Are you ready for communal living?

I have many people who buy condos because they are affordable. A very important consideration, however, is whether you can handle the condo lifestyle. I have a client who recently put an offer on a condo. Fortunately, he had me review the status certificate and related documents before his offer became firm, because in with […]

Should you skip a home inspection in a competitive market?

The short answer: no. The long answer: In Ontario, if you had the option of a home inspection and chose not to have one, the seller is not responsible for anything a home inspector could have found. Simply because a home is popular doesn’t mean that it is in good shape, and skipping a home […]

Does your lifestyle suit condo living?

I have a lot of clients who purchase condos, often in towers. Buying a condo can be a great way to enter the real estate market – they are often less expensive than houses, even townhouses or semi-detached homes, and can be easier to care for. However, there are aspects of condo living that you […]

Another use of Powers of Attorney

I’ve written before about using powers of attorney to sign documents if you will be away for a closing. Here’s another good use: dealing with your condo while you are away. Often people choose condo living because of a high-travel lifestyle. Condos can be complicated, and sometimes require work to be done on a short […]

The importance of the status certificate

If you are buying a condo, you are always given the option of getting a status certificate before your offer becomes firm; usually, this is paired with a condition of your lawyer reviewing that status certificate. The status certificate itself is only a small document; it seems much bigger than it is because it usually […]