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Over 100,000 people were on the City of Toronto’s centralized waitlist for subsidized housing at the beginning of 2019. How is it possible for something like this to happen in a city with over 66,000 vacant homes?

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As a regulator, our most important responsibility is to educate consumers. It’s a lot easier when you and the consumer are both well informed.

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The LTB in Ontario, broken for years, is now resorting to deliberate underhandedness to further frustrate landlords into abandoning their right of due process.

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Something I had always wanted to do around this time of year was surprise my wife by taking her out on a traditional, seasonal sleigh ride.

From left: Tara Petch, director of partnerships, Habitat HM; Bob Van de Vrande, 2019 RAHB president; Tim Mattioli and Bruce Moran, RAHB members and former HOAP board members; and John Gerrard, CEO, Habitat HM.

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The Realtors Association of Hamilton-Burlington (RAHB) recently stepped up to support Habitat for Humanity Halton-Mississauga but more long-term support is needed.

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Altus Group, CREA and the country’s real estate boards have just created Canada’s first truly national MLS Home Price Index. It’s a big deal and it’s important for all Realtors to know why.

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Are you a country bumpkin at heart? Maybe you only think you are. In almost 30 years of helping people find homes, I’ve seen the eyes of the citified go positively dreamy with thoughts of living in the country.

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I know, this may seem pretty simple but stick with me, because it’s constantly overlooked in favor of things like cold leads from Facebook, cold-calling, door-knocking, expireds and FSBOs.

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And have you ever thought of cutting thick slices of fruitcake into cubes and roasting them in sizzling sweet homemade oven-roasted garlic purée butter?

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The new minority government could be just what Canada needs to pull it out of this housing quagmire, which only seems to have gotten muddier since the Liberals took power in 2015.