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Fireside Chat with Mayor John Tory

Fireside Chat with Mayor John Tory

October 21, 2022

Ahead of the municipal election on October 24, TRREB hosted a fireside chat with Mayor John Tory to discuss issues facing voters, including housing supply, infrastructure, development, inter-governmental cooperation, and how the city can support sustainable growth. Tory is hopeful that if reelected, he can continue the projects that are in the works and initiate new ones—to promote the development of diverse housing options and take care of aging infrastructure, among others. Join Ready to Real Estate host Jason Mercer around the fire before getting out to vote!

Housing Supply Solutions and the Municipal Election

Housing Supply Solutions and the Municipal Election

October 14, 2022

The municipal election is coming up on October 24, and it is vital that we have local governments committed to addressing the housing crisis. Join Craig Ruttan, Senior Director of Policy at the Toronto Region Board of Trade (TRBOT), in conversation with Ready to Real Estate podcast host and TRREB Chief Market Analyst Jason Mercer as they consider the issues and potential housing solutions that municipal governments could implement.

Why Choosing a TRREB Member REALTOR® Is the Smart Choice

Why Choosing a TRREB Member REALTOR® Is the Smart Choice

September 27, 2022

For many, buying a home is the most important and biggest financial decision they will ever make. So, it makes sense to go into the home buying and selling process with the support and expertise of a TRREB Member and the protections they offer, guaranteed by law. Join Ready to Real Estate host and TRREB Chief Market Analyst Jason Mercer in conversation with TRREB President Kevin Crigger as they discuss how partnering with a TRREB Member can set you up for success.

Rising Developer Fees and Affordable Housing in the GTA

Rising Developer Fees and Affordable Housing in the GTA

September 15, 2022

The City of Toronto is increasing developer fees by 46 per cent over the next two years, but what does this mean for our ability to create new housing developments for the average Canadian home buyer? In this episode, Richard Lyall, President of RESCON, meets with Ready to Real Estate podcast host and TRREB Chief Market Analyst Jason Mercer to discuss the impact of these increased costs on housing affordability and supply in the GTA and GGH.

Ready to Real Estate Season 4 Trailer

Ready to Real Estate Season 4 Trailer

September 9, 2022

The pandemic might be winding down, but the GTA’s real estate market is still in flux. What’s next for the real estate market? And how can you navigate it? We’ll explore all this and more in season four of Ready to Real Estate.

Join host Jason Mercer, TRREB’s Chief Market Analyst. Over the season, he'll speak to experts, policymakers, and influencers about everything from housing policy decisions to how to unlock a property’s potential to exploring consumer intentions and more.

To kick off the season he'll be chatting with industry experts about development fees, the importance of consumer protection, mortgage trends, and more. Benefit from our insightful conversations and gain property intelligence as we discover more about the key issues shaping the market. 

Let’s get ready to real estate!

Bonus Episode: Embracing Embarrassment with Sara Blakely

Bonus Episode: Embracing Embarrassment with Sara Blakely

June 30, 2022

In this special bonus episode of Ready to Real Estate, entrepreneur, philanthropist, Spanx Founder and Executive Chairwoman Sara Blakely chats with TRREB President Kevin Crigger about how she got her start. Aspiring and established business owners alike will appreciate her perspective on failure – mainly, that you need to experience it – and her introduction to the four types of buyers you might encounter when making a sale.

Expanding Housing Options for Residents New and Old

Expanding Housing Options for Residents New and Old

June 2, 2022

With record-level rates of immigration expected on top of an existing housing supply deficit, it’s critical that the GTA makes more and varied types of housing available to its new residents. On this episode of the Ready to Real Estate podcast, City of Toronto Chief Planner and Executive Director Gregg Lintern met with host and TRREB Chief Market Analyst Jason Mercer to discuss initiatives implemented by City Council that allow for expanding the number and types of housing in Toronto.

Ontario Election: Housing Platforms Explained by Liberal Lisa Patel and Green Abhijeet Manay

Ontario Election: Housing Platforms Explained by Liberal Lisa Patel and Green Abhijeet Manay

May 19, 2022

Ready to Real Estate podcast host and TRREB Chief Market Analyst Jason Mercer acts as moderator in this housing policy debate between two candidates in the upcoming Ontario election. Abhijeet Manay, Green Party candidate for Beaches–East York, and Lisa Patel, Liberal Party candidate for Scarborough–Southwest, discuss their parties’ approach to housing affordability, increasing supply, the missing middle, exclusionary zoning, real estate transactions, and more.

Mortgage Rates: Present and Future

Mortgage Rates: Present and Future

May 12, 2022

With vested interest, economists, lenders, and mortgage holders are all watching the Bank of Canada’s recent decision to stave off inflation by increasing its policy interest rates – twice in the past year. In this episode, with more potential rate hikes on the horizon, Ready to Real Estate podcast host and TRREB Chief Market Analyst Jason Mercer meets with Rob McLister, mortgage columnist at the Globe and Mail and editor of mortgagelogic.news, to discuss the impact on borrowing heading into the next year.

Stay, Reno, and/or Move? Home Renovations in a Red-Hot Market

Stay, Reno, and/or Move? Home Renovations in a Red-Hot Market

April 21, 2022

Since COVID-19 pandemic-related lockdowns hit in March 2020, GTA residents continue to spend more time than ever in their homes. Increased time at home has also meant an increase in home renovations. Lou Orazem, Chair of the Building Industry and Land Development Association’s Renovator Executive Committee and Principal of Inspire Homes, joins Ready to Real Estate host Jason Mercer in this episode to discuss changing trends in home renovations, available incentives to homeowners looking to make improvements, and how to find the right contractor.

 

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