Buying, Renovating and Selling Real Estate in Toronto
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West Don Lands: Toronto’s newest neighbourhood

You’ve likely driven by it, coming from the DVP to the Gardner, or the Eastern street overpass, or while getting to the Distillery District. Acres of land–a former industrial area–sitting vacant in downtown Toronto, next to some of Toronto’s most vibrant areas:
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Why buyers pass on overpriced homes

Image weighing a house vs cash
Recently a friend and I got into a discussion about house pricing. He thinks that if a house is overpriced, buyers will simply submit a lower offer.  As this discussion has come up more and more among my friends, I’m beginning to think that this is the prevailing logic.  And it
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Chic and cheap from Structube’s new fall catalogue

Today Structube just launched their new fall 2012 furniture catalogue.  Structube is a Canadian company with 35 stores throughout Ontario and Quebec.  Their modern style isn’t the most current, but for the price it’s a great option for those looking to decorate with style,
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A belt-tightening for home equity lines of credit

House squeezed by clamp
I was talking to my neighbourhood banker today, and he let me know that as of Monday, August 20th, TD Bank (along with a few other banks, like RBC) will be changing the loan to value ratio for their home equity lines of credit (HELOCs).  It’s currently at 80% LTV and it will be
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New porcelain marble look-alikes

Close up of porcelain marble look-alike tile
I was at Ciot yesterday, and happened by some new marble look-alike porcelain tiles.  I’ve been using real marble for years in my renovation projects.  Natural marble is absolutely beautiful, but it can also be very expensive ($20/sf and up for something nice), very sensitive to
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Think You Know What You Want in a New Home?

View of Downtown
Recently I was working with a buyer from out of town who, like many buyers, thought she knew what she wanted. The brief I was given went something like this: a planned community in the suburbs similar to where she currently lives, downsizing from a house to a townhouse, driving distan
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