Food for Thought: Has the Time Come for a New Development Model?

As developers face greater challenges in the market place, and urban issues continue to progress, the question arises, should we be considering a new model all together? Read article for full details.

Recent news surrounding developers’ struggle to bring projects to market amidst rising costs and changing market conditions, raises the question of whether new models for development are

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A Rare Well Rounded Look at Toronto's Real Estate Market: The Post City's Real Estate Round Table

The April 2018 edition of the Post City Magazine features a Real Estate Round Table Discussion with industry experts including CIBC Capital Markets Benjamin Tal, developer Brad Lamb, and Former Chief Planner Jennifer Keesmaat. Their discussion offers a rare complete view of the real estate market right now and the implications on our future real estate environment.

Read more to see the key points of the discussion highlighted to provide insight on the real estate market, government policy, planning and development, and the economy.

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Toronto Laneway Housing Update: Draft Design Criteria

After years of consideration and planning, a draft set of design criteria to guide the development and form of Laneway Suites is finally here. On March 29th, City Planners presented the guidelines to a community meeting of over 200 people.

Laneway housing provides our city with the much needed ability to densify our existing neighbourhoods within the core, without building high rises on every corner.

The approval of laneway suites as an "As of Right" opportunity for homeowners provides both more supply in our increasingly expensive real estate environment, as well as supplementary income potential for owners.

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What Really Happened in Toronto’s 2017 Real Estate Market & What’s to Come in 2018

2017 has been a whirlwind year for real estate in Toronto. A record breaking new year followed by government intervention, rising interest rates, and uneven demand has seen the market go up, down and sideways. This article explores the reality behind the rollercoaster year and what to expect come 2018.

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Fall Market Assessment - Where we are 6 Months after the Fair Housing Plan (Part One)

Part one of a three part series to evaluate the state of the Toronto Real Estate market 6 months after the implementation of the Ontario Fair Housing Plan. After record breaking growth in early 2017, the government implemented 16 new rules to cool the market. In this post I ask, did it or will it work?

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November 2017 Market Update

The November real estate statistics show continued signs of a stabilizing market in Toronto. After a turbulent summer following the implementation of the Ontario Fair Housing Plan in April, Housing prices are steadying. Stable and consistent growth month to month demonstrate the community's revitalized certainty in the housing market. Toronto Price growth is led by a persistently hot condo market and entry level low-rise market (town-houses). 

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Hannah Chan Smyth