Just like anywhere else, buying and owning an apartment in Canada is different than having a house. The house comes with the land it is built on and more. Simply put, you are buying a piece of land and everything within its perimeters – the house, the trees, the mines and minerals, and other improvements built on it. You have the absolute right to everything on, over, and under – within the boundaries of the land. When buying a condo, land ownership and rights are not as straightforward as buying a landed property. Here are the key aspects ...
Canada Condo Ownership 101
August 15, 2018
10 Amazing Condo Decorating Ideas
May 14, 2018
Space is always a challenge for decorating condos. Saving up space is a constant endeavour for condo dwellers. How do you keep your home neat, organised and looking great while dealing with limited space? Here are ten guidelines to follow when decorating your condo; Lighter Tones – Lighter colour tones visually expands the room, making it appear bigger than it is, while darker hues make rooms appear compact. Stick to lighter tones like light creams, pastels, greys and neutral colours. Glass Pieces – Mirrors are popular room extenders. Aside from strategically placed mirrors, glass also extends the ...
The Advantages of Downsizing to a Condominium
January 15, 2018
The downsizing trend has taken the world by storm. Although the minimalist lifestyle is now widely appreciated and accepted, a lot of people still have to grasp its advantages. The word downsize may seem to have a negative connotation to some, but, it really is a positive change when taken with the right attitude and approach. Condominiums are considered the most sensible first-step option to downsizing. While condo living offers a lifestyle that for some is not the traditional image of “home”; not having your own backyard, sharing amenities with other people and abiding by certain rules, many ...
How to Avoid the Pitfalls of A First Condo Purchase
August 16, 2017
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 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 ...
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 ...
How to Get the Most Out of Your Condo Square Footage: The Power of Space Planning & Multifunctional Furniture
May 24, 2017
Purchasing a condo is one of the most exciting decisions you will ever make. You do your research, choose a knowledgeable realtor who specializes in condos, make an offer and sign on the dotted line, work with lenders to fund the most important investment of your life and then, on closing day, you get the key to your new home. You insert this tiny piece of cut metal into the lock of your new property and open the door to endless possibilities in living, working and entertaining. But what happens when you can’t visualize how to use your ...
New Provincial Tax to Educate Ontario Condo Owners Promises No More Buyer Beware
May 4, 2017
Ontario condo owners will soon be subject to a new monthly tax. While this may sound like a negative development, leaders in the condo industry and experienced condo owners are certain it is not. This revision to Ontario’s Condominium Act, which could cost condo owners as low as a dollar per month, is set to be in place by late 2017. The fee will be used to educate condo owners through various means, on subjects like good builder practices, condo owner rights and appropriate condo management expectations. According to the Ontario government, Condo owners in the province are in need ...
Is the Modern Esthetic the Best Choice for Living in Smaller Spaces?
April 19, 2017
Homeowners in smaller living spaces are often tempted to create a living environment using modern fixtures, clean lines and discreet storage solutions in the hopes of giving the illusion of more space. Nowhere is this tendency towards sterile lines and clutter free living more evident than in the homes of big city condo dwellers. Where square footage is going for a premium and space is limited, subscribing to a minimalist design in an attempt to trick the eye into perceiving more space is a temptation most can’t resist. While some condo owners happily subscribe to modern furnishings ...
BHive Condos coming soon to Barrie
March 1, 2017
Look North and what do you see? Well, if you're looking from the GTA you will see Barrie, one of Canada's fastest growing cities. It is rapdily becoming the centre of new condo development and with good reason as it has convenient access to the Go Train, lake, parks and you're a short hop to the beauty and relaxation of Cottage Country. It's not hard to see why many are making the move to this glorious area. Bremont Homes is introducing BHive Condominiums, to be located at Essa Road and Highway 400. Close proximity to Highway 400 ...