How Much Should My Condo Fees Be?

I get asked this all the time, and the simplest answer is, "it depends." There are a host of factors that determine how high or low a building's condominium fees are, but that's a topic we've covered before. Today, let's...

Urbancorp: How Did This Happen?

I think a follow-up to Friday's blog is warranted for a couple of reasons. First of all, there's just so much more to say.  What I wrote on Friday barely scratched the surface, and having re-read it, I realized there...

UrbanCorp Finally Gets Their Comeuppance

It happened, folks.  It finally happened. Or let's just say that what Urbancorp really deserves is starting to happen, as news broke yesterday that TARION is about to revoke Urbancorp's registration with the warranty insurer. I've been complaining about Urbancorp for a...

Land Assembly In Toronto

We have just about run out of parking lots on which to build gargantuan condominiums, but that doesn't mean that the condominium and construction boom is going to stop! Those people with foresight, patience, and deep pockets, who can bide...

How High Can We Go?

How much further into the sky can we build? How much further into the sky should we build? There are those who feel that Toronto's rapidly-changing landscape is being ruined by cloud-touching skyscrapers, and then there are those who feel that with...

Can A Condo’s Value Ever Drop To Zero?

I always like to compare the real estate market to the stock market, in many different contexts. We look at the amount of "shares" traded in real estate, the frequency, the acquisition/disposition costs, the "dividends" for investment properties, and of...

The Carpet Factory Lofts!

Have you seen these? Gorgeous, authentic, hard-loft condos, with open concept layouts, soaring 12-foot ceilings, exposed brick walls, and timber ceilings.  All in the heart of Liberty Village in a century-old building. These lofts would be in constant demand, in our red-hot...

Trex Decking: Is It Worth It?

Have you heard of "Trex?" It's a composite material that looks like wood, but will never need the maintenance of a wood deck. Sure, it costs more.  But certainly you get what you pay for. Whether you live in a house with...

How Not To Sell Real Estate

Every industry has its highs and lows, and real estate is no different. Industries also have participants with different work ethics, styles of conduct, and business philosophies. But while it goes without saying that there are "many ways to skin...

What’s Old Is New Again!

You know when people say, "Looks don't matter; it's all about what a person is like on the inside" - is that something that only ugly people say? When it comes to your condominium, considering this is your home, do you...

Why Own When You Can Rent?

It used to be the other way around, did it not? Which question is currently the rhetorical one? With a red-hot real estate market, and a luke-warm rental market, it has economists and personal finance experts asking WHY so few...