think-tank, the Frontier for Public Policy, which produces the… Read More

West Toronto RailPath Gets National Urban Design Award

West Toronto Railpath

The West Toronto RailPath isn’t just a trail running through west Toronto neighbourhoods; it’s a linear park which ties together multiple levels of city life. It’s a stunning example of the rails-to-trails concept and one which has just garnered Scott Torrance Landscape Architect Inc. in conjunction with Brown and Storey Architects, a Certificate of Merit… Read More

Housing Market Cooling Across Canada

Housing Market

Canada’s housing market appears to be cooling across the board in the face of tighter mortgage rules that affect many first-time buyers of modest means, a new analysis from the Conference Board shows. The think-tank’s snapshot of resales for August shows a widespread decline in sales of existing homes, with 21 of 28 metropolitan markets… Read More

How To Manage Damage In A Rental Unit

How to manage damage in rentals

Steven from Toronto writes: “I successfully evicted a tenant on September 5, 2012 at 8:40 AM by Sheriff but they destroyed the apartment. They broke the bathroom sink, the toilet, the doors, windows, light switches, put peanut butter everywhere, put ketchup on the ceilings, walls, everything they could break they did break. They even poured… Read More