The 3 best real estate listings in a shut-down spring market

3-Pointer  Below is a list of the 3 types of listings that will perform the best while the spring market is on pause, in the event of a shutdown comparable to Italy or Wuhan. I think that we’re currently at the onset of what seems to be an interesting shift in consumer psychology, where the … Continue reading The 3 best real estate listings in a shut-down spring market

3 hidden ways coronavirus is going to impact the real estate market.

Coronavirus, more formally known as the disease Covid-19, and the infection Sars-Cov-2, just became a lot more real for North Americans, as it's finally permeated our two favourite things, the economy, and pop-culture. There is a travel ban between Europe & USA. All major indices are in bear-market territory. The NBA is shutting down, an … Continue reading 3 hidden ways coronavirus is going to impact the real estate market.

Firms exist to make profit. Towns exist to make progress.

Municipalities (cities, towns, regions, etc.) are more than just a place to live. They're a firm within the economy, and like every other firm in the economy, they want to sell you something. The way that they sell you something is through a supply chain that starts with the land registry system and ends with … Continue reading Firms exist to make profit. Towns exist to make progress.

The architectural role of small towns in urban areas

I recently had a conversation about this with my brother, who is a landscape architect. We're working together on a project right now, and we were looking at a house called "The Millbrook House" trying to figure out if we should set up a visit for inspiration. It almost felt out of place to be … Continue reading The architectural role of small towns in urban areas

Planning adaptive reuse: tomorrow’s wasteful nature is today’s urban planning

I was on the phone this morning with an individual who is looking to put two large residential rental towers in the middle of designated employment land that are not yet serviced. Naturally, the municipality did not like this idea. Who's surprised? This site is located about 500m across the road from a power centre. … Continue reading Planning adaptive reuse: tomorrow’s wasteful nature is today’s urban planning

A tale of two shores – Harbours [Innisfil & Georgina]

Being half-Swiss, I spent a lot of time in Switzerland, as a military conscript there. I was captivated by the mountains every moment I was there. My Omi (grandmother), a Swiss immigrant to Canada, seems to be similarly emotive towards the large bodies of water we have here. This fascinated me, and has always given … Continue reading A tale of two shores – Harbours [Innisfil & Georgina]

A tale of two shores – They’re called “Skilled” trades for a reason. [Innisfil vs. Georgina]

A Tale of Two Shores - Chapter 2 See Chapter 1: How the GO Train may not change the future of Innisfil vs. Georgina  The first point of fascination for me in regards to these two municipalities is that they're functionally very similar, and a small detail in their past has made them ever so … Continue reading A tale of two shores – They’re called “Skilled” trades for a reason. [Innisfil vs. Georgina]

A tale of two shores – How the GO Train may not change the future of Innisfil & Georgina

Investment capital is moving further and further away from the core. We've already seen it East & West along the 401. As a result, I find myself often providing detailed market analysis and planning reviews for clients in smaller and smaller municipalities. I have a lot of groups looking for high-margin infill sites, and a … Continue reading A tale of two shores – How the GO Train may not change the future of Innisfil & Georgina

Uptown Keswick, is just steps from Lake Simcoe

Walkable Neighbourhoods in Georgina: Uptown Keswick

Late in 2015 I wrote this article about why neighbourhood walkability is going to play a large role in the development of Georgina. Neighbourhood walkability is a major demand amongst the three most prominent real estate buyer groups in Georgina’s market in 2016: First time homebuyers in Keswick First time home buyers demand walkability for … Continue reading Walkable Neighbourhoods in Georgina: Uptown Keswick

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Portraits of Walkability: Georgina’s most Walkable Neighbourhoods

Walkability. If you've ever been privy to the circles of planning, development, or real estate south of Green Lane, you've definitely heard someone wax poetic about this term, and the value of robust mixed-use communities, intimately walkable development patterns, and new urbanism. With this series of articles, it's my goal to identify the most walkable neighbourhoods in Georgina … Continue reading Portraits of Walkability: Georgina’s most Walkable Neighbourhoods