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October 31, 2017

Like other professionals, a REALTOR® is as good as the information at his or her disposal. 

The Multiple Listing Service® is a co-operative system used by REALTOR® Members of Canada’s real estate boards. It is different than the consumer website, which offers a brief description of most properties listed on MLS® Systems.

The Toronto Real Es...

October 30, 2017

On October 25, 2017, the Bank of Canada announced it was keeping its trend-setting overnight lending rate on hold at 1%. The rate rose by 0.25% in July and again in September. Since then, the Bank has cautioned that future interest rate increases depend on whether economic data suggest that inflation is starting to percolate.

The Bank also updated its econ...

October 27, 2017

Experts say no pain usually means no problem, but when creaks actually hurt and are joined with swelling, catching, instability or reduced mobility, it could indicate meniscus tears, torn ligaments or osteoarthritis.

There are body parts I just don’t think about until they get in my way. Or worse — slow me down.

This seems to be the case with a lot of reade...

October 26, 2017

Sidewalk Labs, a division of Google’s parent company Alphabet Inc., has signed a deal with Waterfront Toronto to initiate plans for a $1-billion test “smart city” that will pilot innovative construction techniques and principles, along with the mass application of self-driving systems and climate-friendly architecture.

“Sidewalk Toronto is a joint effort...

October 25, 2017

It is yet another one of nutrition’s hot button issues: eat breakfast or skip it.

And it’s a matter I’ve wondered about ever since North Americans and their erstwhile eating habits became smitten with constant grazing and snacking.

Some believe breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Others, like Dr. Jason Fung, author of The Obesity Code, a modern...

October 24, 2017

The latest Bloomberg Global City Housing Affordability Index revealed that 7 out of the 10 most affordable global cities in terms of home prices are in North America, with 3 of these being in Canada.

The Bloomberg index calculates the affordability of renting or buying in city centres and suburbs, based on the proportion of household income required to s...

October 23, 2017

A robust economy and strong industry fundamentals continue to propel investment activity in the Canadian commercial property sector, according to Avison Young’s Fall 2017 Commercial Real Estate Investment Review (North America and Europe).

“With record amounts of capital still seeking a home, investors continue to find ways to buy into Canada’s finite inve...

October 20, 2017

Many people chose to running around the downtown Toronto area in order to keep in good health.  But according to Connie Choy, air quality coordinator for the Lung Association Ontario; it is a source of worry as air pollution has been linked to hospital admissions and premature deaths.  Studies connect air pollution to a list of ailments including appendic...

October 18, 2017

Although there can be many reasons for insomnia, ranging from anxiety to medical disorders, many of us experience difficulty sleeping at some point. An all-too-common solution is to turn to prescription or over-the-counter sleep aids. Of course, the problem with this strategy is potential dependency — your insomnia can actually worsen when you stop taking...

October 17, 2017

Toronto’s housing prices have increased over two-fold since the previous decade’s recession, despite September sales remaining sluggish and home prices falling for the 4th straight month (especially in the detached-home segment).

According to data released by the Toronto Real Estate Board earlier this week, 6,379 homes were sold last month, declining by...

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