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
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 ...
First Time Home Buyers in Ontario Get Higher Tax Refund
February 1, 2017
With the increasing prices of real estate in Toronto, the refund of up to $4,000 for first time home buyers, which is effective by Jan. 1, 2017, is a move by the government to help young members of the community to purchase a home. This is a small step towards easing the hesitation felt by many regarding whether or not they can afford their first real estate purchase. The refund, slated to be up to $4,000, should offset the land-transfer tax from the first $368,000 off the home price of a first time home buyer. This is almost double ...
Of course condo living has outdoor space
May 9, 2016
Mother's Day was yesterday and we hope that all the loving, caring, hardworking moms out there had a wonderful day! Motherhood comes with many challenges and many rewards, and at the end of the day moms just want their kids to be happy and healthy. And let's face it, we want those little rug rats to get outside and blow off some energy on a daily basis. A misconception of condo living is that there is no outdoor space, when in actuality that is not true at all. Not only is there outdoor space but it's outdoor space which ...
Come At Me Snow
April 4, 2016
So what if it's snowing in April? It's not anything we Canadians aren't used to. We know Old Man Winter has a bit of a warped sense of humour and likes to give us one last salute when we think that Spring is here. It's ok with us because we like snow. It's the one thing you can throw at your significant other, friends and kids that won't hurt (except for ice balls don't throw them, a black eye from middle school taught me that lesson). Snow is quite beautiful the way it lightly falls to the ground. It's ...