Assignments Explained In Simple Terms

Sunday Apr 12th, 2020

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In this blog I will try to explain basics of assignments, the general terms apply to any region in Canada, some specifics will be related to Ontario and more specifically GTA. What is an assignment. Assignment is when the seller sells the interest in the property (contract with the builder) before they actually own the property (before the seller’s name is on the title). In real estate transaction the assignments can happen for preconstruction and resale, in practise it is very rare... [read more]

What is a co-op and how it differs from a condominium

Friday Oct 7th, 2022

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The topic of co-op units come up when someone sees a very inexpensive unit on the market and asks why so cheap, what’s the catch or is it too good to be true. To understand the issue, we will explain what co-op is, how it differs from the typical unit in a condominium and challenges related to buying, selling and owning a co-op. Legal structure. In a co-operative structure the corporation owns the land and each unit in the building, owner of a co-op doesn’t own the unit but... [read more]

Buying A Property With Basement Rental Potential.

Saturday Aug 29th, 2020

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  GTA’s real estate market has been very expensive for many decades and it is often very difficult to get into the market, and as we wait to save more the price increases tend to outpace the savings. In the last 20 years the price corrections have been few and far between, with few hiccups along the way the prices are going from expensive to even more expensive. One way to get into the market is to find a place with a rental basement potential, yours truly have done it with our... [read more]

Do you know your Toronto house?

Monday Dec 27th, 2021

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Many of us live in newer subdivisions, high rise condominiums or areas which were farmer fields not too long ago, but what if you happen to live in an older house in Toronto and would like to find out more of the house history? City of Toronto put together a neat little website which will help you Find The History Of Your Toronto House. Please start by watching the instructional video to get you started and go from there. The library is not complete, and you won’t find information... [read more]

Condominium corporation loans and special assessments explained.

Saturday Jan 1st, 2022

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When discussing the condominiums, we often hear terms special assessments and loans, in this blog we will explain what they mean and why they are often a sign of the existing issues. Both loans and special assessments are a form of financing where funds aren’t readily available. Loans – this is pretty self-explanatory, the corporation would apply and receive a loan which would be repaid over an extended period of time and collected via, likely increased, monthly common fees.... [read more]

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