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What is the Benefit of Staging Your Home?

Why Should You Stage Your Home Before Selling?

What exactly is the benefit of staging your home before you put it up for sale? Well, for one thing, staging is one of the most important steps in the selling process because it gets your property looking “show-time ready” to appeal to the largest market of potential buyers.

With a professional stager or interior designer by your side, you can take advantage of this effective marketing tool in any home or condominium of yours. Or make it a DIY project (Do-It-Yourself)  and transform your home into a new space. Either way, a beautifully decorated home with modern furniture and pleasing-to-the-eye products have been proven to better improve a property’s chances of becoming a product of sale.

What are the benefits of home staging?

  • Better first impressions with prospective buyers
  • Longer lasting impressions after a property’s full potential is highlighted
  • Helps the buyer picture themselves living in that home
  • Higher marketing advantage over non-staged properties
  • Better images on realty websites, the Internet and in listings

Who should you stage your home with?

Interested in having your property staged by Highland Realty? Schedule a FREE Home Evaluation first with us and we will stage your home for you when you decide to put it up for sale or rent. When you choose Highland Realty, you receive eight value-adding services, including photography services, brochures and online marketing, clean-up services and more. Learn more here.

You can also choose to hire a professional stager or interior decorator, but costs will vary. With Highland Realty, all staging costs are included already so you receive home staging for FREE with our services.

What are the visual differences between no staging and staging a home?

Take a look at our gallery of “before” and “after” photos from a home recently staged. Notice the lack of clutter, the beautiful but simple decorations (like lamps, linens, pillows, and accessories), and modern style that the staging presents in each and every room.

Stage your home today and increase the appeal of your home to more prospective buyers today!

More information found here. 

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Perks of Living in the Suburbs

Residents of hustling and bustling cities often say that they would never pick a suburban area over their exciting city life. The proximity to unique cafes and restaurants, being able to walk EVERYWHERE, and the artsy lifestyle makes some feel right at home. For others, suburbia is a better fit; it could suit the needs of a couple more or be the perfect living solution for those looking to expand their family soon.

Lydia McNutt, writer for the Huffington Post, outlines five hidden perks about living in the suburbs that could change your mind about living on the outskirts of a city. Let’s check it out!

1. Everything is New

Well, not everything, but for the most part, homes in the suburbs have newer features and systems, including new roofs, windows, appliances, heating, plumbing and electrical systems. Unlike older homes in downtown cities, suburban homes often will not require serious repairs or replacements for a while.

This could also extend to the neighbourhood surrounding a home – there are often less potholes, old roads, deteriorating bridges, and more. The highways, streets, sidewalks, public transit stations and more are typically on the newer side and it’s great!

2. Greenspaces and Parks

Although urban designers and planners do their best to incorporate green spaces and rooftop gardens in busy cities, they are nothing compared to the lush and spacious greenspaces found in suburban areas. With conservation parks, bike trails and picnic areas galore, you will hard-pressed to not find a greenspace in the suburbs close to your home.

3. Parking Space

It’s simple – in cities, parking is a constant struggle. Whether it is finding an open spot on the street or discovering a paid parking lot that doesn’t charge absurd amounts of money, it is tough to park anywhere in the city.

True, the hope is that if you live in the city, you won’t need a car at all and you can just walk to and from places, but depending on your job or family situation, you might still need to have a car in the city. In the suburbs at least, parking is a breeze and almost every store or workspace has a parking lot set up already with free spots open all the time.

4. Affordability

The cost of living in a city versus a suburb can vary enormously, especially with regards to property taxes, daycare fees, and home and car insurance rates. In terms of housing prices, it might not be as drastic, but it all depends on the location and features of a city’s apartment or condo.

McNutt states that you should be aware of the car and commuting expenses that often come with living in a suburb. At least cars are optional in a city, whereas they are pretty much a must in the suburbs.

5. Family-Friendly

Last but not least, suburbs tend to be more family-friendly than city communities. This is not to say that you cannot raise a family in a city – actually, hundreds of families do this today with no problems at all! Several condo communities are becoming more accommodating of families but if you are looking for that typical large square footage property with a backyard, picket fence, and playground nearby, then you are more likely to find that in the suburbs.

Overall, suburban life isn’t for everyone and living in the city can be all that you needs to enjoy life and raise a family. But, becoming a suburbanite might be the way to go at some point (depending on your personal needs, budget, job and future plans, of course).

Source: Huffington Post (Lydia McNutt)

Our Favourite International Restaurants in Mississauga

Whether you’re new to the Mississauga area or a local resident looking for a change in cuisine, this article is perfect for you. We’ve complied a list of our favourite eateries in Mississauga that showcase some of the most diverse yet delicious cuisines from around the world.

Sushi Tei

Website: www.sushitei.ca

Telephone: (905) 306-9060

For those foodies with a big appetite, this sushi restaurant has an extensive all you can eat sushi menu. Enjoy large portions of fresh sushi, fried rice, and other traditional dishes.

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Anjappar Chettinad Restaurant

Website: www.anjapparcanada.ca

Telephone: (905) 272-2232

If you’re looking for a casual place to eat with dishes packed with flavour, look no further. This Indian restaurant serves up Southern Indian dishes packed with spices.

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Earls Kitchen & Bar

Website: www.earls.ca/locations/square-one/menu/kitchen

Telephone: (416) 916-0227

Earls makes comfort food classy at this upscale restaurant. Find gourmet burgers, premium cut steaks, fresh baked breads, cocktails, and wine. Located inside Square One Mall, Earls is easily accessible for all our of building locations.

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Grano Restaurant

Website: www.granoristorante.com/

Telephone: (905) 276-1234

Enjoy a fine dining experience at this family run restaurant only a short drive from our buildings. Grano’s menu features homemade Italian dishes to give you a taste of Italy.

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Jamie’s Italian

Website: www.jamieoliver.com/italian/canada/

Telephone: (905) 766-9090

This brand new restaurant, owned by British celebrity chef Jamie Oliver, just recently opened up in Square One Shopping Centre (the other location is at Yorkdale).  Jamie’s Italian is world famous and is known for its quality Italian cuisine.

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Ruth’s Chris Steak House

Website: www.ruthschris.com/

Telephone: (905) 897-8555

Located inside Square One Mall, Ruth’s Chris is a hot spot for people looking for upscale steakhouses. Enjoy premium cut steaks cooked to your liking at this elegant eatery.

Courtesy of City Gate Suites.

How Do I Know if Appliances are Included in a Home Purchase?

Sometimes it’s unclear to new home buyers with whom the appliances of the house now belong to. For example, does the washer and dryer stay in the home or do they go since they were originally purchased by the previous owners?

The answer to this question is “maybe,” at least according to Joe Richer of the Registrar Real Estate Council of Ontario. He says that you shouldn’t just assume you automatically own the furniture or appliances found in your new home.

It mostly depends on the previous owners, to be honest. The seller may want to take the appliances with them once they are gone, or they might have to return them to the stager or place they rented the appliances from (for staging purposes).

However, it is possible that the owner does not want to take the items with them when they move out, or perhaps the items are too heavy or cumbersome to remove from the home.

Richter recommends that before you even present an offer and put your home on the market, you and your real estate representative should discuss what items you want to keep in the home and which you plan on removing after you sell.

If you are the one making an offer, ask your real estate agent to clearly identify what is included in the purchase of the property and specifically outline the item names, brands, and serial numbers too, if possible.

If you have any questions about the appliances, you can ASK! The seller can accept, refuse or negotiate depending on what you ask of them. Perhaps they have an item that you would like to be in the room but they are insisting on taking with them. You could ask them if they would be willing to pay for a replacement with your offer.

Last note, you should ask about the home’s major operating systems like the water heater, furnace and security system. Are these items owned, rented or leased?

Be sure to know what you will need to pay for if you get the property. For example, if you are taking over a lease for an item, your offer should have details included in it regarding the transferable lease item and any appliance lease agreement. A copy of the rental or lease agreement for a water heater or furnace (as an example) would do fine.

We hope these tips help you figure out appliances and leased/rented operating systems before you purchase a new property. It is important to be knowledgeable of the appliances in your home and to make educated decisions about items that you may need to replace later in the future.

Source: The Toronto Star (2017, Joe Richer)

Things to Do This Labour Day Weekend

The end of summer is rapidly approaching with the Labour Day long weekend just around the corner. This means a few things for us Canadians, the kids are going back to school, and we get an extra day off work to soak up the final days of summer. If you’re in the GTA and looking for something to keep you busy for Labour Day weekend, City Gate Suites’ blog has you covered.

Canadian National Exhibition

the exCommonly known as the “CNE” or “The Exhibition”, this event takes place for 18 days at the end of the summer ever year, and brings about 1.5 million visitors. The CNE takes place in downtown Toronto on the waterfront, boasting beautiful views of the lake.

It is the largest fair in Canada, and for good reason, as you can find carnival games, rides, concerts, shopping, unique carnival food and much more. One of the most popular events to take place each year is the Airshow which runs September 2nd to 4th, and includes performances from the Canadian Armed Forces, the United States Air Force, and many others. Other events to get excited for include daily dog shows and music concerts, aerial acrobatics and ice skating shows, and of course…the hundreds of food vendors and trucks!!

Looking for a bit of a deal? On Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings (except Labour Day Monday), entrance fees after 5pm are only $8! More information here

Fireworks at Canada’s Wonderland

Take your friends and family out for an adventurous night at Canada’s Wonderland (Vaughan, Ontario) and watch gorgeous Labour Day fireworks in the sky! This colourful event brings thousands of visitors to the park each year and it takes place right over Wonder Mountain. Fireworks will take place on Monday, September 4th 2017 at approximately 10PM (weather permitting).

Where: Canada’s Wonderland, 1 Canada’s Wonderland Drive
When: September 4 at 10 pm

 

Picnic at Jack Darling Memorial Park

This diverse park is located in Port Credit by the waterfront of Lake Ontario. It is the perfect place to take your family for a fun and relaxing picnic. Running water and barbeques are available in the park’s picnic areas. Once you’re finished eating you can take a walk through their nature trails, or on the sandy beach, or even go for a swim in the water. More information can be found on the Jack Darling Memorial Park page here.

Where: 1180 Lakeshore Rd W, Mississauga, ON L5H 1A1

Take a Family Fishing Trip!

fishIf you have a love of fishing, take the time this long weekend to truly relax while you catch some fish. Some popular fishing spots in Mississauga and the surrounding areas include Port Credit Harbour, Lake Aquitaine, Bluffer’s Park, and High Park.

 

 

 

Courtesy of City Gate Suites.

Top Places in Ontario to Invest In

Are you saving up and thinking about investing in real estate within the province of Ontario? Huffington Post writers Sonia Bell and Wayne Karl have put together a list of the best places in Ontario to invest in and we’d like to present this list to our website readers today.

Some of the best places to invest in Ontario are Milton, Guelph, Brampton, Oshawa, Barrie, and Toronto & Oakville. Let’s go into more details below.

Milton

As one of Canada’s fastest-growing cities, Milton has become a popular place to keep an eye on. It is affordable (compared to Toronto prices), close to major highways like Hwy 401, and within decent commuting distance to several GTA businesses. There have been talks recently about improving transportation services and location of employers along major highways to allow residents to work closer to home. This will give Milton a greater appeal in the future, which is great for investors.

Guelph

Guelph is a bustling and well-kept city that boasts growing agriculture, education, health-care and manufacturing sectors. It remains in a affordable price range for most people, especially those who cannot afford Toronto housing prices. It is only a 40-minute drive to Mississauga and Toronto. It is a busy area with many University of Guelph students, so the opportunity is there to invest in properties and cater to the thousands of university students renting, as well as the university graduates remaining in the region after they complete their education.

Brampton

This highly populated city has new transit projects taking place all the time. There is also a possibility of an expanded school campus with Ryerson (in partnership with Sheridan College) occurring in the near future. This means the potential for a surge in student renters and demand for apartments and homes.

Take note: Brampton is already quite popular for investors so there may be lots of competition as well as increases in pricing among detached homes. Interest and desirability in condos, rentals, and townhouses therefore will most likely go up.

Oshawa

Oshawa has been experiencing double-digit price growth recently, with a jump of 8% more than Toronto between 2015 and 2016. Oshawa is attracting tons because of its prices – they are reasonable and much more affordable than Toronto, plain and simple. Another reason why it is good for investors? It’s decreasing vacancy rates and rising population. Between 2012 and 2016, the percentage of properties bought by investors went from less than 1% to 9.6%!

Barrie

Barrie has always been a popular area for hot real estate due to its waterfront proximity. With Lake Simcoe and several other smaller beaches being less than 100 km from Toronto, this region is probably the most appreciating area in Ontario right now. Its population is predicted to increase to 210,000 by 2031. It is a popular space for individuals commuting to Toronto each day, and therefore is a great investment because of these features:

  • increasing student population
  • proximity to Greater Toronto Area
  • large commuter population
  • location to waterfront areas, lakes, and beaches
  • access to GO Transit

Others: Toronto and Oakville

Despite Toronto and Oakville having some of the highest prices on the market in Ontario, there are still good places to invest if you have the money to do so. They have low vacancy rates, high rents, growing populations and investment in infrastructure. They are popular areas for individuals and families working in the GTA or in downtown Toronto, so you can be sure that you will have regular cash flow coming in.

However, like it says above, these places are only smart to invest in IF you have the capital to do so. The only way an investor will be successful is if they plan to invest in a property long-term and earn money through long-term property appreciation. So think carefully about the location and space you invest in if you decide to do so!

*Note: Vacancy rates and average rental rates come from Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp, average home prices from Royal LePage and Brookfield RPS.

Source: Huffington Post, all charts and images from Huffington Post.

Best Beaches Near Toronto to Soak Up the Sun

Ontario is home to some breathtaking beaches that you would never expect to see in Central Canada. Why not take the time this summer to travel to some of the best beaches and soak up some run and sink your toes into the sand?

Wasaga Beach

Located only 1.5 hours from Toronto on the tip of Georgian Bay, Wasaga Beach is a great beach if you want to leave the city without driving too far. Whether you’re looking for a quiet relaxing day in the sun or you’re looking to get rowdy with your friends, you will find what you’re looking for here! Wasaga Beach is segmented into areas, each boasting a very different vibe. Area 1 is the place to go if you’re looking to get rowdy, while area 5 is quiet and relaxing.

The Grotto

This is one of our favourite beaches, as it is unlike any other. If you’re willing to endure the long drive out of the city for this beach, you will NOT be disappointed. The grotto is a big cave located in Bruce Peninsula National Park. Over the years the waves eroded the land, creating this incredible swimming hole with crystal clear waters.

Grand Bend

You will fall in love with the large sandy beach area at Grand Bend beach. If you are the athletic type you get competitive in a game of volleyball at the beach’s public volleyball nets. Restaurants, boutiques, and clubs surround the beach, giving the area a fun beach vibe.

Elora Quarry

This small swimming hole is only 2 acres, but is well known for its 40 metre high cliffs, providing beautiful views. Many people come here to cliff jump of the 15 metre high cliffs for an exhilarating experience. If you’re not feeling so adventurous, you can catch some rays on the beach or swim in the quarry.

Cobourg Beach

Not only is this beach scenic, but it is fun and full of activities. They host sandcastle competitions, movie nights, volleyball games, and a waterfront festival.

With only a few weeks left in the summer, take advantage of the beautiful beach spots nearby Toronto and the GTA! Don’t forget sunscreen, beach towels, and snacks for the kids. 

Courtesy of City Gate Suites.

6 Exciting Activities to Do at the Canadian National Exhibition!

The Canadian National Exhibition (CNE), also known as The Ex, is an annual fair that will take place from Aug 18th to Sept 4th, 2017. If you’re in the Greater Toronto Area while the fair is taking place, make sure you take this opportunity to have a blast and enjoy all the CNE has to offer.

Here are six CNE activities to take part in with your family and friends this year!

President’s Choice SuperDogs Show

The President’s Choice SuperDogs invite you to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday at the CNE with their all-Canadian production, CanaDogs! How can you resist watching adorable, furry dogs running around and doing tricks in colourful costumes? If you’re a dog lover, be sure to check out this show and see their dates and showtimes on the CNE website here.

Not a fan of dogs but still want to see some animals? The CNE also offers:

  • Cat Show – with over 120 cats to showcase
  • HorsePower Live! – a sensational and free horse show set to original music, and
  • The Farm – A huge display of kids games and farm yard animals including cows, pigs, goats, horses, and sheep

 More details here.

Carnival Food

Each year a new crazy food item makes its way to the CNE. Carnival food is known to be unique, greasy and sugary, but you should treat yourself to at least one crazy food item this year…will it be the churro cheeseburger, pulled pork cinnamon rolls, or deep fried cookie dough balls? There will also be a collection of good ol’ fashioned food trucks, a ribfest, a craft beer fest and the giant Food Building filled with thousands of food options to choose from!

All food details listed here. 

The Bandshell

There is a new artist performing every night at the CNE’s Bandshell stage, so you are bound to find someone of interest to you. This year’s performers will include the Sam Roberts Band, Burt Cummings and Band, Tomi Swick and more! The best part is that access to these concerts is FREE with your admission to the fair. Just make sure that you get there early to guarantee yourself a spot.

 

Canadian International Air Show

Each year the Canadian International Air Show does a performance over Lake Ontario by the CNE, and every year, it amazes the thousands that stop to watch! This show never fails to impress us, and it’ll impress you too! These talented pilots will perform thrilling tricks in the sky from September 2-4 between the times of 12:00pm and 3:00pm.

Arcade Games and Amusement Rides

It goes without saying that the amusement rides and games are the main attraction at any fair. The CNE brings in some thrilling rides that will have your stomach in knots, as well as some of the classics like merry-go rounds and whack-a-mole. Challenge your friends and family to a game and watch your competitive sides come out!

Shopping

Shop through hundreds of vendors at the CNE this year, selling everything from kitchen supplies and arts & crafts, to makeup and handmade clothing. Here is a list of all of the shopping attractions located at the fair this year. Shop away!

 

Courtesy of City Gate Suites. Images from CNE website.

How to Estimate the Market Value of Your Home

Have you ever driven by an open house sign on your street or talked to a friend who is currently selling their home? Have you ever asked yourself – how much is my house worth? How much would a home appraisal be?

If you have been wondering how much your home could sell for on the current market, then this may be a sign to do a home evaluation assessment soon to estimate the market value of your home.

Here is a list of typical questions individuals have about determining market value:

Why should I estimate my home’s market value?

Determining the market value of your home gives you a better idea of how much your home could sell for under normal conditions. It can also allow you to understand your insurance premiums and property taxes a bit better.

You can choose to estimate your home’s market value on your own but it requires lots of research before hand. Or you could make it easier for yourself and hire a professional appraiser to estimate the value instead; see how Highland Realty does their FREE Home Evaluations here.

What is market value?

Market value describes what your property is worth if you were to put it on the market right now and sell it (under normal conditions). Market value is never a set amount, but with the right tools and research, you can get a relatively accurate idea of your home’s value.

What affects market value?

  • External characteristics – “curb appeal,” condition of your home, lot size, style of home, sidewalk, road conditions outside of house, etc.
  • Internal characteristics – Size and number of rooms, condition of appliances, heating type, energy efficiency, etc.
  • Supply and demand – The number of homes for sale versus the number of buyers; how quickly are the homes in your area selling?
  • Location – desirability for a specific school district, neighbourhood, proximity to transit stations and major highways, proximity to shopping centres and grocery stores, etc.

How do I estimate my home’s market value?

The most common method to estimating your home’s market value, and the method that is often used by real estate agents, is the sales comparison approach. Through this method, you research sales of similar properties in your neighbourhood in the last few weeks or months. The sale prices of these compared properties will give you at least a good range of selling values to start with.

It is important to determine whether or not these other properties were sold under normal conditions or not – the more “normal” the conditions were when the house sold, the more accurate you will be. Abnormal conditions would include when buyers purchase based on time restrictions, career relocation options, or relocation due to divorce.

We recommend gathering a minimum of three comparable properties that recently sold in your area for starters.

How do I determine whether a property is comparable?

The most important characteristics to watch for are lot size, square footage, home style, age and location.

Who should I do a home evaluation with?

With Highland Realty, you can get a FREE HOME EVALUATION anytime during the year. It is recommended to do one annually and with us, there are NO FUTURE OBLIGATIONS once you complete the evaluation.   

Some parameters are easy to compare, such as lot size, age of construction, number of bedrooms and bathrooms. However, other parameters require much more research, data and experience to accurately analyze. With Highland Realty, we are not just evaluating your home value by providing you with the typical Comparative Market Analysis (CMA) report. Our professional team members are also looking at your specific neighborhood and surroundings for potential appreciation hints, as well as any key statistics that will help you understand the market in a better way.

We strongly suggest you book a home evaluation annually to get the most up-to-date market information about your property. Why not do it with us this year?

Complete the form below and we will get in touch with you within 24 business hours. Thank you!

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Source: Department of Taxation and Finance of New York State 

Before You Buy a Condo

Are you thinking of becoming a condominium owner soon? Living in a condo is not for everyone but if you are set on buying one, here are a few things to know! Tips and tricks courtesy of Consumer Protection Ontario, an awareness program from Ontario’s Ministry of Government and Consumer Services.


ASK YOURSELF THESE QUESTIONS

Do I like the communal aspect of condominium living?

As a condo owner, you are the owner of your unit BUT you are also part of the condo community.

Can I afford monthly condo fees?

It is important to know that increases in condo fees are quite typical in order for condo corporations to keep up with inflation and unexpected expenses. As a condo buyer, you should know this going into ownership of a unit(s).

Please note that if you are purchasing a brand new condo, it is likely that a large increase in condo fees will occur from the first year of ownership to the second year. This might be because of the cost of certain amenities that the condo needs to take into account or the condo corporation’s budget for the first and second year may have been estimated too low.

If you decide to purchase a condo unit, you must understand your condominium’s finances and be confident in your ability to handle unexpected increases in monthly condo fees.

Am I prepared to contribute to how the condominium is run and governed?

According to Consumer Protection Ontario, condo owners have a responsibility to attend owners’ meetings vote:

  • To elect the condo board of directors
  • On how the condominium will be governed (e.g. changes to by-laws and rules)
  • On other issues that the condo board proposes (e.g. certain renovations)

Do I understand responsibilities of owning a condo?

Condo living is great because it boasts a “carefree” living environment that is different from owning your own house. However, that does not mean that living in a condo is responsibility-free. Owning a condo comes with many obligations including:

  • Maintaining and repairing your own unit
  • Contributing financially to the maintenance, repair, insurance, and operation of the common elements
  • Living by the condo corporation’s rules
  • Participating in owners’ meetings
  • Respecting the right of the other owners, especially your neighbours

Taking the time to understand your rights and responsibilities before you buy will ensure you choose the most appropriate condo community for you.

Am I looking for amenities?

Are the type of amenities offered at the condo building of use to you? Generally, the more amenities there are such as fitness centres, swimming pools and concierge services, the higher the condo fees are.


BEFORE YOU BUY

There are a number of things you should consider before buying a condo unit. A complete list of questions you should discuss with a lawyer, real estate agent or accountant can be found here but a few important ones include:

  • How are my condo fees determined?
  • What are my repair and maintenance responsibilities?
  • Am I responsible for the maintenance of my heating and cooling equipment?
  • Should I consider getting extra insurance?
  • Is there a shared facilities agreement with another condominium or property? (Some condominium properties may share amenities with others)
  • Are there any commercial units located within the building?

Advice and guidance from professionals is critical to making an informed decision.


CONDO FEES

Monthly Common Expense Fees
Special Assessments

These fees cover several costs including the upkeep of common elements, the operating costs of shared amenities, and payments for security, cleaning and concierge staff.

As a condo owner, you are responsible for paying your condo fees.

If you do not pay your condo fees, your mortgagee will likely be notified and the condo corporation will have the right to register a certificate of lien against your unit. Condo fee payment is just as important as paying your mortgage or your property taxes!

Make sure you know:

  • What services are and are not included in these monthly fees
  • If you need to pay certain costs in advance
  • What is included in the monthly operating costs (ie. utilities, legal fees, landscaping, etc)

Special assessment are fees that can be occasionally charged by a condo corporation on top of regular monthly fees.  This type of expense may be charged to help cover unexpected repairs of large scale or to make up for shortages of reserve funds.

How much each condo unit has to pay for a special assessment fee is set out in the condominium declaration and it is typically the same percentage that is used to determine an owner’s share of monthly condo fees.

Note: These fees do NOT need to be approved by all owners. According to Consumer Protection Ontario, you have the right to request copies of financial records from your board, as long as you put your request in writing and give reasonable notice.


GET INVOLVED

Once you become a condo owner, it is highly suggested that you get involved so you fully understand your rights and responsibilities, as well as have your say about certain decisions.

As a condo owner, you are entitled to vote at meetings of the condo corporation and you must comply with the condo’s declaration, bylaws and rules.

By attending owners meetings, you can have your say and help make group decisions about the property and fees that you pay while you live there. Your involvement could help improve the qualify of life and satisfaction within the condominium community.


Source: Consumer Protection Ontario