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Monthly Archives: June 2012

Choosing the condominium life

Choosing the condominium life

John Kane Condominiums are a popular choice for many families purchasing their first home. Although many would prefer a single family home with a reasonable lot size, condominiums generally offer a substantial savings, and are typically located in well planned developments. I was one of those people that wouldn’t discuss anything but a single family… Continue Reading

Canada’s report cards reveal weaknesses, but real estate remains strong

Canada’s report cards reveal weaknesses, but real estate remains strong

Avani at Metrogate from Tridel. Canada’s real estate market has been an “outperformer” when compared to the rest of the G20, according to new Scotiabank report. Condos remain the most affordable housing option in Toronto.  At this time of year, as the school year winds down, one inevitably thinks of report cards. Today, the Organization… Continue Reading

US and Canadian Realtors(R) apply for .Realtor as top-level domain name

US and Canadian Realtors(R) apply for .Realtor as top-level domain name

The Realtor(R) trademark is owned by the National Association of Realtors in the US and licensed to Canadians who are members of the Canadian Real Estate Association. The NAR has applied to use .Realtor as its top-level domain name. Finding reliable information about real estate anywhere in North America could soon be easier than ever.… Continue Reading

Condo buyers are advised to check reserve fund study before buying

Condo buyers are advised to check reserve fund study before buying

Pool at Tridel Dorsay’s new Atria (rendering). Older buildings (pre-2001) might not have an up-to-date reserve fund study. This could lead to problems for owners as repair costs mount.  One of the features of condominium life that might be unknown to newcomers is the important role of the reserve fund. The purpose of the reserve fund… Continue Reading

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Easter can be dangerous for pets and children: lilies, ham and chocolate can be toxic

Easter can be dangerous for pets and children: lilies, ham and chocolate can be toxic

Easter can be dangerous for young children and pets if condo owners display seasonal Easter lilies and other flowers. Also topping the list of easter cautions for pets in particular: ham is dangerous for cats and dogs and can cause pancreatitis tasty packaging: good foods with tasty smells can be ingested by pets, leading to choking…

Ontario to target real estate "scalpers" with "responsible reforms" to help cool rises in home prices

Ontario to target real estate "scalpers" with "responsible reforms" to help cool rises in home prices

As expected, Finance Minister Charles Sousa announced that pending Ontario government intervention will target speculators — an attempt to help ordinary buyers and sellers. He emphasized that the Ontario government would not be targeting real estate agents who facilitate bids. In his remarks to journalists at Queen’s Park, he compared speculators to “scalpers” who grab…

Ask the Lawyer: Richard Hoffman replies to a reader concerned over a fire caused by a resident with dementia

Ask the Lawyer: Richard Hoffman replies to a reader concerned over a fire caused by a resident with dementia

By popular demand, Condo.ca, Canada’s Condominium Magazine, is pleased to bring back “Ask the Lawyer.” We invite readers to submit their condo related questions to Richard Hoffman, a lawyer with DelZotto, Zorzi LLP, practicing in the area of condominium law. Do you have a question for Richard? Please reach out to us through our contact…

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