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Status Certificate 101.

Saturday Mar 7th, 2020

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The below write up concentrates on Ontario rules but some elements and principals can be applied anywhere. What is a Status Certificate. Status certificate is a document that provides essential information regarding the financial status of the unit and the condo corporation. What’s included in the Status Certificate. Financial statements, budgets, special assessments, liens, arrears, lawsuits, condo declaration, by-laws, reserve fund study, insurance policy and claims,... [read more]

Renting in the GTA

Tuesday Jan 21st, 2020

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  Finding a rental property in today’s market of the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) can be challenging. The rental market is very HOT! Vacancy rates are at all time low (around 1%) meaning that landlords (property owners) have their pick of who they want to rent to (and for what price). The housing market affects the rental rates. The more landlords pay for the property, the higher their mortgage, the higher the rent. And as it becomes harder to buy a home, with low market... [read more]

Buying Renovated Property. What About Building Permits.

Tuesday Apr 16th, 2019

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  You are interested in purchasing a renovated property, this gorgeous house in a great established neighbourhood has been completely renovated top to bottom, it just looks great, and is everything you have ever wanted. Do I have anything to worry about? Yes, one of many items you have to check are the construction permits. CHECK IF THE PERMITS WERE OBTAINED. Why is this important? Most major renovations will require some kind of permit, examples of work requiring... [read more]

Buying Land to Build a Dream Home.

Tuesday Nov 13th, 2018

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You have found a nice and inexpensive piece of land and decided this is where you want to live, perhaps not only is it a great place for you to call home but also a fantastic investment. Great, now slow down, a lot of research should go into the decision making before dumping your hard-earned money into it, as there will be many hurdles to overcome, and many questions to answer: Question 1. Can I build a house on this piece of land? This will depend on several factors, there... [read more]

Condo Developers - are they all the same?

Tuesday Aug 21st, 2018

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Pre-construction condos have been popping up all over GTA, and over the past few decades most people have done very well financially by buying pre-construction condos. Assignments, pre-con flipping, investment units have become the staple of condo purchases vocabulary, and majority of owners and investors alike reaped the benefits of buying pre-construction units. The key word is most, not all. Recently at least 9 condo projects in GTA have been cancelled, the biggest of them being... [read more]

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