TREB releases monthly market figures reported by GTA REALTORS®

Posted on Posted in Burlington, Hamilton, Market Activity, Mississauga, Oakville, Toronto, Uncategorized, YTD

NEW RELEASE FROM THE TORONTO REAL ESTATE BOARD TORONTO, ONTARIO, July 5, 2018 – Toronto Real Estate Board President Garry Bhaura, in his first market release as TREB President, is pleased to announce some positive signs with respect to the housing market. Greater Toronto Area REALTORS® reported 8,082 home sales through TREB’s MLS® System in June […]

Understanding Home Pricing in Today’s Market

Posted on Posted in Condo, HELP!, Market Activity, Oakville, Townhouse, YTD

So, what’s happening with Real Estate prices?  Why does it seem some have dropped a lot, yet other homes sell quick for a good price? Depending on where you look, and what you look at, there’s different levels of activity in the market, some areas and types of properties are selling well, others seem to […]

CREA Calls for Regulation of Home Cannabis Cultivation

Posted on Posted in Home Inspection

The Canadian Real Estate Association calls for regulations on home cultivation of cannabis Ottawa, ON, April 30, 2018 –  The Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA) is proposing an amendment to Bill C-45 that would result in a moratorium on home cultivation of cannabis until the governments can enact rules and regulations for the entire country. […]

How (And Why) to Upgrade to Smart Blinds

Posted on Posted in Smart Home, Technology

Everything you need to know about smart blinds! By Jennifer Tuohy Two of the most important elements of a home are natural lighting and comfort. We all want a home that is well-lit and comfortable, whether the sun is blazing outside or we’re in the depths of winter. A reliable way to balance great natural […]

Tarion Warranty – Did You Know?

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Did you know… “It is illegal for a builder to enter into an Agreement of Purchase and Sale or construction contract with a purchaser if the builder is not registered with Tarion. It is also illegal to begin construction of a home or condominium without first enrolling it with Tarion. Offenders will be charged by […]

Small Neighbourhoods – Evaluating Market Performance

Posted on Posted in Burlington, Hamilton, Hamilton-Wentworth, HELP!, Market Activity, Waterdown

So, you live in a great little neighbourhood, a pocket of land that is surrounded by other neighbourhoods built before and after. You want to know how your home value us doing , but those homes are very different. How do you truly understand market performance of that neighbourhood to truly relate it to comparable […]

Real Estate Sales Remain Strong!

Posted on Posted in Burlington, HELP!, Market Activity, Oakville, Waterdown, YTD

With the Province of Ontario announcement on measures to slow the real estate market in Ontario, we’ve seen some interesting behaviour as a direct impact of their involvement in the industry. If you look at the chart below, you’ll see weekly sales in 2017 (blue line) compared to 2016 and 2015.  As a reference point […]

Ontario’s “Fair Housing Plan” Announcement Impacts Market?

Posted on Posted in Burlington, Market Activity, Oakville, Property For Sale, Waterdown

25 April 2017 – update. In the chart above it looks like the market is picking up by Monday’s total sales.  The data for Tuesday is not yet complete as this was extracted at 2 on today. —————– With the recent announcement of Ontario’s Fair Housing Plan, many people, in and outside of the industry […]

Working With A Lawyer When You Buy A Home

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Getting the most from your Lawyer and ensuring you allow them to do the best job possible for you, ensures the smoothest home purchase possible.   The Ontario Bar Association has a handy brochure to guide you when working with your lawyer, Click Here.  Working With a Lawyer When You Buy a Home

Canadian Housing Starts Trend Increased in January

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“New home construction started off strong in 2017, both in terms of single-detached homes and multi-unit residential,” said Bob Dugan, CMHC Chief Economist. “While Ontario starts continue to drive the national trend upwards, construction has slowed in BC since last July when it reached a near record high. This slowdown can be partly attributed to […]

Canadian House Price Growth Remains Elevated: CMHC Reports

Posted on Posted in Burlington, Market Activity, Oakville, Video, Waterdown

OTTAWA, January 26, 2017 — Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) is reporting strong overall evidence of problematic housing market conditions nationally for the second consecutive quarter due to overvaluation and price acceleration in Canada’s housing markets. This assessment largely accounts for market conditions in Vancouver and Toronto where strong price growth has been spreading […]

Condo or Townhouse: What Is the Difference?

Posted on Posted in Burlington, Condo, HELP!, Moving, Oakville, Property For Sale, Townhouse

South Halton is one of those unique places where you can drive around for just 15 minutes and see a wide variety of different housing styles in that short span, from single family town homes to large sprawling houses on the lake. When home shopping in the Oakville/Burlington you might want to consider a condo […]

Neighborhood Coyote Safety

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Learn how to reduce the potential for coyotes to harm your pets by taking simple preventative steps. Know what coyotes are attracted to and find out how to minimize the damage they may cause in a neighborhood. Coyote safety can be a pillar of a well-lived and long life — especially if you’re a domesticated […]

Stress Testing Our Economy

Posted on Posted in Market Activity, Uncategorized

CMHC the Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation has some very astute economists that understand our economy and how we are positioned globally.  This not only allows them to have a very good handle on what we should expect and how to prepare for it, but they also look at what could possibly happen.   As […]

Ontario to Double the Maximum Tax Rebate to First Time Homebuyers

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“The Ontario government is moving to double the maximum tax rebate offered to first-time homebuyers while boosting the land-transfer tax on house purchases above $2 million. Finance Minister Charles Sousa made the announcements in his fall economic statement, delivered in the provincial legislature on Monday afternoon. The changes are to take effect on Jan.1, 2017. ” – Mike Crawley, CBC […]

Moving? Pack Up Your Garage in 5 Easy Steps

Posted on Posted in Moving, Staging, Uncategorized

While the garage is often the last room packed in a home, there are many reasons to make it your first. —— Guest Post by NorthStar Moving Co-Founder Laura McHolm When it comes to packing up your home for a move, the garage is often the last room packed. Let’s face it, we put it […]

Genius Tricks That Make Your Home Look Bigger

Posted on Posted in Staging, Uncategorized

While the go-to trick might be to cover your walls with mirrors, try these lesser-known designer ideas to leave your space feeling wide open. ————- By Sarah Fogle Perhaps your minimal lifestyle has led you to a small living space, or you’re on a tight, I-can-only-afford-a-studio budget. Maybe you just have that one cramped room […]

Most Canadian Housing Markets Overvalued, Price Growth to Slow Through 2018: CMHC Reports

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“OTTAWA, October 26, 2016 — Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) is finding strong evidence of problematic conditions for Canada overall. Home prices have risen ahead of economic fundamentals such as personal disposable income and population growth, resulting in overvaluation in many Canadian housing markets. However, the combination of overvaluation and overbuilding should help slow […]

Glitter Grout Is the Latest Decor Trend to Go Viral

Posted on Posted in Staging, Uncategorized

Is this something you would love to see in your home? Read more here: http://bit.ly/2dSdI8Y You Photo via Instagram usapaintingremodeling

Understanding Real Estate Headlines in the Current Market

Posted on Posted in HELP!, Market Activity, Social Media, Uncategorized

Today’s Headlines can be confusing…    Sales Volumes soar,  Home Sales Fall, it sounds confusing, doesn’t it!   So what does this mean?  Are they reporting conflicting news?  Or are they not spelling out the whole picture to get you bouncing back and forth reading news articles just to get your attention?   Well, they […]