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Best real estate apps and tools when buying a home
Sunday, August 28, 2016
Buying a home can be a daunting task. Yes, it's exciting to become a homeowner but the decision to take this step in life often comes with some heavy price tags. Thank goodness technology is here to help! To make it easier here's a snapshot of the free mobile apps and free online calculators that can help you achieve your goal of homeownership — and the majority are 100% free to use.
Expect To See More Purpose-Built Rental In Canadian Real Estate
Friday, August 26, 2016
If you can't picture what that looks like, a quick drive down the Gardiner Expressway will make it very clear. Interest rates are low, renter demand is high and investors are looking for alternate income streams. These combined factors create the perfect condition for purpose-built housing projects to thrive.
Foreign buyers tax sending Vancouver house hunters to Toronto
Wednesday, August 24, 2016
The Ontario government is closely monitoring Toronto and Vancouver housing markets for changes as a result of B.C.'s foreign buyers property transfer tax.
Developers sitting on land in Toronto's heated housing market in hopes prices will keep rising
Tuesday, August 16, 2016
Housing prices continue to rise in the Greater Toronto Area because of land shortages that are at least partially being driven by builders sitting on real estate in hopes of a rising market, says a new report.
Canadian home sales post third consecutive decline in July
Monday, August 15, 2016
According to statistics released today by The Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA), national home sales declined for a third consecutive month in July 2016.
Shouldn't the seller have told you about the ghost in your new house?
Tuesday, August 9, 2016
Sellers and their agents are not legally obligated to disclose so-called 'stigmatizations' - such as ghosts, criminal activities or other disturbing past events - that may be connected to the home's history.
Are you the right fit for a hybrid mortgage?
Friday, August 5, 2016
Only 1 in 25 Canadians choose the hybrid option, which lets you split borrowing into two or more rates
8 Home Maintenance Skills Every Homeowner Should Master
Tuesday, August 2, 2016
Homes should come with a warning label announcing "maintenance required." Like it or not, houses need upkeep, and unless you're fine shelling out tons of money to the plumbers and contractors you'll have on speed dial, it pays to master a few home maintenance skills yourself. Here are the basic, rock-bottom tasks every homeowner should master.
Young to remain locked out of buying lowrise homes
Saturday, July 30, 2016
Prices are likely to rise for a decade due to intensification, low interest rates and strong demand. Younger buyers are coming to the realization that the dream of owning a detached house, as their parents did more than two decades ago, is likely to remain but a dream, with the price of ground-oriented housing in the GTA increasing at double-digit percentage rates year-over-year.
10 things to consider for any real estate investment property
Tuesday, July 26, 2016
We often get asked how to invest in real estate and what should investors should be looking for in an income producing property. It can be overwhelming for a first-time investor, as the real estate investment industry is riddled with various scenarios and situations that can decimate your returns. While the returns can be lucrative, proceed with caution.
Failed agreements of purchase and sale: What happens next?
Monday, July 18, 2016
Buying a home can be very stressful and complicated with all the paperwork, acknowledgements, representations and agreements that are required, as well as the normal process of due diligence that most buyers and some sellers want to include.
Pre-construction condos: Should you use a realtor?
Tuesday, July 12, 2016
Should you use a realtor when buying a new pre-construction condo?
Mortgage renewal: What's best a variable or fixed rate?
Friday, July 8, 2016
Time to renew your mortgage? So what's best: fixed or variable rate?
Toronto would-be home buyers facing "uphill battle" as prices rise again, listings fall in June
Wednesday, July 6, 2016
Listings are shrinking and demand is not slowing down, creating a June market in Canada’s largest city that boosted existing resale home prices by 16 per cent.
The Do's and Don'ts of Decorating a Small Bedroom
Sunday, July 3, 2016
Dreaming your tiny bedroom had space for more than a bed? Or your guest room was more than a dumping ground? Then read on
Showing your home: What to expect and how to prepare
Tuesday, June 28, 2016
You've listed your home for sale at what you hope is the right price. Now, the fun and activity really begins: the beeline of showings and inspections on your property.
Canada's hot housing markets 'ripe for correction,' TD says
Friday, June 17, 2016
Canada's hottest housing markets are "ripe for a correction," a major bank is cautioning. In its latest quarterly economic forecast, TD Bank said that while housing investment currently remains strong, "the party will come to an end."
Buy first, then sell? Or vice versa?
Tuesday, June 14, 2016
You are now in the grips of looking for a new home for any number of reasons. You have been transferred, you are expecting your first child or you are blending new families together. So you will find yourself facing the eternal question of what to do first: Buy the new home, or sell the old one?
Despite warnings and precedents, the housing market defies knowing
Monday, June 13, 2016
It's easy to forget how long the housing boom in Vancouver and Toronto has been building. The answer is: a generation. Except for a short freeze-up after Lehman Brothers collapsed, it’s pretty much been up for 20 years. Even the brutal Toronto real estate collapse of the early 1990s has been long forgotten.
Canada Should Tighten Rules to Mitigate Housing Risks, OECD Says
Monday, June 13, 2016
Canada should consider further housing-market restrictions to avoid a crash, the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development said, adding another voice to the recent chorus of those warning rapid price gains may be unsustainable.

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