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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… Continue Reading

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… Continue Reading

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… Continue Reading

Home starts in Toronto at 253,720, highest level since September 2007

Home starts in Toronto at 253,720, highest level since September 2007

Against projections of 215,000 housing starts in Canada, the actual rate for March 2017 landed at 253,720 (seasonally adjusted.) This is considerably up from projected numbers, and significantly up from 214,253 in February, as reported by the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation CCMHC).[1] Previous years seasonally adjusted annual rates were 197,915 for 2016 and 195,535 for 2015.… Continue Reading

RECO announces new education provider for Ontario realtors

RECO announces new education provider for Ontario realtors

The Real Estate Council of Ontario (RECO) has announced the winner of its RFP for a new Registration Education provider. The regulatory body will inaugurate its new program for salespersons beginning in 2020, ending its long-standing relationship with the Ontario Real Estate Association (OREA) which has provided the service through its Real Estate College for… Continue Reading

Real estate commissions discussion gets nasty with attacks on agents’ integrity, ethics

Real estate commissions discussion gets nasty with attacks on agents’ integrity, ethics

Many real estate companies offering consumers alternative ways to buy and sell residential real estate have sprung up in recent years. Most take aim at the traditional commission-based model, promising to cut or eliminate it altogether, using some form of fee-based model instead. One example promises that you can sell your home, if it sells… Continue Reading

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