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TREB Allows Realtors to Post GTA Home Sales Data

by Yvonne von Jena | September 19, 2018

TREB has agreed to allow real estate companies to post GTA home sales data on their password-protected websites. Beginning Wednesday, September 19, home buyers and sellers can now access sold prices and other real estate data which were previously not publicly available.

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TREB Ruling and Implications for the Canadian Market

by Yvonne von Jena | September 12, 2018

In late August, the Toronto Real Estate Board (TREB) lost its appeal to the Supreme Court of Canada concluding seven years of litigation with the Competition Bureau. In deciding not to hear TREB's appeal of a lower court ruling, the Supreme Court in effect sided with the Competition Bureau and its request that TREB release data about houses that it had kept off listings, including sold prices.

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Smart Home Trends

by Yvonne von Jena | September 6, 2018

Some people are willing to spend more for smart home technologies, including smart thermostats, leak detection sensors and home security trends. These features can make a home easier to sell, specifically to some select audiences. So popular are smart homes that 80 million smart home devices were delivered globally in 2016 and almost 435 million in 2017.

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Top 10 Luxury Housing Trends: What's Hot and What's Not

by Yvonne von Jena | August 29, 2018

According to US real estate journal Inman, here’s What's hot and what's not: 10 luxury housing trends you can't ignore. Although US-based, still insightful and applicable to Canada.

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Condo Prices: It's All Relative

by Yvonne von Jena | August 17, 2018

Vancouver and Toronto condo prices may seem high to Canadians, but it’s all relative. On a global basis, downtown condo living in several Canadian cities compare quite well according to Matthieu Arseneau, National Bank Financial’s deputy chief economist, who compared ownership prices of “comparably sized” downtown condos across 24 cities.

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Industry Developments: Helping to Reduce Income Fraud

by Yvonne von Jena | August 14, 2018

Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) has asked the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) to take a “more direct and formal role” verifying income claimed on mortgage applications, part of a two-year plan to tackle mortgage fraud.

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Is the Worst Over?

by Yvonne von Jena | August 8, 2018

The Canadian housing market has weathered a series of headwinds this year, including higher interest rates and a mortgage stress test, which have sent sales falling since January. BMO, CREA, RBC and TD weigh in on what to expect in the coming year.

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The Impact of Wind Turbines on Property Values

by Yvonne von Jena | August 2, 2018

The impact of wind turbines on nearby property values is difficult to define, but some hard numbers are beginning to emerge according to Inman. Although the information is US-based, it does provide helpful  insights.

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Canadians Financial Fitness & Homeownership Study by Genworth Canada

by Yvonne von Jena | July 31, 2018

Genworth’s 2018 Financial Fitness & Homeownership Study shows that homeownership is a mainstay of Canadians’ financial well-being. 

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Insights into Foreign Property Investors

by Yvonne von Jena | July 17, 2018

The amount of foreign ownership of Canadian properties has resulted in much research and debate. To better understand the topic, here are some great insights provided by the Chinese portal Juwai.com as per the Globe and Mail.

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