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How to avoid home closing day anxiety
August 23, 2012
Missing keys, missing mirrors and too much garbage — just a few of the strange things that can happen.
Good home inspections find water problems
August 17, 2012
Water damage is expensive to fix, both inside and outside your house. That is why you need a good inspection firm that will look for these warning signs.
How to win a landlord-tenant dispute
August 10, 2012
Whether you are a landlord or a tenant, if you expect to win before the landlord and tenant board, you better be acting in good faith.
Selling a condo? Beware the taxman
August 3, 2012
B.C. real estate agent who bought and sold a condo he said was a personal home was penalized for not paying capital gains tax.
As GTA real estate softens, how to reduce risk
July 29, 2012
With the GTA property market showing weakness here are some ways to protect yourself from risk.
Finally! A renter's market for condos
July 20, 2012
With the Condo market showing signs of slowing for the first time in ten years, it's a good time for savvy renters to strike a good deal.
How somebody could pay $90,000 over asking?
July 13, 2012
Making sure there's a "bidding war clause" in your offer to purchase a home can spare you the frustration recently endured by a Toronto couple.
Does a minute matter in a real estate deal?
July 06, 2012
Real estate contracts often say deals must be concluded no later than 6 p.m. on the day of closing. What happens if you miss the deadline?
No breaks for offshore condo investors from the taxman
June 29, 2012
Non-residents selling property in Canada must immediately pay all taxes before a deal can close.
Scam cost Moncton homeowners a bundle
June 22, 2012
A house sale in Moncton goes sour after buyer’s cheque bounces.
First-time homebuyers: five things to remember
June 15, 2012
Being properly prepared for the homebuying process can save you from making a costly mistake.
Home inspector liable for cost of removing mould
June 08, 2012
A recent court ruling found a home inspector liable for the cost of removing mould from a Toronto home.
Why the bidding war frenzy may be ending
June 01, 2012
There are signs that the silly winter season of GTA home bidding wars has slowed down and maybe on its way out.
Selling a house: Can you evict a tenant?
May 25, 2012
Many landlords wonder whether they can evict a tenant before selling an investment property, so that they can fix it up.
How to avoid renting to a tenant from hell
May 18, 2012
A lease with peace: Here is how landlords and tenants can avoid problems.
Things to watch for when flipping a condo
May 11, 2012
Buyers of new GTA condos looking to flip their units before a building’s final closing face an unusual legal situation.
Court rejects email sale of $155,000 condo
May 04, 2012
New Brunswick judges have overturned a ruling that allowed a man to buy a condo in Moncton, site unseen, by email.
Why CRA wants $30,000 HST rebates back
April 27, 2012
Some investors who bought new homes or condos in past few years planning to flip them in a hot Toronto market are facing HST bills up to $30,000.
Court denies realtor $11,000 commission
April 20, 2012
A recent trial makes it clear: You should understand what buyer agency means before you start working with an agent or visiting agents at open houses.
Family heartache as estate battle ends up in court
April 13, 2012
As a recent court case shows, when it comes to estate planning, it's vital to put it all in writing to avoid costly disputes later.
$99 report reveals home's full history
April 06, 2012
An Ottawa firm is offering homebuyers a detailed look at such things as fires, floods and break-ins at a property they might want to buy.
How to win a real estate bidding war
April 03, 2012
GTA bidding wars are back as the spring market gets under way. Here's how to come out ahead if you get caught up in one
Real estate bidding wars:Ways to improve your chances
March 30, 2012
GTA bidding wars are back as the spring market gets under way. Here's how to come out ahead if you get caught up in one...
Why it’s still a good time to buy a home
March 23, 2012
Toronto homes may be expensive but that doesn't mean we're heading for a housing bust. Here's why.
Buyer beware: Cracks in walls may be sign of repairs ahead
March 16, 2012
When buying a new home investigate if you see cracks, or call in a specialist to inspect before you make an offer.
Mortgage fees: Understand the fine print
March 9, 2012
Many of the fees associated with a mortgage are poorly explained to homebuyers.
B.C. realtor fined $258,000 for selling home twice
March 3, 2012
The case of a Surrey, B.C. real estate agent offers lessons for sellers who think they can get out of a deal, should a better offer arise.
Who pays if a tree falls in your yard?
February 24, 2012
Tree ownership is among the most popular property questions from readers. Who is responsible for roots, branches, dead trees and damage?
Never buy a house without a home inspection
February 17, 2012
In Ontario's hot housing market buyers are being advised by agents to make ‘clean' offers without any conditions. Here's why you shouldn't.
The hidden value in heritage properties
February 10, 2012
Many people think that a heritage designation lowers a property's value because it limits what an owner can do with it. Here's why it's not true.
Seller changes mind, agent still gets $9,446
February 3, 2012
When you put your house up for sale, expecting a real estate agent to spend time marketing your property, you have to take his effort seriously.
Why it's a good time to buy a home
January 27, 2012
Rates at historic lows along with other positive signs may mean it's time to take the plunge or refinance.
How Ontario residential and business leases differ
January 20, 2012
Residential leases are governed by Ontario laws that are different to a business lease, in which almost anything goes.
Know your rights when you share a property
January 7, 2012
If you buy a home with your spouse or another person this year, you will have to decide how to take title together.