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Monthly Archives: June 2014

Choose the right condo builder, avoid problems later

Choose the right condo builder, avoid problems later

A Fifth Avenue co-op building in New York City is but the latest high-profile example of what can go wrong when a building’s architects make a mistake in choosing exterior materials. The twenty-storey, 1950s-era building, which former New York mayor Ed Koch once called home, was constructed with white glazed bricks on the exterior. Unfortunately,… Continue Reading

Canada housing market strong in May

Canada housing market strong in May

May was a very good month for real estate sales across Canada, the Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA) confirms today. As reported earlier, Toronto sales were up a record 11.4 per cent in May. Now it’s clear that the increases were seen in markets across the country. The month-over-month increase between April and May was… Continue Reading

Providing homes is most effective solution to homelessness, report says

Providing homes is most effective solution to homelessness, report says

Having a home of one’s own is such a basic expectation in our society that most of us can’t even contemplate how we would cope if we didn’t. Some people say it is their greatest fear in life, going broke and becoming homeless. Eating, sleeping, recreating, socializing, working, living—everything we do depends on having that… Continue Reading

Pay a deductible on mortgage insurance? How un-Canadian

Pay a deductible on mortgage insurance? How un-Canadian

Once again, an outside observer of the Canadian economy, this time the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, has warned that the country is at risk if the real estate market were to turn bad. The Canadian government’s exposure in that market, through Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, is dangerously high, the OECD warns. Its… Continue Reading

Good rental management a must for real estate investors

Good rental management a must for real estate investors

Real estate can be a great investment, but as with all investments, the best returns are usually generated by those who know what they’re doing. That’s why hiring a rental management company can help maximize your success. An experienced rental management company will take the guesswork out of handling your investment and give you “peace… Continue Reading

Remote-controlled pet feeder lets you interact with pets when you’re away

Remote-controlled pet feeder lets you interact with pets when you’re away

Add another household item to the Internet of Things; the pet feeder. Here’s an ingenious invention that lets pet owners, mainly of the dog, cat and rabbit variety, leave their animals home alone without fear that they’ll run out of food. The PetPal feeder lets animal owners feed them remotely. There are other pet-feeders, of… Continue Reading

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What to do Victoria Day weekend: the most fun for the lowest cost in the Greater Toronto Area

What to do Victoria Day weekend: the most fun for the lowest cost in the Greater Toronto Area

  We’ve all been waiting for that first big, warm weekend of the year — Victorial Day. Schools are closed, and many people have extra time off work, and we’re primed and ready to go after all the rain and cool weather this spring. With summer beginning, and a long, celebratory weekend ahead, it is the…

Sellers rushing to cash out? Listings up 32% April while prices increased Nationally an average of 10 % over the last year

Sellers rushing to cash out? Listings up 32% April while prices increased Nationally an average of 10 % over the last year

The impact of the Ontario Government “Fair Housing” rules is starting to be felt, manifesting in the move of some sellers to list their properties – likely to “beat” the  anticipated moderation of prices. Based on Vancouver’s experience with similar rules, economists aren’t expecting a major cool down, and almost certainly a short one.  …

Condo Community Alliance: building a network to keep your family and neighbours happy and safe

Condo Community Alliance: building a network to keep your family and neighbours happy and safe

If you have any experience living in condos and apartments, then you know that living in such close proximity to your neighbours means getting to know them on a really personal level, whether you like it or not. You see and hear far more than you anticipated, from rambunctious children and barking dogs to midnight…

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