How Much of Your Life is Spent Waiting in Elevators?

How Much of Your Life is Spent Waiting in Elevators?

If you live in a high-rise condo, you know all too well the problems that can arise when one or more elevators go out of service! 

But how much of your day & life is spent waiting for these elevators?

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Cheap & Easy Way to Upgrade Your Kitchen Appliances

Cheap & Easy Way to Upgrade Your Kitchen Appliances

Want a cheap & easy way to make your old looking appliances seem new again?

If you have a bit of time, you can quite simply get some faux Stainless Steel film from Home Depot, Amazon.ca or any other major home improvement/renovation store that will cover up the old, marked up appliances!

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Do You Live in a Designated Neighbourhood Improvement Area?

Do You Live in a Designated Neighbourhood Improvement Area?

Back in early 2014, the City of Toronto released a program that was designed to target 31 specific areas that were to be designated Neighbourhood Improvement Areas (NIAs) under the Toronto Strong Neighbourhoods Strategy 2020.

While this initiative was started close to 4 years ago now, we are starting to see the benefits of it come to fruition today in areas like Regent Park & South Parkdale which have seen drastic improvements in the quality of life, available services/amenities & transportation! 

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Planning Home Renovations for 2018? Do’s & Don’ts When Choosing a Contractor

Planning Home Renovations for 2018? Do’s & Don’ts When Choosing a Contractor

As our market conditions have shifted over the past several years to being more seller-centric, we are seeing an increasing amount of people decide to stay in their current home & renovate instead of moving.

While home renovations can be an extremely fun & challenging task, you need to make sure that you hire the right contractor to do the work or it could end up costing you in the long run!

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Knowing How to Budget for Home Ownership

Knowing How to Budget for Home Ownership

While many people focus solely on the mortgage pre-approval & application process to base their financial real estate decisions off of, it’s important to remember that this number doesn’t fully encapsulate the extent of your home-buying budget.

A mortgage pre-approval tells you how much you’ve been approved for by the bank/lender, which is quite different from the amount you can actually afford in your monthly budget!

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How to Get Pre-Approved for a Mortgage

How to Get Pre-Approved for a Mortgage

Getting pre-approved for a mortgage can be one of the most important preparatory steps you can take before beginning your property search for several reasons! 

A pre-approval will essentially tell you the price range of how much you have been approved for by your bank or lender which allows you to focus your search on properties that you can actually afford. 

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What Does 2018 Have in Store for the Toronto Real Estate Market?

What Does 2018 Have in Store for the Toronto Real Estate Market?

With 2017 being one of the craziest years on record for the Toronto Real Estate market, we want to breakdown our projections for the upcoming year & what you can expect to see happen!

The rental market remains one of the hottest topics when talking about real estate in Toronto & for good reason! Last year we saw an unprecedented increase in rental prices and a drastic drop in available units with 2018 not looking like it's going to be much different.

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How to Avoid a Special Assessment in Your Toronto Condo

How to Avoid a Special Assessment in Your Toronto Condo

The words “special assessment” bring goosebumps to many condo owners & with good reason! These additional fees can appear to come out of nowhere if you don’t approach your condo purchase properly & do your homework on the building!

A special assessment occurs when there are repairs that need to made to a condo building but the existing reserve fund doesn’t have enough cash on hand to cover the expense. As a result, owners are left with an additional lump sum that they must pay to cover the costs.

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How Walkable is Your Downtown Condo?

How Walkable is Your Downtown Condo?

As traffic congestion worsens & TTC service continues to be undependable, more & more people are choosing to walk as their main form of transportation

It might not come as a surprise, but Toronto’s downtown core is home to some of the most walkable neighbourhoods in all of Canada & new construction developers are taking note of this sweeping change

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4 Things A Toronto Real Estate Buyer Wants In A Home

4 Things A Toronto Real Estate Buyer Wants In A Home

The Toronto home buyer is increasingly becoming more & more educated about the real estate process and what they want out the property they are purchasing! 

These 4 additions to your property could result in big value increases if done properly!

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What Is “Exclusive Use” In A Toronto Condo?

What Is “Exclusive Use” In A Toronto Condo?

When buying a condo, you will get inundated with a ton of new terms that relate to the ownership, rules & regulations of the building, many of which you probably have never heard before! 

One of these elusive terms used is “Exclusive Use”. This refers to the exclusive use common elements, which are elements only used by you while not actually being owned by you. 

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What Does Your Condo Declaration Mean?

What Does Your Condo Declaration Mean?

If you own a condo, your Condo Declaration is one of the most important documents that you need to review as it contains all of the information regarding your suite & the building itself

Things like the boundaries of your condo suite & rules regarding pets, noise and what changes can be made to the unit with regards to physical alterations are outlined.

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Getting the Best Return on Your Toronto Home Renovation

Getting the Best Return on Your Toronto Home Renovation

While some homeowners plan to sell & move up to a bigger property, we are seeing more people decide that buying a new home isn’t that feasible (or even necessary) given the hectic market conditions recently, so they are deciding to renovate instead!

Renovating your current property allows you to get that same “new-home” feel without having to move! 

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Tips For Selling Your House During The Winter Months

Tips For Selling Your House During The Winter Months

If you are a fan of the hit show “Game of Thrones”, you will know the infamous saying “WINTER IS COMING”, which basically describes a third of the year in Canada hahah

In addition to your usual pre-winter preparations (getting out the heavy jackets, boots, snow shovels, etc.), there are several key things you can do to help sell your property in the winter months

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Should You Buy Or Sell Your Toronto Home First?

Should You Buy Or Sell Your Toronto Home First?

One of the hardest questions we get asked by our clients when they are looking to sell their property is “should we buy our new home first or sell our existing home first?”

The reason this question is so hard to answer is because it changes so drastically from person to person! Here are some of the pro’s & con’s for each option

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