Capital Gains Tax And Your Principal Residence

House Values Rising

Tax-free profit on the sale of your principal residence is alluring, but it can be elusive. Under the federal Income Tax Act, property owners are entitled to tax-free profit on the sale of their principal residence, provided they follow the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) guidelines. Capital gain is the net difference between the cost of… Read More

Buying Your First Condo

Condo Buildings

With more than 500,000 condominium units in Canada and one in four new homes built as condominiums, Canadian buyers need basic condominium buying skills to protect them in any market. Too often, condominium buyers fall prey to the “do nothing, just play” sales pitches inherent in lifestyle campaigns presented by condominium developers. Although “condo living”… Read More

How to Make Long-Term Real Estate Decisions

No longer is there an automatic last move for boomers—that is, being moved into a HOME. No longer is there a “last stage” of adult life that dictates an end to independence and to living in a home you love.  Aging in place, or staying in your own home as you age, even if you… Read More

Buying Frenzy Ahead Of New Mortgage Rules

The divergent pattern between freehold and condominium properties that began in the spring has persisted since then and seems likely to continue into next year. Accordingly, I will continue to report price trends separately for these two categories, as they tell two completely different stories about the market. The freehold market (mainly detached homes) underwent… Read More

Selling Your Home Over The Holidays? Don’t Be A Curb Appeal Scrooge

If your house is currently for sale or if you’re considering listing it, you may be wondering whether you should bother at all with holiday decorations this year. In a word: yes. But there’s more to it than that. There’s a long way between Scrooge and The Griswolds. It’s hard to argue with the fact… Read More

Is Now The Right Time For A Kitchen Renovation?

It’s totally normal for those kitchen renovation pangs to go crazy during the holidays. If you’ve spent time at a friend or family member’s house that has a freshly updated kitchen, you may be feeling a little envious. If you hosted over the holidays, your kitchen’s shortcomings may be top of mind. But is this… Read More

Toronto Market Remains Strong in October

The fall market continued to be very healthy in October, with sales of all property types up by 12% over September while prices remained steady. The relative strength of the condominium apartment sector relative to freehold properties continued last month: condo prices were slightly higher than in September and about 20% higher than last year,… Read More

Will New Mortgage Rules Disrupt the Market?

Last October, the federal government introduced mortgage rules that required anyone needing mortgage insurance (less than 20% down payment) to pass a ‘stress test’ to prove that they could afford the payments if mortgage rates were to increase. The Bank of Canada’s posted rate, approximately 2% higher than the rates actually available, was chosen as… Read More

Worst Time Of The Year May Be The Best for Buyers

Why is the worst time of the year, often the best time for real estate buyers? The holiday season and the following “worst weather” months are widely considered the worst time of the year for selling or buying real estate. In reality, these distraction-packed months – November to February – carry benefits for determined buyers…. Read More

Toronto Market Stabilizing

After an extreme roller coaster ride for the first 8 months of this year, Toronto area prices for freehold (non-condominium) properties seem to have stabilized. Prices shot up by more than 30% over 2016 in the spring, promptly gave back all of the increase over the summer months, and have exactly matched last year’s price… Read More