Traits you should be looking for in a real estate professional

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Whether buying or selling a home, your real estate agent’s role is to ensure the transaction is completed competently and professionally. When selecting your real estate representative make sure they have an intimate knowledge of the local housing market and are committed to serving you with integrity. Every real estate agent has unique personal traits, […]

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Buying and Selling in a Higher Bracket

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Past posts have included a lot about low inventory, bidding wars, staging, pricing homes, etc. Most of that information has been centred around the largest area of activity – the under $1 million zone; second or third family home, or downsized home. However, when you get into buying and selling homes over the $2 million […]

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Buying and Selling with Conditional Offers

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What is a Conditional Offer? When a buyer brings an offer to a seller, it might include, alongside the price and closing date ‘conditional on…’ The most common conditions are home inspection and financing. The buyer is saying, for example, ‘I will pay you this for your home as long as my mortgage gets approved.’ […]

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Toronto Challenges First-time Homebuyers

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Between the cost of housing, competition created by lack of inventory in Toronto and hefty down payment requirements, first-time buyers are having a real challenge finding a decent starter home. What I mean by hefty down payment requirements (there is no mention of hefty down payment requirements previous to this statement) is that if you […]

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The Art of When to List

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Picking the ideal time to either list or shop for a home can be tricky. There are times with more or less activity, more or less inventory, when people have different priorities all with good and bad effects. You also have to consider what would be happening in 60 or 90 days when the house […]

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Making a Strategic Leap

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The conditions in the Toronto real estate market and recent changes to tax and mortgage structures, among other factors, have led some of my clients looking to move-up, to employ interesting new strategies. By new, I mean I haven’t seen this in my 27 years in the real estate industry. I haven’t seen these market […]

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The Value of Curb Appeal

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An often overlooked or taken for granted aspect of many homes is landscaping. When it’s beautifully landscaped, prospective buyers almost expect it, or at most take it as a value-add. When the front and yard of a home is a mess, buyers mentally deduct the cost to fix it up from the list price. Does […]

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2013 Storms Damage GTA Homes

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Any basement can suffer water damage at any time. Smart homebuyers and real estate agents will go into the basement and evaluate its dryness early in the visit – looking for water damage, sniffing for that mouldy smell. However, the floods from July and the ice storm that ended 2013 has opened a whole can […]

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Risks for Both Sides of Bidding Wars

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In a market like Toronto where there is not much inventory and demand is high, this scene is ripe for bidding wars. There are stresses and risks in this for both buyers and sellers. Here are a few things you should know going in. Buyers, Know Your Limit To prepare in advance for negotiations or […]

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Lack of Inventory is a Real Challenge

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In Toronto there is very little inventory of homes for sale right now, which is a challenge to both Real Estate Agents and buyers. Why that is happening is fodder for a whole separate blog post, but what’s interesting is I am finding that even people who have a real need to buy a property […]

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