3 protection mechanisms for transacting real estate in a volatile financial market

1.    Don’t try to time the market. Buy and sell in the same economy. Trying to create or carve out an arbitrage in a volatile market is where people get burned. Unless you're an economist, an actuary, or write financial instruments for a living, arbitrage is fickle. One of the important ignored nuances around this concept … Continue reading 3 protection mechanisms for transacting real estate in a volatile financial market

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

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

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]

Georgina is located just an hour north of Toronto on Highway 404

Ontario Home Sales Report – Februrary 2016

Residential sales up 15.8% in February 2016 compared to a year earlier. New listings in Ontario numbered 25,384 units in February 2016, an increase of 3.8% compared to last year. The provincial average price of homes in February 2016 rises 12.7% compared to a year earlier. There were 2.8 months of inventory at the end of February 2016.

February 2016 Georgina Real Estate Market Report

Georgina Home Sales Overview Click to view/download the full report: February 2016 Market Report Keswick South continued to lead the pack in home sales in Georgina, claiming 20 of the 70 home sales. The big, striking movement in the market came from Sutton & Jackson’s Point, which lagged behind the leader by only 4 home … Continue reading February 2016 Georgina Real Estate Market Report

York Region Real Estate Market Report – December 2015

York Region, Ontario had a total dollar volume of $660,347,405 worth of real estate traded so far in 2015. The average price of a home is $778,712 and the median price of a home is $710,000 The average sale to list ratio this year is 100% and properties are on market for an average of 23 days. There have been 753 new listings so far this year in YORK REGION Currently, there are 2807 active listings in the area.

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