As we all manage through the uncharted territory of COVID-19 and practice social distancing, it’s hard not to feel lonely at times. Even before the pandemic, 30% of Canadians reported feelings of persistent social isolation and loneliness. It’s clear that we need to find ways to ensure the need for physical distancing doesn’t translate to greater social distancing and isolation. After all, the best way through these truly unusual times is together.
Rarely a day goes by without more news about the challenges a first time home buyer faces trying to own Toronto real estate. The issues seem endless. Everything from escalating rents, real estate prices significantly outpacing salary growth & the gig economy are contributing to the demise of the home ownership dream for a generation. Sadly, solutions are few & far between.
Today, when 1 in 3 people living in cities don’t even know one of their neighbours, the need to create communities where people can live and thrive is clear.
There’s a great deal of research about what makes people happy. Time and time again, it leads to the same answer: Strong relationships that make us feel connected to one another is key to happiness. Yet, across the country, up to 30% of Canadians of all ages report persistent social isolation and loneliness.
According to researchers, feelings of social isolation are especially prevalent in the downtown core and with young people…
For decades, we were taught to believe anyone willing to work hard and be a disciplined saver could build wealth by owning a home and enjoy the growth, comforts and security it provides. As housing prices and rents skyrocket in the Toronto housing market and global cities, this has quickly become an impossible dream for millennials and every aspiring first time home buyer.
Every week, new reports come out declaring how homeownership is becoming more challenging a first time home buyer.
The Toronto housing market has every first time buyer scouring MLS, Craigslist Toronto and punching numbers into a mortgage calculator to try to find a way to break into the market without breaking their bank account. While many adjectives leap to mind to describe the process, sweet certainly isn’t one of them.