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Baker Real Estate: Successful Women in Toronto Real Estate

Women of Baker Real Estate: (L-R) Krista Jackson, Barbara Lawlor (President), Kathy Grant, Kimberly Crescini.
Women of Baker Real Estate: (L-R) Krista Jackson, Barbara Lawlor (President), Kathy Grant, Kimberly Crescini.

Great leaders create a culture of success in their organizations. In Canada, many of our corporate leaders are men. What kind of environment do successful...


What if subprime mortgages made a comeback?

The United States subprime mortgage crisis was an extraordinary event that coincided with the recession in 2007. The catastrophic results triggered a significant decline in home prices, mortgage delinquencies and foreclosures. In addition, the collapse of Lehman Brothers sparked a …... Read More

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  • (L–R) General Sales Manager Deirdre O’Connell, Flushing Sales Manager Donna Rubertone, President and CEO Patricia J. Petersen, and COO Tom Calabrese of Daniel Gale Sotheby’s International Realty cut the ribbon on their first Queens office in Flushing, Sept. 5, 2014. (Courtesy of Daniel Gale Sotheby’s International Realty)

    Luxury Brokerage Expands Into Queens

    Last week, Daniel Gale Sotheby’s International Realty officially opened its first Queens office in Flushing to target the most diverse of communities in the city.“We’ve... Read more

  • Houses become more affordable when mortgage rates fall. (Epoch Times)

    BMO Offers 2.99% 5-Year Fixed-Rate Mortgage Again

    TORONTO—The Bank of Montreal has slashed its five-year fixed mortgage rate to 2.99 percent, a level that had previously raised concerns that it may lead... Read more

  • A condominium complex is under construction west of downtown Toronto. CMHC expects condominium starts to decline over the near term. (Epoch Times)

    Canadian Housing Starts Lower Than Expectations in August

    OTTAWA—The annual pace of housing starts in Canada slowed in August to 192,368 units, down from 199,813 in July, according to the Canada Mortgage and... Read more

  • Mishelle Farer, an avid user of Airbnb, in her apartment where she rents a room on Airbnb, in New York on Oct. 10, 2013. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)

    Breaking Down the Labyrinth of Tax Laws for New York Vacation Home Owners

    Room sharing, room renting, and vacation home rentals have become very popular, garnering significant attention recently.Leading websites such as and each list over... Read more

  • Podium of 488 University, by CORE Architects. (Amexon)

    488 University Luxury Condo to Rise Above Distinguished Toronto Avenue

    This week, Amexon launched 488 University, a 55-storey mixed-use building at the corner of University Ave. and Dundas St. West.  This type of development may be... Read more

  • The Little Tokyo Service Center's headquarters are at Casa Heiwa, an affordable housing project in downtown Los Angeles. Aug. 19, 2014. (Eric Zhang/Epoch Times)

    Group Fights for Affordable Housing in LA

    LOS ANGELES—The average Los Angeles resident spends nearly half of his income on rent, higher than anywhere else in the U.S. The city also has... Read more

  • Canada’s Housing Market Gains Strength as Mortgage Rates Stay Low

    Canada’s housing market is akin to a snowball gaining in size as it rolls downhill pushed by ongoing low mortgage rates, but it’s not in... Read more

  • This property in Ottawa is an example of one that was recently closed and will be used for a rent to own. (Innovalty Investments)

    Rent-to-Own as a Successful Real Estate Investment Strategy

    A popular type of real estate investment strategy is what is known as “rent-to-own” investing, or “lease option” investing. I will use the term “rent-to-own”... Read more

  • Renderings of 50 West in downtown Manhattan. (DBox)

    Downtown Tower Draws Families Across Manhattan

    The 64-story curved-glass 50 West tower has officially opened sales to the public, after a quiet phase during which 30 percent of the 191 units... Read more

  • Report: Oversight Lacking in NYC Payroll Project

    NEW YORK—Investigators say poor oversight allowed a New York City payroll-technology project to spiral into a $700 million tangle of contractor fraud, budget overruns and... Read more

  • A rendering of the finished 7 million square-feet Manhattan West development. (Courtesy of Brookfield Properties)

    Manhattan’s Far West Taking Shape

    Manhattan’s far west side, once a strip of ports and rail yards, has been reclaiming underutilized land for upscale development in recent years. And none... Read more

  • Investment properties in the U.S. can create additional tax filing requirements for Canadians depending on how the property is used. (Fotolia)

    Considerations for Canadians on Owning US Real Estate

    More and more Canadians are purchasing U.S. real estate for personal and/or rental use. It’s important to understand how different ownership options lead to different... Read more

  • Renderings of the interior of One York Street's 10th floor. (Courtesy of Urban Compass)

    Conceptualizing a Downtown Bachelor Pad

    Residents in the Enrique Norten-designed One York Street building in Tribeca have been turning down resale offers for up to $50 million, according to Urban... Read more

  • Rendering of 520 West 41st Street. (via Draft Environmental Impact Statement submitted to DCP)

    Silverstein’s Supertall West Side Project Proposing 1,400 Units

    Silverstein Development Corp.’s plans to develop a record setting 106-story supertall tower on the Hudson Yards site would hold 1,400 apartments, about 280 of which... Read more

  • New York Mayors Join Fight Against Zombie Properties

    Sixteen mayors state-wise have joined Attorney General Eric Schneiderman in support of a bill against zombie properties, or abandoned lots or homes that end up... Read more

  • (Courtesy of UrBin)

    On-Demand Storage for City Dwellers

    With the lowest car-ownership rate in the country, New York City is one of the best locations for delivery services, which really deliver anything from... Read more