Archive | Buying

24 April 2017 ~ 0 Comments

What should we expect with the Liberal governments housing plan?

The provincial government has announced a 16 point plan intended to improve housing affordability, including a Non-Resident Speculations Tax, and a commitment to review the Real Estate and Business Brokers Act, 2002. So what should we expect the impact will be on our current hot housing market? I don’t see much of anything changing with regards […]

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16 March 2017 ~ 0 Comments

Do we really have a housing shortage?

Almost everyone knows the Toronto real estate market has gone mad as of late, although many would like to have you believe for the most part; that all is okay and the madness is justified. Governments manipulate interest rates to mask affordability. Banks either prop up or speak down housing depending on how it currently […]

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16 January 2017 ~ 0 Comments

Toronto City Council says “raise the land transfer tax cost”

#AnotherObstacle It looks like Toronto City Council is at it again! Thinking that purchasers of real estate in Toronto’s neighbourhoods are flush with cash, they look to make sweeping changes to the Toronto Land Transfer tax program. For anyone who has purchased a property in Toronto since February 1st, 2008, you are well aware of […]

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03 January 2017 ~ 0 Comments

5 Home Design Fads That Are Out in 2017

Shiplap and white-on-white kitchens may finally be falling out of favor. The two trends have dominated home design in recent years, but realtor.com® says they’ll be fading fast in 2017. Here are some of the home design trends realtor.com® predicts will fall to the wayside in the new year. Gray. Once the hottest color, gray […]

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17 June 2016 ~ 0 Comments

When Will Toronto’s Market Cool Off?

With so many headlines about the crazy hot real estate markets happening in Vancouver and Toronto, It’s easy to get caught up in the momentum of the conflicting theories that deluge us on an almost daily basis. For starters, let’s look at the Vancouver conversation and how it’s becoming incredibly impossible for locals to own […]

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21 April 2016 ~ Comments Off on Stay Connected In A Scorching Hot Market!

Stay Connected In A Scorching Hot Market!

In this day and age, information as we all know is everywhere and easily accessible. While most of what we see and read on the internet is correct and (mostly) truthful, much of opinion-based data can be subjective. Let’s consider homes that are listed for sale and use the public website Realtor.ca as an example, […]

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21 February 2016 ~ 0 Comments

First-time Buyer Home Is a Condo… And This Can Be Smart Financially!

Over the past 6-7 years, I have been sharing with clients that the first-time buyer “home” is now a condo (and no longer a house). The Toronto Real Estate Board (TREB) in its first ever year-in-review which recently came out, confirms this. Why is this important? For starters, it helps set realistic expectations when discussing […]

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21 April 2015 ~ 0 Comments

Paying More Than The List Price versus Paying Above Market Value

It seems today in Toronto’s frenzied real estate market that Buyers have become ‘numb’ with the understanding that most houses, as well as some condos, will sell for above the listing price. Years ago I used to describe to clients of mine that the list price of a property was simply an “asking” price: a […]

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16 March 2015 ~ 0 Comments

Spring Market Strong as Sales Surge

The Spring market continues to show strong results as well priced new listings are being snapped up in days, and sometimes even hours! The confidence amongst buyers is high, as sales across all of the pockets I follow and work in are doing very well. Houses in the Toronto area continue to shine as well […]

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17 November 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Prices To Rise in 2015!

One of the most frustrating things for prospective buyers to hear is that house and condo prices are continuing to rise. We’ve become so accustomed to constant news about the lack of housing supply (with the exception on the new condo sale side) that buyers cringe, knowing this typically translates into bidding wars! Last week […]

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