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Connie Adair is a contributing writer for REM.
Lasswell says it’s all about leveraging what you have and making the most of it.

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Eileen Lasswell, broker at Chestnut Park Real Estate in Toronto, says, “I’m trying to come up with unique ideas that allow the public to enjoy a particular house without having to leave their home.

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Moving is stressful at the best of times, but for residential and business clients who have the added pressure of worrying about COVID-19 and associated restrictions, it can take a toll.

The Key Living team, from left: Yash Mody, director of product; Craig Shannon, CFO; Alex Tang, finance; Daniel Dubois, co-founder and president; Louisa Clements, marketing; Vithushan Namasivayasivam, technical lead; Rob Richards, co-founder and CEO; Mark Petrov, finance; Mark McLean, VP sales and business development; Derek Manuge, finance; Alison Simpson, CMO; Russell Kim, marketing and sales. Not present when the photo was taken: Mark Vandenbosch, community and government relations.

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Company vice president Mark McLean says Key Living has built a co-equity financial model to help consumers buy shares in a condominium for a minimum of $25,000 and build equity while paying a monthly all-inclusive payment to live in a suite of their choice as long as they want. The payments are linked to (but less than) market rents.

Photo by Edwin Hooper on Unsplash

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While everyone stays in their box, real estate companies are thinking outside the box to provide their Realtors with special initiatives during the COVID-19 crisis.

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BrokerBay co-founders Costa Ntoukas, the CEO, and Pavel Choulguine, the CTO, designed a modern front desk software/brokerage ecosystem designed to reduce call volume by 43 per cent and make confirmations three times faster.

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Along with a will, there are three other separate free-standing documents you need to have to protect your family: two types of powers of attorney and a living will, also known as an advance care directive.

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Drafting a will that divides assets equally sounds good, but if you have given more money to one child in your lifetime (such as help with university, a wedding or purchase of a house) it may be seen as unfair.

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It’s the storytelling that draws potential buyers, especially those in the market for houses $5-million and up, says real estate agent Voula Argyropoulos of Hammond International Properties in Toronto.

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Selling a family home after a parent dies can be an emotional and stressful time. Some heirs may be in a hurry to dispose of the property and move on.

V6 includes five flexible residential suites and one commercial unit.

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A cool take on the family compound, V6 in Toronto's Leslieville neighbourhood offers a way for extended family members to live under one roof, but in separate living spaces.