Selling during the Holidays: GOOD OR BAD TIMING?

By: BRIAN C. MAYER

Selling during the Holidays: GOOD OR BAD TIMING?

Tags: Selling your home during the holidays, Christmas Real Estate, Buying a house during the holidays, Buying a condo during the holidays

  One of the questions I often get asked this time of the year is  “Should I sell my home over the holidays?" There is no clear cut and dried answer as everyone’s personal circumstances are different but most agents follow up that question with “It is better to wait until after the New Year or spring time.” Some real estate agents will argue that it i...Read More

It's the 'Same old same old' for the Bank of Canada! 

By: BRIAN C. MAYER

It's the 'Same old same old' for the Bank of Canada! 

Tags: Mortgage Rates, Invis, Benchmark rate, Bank of Canada

The BOC holds it's benchmark rate steady. Again!  The Bank of Canada announced today that it is holding the benchmark interest rate unchanged at 0.5%, noting that “growth in the 3rd quarter rebounded strongly, but more moderate growth is anticipated in the 4th” and that “a significant amount of economic slack remains in Canada.” Bond yields have crept higher since...Read More

I LOVE DOGS! But what about that condominium?

By: BRIAN C. MAYER

I LOVE DOGS! But what about that condominium?

Tags: pet-friendly condos in Toronto, buying condos in Toronto, pet restrictions in condos, Condo dogs

I will confess, I am a huge dog lover and most people who know me will attest to that. I think just about everyone knows our little girl *Abbey!  So you love dogs too (or you're a proud owner) and you are ready to have a place to call your own and you want your own piece of equity. With the Toronto housing market showing no signs of slowing, more and more urbanites ar...Read More

Pre-Home Inspections: WHO NEEDS THEM?

By: BRIAN C. MAYER

Pre-Home Inspections: WHO NEEDS THEM?

Tags: Pre-home inspections, pre-list inspections, transparency in real estate, selling your home, toronto real estate

Smart Sellers, that’s who. However, for some reason and too often, I see many houses listed without them.  I decided to write a short blog on the subject as I was very surprised by the sellers' response when recommended during one of my recent listing presentations. One of the sellers felt that an inspection prior to listing their house would be more benef...Read More

What impact will Trump's win have on Canada's Real Estate market?

By: Romana King - MSN Money Sense

What impact will Trump's win have on Canada's Real Estate market?

Tags: Real Estate, President Trump, Mortgage Rates, Toronto Real Estate

The world's collective jaws dropped after the early morning announcement: The next President of the United States is reality-TV star, Donald Trump. But Trump's victory in the U.S. presidential race raises more questions than confidence—which was reflected in the greenback's dip early this morning while safe-haven sovereign bonds and gold shot higher. The market is now refle...Read More

You Get What You Pay for RIGHT? NOT ALWAYS.

By: BRIAN C. MAYER

You Get What You Pay for RIGHT? NOT ALWAYS.

Tags: Toronto real estate, selling homes, selling condos, professionalism, good service, you get what you pay for

So I'm sure by now you’ve heard of the T.V. show called “Love it or List it” right ?   How about doing one called: “List it and Leave it”  As we all know, one very useful tool in a Realtor’s toolbox is the multiple listing service, or the MLS. Any Realtor you use will make certain to put your property up on the multiple listing service&n...Read More

Big bank hikes prime rate -  others to follow?

By: BRIAN C. MAYER

Big bank hikes prime rate - others to follow?

Tags: Interest Rates, Buying Homes, Toronto Real Estate, Mortgages, TD Canada Trust

Broker fears were confirmed Tuesday, with one big bank raising its prime rate less than a month following new mortgage rules. TD Canada Trust announced in a note to brokers Tuesday that it is changing its mortgage rates, including increasing its prime rate to 2.85%. The prime rate has been held at 2.70% for more than a year, according to the broker who shared the announcement with MortgageBr...Read More

Home Prices and Sales Continue to Soar in the GTA!

By: Doug Ascanio Graffeo (UbanToronto.ca)

Home Prices and Sales Continue to Soar in the GTA!

Tags: Home Prices, Home sales, Toronto Real Estate, Soaring Real Estate Prices.

An announcement made by the Building Industry and Land Development Association (BILD) this week reveals that demand for housing in the Greater Toronto Area is showing no signs of slowing down. The average price of new low-rise homes is up 22 percent from last year, reaching a new high of $992,231 in the month of September and up $60,000 since the month of August of the present year. For new detac...Read More

A "BIG" thank you...

By: BRIAN C. MAYER

A "BIG" thank you...

Tags: Toronto Real Estate, Real Estate Services, Thank You, Appreciation, Your Toronto Realtor, Real Estate Referrals

So how often do you see this right? Here's a short blog post thanking all my amazing clients, past and present for their continued support! Over the years, I have been privileged with the level of response and enthusiasm by past clients who have referred their friends, family and associates to me. I pride myself in the service I deliver and the respect I’ve earned from both new an...Read More

‘CHANGE & PAIN’ under new mortgage rules?

By: Ephraim Vecina (Canadian Real Estate Wealth)

‘CHANGE & PAIN’ under new mortgage rules?

Tags: Change, Mortgage Rules, Toronto Real Estate, Housing Market

One of Canada’s fiercest housing critics has warned that the recently announced changes to federal mortgage rules will directly affect the main drivers of growth and activity in the country’s real estate sector.   In a contribution for Maclean’s, author and financial advisor Hilliard MacBeth noted that the abrupt introduction of the regulatory changes should give Canadi...Read More