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With 2013 coming to a close, BREB would like to wish its members, partners and other industry professionals a very safe and happy holiday season.

As we reflect on the past year, we would like to provide BREB Real Estate Outlook subscribers with a look at the most-read news stories. That means, over the next two weeks, we'll count down the Top 20 articles for the year!

Your regular news publication will resume on Wednesday January 8, 2014.




20. Real estate: 5 signs that you are in over your head
Financial Post
From Aug. 21, 2013: The question you must ask yourself, says Toronto psychotherapist Allen Fraser, is: "Should I admit that it is not going to work?" Here are five clues that you have more house than you can afford.
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19. Would you be better off financially renting or buying a home?
The Globe and Mail
From May 22, 2013: Every year, Frank Tristani assigns his McMaster University finance students the task of showing whether renting or buying a home makes you wealthier. As Mr. Tristani scores the results, owning never wins. "Over six years, no one has been able to substantiate buying as creating more wealth over the long term," he told me in an e-mail.
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18. Beware sending a real estate deal off the rails
Move Smartly (blog)
From May 15, 2013: An interesting decision from Toronto's small claims court last December provides a useful lesson on the obligations of buyers, sellers and lawyers when a real estate transaction starts to go off the rails.
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17. Canadian housing bubble looks ripe for popping
Toronto Star
From July 17, 2013: Housing in Canada is unaffordable. International experts are unequivocal in their concern, and Canadian lawmakers are taking measures to deflate slowly rather than crash. Ironically, only Canadian homebuyers seem to think the market is sustainable.
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16. Bank of Montreal: Housing meltdown fears 'unfounded'
Toronto Star
From May 22, 2013: Fears of a housing "meltdown" are unfounded and the Canadian housing market "will be able to pull off the fabled soft landing," says Bank of Montreal chief economist Doug Porter.
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15. Canadian real estate ranks #3 in world
NetNewsLedger
From June 12, 2013: Canada has been ranked #3 in the World Real Estate House Prices by OECD slightly behind Belgium and Norway yet ahead of France #5, England #8, Italy #13 and the U.S.A. which came in at #19 in affordability.
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14. Brampton's monster-home madness
The Globe and Mail
From Sept. 18, 2013: The partly constructed house at 443 Centre Street North in Brampton looks like it was dropped from the sky – it’s the big blue whale in a sea of modest bungalows, semis and detached homes. For now, it's a shell of a dwelling made of teal-tinted wood, but plans call for eight bedrooms, 10 bathrooms and (including the basement) more than 11,000 square feet of living space.
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13. DOs and DON'Ts of texting for real estate agents
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From Oct. 23, 2013: You may have noticed that many of your clients, and particularly the younger set, prefer to communicate via text message. Texting is a convenient way of sharing information quickly, but not without its pitfalls for professionals.
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12. Message from the President: BREB golfs to feed children at the Annual Charity Golf Tournament
BREB
From Sept. 4, 2013: The BREB Annual Charity Golf Tournament was held at Eagle Ridge Golf Club in Georgetown. Despite threats of bad weather, we lucked out and it turned out to be a beautiful day! Through the generosity of several companies, including Board Sponsors, prizes were raffled off with the proceeds going to Halton Food for Thought.
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11. How Brampton demonstrates the new vision of Canada
The Globe and Mail
From June 19, 2013: Brampton is anything but going backward. With a population approaching 550,000 — two-thirds of which are members of visible minorities, and with a significantly younger face than most of the country — a place most outsiders still consider a sleepy little suburb just west of Toronto is suddenly the nation's ninth-largest city, not far behind Vancouver.
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