Category Archives: Tips and Tricks

Get the dirt on Toronto condos using new review site

So far, the fledgling site has comments from buyers, renters and ‘condo plane-spotters’ on about 400 of the more than 2,000 registered buildings in Toronto. It could be one of the best, or worst, things to hit the Toronto condo market since websites like Yelp turned the tables on restaurant criticism. A new crowdsourcing site,, officially launches […]

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Is your contractor certified? Here’s how to find out

Hiring a plumber or electrician is a gamble when you don’t know how competent they are. A new registry helps you check their credentials. Houses need work. So, if you have a repair job to do — such as replacing galvanized plumbing pipes with copper pipes — who are you going to call? I faced […]

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Early exit from closed mortgage can cost you dearly

If you sign a mortgage deal for five years, you should ask how much you’ll pay if you leave early. The penalties can be shocking. When you buy a house and sign up for a fixed-rate mortgage, you probably don’t ask about the cost of getting out early. But life is full of surprises — […]

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Tarion new home protections may be extended to condo conversions

Regulator of new home and condo industry studying feasibility of protecting buyers of older buildings The regulator of Ontario’s new homes industry is studying the feasibility of extending warranty protections to condominium conversions. The creation of new condos in old buildings — be they former churches, hotels, industrial or other structures with previous lives that […]

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