Toronto Real Estate Market Still Flying High… For Now

Toronto Prices Mid April 2012

Toronto area prices through the middle of April were about 5% above the same period last year, down from the double digit year-over-year increases posted in February and March. If this is an indication that the market is finally easing off just a bit, it’s very welcome, as the earlier pace was clearly unsustainable. Despite… Read More

Canada’s New Mortgage Code Makes Prepayments Easier

Mortgage Calculator

The Canadian government has introduced a new Mortgage Code of Conduct for federally regulated financial institutions. It requires lenders to clearly explain the differences between mortgage products, show how to pay off a mortgage faster without incurring penalties and explain how prepayment charges are calculated. “In the low interest rate environment of the past few… Read More

Good News for High Park Zoo

Mouflon Sheep in High Park Zoo

A large crowd gathered at High Park’s Grenadier Cafe earlier this month for an announcement by the Friends of the High Park Zoo of a major funding source for the embattled attraction—one that, mercifully, does not involve poo. The Honey Family Foundation has offered to match donations to the zoo’s charitable fund, dollar for dollar,… Read More

Home Equity Lines of Credit (HELOCs) In Context

Home Equity Lines of Credit

Mortgages, which were considered “good debt,” are being swept into the “debt is bad” category. Home equity lines of credit, which were considered “good mortgages,” are being swept into the “debt feeds panic” category, and who knows what’s next? The Bank of Canada, which is in charge of keeping us fiscally safe and progressive, has… Read More

Get It In Writing – Don’t Make Assumptions Regarding Real Estate

Get it in Writing

When it comes to estate planning, parents and grandparents often assume everyone knows what they want and will abide by their wishes when they die. But as a recent court case shows, it’s vital to put it in writing to avoid costly disputes later. Click here to view the full article. via   Some… Read More

Roncesvalles A Finalist In The Canada’s Great Places Contest

Roncesvalles Village

Now one of eight finalists, Roncesvalles is in the running to be named the Great Neighbourhood in the Great Places in Canada contest.More than 200,000 votes were received in the second Great Places in Canada contest. From a field of 90 nominations, a panel of professional planners has now short-listed 21. The Canadian Institute of… Read More

Stunning Reno

This recently renovated detached home has laneway parking & garage and is situated on a pretty winding street on the edge of the Davenport Escarpment in the Regal Heights school district. Extensive renovations over the past two years include: a totally new kitchen with granite counters, marble backsplash, stainless steel appliances & pot lighting; a… Read More

Rare High Park Duplex With Private Drive

A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to own a “true” duplex in a perfect location, just a short walk to High Park, subway & highly regarded schools, and close to the trendy shops & cafes of Bloor West Village and The Junction. Two spacious (over 1100 sq ft) two bedroom units, each with two entrances, separate 100 amp… Read More

City Refuses $300,000 Offer to Rebuild High Park Playground

High Park Adventure Playground After Burning

The city says it can’t immediately accept a $300,000 offer to improve the site of the beloved High Park castle playground that was torched in an arson two weeks ago. More than two dozen companies, among them landscapers and a leader in “natural” playgrounds, had suggested numerous new additions to the Jamie Bell Adventure Playground,… Read More

Donations Flood In To Save High Park Zoo

High Park Zoo

Since its founding less than two months ago, the Friends of the High Park Zoo has raised $25,000 towards keeping the zoo open to the public. There’s no doubt in Parkdale-High Park Councillor Sarah Doucette’s mind why her constituents and visitors to the zoo are so willing to open their wallets. It’s simply a passion… Read More