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

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

Buying a Home For Your Child

Three Generation Family

It used to be big deal if Dad bought you a car when you were old enough to drive – but now some parents are buying homes for their kids. It’s a great investment and saves them from paying rent, whether they are attending college or university or are striking out into the working world…. Read More

New Regulations Coming to Cool Hot Toronto Resale & Rental Markets?

New Regulations

The recent federal government budget contained no new measures to curb the real estate market, however, rumours are flying that such measures might soon be coming to Ontario. For example: A vacant property tax is being considered for the City of Toronto. The number of vacant units in Toronto has recently been estimated to be… Read More

What Problems Do Home Sellers Have To Disclose?

House Problems

When you’re in the process of buying a home, it can be very easy to get caught up in the esthetics of the structure — such as the marble countertops and hardwood floors. But elements such as foundations, wiring, plumbing, and heating and cooling systems are just as important, if not more so. So, if… 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

The Offer: There’s More To It Than Just The Price

Fixating on price in real estate may cost you the deal: Sellers who decide that a specific dollar figure will buy their home and won’t budge from that bottom line may sell themselves short. Buyers who drop out of a transaction for a property they love because the seller’s counter-offer shocks them may be quitting… Read More

Untangling the New Mortgage Rules

The Federal Government has made two recent changes to the eligibility rules for government-backed insured mortgages: Effective October 17, all borrowers seeking high ratio (less than 20% down payment) mortgages must qualify based upon the Bank of Canada’s five year fixed posted rate (also known as the ‘Mortgage Qualification Rate’ or MQR). Presently the MQR… Read More

Tree Wins Ontario Court Decision

Big Tree

Backyard disputes over property boundaries and trees growing on or near those boundaries are not uncommon. In what’s being called a “landmark decision” by the winning lawyer, an Ontario court has ruled that trees with trunks that grow across private property lines cannot be cut down without the consent of both landowners. “This ruling prevents… Read More