Opinion: COVID-19 and the fall of organized real estate

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Management of some of the very largest real estate boards has demonstrated a profound lack of awareness of the 60-foot tsunami heading their way.

COVID-19 might kill the rental property industry

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The net profit from a rental property is much less than tenants, media and the government believe, and it's these same entities who collectively think residential landlords are rich and can afford to carry all the consequent losses caused by COVID-19.

No affordable housing for another decade

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Very little of substance from any level of government in Canada gives me hope that affordable housing in Ontario will become a reality within the next decade, but I see much evidence that it won’t happen.

Ontario’s rent increase guideline – Is it fair?

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Most residential landlords would say without hesitation that Ontario’s annual rent increase guideline does not fairly reflect the true cost of operating a residential rental property in Ontario. Is that really true?
Courtice, Ontario, Canada-June 09, 2019: Sign of Ontario Power Generation on the building at Darlington Energy Complex in Courtice, Ontario, the building supporting refurbishment reactors.

Nuclear plant relocations may create a housing meltdown

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Ontario Power Generation (OPG) announced that it's moving all its “non-station” groups to Clarington. The fallout on the social fabric of the region will have profound consequences.
taxes for real estate agents

Do residential tenants pay property tax? Of course they do

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Just about everyone believes that residential rental property owners pay the property tax as part of their operating costs. It’s a universal misperception.

Fentanyl a threat to landlords and real estate professionals

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First responders on the scene of an accidentally overdosed person or even a home-grown lab are at serious risk when they are exposed to fentanyl.

A landlord-tenant privacy quiz

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All private businesses across Canada, including residential landlords and real estate brokerages, will be impacted by the latest changes to the Personal Information Protection and...

Cannabis legalization and renters

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Cannabis, also known as marijuana, will be legalized in Canada on Oct. 17. However, that doesn’t mean you can use it anywhere you wish.

Opinion: Zillow – The devil you know?

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I agree that Zillow should not receive for free the right to advertise a Realtor’s hard-won property listing. But consumers win big-time from competition. So will Realtors.