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Moving during winter doesn’t have to be a nightmare Image

Moving during winter doesn’t have to be a nightmare

So, you’ve decided to move during the winter, or maybe your new construction home is ready for occupancy and the builder has told you when you have to move in, and it’s in the middle of February.

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Royal Port offers convenient waterfront living in Port Dalhousie

There are a few reasons to be excited about Rankin Construction Inc.’s new Royal Port condo development in the Port Dalhousie area of St. Catharines.  

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Improve your homebuying skills with these behavioural tips

Smart home technology has made it much easier for homeowners to set up audio and video surveillance, so when you’re walking through a potential home with your agent, gushing about how you’re willing to pay way more is probably a bad idea. 

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Share your ideas for the Ontario Place development

The province of Ontario is looking for some fresh ideas for the Ontario Place development. What do you picture being at this site? The goal is to transform Ontario Place into a year-round attraction for local and international visitors. 

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Calgary’s luxury home market is in trouble

The Report covers the GTA, Vancouver, Montreal, and Calgary. Vancouver’s top-tier market is expected to pick up steam this spring. Montreal will remain steady and strong, and the GTA is staying resilient. All good news. We can’t say the same for Calgary.

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RIU Hotels & Resorts opening $100 million luxury hotel in Toronto Image

RIU Hotels & Resorts opening $100 million luxury hotel in Toronto

It was recently announced that RIU Hotels & Resorts will be opening a two-tower project in Toronto’s Financial District! The spanish company has resorts around the world, and this will be their first in Canada. 

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National home sales fall for the fourth month in a row

The Canadian Real Estate Association released its national home sales results for December 2018, marking the fourth consecutive monthly decline in sales activity. 

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Proposed Growth Plan amendment aims to increase housing supply Image

Proposed Growth Plan amendment aims to increase housing supply

The province of Ontario has shared its proposed changes to the Growth Plan to gain feedback from the public. Soon after the changes were shared, the Ontario Home Builders’ Association expressed their support of the proposed amendment. 

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3 ways to improve the mortgage stress test

At the end of 2018, I wrote about the idea of reducing or repealing the mortgage stress test. Now I want to suggest some possible amendments that would make the stress test more fair now that interest rates are rising and home prices are still high. 

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Would a design like the Taipei Twin Towers ever get approved in Toronto? Image

Would a design like the Taipei Twin Towers ever get approved in Toronto?

We recently stumbled upon the Taipei Twin Towers proposal by MVRDV, and while we’re not exactly experts on Taiwan real estate, we felt compelled to write about this innovative design.

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Home price growth moderates as market confidence remains steady in the Greater Toronto Area Image

Home price growth moderates as market confidence remains steady in the Greater Toronto Area

The results of the Royal LePage House Price Survey were recently released, and it looks like market confidence in the Greater Toronto Area remained steady through the fourth quarter of 2018. 

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Condo rental market expected to moderate as more supply becomes available

Urbanation, a leading resource for Greater Toronto Area condo and rental market intelligence, released its year-end 2018 rental market results at the end of last week. 

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The best smart home products at CES 2019 Image

The best smart home products at CES 2019

We recently posted about smart home products that we think will become more common in households in 2019. Then we checked out some of the finds at CES 2019, and we found many other exciting innovations. So, we thought we’d share a few of our favourites!

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Is Toronto real estate still a good investment? INFOGRAPHIC Image

Is Toronto real estate still a good investment? INFOGRAPHIC

Is Toronto real estate no longer the sound investment it was long considered to be? To find out, Zoocasa compared the market’s year-over-year performance to that of three popular investments.

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2019 will be another challenging year for first-time buyers

You thought first-time buyers had it tough in 2018 - it’s looking like 2019 may be even harder on singles and couples looking to step onto the homeownership ladder. 

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Housing starts hit record highs and lows across Ontario Image

Housing starts hit record highs and lows across Ontario

The Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation released its housing starts results for December 2018, reporting an elevated annual level when compared to historical averages. 

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Luxury real estate market resilient despite government intervention Image

Luxury real estate market resilient despite government intervention

Sotheby’s International Realty Canada just released its Top-Tier Real Estate Report, a bi-annual study reporting on $1 million+ home sales activity in Vancouver, Calgary, Montreal, and the Greater Toronto Area. 

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See how many condos in the Greater Toronto Area sold for more than $1 million last year Image

See how many condos in the Greater Toronto Area sold for more than $1 million last year

It looks like we’re in for another year of strong activity in the high-end condo market. Sotheby’s International Realty Canada released its Top-Tier Real Estate Report today, predicting sellers’ market conditions in the condo market.

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The reasons why parents are concerned about condo living Image

The reasons why parents are concerned about condo living

Unfortunately, there are many concerns that parents have with condo living, and we’re highlighting some of them with the hopes that it draws attention to a few things that may need to change if condos are ever to be considered ideal family housing.

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EQ Awards nominations deadline fast approaching!

Do you know a home builder, supplier, or any other new home industry leader that deserves recognition for their commitment to energy efficiency? Then you should nominate them for the EQ Awards!

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Futuristic condo amenities that are possible right now (and a couple that aren’t) Image

Futuristic condo amenities that are possible right now (and a couple that aren’t)

Condo amenities of the future. Here are a few ideas that seem possible given the rapidly increasing prevalence of the Internet of Things, robotics, artificial intelligence, and virtual reality. 

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This real estate analyst says there will only be one rate increase this year Image

This real estate analyst says there will only be one rate increase this year

We chatted with Ben Myers, President of Bullpen Research & Consulting Inc., to learn more about what’s in the cards for 2019. We touch on rising rates, the stress test, the rental market, soaring home prices, and more.

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Toronto Real Estate Board reveals total home sales and average price for 2018 Image

Toronto Real Estate Board reveals total home sales and average price for 2018

The Toronto Real Estate Board released its resale market results for December 2018, as well as a few stats about 2018 as a whole. Overall, we can’t say we’re surprised by the numbers. 

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The smart home technology that will become more prevalent in 2019 Image

The smart home technology that will become more prevalent in 2019

We’re not a tech hub where you’ll find the latest products, but in the spirit of the new year, we want to explore some of the smart home technology you may see more of in the coming months. 

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Real estate forecast: What to expect in 2019 Image

Real estate forecast: What to expect in 2019

It’s a brand new year which, for many, signals a fresh start. Can the same be true for the Canadian real estate market, following the last tumultuous 12 months?

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These New Year’s resolutions may help you buy a new home

Have you made any New Year’s resolutions yet? A big one for many people is to buy a new home (or buy their first home). It’s easier said than done, especially in select markets across the Greater Toronto Area.

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It’s time to start speculating about the 2019 real estate market Image

It’s time to start speculating about the 2019 real estate market

Last year was a time of market cooling with rising interest rates and new government regulations. It was a rocky year. Sales weren’t that strong, supply didn’t exactly skyrocket, and prices remained high. What does 2019 hold for the real estate market?

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How to throw together a last minute New Year’s Eve party at home Image

How to throw together a last minute New Year’s Eve party at home

If you’re thinking of putting together a super last minute New Year's Eve bash at your place, we have a few tips for you.

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6 reasons to head down to the beach this winter Image

6 reasons to head down to the beach this winter

You’ll soon have six reasons to head down to the beach in Toronto this winter. The winners of the fifth annual Winter Stations Design Competition have been announced! 

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7 interior design trends that defined 2018 Image

7 interior design trends that defined 2018

Along with new technologies and concepts, designers also reintroduced past trends. Here are some trends that made an impact in the interior design world this past year! 

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New condo market finishing the year stronger than it started

The Building Industry and Land Development Association released its monthly results for the Greater Toronto Area’s new home market, reporting that the number of sales and openings are back on track for November 2018. 

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6 housing moves the government made in 2018

Activity varied from market to market, but overall, sales were down in Ontario for both resale and new construction. With that in mind, we want to take a look at a few more housing moves the government made this year, which will surely impact 2019. 

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What I want to see from the housing market in 2019

This is it - my final article of the year. As I look back on 2018, there are many highlights, but also a few lowlights. Without further ado, I’d like you to join me in my reflection of the year and the new home industry. 

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Average rent in Toronto will increase 11% in 2019, says new report Image

Average rent in Toronto will increase 11% in 2019, says new report

A recent rental report highlights the most expensive places to rent in Canada, and you won’t be surprised to hear that Ontario markets dominate the list. 

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Canadian real estate activity continues to lose steam in November 2018 Image

Canadian real estate activity continues to lose steam in November 2018

The Canadian Real Estate Association released its monthly home sales results for November 2018, as well as an updated resale housing forecast based on data up to the end of last month. 

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5 ways to save money during the holidays

The holidays can be expensive. It’s a great time to travel because you have the time off, you feel like you have to buy gifts for friends and family, and you meet up with other loved ones for dinner and drinks every other night.

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