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Buying Resale Condominiums - Things To Consider

Saturday Jan 25th, 2020

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    I have already written a blog about buying preconstruction condos, in this blog I would like to point out certain details of purchasing a resale condominium, in some aspects buying precons and resale are the same, and differ quite a bit in others. For the most part the approach of the investor and owner occupier will be very similar as well. I will be addressing number of points, some more important than others, all worth considering. Location. This applies to... [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]

What is a bedroom – condo edition.

Saturday Dec 14th, 2019

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A bedroom, as most of us would imagine, is a place where one would ordinarily sleep, will have a door which can be shut so one can sleep in peace and quiet, will have a window for a daylight, and be large enough to have a bed. Ontario Building Code describes this in great detail, below are few excerpts: 9.5.7.1. Areas of Bedrooms (1) Except as provided in Articles 9.5.7.2. and 9.5.7.3., bedrooms in dwelling units shall have an area not less than 7 m² where built-in cabinets are not... [read more]

Why Are Condo Fees So High?

Sunday Dec 01st, 2019

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Why Are Condo Fee So High? Condominiums have been the hottest segment of the market around GTA recently, it is partly because of the lack of affordability for freehold housing, as well as changing demographics, lack of available land in Downtown Toronto, life-style choices, just to name few reasons. The amount to be paid for monthly condo fees can range anywhere from $200 for a studio unit in the brand new condominium building to many thousands of dollars for a large penthouse in... [read more]

101 of Preconstruction Condominium Buying

Sunday Oct 27th, 2019

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You are thinking of buying a preconstruction condominium, you hear people talking about making a fortune by buying them and you want the piece of the pie. Facebook is full of advertisements for new launches and the graphics look spectacular, so you decide to wait for the next official opening to go in without an agent because you know what you want, right? In this blog I will try to explain as much as possible (and the topic is extensive) about the process and key factors when buying a... [read more]

The First-Time Home Buyer Incentive

Tuesday Sep 17th, 2019

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In September 2019 the federal government has introduced the program to assist first time home buyers with a purchase of their home. The program is a bit more complex than the other government incentives I have written about, and deserves to be analyzed and discussed in more detail to highlight not only the particulars of the program, but more importantly to look deeper and determine whether you should or should not participate if you happen to qualify. Program eligibility: You need... [read more]

Home Staging

Sunday May 26th, 2019

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                        Staging may be one of the most important projects to prepare your home for sale. It does not require spending a lot of money – just making the right decisions. First impressions are important in any market but especially in the buyer’s market, that is why it is important that your home stands out from others and it is prepared the best way possible. Potential buyers when entering the... [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]

Mussleman’s Lake – GTA’s Hidden Gem.

Monday Oct 01st, 2018

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Many of us dream of living in the lake community, but think it’s impossible due to work obligations, and the impossible commute from the cottage country. I have been privileged to live in such community and wouldn’t change it for the world, and the best part is I live in the GTA. The Mussleman’s lake community is a small settlement concentrated around the lake, the name comes from Peter and Jacob Mussleman, Mennonites who have settled here from Pennsylvania in... [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]

Credits and Government Incentives for the First Time Home Buyers

Tuesday Aug 14th, 2018

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Hello first time home buyers. The process of buying the first home is a very exciting experience, but it can be tasking and overwhelming. In order to encourage home ownership and lessen the financial burden various levels of governments offer credits and incentives for first time home buyer, and they can add up to fairly significant amounts. I would like to explain to you the credits, their benefits, what they are and how to apply for them. There are many requirements and rules that need... [read more]

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