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In charts: Tracking house prices in Canada's hottest housing markets
Tuesday, April 18, 2017
Canada's two biggest real estate markets continued their diverging paths in the first quarter of 2017, according to a new report .
The GTA's top neighbourhoods
Tuesday, April 11, 2017
The No. 1 spot has homes going for $200K cheaper than surrounding areas
Toronto's Healthy Luxury Real Estate Market Predicted to Carry Over to 2017
Wednesday, February 15, 2017
The Canadian city has watched housing prices skyrocket over the last four years, thanks to tightening inventory, low interest rates and population growth (including steady immigration). In December, the average sales price was 20% higher than a year earlier, and Toronto saw the strongest sales gains of any Canadian metropolitan area in 2016, according to the Toronto Real Estate Board (TREB).
13 charts to help you make sense of Canadian real estate craziness in 2017
Monday, February 13, 2017
Economic analysis isn’t always the easiest to understand. There’s even a word for economists’ jargon: Economese.
Thankfully, there are charts. Economists with the country’s biggest financial institutions feed the real estate obsessed with innumerable charts presenting complex data in a straightforward way.
Greater Toronto's real estate market outlook 2017
Friday, January 6, 2017
Despite a predicted decline in sales activity for 2017, most of Ontario's housing markets won't experience price declines this year. That's because the inventory on single family homes continues to be dramatically low, making it a seller's market in most of the Greater Toronto and Golden Horseshoe areas.
Developer could reap $31 million benefit from bankruptcy filing, but buyers won't get their homes
Friday, December 16, 2016
Urbancorp, the Toronto developer that left hundreds of new home buyers in the lurch when it filed for bankruptcy protection from its creditors this spring, could pocket as much as $31.6 million on the proceeds of six properties sold in central Toronto through a bankruptcy court.
Shrinking inventory making Toronto home buyers even more aggressive
Monday, December 5, 2016
It seems so long ago that $200,000 above the asking price was a shocking amount to pay for a comfortable house in Toronto. In reality, it was early 2016.
New mortgage rules fail to cool GTA housing market as prices spike in the 'burbs
Saturday, December 3, 2016
The latest mortgage rule changes have failed to slow the blistering pace of home sales, according to numbers released Friday and they may have actually pushed prices higher in parts of the GTA that are still considered affordable, realtors say.
Ontario Increases Land Transfer Tax Rates
Friday, November 18, 2016
On November 14, 2016, as part of its fall fiscal update, the Government of Ontario announced a number of changes to the Land Transfer Tax ("LTT"). These changes are intended to modernize the LTT and to make housing more affordable for new home buyers. As discussed in greater detail below, the changes involve increases in the LTT rates on transfers of certain categories of property, and an enhanced first-time homebuyer's refund for eligible first-time homebuyers.
Don't forget about the new home HST rebate
Friday, November 18, 2016
End of year usually means gathering up all of your receipts and making sure you take all of your permitted tax deductions. If you or your clients have purchased a new home or condominium in the past two years, you may have an HST rebate coming to you.
Home Prices Up Over 50% In GTA's Hottest Neighbourhoods
Thursday, November 17, 2016
Earlier this month the Toronto Real Estate Board announced that the average price of a detached home in the 905 region was up 29.4% year over year. But as any good math student knows, if the average in the GTA is up 29.4% that means there must be quite a few neighbourhoods that are appreciating at a much faster rate than this.
Tips to help protect you during the home-buying process
Saturday, November 5, 2016
Consulting experts on real estate and mortgages before you start hunting will help you avoid costly mistakes or losing out on your dream home.
How to read your mortgage documents
Tuesday, November 1, 2016
Here's a snapshot of typical mortgage documents and a few tips on what to watch out for, keep in mind every lender have their own versions of this document.
The world's tallest buildings
Wednesday, October 19, 2016
Read here about the currently tallest buildings in the world. Find out where they are located and what makes them stand out.
Why is my hydro bill so expensive? FP crunches the numbers
Monday, October 17, 2016
FP's Larysa Harapyn takes you through your electricity bill line by line to explain how power is priced in Ontario and why bills are so high
Canadian home sales edge up in September
Friday, October 14, 2016
According to statistics released today by The Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA), national home sales edged slightly higher in September 2016 compared to August.
What it's like to be a first-time homebuyer in Toronto's scorching real estate market
Friday, September 30, 2016
Trying to become a first-time homebuyer in the Greater Toronto Area's red-hot real estate market has been one of the most challenging experiences of my life. It's become clear to us that getting a house in this market requires a lot of patience and a bit of luck.
Skipping these steps could get you in hot water when buying a house
Friday, September 30, 2016
Imagine you've just purchased a new house with your dream backyard. It has a gazebo to escape sweltering summer days and a hot tub to ease your aches and pains.
How to avoid moving in next to a nightmare neighbour
Tuesday, September 27, 2016
Moving in next to some neighbours might be more of a headache than you can stand.
Why rising interest rates in the Toronto condo market are a real concern
Saturday, September 24, 2016
When considering the affordability risks facing Toronto's condo market, the big one that comes to mind is rising interest rates. Here's why it's a real concern.


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