It’s not a bubble – It’s a devastating storm

I believe it is everyone’s right to have a safe and affordable home to raise a family.  The reality in today’s economy is quite the opposite.  I see people making desperate decisions to buy a home out of their price range for fear that they won’t be able to afford anything similar if they wait.  […]

What does Trump have to do with home ownership in the GTA?

Benjamin Tal, Deputy Chief Economist with CIBC World Markets, made a spectacular presentation to kick off the Landpro conference today at the Paramount Centre in Vaughn. Tal spoke about the economy and real estate outlook for the GTA. Tal started with Trump’s election and ended with the rise of housing prices, the trend towards a […]

“WHY” the new stress test lending requirements?

  The federal government, bless their heart, have implemented a financial stress test for homebuyers effective October 17, 2016. Qualifying for a mortgage has always been a “stress test” for borrowers but we never called it that.  The federal government tweaked their lending rules in four substantive ways: Banks now have to assess mortgage applicants […]

The Housing Market….

The other day, I heard a report on CBC that housing sales are down an overall 3%, primarily due to the B.C. housing market.  Although this is a very busy time for real estate deals, the number of deals our office is handling is leveling off compared to same time last year. In my unqualified […]

GREEN GERMANN SAKRAN CANADA DAY RUN 2016

Thanks to all the runners, donors and volunteers, we raised $2,500 for the YMCA Strong Kids Campaign! It was a fun way to start Canada Day and everyone had a blast.  The kids did the 1km run first with all adults waiting for the 5km start. Here is a short video of the action.   […]

Spirituality on the Go Train

On Monday morning, I walked into my office and found a cover letter and article addressed to me from a long-time dear acquaintance and client, Rev. Maureen (“Moe”) Anderson.  Moe’s letter captivated me – she describes her role as a Spiritual Care giver and how she recently had the experience of saving a man’s life […]