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Monthly Archives: December 2012

Tips to minimize security hassles for the Christmas traveller

Tips to minimize security hassles for the Christmas traveller

Joys of travelling. Canada’s airport security body has tips for making the pre-boarding security check as painless as possible. You can bring the camcorders, e-readers, laptops or GPS devices with you on your flight this Christmas season, (either carry-on or checked) but your blasting caps, bullets and sabers will have to be checked. As for… Continue Reading

Plenty of smart fireplaces ideal for the condo

Plenty of smart fireplaces ideal for the condo

Traditional Christmas scene: there are other ways to enjoy the warmth and coziness of a fire. A friend describing the recent renovations he had made to his condo, which is in an older building in Toronto, mentioned that he had added a fireplace. “Wood burning?” we asked. “Oh, no. It’s electric” Pause. “They’re making them… Continue Reading

Canadian Real Estate Market In 2013

Canadian Real Estate Market In 2013

2012 In spite of many skeptical professionals who predicted a significant downturn on the Canadian real estate market and Jim Flaherty’s fear of a housing bubble, this year hasn’t brought anything special. The situation is quite stable and the Minister of Finance is satisfied with the results of his efforts, which can be seen in… Continue Reading

Flowering gifts for Christmas

Flowering gifts for Christmas

It’s not cool to give pets for Christmas, unless you’re sure the intended owner wants the pet, knows how and is prepared to take good care of it. But you can still give something living and beautiful, something that needs care and (some would say) affection: give a plant! It’s probably a good idea to… 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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