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Neighbourhood Profile: Guildwood

Prestigious and decadent, Guildwood (often referred to as Guildwood Village) is a highly respected pocket of serenity in southern Scarborough. Hugging the shores of Lake Ontario and flanked by several massive swaths of green space, the area boasts a proverbial gentility and historic charm, infused with striking modern accents. Here’s a closer look at this Read More…

How to Stage Your Rental

Staging has been an effective method to boost value and decrease the time spent on the market for those looking to sell their homes fast. But did you know that you can also stage your rental to get the best value as well? By showing off your rental property’s finest features, you can positively impact Read More…

Be a Tourist at Home

Toronto is the most populous city in Canada, and it’s also the most popular tourist destination in the country. With over 25 million tourists circling through Toronto each year, there are countless attractions to keep all of its visitors busy. But who says the fun is just for the tourists? If you’re lucky enough to Read More…

Finding The “Long Term” Tenant

Obtaining a long-term tenant is landlords’ dream – especially if you find that perfect tenant who is quiet, clean, pays rent on time, and respects your property as if it were their own. So how do you make that dream a reality? Read on as we provide tips that can help you find and retain Read More…

Neighbourhood Profile: The Beaches

With its sandy shores, shop-lined boardwalks, and plenty of popular outdoor events such as the annual Beaches International Jazz Festival, one might picture The Beaches as the ideal neighbourhood for a day trip or eclectic shopping excursion. However, there’s a charm in the air to this community, and once you let it wash over you, Read More…

Relax with a Staycation

That week off work that you’ve been looking forward to is finally almost here. And with so many options of what to do on your vacation, it can be enough added stress just thinking about it. So why not recharge your batteries this time with a staycation instead? You’ll be surprised how relaxing and rewarding Read More…

Understanding the Toronto Real Estate Landscape

For another year, the Toronto real estate market has been a hot one. With exceptional growth already underway in 2017, and positive projections for the rest of the year, it’s no wonder why people are rushing to get into the market. And if you’re one of those people, there are some pretty important things you Read More…

Why Remodel Your Investment Property?

A simple remodel of your investment property can quickly increase the building’s curb appeal and raise the property value, giving you a substantial return on investment. But that’s not the only reason to start planning your remodel design today. Here we look at some of the biggest benefits of remodeling your investment property: Increase the Read More…

New to Toronto? A Guide to Shopping Centres

New to Toronto and looking to find where the best places are to do some shopping? From high-end designer boutiques to handmade crafts at local markets, Toronto has it all. If you’re new to the city, it’s time to get acquainted with some of the hottest shopping destinations in town: Eaton Centre When you think Read More…

Neighbourhood Profile: Kensington Market

Just to the west of downtown Toronto, this eclectic neighbourhood is one of the favourites for tourists and local Torontonians alike. Kensington Market is the treasure trove of Toronto and one of the most vibrant and culturally diverse areas in the city. Renowned for its maze of narrow streets and alleyways, colourful Victorian housing, open Read More…

Adding an Income Suite to Your Home

Looking for an excellent way to generate some more income? Have you considered converting a part of your home into a secondary suite? Not only can the monthly rental income be used to pay back the renovation, but in the future it can go toward mortgage payments, education, retirement, or just add a financial cushion Read More…

5 Must-Have Kitchen Gadgets

The kitchen has always been one of the focal rooms in a home. And in order to make your kitchen an enjoyable, functional place that makes cooking a breeze, it needs to have the necessary tools and gadgets to assist you. If you’re gearing up for kitchen shopping or moving into a new apartment, here Read More…

Neighbourhood Profile: Roncesvalles Village

Roncesvalles Village is a cultural haven for both hipsters and families alike. It blends a variety of demographics with a main flair of Polish and European culture. Affectionately known as Roncy, Roncesvalles Village a neighbourhood that’s nestled nicely away from the booming 24/7 hum of downtown Toronto, where neighbours can chat and people can pop Read More…

Is it Time to Downsize to a Rental Property?

There are plenty of great reasons to downsize from your family home to a smaller property, especially when the kids finally move out and you have lots of extra room that’s not being used. And with the baby boomers coming closer to retirement, we’ll be seeing more Torontonians seeking out apartment living. Are you ready Read More…

How a Property Management Team Can Help a Landlord

Being a landlord comes with many responsibilities and challenges that are often overlooked. You need to look after tenants’ needs, arrange work orders, collect and process rent, and also deal with arrears and complaints, to name a few. These tasks can really use up a lot of time and energy. And taking care of everything Read More…

Are You Ready to Move in Together?

Whether you and your partner have been dating for years, or even if it was love at first sight and it’s been only been a month, how can you tell if moving in to a Toronto apartment together is the right next move to make? The length of the relationship isn’t always a telltale sign Read More…

Places to go Ice Skating Outdoors in Toronto

Skating is one of the ultimate ways we as Canadians love to enjoy and embrace the cold winter months. It gets us outdoors and allows us to stay active while having some fun. This winter, head outside, lace up your skates with the family and try out some of these great outdoor skating rinks throughout Read More…

Neighbourhood Profile: Parkdale

The neighbourhood of Parkdale has become one of the most up and coming areas throughout the city of Toronto over the last few years. While in the past the reputation of this neighbourhood has seen its fair share of ups and down, it has developed into one of the most eclectic and inviting in the Read More…

Help Preserve your Investment

What can you do as a landlord to keep your rental property in good condition? While there can be large maintenance requirements such as replacing the roof or upgrading the energy-efficient windows, there are also small, inexpensive things that make a big difference. Help preserve your investment by equipping tenants with everything you can to Read More…

3 Cozy Winter Recipes

When the winter weather takes a turn for the worse and all you want to do is stay curled up and warm inside, there’s nothing better than having some great winter recipes to make your Toronto apartment feel even more inviting. Stay warm this winter with some of these ultimate cozy winter recipes that will Read More…

Winterlicious – Taste Toronto this New Year

What better way to get through those long, cold winter blues than by indulging in some scrumptious cuisine? Well, thanks to Winterlicious, you can! This culinary event came to life as a way to connect more people to great food and to get you out from hibernation, meet up with friends, go on that date, Read More…

Neighbourhood Profile: Riverdale

Riverdale is a quaint and vibrant community that is one of the favourites for many residents throughout the city of Toronto. It’s often referred to as the gateway to Toronto’s east-end neighbourhoods. One of the main attractions of this area is the diversity of demographics, housing, rentals, and parklands that offer a great oasis from Read More…

How to Get the Best Tenant – and Keep Them!

When you become a landlord, it doesn’t take long to realize how a great tenant can really help make your life and job much easier. Having a good tenant means less work, less time, and less aggravation for you. But the problem is finding those tenants and holding on to them. If you’re perplexed about Read More…

How to Be a Successful First-Time Landlord

If you’re considering renting out a portion of your property or purchasing a home as an investment property, it’s important to realize just how much responsibility is involved in becoming a landlord. It can be a great way to bring in some extra income, but it can also become a stressful endeavour to take on Read More…

Neighbourhood Profile: Yonge & Eglinton

The bustling midtown intersection of Yonge and Eglinton is a neighbourhood that’s located in the northern portion of Toronto. It’s a popular hub for young professionals and families. Although it’s not directly located in the heart of the city, if you take a walk along these streets, you just might think it is. There’s an Read More…

2016 GTA Rental Market Report

According to the 2016 Rental Market Report released by the Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC), it’s a good time to be the owner of a rental property. With rental vacancies at an all-time low, landlords are thrilled that their units are almost fully occupied and their cash flow is secured. GTA Rental Vacancy Rate Read More…

5 Tips for a Rental Ad That Gets the Right Tenant

Finding that perfect tenant can sometimes feel like finding a diamond in the rough. We all know someone with a horror story or two of a rental situation gone wrong. So needless to say, we’d rather avoid any situation that might resemble any those. Reducing that risk all comes down to a few important factors Read More…

4 Tips for Your First Apartment

When you’ve moved on to your third or fourth apartment, there are inevitable lessons that you’ve learned along the way – many of which you wish you could have known right from the start. And thanks to the Information Age, we can share some of that insight for others so they can prep themselves in Read More…

How to Be a Good Neighbour

If you’ve ever experienced living in an apartment building or condo, chances are that you know just how important good relations with your neighbours can be. You want to be able to come home at the end of the day, put up your feet and relax without having to endure hours of raging parties or Read More…

How Will New Mortgage Rules Affect the Toronto Rental Market?

If you thought the current Toronto rental market was already at full speed, it might be time to hold onto your hat! If you live in or around the city of Toronto, chances are that you’re very aware of how properties in this city are becoming increasingly unaffordable and out of reach for the average Read More…

Neighbourhood Profile: Liberty Village

Take a walk along this 43-acre master-planned community, and you’ll be greeted by a neighbourhood that’s bustling with young, creative energy. Liberty Village is a prominent neighbourhood in Toronto where many young professionals have taken up residence. It’s a neighbourhood that blends a chic and gritty urban appeal, with elements of modern design, new builds, Read More…

Starting Out as a Landlord

When you’ve bought your first investment property, there are some important factors to know before jumping into the rental game. It’s not just a matter of sticking up a For Rent sign and handing over the keys to a seemingly decent tenant. Finding tenants, managing rent collection, and handling maintenance can easily become a daunting Read More…

Neighbourhood Profile: The Junction

A prominent history and a diverse demographic – today the area of West Toronto known as The Junction has become one of the most desirable communities for both hipsters and families alike. Decked out with trendy bars, cozy galleries, it’s a hot spot for craft breweries and a hip foodie scene. This neighbourhood balances a Read More…

Maximizing Space in a Small Bathroom

Bathrooms and an abundance of space are two things that don’t often go hand-in-hand. For many of us, especially urbanites, we’re well versed in the aggravations of having a cramped bathroom space. And that’s why utilizing every inch of it efficiently is crucial. It’s a delicate balance between having all your essential toiletries close at Read More…

5 Tips to Succeed as a Landlord

 For many people, the idea of renting out an apartment to tenants is a simple way to gain more income to fund retirement, education, or vacations. That said, being a hands-on landlord is not easy work. From the process of finding good tenants to maintaining the property, collecting rent, handling complaints, and ensuring that everything Read More…

Why We’re Loving Fall in Toronto

If you’ve ever lived in Toronto or even visited the Ontario capital for a weekend, one thing that you can’t deny is that there is always something to do. When it comes to events or simply strolling through one of the many diverse neighbourhoods, boredom simply isn’t an option. And with the cooler air upon Read More…

Millennials & The Toronto Rental Market

In life, nothing stays the same. That couldn’t be more accurate when it comes to millennials and the state of the Toronto rental market. Now more than ever, market analysts are scratching their heads over what to anticipate or expect from this demographic that is edging more into the prime years of moving out and Read More…

Get Active, Toronto!

There are endless benefits to living in an apartment in Toronto! You can have great city views, have access to amazing attractions at your doorstep, and you get to be involved in the excitement and culture of this world-class city each and every day. Apartment dwelling means you don’t have a yard to keep or Read More…

Fund Your Retirement with Rental Income

Investing in a rental property can be a low-risk, high-reward way to secure income for your golden years. It seems simple enough: purchase a property, rent it out, collect income—but every investment strategy has its pros and cons. If you’re considering jumping on the property bandwagon to fund your retirement, here’s what you should know Read More…

Neighbourhood Profile: Little Italy (College Street)

Pizza, pasta, and gelato: the three main staples that make this charming neighbourhood a great place to call casa mia. But beyond the delicious food, this area, also known as College Street West, has so much to offer. It’s one of the most vibrant areas of Toronto, where by day, trattorias and cafes are filled Read More…

3 Important Exterior Maintenance Tasks for Landlords

As more baby boomers trade in the maintenance of their house for an all-in-one easy packaged apartment, and as more young professionals fall out of the affordable reach for buying property, rentals and apartments are becoming more favourable than ever. But with that popularity also comes more potential competition. If you’re a landlord, an increase Read More…

Your Guide to Toronto Universities

The city of Toronto is an eclectic and invigorating place. Known as a miniature version of New York, this city has so much to offer, and that includes great academic institutions. From universities and colleges to professional training opportunities, there’s an abundance of top tier places for you to choose from that will delight your Read More…

Neighbourhood Profile: Danforth/Greektown

Step onto the Danforth and you’ll feel like you’ve been transported into the heart of an eclectic European community. Danforth – also known as the heart of Greektown – is a neighbourhood in Toronto that sets itself apart from any other in the city. Laced with patios, parks, and schools, along with the largest stretch Read More…

Renting Furnished vs. Unfurnished

If you’re a landlord ready to place a home, condo, or apartment on the market, chances are you might be experiencing that internal debate that tends to go along with it:  “Do I keep it furnished or unfurnished?” It can be a tough decision to make, especially if you’ve already got some furniture to spare. Read More…

Does Your Property Stand Out from the Crowd?

There’s a big difference between selling a property and putting it up for rent, and the major distinction can be seen in the way sellers and landlords treat their properties. While rental properties might seem like smaller investments in many ways, that doesn’t mean they shouldn’t get the same TLC that’s granted to properties for Read More…

Neighbourhood Profile: City Centre Mississauga

Mississauga is a city that has seen drastic development over the past few years. It is a place that is bustling with activity, and knows how to set that standard when it comes to urban living. Mississauga’s City Centre is like the heartbeat of this city. From business and housing, to entertainment and community – Read More…

Prepping Your Apartment Before Your Summer Road Trip

Your luggage and itinerary aren’t the only things that need to be prepped before that summer getaway. Leaving your Toronto rental apartment unoccupied even just for a few days requires preparation and planning to ensure that everything is safe and secure while no one’s there to oversee things. Make sure your apartment is ready to Read More…

Understanding the Landlord Licensing Program

Earlier this summer, Toronto city council voted in favour of moving forward with the Landlord Licensing Program. This is a plan that has been in the works for years, with the aim towards helping to keep landlords accountable, and to keep buildings in good condition by enforcing a set of standards. This is being hailed Read More…

Beat the Heat this Summer in Toronto

Even though Canada has a reputation for cold weather, summers in Toronto are actually very hot and muggy. If you live in a home or apartment without air conditioning, it can be hard to keep yourself cool on those scorching hot days of July and August soon to come. After being packed onto subways and Read More…

Neighborhood Profile: High Park

High Park is a gem of a neighborhood located west of downtown Toronto. This historic neighbourhood is easily accessible to all who want to come and enjoy the beauty. Bounded between Bloor, Annette, Runnymede, and the railway tracks, High Park is a primarily residential neighbourhood with pre-war homes of Victorian, Edwardian, and Tudor-style architecture. Families, Read More…

How to Maximize Space in Your Toronto Studio Apartment

A studio apartment (also known as a bachelor apartment) is an apartment rental that combines the living room, kitchen, and bedroom into one multi-use space. Despite the size limitations, studio apartments can be quite cozy and functional with a bit of organization and foresight. Here are some great tips to help you get the most Read More…

What’s Happening This Summer in Toronto?

Whether you live in an apartment in downtown Toronto, a single family home in Mississauga, or a townhome in Markham, this promises to be a great summer in the Greater Toronto Area. Let’s take a look at some of the great events coming to the GTA this summer: Mississauga Waterfront Festival – June 17-19 As Read More…

Exploring the Latest Toronto Rental Market Report

Exploring the latest in the Toronto Rental Market from Fall 2015 shows little change in vacancies rates, with an increase in rentals. Demand for rental accommodation remained consistent, with vacancy rates remaining at 1.6 percent, and availability rates remaining at 3.0 percent. As the cost to purchase a home in the Toronto market continues to Read More…

Neighbourhood Profile: Queen West

Queen West is renowned for being one of the most desirable areas within the city of Toronto. Many refer to it as the heartbeat of the city for both businesses and residents alike. With a bustling cool vibe, steps from the downtown core, and great access to transportation, it’s no wonder that Queen West has Read More…

Apartment Living: Little Changes That Make a Big Difference

Apartments can have the tendency to all look the same regardless of where you live. From the Financial District to Richmond Hill, Mississauga to Scarborough, a small space is a small space, right? Wrong. By making a few small changes you can completely transform the inside of your apartment and for a limited cost as Read More…

The Most Stressful Part of Being a Landlord

When you start to think about buying a property in Toronto and renting it out to potential tenants, it seems like a great way to make a steady profit over the years while building equity. Although it can be a great investment, there are stresses that come with the job. From tenant turnover to relations Read More…

What to Look for in a Profitable Rental Property

Owning a rental property can be a profitable investment. But there are some important factors that must be present in order to ensure that investment enhances your long-term financial goals. Here are five factors to look for in order to ensure a rental property will benefit you in the long run. It’s All About Location Read More…

Neighbourhood Profile: Leslieville

The city of Toronto has often been referred to as the “City of Neighbourhoods.” There are a wide variety of areas throughout the city that offer a variety of characteristics that would suit just about anyone. Leslieville is one of those neighbourhoods that have stood out amongst many. It is a great mixing ground for Read More…

5 Reasons to Move to Toronto

The city of Toronto is commonly seen as a friendlier version of New York City. It is a bustling, charismatic city that thrives on the diversity of its people, and acceptance of all. Encompassing a variety of neighbourhoods – from the trendy to edgy – this multicultural city truly is a place where anyone can Read More…

Earth Day: Are You Practicing Sustainable Living?

Are you practicing sustainable living? If the answer is no but you’re searching for ways to change some of those bad habits in celebration of Earth Day this year, here are some quick tips to get you started. Use the Green Bin Whether you’re a tenant living in a home or a large complex, using Read More…

The Advantages of Being a Renter in Toronto

If you’re a fresh graduate seeking to find your first ever space away from your parents’ place or if you’re the breadwinner of a small family prepping to relocate, it’s time to think about what housing option is best for you. While it might seem like a smart idea to buy a house right off Read More…

Neighbourhood Profile: Runnymede-Bloor West Village

Runnymede-Bloor West Village is a quaint and charming family-oriented neighbourhood. But don’t let that fool you – this neighbourhood is renowned for combining families and young professionals looking for a buzzing urban community. It’s the perfect place where city meets a small-town vibe. Bustling Boutiques and Restaurants Runnymede-Bloor West Village marks itself on the quiet, Read More…

Making the Most Out of a Small Space

For many of us, starting out on our own can be pretty tough. After years of being dependent on parents and relying on others for our daily needs, suddenly falling into the world of independence can feel very threatening. From groceries, to utility bills, and rent – there are a plethora of different expenses that Read More…

How does the Toronto Rental Market Stack Up?

Are you looking to purchase an investment property in Toronto? You’ve made the right choice – Toronto is one of the most rewarding rental markets in the world. We’ve put together some statistics and information to demonstrate just how the Toronto rental market stacks up against cities in Canada and the United States. Low Vacancy Read More…

5 Lessons Every First-Time Landlord Should Know

  If you have friends or family that are landlords, you’ve probably heard a few horror stories about nightmare tenants. Being a landlord is not “easy money” – unless you work with a quality property management company, of course. If you’re on your own, you have to do a bit of groundwork beforehand to make Read More…

Community Profile: Etobicoke

Etobicoke is a beautiful suburban area to the west of Toronto proper. It is bordered on the east by the Humber River, on the north by Steeles Avenue West, on the west by the community of Mississauga and on the south by Lake Ontario. Etobicoke is divided into three primary neighbourhoods: “The Lakeshore” in the Read More…

Planning a Desirable Income Suite

Having an income suite located in your home comes with many benefits. The space may be used to help out extended family that needs a place to stay. It can be used to generate rental income which can help you pay the mortgage and other bills. It can also be used to add resale value Read More…

What is Driving the Purpose-Built Rental Apartment Boom? 

Some of the biggest real estate owners in Canada are showing more and more interest in the development of new rental apartment buildings in the Greater Toronto Area. This purpose-built rental apartment boom will change the way renters live and where real estate owners will invest their money. Read on to learn more about what Read More…

How to Avoid Bad Tenants

As a landlord, there are few things worse than having to deal with the frustration and even danger of a bad tenant. Dream tenants are wonderful – they pay on time, they cause no trouble, and they leave the home or apartment better than they found it. On the flip side, bad tenants can be Read More…

Life in The Annex

The Annex is one of Toronto’s premiere neighbourhoods. Located in mid-town Toronto just north of the University of Toronto St. George Campus, The Annex is bordered by Bloor Street West to the south, Dupont Street to the north, Bathurst Street to the west, and Avenue Road to the east. Spadina Road runs through the heart Read More…

Finding the Best Investment Property

Investing in the Toronto real estate market is one of the wisest financial decisions you can make – but it all starts with finding the right investment property for your budget and your goals. If you dive in too quickly without doing your research, you could end up owning an unprofitable property that drains your Read More…

Growing an Indoor Herb Garden This Winter

On a cold winter night in Toronto, nothing can compare with eating a fresh, warm, home-cooked meal. Whether you’re serving spaghetti and meatballs garnished with fresh parsley, simmering a leek and potato soup infused with fresh dill, or trying your hand at homemade pesto crostini, anything is possible when you maintain your very own indoor Read More…