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Monthly Archives: December 2015

Could Canada learn from US index for measuring housing market health?

Could Canada learn from US index for measuring housing market health?

As the US housing market slowly recovered from the great housing recession that hit it in 2007, one of the two government-backed corporations that supports the residential mortgage market, known as Freddie Mac, devised a new way to measure how the housing market is performing. The people at Freddie Mac wanted to know whether the… Continue Reading

Condo lawyer with a past arrested for murder

Condo lawyer with a past arrested for murder

Reading the minutes of a condo board meeting would probably qualify as one of the more boring activities most people could imagine, a great aid for insomnia. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing: interesting or exciting meetings usually signal trouble of some kind. Better dull and predictable than stormy and surprising. Once in a while, though,… Continue Reading

Toronto could become North American hub for Islamic finance

Toronto could become North American hub for Islamic finance

Canada’s safe, sound banking system, its competitiveness, strong economy, and wealth of natural resources, make it a natural destination for Shariah-compliant investors. This is the view of a new report from the Toronto Financial Services Alliance and Thomson Reuters. The report, Canada Islamic Financial Outlook 2016, was unveiled at a World Islamic Banking Conference in… Continue Reading

Virtual reality will continue to transform real estate industry in 2016

Virtual reality will continue to transform real estate industry in 2016

The next big thing in the real estate industry, many believe, will be virtual reality, or VR. Not only can it save developers money, making it unnecessary for them to build expensive model suites to show potential buyers, but it can provide consumers with a whole new level of access to properties around the world. It’s… Continue Reading

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Ten reasons why condos might be the “Goldilocks” solution to your urban home needs

Ten reasons why condos might be the “Goldilocks” solution to your urban home needs

For Toronto- or Vancouver-based home-owners “Goldilocks” may seem like a dream in the face of double digit increases in home values. Even with the recent increase in listings, and the multi-point plan by Government to cool markets, the bargains are not to be found in resale homes and condos. Goldilocks market seems like a far-off…

My boomerang story: what I learned about how to stop your adult kids from boomeranging back into your home.

My boomerang story: what I learned about how to stop your adult kids from boomeranging back into your home.

By Sassa Brown I was a Boomerang kid. I didn’t want to be. I had to be. This is my story. But first, let me explain that your kids know you are anxious to settle down and relax. They want you to enjoy yourselves in peace and quiet, with the knowledge that they raised good, well-adjusted children….

Ontario home-buyers face Goldilocks housing dilemma with 70% unable to find homes that meet their needs

Ontario home-buyers face Goldilocks housing dilemma with 70% unable to find homes that meet their needs

According to a recent report by the Canadian Center for Economic Analysis, approximately 70% of Ontario’s residents are unable to find housing that adequately meets the needs of their household.     While many residents are unable to find houses that are big enough, others are finding it difficult to locate houses that are small…

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