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Study: GTA home buyers prefer walkable neighbourhoods
Toronto Star
The dream of home ownership in the Toronto region is evolving, with more home buyers prioritizing a walkable neighbourhood over floor space. An Environics survey for RBC and the Pembina Institute confirms that most people prefer it when even suburban neighbourhoods function like cities, with easy access to transit, shops and services.
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Why some real estate agents are marketing to new immigrants
Global News
Catering to different cultures and backgrounds has become big business for the real estate industry in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA). One third of all new homes in the GTA are bought people from the Chinese and South Asian communities, according to the company behind a couple of websites aimed at that market.
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4 keys to marketing your real estate services
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As a real estate agent, your job is essentially that of a marketer on the front lines. However, no one probably ever told you that you'd be working double duty when starting out. You're actually filling two independent — yet connected — marketing roles simultaneously.
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Smoke, mirrors and home sales: Why some experts don't trust Canada's housing numbers
The Huffington Post
Why do househunters in Nova Scotia have such a distinct advantage over those in Ontario or B.C. or Alberta? Soon the Toronto Real Estate Board, the country's largest, will be called before Canada's Competition Tribunal to answer that question. The push for more real estate boards to embrace the information age isn't just about consumer convenience — the Canadian economy is shaped by data controlled by these realtor organizations.
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How does your property tax compare with the rest of Canada?
The Globe and Mail
Looking for a reason to grumble about property taxes? Depending on what type of property you own and where, we might have one for you. The Real Property Association of Canada (REALpac), which represents commercial real estate owners such as pension funds and real estate investment trusts, has completed its 11th annual property tax survey.
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5 tools every real estate agent should have for success in the digital age
The Star
As technology continues to evolve, the tools necessary for success in the real estate industry have developed along with it. Today's real estate agents, developers, buyers and sellers must take advantage of the innovative apps, devices and technology available to support the house letting and sale process.
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Could targeted land transfer taxes cool Canada's hottest markets?
The Globe and Mail
Ontario's real estate association has launched an ad campaign to explain why they believe land transfer taxes hurt the economy. But in a hot housing market, could the tax be used to cool particular regions, such as Toronto and Vancouver?
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A few quick facts about Toronto's real estate market in 2014
Move Smartly
Realosophy recently released its semi-annual Home Value Survey for the Globe and Mail and this might be a good opportunity for me to drill into the sales stats in more detail to help makes sense of what's been going on in Toronto's real estate market so far in 2014.
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Home buyer alert: Pay-to-play is the industry norm
Forbes
A lot of those mortgage people who consistently get the job done right with no drama, also pay for those real estate agent referrals. It is now common practice for real estate firms to have "in-house" lenders, and those real estate firms are compensated by the lenders for those relationships to exist.

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Going 'under the table' not worth the risk
Toronto Sun
One recent weekend while having fun at a friend's house, the conversation naturally turned towards the real estate market and home renovation projects in general — it happens when you invite me to a party — and this sparked an interesting debate among the party-goers about who to hire for a home renovation project.

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Did a murder or meth lab happen in your home? Find out here
CBC News
When a property changes hands again, the sellers may not disclose the house's history. That's where two Ontario brothers come in, hoping you'll turn to their website to research a property's past.

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Gen X home buyers want mortgage freedom
Calgary Sun
Home buyers in the Gen X cohort will not be content to let their mortgages interfere with their lifestyles, according to a TD Bank survey. "More than two-thirds of Gen X Canadians have told us they don't want their entire budget allocated to mortgage payments," says Nupi Zubair, associate vice-president, Retail Products at TD.
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