Is Your Basement Apartment Legal?

Is Your Basement Apartment Legal

There are thousands of basement apartments in Toronto, and the vast majority of them are NOT legal. There is a lot of confusion as to what it means for a basement apartment to be legal, and what is required to make it so. If you are thinking about buying a house with an illegal basement… Read More

Renovating? Recoup Your Investment When You Sell

  Before you pour your savings into a new kitchen and a rainforest shower for the master, think about whether or not you’ll be able to recover your investment when it comes time to sell. If you have equity in your home, you can make improvements, but don’t go over the limit of what other… Read More

Will The Ontario Fair Housing Plan Slow The Toronto Market?

On April 20, the Ontario government announced a 16 point package of measures designed to “help more people find affordable homes, increase supply, protect buyers and renters and bring stability to the real estate market”. Interestingly, if predictably, none of  these measures are designed to help or protect sellers or landlords. The key points are:… Read More

Toronto’s Trees Offer $80 Million of Benefits Annually

Trees in the City

What’s a tree worth? About $700, says a report by Craig Alexander, chief economist of TD Economics. In a recent study of Toronto’s urban forest, Alexander determined that the city’s trees provide more than $80 million, or about $8 per tree, worth of environmental benefits and cost savings per year. He says for an average… Read More

Windows And Your Well-Being

Windows in Apartment

You’d think that with all of the advances in home building in the last century, we would have a better handle on the importance of windows in residential design. Most people appreciate how windows and skylights bring in natural light, making a room look larger, warmer and more cheerful. Windows that offer a view outside… Read More

How Renovations Impact Your Home Insurance

Home Insurance Policy

Woody Allen once said: “There are worse things in life than death. Have you ever spent an evening with an insurance salesman?” But if you are planning a renovation to your home and don’t take the time to speak to your insurance broker, you could be making a big mistake. During and after a renovation,… Read More

Why You Should Be Investing in Rental Property

Owning a rental property has its benefits. The supplemental income can help offset your mortgage payments and with the growing trend for renting in and around Downtown Toronto, the demand is higher for rental suites. There are tax benefits too, you may be able to deduct from your tax expenses: mortgage interest property taxes insurance… Read More

Demographia Releases Worldwide Housing Affordability Report

House Values

Demographia recently released it’s 13th annual report on housing affordability in 406 metropolitan housing markets in nine countries: Australia, Canada, China (Hong Kong only), Ireland, Japan, New Zealand, Singapore, the United Kingdom and the United States. Demographia uses the following housing affordability ratings based on median house price divided by median household income: Affordable 3.0… Read More

Top Tips To Pay Down Your Mortgage Faster

With interest rates at an all-time low, many Canadians are taking advantage of the savings by refinancing their mortgages to consolidate debt, make home renovations, invest in real estate or other ventures, or moving up the property ladder. Here are some great ideas from Kerri Nelligan, a Home Financing Advisor at ScotiaBank, to take even… Read More

How To Make A Small Space Feel Larger

decorating-small-spaces

Pages of glossy magazines are often filled with immense rooms and oversized spaces full of grandeur and twelve-foot ceilings. But the truth is that most of us live in houses, apartments or townhomes built on a much smaller scale. When faced with the size of some of these tiny rooms, it’s easy to get frustrated… Read More