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Monthly Archives: October 2012

Find professional renovators on new BILD website

Find professional renovators on new BILD website

Building Industry and Land Development Association website RenoMark.ca has searchable database of home renovators across Canada. They promise a worry-free renovation. A young couple bought an apartment in an older condo, knowing that they would want to make some changes before they lived in it: the broadloom would have to go; the bathroom needed a… Continue Reading

Toronto Waterfront named to Smart Communities of the Year

Another honour for Toronto, this time from the Intelligent Community Forum (ICF) which has named our waterfront as one of the 21 Smart Communities of the Year. Inclusion on this list recognizes communities for using broadband and information technology to create “prosperity and inclusion” to attract businesses, generate economic growth and improve the delivery of… Continue Reading

World’s thinnest house opens in Warsaw

World’s thinnest house opens in Warsaw

We’ve talked about a lot of small living spaces here at Condo.ca, but this one takes it to a whole new level. This is a four-story home, with all the usual features—kitchen, bathroom, dining room, bedroom—in a structure that is, at its widest point, just over five feet. At its narrowest it is just three… Continue Reading

Toronto’s future as a world city depends on getting its transit act together

Toronto’s future as a world city depends on getting its transit act together

The London tube connections to Heathrow Airport. This kind of connectivity to the outside world helped put London miles ahead of Toronto in the category of “city gateway” in a PwC survey of 27 world cities. London’s score: 145; Toronto’s score,69. Toronto is the third best city in the world to live and work. Only… Continue Reading

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15 percent non-resident speculation tax becoming reality for Ontario; may help temper “frantic” real estate market “without unintended consequences”

15 percent non-resident speculation tax becoming reality for Ontario; may help temper “frantic” real estate market “without unintended consequences”

As expected, Kathleen Wynn moved to cool down the sizzling hot GTA real estate market with a bundle of measures, led by new 15 percent non resident speculation tax. Investors who are residents are exempt, although separate “policies” may also target locals. Expanded rent controls are also certain. “When I talk about the frenzy in…

Ask the Lawyer: Condo owner wants action on noisy Airbnb “tenants”

Ask the Lawyer: Condo owner wants action on noisy Airbnb “tenants”

Reader Question: “I believe my neighbour is renting out with Airbnb. I see people I don’t know coming and going, making lots of noise. I also don’t feel safe in this environment. What can I do about this? So far, complaining to management hasn’t helped.” Do you have a question for Richard? Please reach out…

Sousa again promises action in GTA real estate market and rent controls in “coming week”

Sousa again promises action in GTA real estate market and rent controls in “coming week”

In another of several announcements promising action on the Ontario housing market — this one promising “in the coming week” — Ontario’s Finance Minister Charles Sousa revealed more details of the pending plan to rein in speculative market pricing in the GTA area. A combination of low supply and excessive demand has thrust house pricing…

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