Top Ten Things to Look For In A Realtor

To Connie De Groot, a rising-star of a Beverly Hills real estate agent in Coldwell Bankers No. 1 office worldwide, choosing a full-time real estate agent isn’t about anti-competitive behavior or shutting out part-time discounters. It’s about obtaining full-time service for the full-time job of selling or buying what’s likely the owner’s or buyer’s greatest…

What You Don’t Know About Real Estate Could Cost You

What you don’t know about real estate, real estate professionals do. PJ Wade identifies significant knowledge gaps for buyers and sellers and reveals how professionals fill those gaps—when asked. It’s what you don’t know about real estate that could cost you when buying or selling. • First-time buyers usually haven’t seen enough houses or condominium units to fully…

How To Keep From Going House Poor

The only thing worse than not being able to buy a home when you want to is owning a home and not being able to do anything but sit inside because after your house payment, HOA fee, taxes, and household bills, there’s nothing left. A few smart strategies can help you avoid becoming house poor.…

Are You Cut Out for an Older Home?

A home as dreamy as they come was just listed for sale. The 1928 Spanish Colonial in L.A.’s celeb-laden Hancock Park neighborhood is the current residence of designer couple Nate Berkus and Jeremiah Brent, who renovated the home they purchased in 2016 from Friends creator Marta Kauffman. And, while, someone with enough cash to purchase…

Canada’s Housing Market Heads to a Soft Landing

It appears that after almost a decade of rapid price appreciation, which many viewed as unsustainable and the makings of a real estate crash, Canada’s housing market is making a soft landing. Rising interest rates and government policies such as foreign buyer taxes and stricter mortgage lending rules are gently letting the air out of…

Are Investments in Temporary Rentals a Good Investment?

With the popularity in Airbnb [for discussion purposes, we are using Airbnb, but there are other similar companies that could be substituted in] gaining traction in the market place, many real estate investors have been looking at purchasing residential real estate for the specific purpose of renting the real estate on a short term basis…

4 “Big Regrets” to Avoid When Buying a Home

Fear of making The Wrong Decision can be the great immobilizer when it comes to buying real estate. • Fear that this is “the wrong time” to buy has kept many would-be homeowners on the sidelines and unnecessarily out of equity-building markets.• Fear of buying the “wrong real estate” can take many forms: fear of buying…

Lifting the HOA Veil

In real estate sales, sellers are required to disclose any material fact that any prudent buyer would want to know before completing a purchase. Property located over a toxic waste dump would be an obvious example of disclosure and the need for it. There are less catastrophic issues, like roof condition or a leaking crawlspace…

Making Canadian Suburbs More Age-Friendly

Two-thirds of Canadians live in the suburbs, but the car-dependent neighbourhoods are “no place to grow old,” says Glenn Miller, a senior associate at the Canadian Urban Institute. As the population ages and the life expectancy of Canadians increases, there’s a lot of discussion about where older people are going to live and how to…