Five tips for first-time buyers

No matter how much time you spend on researching and educating yourself about your home purchase, it’s hard to cover every detail. Here are a few tips for avoiding rookie mistakes with your first home purchase. Save as early as you can: Even if you think you’re years away from buying your first home, try to start saving for your down payment. It makes a huge difference in your monthly payments, and helps avoid paying Private Mortgage Insurance. Be thorough with mortgage shopping: There are countless resources out there that can help you get the best terms for your mortgage. […]

Robert and Marika’s Story

We had decided to sell our North York house where we have lived happily for forty years, for a number of reasons: to be closer to our daughter and her family at Christie and Bloor; to make it less time-consuming to participate in our numerous downtown cultural activities; and to be able to leave our home without extra responsibilities, when we are at the cottage in the summer or when we travel. The first thing Shawn asked us to do was to send him a ‘wish list’ of our parameters for a condo. These included: Being very close to a […]

The Find: high-heeled sneakers may sound like an oxymoron, but they’re the most popular shoe in town

Came across this article from Toronto Life in my inbox today. I think you have to have a pretty strong sense of style to get away with them… This spring, there was an unlikely lineup snaking around the Nike store on Bloor. There were no runners or cyclists or basketballers in sight—only a gaggle of giddy shopaholics hoping to snatch up a pair of limited-edition Dunk Sky Hi’s (some women left with all five colours, at $210 a pop). Click here for more

House of the Week: $2.8 million for a brick-and-stone family home in the heart of Forest Hill

This is a pretty spectacular home – four bedrooms on the upper level, three with en-suites, and a full bedroom and bathroom in the basement. It even comes complete with a pool! Address: 126 Kilbarry Road Neighbourhood: Forest Hill South Price: $2,795,000 The Place: A classy five-bedroom home with a chateau-like exterior in the heart of Forest Hill. Bragging Rights: Major curb appeal. Passers-by often stop to admire the pretty landscaping and ivy-covered white stone. Big Selling Point: The house is walking distance from Forest Hill Junior and Senior Public School, Upper Canada College, St. Mike’s and Bishop Strachan School, […]

Casting Call: Sarah Richardson

This came across my desk today: Are you looking for, or have you recently purchased, a new home? Imagine being able to make your most important financial decision with the help of a trusted ally…Sarah Richardson! Not only that, what if Sarah were able to help you with the one renovation or design issue that keeps your new home from being absolutely perfect? Here’s how it works: We are seeking motivated homebuyers who will be the lucky recipient of a renovation or design makeover from HGTV’s top design talent, Sarah Richardson. Each makeover will have a value of at least […]

Linda’s Story

We were looking for a condo for our daughter who is studying Engineering at U of T. She was moving out of residence and knowing she’d be in Toronto for four more years, our thinking was that it made more sense to spend $1000 a month on a mortgage for a nice condo than on rent for something the size of Harry Potter’s closet under the stairs. We wanted something that was within walking distance of U of T or at least with access to fast and accessible transportation. We were open to a two bedroom apartment and even considered […]

House of the Week: $2.1 million for a Summerhill semi with a tranquil sunken living room

Yes, the renovations look terrific and the location is great. But over $2M for a semi with only two bedrooms? (There is a third, but it’s in the basement… Address: 125 MacPherson Avenue Neighbourhood: Yorkville Price: $2,095,000 The Place: A two-bedroom brick semi on a pretty, tree-lined street in Summerhill. Bragging Rights: Plenty of traditional homes have had contemporary makeovers, but few snag a feature in DesignLines magazine. A recent reno brought in design-centric details like walnut accents, a sunken back living room and an open-tread stairwell. Big Selling Point: Living in a semi doesn’t mean you can’t party. The […]

Last Week to Nominate an Exceptional Female for RBC’s Canadian Women Entrepreneur Awards

Do you know a female entrepreneur who deserves to be recognized? Here’s your chance to nominate her for an RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur Award. Nominations close on Friday. As driven and connected young professionals (YPs), we are willing to bet that many of our Notable.ca readers know a female entrepreneur (or know of her) who is doing exceptional things in her field and for her community. Maybe she is your boss, best friend, girlfriend, sister, friend’s wife or a friend of a friend. RBC’s Canadian Women Entrepreneur Awards recognize the hard work, dedication and success of female entrepreneurs in a […]

What to See at Hot Docs 2013

Hot Docs starts tomorrow! They’ve always got some gems, but it’s often hard to decide what to see – the Toronto Standard offers their top five: Usually documentaries get the short end of the stick when it comes to theatrical releases, but for ten glorious days each spring non-fiction filmmaking takes over Toronto. The Hot Docs film festival has been apart of TO cinephiles’ calendars for 20 years with Oscar winning gems and sadly forgotten classics premiered annually. This year’s line up is once again filled with intriguing selections, but with over 200 features and shorts, it can be a […]