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11 June 2014 ~ 0 Comments

CMHC’s Recent Changes Adding More Confusion?

Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation recently added more changes to what it will insure and whom they will offer their products to. They no longer will be offering mortgage insurance to developers to finance new construction projects. They are still insuring individual purchasers who purchase a unit from these builders, and this is where I […]

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03 May 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Latest “must haves” in condos priced between $750,000 – $1 million dollars

For years now the standard condominium has become the option of choice for the majority of first time buyers. Various reasons have led to this reality, but what are condominium buyers looking for today when purchasing a condo in a price range that is not targeted to the first time buyer? In my experience working […]

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17 March 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Toronto Real Estate Market Starts to Thaw from Winter Freeze

Average GTA house price hits $547,107 as market starts to thaw, Listings showing signs of picking up as prices continue to soar

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22 January 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Ontarians Optimistic About 2014 Real Estate Market and Economy

Ontarians seem hopeful about the provincial real estate market, according to new research conducted by Ipsos Reid on behalf of the Ontario Real Estate Association (OREA). A third of Ontarians say the market will strengthen rather than weaken (21%) in 2014. Looking even further ahead – ten-year’s time – significantly more Ontarians believe the Ontario […]

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19 December 2013 ~ 0 Comments

BIG changes approved on how Realtors charge fees or commissions

New changes to how Realtors charge fees or commissions may have a big impact in the real estate market. Last spring, Minister Tracy MacCharles introduced Bill 55, Stronger Protection for Ontario Consumers Act, 2013 in the legislature. Bill 55 sought to strengthen consumer protection in the areas of door-to-door sales, debt settlement services and real […]

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18 December 2013 ~ 0 Comments

GTA Housing Predictions for 2014

As 2013 comes to an end, preparations are already underway for what looks like to be shaping up as a busy 2014. Attending information sessions put on recently by CMHC and RE/MAX Ontario Atlantic, as well as reading information provided by a few of the big banks and other industry related sources, here is what […]

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19 November 2013 ~ 0 Comments

Are New Build Condo Buildings a Good Deal?

Weekly I am inundated with offers from builders and or their marketing/sales teams on incentives for unsold inventory on various sites throughout the GTA. $20,000 Cash Back to your Buyer! Five Percent Commission For The Agent! Free Maintenance Fees For Two Years and a B.B.Q.!! How do you know if this is a good deal? I’m […]

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18 October 2013 ~ 0 Comments

Understanding The Housing Market

Everywhere you look today you can find information relating to the housing market. With the advancement of social media sites, the web and a record number of real estate agents in Canada, one doesn’t have to look hard to find a multitude of articles discussing housing or condos. But just because you can find it […]

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21 September 2013 ~ 0 Comments

Inspecting Your Home Inspector

While most people (almost 80 percent) have their homes inspected prior to purchase, just who is it that is inspecting the inspector? We’ve all seen those hidden-camera stories of home inspectors missing major defects, glossing over major problems or finding problems that they then offer to fix (for a charge, of course). Since the industry […]

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21 September 2013 ~ 0 Comments

Who Earns What In Real Estate

Macleans online recently posted an article detailing what the average income of the top 5%-10% earner’s were for some of the professions that relate to the real estate industry. An average garbage collector in Calgary makes more than a Realtor in Toronto! Which doesn’t surprise me as of recent count, there were over 38,000 agents […]

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