Toronto's Vacant Home Tax: What You Need to Know


Attention Toronto homeowners! It's time to declare the occupancy status of your residential property for the year 2023. This declaration is mandatory for all properties classified within the residential property tax class, and the deadline is fast approaching—February 29, 2024.

Why the Vacant Home Tax?

The primary goal of the VHT is to address the issue of vacant residential properties in Toronto. By imposing a tax on properties that remain unoccupied for extended periods, the city aims to encourage property owners to either occupy or rent out their properties, thereby contributing to the housing supply. At its core, the VHT aims to bolster the housing supply by deterring the practice of…

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Navigating Your Financial Path to Homeownership: Expert Budgeting and Saving Strategies

Embarking on the journey toward homeownership is an exhilarating endeavour that requires meticulous planning and disciplined saving. At The Johnson Team, we understand the significance of this milestone in your life. Guided by our core values of putting the client first, relentless hard work, and a commitment to continuous learning, we're here to illuminate the path to acquiring your dream home with indispensable financial planning advice.


Crafting a Realistic Budget

The foundation of any successful home purchase is a realistic and comprehensive budget. Start by assessing your monthly income against your expenditures, including debts, savings, and…

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Maximizing Your Home's Energy Efficiency During the Winter Months

As the mercury dips in Toronto, keeping your home snug and warm becomes a top priority. However, it's also crucial to ensure that your efforts towards a cozy indoor environment don't lead to sky-high energy bills. The Johnson Team, known for its commitment to providing insightful, helpful information, shares expert strategies to maximize your home's energy efficiency during the winter months. Our dedication to client-first service, hard work, and continuous learning shines through as we delve into practical tips that not only enhance your comfort but also contribute to a more sustainable lifestyle.


Seal the Gaps, Save the Heat

One of the most effective ways to retain heat…

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Love is in the Air: How to Create the Perfect Valentine's Day Ambience at Home

As February unfolds, the cool breeze carries with it the warmth of Valentine's Day, a time when love, affection, and togetherness take centre stage. While this day is often associated with romantic dinners out and grand gestures, there's an undeniable charm in celebrating love within the comfort of your home. After all, your home is where your heart is, and what better way to honour the spirit of Valentine's Day than by creating a perfect ambience that reflects love and warmth? In this blog, we explore how intertwining the essence of Valentine's Day with your living space can not only elevate your celebration but also highlight the potential of your home as a haven for…

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Celebrating Our Year of Success: A Look Back at 2023's Milestones

As we navigate through the early days of February, with the brisk chill still lingering in the air and the days gradually stretching longer, we find ourselves reflecting on the remarkable journey of the past year. 2023 was a year of unparalleled achievements for The Johnson Team, marking not just milestones but setting new benchmarks in the realm of real estate, both within the bustling metropolis of Toronto and beyond.


Our ethos of putting the client first, our relentless work ethic, and an insatiable thirst for knowledge have not only shaped our approach but have also been the cornerstone of our success. These core values, championed by our esteemed leaders, Jeff and Liz…

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Green Living in the City: The Best Indoor Plants for Toronto Apartments

In the heart of Toronto's bustling urban landscape, bringing a touch of green into your living space is not just aesthetically pleasing but also beneficial for health and well-being. Indoor plants are a perfect way to enhance your apartment with natural beauty while contributing to cleaner air and a more serene environment. This blog will guide you through the best indoor plants suited for Toronto apartments, considering factors like light, space, and maintenance needs.


Understanding Toronto's Indoor Plant Environment

Before diving into plant selection, it’s important to understand the unique indoor environment of Toronto apartments. Factors like limited space, varying…

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Celebrate Love with The Johnson Team’s Valentine’s Day Contest

Love is the essence of life, and as Valentine's Day approaches, we're reminded of the joy and warmth it brings. The Johnson Team is excited to spread a little extra love this February with our annual Valentine's Day contest. It’s our way of giving back to the community that has supported us over the years.

Win a Romantic Evening on Us

We're offering a chance for one lucky couple to win a $200 gift card to The Keg, ensuring a delightful evening of fine dining. It's the perfect setting for a romantic night out, with great food and a cozy atmosphere to make your Valentine's Day special.


How to Enter

Participating is easy and fun:

  • Head over to our Instagram or Facebook…

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Design on a Dime: Budget-Friendly Interior Decorating Tips for Toronto Homes


In the dynamic and diverse city of Toronto, creating a stylish and comfortable home doesn’t have to break the bank. With a bit of creativity and some savvy shopping tips, you can transform your living space without stretching your budget. This article will explore various budget-friendly interior decorating ideas tailored for Toronto homes, perfect for those looking to add flair without a hefty price tag.


Embrace DIY Projects

DIY projects are a cost-effective way to add a personal touch to your home décor. Simple projects like painting an accent wall, creating your own artwork, or upcycling furniture can make a significant impact. Toronto is home to various DIY…

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Senior Living in Toronto: Real Estate Options for Retirement

Toronto, a city known for its vibrant culture, diverse communities, and beautiful landscapes, is also an ideal place for seniors looking to enjoy their retirement. Whether you’re planning for a quiet, comfortable retirement or seeking an active, urban lifestyle, Toronto's real estate market offers a plethora of options to fit your needs. In this blog, we explore some of the best real estate options for seniors in Toronto.


1. Condominiums: Convenience and Community

Condominiums are a popular choice among retirees in Toronto. They offer the convenience of low-maintenance living, with no need to worry about landscaping or external repairs. Many condo buildings in Toronto also provide…

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Navigating Real Estate in a Stable Rate Environment: What the Bank of Canada's Decision Means for You

As the days gradually become longer, there's an air of anticipation in the real estate market. Recently, the Bank of Canada announced a pivotal decision: the maintenance of the policy rate at 5%, with ongoing quantitative tightening. This move, set against a backdrop of global economic shifts and local market dynamics, has significant implications for real estate in Toronto and beyond.

Understanding the Policy Rate Hold

The policy rate directly influences borrowing costs, including mortgages. By holding the rate steady, the Bank of Canada signals a cautious approach towards economic growth and inflation management. This stability can be…

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