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 – 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 – Arteries, Highways & Regional Roads [Innisfil vs. Georgina]

One of the easily ignorable differences in the future analysis of the Shores of Lake Simcoe is the differences in urban planning and settlement patterns over the course of the histories of these municipalities. Both municipalities have their historic cores, with a couple of 190X homes densely put together to capitalize on some random enterprise … Continue reading A Tale of Two Shores – Arteries, Highways & Regional Roads [Innisfil vs. 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

How we move: regional migration patterns along provincial highways

Stuck on the Highway It's just a cultural norm in the GTA that you can send a text and just say "stuck on the highway" and you're automatically excused from being late. In the GTA, it seems that housing capital migration is "stuck on the highway", too. I had to spit out my conclusion quickly … Continue reading How we move: regional migration patterns along provincial highways

Small-cap investors: What’s the best investment you can make today?

Q: What is the best investment that you can make in real estate today? A: Residential income property located on a major arterial road within the secondary plan of a small town in the GTA. I work with a lot of small-cap investors, and I get asked this question regularly. I'm typically reluctant to answer … Continue reading Small-cap investors: What’s the best investment you can make today?

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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