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Why do Realtors Need to See Your ID?

Posted by Nicholas Searle on 10:10 AM

Client identification and verification is required for all real estate transactions. Canada’s Financial Intelligence Unit or FINTRAC (The Financial Transaction and Reports Analysis of Canada) monitors these transactions. This independent government agency helps detect, prevent and deter money laundering and financing of terrorist activities in Canada and globally. It ensures that personal information is pr...


Toronto condo prices keep going up and supply keeps going down

Posted by Nicholas Searle on 05:40 PM

Toronto condo prices have continued to climb since 2012.

Toronto condo prices keep going up, even though overall sales volume might go up or down, depending on the time of year or other factors.

During the year the market follows a standard cyclical pathway. We always see the market moving up in Spring...


Canada Day Fireworks in Toronto & the GTA

Posted by Nicholas Searle on 04:25 PM

Canada Day is here again, and its a great time to celebrate and head out to see the Fireworks! Many places across Canada have good fireworks today and Toronto is no exception, although if you live downtown, you may have to travel a bit to get to them! To avoid the heat, it’s a good idea to set out in the evening.


Where & How to Buy Vacant Land near Toronto

Posted by Nicholas Searle on 11:17 AM

Vacant land has no structure on it as the name implies, so it suits Buyers looking to build a unique and brand new custom home.
We’ve found over 30 lots in and north of the Greater Toronto Area in the range of $100K - $300K available for sale at the moment.
However before you get too excited, ONLY a...


What is a link home?

Posted by Nicholas Searle on 12:10 PM

We recently closed a transaction with a linked property in the Markham area and just wanted to share our experience. A link home can look just like a detached house on the surface but shares a common wall in the basement or foundation underneath the ground level. In other words, a link home is a hybrid between a detached and a semi-detached house.

The link house style was popular in Toronto in the 1970s and 1980s and can still be f...


Why do you need a Duct Cleaning Service?

Posted by Nicholas Searle on 06:25 PM

Many homeowners or condo owners are not sure about whether air duct cleaning would be of any help or not. The ducts in your home or condo push around the warm or cool air from your furnace or air conditioner and they need to be cleaned, as often as yearly depending on the size of the house or condo. 

Over time, dust and debris will accumulate in your ducts and these may create air quality problems in your unit or house and can lead to health problems like allergies, cou...


Ontario Government Offers Rebates for Energy Efficient Renos

Posted by Nicholas Searle on 06:15 PM

If you own a detached, semi-detached or town home, and are planning renovations or upgrades to your home in the near future, make sure you search online for the many rebate programs in Ontario. The offers differ depending on the work being planned and the energy partner involved.

For example, with the Home Reno Rebate from Union Gas(Enbridge), in partnership with the Government of Ontario and Save on Energy, you could be eligible for up to $5,000 in renovation rebates plus additiona...


Non-resident Ownership of Residential Properties in Toronto

Posted by Nicholas Searle on 09:15 AM

After the Ontario government imposed a 15 percent tax on foreign buyers of Toronto property in May 2017 and everyone has been eager to see the impact. To study the effect, a collaborative project was begun between Statistics Canada and the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC).

The results are now analyzed, and it appears that the percentage of homes owned by foreigners in Toronto and Vancouver is much lower than what people assumed. The new data shows that non-residents ow...


Google’s Sister Company investing in High Tech Toronto Waterfront Project

Posted by Nicholas Searle on 08:57 PM

By 2050, approximately two-thirds of the world's population will live in cities, which means that we need to start planning now for how best to use our city spaces and include the natural environment to foster healthy communities.

Waterfront Toronto is partnering with Sidewalk Labs, Google's city-building sister company, to create a new live-work-...


Best Free Buyer Mobile Apps - for first time or experienced house or condo buyers

Posted by Nicholas Searle on 01:06 PM

Buying a new house or condo can be exciting but also overwhelming in many ways! First its all the financial calculations you have to do. Second its all the complex terminology related to the homebuying process, like warranty’s or inspections, and even researching builders or developers to make sure they have a reliable history. And once you settle on the property, the challenge is how to fit all your furnitu...

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