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Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce
Not really Kingston related, but relevant to our Market. Prior to 2008, Firstline Mortgages was a very popular and competitive choice for clients. It was the Mortgage Broker brand of CIBC, and offered lower rates than CIBC, which was always kind of interesting. Of course, a few other major banks did the same thing. See the Globe & Mail link below:

This article has come very good advice concerning "Non-Resident" sellers of property in Canada and the tax implications that could delay or void a sale. The article is referring to offshore condo investors, which is not so much a large issue here in Kingston. We do run into this in the Recreation/Cottage property market, and mostly with our American friends.

scary tale of an oil leak in an Ottawa-area home provides a valuable lesson for homeowners whose homes are heated by oil."

Yes, Oil tanks are becoming a problem in the sale of Real Estate. Underground oil tanks are out and out impossible. Walk away.

Aboveground Oil tanks are the norm, and simply put, Insurance companies do not like them. If you read the article you will see why. The problem I have, is that most home owners with oil tanks are not aware of the "new regulations".

Here is the section that applies:

It is a legislative requirement prescribed by Ontario Regulation 213/01, "Fuel Oil". Section 7 of the Regulation states:

Section 7 of the Regulation
"7. (1) No distributor shall supply fuel oil to a container or tank system that is connected to an appliance or work unless the distributor is satisfied that the installation and use of the appliance or work comply with this Regulation and,
    (a) Unless the distributor has inspected the appliance or work at least once within the previous 10 years".
"7. (2) A distributor shall prepare a report on each inspection made under subsection (1) and shall retain the report until the next inspection and report are completed".

"7. (3) An inspection shall be carried out by a person who is the holder of a certificate for that purpose".

Additional Information:
  • This is a mandatory inspection and therefore you must not refuse the inspection service being arranged by a fuel oil distributor.
  • Inspection service refusal will prevent fuel oil delivery.
  • A person who is the holder of a certificate for that purpose shall carry out the inspection. I.e. An oil burner technician (OBT).
  • The certified oil burner technician (OBT) may not necessarily work for the fuel oil distributor but may be an agent or sub-contractor of the Fuel Oil distributor.
  • You may contact a fuel oil distributor who is different from the one you currently deal with if you are not satisfied with the service being provided.
  • Each distributor is responsible for the inspection performed on their client's heating systems. When you switch to a new distributor you may be required to undergo a new inspection. If you change distributors and the new distributor agrees with the previous inspection report, a new inspection may not be necessary. Check with the new distributor to see if they would accept the previous inspection report.
  • Both TSSA and fuel oil industry representatives have developed specific checklists that outline minimum inspection requirements.
  • There are also inspection requirements for propane systems and natural gas systems.
  • See also Comprehensive inspections - Cost considerations and Comprehensive inspections - Disagreeing with results.

Imagine the home owners surprise when they sell their home with an Oil Tank, for which they have been receiving oil, and the Buyer/Home Inspector/Realtor informs them that their tank "might not" be up to code and we need a TSSA certificate. Imagine their further surprise when they find out the tank and lines do not pass, and they need to be replaced at a cost of approx $1,000. They are now upset with the Buyer/Home Inspector/Realtor, for something that this legislation clearly says is the  fuel oil distributors responsibility.

Didn't we see the TSSA's name mentioned in the Propane explosion in Toronto? Are they maybe passing more laws than they are capable of enforcing?

Here is a link to Bob Aaron's article in the Star. The hole in the tank was the size of the tip of a pen...

On June 23rd, 2008 new federal money laundering and anti-terrorist financing regulations came into effect that require real estate agents and brokers to collect personal identification information from buyers and sellers.

Real Estate agents are now required to ask for proof of the identity of all buyers or sellers involved in a Canadian real estate transaction. If the client is a corporation, that information must include corporate documentation, and the names of the corporation directors. They must also ascertain if a third party is involved in the transaction.

This also applies if a buyer or seller involved in a transaction is not represented by a real estate agent, but the other individual involved is represented. Those buying or selling privately will be asked by the agent representing the other party involved in the transaction to provide proof of identity as well, and that record must be kept by the real estate agent involved in the transaction.

These new regulations are part of federal legislation (Bill C-25) passed in 2007 that requires a number of industries, including real estate, to do more to help stop money laundering and terrorist financing. The regulations are enforced by the federal agency known as the Financial Transactions and Reports Analysis Centre of Canada, or FINTRAC.

Additional information about this federal initiative, the federal legislation and the role of FINTRAC in the reporting system is available at or call toll-free: 1-866-346-8722

English: The MLS, or Multiple Listing Service ...
The Multiple Listing Service is now

The new home page provides four different ways to locate properties. Text Search, Interactive Map Search, Advanced Search, and MLS®# Search.

Several additional options are also offered on the site-more than were available on the old site.

This national real estate database is the first source for Canadian Real Estate Buyers and Sellers is now better than ever and user friendly. It's pretty cool!


The Kingston Real Estate blog is published by Richard Potter of Re/Max Realty Concepts. Richard is a licensed real estate associate in the province of Ontario.

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