The burning Amazon, and real estate as an information system

Monday Aug 26th, 2019


Real estate is a technology. I've had this idea marinating in my head for a little while that is sort of an expansion of the concept I've already communicated I believe in: real estate is a technology. Land is the surface of a floating rock in space we're lucky enough to exist upon. It is a piece of the universe. Real estate, then, is an expansion upon it. Through this system, we interact with the world, and with one another. Real estate is a collection of technologies... [read more]

People vs. Property in the attention economy.

Wednesday Jul 24th, 2019


The attention economy. We currently live in the most attention-scarce market in history. This requires people who serve products and services to that market to adapt at an accelerating pace. Things follow this rule in a variety of industries, even ones that operate on longer cycles, including politics, as we've learned.  The most epitomic illustration of this can be found in Netflix's documentary called "The Big Hack". When I look at this solely from the perspective... [read more]

Ottawa to close tax loophole amid reports of abuse of home ownership rules

Monday Oct 03rd, 2016


TORONTO - The Globe and Mail is reporting that Ottawa is preparing to close a tax loophole that's been used by foreign buyers in overheated housing markets such as Vancouver and Toronto. The Globe says the Trudeau government plans to tackle apparent abuse of a long-standing exemption that allows non-residents to buy homes and later claim a tax exemption on the sales of those properties. That exemption will reportedly now only be available to those who reside in Canada in the year... [read more]

How Canada’s hot housing market is propping up GDP growth

Thursday Jun 30th, 2016


Content via BNN The Canadian economy grew by just 0.1 per cent in April from March, but it received a big boost from the country’s hot housing market, according to data released by Statistics Canada on Thursday. Real estate activity was the biggest year-over-year contributor to growth, adding $218.8 billion to Canada’s gross domestic product in April, up from $211.6 billion in the same period last year. That means the $7.2 billion year-on-year growth in real estate... [read more]