Toronto Life: Best & Worst Places To Live (Pt2)
I don't hate Toronto Life, by the way. I just find most of their articles on real estate are incredibly biased, and often laughably incorrect. At the end of the day, the fact that this article is "trending" on social media, and...
Toronto Life: Best & Worst Places To Live
Toronto Life is at it again! I can't believe two years has passed since they published their rankings of 140 of Toronto's neighbourhoods, and left it to the peanut-galleries (such as this one...) to debate, bicker, and critique the "findings"...
What Can You Do About The Abandoned House On Your Street?
You know that saying, "Things happen in three's"? While I was away, I read three different articles about abandoned, dilapidated, or forgotten properties in Toronto, and how neighbours are left to deal with the fallout. Let's look at the three...
Blame The Government For High Real Estate Prices!
Seriously, why not? It's actually a pretty good idea. After all, society seems to blame the government for just about every problem known to man, especially those for which society, via man, are responsible... When times are tough, people shout,...
The Friday Rant: Do We REALLY Need To Discuss The Gardiner?
I think I'm going to make a really great "crotchety, old man." Every time I read the newspaper, I get visibly upset. Everything in there bothers me. And for the life of me, I can't understand why anybody thinks that...
Should Toronto “Force” Developers To Build 3-Bedroom Condos?
This has been rumoured now for quite some time: the City of Toronto has contemplated amending the Official Plan to essentially "force" condominium developers to construct 10% of units in buildings with 100+ units as 3-bedroom condos. While this is...
Last week, mayor-elect, John Tory, gave his "State of the City Address," and outlined seven key challenges that the city has to face head-on, notably: transit, gridlock, housing, infrastructure, basement flooding, poverty, and fiscal sustainability. And then in a related...
Olivia Chow: Feeding Deprived Children On A Home-Buyers’ Dime?
Okay, okay, settle down, class. By now, you've all heard about Olivia Chow's plan to raise land transfer tax, in an effort to pay for lunches for students who can't afford them. Every time I write a blog like this,...
In The News: Interest Rates, Manhattanization, & Pensions
Three stories in the newspapers really stuck in my craw this week, and while each is not enough to necessitate an entire blog post, I figure the three together can. The Bank of Canada announced they would not follow the...
Are There Too Many Street Closures In Toronto?
I'm not trying to rain on any specific parade here, but every single weekend during summer in Toronto, streets are closed for something. If our infrastructure was better, perhaps we wouldn't have anything to complain about. But with automobile and pedestrian congestion...
Monday Morning Quarterback: CREA Condemns Land Transfer Tax
Last week, the Canadian Real Estate Association released a report that claims over $2.3 Billion in economic activity has been lost since the Municipal (Toronto) Land Transfer Tax was implemented in 2008. The report also suggested that 12,000 jobs could be added...
Would An Olympics In Toronto Help Our City?
Or would it result in mayhem for the next ten years? With the 2014 Winter Olympiad now complete, COC President Marcel Aubut has gone on record saying that Canada should consider putting together a bid for a future games. Toronto...
Monday Morning Quarterback: “TCHC Halts Sale of Beach Cottage”
Yes, I am aware that today is Tuesday. But the epic phrase isn't "Tuesday Morning Quarterback," and perhaps I'm hoping people are too well-rested from the long weekend to notice. Of course if you were too relaxed over the weekend,...
Toronto Community Housing Corporation Is Looking For A Realtor!
The Toronto Community Housing Corporation will be selling forty-two properties, beginning in March, and they are currently looking for Realtors to do the job. Full disclosure here, folks: I have zero interest in these listings, or working with TCHC. But...
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