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Long distance calling costs & rural real estate demand

Monday Aug 05th, 2019

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unlimited mobile data internet will change the way we use rural real estate

Long-distance calling costs once played a role in purchase decisions. A few days ago, I was preparing a bit of a commentary on Rogers’ introduction of unlimited data. I was trying to conclude how unlimited data may play a role in making rural living a little bit more attractive. As an example, I can now stream Netflix at the cottage in Dwight, where Season 3 of Stranger Things would’ve previously cost me $250. Completely independent of my thought-gathering... [read more]

People vs. Property in the attention economy.

Wednesday Jul 24th, 2019

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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]

York Region municipalities are big spenders: Fraser Institute report

Tuesday Jul 16th, 2019

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  “When subdivisions are being built, municipalities have to increase costs' NEWS Jun 24, 2019 by Lisa Queen  via YorkRegion.com King Township collected more per person in property taxes, user fees and development charges than any municipality in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area, a new report says. The township collected $5,130 from each of its residents in 2016, the most recent year for which data is... [read more]

So you bought a property.... but who are you going to sell it to?

Monday Jul 15th, 2019

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Crossposted at heavyweightandrealestate.wordpress.com The real estate market in the Greater Toronto Area is, for lack of a better word, weird. As a result of this new reality we're living in, it's really tough to find reliable data to formulate any kind of empirically verifiable investment thesis. This has caused me, and a handful of others I work with, to resort to really simple data sources to create some qualitative metrics about how we evaluate property. One of the ways I... [read more]

Introducing Public Market Reports.

Tuesday Jun 11th, 2019

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Introducing Public Market Reports. If you’ve met me in person and heard my elevator pitch, I often like to say that I sell real estate “North of Bloomington” – also known colloquially (or co-local-y?) as the “N6”. I always stipulate that I don’t discriminate on the product I sell, and I have clients who like the way I analyze a deal, so I’ve been a little promiscuous lately, working on some development sites in The Beaches, Brampton and... [read more]

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