Archive by tag "housing"

Downsizing – Condo, coop or life lease

December 15th, 2011

Mary and I have accepted the inevitability of having to move from our house at some point (see my previous post Considering a Move?) and have started doing research into the alternative forms of real estate available i.e. condominiums, coop housing and life leases.

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Rent or Buy?

November 18th, 2011

A recent client was considering downsizing from a three bedroom condo in a town outside of Toronto. She was interested in moving close to the downtown and decided to do some research on renting an apartment as opposed to buying another condo or coop. As we looked into the alternatives, we had a number of [...]

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Downsizing (Part Two)

January 21st, 2011

My wife and I continue our discussions about our next move. What is of major importance to us, is to be able to lock the door and leave for months at a time with a minimum of inconvenience, such as meeting house insurance occupancy rules. We have satisfied ourselves that either an apartment or a [...]

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Our Shopping List

January 4th, 2011

After looking at several condos and townhouses in the city, Mary and I decided that it would be a good idea to put together a list of the attributes and features of a desirable location. There are several reasons to do this. The first is to start our negotiations long before we plunge into the [...]

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Considering A Move?

July 19th, 2010

My wife and I live in a house that has 25 steps from street level to the first floor and 15 steps from the first floor to the second where the master bed room is located. We are very aware that the time will come when we will no longer be willing to, or in [...]

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Mobility Important When Planning Housing

April 8th, 2009

I recently attended a professional conference on retirement issues where one of the presentations really gave me something to think about. The presentation concerned the new Building Code in the United Kingdom where all new homes are now required to have a bedroom on the main floor AND an accessible bathroom. With this single change, the UK will make a significant step toward making sure that there is adequate, suitable housing available as the population ages

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