Condo Vs. House

It's a simple question, but the debate will rage on and on. And as simple and as seemingly-common as this question or topic is, I rarely get asked by buyers, "Should I buy a house, or should I buy a...

The Downside To Hard Loft Living

They're unique, they're cool, and they're in short supply, which makes them exciting when they come up, but also a better long-term investment as they represent such a small percentage of the overall condo market. I could rant and rave...

Surviving The Elements!

I was going to call this post, "Top subtle condo annoyances that you would never even think of until you lived there," but then the first three ended up being "elements," and plus, that title is just far too long......

Buying A Condo Sight-Unseen

It sounds crazy, but in this even-crazier real estate market, sometimes buying sight-unseen can represent the answer you're looking for. Certain segments of the downtown Toronto condo market are absolutely on fire right now, and with properties selling in a day,...

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...