Tess Kalinowski, TorontoStar

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Recent articles by Tess:

Airbnb critic to launch its own ‘ethical’ home-sharing platform in Toronto

Fairbnb is launching a new community-based short-term rental platform that puts 50 per cent of the booking fee toward affordable housing. → Read More

GTA home prices climb 22 per cent in record November

The Toronto real estate board says a shortage of listings continues to push prices higher. → Read More

Toronto has $2.6 billion in development charges and fees sitting in reserve, BILD report says

The study from the homebuilders’ association says government fees and taxes add 27 per cent to the cost of a home. → Read More

Laneway houses were supposed to help ease Toronto’s housing crisis. So why are so few being built?

Only three years after it passed its laneway suites bylaw, the city wants to tweak the rules to encourage more homeowners to build a second home on To... → Read More

Newly built houses hit record price in October as supply dwindles

The homebuilders’ association says prices aren’t expected to cool given high demand for housing. → Read More

Lower rent, fewer chores: why grown-up dorm life might be the answer for Toronto’s housing-hungry millennials

Developers are planning more rentals for millennials willing to sacrifice private space for a little less rent and more amenities. → Read More

Humber College sanctions 34 realtors for ‘deliberate and organized misconduct’ related to licensing exams

Ontario’s real estate regulator says those responsible can no longer sell real estate. → Read More

‘They were just throwing in buildings willy nilly’: As Liberty Village’s growth soars, residents fear a lack of planning has damaged their ‘little sanctuary’

With three new 20-plus-storey towers eyed for the area, residents say the neighbourhood is suffering from a lack of amenities, traffic and the loss of... → Read More

Another record-setting month in October for Toronto region as average home price surges to $1.2 million

While sales in detached, semi-detached and town homes saw double-digit declines of between 11 and 18 per cent, condo sales soared nearly 34 per cent i... → Read More

As GTA new home prices skyrocket, price gap narrows between condos and single-family homes

The cost of a new construction house rose 33.5% annually in Sept. But there are fears that condos prices will grow with interest rates. → Read More

Condos are back to being a seller’s market as sales, rentals rise, says Toronto real estate board

After struggling during the early pandemic, condo owners are seeing prices appreciate and tenants are seeing rents rise. → Read More

Will rising interest rates bring down house prices? Not by much, experts suggest

A fast, sharp interest rate hike would ding the housing market and the Canadian economy. But an expected slow uptick may lead to a modest dip in home ... → Read More

Realtor interrupts teens using staged home to party

Police are investigating after a group broke furniture, cooked in the kitchen and left garbage littered about an east-end home. → Read More

Toronto’s hotel industry has been gutted by the pandemic. Can it bounce back?

The industry was booming in 2019 — then COVID-19 struck, leaving the city’s hotels empty and relying on government assistance. Now, experts warn it’s ... → Read More

Vacancies fall, rents rise as the GTA’s rental market hits balance, briefly

Toronto tenants are facing a rare balanced market. But it won’t belong before the pandemic-induced slack is taken up and the vacancy squeeze returns, ... → Read More

Royal LePage forecasts 16-per-cent bump in home prices, despite IMF warnings of global market crashes

If this year’s forecast is correct, Canadian home prices will have climbed 33 per cent between the start of the pandemic recovery in June 2020 and the... → Read More

A streamlined process that gets you into your new home faster and cheaper? That’s the goal of new startup RIOS

The data-driven initiative aims to revolutionize Ontario’s home-building industry, eliminating inefficiencies around approvals and communication to bo... → Read More

‘A critical juncture’: Toronto area home prices surge more than 18% to hit a new record high

The average house price in the Toronto area jumped to $1.14 million in September, with 905 area prices rising by 31% year-over-year. → Read More

Is it better to buy or rent? In 91 per cent of cases buying a home is more beneficial, says a new study

An analysis shows that in most cases homebuyers come out ahead on monthly costs and long term benefits compared to renting the same kind of house or c... → Read More

New construction house prices in GTA and condo sales hit record levels in August

The benchmark high price for a single-family home hit $1.52 million last month in the GTA while condominium sales hit an 11-year August record → Read More