How to get your home ready for winter!

By: BRIAN C. MAYER

How to get your home ready for winter!

Tags: #winterready ##housemaintenance #prepareforwinter

Now is a really good time to start thinking about your home maintenance as well as getting it ready for the colder weather. Why not try to be a smarter homeowner this year and take some time now to get ahead of the coming cold weather and avoid all the havoc it could wreak on your house and yard? Here are a few items that you can do to get ready for the winter and help keep your home happy. Check...Read More

Why Fall is the Ideal Season to Sell Your Home!

By: Scott McGillivray - HGTV

Why Fall is the Ideal Season to Sell Your Home!

Tags: #fallrealestatemarket #fallseason #sellingyourhome #sellingyourhouse #sellingyourcondo #fallready #torontorealestate

Did you miss this year’s prime spring real-estate selling season? Not to worry. Fall is also an ideal time to sell your home, complete with its own set of specific advantages. Read on to learn how you can maximize your real-estate game this autumn. Yes, the spring housing market is sure to bring out buyers, but plenty of folks may hold off on making an offer. With more homes to choose from,...Read More

Why early payout penalties matter now more than ever!

By: INVIS Mortgage Experts

Why early payout penalties matter now more than ever!

Tags: #mortgages #mortgagerate #mortgagebroker #mortgagecontract #fees #banking

We are deep in the competitive spring real estate market! And we're seeing a very interesting rate anomaly. Fixed-rate mortgages are very competitively priced and gaining in popularity, while variable-rate mortgages are looking overpriced. We're even seeing ten-year mortgages at good rates back in the news. If the market is telling us that fixed-rate mortgages have an advantage, then be su...Read More

Buyers And Bidding Wars: How To Come Out The Winner!

By: Lisa Rennie -Toronto Storeys

Buyers And Bidding Wars: How To Come Out The Winner!

Tags: Bidding wars, Homebuyers, Tips for Buyers, Tips For Home Buyers

Toronto’s housing market may have slowed down somewhat recently compared to how sizzling hot it’s been over the past few years, but it’s still a relatively hot market today. And bidding wars continue to run rampant in many neighbourhoods in Toronto, getting buyers caught up in a sometimes nasty war between other fierce competitors vying for the same property. In fact, many buyer...Read More

Toronto’s Stigmatized Housing: Would You Buy a Home Someone Died In?

By: by Nicola Brown (Toronto Storeys)

Toronto’s Stigmatized Housing: Would You Buy a Home Someone Died In?

Tags: Toronto Real Estate, Stigmatized Homes, Toronto Storeys

Remember that famous creepy house that went on sale in 2017? The severely run-down two-storey row house in Toronto’s highly coveted Trinity-Bellwoods neighbourhood sat on the market for over 100 days, eventually selling $74,000 under asking at $675,000.Social media, of course, didn’t spare the poor house from escalating conjecture about its past. The house quickly acquired a very publi...Read More

Homeownership trend: buying with a friend

By: INVIS - Canada's Mortgage Experts

Homeownership trend: buying with a friend

Tags: Mortgages, Buying a Home, Toronto real estate, Investing

An interesting new homebuying trend emerging among millennials is home purchases that are completed with a friend. It's a creative solution to the housing market given tough qualifying rules and high prices. Pooling your resources is a great way to take you from the fringes of homeownership to landing what you really want and getting a start on wealth building. Here are a few of the things yo...Read More

Ask An Agent: How Do You Know How Long To Keep A Home Listed?

By: Aaron Broverman (Toronto Storeys)

Ask An Agent: How Do You Know How Long To Keep A Home Listed?

Tags: Listing your home, home for sale, finding the right agent, home on the market, Toronto Real Estate

If you’ve read the bestselling book Freakonomics, you’d know one passage says that on average, real estate agents get three percent more money for their own home than they do for their clients’ homes. It concludes this way: “When she sells her own house, an agent holds out for the best offer; when she sells yours, she encourages you to take the first decent offer that come...Read More

7 Tips To Help You Choose The Right Real Estate Agent

By: Source: TORONTO STOREYS

7 Tips To Help You Choose The Right Real Estate Agent

Tags: Real estate Agents, Real Estate, Toronto Real Estate, Pick The Right Real Estate Agent, Choose The Right Realtor

Buying or selling real estate is one of the biggest transactions you will ever make in your life, so arming yourself with the very best person to assist you is essential. Often, people select a real estate agent based on a recommendation from a friend or family member. This isn’t wrong, and it certainly isn’t a bad place to start, but you should also do a bit of your own due diligenc...Read More

Is the Toronto real estate market poised for a spring rebound?

By: Carolyn Ireland - The Globe and Mail

Is the Toronto real estate market poised for a spring rebound?

Tags: Toronto Real Estate, Spring Market, Real Estate Rebound

Sales in the Greater Toronto Area housing market have sagged so far in 2018 but some market watchers are optimistic that a spring rebound is coming. The most recent numbers from the Toronto Real Estate Board look grim compared with the euphoria that swept through the market in early 2017, says Cameron Forbes, general manager of ReMax Realtron Realty Inc. “We really had an artificial market ...Read More

NO BANK OF CANADA RATE CHANGE TODAY!

By: BRIAN C. MAYER

NO BANK OF CANADA RATE CHANGE TODAY!

Tags: Bank of Canada, Interest rates, mortgages, mortgage rates

The Bank of Canada announced today that it is holding the overnight rate given the growing uncertainty in trade talks affecting Canadian and global outlooks. The Bank noted  that “while the economic outlook is expected to warrant higher interest rates over time, some continued monetary policy accommodation will likely be needed to keep the economy operating close to potential and infla...Read More