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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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How To Invest in Real Estate the Right Way.

It’s of no secret to anyone that knows me, that I am a huge fan and advocate for investing in real estate as a future wealth builder. My very first investment property was a joint venture with four friends, all of us chipping in a modest amount equally to cover enough for a 10% down […]

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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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Sellers, Who exactly is preparing the market evaluation on your Home?

A few days ago I was in discussion with a cooperating agent on a property listing I have for sale. I was answering for him a few questions about the property that weren’t noted on the MLS listing, but were important to his client in nature. After the questions were answered our conversation turned to […]

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TREB releases February numbers and

Today the Toronto Real Estate Board released its sales figures for the month of February and as I’ve written about over these past six weeks, it’s been busy. And this month is no exception. Prices are edging up for both houses and condominiums where demand continues to be strong throughout the city. Inventory levels continue […]

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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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Toronto’s East End Continues To Be On Fire!

Would you believe that with all of the talk of a cooling real estate market across the GTA, the average sale-to-list price ratios in Toronto’s East End last month, were above 100%? Sales-to-list price ratio reflects the asking price of a property, and what it’s sale price is. For example, if a property were listed […]

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A more balanced market ahead?

With the month of September behind us and looking at the statistics provided by the Toronto Real Estate Board, the overall market looks to be heading into a more balanced territory. September’s Sales-to-New Listings ratio was similar to those of May, June and July, which were all off from the torrid pace set at the […]

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Sellers you should never let your agent “double end” your sale

NOTE: I originally published this in May 2014. With recent talk of Mandatory Designated Representation being potentially introduced to the Ontario Real Estate industry, below is an example by me on why we need this in the Toronto marketplace. A few weeks back an extreme example of a multiple bid scenario played out on a […]

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