CANADAS DOOMSDAY FORECASTERS GET IT WRONG AGAIN

Predicting a housing crash in Canada has become an annual feature for some doomsday forecasters, particularly in the condo market. With unprecedented condo growth in Canada’s three major cities during the last decade, some observers feel the end of the … Read More »

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What is the best Season to Sell my Home?

Common belief has held that the best time to sell a home is in the spring, and the best time to buy is in the fall. Although there is merit to this argument, not everything can be so definitive and … Read More »

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STREAMLINING THE BUILDING APPROVALS PROCESS

Brewer’s Dictionary of Phrase and Fable says the term “red tape” is “so called because lawyers and government officials tie their papers together with red tape. Charles Dickens introduced the phrase.” Red tape makes property developers, builders, architects and ultimately … Read More »

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HOW HOUSING IN CANADA IS DIFFERENT THAN IN THE U.S.

When Canadians visit the U.S., or Americans come to Canada, everything looks familiar but feels somehow different. It’s the same in the two countries’ housing markets – there are enough similarities that it feels normal, but drill down a little … Read More »

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Should I Stay or Should I Go?

Should I stay or should I go. Its not just an anthemic line to a classic song from The Clash. It’s also an age-old question of homeowners everywhere. When your home’s not so perfect, you get the wandering real estate … Read More »

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DOGS, CATS AND REAL ESTATE

Canadians love their pets – really love them. About 57 per cent of Canadians own a pet, according to a recent poll by Ipsos Public Affairs. That’s not as many as in the U.S., where 67 per cent of households … Read More »

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CANADIAN RENOVATION SPENDING WILL STAY STRONG FOR YEARS

If you’re getting your house ready to sell, chances are good that you’ll be spending some money to fix it up and make it more attractive to buyers. If you just bought a house, you’re likely going to spend some … Read More »

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Owning a Home Makes Families Happier, Healthier

There are lots of reasons why Canada’s homeownership rate is one of the highest in the world, at about 70 per cent. The best reason is because owning a home makes families happier and healthier and in most cases, more … Read More »

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What Do Young Canadians Want? Home Ownership, But It’s Getting Tougher

With Canada’s housing market levelling off after more than a decade of unprecedented growth, lately there’s been a lot of research about what young Canadians think about buying a home. Is it as important to them as it was for … Read More »

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Most Canadian Homeowners Have No Plans to Downsize

A recent survey by Leger Marketing, sponsored by Royal LePage Real Estate, found the demand for suburban detached homes remains strong among baby boomers and their children, known as Generation Y. “Baby boomers are the wealthiest generation in Canadian history,” … Read More »

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