Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Pothole menace angers motorists, creates business for repair shops

  MONTREAL – An annoying sign of spring — the dreaded pothole — is testing the patience of Canadian drivers this year while also creating a financial bonanza for auto repair shops. Extreme fluctuations in early spring temperatures along with lots of rain have unearthed a high number of potholes that are exposing motorists to […]

Lack of supply to blame for bloated Toronto house prices – realtor

  While Toronto has stood near the top of several “most dynamic Canadian market” lists for years now, the city is gradually running out of land for properties, and a realtor pointed at this fact as the main reason for swollen prices. Thomas Bosley, third-generation president and broker of record of Bosley Real Estate Ltd., […]

34 Macpherson Ave, Toronto, C02, Annex – For Sale $1,599,000 SOLD

34 Macpherson Ave, Toronto, ON, has been SOLD   34 Macpherson Ave, Toronto, ON For Sale List Price: $1,599,000 Taxes: $8,486.21, Yr 2016 Major Intersection: Yonge + Roxborough St West; Community: Annex; District: C02 Semi-Detached, 3-Storey, Lot: 25.08 x 120 Feet Bedrooms: 4 + 2; Washrooms: 4 x 4pc   Summary Description:   Prime Summerhill/ […]

Higher tax on capital gains unlikely to deter property investment

  There’s speculation that the federal budget coming Tuesday will include a tax measure that would hit people buying and then selling investment properties in hot housing markets. That’s not how higher taxes on capital gains would be billed, but people buying investment properties in addition to their principal residences would be affected. In reality, […]

Android rooting bug opens Nexus phones to ‘permanent device compromise’

  Millions of Android phones, including the entire line of Nexus models, are vulnerable to attacks that can execute malicious code and take control of core functions almost permanently, Google officials have warned. The officials have already uncovered one unidentified Google Play app that attempted to exploit the vulnerability, although they said they didn’t consider […]

5 Olive Avenue, Toronto – $810,000 Annex semi-detached home that is modest in size

  LISTED AT  $769,000 SOLD FOR  $810,000   Address: 5 Olive Avenue   Neighbourhood: The Annex The property: One half of a tiny Annex farmhouse that dates to the late 19th century. The interior isn’t spacious, but it has graceful touches like cathedral ceilings and restored pine floors. The history: The original structure was built […]

Piano Piano – Victor Barry’s new Italian restaurant in Toronto

  Name: Piano Piano Neighbourhood: University Contact: 88 Harbord St., 416-929-7788,  pianopianotherestaurant.com,  @pianopianotherestaurant Previously: Splendido Owner and executive chef: Victor Barry Chefs: Jeff Lapointe (Splendido, Ufficio), Allison Grundman (Splendido)   The food The Canadian-Italian dinner menu features old-school favourites (rigatoni, veal parm, wood-fired pizza) all made from scratch. There are also gluten- and dairy-free menus, and […]

59 Sussex Avenue, Toronto – $1.95-million Annex home that shows a triplex’s afterlife

  LISTED AT  $1,900,000 SOLD FOR   $1,950,000 Address: 59 Sussex Avenue Neighbourhood: The Annex   The property: This Annex Victorian used to be a three-unit rental property. Now it’s a spacious modern home with a third-floor loft. The history: The seller bought the triplex in 2010 and converted it into a single-family home, complete with […]

Doing ‘open house’ for house buyers? Make security the priority

  My home is on the market and we’d like to have an open house. What should we do to prepare for it? With warmer weather upon us, open-house signs are starting to pop up more frequently. It’s one of the signs that we’re heading into the busy spring real estate market. March is also […]

More than one way to insulate a house

  Having less-than-ideal attic insulation is, essentially, another way of burning money. Chances are you know this, and have packed your uppermost level like a sardine can full of insulation. But that may still not be enough. “No matter how much insulation you add to the attic, if you don’t have a proper vapour barrier […]

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