Listings website pries open property data vault

Real estate information that was once almost impossible to get without the help of an agent is now available online, in yet another sign that the business of selling homes is rapidly changing. Carefully guarded data on home appraisal values – once the private preserve of real-estate industry insiders – has been posted by a listings… Read More

Why living downtown has become more attractive

When Jeff Walker purchased his home a decade ago in downtown Ottawa, environmental sustainability and transportation costs were a big reason. “I had to sacrifice 20 per cent more space and yet pay 20 per cent more for the home, but I figured it was worth it,” said Walker, who is a vice-president and chief… Read More

Ten tips for getting a fair price on a home

Whether it’s a buyer’s market or a seller’s market, all homebuyers have one thing in common: they don’t want to get ripped off. But how do you know if you’re getting a fair deal on the home you’re prepared to place an offer on? Read on to find out how to evaluate the price of… Read More

How to get the best return on your home renos

Are you making upgrades to your home with an eye toward improving your home’s resale value? If so, consider these suggestions before you get started. Check out the Competition When selling is your end game, the golden rule of home remodeling is to make your home comparable to others in the neighbourhood. If you over… Read More

BMO says no Canadian rate hike till 2013

BMO Capital Markets has pushed its rate hikes forecast back to 2013 Tuesday, citing continued serious economic risks both home and abroad. The new forecast pushes the expected time frame for the Bank of Canada to raise its benchmark interest rates back from previous expectations of the second half of 2012. As recently as this… Read More

TTC breaks single-day ridership record

The prospect of longer waits and more crowded buses next year doesn’t appear to be discouraging riders from flocking to the TTC right now. On Sept. 15, the TTC saw a record 1.71 million rides on a single day. It was the fifth time this year that the TTC exceeded the Oct. 27, 2010, record… Read More

Six ways to make sure you buy the right house

A year ago I wrote the most common mistake home buyers make is buying with their heart instead of their head — usually because they panic while involved in a stressful negotiation for which they are unprepared. The result is that buyers pay more than they should, or are disappointed later when they find defects… Read More

Video: Condo investors making us a town of renters

Toronto Councillor Adam Vaughan can tell the minute he looks at a condo building in his downtown ward if it’s full of renters or home to owners. “The bigger the building, the higher the rate of renters,” says Vaughan. The optics can be even more obvious when he steps inside. Even newer buildings can have… Read More

President of BILD Toronto dies hours after receiving award

Just hours after receiving a high-profile industry award for a lifetime of leadership Thursday, the president of BILD Toronto died unexpectedly as he tried to make his way home from the ceremony. Stephen Dupuis was the gregarious voice of Toronto’s building industry, an instantly recognizable character whose spiky hair, easy manner and deep voice commanded… Read More

Pay $10m fire claim, insurer told

Chubb Insurance of Canada has again been ordered to pay a Mississauga divorcee for the loss of her home, art and jewelry in a 1997 house fire. With interest and her legal fees, the cost of denying the near $4.5 million claim will be nearly $10 million. When Bridgette Sagl claimed nearly $4.5 million in… Read More