Purchasing your first condo can be an exhilarating time. Not just because you are thrilled by the prospect of owning your own space filled with high end finishes and in the best location that real estate has to offer, but because you can’t help but spend hours ruminating whether or not you are going about your first condo purchase the right way. You don’t have to go far to stumble on someone who tells you the tale of how they bought their first condo from a builder who turned out to practice unsafe construction, or the unit they bought ...
How to Avoid the Pitfalls of A First Condo Purchase
August 16, 2017
Condo Buildings and Dogs: How to Live in Harmony with Your Furry Neighbours
August 9, 2017
I’ll never forget the feel of her wet nose, the curly texture of her beautiful dark black hair or the five pound weight of her body which I could gingerly place under my right arm. Her name was Lucy. She was a miniature poodle and the crowning jewel of my new marriage and new one bedroom condo. We bought Lucy five months after we purchased and moved into our matrimonial abode. At first she was a gorgeous little puppy that all of our neighbors adored. They would coo at her, cuddle her, and even buy treats for her ...
How to Find Space in a Small Space
August 2, 2017
Condo living in Toronto and the GTA is in demand. Why not? When you buy a condo in Toronto or the GTA you can bank on an awesome location, ease of living and more often than not, the most on trend interior design. Of course sometimes when you choose condo living you have to sacrifice a bit on space. Not necessarily living space, but definitely storage space may be in short supply. But does this really have to be the case? Does having your dream condo mean having nowhere to put your beloved photo albums, knick Knacks, and off-season gear ...
Top Seven Tips to Move Hassle Free
July 26, 2017
You have taken the leap and decided to expand your family and your little one will be arriving in no time. Or perhaps you are heading in the opposite direction and your family is getting smaller as your youngest finally heads off to university. Either way, it might be time to move. You may need to upgrade to a larger condo unit or down grade to a smaller, more manageable unit. You find a real estate agent with the highest level of experience and industry know how in the condo market and you ask her to find your ...
Why Live-Work Condo Spaces Are on the Rise
July 19, 2017
Imagine waking up every workday morning and doing the usual run around routine of getting ready, eating breakfast, wrangling the kiddos and walking the dog, but then, just as you head for the front door to start your commute to work, you realize that you need to look no further than your front room to begin meeting with clients. This is the reality of those who have taken part in the trend of buying live-work condo spaces. Such individuals have found the key to work-life balance and it rests in their front door both literally and figuratively. ...
How to Do Your Best As A Condo Board Member
July 12, 2017
If you are a condo owner, there is no more esteemed role to take on than that of a Condo board member for the building in which you reside. Suddenly, people you didn’t even know say hi to you in the elevator, you get invited to more neighborly shindigs and you find out the ins and outs of your beloved building. Yes, being a member on a condo board can be wonderful and rosy but what about those trying moments when you are so challenged by issues and individuals in your building that the proverbial bloom falls off ...
New Condo Sales Are #1 In Demand Across Ontario
July 5, 2017
The Province of Ontario's Fair Housing Plan introduced various measures to try and help more people find affordable homes, increase the supply of available homes, protect home buyers and renters and bring stability to the ever-burgeoning real estate market in Ontario. As this plan was implemented early this year, residents in Ontario were watching with baited breath to see whether it would have an impact on the Province’s real estate market. As data comes out describing our spring real estate market, there is ample evidence that the Fair Housing Plan did not have the desired effect on the real ...
A Healthy Approach to Resolving Condo Building Disputes
June 28, 2017
You’ve stuffed every date with bacon flavored cream cheese, placed pink and silver balloons just outside your front door and yesterday you spent the day decorating the common terrace of your condo building with metallic pots filled with pink and white pansies. You are all set to host your best friend’s bridal shower. The guests should be arriving in about twenty minutes so you decide to dash up to the terrace and double check that the woman living in the unit below you, who has deemed herself the unofficial gardener of your condo building, has removed the 35 broken ...
Two Cents on Strong Scents in Condo Buildings
June 21, 2017
The apple crisp you spent an hour after work making is turning a beautiful tawny color in your state of the art oven. You open a bottle of Champagne and set out the specially engraved champagne glasses you and your hubby were given as a wedding gift last year. You hear a knock at the door. It’s him! You quickly light a candle and dim the lights then rush to the door. You swing open the door and in breezes your love, along with a scent of garlic that is so strong you’re sure your condo building will be ...
Potential New Guidelines for Family Friendly Condos in Toronto Will Make a World of Difference
June 14, 2017
The first home I bought with my husband was a high-end two-bedroom condo unit in a newly built boutique condo building in midtown Toronto. We were incredibly happy with our small but luxurious abode, but over the next few years, as the choice to have children loomed, we decided that a condo was not the place to raise children. When we purchased our first single family home, we found that we longed for the smaller space (yes you read that right!), higher end finishes and stellar location of our condo. We found that our condo was much ...