Archive | Buying

10 April 2012 ~ 0 Comments

Selecting the “right” Realtor® for you.

Often this question comes up when I am in consultations with prospective customers looking to purchase and/or sell their home. Selecting the “right” Realtor® for your home buying or selling needs is not an area that you as a consumer should treat lightly. All real estate agents who are licensed in the province of Ontario […]

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19 February 2012 ~ 0 Comments

New Tool Measures Price of Home

The Toronto Real Estate Board, along with the Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA®) and four other major real estate boards across Canada have developed a new system called the MLS® Home Price Index (MLS® HPI). The MLS® HPI is calculated using a sophisticated statistical model that takes into account a home’s quantitative (e.g. the number […]

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15 February 2012 ~ 0 Comments

Builders and Customer Service…Is There Such A Thing?

Being an entirely referral based real estate agent I have a very hands on relationship with my clients from the beginning of the consultation process right through after my clients have moved into their home or condo. Being hands on has exposed me to many of the frustrations clients of mine (and in many cases I myself) […]

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15 February 2012 ~ 0 Comments

My Thoughts and Predictions for the 2012 Toronto Housing Market

Here is what I think is in store for the Toronto Housing Market in 2012: Let’s start with the good. In centrally located neighbourhoods a continuation of the frantic multiple offer events that we have been exposed to pretty much over the past 7 sevens will continue through the spring and fall markets. Parents with […]

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15 February 2012 ~ 0 Comments

January’s Market Watch

Greater Toronto REALTORS® reported 4,567 sales through the TorontoMLS® system in January 2012. This number was 8.8 per cent higher than the 4,199 sales reported in January 2011. Sales growth was strongest for low-rise home types in the regions surrounding the City of Toronto. “A favourable affordability picture bolstered by very low posted fixed mortgage […]

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13 January 2012 ~ 0 Comments

Is it Goodbye 30 Year Amortization for Mortgages?

Over the past few weeks it seems that almost every economist or executive from the big five banks in Canada has come out and expressed that the federal government should eliminate the current 30 year amortization back to the previously 25 year maximum (remember earlier last year it was 35 years that was eliminated). Recently […]

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07 January 2012 ~ 0 Comments

Second-Best Year on Record for Sales

Greater Toronto REALTORS® reported 4,718 transactions through the TorontoMLS® system in December 2011. The December result capped off the second-best year on record under the current Toronto Real Estate Board (TREB) boundaries. Total sales for 2011 amounted to 89,347 – up four per cent in comparison to 2010.”Low borrowing costs kept Buyers confident in their […]

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07 January 2012 ~ 0 Comments

Water Damage, Mold and House Insurance

You’ve had water damage in your house due to a burst pipe, a roof leak, or a heavy summer storm. You hope that your insurance will cover the damage. What to do? First, read about mold below. You may not know the implications of water and mold damage. What is Mold, and why should you […]

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13 December 2011 ~ 0 Comments

83 Possible Types Of Turbulence Or Stunts We Could Encounter…

Buying a home is like taking an airline flight across the country. When you start on your trip, you have no idea how the trip will go. Neither does the pilot. You could run into 88 different types of turbulence, or other passengers on the trip could pull stunts on you. Ideally, you should have […]

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07 November 2011 ~ 0 Comments

Single Family Homes Becoming “precious commodities”

It seems not a day passes by where one of the major newspapers or news magazines is prophesying on something related to the real estate market in Canada and in many cases our fair City of Toronto. I “borrowed” the headline of this blog from a recent article that ran in a major newspaper. Instead […]

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