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Market conditions continue to favour sellers

Toronto’s housing has rebounded strongly in May 2019, with sales activity only marginally off from the month of May’s 10-year average. Prices on average are up 3.6%, which is much better than what you are seeing in the stock market. In comparison to May 2018, with sales then at a 15-year low, sales activity is […]

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Is the mortgage stress test making it worse for buyers in Toronto? Absolutely!

If you are someone considering entering the real estate market in Toronto as a first-time buyer, it’s completely understandable if you feel like you are being screwed over. You are, and let me explain why and how. Toronto (and Vancouver) housing have much been talked about ad nauseam, both on how fragile and how expensive […]

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TREB still arguing “OFSI Stress Test” impacting market

As we head into the normally crazy active spring market in Toronto, the Toronto Real Estate Board recently sent out notice to its members through its April Market stats newsletter, giving perspective to why sales activity is down about one percent from March 2018. “The OSFI stress test continues to impact home buyers’ ability to […]

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Are Zillow and Redfin Agent Killers?

It’s March 2019, and what an exciting time to be transacting in real estate, either as a consumer in the buying or selling of property, or for those who represent and help consumers on the sales side. A great real estate professional will add value to both buyer and seller clients alike, assisting them with […]

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The new ‘First time Home-Buyer incentive’ program. Will it help?

The much anticipated budget release yesterday by the Federal Liberal party turned out to be of little value for home buyers in Toronto. Obviously it’s too early to tell how successful such a plan will be, but I have doubts it will be anywhere near the 100,000 households over three years the government seems to […]

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It could become easier for single income and first time buyers in Toronto.

It might soon become easier for first time buyers to enter the hot Toronto real estate market. With an election looming and the government needing a distraction away from ‘Yogi Trudeau’ and the fiasco currently at hand, the government is considering bending on it’s toughened housing policies. I’ve spoken previously how in its attempt to […]

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Buying or Selling soon? This is a must read.

2018 is on pace to go down as the lowest amount of property sale transactions (annual total) since the recession year of 2008. What does this mean? Year-to-date we have had a total of 53,634 sales through the Toronto Real Estate Boards MLS system. If the final 4 months of 2018 match the final 4 […]

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Why is the condo market so hot?

Across Toronto if you have been a buyer or investor looking for a condo in 2018, you surely have noticed that the condo market has been on fire. Multiple offers sometimes hitting double digits in quantity, properties being sold within hours of hitting the market, and even some of the ugly duckling units being snapped […]

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OSFI Unveils New Stress-Test Rules

The much talked about “Stress-Test” rules talked about over the summer by OSFI have been made official, and will take effect January 1st, 2018. Many suspect this will have an almost immediate impact in the Toronto housing market which Government’s of all levels have been trying to cool with limited effect on fast increasing house […]

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Stress Test on all Mortgages could soon be coming!

A rule already in place for insured mortgage borrowers (those that purchase with typically less than 20% as a down payment) could soon be coming to all mortgage borrowers. The¬†Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions (OSFI) is contemplating brining in changes that will make it mandatory that all mortgage borrowers go through a “Stress […]

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