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Found 15 blog entries for May 2015.

An Assignment of an Agreement of Purchase and Sale (APS) is commonly used by Purchasers of real property for a variety of reasons. In the GTA, assignments are frequently used in the condo sector, where individual(s) may purchase a property in the pre-construction stage. In this example, the Purchaser may seek to ‘flip’ the property as its market value has increased during the construction period or sell the property due to changing personal circumstances.

In an assignment, the Purchaser (‘Assignor’) is not directly transferring the property but rather their bundle of rights under the agreement to a third party (‘Assignee’). It is important to understand that an assignment is a contract between the Assignor and the Assignee, which the…

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Muskoka / Lake Of Bays is not only known for its beautiful waterfront cottages and natural landscapes the region puts on a variety of events from music, arts and sports of all kinds. One mainstay event of the area is the Huntsville Festival of the Arts founded in 1993 by Toronto residents Attila Glatz and Susan Alberghini in conjunction with local residents, Jim and Jane Alexander, the Huntsville Festival of the Arts has become one of Canada’s most significant and highly acclaimed arts festivals. The Festival’s roots were initially strongly classical and centered around a resident professional symphony orchestra under the baton of Kerry Stratton.

Today the Festival covers a broad spectrum of classical and contemporary music events, as well…

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Giving back to the community has been a guiding principle at Harvey Kalles Real Estate since the company began in 1957. Today we actively support over 225 charitable organizations annually.

This past week, our staff and agents came out in droves to support Ronald McDonald House Charities Toronto, which provide a ‘Home Away From Home’ for seriously ill children and their families.Those of us living in Toronto are blessed to have a world-class facility like Sick Kids on hand to take care of our children should they require prolonged medical attention. That said, many of the families using the hospital have traveled from out of town, where suddenly they’re also forced to confront shelter and food issues, in addition to having to care for a…

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Whether you are purchasing a family home or an investment property, it is paramount that you acquire the property with “clear title”. The word “title” is a legal term that refers to one’s legal ownership of property. In real estate transactions, the lawyer is responsible for reviewing title and ensuring that there are no adverse claims to the property being purchased.

Title insurance is a product routinely used by lawyers in residential and commercial real estate transactions. It is an insurance policy that protects purchasers and lenders against losses related to the property’s title or ownership. Title insurance is not a home warranty or home insurance. It does not provide protection for or compensate against non-title issues, such as…

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Article photo from Andrew’s Lake Of Bays waterfront listing:

Building or renovating your home or cottage need not be a stressful experience. Each step of the process should be as enjoyable as celebrating with friends and family at your cottage in Muskoka / Lake Of Bays as you admire the final product. Working with a designer in Muskoka / Lake Of Bays who listens to your needs and who is interested in learning about you through a process of discovery, while asking the right questions and layering their own knowledge and creative skills will result in a project that is full of delight and pleasant surprises.

With every cottage in Muskoka / Lake Of Bays project, I always work closely…

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This week, TREB published its numbers for April and 2015 was one for the record books. With over 11,300 sales being reported last month, it was the busiest April in the history of the Toronto Real Estate Board. With so much interest in the market these days, we thought it would be fun to look back at how the GTA real estate market has evolved over the past decade and led up to this point in time. Here is an article we published this past October in our 10 year anniversary edition of COLLECTIONS magazine, and written by our friend and occasional contributor George Carras from RealNet Canada Inc., Canada’s leading real estate information services company.


The Greater Toronto Area (GTA) has…

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Cottage life in Muskoka Lake of Bays is generally a much greener environment then the congested cities. But how green is your Muskoka watefront cottage?

“It’s 3:30 in the afternoon as Iris walks out of school with her friends to the bike rack. She remembers that her dad asked her to stop by the grocery store on the way home. Pick up veggies – local ones, he said. She finds carrots, potatoes and butternut squash – all from Ontario. At the checkout, she gets shopper points for bringing her own bag. She stuffs the items in her backpack and makes it home just before the rain starts. Dad’s in the kitchen starting dinner…

It’s now 4:30 and Iris’ mom Jackie is getting off work. It’s raining and her first inclination is to hail a cab. Her…

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You could spend a lifetime looking for a Muskoka / Lake of Bays location like this. This deep lot almost 990 ft creates the perfect buffer for extreme privacy even in Muskokas’ busy water traffic. The cottage is incredible and totally custom with 6 bedrooms and 4.5 baths featuring, air conditioning, incredible kitchen and dining area and great room with panoramic views of indian Rock Point and long views across this lake in Muskoka.

Wrapped in glass and cedar the `Seabreeze` cottage takes styling from its famed designer Brian Gluckstein and blends harmoniously with the 9 plus acres and the southwestern exposure.


Muskoka Modern Memories are ready to be made – get that boat ready and cruise Rosseau, Fairy Lake, and every other body of…

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Every luxury waterfront cottage in Lake of Bays and Muskoka should have a Spectacular Wine Cellar. From the magazine COLLECTIONS by Harvey Kalles Real Estate Ltd., Brokerage we explore the requirements for a perfect cottage wine cellar.

By architect Gordon Ridgely, originally for COLLECTIONS by Harvey Kalles Real Estate Ltd., Brokerage

Over the years, there has been an increase in awareness and appreciation for fine wines and how they enhance the dining experience. As consumer interest grows, so to does the number of collectors, particularly as many fine wines improve dramatically with age and their value increases as availability diminishes. It is now common for consumers to make large purchases of particularly fine vintages. These must…

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Buying or Selling a waterfront Cottage in Muskoka Lake of Bays it’s ideal to get a home energy audit.

Buying, selling or renovating? Get your energy score first.

We all know that the best way to save money on your energy bills is to use less energy. With an energy efficient home, the savings can really add up over time. That’s why energy efficiency is becoming increasingly important for homeowners and homebuyers alike. But how do you know how energy efficient a home really is? While many features of a home are obvious, like hardwood floors and granite countertops, energy efficient features like insulation in the walls and air sealing are not so easy to see. That’s where a home’s energy rating or “energy score” comes into play.


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