House Buying & Selling Tips

Here's a few tips about buying and selling homes..

Declutter before Selling your home

According to ApartmentTherapy.com here are some easy to follow tips to declutter your home before selling it.. These tips apply to all home in Toronto, Mississauga, Oakville, Burlington, Milton, Georgetown, Guelph and the Entire GTA Make no mistake about it: when you’re selling your house, potential buyers want to...

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Home Buying Guide (2020)

The Homebuying Guide 2020 for Georgetown, Halton Hills & Rockwood How to buy a house in 7 steps The steps on how to buy a house are the same whether you’re buying a house, a townhouse, or condo. For simplicity, our examples will focus on how to buy a...

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Boutique Style Full Service Realtor

Boutique Realtor Service What does this mean? It’s a fancy way to tell you that you’ll be dealing with me and only me.. I answer the phone, I answer my emails, I create and edit contracts & listing. Me and ONLY ME..  I’m completely responsible for you and your...

How to buy a home in 2020

Looking to buy a home in Georgetown or Halton Hills, Nobody wants to pass up their ultimate home.  Here are some house buying tips so you’re readied whenever the correct open door seizes you. Get pre-approved for a Georgetown home loan Georgetown and Halton Hills is a very competitive...

Selling Tips – Tips to Sell your home Quickly & for the Most Money

House Selling Tip #10: Estimating it right Discover what your house is worth, at that point shave 15 to 20 percent off the cost. You’ll be rushed by purchasers with numerous offers — even in the most noticeably awful markets — and they’ll offer up the cost over what...

Best Time to buy a Home in Toronto, Mississauga or anywhere in the GTA

The real answer is now.. Buy real estate as soon as you can afford to. Generally, the best time (time of season) to buy a house is in the late summer or fall. Shoppers will find plenty of homes on the market, but not as much competition for them...

First Time Home Buyer Incentive

According to CMHC, here’s a few Tips for the First Time Home Buyer First-Time Home Buyer Incentive The First-Time Home Buyer Incentive helps first-time homebuyers without adding to their financial burdens. Eligible first-time homebuyers who have the minimum down payment for an insured mortgage can apply to finance a portion of...

Need your help, What ad do you like Best?

Hey Everyone, I’m working on a couple of Ads for my Real Estate Website..  And I need your help!! Here are the 3 ads, tell me in the comments which one you like best.. Thanks in advance!   End Proctoring–

Looking for The Right Real Estate Agent?

Before you commit to working with an agent, you may decide to have an interview process. To make sure you’re fully comfortable with your agent, ask these questions. What types of clients do you like to work with? Have you worked with (first-time homebuyers, condo buyers, etc.)? What makes...

Kitchen Updates Sell Homes

Renovating a kitchen or bath takes months of planning and several weeks of work. Many buyers would rather spend $100,000 more for a home with a renovated kitchen and bath and pay a higher mortgage than consider spending close to that same amount to get the job done.

How to Find the your Dream Home?

Finding the Dream Home – Time To Go Shopping! When you go shopping for groceries or clothing, you’d never leave home without some idea of what you want to buy, right? Touring houses is like shopping for a home. You’ll be able to take your wants and needs for...

The Guide to Home Staging

According to Moving.com here’s the top ten staging tips that help you sell your house/home quickly and for the most money possible. Stage where it counts Not all rooms are considered equal when it comes to home staging. You want to focus your efforts on the rooms that have...

How to get approved for a Mortgage

According to RateHub.ca, here’s what’s is needed to get a Mortage in Canada.. 1. Check your credit score In Canada, credit scores run from 300 to 900 across five categories: Poor, Fair, Good, Very Good, and Excellent. The exact categories vary by credit bureau, but the point is the...

Quick Guide to Real Estate Acronym Lists

Here’s the Step by Step list of List of how to Understand and Learning Real Estate Acronyms with the definitions   • 3/2 – 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms • APR – Annual Percentage Rate • ARM – Adjustable Rate Mortgage • BA – Bathroom • BD – Bedroom • CMA...

How to Make an Offer on a House?

Once you’ve decided on the right home for you, it’s time to make an offer! Your real estate agent (That’s Me!!) will walk you through this process in detail, including any applicable laws in your area. However, there are a few important things to know. Offers & Contracts A...

Home Staging Tips and Tricks to Sell Your Home Fast

Planning to put your house on the market? It goes without saying that you are hoping to sell your home as quickly as possible and get your asking price or more. Set the stage for success with these tips for styling and upgrading your home, and see results —...

Guide for the first time home buyer in Georgetown

Top 10 Do’s For First Time Home Buyer Georgetown   Get your free first-time homebuyer Georgetown kit below with more resources, information, maps, tools, and guides on how to be smart in the current real estate market. Contact Tony Sousa, a Georgetown realtor at tony@sousasells.ca or647-779-1567 for help buying...

Real Estate Investing – Toronto and the GTA

What is real estate investing Real estate investing generally doesn’t mean buying a home to live in. While a home purchase may result in appreciation (although probably a lot less than you think once you factor in interest, repairs, utility bills, taxes, closing costs and inflation), you’re not getting...

Georgetown Home Sales Records (2020)

Georgetown Real Estate Sells Records in August 2020 If you are thinking of selling are you downsizing.. Are you looking to move away from the city This is a great time.. Toronto homes have climbed by record amounts Growing up in Toronto, and moving to the suburbs, I too...

Why You Need a Real Estate Agent (Sales person)

Purchasing a house is a major endeavor, and all viewpoints ought to be deliberately considered before any choices are made. In addition to the fact that you want to discover your dream home, however you need to do it inside a sensible spending plan. In order to stay inside...

November House Sales Update for the GTA

The record pace of home sales in the fall continued with 8,766 sales reported in November by Greater Toronto Area REALTORS® through the Toronto Regional Real Estate Board’s (TRREB) MLS® System. This result was up by 24.3 per cent compared to November of last year. Generally speaking, year-over-year growth...

Preparing a Purchase Offer

Before you make an offer, double-check these points Always check a calendar to avoid closing or title search dates that fall on weekends and holidays Title Search date is normally 2 weeks prior to the closing date (Allows lawyers to do title search) Verify the Seller’s name(s), property lot...

Local Real Estate News

The subtle art of curating amenity packages

Amid headlines about low rental vacancy rates in Canada’s three largest cities prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, it was perhaps rightly presumed that amenity packages had little to do with where renters chose to live. However, with rising vacancy rates, a well-curated amenity package could be the difference between...

Humber Bay Shores Skyline

One of Toronto‘s fastest-growing neighborhood skylines, the Humber Bay Banks community in Etobicoke has been by way of vertical growth for the past several years. In our Daily Photo, captured by Blog contributor DarkSideDenizen ,   we can see the local skyline lasting one tower richer, as Vita on...

Zillow Survey Predicts Austin will be the Country’s Hottest Housing Market in 2021, Top a Sunbelt Surge

Companies metros are replacing expensive coastal areas as top drivers on home value growth

Barcelone Twilight

Nowaday’s Daily Photo features a view pertaining to Downtown Toronto captured from a high-rise near the Sherbourne and Adelaide locality. Posted by Forum contributor JED , this outlook looks west towards the Financial Coupure as the last sunlight dips under the horizon in the background.

COVID-19: UrbanToronto Updates from the Industry over February 12, 2021

The global COVID-19 pandemic has far-reaching effects in Toronto, inclusive of major impacts on what have been prosperous real estate and building industries. Many jobs and most events are currently suspended, delayed, or affected in other ways, whilst UrbanToronto is still operating at finished strength with our team working...

Sunset from One Bloor East

Today’s Daily Photo takes us high above Toronto‘s Yonge and Bloor intersection for a sunset view captured from a balcony at One Bloor East. This view from Forum contributor jackattaaaack faces southwest, framing the setting sun between The Uptown Residences and the residential tower of the Manulife Centre.

Création of home taxes hurt value-for-money: developer

The proposed Canada-wide foreign buyer tax could have effects for resort towns like Whistler, British Columbia, claims a Vancouver-based maker. “I like using Whistler as an example—it wouldn’t exist without foreign investment property, particularly U. S. dollars, which experts claim allowed the whole village to flourish, ” Jason Turcotte,...

Trend back Thursday: King Street West plus Blue Jays Way

Our first Throwback Thursday night of 2021 turns the clock straight back almost exactly five years into January, 2016, comparing a here and there of the King Street West moreover Blue Jays Way intersection. The ‘before’ photo from the east _ of Peter Street, facing location, was centred on...

Why you should refinance your mortgage now

Historically low interest rates have been the impetus for a homebuying frenzy that’s swept much of Canada, but it’s also presented a unique, if a once in a lifetime, opportunity for real estate investors. In Toronto, the COVID-19 pandemic has softened demand in the condo rental market and left...

Wonder Condos Reaches Grade on Eastern Avenue

An early 2019 ground breaking marked the start of work on Graywood Developments and the Alterra Group‘s new condominium development in Toronto‘s Leslieville neighbourhood. Now, fast approaching the two-year anniversary of this milestone, construction is progressing above grade for the new mid-rise building on Eastern Avenue at Logan. Dubbed ‘Wonder‘ in a nod to the heritage...

COVID-19: UrbanToronto Updates from the Industry for December 16, 2020

The global COVID-19 pandemic is having far-reaching effects in Toronto, including major impacts to what have been booming real estate and building industries. Many jobs and most events are currently suspended, postponed, or affected in other ways, though UrbanToronto is still operating at full strength with our team working...

Canada’s housing market is slumping: REIN

Despite headlines to the contrary, Canada’s housing market is in the early stages of a slump, claims a new report from the Real Estate Investment Network (REIN). Headline after headline have taken note of rising property values and, in some cases, sales records, but REIN’s study of the housing...

Immense payday awaits investors at QUESTION AND ANSWER Condos

Queen & Ashbridge Condos has managed to distinguish also from Toronto’s staidly designed condominium stock by harnessing the potential moreover within and without the building, and appealing to robust end user interest in the process. Located in that Beaches, the building’s Queen St E. frontage offers residents value-boosting streetcar...

Q3 population growth was 74-year low: StatCan

Canada’s population grew by 2,767, or 0.0%, from July 1 to Oct. 1 of this year, according to Statistics Canada, representing a 74-year low. The 2,767 additions brought the country’s population up to an estimated 38,008,005, meaning there was hardly any growth, while populations actually declined in British Columbia,...

Excavation Begins for Minto’s The Heureux

Things are alternating fast at the site of  Minto Communities GTA is actually new 46-storey condominium tower at  Church and Adelaide in In the downtown area Toronto. The project known as  The Saint   celebrated a ceremonial ground breaking around September, and following the completion  of a site backfilling...

2021 could be banner year for this housing type

Sigh a breath of relief, 2020 is almost in the rear-view mirror! And while a new year typically renews optimism—or in this case, what’s left of it—2021 will bring especially good news for one cohort of homebuyers. “I think it will be easier for first-time homebuyers to get into...

Thing Roundup for January 27, 2021

Meant to pull density, Ontario’s Scarborough subway tactic could scuttle 1, 200-unit a place to live development;   ‘This is a stupid place to put the highway’: Doug Ford’s government has fast-tracked a new GTA freeway during COVID-19, sparking local opposition;   Vulnerable Toronto neighbourhoods push for priority access...

What is a good credit score in Canada for a mortgage?

Looking to buy a house in Canada? Before applying for a mortgage pre-approval, you should check your credit score in order to ensure you can be approved for a mortgage in the first place. The bottom line is, the lower your credit score is, the more consequences you’re likely...

Skyline View with Fading Fall Colours

Today’s Daily Photo takes us high above Varsity Stadium near St George Station for a view of the Downtown Toronto skyline. This view from Forum contributor Jasonzed faces south over the University of Toronto, with the aerial shot highlighting the quickly fading fall colours as the mercury continues to drop.

Latest news Roundup for February 16, 2021

Metrolinx available $1 for his garage. For what reason the GTA’s massive transit upgrade means sudden change for some landowners;   Gardiner Expressway looms women as Toronto debates budget, on the contrary few at city hall several talk about it;   Toronto will more than likely enter grey zone...

Housing Now Bringing Over 1,000 Affordable Units to Etobicoke Centre

The City of Toronto‘s Housing Now initiative, an ambitious plan to bring thousands of new affordable housing units adjacent to rapid transit across the city, has been charging full steam ahead since it was announced in 2019, with 17 sites across Toronto earmarked for development. Several of the 11 Phase One developments...

Snowy Night at Yonge and Temperance

Recent snowy weather made for some dreamlike views of Toronto‘s Financial District this past week, as seen in today’s Daily Photo from Forum contributor MoObserves. Captured from Yonge Street, this view faces west along Temperance Street, where the rising Scotiabank North Tower at Bay Adelaide Centre is adding a final tower...

Wellington Street West at Sunset

A view from a condominium building on Toronto‘s Wellington Street West is featured in today’s Daily Photo. Captured by Forum contributor AHK, this shot faces west at sunset, showing the new Garrison Point complex set against a colourful sky.

COVID-19: UrbanToronto Updates from the Industry with regard to December 14, 2020

The global COVID-19 pandemic is having far-reaching effects in Toronto, together with major impacts to what have been thriving real estate and building groups. Many jobs and most events are currently hung, postponed, or affected in other means, though UrbanToronto is still operating every full strength with our team...

CreateTO Contemplates New Park and Beach at Foot of Leslie Street

The Leslie Street Spit remains a popular destination for cyclists, bird watchers, and many more recreational users, though the approach to the landfilled harbour headlands-turned park has always routed its visitors through a heavily industrialized section of Toronto‘s Port Lands. With transformation already underway at the west end of...

3D cost-cutting platform revolutionizing real estate sales

The cost of marketing a real estate development in a presentation centre alone easily breaks six figures, but a new cloud-based platform is not only revolutionizing the way people purchase real estate, it’s cutting some of the costs. 3DCityScapes is, as its name implies, a digital 3D visualization platform...

Tower-in-the-Park Infill Planned for Bayview at Ruddington

Novi Properties has submitted a Zoning By-law Amendment application to the City of Toronto to develop a property along Bayview Avenue north of Finch in Willowdale. The proposal at 10 Ruddington Drive would construct two new residential mid-rises on either side of an existing Tower-in-the-Park style apartment block, adding over...

Hullmark and First Capital Plan Flatiron on King West

Developers Hullmark and First Capital have submitted a Site Plan Approval application to the City of Toronto for a flatiron-inspired purpose-built rental building at 1071 King Street West. BDP Quadrangle designed the 14-storey mixed-use building with 227 units for the wedge-shaped property formed by King Street West along the north, Douro...

ELAD Unveils Galleria on the Park Presentation Centre

Since taking shape earlier this year on the northeast corner of Dupont and Dufferin in Toronto‘s West End, passersby have been treated to the striking—albeit temporary—architectural presence of ELAD Canada‘s presentation centre for Galleria On The Park. With the community’s initial phases now under construction, the presentation centre will be the...

Up-to-date information Roundup for January 15, 2021

Toronto représentation an unprecedented budget gap of just about $1 billion in 2021 due to COVID-19;   City urges people to get out and vote in Ward 24 byelection on Friday despite outbreak;   Toronto‘s speed cameras passed more than 53, 000 tickets in just under 5 months; and...

Method to save money at presentation centres

Walking into a preconstruction condo personal profile sales centre ill-prepared can exercise you thousands of extra dollars on top of what will likely already be the most expensive stock decision of your life. Erica Mary Smith, even of record at Stomp Real estate in Toronto, has some pointers in...

Open Houses Banned Amidst Second Wave In Ottawa, Toronto, Peel & York Region

While open houses were allowed to resume in mid-July, the COVID-19 second wave had a different opinion. Making another appearance and causing numbers to soar again, the Ontario Government announced that as of Saturday, October 17, COVID-19 hotspots will be subject to appointment-only property showings for the next 28...

Infill development could yield 176,074 units more units

The projection for rental housing demand in Ontario has doubled in a few short years to create a supply gap north of 40,000 units, driven by a propitious economy, falling homeownership rates and mass immigration, according to a report from Urbanation and the Federation of Rental-housing Providers of Ontario...

Striking Sunrise Over Lake Ontario

Today’s Daily Pictureprofessional shows off a  colourful sunrise explore over Toronto‘s East Bayfront or Port Lands areas.   Trapped by Forum contributor mburrrr , this south-facing strike is framed by the Lighthouse System West at Daniels Waterfront and in addition 100 Queens Quay at Sweet Wharf, with the Sugar...

Unsuccsefflull affordability gains eroded in Q3

Short-lived affordability gains near Canada’s housing market receded in the lastly quarter of the year, owing to voracious demand for detached housing and nascent signs of income precarity. A report from RBC Economics noted that market effort during Q2 was quelled by way of the coronavirus, unintentionally boosting affordability....

Geothermal Heating Bringing Up-Front Costs Down for Developers

Geothermal heating systems, while gaining in popularity, are still not as common in Toronto as one would assume, even though it is generally understood that heating and cooling buildings using a renewable resource from the ground has great advantages—environmental and otherwise—over a typical fossil fuel-based system. However, environmental consciousness and energy...

Crane Taken Down as Litho Progresses on Dupont

A new stretch of mid-rise development is coalescing on Dupont Street between Spadina and Ossington in Toronto, with RioCan REIT and Woodbourne Canada‘s Litho among the mixed-use, primarily residential projects helping to redefine the area. The Turner Fleischer Architects-designed project at 740 Dupont topped out at nine storeys earlier this year, and the latest construction milestone is...

Separate home sales surged 71% around Vancouver last month

Vancouverites are typically forgiven if 2020 seemed a touch of familiar. The Vancouver real estate market closed the year looking very much like this tool did three to five years ago, as the web page statistics from the Real Estate Board to Greater Vancouver (REBGV) showed October home sales...

Upgraded interest in townhouses may solve not often known middle

Voracious demand for separate houses returned to Canada’s market last year, and just as in years the past, unlucky buyers settled for townhouses. “The reason the townhouse has become popular than ever in the new construction globally is, whether they’re traditional, piled or back-to-back, they’re less expensive truly worth...

New condo sales in GTA set Q3 record

New condo sales in the Greater Toronto Area set a new record and rose by 30% last quarter over Q3-2019, with 6,370 units purchased, according to an Urbanation report. The third quarter record was driven by sales surging 106% to 3,834 units in the 905 region, although it was...

Pandemic accelerated generational housing shift inside of Toronto

Scores of baby boomers have been retiring and, perhaps because of the COVID-19 pandemic, fleeing some of the most coveted neighbourhoods in Toronto, creating opportunity while on the housing ladder in the process. “The baby boomers really are retiring in record numbers and additionally leaving the inner suburbs for...

B.C. can still fix flawed anti-money laundering laws: CD Howe

British Columbia’s highly anticipated measures to combat rampant money laundering in the province’s real estate have been rendered toothless by the very government that designed them, charges the C.D. Howe Institute in a new report. After the province was rocked by two bombshell reports revealing that $5 billion was...

Craig Proctor revolutionized real estate with the ‘Team Concept’

The story of how real estate agents began working in teams isn’t an especially long one. It started with a 29-year-old Toronto-area agent who, after being licensed for only three years, had become RE/MAX’s top-selling agent worldwide and realized that if he trained other agents to do exactly what...

Episode 4:A Conversation About Real Estate in the Age of COVID-19

In response to current conditions, businesses and REALTORS® need to react to a new world, though temporary, where human interaction is limited or discouraged. The real estate industry, built on relationships, will be significantly impacted. But within adverse conditions come opportunities and new human behaviours. For REALTORS®, maintaining a...

A Look Inside Presentation Centre for Daniels & Baif’s The Thornhill

Despite the changes that have shaken up real estate and the world beyond, people continue to need new places to new, and presentation centres remain a big part of the Greater Toronto Area housing market. In years prior, these spaces were often packed to the gills with prospective buyers,...

Toronto GTA July Rent Report 2020

Greater Toronto Area The rental market in the Greater Toronto Area continues to be impacted by COVID-19, as job loss, economic uncertainty, and fear of moving for health reasons have severely reduced demand.  The chart below looks at the average (yellow) and median (green) monthly asking rent via TorontoRentals.com...

Regardless of New Stimulus, More Than 3 Unité Renters Facing COVID-19 Unemployment Keep Extreme Housing Cost Burden

Recently finalized stimulus package should help, but rent burdens continue to go above affordability threshold

COVID-19: UrbanToronto Updates from the Industry concerning January 15, 2021

The global COVID-19 pandemic has far-reaching effects in Toronto, in particular major impacts to what have been prosperous real estate and building markets. Many jobs and most events are currently hanging, postponed, or affected in other means, though UrbanToronto is still operating throughout full strength with our team executing...

TRREB’s November Report Reveals Another Record-Breaking Month

The relaxing of restrictions following the first wave of COVID-19 marked the start of a resurgence in the Greater Toronto Area housing market, which has brought month after month of record-breaking figures. While the region is once again in the midst of a second wave of the pandemic, a...

Up-to-date information Roundup for January 19, 2021

Despite outcry from residents and city, domain starts demolition at Eastern Undertvinge. heritage site;   Pandemic hard disks Toronto‘s apartment vacancy rate in which to record high, report says;   Toronto office tower takes the fishing line to zero carbon; and more development: Despite outcry from residents moreover city,...