Who Is Moving Outside Toronto, And Why?

Cynically, you're probably saying, "those who can't afford it," and "because they can't afford it." You're not wrong, but that's the simple answer. Let's look at prices in Toronto, and prices outside it - areas like Mississauga, Oakville, and Hamilton,...

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...

Cross The Finish Line!

If you're going to run a race, there's simply no point in starting unless you're going to finish. And as we were taught from a very early age, any task worth taking on, is one worth finishing.  Or even the...

Ultra-Modern Or Traditional?

Have your say, I'm curious to know. Four years ago, I did a video about these new-age, ultra-modern, somewhat "California Style" houses in Toronto, with their odd, sore-thumb look on traditional streetscapes, and one reader commented, "These houses ruin a neighbourhood." Styles...

The $119,000 3-Bed, 2-Bath Semi

If it sounds too good to be true, that's because it is. Whenever I'm outside Toronto, I love to look at real estate.  Partly because of professional curiosity, and partly because I'm a sadist who likes to torture myself when...

Toronto’s “Alleyway” Homes

When you hear the term "alleyway," what is the very first thing that comes to mind? Admit it - many of you thought of either the term "dark alleyway," as in "I wouldn't want to run into him in a dark alleyway," or you...

How Much Is That 3rd Bedroom Worth?

The world is growing.  The population is growing.  People seem to be taller and bigger than they were a century ago. And yet, our domiciles are shrinking, more and more, every year. Much of this has to do with the growing...

How To Get Rich Quick, And FAST!

Here's something you don't see every day! First of all, a house being sold via auction in Toronto is rare! But you also don't see a $4.9 Million house being sold in the same forum as diamonds, watches, and cars, all for,...

Does Our Market EVER Take A Vacation?

Sitting here in the first week of January, begging for new listings to hit the market for all my buyer-clients, I truly do think there are times when the real estate market is "almost non-existent." It's a cyclical market, and thus there...

How Do You Pick A Home Inspector?

This should make for a very interesting conversation! A blog reader sent me an article from the CBC.ca, which talked about the "lack of regulations" on the home inspection industry, and asked if I thought it was better or worse...

What Options Exist Outside Toronto?

This website isn't called "Ajax Realty Blog," and yet I feel that checking in on some of the areas outside the GTA might be prudent at times. The average price of a detached home in Toronto was $1,053,871 in September, and some...

Why NOT Bully?

Okay, don't read that headline, if you're a slightly overweight 12-year-old with a learning disability, an absentee father, and a need for attention.  At least, that's how I picture the average, cliché, playground bully... Hopefully, you knew I'd be talking about "bully...

Confusion, Fear, & Gambling!

All three words were central to today's blog post, and I couldn't pick just one; hence today's title. I've noticed a new trend in Toronto real estate, and while it's not new in a sense that it's never happened before, the frequency...